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Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: The Color Workshop Triple Play Train Case

I hope all of you have enjoyed my reviews regarding The Color Workshop Holiday 2013.  It was a lot of fun taking pictures and swatching the products for you, but I am not done yet! :)  One last set to share and this one is the big one!! Seriously, look at this set for only $24.99!!! YES!  I would really recommend this kit to the makeup ethusiast who is just starting out with makeup who's on a budget but would like something affordable.  With the past sets that I reviewed I have been overall very impressed with the products.  There's always the mindset that inexpensive makeup is not good makeup - because it's "cheap" their is lack of pigmentation and longevity.  This is not entirely true with many affordable brands out there.  People just need to give them a try!  As a makeup artist I am always on the hunt for good, affordable makeup for everyone from beginner to advanced.  With that being said, The Color Workshop is on my list for affordable brands to look for.

Now, I think it's time to show you the Triple Play Train Case through my pictures.  These photos have no filters or have not been altered in any way.  Pictures are taken in natural day light (thank goodness there's some sun in Seattle today!).


The train case is like a mini makeup briefcase or you can call it a traveling jewelry box filled with makeup!  The case is very sturdy and made very well.  When you open the case up there are 3 sections - lets go over these sections in more detail.


First Tray - Eye Shadows:  The top tray are all eye shadows, 34 different colors/finishes to pick from.  The trays all the products sit in are plastic and a bit flimsy. This should only concern you if you plan on taking the trays out of the case. Just like from my previous post the shimmer overlays on the shadows do tend to disappear right after you use them for the 1st time.  Even with the shimmer overlay the shadows are still pigmented as you will see from the swatches.  However, I did find that the non-shimmery/frosty shades in this set did not have as much color payoff as the rest.  You will see from the swatches the matte shades compared to the shimmer/frosty ones as they really stand out with high pigmentation.






 Swatches
The swatches are broken up by diagonal column.  A sheer application of eye shadow primer was applied before each swatch.  Also each swatch was only applied once unless otherwise noted.

 For the white, silver and black I added the lonely 1 shadow at the end of the tray with these guys. Look how pigmented that frosty white is!! I did have to swatch the matte black about 2-3 times just for it to go deep dark for the camera to pick up.  I wasn't feeling the browns/golds they were very muted on my skin tone.


I really like the greens in this set! See how much the shimmer shadows stand out? Now for the pinks they kinda got lost except for the first frosty shade.  The last pink shade is a matte, I had to apply this several times but still no go for the camera. 


 The first shade for the top row (darker browns) did not show up at all on my skin tone.  The color was supposed to be a beige/bisque tone, it is a matte shade so this could be why.  Again, I find that the shimmer/frosty shades were better pigmented than the other finishes (this is my opinion).  Look at how vibrant the pinks are though!!! You will find the brighter colors have better color payoff.


For the purples I did find the darker purple (3rd swatch) to be a tad bit chalky and did not apply as smooth as the others.  Lets really talk about the blues!!! WHOA! Totally in love, need I say more? I think the picture explains it all. :) 

Did they save the best for last? GAH! AMAZING! I really like these colors together and the pigmentation is top notch! I will be doing a MOTD (makeup of the day) with these colors on my Instagram so make sure you follow me to see the look. From the picture it looks like the deep bluish/purple shadow is matte but actually it is not.  It has a little bit of reddish-pinkish sparkle very pretty!


Second Tray - Cream Eyeliners, Lip Glosses, Blushes and Shimmer Highlighters.  When I first opened this drawer I was instantly mesmerized by the blushes and shimmer highlighters. Reminds me of a high-end cosmetic brand blush palette.  The design that is indented is striking! Also look at the variety of lip glosses, 16 different colors to choose from.  You will defintely not be bored with the same lippie combo.



 
SWATCHES

 I would totally purchase these blushes if they sold them separately or even in a blush palette.  The colors are gorgeous!  The highlighters do look very light in the picture but if applied with a fan brush for a light application it would give a nice glow.



The glosses are non-sticky sheer washes of color with little sparkle (some without) which is perfect for glosses (in my opinion).  I did find a bit of a lipstick-y smell (I really don't know how to describe the smell but it's not bad.  They did not have a taste to them.  I can't stand having a lip product with a strong smell that tastes like how it smells.  Yuck! Thank goodness in this case that is not a problem. Since there are only 2 lipsticks in the set (more about them later) it was nice to see a variety of colors in the glosses. 


The Cream Eyeliners are so creamy and smooth, would make great eye shadow bases for a bolder look.  I think I will incorporate these with my MOTD that I will post.  I don't think these will dry out in the tray, but I could be wrong.  They are pretty creamy.


Third Tray - Metallic Liquid Liner, Pencil Liners, Nail Polish, Glitter Creams and Lipsticks. 
I was totally surprised when I opened up this drawer! I was not expecting coordinating nail polishes with some glitter creams! 




SWATCHES
I knew that I would like the Metallic Liquid Liner based from the review of the Art Of Eye Makeup Set.  As for the pencil eyeliners I didn't have a good experience from the purple eyeliner featured in the Drama Queen Complete Makeup Set. I was totally surprised how different the pencil liners felt compared to the previous one that I reviewed.  They did not have a waxy feel and the color payoff was really good.  One swipe did the trick! 

 Please excuse my little nails!  I had Shellac on them and the removal process totally made my poor little nails all brittle and weak.  In the process of getting them nice and strong again.  I am lovin the colors so festive for this time of the year.  What really impressed me was the applicator - wide and not flimsy. 

I'll just be very straight forward with this one ... didn't like it.  I have seen these glitter creams from other companies before and haven't been in a fan.  Why? Well, they don't stay on and they get chunky.  If you want glitter eyelids use straight up cosmetic grade glitter (I use a lot of different brands for my MOTD's) with some adhesive.   I did not like how these went on - it did not evenly distribute.  I even had to use my finger to swatch these and the swatch wouldn't even leave my finger to make the swatch on my hand.  Not sure if this product was dried up but did not have a good experience. 

What is this? WHOA! Totally different from the first set.  Look how evenly these distributed! So the first set must be dried out (this is what I think). I wouldn't really really say glitter but more like a metallic shimmer cream.  I'm really liking the gold one! 


 These are the two lipsticks - light pink and a berry red.  Very creamy and smooth.  Think of all the lip combinations you can create when you add all the different lip glosses! You would be set!



Sorry for the picture heavy post for this review.  I just wanted to make sure you saw everything and knew everything you wanted to know about this set. Keep an eye on it at your local Walmart as they will be cutting the prices down closer to Christmas.  Hopefully you can snag yours as it is a great value for everything you are getting, especially for the shadows.

Now I can go finish my Christmas Cards .. YUCK I am sooooo behind. lol