I went to Las Vegas last weekend!
Whenever I go, I try to visit the Inglot store. Inglot is a cosmetics company based in Poland. They have around 40 boutiques in the U.S., and one of the largest is in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (there is also one at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian).
What I love about Inglot is the range of colors they offer, particularly in their eye shadows. When I discovered them a few years ago, their product line was a little limited - mainly lip glosses and shadows - and the quality wasn't always there (the first shadows I tested from Inglot were a little chalky and not very pigmented).
Since then, the quality has improved a lot, and I'm happy to say that their product range has expanded too. Their signature line is arguably the Freedom System palettes. They offer a few dozen different blank palette configurations, and then most of their shadows, blushes, highlighters and powders (and even a few lipsticks and solid fragrances) come in pans that fit interchangeably, so you can really customize to create whatever you want.
The Freedom System Palette EB is my favorite configuration. It holds three eye pans and one longer blush/highlighter pan, so it's perfect if you want to economize and mix & match to create a full face palette.
This older palette is one that I often take when I travel. The greens and golds work well together for evening eye looks, so with the bright pink blush it's really all I need. I don't remember the shade numbers or formula name, but as you can see the eye colors are all shimmers.
My newer palette, the one I picked out last weekend, has the Fusion Blush and Illuminator in shade number 201, and the Matte Eye Shadow in shades 288, 289, and 290. These are not eye colors I'll ever wear together - the green works well on its own, as a swipe of color for a spring day, but the blue and purple will probably be used as crease colors for lighter purples or frosty blues.
On this last trip, I did also pick up a few standalones. I love this pink highlighter - it gives me a rosy glow, but it's subtle and not too over the top for my older skin:
I'm also trying out their Everlight Mousse Foundation. The shade range is limited (their other foundation formulas do have ranges that are more inclusive), but I love the finish. The texture is thick for a mousse, so a little goes a long way. I've also found that the formula needs a little warming up on the skin, otherwise it can be hard to blend. I don't usually use my fingers to apply foundation, but with this one I've been dabbing it on and just doing the initial blending with my fingertips (you might also warm it on the back of your hand first, before applying to your face). Once it's warmed, I can blend the rest of the way with a brush or sponge and it melts into the skin, leaving a really nice, naturally silky finish.
Oh, what a coincidence! A few days after getting back, I spotted this news:
I don't share J.Lo's gorgeous complexion, but I'm excited to get a look at the products they've come up with nonetheless. I mean, the collection is going to include 70+ pieces - I may not wear the bronzer, but maybe there's a lipstick or a blush in there for me? It launches on April 17th, and you can check in with the countdown clock at http://jenniferlopezinglot.com/.