Michelle Phan recently launched her own cosmetics line, “Em Cosmetics” under L’Oreal Luxe. While the full size Life Palettes contain 4 blushes, 8 lip shades, and 24 eyeshadows for $75, the sampler comes with 3 eyeshadows (16mm and 22mm) and 1 lipgloss (16mm) for $10. All pans are smaller than a typical MAC eyeshadow (26mm).
As always, these are my honest and unbiased opinions. The quality of the products is utterly disappointing with the exception of the largest eyeshadow shade (which is actually a dream to work with). There are no words for how lackluster the rest of the sampler is. The medium and dark brown shadows are, by far, the worst eyeshadows I’ve ever tried. They are incredibly hard and it’s difficult to pick up any pigment. It’s remarkable that anyone can screw up an eyeshadow formula this badly. The lipgloss is a shimmery peachy pink in the pan but applies almost clear even when built up.
Edit: After looking at how pigmented other online swatches are, I thought I received a dud. However when looking through my pictures, I noticed a significant difference between a brand new product swatch versus a used palette swatch (below). This is because it got stiffer, drier, and more difficult to use after continued use. There is no way I can achieve the same level of pigmentation I did when I initially opened it.
Cons: 2 eyeshadows are stiff, dry, and barely shows up; lip shade is a clear gloss
Don’t be fooled by the rest of the design – it’s purely a print out to help visualize how the rest of the palette would look like.