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Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette “Sassy Siennas” | Review

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Switching it up from my usual lip product reviews, I wanted to try out this amazing palette I snagged while I still received Ipsy bags (I was a total sucker for their addons!). Not only did I snatch up this palette, I grabbed another color way as well! This palette has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it’s been a fantastic experience!

Packaging: This 5 pan palette is thin and features a metallic copper front. The name of the palette is on the front in white, along with the Dose of Colors logo. The inside has a slot for a brush and comes with a double sided brush, has a shiny black plastic packaging around the shadows, and features a large mirror. The mirror is obviously covered by the outer box, since I didn’t want to deal with the reflections – we all know what a good mirror looks like!


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Top to Bottom: Oh So Sassy, Bossy, Foxy, Brassy, Stay Sassy

Individual Shadow Reviews:

Oh So Sassy: Plump peach. This color is such a cool take on a neutral! It’s got an orange color to it absolutely, but it’s got just enough brown to turn it into something that feels more approachable as a color. I did struggle to build this color up, as when I tried to it didn’t want to blend out and instead would stick to a few spots, looking patchy. It wasn’t super noticeable, but it was enough for me to want to point it out.

Bossy: Bold burnt orange. I was very intimidated by this shade when I saw it, and so honestly delayed a bit in trying it. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by it! I don’t know if it’s because I have blue eyes, but I felt like the bold orange color looked so nice on me, and while it was certainly bright, it didn’t feel garish or out of place. I found that after around 8 hours, this did crease a bit, but remained vibrant.

Foxy: Burnt sienna. This shade has become a favorite of mine; it’s perfectly down the middle for me in terms of shade and depth. While compared to the first two colors it looks nearly brown, on the lids it still has a distinctly orange undertone; it just isn’t as fluorescent. This was a great shade both on its own and used in the crease, and blended easily.

Brassy: Warm copper. Holy pigment! I tapped my brush into the pan a few times and I got a lot of color on my lid. It blended pretty easily, but I was surprised that it actually looked a lot lighter than the swatch on my arm. I was anticipating a darker brown that would give me a bit of a smokey effect, but I feel like it looked the same bright orange as the rest of the shades. I also found that this did end up fading a bit after about 6 hours in my crease. That said, there’s a distinct possibility I rubbed my eyes and didn’t realize, causing it to fade more than it would have otherwise.

Stay Sassy: Warm cocoa brown. This is another shadow I felt intimidated by, but when I put it on I fell in love! It’s definitely dark compared to the other shades, and not something I’d typically throw on as a casual look, but the undertone was lovely. It was a very smokey looking shadow, but blended on the edges made a very pretty orange brown. I unfortunately did notice a lot of patchiness on one eye with this shade, and I don’t know if it was because I had put too much shadow on, or the primer wasn’t blended as well.


Application: Applying these shadows isn’t super hard, but they are WAY pigmented, so beware! The shadows themselves are very powdery, and even when I gently tap my brush into the pan, I still kick up a lot of dust. I recommend very lightly patting the shadow to get it on the brush, blowing or tapping off the excess, then applying to your eye.

It does blend out nicely if you add too much color accidentally, but I still caution application as the formula can get patchy if you add too much and don’t spend the time it needs blending. I would not consider this a beginner friendly formula, and would say this is a great palette for someone who has experience working with makeup and is comfortable with a lot of pigment and color.

Wear: I was really impressed with the wear on these shadows! I noticed minimal creasing about 6 hours into wear, which doesn’t surprise me as I have incredibly oily eyelids. Even with the minimal creasing, the colors remained vibrant through the entire time I wore it. These are some serious eyeshadows!

I opted to try these shadows all on their own as a single eyeshadow look so I could see exactly what I was working with for each individual review, and I think this may have been to the shadow’s detriment. I do not believe this palette is a fantastic “one and done” palette, and instead works best utilized with shimmer shades or liquid shadows.

Do You Need It?

While this is always a subjective question (you need to look at your own collection), I like to include this to provide some context if you’re considering purchasing!

First of all, if you’re just starting out in makeup I do not recommend this palette. Based on what I said above regarding application, I think it could easily scare off a person new to makeup and make it feel intimidating.

If you’ve had a chance to play with makeup and feel comfortable, I definitely think this formula is worth a peek! The next question to ask, however, is how this palette will fit into your collection. With it being an all matte palette, you either need to 1) be comfortable rocking an all matte look, or 2) be willing to use multiple palettes/eyeshadows to create a look you’re happy with.

While I wouldn’t call this a colorful palette, the first two shades (Oh So Sassy & Bossy) are a lot brighter on the eyes than they look even in the swatch. If you’re looking for a truly neutral, every day palette I’d also skip over this one. However, if you’re looking to add a little color and vibrance into your collection without going to rainbow, I’d say this is a great fit! It’s not great as a one shadow look personally, but if you’re looking to use this to supplement single shadows or shimmers you already have, it’s a strong contender.

The palette costs $32, which comes out to a little over $6 per shadow. In my opinion, if you find this palette on sale, it’s worth picking up! I think I snagged it for $18 thanks to the Ipsy add-on program, which brought the cost to under $4 a shade; well worth it to me.

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Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette | Review

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Back when I was first getting into makeup, my grandma bought me the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette for Christmas – I was drawn to the beautiful pink packaging and I knew that Too Faced was well known for their chocolate palettes.

Just like every other chocolate bar palette, this one smells like chocolate when you open the packaging!  It’s not overpowering in my opinion, and you can’t smell it after applying to your eyes.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The packaging is a pink metal tin with a magnetic closure that feels sturdy and like it will keep the eyeshadows safe if I were to take it traveling.  There is also a rectangular mirror; it’s not large, but it does fit into the palette nicely and you can see your eyes clearly.  The palette name is written along the bottom third of the mirror.


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New at Ulta | January 13 – February 2, 2020

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I’m back once again with some of the standout products from Ulta recently!

Of course the brand new ABH palette drew my attention because it’s beautiful, but there were a lot of Colourpop palettes released as well! It also looks like Ulta is getting some products that have been out for a while, like the Persona Cosmetics glosses and Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons.

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New at Ulta | December 23, 2019 – January 12, 2020

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I know I just posted one of these – but there were so many amazing new releases that I had to share this one as well!

The drugstore has really been knocking it out of the park with releases lately!  I have a ton of different lipsticks, concealers & foundations that looked interesting. Lipsticks in general this time around really drew me in – plus, as always, I love a good eyeshadow palette!

New at Ulta | December 23, 2019 - January 12, 2020 - A Midwest Belle

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New At Ulta | November 25 – December 22, 2019

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It’s time for yet another installment of my New at Ulta series!  I’m definitely a bit delayed in getting this one out to y’all, but I ended up taking a break over the holidays. Rest assured, the new year has reinvigorated me and I hope you’re all excited for what 2020 has to offer!

There were a lot of new palettes & lipsticks that drew my attention this time around – especially from Milani and the drugstore in general.  There were also a few base products that sound interesting!

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Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019

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Today’s post is a pretty quick and easy one – I wanted to share what’s in my basket for November that I’ve been playing with!  There has been basically no change at all except for a new concealer.

Monthly Makeup Basket | November 2019 - A Midwest Belle

If you would like to see my current impressions of the products pictured above, make sure you check out my October basket – I don’t want to be repeating myself since there isn’t a whole lot to update on.

New Additions:

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer: First of all, wow, what a long name! When I swatched this on the back of my hand I was concerned that the color wouldn’t match me well, but I wanted to throw it on my eyes quickly and see what I thought, and I’m already so pumped to keep testing! It’s everything that I wanted in a concealer that I wasn’t able to get from the IT Cosmetics one.  I’m very excited to share with you all my final thoughts!

Are you trying any new makeup this month?


New at Ulta | September 30 – October 27, 2019

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The holidays are now upon us, and to be honest I’m pretty excited!  In this iteration of New at Ulta, we have tons of minis and gift sets, which are by far my favorite thing to buy/get!  There’s also quite a few different lip kits; this time of year is when I go a little wild with buying mini lipsticks for review!

I’m pretty excited to also see KKW Beauty now at Ulta – I don’t love buying from brand websites so now I have easy access to another pretty popular brand!

New at Ulta | September 30 - October 27, 2019 - A Midwest Belle

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New at Ulta | September 2 – September 29, 2019

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It looks like Holiday season is now upon us!  I had a real love for the new eyeshadow palettes this time around – 6 of the new items are palettes!  Additionally, I’m really loving the little kits that come out and had quite a few on this list.  I just feel like kits are an amazing way to try a lot of different products/colors at a much more affordable price – plus, I have too much makeup to ever go through, so the smaller products make me feel like there’s a chance of finishing them!

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New at Ulta | July 15 – August 4, 2019

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Once again, we’re here to talk about the new beauty at Ulta that’s caught my attention!  Unfortunately this is another month where there wasn’t a ton that really looked interesting to me, but we do have a lot of eyeshadow palettes and listicks!

Also super exciting – Nabla Cosmetics is now being carried at Ulta!  I added a couple of products that sounded really interesting to my list from them, especially because I’ve heard so many good things about their eyeshadows.

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New At Ulta | May 20 – June 9, 2019

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This edition of New At Ulta has a lot less on it than usual!  I found that there wasn’t a lot that stood out to me as something I wanted to buy. I’m not sure if this is true, but I also feel like there wasn’t a ton that got released during this time period on Ulta!  I’m assuming it’s because this is just a slow time for makeup releases and that as we get closer to September (read: holiday!) we’ll have a lot more to look at and chat about.

One big thing to note was the addition of more Kylie Cosmetics items, so I have quite a few on my list of want to purchase!  I’ve never tried her products, but I do own one of the lip kits.  I’m curious about her powder products!

New At Ulta | May 20 - June 9, 2019 - A Midwest Belle

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