I hauled. But I have a perfectly valid explanation and I don't regret my purchase one bit! :) I got an Inglot Palette!
I found out about Inglot a few months ago when I passed by it in Times Square (the variety and availability of brands in New York City never ceases to amaze me). I researched it via
Each square pan is 2.7 grams, almost double the size of a Mac single shadow, and only costs $5 if you purchase the 10 pan. There are a variety of palettes available and you choose the colors you want at the store (I hear they will launch an online shop soon). It was a fun experience swatching and choosing the colors I wanted although four shades I chose originally were out of stock :(
|(left to right: AMC Shine 08, Pearl 402, Double Sparkle, 465, AMC Shine 49)|
I chose mostly warm neutral shades that I would wear often like browns and a few golds, greens, and purple shades as well. The gorgeous purple taupes I wanted were out of stock :( The shadows come in a variety of finishes like Pearl, AMC, AMC Shine, Matte and a few others. All of the shadows I swatched in the store were smooth and well pigmented.
|(left to right: AMC Shine 43, AMC Shine 37, Pearl 421, Pearl 419)|
|(left to right: Pearl 452, Pearl 446)|
The lady who helped me was friendly and nice but I was slightly dismayed that she put the shadows in random order. I specifically organized the palette on the magnetic slate that you put the testers on so that the colors would somewhat go together. What is the green doing next to the purple?! But it's not a big deal.
Nonetheless, I'm happy with the shadows I got even though I broke ban. $50 may seem like a hefty price but it really is reasonable considering the amazing quantity and quality of the shadows. The packaging is prone to disaster but it is sleek and heavy duty. It feels high end and not flimsy like most drugstore palettes.
Look at how the shadow pans dwarf the pans in the Urban Decay palette! The length of the Inglot palette is about the same size as the Urban Decay Book of Shadows but the shadows are way bigger.
I actually might go back to the store sometime in April to get a smaller palette with circular pans because I really want to get my hands on those beautiful taupe shades I missed out on! There were so many colors that it was quite difficult to choose which I wanted in my palette. The circular pans are significantly smaller, weighing in at 1.7 grams, but are still bigger than Mac shadows and cost a bit less than the square pans. I plan on getting the 5 circular pan palette which is only $25 :)
Have you guys tried Inglot? Planning to? Tell me in the comments section!
On a side note, this month's gift from Bath & Body Works if you have their membership card is two small candles. I'm not really a candle person but since they were free I chose Pink Sangria and Island Nectar.
They're quite small and retail for $3.50 but they smell quite nice so it's a nice freebie to try.