Beauty Bandit: City Girl Princessa Shanghai Eyeshadow

 

Recently, I saw Beauty Youtuber Emily talked about beauty products¬†at Miss A Shop website and thanks for the reminder, I went back to shop online again. I bought a couple of products before and went¬†back mainly for the price. It’s dirt cheap BUT decent¬†quality. I would say, come¬†neck to neck with Elf cosmetics. Comparable in quality depending on the brands you choose from the site.

Miss A Shop carries not only cosmetics but jewelry, nails, hair and charms. Everything in the STORE is¬†for¬†US$1.00 ONLY! I know, it’s insane right!

I¬†ordered a few products from different brands like Malibu, Starry and City Girl. Today, I’m going to talk about City Girl Eyeshadow Trio – SHANGHAI

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First thing I noticed when I unbagged this packaging is the spelling error on Eyeshadow. Gaahhhh! I was really upset since I’m a sucker for adorable packaging and this¬†destroys the cute packaging (boohoo hoo!).

princesa eyeshadow

That’s¬†my shocking expression you see here –¬†of¬†“sister” from the “Berenstain Bears” when I noticed the spelling error.¬†Needless to say, I immediately turn the packaging and found¬†it was Made In TAIWAN.¬†Bummer!

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Don’t get me wrong, for the price these are good eyeshadows.¬†If you can live ignoring the wording then I recommend this.¬†I got the Shanghai, and the colors are decently pigmented, build-able, and you get a lot for the money. Plus there’s a cute mirror in the top of the container.

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Shanghai as you see it!

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But then, another shocker is the color selection (in a good way). Very nice shades of Shanghai. Available in six inspired cities in the world – Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York and Mexico City.

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I ant to share a close up picture of this trio eyeshadow. It’s travel friendly and the paper box packaging is light to drop it in a purse.

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Look! There is a round mirror on the inside lid. How cool is that?

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The texture of the eyeshadow is like a decently milled pressed/compacted pigment. Incredibly easy to pick up products and it blends effortlessly. Color payoff is decent and it lasted the whole day I was wearing it yesterday and today.

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Overall, I really like this shadow for now and it’s my love at first sight, and if you’re a girl who can’t be bothered with using makeup brushes or if you’re into the simple one-color eyeshadow looks, these are great. I love shadows that can be applied quickly and look great on their own, and this is one of them! So, YAY!

I also think this is a really pretty shade for Winter. I can see it looking great with berry or red lips! Don’t you think!

Color swatch on naked arm without primer or eye base.

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My favorite application tool is my fingertip or an old-school sponge applicator, as they both pick up the most product and apply the product in an opaque layer. A small flat brush also works well, such as a small concealer brush.

If you are on a Low Buy or beginners to beauty department, you can definitely have to stop by¬†Miss A website. This deal is a steal, I didn’t mean for it to rhyme but it just did. Decent quality products that wouldn’t break your bank,

What do you think? Have you ever tried this brand before? Do you like them? Or are you completely over them?

Stay tune for more reviews on beauty products from Miss A Shop coming up next.

Thanks so much for stopping by and comment. Hope to see you on the next one! ūüôā

Sharon xoxo

 

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Cargo Shanghai Nights – First Impression Review

 

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Welcome to my blog! Today’s¬†post is rather special. I’m dedicating this post to¬†a friend who¬†was¬†in Shanghai for International Contemporary Art¬†Exchange Exhibition¬†recently and he shared some of the highlights of Shanghai at night pictures which I thought would be interesting to be added in this post.

I’m feeling very excited, so let’s get started.

cargo eyeshadow palette

I happened to have a new eyeshadow palette in my latest collection. And it’s the¬†Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Palette by Cargo which I¬†want to talk more about in this post.

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I got this Cargo palette from Winners recently and the packaging has been screaming out my name for review. Finally, I decided to give in after seeing these pictures taken by my friend of Shanghai while he was there. It sort of reminds me of the palette I have and hence I collaborate both real life picture of Shanghai with the Shanghai Nights eyeshadow palette.

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I wasn’t particularly looking for another big eyeshadow palette but since I’m the infamous¬†eyeshadow junkies, I took a double take when I saw the price on this palette.¬†I was lucky enough to pick up¬†this palette from Winner for $16.99,¬†I was over the moon ūüėČ

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The packaging itself is stunning, really colourful cardboard with bright pictures of “Shanghai at night”. You all know by now if you’re following my blog post that I’m an eyeshadow junkie and this palette really stands out in my collection with this bright packaging. It opens up to quite a substantial size mirror, 12 beautiful shades and a dual ended brush.

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The brush is decent, nothing great but definitely preferable to the typical sponge tip applicators that often come with palettes.

shanghai night eyeshadow by cargo

Let’s look at how this palette reminiscent the night lights of Shanghai!¬†

Starting with the top row from left to right there is:

  • A deep, cool toned matte taupe shade,
  • A¬†bright, satin blue which I thought was going to be stunning but really just doesn’t show up very well,
  • A¬†lighter, cool toned matte taupe,
  • A¬†gorgeous pinky champagne, shimmery shade that actually swatches and goes on the eye beautifully,
  • A¬†shimmery mid toned brown, still on the cool side and finally
  • A¬†shimmery white shade that doesn’t show well on my skin but makes a truly beautiful inner corner highlight.

The bottom row left to right is:

  • A¬†matte off white shade, perfect for a browbone highlight if you don’t like shimmer up there,
  • A deep army green-ish grey,¬†shimmery shade that swatches quite true to colour and I like a lot,
  • A¬†really pretty deep gold, shimmery shade,
  • A¬†more true army green shimmer shade that doesn’t swatch well,
  • Another huge let down which is a bright, satin purple and finally,
  • A¬†shimmery black that I personally like and is definitely quite pigmented.

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[Shade names closed up pictures: Wai Tai, Skyline, Bund, Lychee, Jin Mao, Neon, Hu, Street Style, Ginger, Jade, Bar Rouge and Nightlife]

There are four matte shadows, five glittery metallic and three shimmery eyeshadows in this palette.

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I personally like the color selection. There are some Taupe, Brown, Black, Champagne and brighter colors such as Blue, Green and Purple. But if the colors are your thing, I say go for it!

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Swatches without primer. What you see is what you get. It’s pigmented enough and the texture smooth and soft. The shimmery shadows feels¬†creamy whereas the matte might need some improvement on longevity and better pigmentation.

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A short eye makeup tutorial on how I did this look.

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It lasts for a long time but not forever kind, if you know what I mean. If you used an eye base or eye primer before the shadows then I can easily say I could lasts for 6 hours without touch up. Another thing I noticed is the matte and metallic shades faded faster than the shimmery ones.

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Lastly, for picture perfect I applied eyeliner and false lashes by Elf and VOILA!

Overall, there were a bunch of hits and misses in this palette but I feel like for the regular price of¬†US$39.00 on Cargo website the good shadows don’t make up for the bad ones and I could never justify purchasing this if it’s not for $16.99 or on sale price. I love the concept of it and the way the shades are laid out, if it was of better quality you could definitely do many many eye looks with it on its own.

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Lastly, for $16.99 a palette I’m not even complaining, lol! I’ll get¬†another palette anytime for Holiday giveaway.

Would you pick up this palette? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

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