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Paula's Choice Matte Eye Palette

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This new palette is up on the PC website. I was interested until I read the ingredient list:

Product Ingredients:

Talc (texture enhancer/absorbent), Mica (texture enhancer/mineral pigment), Magnesium Stearate (binding/anti-caking agent), Dimethicone (silicone-based texture enhancer), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax (binding agents), Mineral Oil (texture enhancer), Methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservatives), Iron Oxides (cosmetic pigment).

Talc? Mineral Oil? Parabens? I was quite disappointed and surprised to see this from a company that scrutinizes everyone else's ingredients. I'll stick with the IT Cosmetic shadows.

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FUTURE1393771672.0212291 PostsRegistered 5/18/2008
And that is the great thing about having options! I have almost purchased the IT palette many times, but felt that several of the shades wouldn't suit me.

Canada611393771797.9331546 PostsRegistered 8/3/2006

Mine is due to arrive tomorrow, you can look up those ingredients on her site and read research. I can't wait to try this palette. I thought her previous shadows were great ( from years ago). Wayne Goss assisted with this palette and I love his work. I hope they decide to work together on more palettes in the future.

4doggies1393772978.0373501 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

The ingredients don't bother me, many reliable sources say that tiny amounts of parabens (and certainly talc and mineral oil) are fine. I'm far more disturbed by the mica shimmer brick that's included in the matte shadows. It seems to me that it's an attempt to make the 'matte' product have univeral appeal for those who want shimmer. The sparkly stuff is going to travel into the matte shadows even if you're careful. So many products are advertised as matte but still have some degree of luminescence, have you noticed that?

The Physician's Formula Quad is truly matte, but getting harder to find. Anyhow, I think Paula should have left the shimmer brick out and allowed these shadows to be truly matte if they're going to be advertised that way, there's already enough shimmery shadow on the market!

pas41161393773158.67706 PostsRegistered 9/14/2011
On 3/2/2014 FUTURE said: And that is the great thing about having options! I have almost purchased the IT palette many times, but felt that several of the shades wouldn't suit me.

I agree, options are great thing, and we have many. My post was more focused on the quality of the ingredients, not so much the shades. I do have the IT matte palette, and find some of the shades are not the best for me. I do love the trios - Pretty in smoke and plum. IT uses no talc, parabens or mineral oil (a petroleum byproduct). I like the Paula's Choice shades, but do not want these ingredients around my eyes. To each his own.

FUTURE1393773858.80712291 PostsRegistered 5/18/2008
On 3/2/2014 4doggies said:

The ingredients don't bother me, many reliable sources say that tiny amounts of parabens (and certainly talc and mineral oil) are fine. I'm far more disturbed by the mica shimmer brick that's included in the matte shadows. It seems to me that it's an attempt to make the 'matte' product have univeral appeal for those who want shimmer. The sparkly stuff is going to travel into the matte shadows even if you're careful. So many products are advertised as matte but still have some degree of luminescence, have you noticed that?

The Physician's Formula Quad is truly matte, but getting harder to find. Anyhow, I think Paula should have left the shimmer brick out and allowed these shadows to be truly matte if they're going to be advertised that way, there's already enough shimmery shadow on the market!

I will say, I think the great thing about one shimmer color is that, for people like me (who generally wear shadows with sheen or shimmer), will be able to take this palette with them when traveling and do a TON of looks. I think it makes it much more versatile. :)

HappyDaze1393785119.22318462 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012
On 3/2/2014 Canada61 said:

Mine is due to arrive tomorrow, you can look up those ingredients on her site and read research. I can't wait to try this palette. I thought her previous shadows were great ( from years ago). Wayne Goss assisted with this palette and I love his work. I hope they decide to work together on more palettes in the future.

Please let us know what you think! There are a handful of reviews already online (been online for a few months now) and they are all positive. The colors are beautiful! I can't wait to get mine!

suzyQ31393785574.02326432 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007

This palette is PC's answer to UD Naked Basics, but with more colors, especially more darker shades, which were woefully absent in the UD version.

So that's probably the reason for the one "demi-matte" shade. UD did the same thing. I have that palette, and mine doesn't travel at all.

Interestingly, that demi-matte shade in my UD palette has become of my all-time favorites. I can use it to soften the overall look. And I always put a bit on the center of my eyelid right near the lash line. It opens up the eye, which is a good thing as we age.

As for the ingredients, no problem with them as far as I am concerned. My most beloved eye shadows are from Laura Mercier. I always go back to them. And they are talc-based -- as smooth and finely-milled as can be.

I have no problem either with mineral oil as an ingredient. It's almost at the end of the deck anyway and is there as a "texture enhancer."

Parabens, IMO, have received an undeserved bad rap. PC doesn't use them often, so my guess is that they decided that they were the best choice here for a preservative. Since there is no credible information that they are in any way harmful, I do not avoid them.

Besides, they would be in such a minuscule amount here that even if I did believe all the hoopla, I don't think I would be concerned.

~ CHOICE ~



HappyDaze1393785844.49318462 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012
On 3/2/2014 suzyQ3 said:

This palette is PC's answer to UD Naked Basics, but with more colors, especially more darker shades, which were woefully absent in the UD version.

So that's probably the reason for the one "demi-matte" shade. UD did the same thing. I have that palette, and mine doesn't travel at all.

Interestingly, that demi-matte shade in my UD palette has become of my all-time favorites. I can use it to soften the overall look. And I always put a bit on the center of my eyelid right near the lash line. It opens up the eye, which is a good thing as we age.

As for the ingredients, no problem with them as far as I am concerned. My most beloved eye shadows are from Laura Mercier. I always go back to them. And they are talc-based -- as smooth and finely-milled as can be.

I have no problem either with mineral oil as an ingredient. It's almost at the end of the deck anyway and is there as a "texture enhancer."

Parabens, IMO, have received an undeserved bad rap. PC doesn't use them often, so my guess is that they decided that they were the best choice here for a preservative. Since there is no credible information that they are in any way harmful, I do not avoid them.

Besides, they would be in such a minuscule amount here that even if I did believe all the hoopla, I don't think I would be concerned.

I agree with you on the talc front. I generally tend to avoid talc based products because they often look chalky and cakey and awful. BUT, when done well, they are just as good as any non-talc based product, and often better. It is all in the quality and I suppose the milling process they use and, of course, the combination of the other ingredients used.

suzyQ31393786479.7626432 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007
On 3/2/2014 HappyDaze said:
On 3/2/2014 suzyQ3 said:

This palette is PC's answer to UD Naked Basics, but with more colors, especially more darker shades, which were woefully absent in the UD version.

So that's probably the reason for the one "demi-matte" shade. UD did the same thing. I have that palette, and mine doesn't travel at all.

Interestingly, that demi-matte shade in my UD palette has become of my all-time favorites. I can use it to soften the overall look. And I always put a bit on the center of my eyelid right near the lash line. It opens up the eye, which is a good thing as we age.

As for the ingredients, no problem with them as far as I am concerned. My most beloved eye shadows are from Laura Mercier. I always go back to them. And they are talc-based -- as smooth and finely-milled as can be.

I have no problem either with mineral oil as an ingredient. It's almost at the end of the deck anyway and is there as a "texture enhancer."

Parabens, IMO, have received an undeserved bad rap. PC doesn't use them often, so my guess is that they decided that they were the best choice here for a preservative. Since there is no credible information that they are in any way harmful, I do not avoid them.

Besides, they would be in such a minuscule amount here that even if I did believe all the hoopla, I don't think I would be concerned.

I agree with you on the talc front. I generally tend to avoid talc based products because they often look chalky and cakey and awful. BUT, when done well, they are just as good as any non-talc based product, and often better. It is all in the quality and I suppose the milling process they use and, of course, the combination of the other ingredients used.

I had also meant to address the OP's statement that " I was quite disappointed and surprised to see this from a company that scrutinizes everyone else's ingredients."

Maybe it's just I am very familiar with her analyses and philosophy when it comes to scrutinizing ingredients. She doesn't jump on the "evil" or "toxic" bandwagons. She has excellent facts and citations to support her stances.

You can find pages on her site discussing each of the three ingredients (talc, mineral oil, and parabens).

~ CHOICE ~



laurelei1393805015.453417 PostsRegistered 5/28/2012
On 3/2/2014 suzyQ3 said:
On 3/2/2014 HappyDaze said:
On 3/2/2014 suzyQ3 said:

This palette is PC's answer to UD Naked Basics, but with more colors, especially more darker shades, which were woefully absent in the UD version.

So that's probably the reason for the one "demi-matte" shade. UD did the same thing. I have that palette, and mine doesn't travel at all.

Interestingly, that demi-matte shade in my UD palette has become of my all-time favorites. I can use it to soften the overall look. And I always put a bit on the center of my eyelid right near the lash line. It opens up the eye, which is a good thing as we age.

As for the ingredients, no problem with them as far as I am concerned. My most beloved eye shadows are from Laura Mercier. I always go back to them. And they are talc-based -- as smooth and finely-milled as can be.

I have no problem either with mineral oil as an ingredient. It's almost at the end of the deck anyway and is there as a "texture enhancer."

Parabens, IMO, have received an undeserved bad rap. PC doesn't use them often, so my guess is that they decided that they were the best choice here for a preservative. Since there is no credible information that they are in any way harmful, I do not avoid them.

Besides, they would be in such a minuscule amount here that even if I did believe all the hoopla, I don't think I would be concerned.

I agree with you on the talc front. I generally tend to avoid talc based products because they often look chalky and cakey and awful. BUT, when done well, they are just as good as any non-talc based product, and often better. It is all in the quality and I suppose the milling process they use and, of course, the combination of the other ingredients used.

I had also meant to address the OP's statement that " I was quite disappointed and surprised to see this from a company that scrutinizes everyone else's ingredients."

Maybe it's just I am very familiar with her analyses and philosophy when it comes to scrutinizing ingredients. She doesn't jump on the "evil" or "toxic" bandwagons. She has excellent facts and citations to support her stances.

You can find pages on her site discussing each of the three ingredients (talc, mineral oil, and parabens).

SuzyQ, I agree with you about Paula not jumping on the popular bandwagon when it comes to ingredients. She bases her opinions on independent research and I am fine with the ingredients in the matte shadows. I just tracked my order and it's coming tomorrow and I can't wait to try it! HappyDaze, I saw that you ordered the palette, too, and will be interested in what you think of it.

J-Lou1393805843.951182 PostsRegistered 3/27/2009Oklahoma

I have already ordered mine and cannot wait to get it!! I have her new bronzer and Resist powder and I really like them both so I am sure this palette will not disappoint!!

My three kids are furry with four legs and they are the LOVES of my life! Next to my Husband of course!

Bianca1393813711.003253 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004
Hi J-Lou, I ordered the eye shadows and the new powder in tan. I wanted to order the bronzer but wasn't sure it would work for my medium olive complexion. Do you think it would show up on my skin tone? TIA

ForTheLuv1393814774.427641 PostsRegistered 10/3/2013

OMG...IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Getting this ASAP.

TY1393817004.254298 PostsRegistered 3/22/2007

I thought the Paula's Choice palette looks nice but it's pretty unlikely that I would ever use all those eyeshadows even if they are matte so I'm passing on it. I already have some of the IT Cosmetics matte shadow trios and some eyeshadows that came in an IT palette as well as some other brands of light colored matte or minimal shimmer shadows so I'm not going to buy this one but it does look like a good set.

J-Lou1393882927.251182 PostsRegistered 3/27/2009Oklahoma
On 3/2/2014 Bianca said: Hi J-Lou, I ordered the eye shadows and the new powder in tan. I wanted to order the bronzer but wasn't sure it would work for my medium olive complexion. Do you think it would show up on my skin tone? TIA

I think this may be a little light for you. I have fair skin and this works great for me. It is probably better for fair to light-medium skin tones. HTH

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My three kids are furry with four legs and they are the LOVES of my life! Next to my Husband of course!

Bianca1393886800.483253 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004
On 3/3/2014 J-Lou said:
On 3/2/2014 Bianca said: Hi J-Lou, I ordered the eye shadows and the new powder in tan. I wanted to order the bronzer but wasn't sure it would work for my medium olive complexion. Do you think it would show up on my skin tone? TIA

I think this may be a little light for you. I have fair skin and this works great for me. It is probably better for fair to light-medium skin tones. HTH

OK. thank you, Maybe the Tan powder might work or I'll check the reviews for the new BE bronzed.

Tinkrbl441393887135.7236234 PostsRegistered 8/23/2010Los Angeles, CA

Paula WHO ?

suzyQ31393887627.07726432 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007
On 3/3/2014 Tinkrbl44 said:

Paula WHO ?

The owner of the brand called Paula's Choice. It's primarily a skincare company (online), but she does have a few makeup items. This matte eyeshadow palette is similar to Urban Decay's Naked Basics but with more shades. She collaborated with the very well-respected makeup guru Wayne Goss to develop it.

There is currently a 15 percent off code floating around, and the site has free shipping for probably one or two more days.

Here is a LINK to the item on the PC site.

~ CHOICE ~



Uglybuster1393889848.19726 PostsRegistered 6/25/2010Chicago

I wish someone would get this already so we can hear a review! Smile

light / medium... graying hair, 52 yr old, dry skin.

MidNight1393890751.383384 PostsRegistered 8/28/2013
On 3/3/2014 Uglybuster said:

I wish someone would get this already so we can hear a review! Smile

This review was posted on another thread.

http://www.phyrra.net/2014/02/paulas-choice-nude-mattes-palette-review.html

suzyQ31393892356.53326432 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007
On 3/3/2014 Uglybuster said:

I wish someone would get this already so we can hear a review! Smile

Mine shipped today, so I will probably receive it Wednesday. I'll do the best I can to let you all know what I think of the shades, the application, the texture, and how they wear.

~ CHOICE ~



HappyDaze1393892703.2518462 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012

Yes, I posted a link to a review in another thread- just google it and a few reviews will come up.

Suzy, can't wait to hear what you think. Oddly mine hasn't shipped yet because usually it ships within the day I order or the next day but no worries, I will get it by the end of the week regardless.

FUTURE1393893554.99312291 PostsRegistered 5/18/2008
Thanks for the link, Suzy. I won't be able to wear clay, and maybe not chestnut, but that still leaves 10 shades. It looks great! Mine should be here Wed or Thurs.

suzyQ31393894247.4226432 PostsRegistered 3/15/2007
On 3/3/2014 FUTURE said: Thanks for the link, Suzy. I won't be able to wear clay, and maybe not chestnut, but that still leaves 10 shades. It looks great! Mine should be here Wed or Thurs.

Oh, had you already ordered it, FUTURE?

BTW, if you google it, there are some videos now where you can see the shades in swatches and even a few on the reviewer.

I pretty much know what to expect because I have UD's Naked Basics.

~ CHOICE ~



myshell6241393895631.723067 PostsRegistered 2/27/2013

Mine should be here by Wednesday or Thursday. I ordered the Moistre Boost Cleanser too so I am getting a sample of her Vitamin c serum. I can't wait to get my order! I don't have a good neutral pallet and am hoping these colors work well for me. I am also anxious to see if my skin can tolerate her Vitamin c serum since it contains L ascorbic acid. I had a lot of irritation with the Nufountain c serum.

Thank you suzyQ3 for the coupon code. I was able to get 15% off my order:)

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