Friday, September 8, 2017

K-Beauty Inspired Drugstore Makeup | KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette & Halo Strobing Palette: Review and Swatches

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KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette & Halo Strobing Palette: Review and Swatches
Available at Rexall and London Drugs in Canada, KISS New York Professional is a trendy drugstore makeup brand offering up a wide range of color makeup. Inspired by Korean beauty trends and often made in the same labs that produce some of the top prestige brands in Korea, KISS promises quality at an affordable price. Curious to learn more? Read my review and see some swatches of the Hexa Eyeshadow Palette and the Halo Strobing Palette......
KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude"
KISS New York Pro Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude" ($12.99 CAD):
Packaged in a simple black rectangular compact with a clear plastic window on the lid, the Hexa Eyeshadow Palette contains six colors and is available in four shades. Five of the shadows weigh 1.5g each and remaining shade weighs 3g. "Pink Nude" features five warm neutrals. You get a beige cream, a rosy beige, a rose gold brown, a stunning reddish brown, a medium brown, and a dark brown. With the exception of the beige cream and the dark brown, which are both mattes, all the shades are satin shimmers.
KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude"
Every single shadow has a silky, fine, and creamy formulation. There is virtually no fallout and the pigmentation is amazing as well. The formulation of the shadows reminds me a lot of THE FACE SHOP eyeshadows (example here); it's very lightweight, smooth, and easy-to-blend.
KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude"
KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude"
Below is a look I created using the "Pink Nude" palette. I think I could have definitely used a little more blending but the photos are a good enough demonstration of the shadow quality.
KISS New York Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Hexa Eyeshadow Palette in "Pink Nude"
KISS New York Professional Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium"
KISS New York Pro Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium" ($19.99 CAD):
Available in three shades, the Halo Strobing Palette is a highlighter trio (15.8g total) housed in a simple plastic black compact only slightly larger than that of the Hexa Eyeshadow Palette. In the "Medium" palette, you get a soft champagne shimmer, a pale milky golden shimmer, and a warm peach champagne shimmer.
KISS New York Professional Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium"
Formulation-wise, all three shades are very rich and creamy! The pigmentation is good, not the best I've seen, but pretty up there for a drugstore brand. Compared to the eyeshadows, the powders don't feel as silky and finely-milled but they still apply and blend very nicely! The highlighters are quite buildable and because they don't contain any chunky glitters or sparkles, the finish has a sophisticated sheen. Although the palette is designed for a medium skin tone, I think the colors are light enough that they can also work for paler skin tones.
KISS New York Professional Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium": Review and Swatches
KISS New York Professional | Halo Strobing Palette in "Medium"
Overall, I'm very impressed with both products from KISS. The highlight palette is great for those that want a variety of shades to work with and the eyeshadow palette's quality is just amazing, especially for something that costs only $13 CAD!
Have you spotted this brand in stores? What are your thoughts on drugstore palettes? Are you willing to forgo fancy packaging and opt for affordable quality? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Availability:
KISS New York Professional is available in stores at Rexall, London Drugs, and online at kissnypro.com.
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