Friday, April 1, 2011

Okay Ulta, I Won't Ignore You Anymore! Ulta Glitterati Palette Review and Swatches

I'll just put this out there right now- this whole post is a tease.  This palette in not available anymore, but I'm showing it because I want to prove that Ulta can make some quality makeup, too.  Its easy to overlook the Ulta brand of makeup, but you can find some real gems.  They have made a version of this palette before so you never know, it may come back.  Also, many of the shades, if not all are permanent eye shadows in Ulta's collection and are sold as singles.

This is Ulta's Glitterati palette.  It looks like it is trying to dupe the style of more high-end brands like Urban Decay.  I'm not sure why they call it Glitterati; the shadows are mostly shimmers with two shades being matte with microglitter.  Silly name aside, this was a great find for $12.99 and I'm really impressed with the quality of the shadows.  They are soft, blendable, and most are very pigmented.  The mattes with microglitter are a little more patchy, but I never have good luck with those type of shades.  Especially the dark ones like black and brown.

The colors are:
  • Flutter- a ballet slipper pink shimmer
  • Amethyst- a reddish-brown burgundy plum shimmer
  • Molten- a matte dark brown base with lots of gold microglitter/shimmer
  • Silk- a creamy beige shimmer
  • Galaxy- a matte black with silver micoglitter
  • Peacock- a dusty navy blue shimmer
  • Verdigris- a forest green shimmer
  • Lustre- a medium champagne brown shimmer
Taken inside with flash

The palette's packaging lives up to the Glitterati name.

Taken inside with flash
I took a picture with the plastic name insert over the shadows.  The names aren't listed anywhere else on the palette so you need to keep this if you want to remember the names.

Taken outside in full sun

Taken in full sun
1st row in sun
2nd row in sun
Here is going to be a look I did with some of the shadows.  I've never done a look specifically for my blog before so I'm nervous.  I'm still a novice at multiple eyeshadow looks and blending, but this gives you an idea how the shadows perform.  They are applied dry over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance).

This is Peacock on the inner third of my lid, Verdegris on the outer third and below my lower lashes, and Molten in the crease. Lustre is above the lid blended down and Silk on the inner corner.  I used Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Binge on my upper lashline and waterline.  And my mascara is Cover Girl Last Blast Volume (the big honkin' orange tube).

I've had pretty good luck with Ulta's eyeshadows.  I have a few singles I need to swatch for you, but they're having a sale right now for 2 singles for $6 so I may buy some more and swatch them all together.  For the price they are (cheaper than a lot of drugstore brands when they go on sale) they are worth experimenting with.

Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!


    1. Those look pretty on you! I have never tried Ulta brand anything....maybe I need to branch out ;-)

    2. You should try! It wouldn't hurt. I think they have a return policy like Sephora's where you can return anything even if it has been opened/used.

    3. This looks great. Too bad it's not available anymore. I never buy Ulta, but if I'd known about this... *sigh*

      At least I can drool over swatches, though. Thanks for the post <3

      Fierce Nerditude


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