The ULTAmate Palette

The Ulta Beauty cosmetics store on Sudley Manor Drive is always a place I like to stop when I am passing through Manassas. For a makeup fanatic like myself,  Ulta Beauty is your one stop shop for anything you may need, in a vast price range so you do not have to break the bank. 

Ulta Beauty carries a wide range of brands from drugstore to high end. These include brands like Kat Von D, Giorgio Armani, and Tarte down to the drugstore brands like NYX, Maybelline, and Neutrogena. 

One cosmetic brand that I always love to buy is Morphe. Morphe is considered a high end makeup brand that is not sold in drug stores but is extremely affordable. They carry a variety of products such as a vast selection of brushes, lipsticks, and eyeshadows that are known for their blendability and pigmentation.

Many people, when going through their everyday makeup routine, skip eyeshadow all together because they think it is too complicated or tedious to deal with before starting their busy day. With Morphe Eyeshadows it is easy to create a classy, everyday look that is subtle and not too bold, or if that is what you want to go for, you can achieve that too! 

My favorite everyday eyeshadow look to create is a neutral toned cut crease. My favorite palette to use when going for this look is the Ulta Beauty exclusive Morphe 9B Bronzed Babe Eyeshadow Palette. There are nine highly pigmented shades in this pallette. 

On the top row are two matte shades and one shimmer. The matte shades are Hang Ten and Road Trip and the shimmer is Sunnies. Sunnies is what I would call a champagne colored shimmer. Great to pop in your inner corners or to highlight your brow bone. The next shade, Hang Ten, is a cool toned brown with orange undertones. This is what I would normally use for my transition shade when doing a neutral colored eye look. The next shade, Road Trip, is a slighter warmer toned brown.

The next row in the palette are also two matte shades and one shimmer. The first shade, Beach Please, is another cool toned brown. Next is the shimmer in this row, Vaycay. This shimmer is the more eye catching shade of the palette. It is a rusty red shimmer that pairs well with all the different browns in the palette. The final shade in this row is yet again another matte cool toned brown. 

  The third and final row in this palette has two shimmers, Midnight Dip and Faux Real,  and one matte shade, Volcano. 

The first in the row is Volcano, the darkest brown in the palette. Next is the first shimmer in this row, Midnight Dip. The third shade and final of the palette is a rich, very pigmented gold shimmer, perfect for packing onto your lids. 

My favorite way to utilize this palette is by creating a nude cut crease look with a pop of gold. 

First I take one of the matte shades, Hang Ten, and buff it into my crease as a transition shade. Then I take the other matte shade in the first row, Road Trip, and blend that into my transition shade. After I have both shades well blended so that no harsh lines are visible I cut my crease with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade Sand and set that with translucent powder by Airspun.

Then I pack Faux Real on a flat shader brush sprayed with Morphe Continuous Setting Mist so that the gold will be even more pigmented and apply that onto my lids. I finish off the look by creating a wing with liquid eyeliner and my favorite pair of lashes.