March 9, 2018

Ulta Beauty Spring Essentials Featuring the Customizable Eyeshadow Palette

I was compensated by a brand or company but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was recently gifted some Ulta Spring Essentials to bring together into a post and it reminded me how much fun it is to create a Customizable Eyeshadow Palette. Did you know that Ulta has their own Customizable Eyeshadow Palettes available in both 4-Pan and 8-Pan Palettes (Either is free if you purchase Ulta Eyeshadow Singles to fill them with).

I’m one of those people that doesn’t depot anything. I’ve pressed my own pigments, which is messy, but I refuse to depot anything. Part of the reason I purchase makeup is because I like the pretty packaging and it would break my heart to dismantle them.

That’s why custom eyeshadow palettes are such a treat for me. I can pick and choose what goes into the palette just as I could depotting but I don’t have to worry about destroying my pretty packaging. Not to mention, sometimes eyeshadow palette can contain a bunch of great shades and several I simply never use like that matte black everyone loves including. I mean, really though, do you ever getting around to using that in any of your looks? It does sometimes work great as an eyeliner but nearly every palette I own includes a dark brown or a matte dark black that I never hit pan on and most times I simply ignore it. No worries with a custom palette as I can ditch that matte black and put what I want into the palette. These shadows pop in and out of the magnetic compact easily and they even come with a dual-sided brush that has a tiny pick on one end you can use to remove them and customize them as you see fit.

Anyway, on to Ulta Spring Essentials.

Here’s some goodies I tried.

For my look below I used Beauty Junkie and Plum Pop to create a pretty mauve sparkly mauve eye look. It’s not really a traditional Spring look by any means but I paired it with a nice blush and I felt like it created a pretty, fresh look. I always forget there are colors outside of nude especially lately since so many brands concentrate on nudes, nudes, and more nudes. My Ulta Customizable 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is filled with more neutral shades that aren’t quite traditional nudes. The color scheme reminds me of a cloudy day. It’s a refreshing change for me as you know I love my nudes.

Ulta Eyeshadow Single Swatches (Plum Pop, Beauty Junkie, Roaring 20’s, Petite)

Ulta Eyeshadow Single Swatches (Pin-Up Girl, Coffee Bean, Summer in Paris, Valentine)

I paired up the look with some of Ulta’s Shiny Sheer Lipglosses. If your lips are as dry as mind are you should like this lightweight, hydrating formula that has an easy, smooth glide on lips. They aren’t terribly pigmented but they create a nice pop of color on lips. The formula kind of has that plushy cushion feel on my lips and although the wear is short they still feel quite pleasantly moisturizing during the wear.

Ulta Shiny Sheer Lipgloss Swatches (Cupid, Lotus, Mocha, Sweet Tea)

Ulta Cupid Shiny Sheer Lipgloss

Ulta Lotus Shiny Sheer Lipgloss

Ulta Mocha Shiny Sheer Lipgloss

Ulta Sweet Tea Shiny Sheer Lipgloss

Ulta sent over some of their Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Towelettes as well which didn’t quite work out well with my waterproof mascara but whisked away most everything else on my face at the end of the day. I can’t even begin to tell you how many makeup wipes I go through a month as I’m constantly using them to remove swatches on my arms.

And although not makeup related, the bright sunny scent of Ulta Beauty Brightening Vitamin C Scrub gets a Muse Approval for smelling amazing, keeping my rough elbows, knees, and heels smooth, and most importantly remind me that Spring and Summer is coming soon. I actually love this stuff! Hey Ulta! Can we get a version for our face!? This formula smells like freshly squeeze lemons, is gritty enough to de-flake my dry bits, and has a creamy texture with a gritty texture that isn’t too rough or harsh. They also have an Energizing Coffee Body Scrub that I recently purchased but haven’t tried yet! I’ll let you know about it in an upcoming review. If it’s as good as the Brightening Vitamin C Scrub I’ll be happy!

Do you have any favorites from the Ulta Beauty Collection?

Tried any of these items?

Do share!

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I was compensated by a brand or company but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kish

    I’ll definitely buy that scrub when I run out of my current one. And you really nailed it with palettes, I hate the black and dark browns in every palette. Tell me I can make my own and I’m all over it. I’ve never tried Ulta shadows, but these look great. Very pretty on you.

    • Isabella Muse

      Get it! I liked it. I brought the coffee one after I tried the brightening one. Didn’t try it yet but will review shortly ;-D ugh those black mattes! What am I supposed to do with them all?! ;-D Aw thanks <3! I had fun doing the look. Wasn't sure it was Spring-y but I thought it looked fresh and natural!

      • kjh

        I use the seaweed one religiously. A tad of grain, salt that melts, probably, and the seaweed that’s wet, quite gentle….as in, if you ever had to exfoliate a baby…. Wanted to remind you guys that these go on sale for 5 for the price of 3 and other sales combos. MO is these are fairly expensive for pretty small jars. If you like the variety, that’s when to stock up.

  • Caitlin

    I wish Urban decay would make a bigger palette for eyeshadows other than the 4 spot thing they have now.

    • Isabella Muse

      They used to have a 6 pan. It came in this rather bulky tin! I still own one ;-D But I agree. I actually wouldn’t mind depotting all my UD shadows into one huge palette!

  • Robin

    This looks really nice! I love thee colors yo put together. I would wear all those shades and I like the lipglosses as well. Adding products to my wish list.

    So far I’m holding strong to my no buy, but my wishlist is going longer and longer! lol

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Robin <3! 🙂 Mine too! I have a cart filled with stuff at Ulta at the moment! waiting on a coupon maybe!

  • Rina

    I was so confused, I was read it it as Depot (like train) instead of re-potting, LOL! I’ve been thinking of doing this to dupe some pallettes I like the Viseart or more WetnWild I can’t find in reds, pinks, etc.
    Plus, the $5 off $10 should still be good this weekend!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh sorry de-potting 🙂 I should have popped a dash in there lol!