Profusion Cosmetics Smoky & Spectrum Palette Reviews

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My first experience with Profusion Cosmetics was when I tried out the Royals Eyeshadow Palette. I LOVED that palette so much and it made me want to try more from the brand. I decided to pick up the Smoky and Spectrum palettes, both are just $5.00 apiece. I’m going to split this review into sections and give you the pros/cons, swatches and three looks for each palette. Let’s start with the Smoky Eyeshadow Palette!
Smoky Palette

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The Smoky Palette is filled with neutral and cool tones. It contains ten shades, six mattes and four shimmers. First, I’m going to describe each shade in the palette to the best of my ability; these eyeshadows do have names but do not have descriptions on the website. After that, I’ll let you know all the pros and cons and show you the three looks I created.

Shade Descriptions:

  • Pure– matte cream
  • Twinkle– shimmery gold
  • Top Notch– matte tan with rosy undertones
  • Teleport– shimmery bronze with rosy undertones
  • Nutmeg– matte deep brown with rosy undertones
  • Bling– shimmery taupe
  • Sandstorm– matte camel brown
  • Graphite– matte cool toned gray with purple undertones
  • Bewitched– shimmery purple with black undertones
  • Raven– matte muted black

Pros:

  • I absolutely love this neutral/cool toned color story for the fall and winter. It’s perfect for everyday wear or for creating more dramatic and smoky looks.
  • All of the shimmers are beautiful but they do need to be used wet, like almost all other shimmers.
  • Almost all of the mattes blend perfectly and feel very creamy.
  • The ratio of matte to shimmers makes it easy to create multiple complete looks just using this palette.

Cons:

  • The mattes are VERY powdery. This creates a lot of fall out and causes pan to be hit faster, as you can see in my Pure shade. However, powdery mattes can be easier to blend so it’s a bit of pro and a con.
  • The shade Raven is very dry and doesn’t have much pigment. It’s fine for lining the lower lash line but not much else unless you want a light black.
  • I really struggled to blend the shade Graphite. It was also very patchy. I would have to really build it up to get decent pigment but then when I would blend, it would disappear in certain areas and not blend at all in others. I really love the color of this shade but it’s too annoying for me to want to use it.

Eyeshadow Looks

*After this review there will be an increase in picture quality. I’ve started using the front camera and not the selfie camera on my phone to take my selfies. The pictures are much more detailed but more complicated to take because I can’t see what I’m doing, lol.

I used only this palette to create these looks. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my hand; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

I absolutely loved the way this look turned out and had no issues with any of the shadows.

  1. I set my primer with Pure.
  2. I blended Top Notch slightly above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Nutmeg into my crease and onto the outermost part of my lid.
  4. I applied Teleport all over my lid.
  5. I applied Twinkle in my inner corner.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Raven.

This look turned out fine but not great. As I mentioned above, the shade Graphite was very difficult to work with. The shade Bewitched was also much darker than I thought so it looks odd on my lid. I used a face highlighter in my inner corner so it won’t be mentioned below.

  1. I set my primer with Pure.
  2. I blended Sandstorm slightly above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Graphite into my crease.
  4. I applied Bewitched on the outermost part of my lid.
  5. I applied Bling on the rest of my lid.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Raven.

I really liked the way this look turned out. Graphite was still annoying to use, however.

  1. I set my primer with Pure.
  2. I blended Top Notch above my natural crease.
  3. I blended Graphite into my crease.
  4. I applied Bling all over my lid and in my inner corner.
  5. I lined my lower lash line with Raven.
  6. I smudged Bewitched underneath Raven.

This palette has a few issues but it is EXCELLENT to only be $5.00! If you’ve been looking for eyeshadows like these, I recommend buying this palette. Now let’s talk about the complete opposite of the Smoky Palette, the Spectrum Palette!

Spectrum Palette

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The Spectrum Palette is filled with ten, colorful matte shades. I have used this palette in every colorful look that I’ve created over the past few months. This is not a stand alone palette for me and I have pulled in eyeshadows from other palettes each time I’ve used it but I have used every shade. Like with the Smoky Palette, I’m going to describe each shade in the palette to the best of my ability. After that, I’ll let you know all the pros and cons and show you the three looks I created.

Shade Descriptions:

  • Bermuda– baby blue
  • Lucky– lime green
  • Merigold– merigold yellow
  • Beat– bright orange
  • Ember– rusty red
  • Peacock– turquoise green
  • Nautical– royal blue
  • Reign– true purple
  • Rave– hot pink
  • Totally– berry pink

Pros:

  • All of the shades are blendable with very little fallout.
  • This is a “well rounded” rainbow palette. It’s a perfect addition to other colorful palettes.
  • Most of the shades are pigmented.

Cons:

  • The shades Nautical and Beat are not pigmented. Even when I tried to use Nautical on my lower lash line, it barely showed up. I had to really build Beat up and it would instantly disappear if I tried to blend it at all.

Eyeshadow Looks

*After this review there will be an increase in picture quality. I’ve started using the front camera and not the selfie camera on my phone to take my selfies. The pictures are much more detailed that way but more complicated to take because I can’t see what I’m doing, lol.

I have used every shade in this palette but I’ve used a variety of other palettes with it. Two of the looks that I’m going to show you were also in my video game reviews so those will be copied and pasted. I’ll link to the other palettes I used in conjunction with this one the first time that they’re mentioned. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my hand; left to right and top to bottom. You can click on the pictures to see them better. Since these eyeshadows do have names, I won’t be describing where they are in the palette or what they look like.

This look was created for my Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel review. This is the only look that I attempted to use Nautical in but I ended up mixing it with another blue shade because it just wasn’t pigmented. All of the other shades worked perfectly. From the Spectrum Palette, I used the shades: Reign, Rave, Totally, Bermuda and Nautical.

  1. I blended the shade Kittenfish from the Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette above my natural crease with a tapered blending brush.
  2. I then blended the shade Reign from the Profusion Spectrum Palette right above my natural crease and into Kittenfish with a tapered blending brush.
  3. I then took the shade Rave from the Profusion Spectrum Palette and blended it into my crease and up into Reign with a detail crease brush.
  4. I added some depth to the inner most part of my crease with the shade Totally from the Profusion Spectrum Palette with a detail crease brush.
  5. I applied the shade Fula from the Juvia’s Place The Saharan Palette all over my lid. I then packed the shade Do or Dough from the Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette on top of Fula. I used a flat eyeshadow brush for both of these shades.
  6. I applied the shade Butter Cake from the Colourpop Yes Please Palette in my inner corner with a very small crease brush.
  7. On my lower lash line, I lined my eyes with the shade Bermuda from the Profusion Spectrum Palette using a small angled brush. I then blended together the shades Nautical from the Profusion Spectrum Palette and the shade Rendezvous from the Morphe 35V Palette and smudged them underneath Bermuda with a smudge brush.

This look was created for my Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide review. All of the shades I used worked perfectly and from the Spectrum Palette, I used the shades Peacock and Reign.

  1. I packed the shade Peacock from the Profusion Spectrum Palette along the length of the arch of my brow.
  2. I then blended the shade Reign from the Profusion Spectrum Palette underneath Peacock and I brought it farther down to the inner part of my eye.
  3. I then blended the single shade Punk Passion from Looxi Beauty into my crease, following along underneath Reign.
  4. I then deepened the crease with the shade Bad Boy from the Morphe 35V Palette.
  5. I packed the single shade Savage from Looxi Beauty onto the outermost part of my eyelid. I then topped it with the shade Do or Dough from the Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette.
  6. In the center of my eyelid, I applied the single shade Queen of Mean from Looxi Beauty.
  7. On the innermost part of my eyelid, I applied the single shade Siren of the Sea by Looxi Beauty.
  8. In my inner corner and on my brow bone, I applied the single shade Limelight from Looxi Beauty. I also used this underneath the shade Peacock on my lower lash line.
  9. I smudged the shade Nubia from the Juvia’s Place Magic Palette on my lower lash line. I then placed the shade Peacock underneath.

I love the way this fall look turned out. I used primarily just the Spectrum Palette. I used the shades: Merigold, Beat, Ember and Lucky.

  1. I blended the shade Merigold from the Profusion Spectrum Palette above my natural crease and near my brow bone.
  2. I then blended Beat from the Profusion Spectrum Palette right under Merigold.
  3. I then blended Ember from the Profusion Spectrum Palette into my crease.
  4. I deepened my crease with Poppy from the Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette.
  5. I applied Cranberry Splash from the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette all over my lid.
  6. I applied Jasmine from the Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette in my inner corner.
  7. I lined my lower lash line with Lucky from the Spectrum Palette.
  8. I smudged Poppy from the Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette underneath Lucky.

*Brushes Used For Both Palettes:

I love this little colorful palette! It has some dud shades but like with the Smoky Palette, for just $5.00, you really can’t beat it.

Final Thoughts

I recommend both of these palettes and just Profusion Cosmetics’ products overall. I’m not sure how they manage to make their formulas so good but so cheap at the same time! I can’t wait to try more from them in the future once my low buy is over and they create something else that will fill a void in my collection. I’d love to know if you have tried anything from them or what you think of my review! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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