When I first heard about Caroline Hirons' collaboration with Pixi Beauty I was excited. When I saw that ItsJudyTime was ALSO doing a collaboration with them - and that it included an eyeshadow palette - I had a mini freakout.
Caroline Hirons is a skin whisperer in my opinion, and ItsJudyTime's previous palette with BH Cosmetics was one of my favorites ever. I trust Hirons' expertise and enjoy Judy's preferred eyeshadow colors, so I had high hopes for both products and pretty immediately purchased them as soon as they became available.
And 4 days later (quickest free shipping ever), inside a pretty mint box, I got them :D.
(available at Pixi Beauty and Target)
First up we're going to take a look at the ItsEyeTime Palette by ItsJudyTime, which is $24 and contains 12 eyeshadows.
(Why is a cheap stick-on mirror included? The world may never know)
After spending some time playing with this I think my overall opinion is that it's just ok. While the colors swatch nicely, and I love her decision to include a variety of matte crease options, I just don't love the formula of the shadows itself. The matte colors are a bit patchy upon application, the gold shimmer shadow has to be applied wet or with your finger to get it anywhere near true to pan, and the glitter in the black shadow may as well not be there at at all. All of this can be worked with (or around) but it's up to you whether you feel like it's worth the trouble. The case is plastic but sturdy, with a snap closure that I think will hold up to travel.
Final Verdict: Good, but not great. I'm picky when it comes to eyeshadows and while I don't regret this purchase - a perfect neutral palette is still my OG love - I think it's going to come down to the individual about whether this one makes the cut for your collection.
Now time to discuss what may be my new - and best - love, Caroline's Double Cleanse.
I've been a convert to the cleansing balm for a while, and Caroline's is one of the best I've used. Completely unscented (both products are actually), you put a dime to nickel sized amount in your hands, rub them together to melt the product, and massage it onto a dry face to dissolve makeup. Once you're done you can rinse it away with water (my choice) or use a washcloth to wipe the makeup away.
I use it to remove both face and eye makeup, and it has just enough slip for both, especially since I include a bit of facial massage in this step. I'm still working on getting just the right amount at a time since I don't want to waste it, but in my opinion skins of all type could get great use out of this.
Now step 2 of her double cleanse is a non-stripping cream cleanser. Massaged onto the face after step 1, it doesn't foam up if you try rinsing it away with water - though right now I'm following her instructions and wiping it away with a cloth. This both makes sure that you get the last bits of makeup off while also providing a gentle nightly exfoliation, which improves the absorption of any products you put on after.
Between step 1 and 2 my face feels clean but not tight or dry, which is fantastic (especially in Winter). I haven't noticed any irritation or issues with using it, though I do swap in my favorite GlamGlow cleanser every now and again. Since it's in a sturdy container it'd probably travel well, but because I don't like checking a bag it's unlikely I would bring it with me very often.
Final Verdict: A great versatile cleansing duo, especially for $24, that I'd recommend to newbies and seasoned skincare veterans alike. If you're looking for a cost effect washcloth option, these are the ones I'm using.