Sunday, 24 September 2017

Is it really worth taking this home? The Take Me On Vacation eyeshadow palette by Kylie Cosmetics...

Take Me On Vacation is a limited edition eyeshadow palette from the brand's summer 2017 collection, that is [as of July 2018] still in stock on the Kylie Cosmetics site.

 Since the quality of the last limited edition eyeshadow palette I've bought from Kylie Cosmetics was pretty decent, I decided to pick this up during a recent flash sale as the colour selection for I Want It All was a let-down and I felt the larger shade range here would complement my previous purchase... 

In the palette you get sixteen powder eyeshadows: First Class (matte pastel lavender), Sea Breeze (matte soft sand), Summer '17 (metallic peachy gold), Coconut (matte warm taupe), Pina Colada (matte true yellow), Paradise (metallic copper gold), Starfish (matte soft papaya), On The Rocks (matte grey lavender), Island Girl (metallic bright teal), Sunset (satin red copper), Sail Away (metallic deep gold), Spray Tan (matte midtown brown), Aloha (matte pastel peach), Luxury (metallic ruby bronze), Palm Tree (matte deep brown), and Surf Board (metallic sea green). You also get a double ended blending brush.

Like with I Want It All, I think that the shadows here are okay in that they are pretty & complementary. This palette can be used for a variety of complete eye looks going from a nude look, to conservative office looks, all the way to night/party time, and I have liked the majority of looks I've done to date. The mattes are more powdery compared to the ones in the I Want It All palette so there is more fallout, but even so I find the blendability to be greatly improved over the earlier shadows from the brand that I own [Christmas 2016 and Valentines 2017]. I haven't used a primer to see how well the shadows hold up, and whilst the colours do fade, there hasn't been much creasing with 9+ hours of wear. 

I have only used the brush a few times [including when I did the demo looks] - it did the job okay, but I just prefer the feel and ease of my other brushes, as the floppy bristles on the Kylie Cosmetics brush made applying the shadow with neatness difficult [see messy creases in my pics].

 My main issue with the pigmentation on some shades; it's a big step down from I Want It All. I found that none of the deeper shades [Spray Tan, Palm Tree, Luxury & Sunset are the worst] apply as dark and/or as vibrant as they appear in the pan - the light shade First Class is the worst pigmentation-wise, as it applies as a white. 

The shade Pina Colada is the only shadow in the palette that I outright dislike, as it is dry and crumbly - I've only used the shade once and there is a considerable dip in the pan, as it is so powdery that it just flakes into pieces. Also; the shade names aren't printed on the palette. This niggle doesn't effect the actual products in any way so I don't mean to make a big deal about it, but it's something that irritates me because I like to know exactly what I'm wearing. 

If the palette were at the flash sale price I paid, I'd be tempted to recommend giving it a try, as the variety of shades & finishes are quite lovely. But at the price it's currently sold at, I'm going to advise giving the palette a miss, as the price you see on screen is already too much for the iffy product quality [not the worst, but nothing worth shouting about], and then there is shipping, and tax & customs to be added = we're going past the 'medium to low-high' palette price point, and are talking a "let's go to Selfridge's and hit the makeup counters" higher level price range (in the UK anyway), which is a level of quality that this palette just not does not have.
 So yeah; Take Me On Vacation is worth considering if it goes on sale again [likely as it's a limited edition item from their summer 2017 range that doesn't seem to be selling well], but I don't think it's worth the full RRP, as the quality is 'meh'. I'd say it is a good idea to sign up for email updates from Kylie Cosmetics for a $10 off code, then maybe consider getting this palette straight away if the colours are really calling to you, or risk it selling out and wait for another flash sale for a bigger price reduction if you're still not sure about getting it = I wouldn't say this is something that you'd regret not getting if it does go.

You can buy Take Me On Vacation from the Kylie Cosmetics site for $54.
International shipping is $15 or free when you spend over $60.
The parcel will be delivered to your nearest postal delivery office [or regular post office if you live in a remote area] and you'll need to pay import taxes before they give you the parcel - my parcel contents were $98 [xmas pressies] and I paid £25.

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