Thursday, July 14, 2011

Basketball Wives - Evelyn Lozada Inspired Smokey Gold Tutorial and ShimmerCity Finger Paints Review

Hi Bellas,

I'm back with another tutorial!  This one came by viewer request on twitter.  Evelyn Lozada from the reality show Basketball Wives from VH1 has been gaining some attention for being a diva, but also from her makeup!  This gave me an opportunity to try out a new palette from
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Check out the video!

Here are the inspiration pics that my twitter follower sent to me:

My Version on my smaller Asian eyes, lol:
Here's What I Used:

MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder
MAC Blunt Blush
Yaby Liquid Foundation in Custard, Pecan, and Hot Fudge
Eve Pearl Tan Powder Duo

Steelo Eyeshadow base in medium
Shimmer City Fingerpaint Palette - gold, champagne, black shadows
Sonia Kashuk Matte Black, Cream and Brown Shadows from Eye on Neutral Instructional Eye Palette
Brown shadow from Aveda Trio
Champagne Shadow from Josie Maran Eye Love You Palette
MAC Feline Kohl Pencil
Jane Mineral Gel Liner in Black
Tarte Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
Stardel #43 Lashes

Nude truffle lip pencil from NYX
MAC Subculture Lip Pencil
NYX Natural Lipgloss
Stila Lipglaze in Brown Sugar

Time for the Review and Giveaway!

I used the Shimmer City Fingerpaint Palette for this look.  From the outside it looks like any other black 88 palette. Not a huge fan of the sticker though.  It retails for $29.99 from
When you open it up you'll notice these are different kind of shadows.  First off you get a large mirror, and then the shadows are in square pans and they're very shimmery.
The colors are intense, very bright and are numbered for easy reference.
It's called the Fingerpaints Palette because the shadows are best applied with your finger or a sponge because of the heat from them. They actually swatch really nicely and are very moist and creamy - also like they could be cream shadows but they're actually dry shadows.  According to the seller you don't need a primer and it's waterproof, but I wear them with a primer regardless.

Here are swatches of the palette top to bottom:

Here's another look I did with the palette:

-a lot of shadow options from bright to metallics
-make great lid focus colors
-large shadow pans which are numbered for easy reference
-nice creamy texture
-highly pigmented
-swatch nicely
-unique product, haven't seen another palette like it out there

-all of the colors are super shimmery/metallic, no mattes
-cheap packaging, don't like the sticker
-website is pretty rudimentary and basic
-does not apply as well with a brush - colors become less vibrant that way, even though you can use a brush to blend like I did in the video.
-if you use your fingers to apply the shadow like they recommend, it can create a film on the surface of the shadows
-not sanitary for work on clients if you're using your fingers
-shadows did fade after wearing them on my lid for a while - you do need a base

Do I recommend?  If you want to try a different kind of palette for your personal collection, and you're tired of the regular 88 palettes, I would suggest this one. If you don't like using your fingers, a sponge tip applicator to get the best color payoff, and are not a fan of shimmery colors, this is not for you.  I think this is something different and fun, but not a must-have.

It's time for another Friday Giveaway!  I'm going to give you guys an opportunity to try this product or anything else from  I will be giving a lucky winner a $20 gift certificate to the site.  Here's how to win:

  • leave a comment telling me why you'd like to win
  • must be a follower of my blog
  • open to US and Canada followers
  • i'll pick a winner at random and announce it next week
Good luck!  

FTC Disclosure:  Product sponsored for review.  I am not affiliated with the company and not paid to make this review.  These are my honest thoughts and opinions.


Meme said...

I've been a follower for quite some time and would love to win this palette because I love shimmer eyeshadows and am always up for trying new products! :)

LSWillisMUA said...

I'm just starting out as a makeup artist. I'm still trying to build my kit. This certificate would help me out soooooo much! Please pick me!! And I adore your tweets and youtube tutorials :)

Buzzed For Beauty said...

I own a BH Cosmetics palette and the quality was surprisingly unspecial! This product seems really different, though on the surface the concept appears similar. I really loved your tutorial, and the rich color payoff. I would like to win the gift certificate because I rarely get to buy new makeup and this would help me get an affordable palette with lots of different shimmery colors, which are a girl's dream come true! :) Thanks Ren

roniece0188 said...

I would like to win one because it looks different from all the other palettes out there.

Lin said...

I am new to makeup and have a very small collection of makeup. I would like to create looks you have posted on your blog and youtube channel which I am subscriber to also. I really love that you recreated a look from basketball wives. It's weird because I was wondering if anyone would ever recreate that green look. Green is in. I love it so much. Thanks for the tutorial. Please enter me in to win the ShimmerCity palette I really love the pigment. It looks rich and applies easy. I need to use product similar to that because as a newbie with makeup its pretty hard to adjust to brushes and other things but I am slowly learning the do's and dont's of makeup!

MariaPaula said...

I've been following your blog for a while now, and it always amazes me with the looks you do. I'd like to win this to see how different the shadows are for myself.
If I don't win, I'll probably purchase it to see if it's worth the money.

CopyCat - Smashinbeauty said...

thanks for the review.
I will skip this palette and just get the 88 metallic palette.
Using my fingers to apply eyeshadow?! No thank you!

Look~a~like by Fox said...

Thanks for the review! I would like to win this palette because it's unique with all its fibrant glittery colors. Its always fun to include a little glitter to the eyes. I also, like that there are a variety of colors to play with. Thanks again for this contest and review.

Luscious said...

Hello! I would like to win, I really want to try this palette and some shimmer to my life. Thanks!

mina said...

I love Evelyns makeup, too! Really cute look!

wifluvelle said...

i dont think u have small eyes, coz mine is smaller ^^
i wanna win this for my sis in tx!

xoxo elle

Mich CoccaBene said...

Hey Ren! I'd love to win this to try this palette out, I'd really really love copying the look you just did in this vid bec its gorgeous!
xo Michele

CocoagirlD said...


jrokxzmakeup1 said...

I would love to win this palette cause of the amazing colors, they are so beautiful and cause I only got nuturals in my collection. Wow ren you did an amazing job it looks just like It :) love it

OneSexyC said...

Hi! I have enjoyed your makeup tutorials. You give great tips and reviews that help make me an even better inspiring makeup artist. I saw the tutorial and immediately wanted to get this palette..I planned on adding my shimmering palettes to my collection and this would be great to try, plus its unique and not very many people will have so thats alwayz a plus and winning the certificate would just make my day. Tho, i prob may try to purchase it sometime in the near future if i do not win the giveway! Im not afraid of color and this palette would be perfect for me! Thanx girl.

Ch L C said...

I would like to win this because its totally awesome to win things and I would like to try out there products.

christineMUA said...

I am always looking for new products to try out.

slagoon said...

Love the colors and I really like the creamy feel of some shadows, so it sounds like it would be great to try! Please pick me!

Rachael said...

I would love to win because I love trying new products from brands ive never tried before !

chongss said...

I want to win this palette because I think it looks so unique compared to other palettes out there!

Ronnie Mack said...

I'd love to win this palette mainly because you stated that they're a new company and if you liked them, you'd be mentioning them in your next tutorial so i'm willing to try it out! whether i win it or not, most likely it's something i'll be purchasing, but it's always better to win free stuff right! lol

ciao bella!

HopePeaceLoveMakeup said...

I would love to win the palette because I own all neutral shades and would love a palette with some color to try new looks

Kay said...

I would love to win this palette because I'm new to shimmer eyeshadows and would love to try them out.

Trina J Makeup said...

Awesome job you did a great job recreating both looks!

Lola said...

I would love to win this palette to try out new eyeshadow palettes with affordable prices, great variety and pigmentation. Thanks!

L luvs Makeup said...

I would love to win this palette cause I think it would be a great addition to my personal collect... I love the color pay off from your swatches...

Elise said...

i'd like to win cause i like shimmery colors. i have shimmery colors, but motsly neutrals and i'd like some more variation :)

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful blog post! You're such an amazing makeup artist and lovely person.

Chica.deOro said...

I would love to win bc it would be great to have such fun shimmery colors! I love the 2 makeup lloks btw :)

shoco324 said...

I would love to win this palette because it would be a great addition to my growing makeup collection and they look great!!!

Life.Love.Inspire said...

I would like to win because I don't have a big shimmery or fun, funky color collection. I am trying to branch out into more than just neutrals and purples which is what I usually do. Help me gain some more "color" in my life REN! =)

Glamazonz said...

I love trying new products. It is always so much fun to just sit and play with new colors.

Nicole said...

I follow you on youtube (anpvk7) and I think this palette would be a really nice edition to my collection! I've never seen anything like them. Pick me!

MonetShante said...

I would love to win to finally have a palette! Plus I loved the Evelyn look you did from BasketBall Wives and would love to recreate it the way you did.Great Giveaway!

Caligirl said...

Hey Ren,

I really like your tutorials and reviews you have a way of explaining your techniques &application like no one else which makes it super easy to understand for people like me. I have purchased several items based on your reviews &discovered new products &sites. I would love to win and try this pallet, looks very fun & vibrant which is the kind of person I am. Keep doing what you do because you're awesome!!!

PrettyPGH said...

Hi Ren! I'd love to win this palette because it's very different from any of the others I have tried. I like experimenting with new things and think this would be really lovely to try! I appreciate you reviewing roducts, it really gives us(ur viewers) a chance to venture into new products!! xo

lan said...

ive been a follower for a while now.. i would like to win because i have yet to win any contest EVER and this product seems so amazing and would love to try it

Afterglow Cosmetics said...

What a lovely collection in the is good to have such a wide variety and options in the desk to use it makeup