QUO Cosmetics has released yet another seasonal collection for Fall 2016 and I'm really excited to bring you a review of some of the key pieces within this collection.
QUO Cosmetics is currently only sold in Shoppers Drug Mart stores here in Canada and many of their collections appear in stores and only days later tend to be sold out. If by the end of this review you are thinking you need to pick something up I highly suggest taking the time three to four times a week to check out your local cosmetics section so you are able to snag what you want.
Today's review for the QUO Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection I'm going to be chatting about:
- Face Palette in Perfectly Ordinary
- Eye Shadow Palette in Neutral Ground
- Brow Palette in Raise Your Brows
- Matte Lipstick in Red Alert
With fall approaching I think many of us start to think of those beautiful golds, chocolate browns, and an overall warm-toned shade range. Within the new QUO Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection you get just that inside of the Eye Shadow Palette in Neutral Ground. This palette retails for $18 (CAN) and each shadow inside of the palette contains 0.7 grams of product for a total product count of 7 grams. Like many of the other QUO Cosmetics collection, this palette comes in a beautiful hard plastic black case with a beautiful artistic design on the front - this season it's a beautiful purple lace or leaf style pattern.'
Many of us are starting to get overloaded with neutral palettes, myself included, but I think that QUO has launched something really unique within this palette. Right from the very first light white and cream shades to those darker chocolate browns, I think each shade is infused with a really warm tone that many palettes just don't focus on. I actually think that QUO really pumped even more warm tones into this palette to create that fall vibe. While I own many warm-toned palettes most of them are mixed with cool tones or are a really toned down version of warm shades. I love that QUO really went with the warm-toned theme within this palette to make a stand alone product.
In saying that, the Neutral Ground palette contains a great variety of shades ranging from really light all over the lid shades to darker shades that can be used to deepen natural looks or to create smokey eyes. There are also a great variety of shades within this palette ranging from matte to metallics.
In terms of pigmentation, this palette stands high above the other palettes that I've tried in seasonal collections from QUO Cosmetics. The shades in this palette remain beautifully soft but really pack an amazing amount of pigmentation. In saying this, some of those lighter shades are really similar to my skin tone (light to medium) so those using this palette might find it hard using some of those. But the stand out's are the darker shades on the right side of the palette. If I were looking for a new neutral eyeshadow palette I would absolutely gravitate towards this palette because I think it's well worth the $18 (CAN)!
Last year during the release of the Summer 2016 Collection I was able to try the Face Palette in Medium but that is the only other QUO Cosmetics Face Palette I've tried. So, when the brand new Face Palette came into my mailbox I was the most excited to try this product. The Face Palette in Perfectly Ordinary retails for $20 (CAN) and contains three products (a blush, translucent face powder, and a bronzer) which in total contains 15.4 grams of products.
The first product located in this palette is the beautiful medium dusty pink shade with some slight micro-glitter - however, these glitters don't apply to the face in a noticeable way. This particular color is something I reach for on a daily basis because it tends to look very natural on my skin tone and it goes with so many of the looks I create. Combining this perfect blush color with the stunning shadows from the Neutral Ground palette create the perfect cohesive and easy look.
The next product is the translucent face powder as indicated by QUO Cosmetics on the back of this palette but this is absolutely not what the product is. This product is more of a sheer pink highlighting shade with a beautiful satin finish. To me, this is absolutely not a product I would use for the purpose of setting my face or using as a face powder and instead, I would opt for using this as a beautiful natural highlighting shade. Like the blush color, this product is smooth and beautiful with a flawless application.
And the final product is the bronzer shade that contains some beautiful shimmer and sheen. While this type of product isn't something I would purchase on its own I can appreciate that it's within this palette. Typically I use this shade really lightly on all of the areas of my face that would naturally be kissed by the sun, I use this lightly because I do find sometimes if I pick up too much of the product I can also transfer a lot of the glitter within this shade onto the skin - which simply isn't my desired look. Once again, the powder is really smooth and beautiful and it has some really great pigmentation.
Overall, I think the Perfectly Ordinary Face Palette is the stand out product, I received from the Fall 2016 Collection. All of the products in this palette are really great for me and I love that all three products work together to help complete a full face look. $20 (CAN) for a product like this is an absolute steal and I think if you grab one product from this collection it should be this beautiful Face Palette!
The product that I was the most disappointed in would be the Brow Palette in Raise Your Brow's and really it was because this product was seen in the Spring 2016 Collection, so this is actually a double product for me. This product retails for $12 (CAN) and contains 2.9 grams of product which is an exact match to the previously launched version.
Both the latest version and the Spring 2016 Collection are great products both in shade range and formula. In both of the products, for my skin tone, I find that the shades within the palette lean on the warm side and I generally reach for more of a taupe shade. But I believe that if you are looking for a more warm-toned look within your brows that this product would work for you. Not only does this product comes with a translucent wax it also comes with a lighter and darker version of powder so that you can create a natural finish with your brows.
Sadly, this product just didn't work out for me enough for me to reach for it on an everyday basis. I used this product long enough to test it out and compare it to the previous version but I've since switched back to my everyday brow products. If there is one product I would recommend skipping it would be the Brow Palette. There are much more affordable products out there for the brows that I believe perform in a better manner.
And finally, the last product I'm going to be chatting about is the Matte Lipstick in Red Alert which currently retails for $14 (CAN). While I don't wear red lipstick very often, I like to keep a few of these shades in my collection for special occasions when I do need to dress up fancy and pull out some of my perfect red lipsticks. Along with the shade in Red Alert, the new Fall 2016 Collection comes with two colors shades called Brandy and Mysterious.
One of the hottest trends in lipstick right now is the matte appearance but, for me, I don't enjoy the dry feeling of these lipstick formulas. I've finally found a formula that doesn't crack, dry and flake off. The Matte Lipstick formula from QUO'S Fall 2016 Collection leaves my lips feeling healthy and beautiful even in the Red Alert color that I don't feel comfortable in.
If you are in the market for a brand new lipstick with a matte formula and beautiful rich pigmentation that I would suggest hunting down these Matte Lipsticks at your local Shoppers Drug Mart.
The products within the Fall 2016 Collection are really impressive. Everything within the collection had some great qualities. I don't think there is really anything negative I would say about the products I received other than I wish the Brow Palette would have been in a different shade. The overall collection is really cohesive and each of the products can be used with each other to create a very beautiful seasonal look.
If you are looking to invest in one product or a few products from the collection I would highly recommend the Eye Shadow Palette in Neutral Ground and the Face Palette in Perfectly Ordinary. I think the powders are really a standout for this collection right from the pigmentation to the wear time.
What product from QUO Cosmetics Fall 2016 Collection are you most excited for?
What Fall Collection (from any brand) are you most excited to try?
*** The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration on Embrace & Ignite***