I ventured into an Inglot in Montreal with Samira a couple of weeks ago and decided it was certainly time to pop my cherry. Inglot, a 25 year old cosmetic company from Poland has only 4 stores in Canada (all in Quebec) and only 9 locations in the USA (find a store near you), so Inglot is not a brand that you will run into often – depending on your locale. When I ventured into one of the 3 Montreal stores, the sales associate immediately started to tell me a little bit about the brand…comparing their products to that of MAC Cosmetics and Makeup Forever. The mission: to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers.
Their “Freedom System” of palettes is what she said they are most famous for. The combinations were endless and I knew I was in trouble. There are 15 different shapes and styles of palettes. You can have only “face” palettes” or only “eye” palettes if you want, but there are also combination palettes where you can have 2 eyeshadows, a blush and a face powder all together. How amazing is that?!? Everything is customizable! When you are in the store, they let you walk around with a big magnet, so you can just pull out whatever you like and stick it on your magnet so you can see everything together and keep track of what you are interested in. Genius.
So let’s take a peek at what I got! I took a lot of pictures, so please hang in there!
First, let’s take a closer look at the AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow I purchased in shade 70.
Their range of pigments is massive. I’ve linked to the US online store so you can see all of the colours available. Tell me – what competitor offers this many options??? You get 2g of product for $14US. I believe I paid $19CAD in store in Montreal. This colour is stunning. I was sold before I even swatched it in store, all it took was seeing it sitting on the table. Just look at this swatch of AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in #70 in natural light.
For palettes, after much deliberation I opted for the 10 eyeshadow palette. Because of their instore promotion, I got 10 colours of my choice and the palette for $79.00 + tax. That works out to $7.90/eyeshadow with a free palette! For comparisons sake – eyeshadow pans at MAC are $14.00CAD/each and that isn’t even taking into account that you have to buy the palette and you get less product….
Each palette has small magnets in all four corners of the lid as well as the palette itself. So it easily pulls into place when you are closing up your palette. You can also stack palettes and use only one lid on top.
Both swatches were taken in natural light with no flash.
What I love:
- The amount of each product in each pan is enormous. From what I’ve noticed, not all pans are the same – it seems to vary depending on the texture of the shade. My matte shadows are each 2.3g and my others vary from 2.5g up to 3.5g.
- Their Freedom system of palettes is amazing and is to my knowledge the most flexible and customizable option available to beauty addicts and makeup artists alike. I love how with the magnets on each corner, you can actually stack all of your palettes together and simply put a lid on the top one. I’m excited to grow my Inglot collection!
- Their products actually GO ON SALE! I’m so used to MAC Cosmetics where in Canada you will never see a sale – EVER. (Residents in the United States luck out with the Cosmetic Clearance Centres available where all of the limited edition left over products go to die and be sold at discount – I WISH.) But I was thrilled when I started building my palette and the sales associate was running off numbers and then used the phrase “except, it will be even cheaper right now because we have a promotion on these palettes.” *Angels sing* I couldn’t believe it, a promotion!
- Rainbow eyeshadows! They have a line of rainbow eyeshadow pans that actually have 3 shades of the same colour in one palette pan. http://inglotcosmetics.com/rainbow.eye.shadow/products/657/793
- Their collection is all encompassing. They cover everything from eyes, lips, face, brushes, accessories and even a new nail lacquer line which is described as “breathable Nail Enamel ensuring better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty.” It is one of the many things on my “next time” list.
- Their selection of pigments was huge compared to MAC cosmetics. They had a much larger range of colours (it would be comparable to the collection available at MAC pro stores, but I think even then MAC would fall short, Inglot just has soooo many.)
What I hate:
- The shadows aren’t named, only numbered. I like being able to use a name when talking eyeshadow colours, rather than “I used number 207 through my crease…” But that might just me being used to a certain way. I guess I figure I am more likely to remember the name of something rather than a catalogue of numbers. (Makeup Forever products are the same way – numbered.)
- There isn’t an easy lip to be able to get your product out of the pans and move them around if you like. You need to use something like the blade of an exacto knife to pop out each shadow from the palette. Not a huge deal, but slightly inconvenient if you are in a hurry.
- Unlike at MAC, they don’t offer samples of their loose pigmented eyeshadows. You can try them all in store, but if you want to check it out with your makeup from home, you will have to buy it.
- Unfortunately, their online shop doesn’t allow for shipment to Canada. They have full sites for which you can purchase product in the US, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South Africa and Finland. I will unfortunately have to wait until my next visit to Montreal.
For the rest of my look, I used the following:
Skin – Makeup Forever’s HD Foundation in shade 118 topped with Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Light Plus by MAC
Lashes – Ardell’s Demi Wispies False Lashes and Too Faced lashGASM mascara on my bottom lashes
Liner – Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black on my lids and Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC on my waterline.
Lips – Clinique’s Longlast Lipstick in Heather Moon
Cheeks – Margin blush by MAC
Brows – Mystery Eyeshadow by MAC to fill in my brows
With natural light:
The verdict: The shadows were long lasting and didn’t crease or budge after several hours of wear. For the price, I see this brand has incredible value and a giant range of shades. I will be visiting Inglot upon my next visit to Montreal for sure in order to try out some of their other raved about products.
I hope you found this post useful. Do you own any Inglot products already? If so, what are your favourites??
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you are near an Inglot – or maybe on your next vacation. You won’t regret it!
Thanks for reading!
In between our trip to Toronto and heading out for Quebec City, we had one night back in Ottawa and had a small gathering to get some friends together and enjoy the long Easter weekend. So it seemed like a good occasion to experiment with a new makeup look.
This silver and blue smoky eye was easy to create and a good option for an evening or a holiday look. I find using blue instead of black (like you would typically see with silver) also makes it a little more fun by adding a pop of colour, black would be much sexier and more dramatic. So it just depends on what sort of look you are trying to create.
To create this look:
- Start by applying an eye primer all over your lid and up to your brow. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for this step. Give it a minute and let it set.
- Gently press Platinum Pigment by MAC (or you can use any silver eyeshadow) all over your lid. Depending on the texture of the shadow you are using, sometimes I find that pressing the shadow on results in better coverage and a nicer colour payoff than what you would get by brushing it on.
- Then select your darker colour of choice, I went for Deep Truth by MAC which is a shimmery navy blue. Spread this colour throughout your crease and at the outer edge of your eye.
- I then took a little bit of Black Tied eyeshadow by MAC (a black with small specks of silver) and really intensified the outer edge by making it just a tad darker, adding more depth.
- Using a lighter colour as a highlighter, softly brighten the inner corner of your eye and your brown bone. For this I used Forgery eyeshadow by MAC, a very light silver shade.
- Then, using an angled shadow brush, I dusted both the navy blue eyeshadow (Deep Truth) and the platinum pigment under my lash line to bring the top and bottom together.
- For eyeliner, I would recommend either a gel eyeliner or a liquid liner. For both my waterline and my upper lashes, I used MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack.
- I finished the look off with 2 coats of Too Faced lashGASM mascara. (If you want to see this mascara face off with it’s competitor, please visit my Ultimate Mascara Review)
Please let me know if you like this format of breaking down the shadows, if you find it useful or interesting, please let me know and I can keep doing it!
Now, onto the rest of the evening! Samira brought with her from Brazil, not only some recipes, but also some actual ingredients so we could make authentic Caipirinha (a Brazillian drink) and Brigadeiro (a Brazilian sweet). It was a perfect night to try everything out seeing as we had a room full of people eager to sample.
What you need:
- A Bottle of Cachaca
- Lemons or Limes
- Ice (Crushed ice would’ve been better I think)
Start off by cutting up your lime or lemon into four pieces
Remove the peel and place the pieces of lemon/lime in the bottom of your glass. Add 4 spoonfuls of sugar on top.
Use anything you have to mash up the fruit and sugar until it looks like this: (As you can see, we had to use the handle of our whisk)
Now this is where this gets insane. Add Cachaca and a few ice cubes.
This drink was insanely strong. It smelled and tasted like pure alcohol. No one was able to finish theirs, except for Samira. I think this was some sort of sick joke…although she was able to finish more than one. +1 Samira, you win!
I think if I was ever going to make this again, I would used crushed ice and pack my glass full, before adding the Cachaca…that way you only end up with about 2 ounces of alcohol in your drink, instead of 10.
After the drinks, I think everyone was a little weary of the Brigadeiro…haha, but everyone ended up loving this typical Brazilian sweet.
What you need:
- 2 cans of condensed milk
- 6 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- chocolate sprinkles
***If you want to make your Brigadeiro into balls: remove from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle. Form into small balls and eat at once or chill until serving.***
How many of you are rushing off right now to go make some homemade chocolate?!?!? Be honest!!
But seriously, I would love to hear from you if you’ve ever made either of these before and what you thought! (Or, if you think you’ll try them in the future.)
Thanks for reading!
❤ Shannon ❤
The world of mascara is something I’ve never really ventured that far into. Don’t get me wrong, like almost every woman out there, I love mascara and it is an essential before leaving the house. But when it comes to splurging on makeup, I always go for the high quality highly pigmented eyeshadows and pigments. I’ve always been happy with the $5 mascara from the drugstore.
I won’t lie though and say I’ve never been curious, I always linger and hum and haw over whether or not I should try that new $15/$20 mascara because the picture always makes it look SOOOOO amazing. So I decided to do a trial and actually follow up on my curiosities and suspicions.
Unfortunately because I have a bit of a “go big or go home attitude” rather than buying one mascara to try, I picked up the Sephora Favorites Mascara set so I could try a bunch of different ones. Sephora compiled a box set of their top selling mascaras from different lines. You can purchase it online here:
This set comes with 2 x full size mascaras (7ml), 8 x travel size mascaras (ranging from 3.9ml-5.4ml) and 1 x 30ml Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. I purchased this kit a few months ago and was trying a different mascara everyday so I could figure out a favorite and see if I wanted to start purchasing a high end mascara on a regular basis. What ended up happening though, was I wouldn’t remember which one was which, what I preferred, or even what I had on half the time.