Saturday, November 23, 2013

EM Cosmetics Shade Play Lip Color Mixing Palette in MIX IT UP PINKS

I am so excited about Michelle Phan's new makeup line. She's the OG of the makeup YouTube community. She's one of the first people to do makeup tutorials online back in 2007. I'm a big fan of her and her videos. They are so helpful and professional. She has definitely come a long way, and her makeup line is a reflection of her hard work and success. Her line has been out our months now and although it offers a lot of makeup I would like to try, I was only able to get the lip mixing palette along with eye shadow samples. It's considered a high end brand with a hefty price tag, so the other makeup would just have to wait ^_^.

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Em cosmetics Shade Play Lip Color Mixing Palette in Mix it up Pinks $28.00- "Inspired by a girl who loves to play with color! Mix, play, create! The possibilities are infinite with a range of shades and finishes from glossy to classic matte." (taken from

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of lip palettes. I just never use them unless if it's for a makeup gig. I'd rather use a regular lipstick on myself. But after seeing her video tutorial on on how to use the product, I was quickly convinced that it's something I'm going to really like. 

What I like
  • The concept. It's genius in my opinion. You get 3 lip colors, 2 lip gloss and 1 lipstick gloss. Use them alone or mix and make your own color. There's a tiny shalow well on the palette and a lip brush so you can mix colors just like a professional makeup artist!
  • The shades are gorgeous. At first, from looking at the photos online and in person, the colors looked more like berries and plum, but once swatched and applied on the lips, it screams PINK!!! You get a good variety of pinks from mauvey, baby pink to bright magenta pink.
  • Pigmentation is superb! The colors have a great color pay off. Even the glosses has a hint of pink to them that is slightly visible. This also means that you can control of the pigment. If you think it's too bright, you can mix it with the the gloss to sheer it out. 
  • Texture is impressive. All the lip colors and glosses are so creamy and glides on smoothly on the lips. The glosses has a bit of stickiness to them, but still comfortable.
  • Comes is a variety of finish from matte, satin and glossy. So awesome!
  • The packaging is solid. It feels very sturdy and has a little weight to it. Also, positive words are embossed on it. It says, emerge, emotion, embrace, empower, embody, esteem, embellish, embark.

What I don't like
  • Being a cheapskate, I would like to say the price. However, I think $28 is a fair price for the concept and quality of the product. And to tell you the truth, I would like to purchase all the shades when I get a chance ^_^. 

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Starting from the top left -counter clock wise.
- magenta pink lip color with fine silver shimmers and a matte finish.
-pale pink gloss with fine silver shimmers
-meduim pink with purple undertone lip color. matte.
- nude pink lip gloss. no shimmers. It's a great
- classic pink lip color with a glossy finish
-ruby pink lip color/gloss with fine purple shimmers.

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Swatches on my arm with flash

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Swatches on my arm without flash

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Here's how the first color on the left looks like on my lips.

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without flash

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with flash

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with sheer pink gloss

Here's an example on how you can mix colors. I used a little bit of the magenta pink lip color and the classic pink glossy lip color. It gave me a bright hot pink color. I love it!

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without flash

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with flash

Overall, I really love this lip palette. It has a great variety of pinks to go with any makeup looks with different finishes and textures. My favorite would have to be fun to mixing the colors to see what kind of pink lip color I could come up with. I definitely recommend it of you love pink lippies!


  1. This palette does have, indeed, a great concept! the colors possibilites are countless!

  2. I knew it would look so good on you! :) A full face makeup will prove me more.. :)

    pinks brighten up your color more, though any color do look good on you.. :)

  3. For $28 USD I think this is one of the most reasonable priced items in her line. The packaging is pretty but not posh or luxe enough for my likely to be considered 'high end'. I heard that the lipsticks are the best product in her line and those shades look amazing.

  4. I have been meaning to post about something like this on one of my blogs and this has given me an idea. Thanks.
    jeux billard

  5. Love it!!! Love this concept for it willd ef create different lip colors. A must have indeed!