new in beauty: march 2018

new in beauty: march 2018

I’m sure you’ve heard it about a million times already, but, seriously, February just flew by. There were a ton of releases last month and this month is no different. Let’s take a look at what’s new in beauty for march 2018.


benefit cosmetics blush bar blush palette (releases 3/8): Benefit releases blush palettes like this every once in a while, so it’s no surprise they’re releasing another one. This one features a new shade, along with 3 blushes and their iconic Hoola bronzer. This is a safe pass for me; Benefit tends to have more shimmery blushes, which isn’t my favorite formula.

nars narsissist wanted cheek palette, vol 1 & 2 ($59 each, releases 3/8): These 2 limited edition palettes feature 6 shades each, one from their permanent line and 5 limited edition shades. I personally am a sucker for blush palettes (and NARS in general), so these are calling my name. Vol 2 looks promising with some deeper berry shades, while Vol 1 features some fun pastel colors. With 6 shades, that’s less than $10 a pan, which isn’t that bad. I might pick up one of these, but probably not both.

nars change of sheen highlighting powders ($38 each, releases 3/15): Along with some cheek palette, NARS is also coming out with some highlight singles. There’s a good range of shades, with Albatross (opalescent gold), Fort de France (champagne), Capri (pink pearl),  Ibiza (yellow gold),  Maldives (rose bronze), and St. Barth (warm bronze). I personally might pick up either Fort de France or Ibiza, which looks gorgeous.


natasha denona sunset mini palette ($25, releases 3/8): A tiny version of her ultra-popular Sunset Palette featuring 5 warm shades (2 mattes, 3 shimmers). The price point is lower than most of her products, considering her other 5-pans are nearly double the price. Natasha Denona shadows are very nice and if you’re still wanting more warm shades, this would be a nice pickup.

natasha denona tropic eyeshadow palette ($129, releases 3/8): Another larger palette from Natasha Denona, featuring 15 shades (7 mattes, 8 shimmers). There is some bright, fun colors and the mattes are quite neutral. $129 is quite a bit of money for an eyeshadow palette, so this is one I definitely will wait for reviews on before deciding if I will purchase it. The bright colors are calling out to me, especially with spring right around the corner.

tarte be a mermaid and make waves eyeshadow palette ($42, out now): The palette has 14 shades with a mix of matte and shimmer shades in a shell shaped package. I count a grand total of three matte eyeshadows. More than half of the shades are along the pink spectrum, with some pops of color. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I’m 1000% done with the whole ~mermaid trend. Then again, I’m probably not in their target audience, but this palette looks like a straight pass for me. The packaging is cool, but very impractical and looks a bit bulky.

urban decay backtalk palette ($46, releases 3/8): This is actually a duo eye + cheek palette, all in various shades of pink. It’s inspired by their lipstick backtalk, which is a gorgeous pinky nude shade. There are 8 eyeshadow shades (3 mattes, 5 shimmers), 2 blushes and 2 highlights. Pinks are going to be a huge trend this year (along with purple), as people are wanting more cool tone shades after a crazy amount of warm brown eyeshadow palettes. I think this is one that I’ll wait for reviews for – I’m on the fence because I just picked up the Viseart Tryst palette and the shades seem very similar.

viseart absinthe palette (releases 3/5): As the name suggests, this palette features green eyeshadows with some neutral shades. With 3 mattes and 3 shimmers, this palette comes out right in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Like with the rest of Viseart Theory palettes, it is in their sleek, cardboard packaging, which I actually like. It feels sturdy and compact – a great travel palette. I’m drawn to the greens in this palette, though I wish there were a matte green instead of the brown or black.


urban decay hi-fi shine ultra cushion lipgloss ($20, releases 3/15): Lip glosses have really taken off as people are looking to swap their matte liquid lipsticks for a comfy gloss. It comes in 20 shades and is supposed to be comfy, a bit plumping and hydrating. There is such a range with the shades and it looks like there will be something for everyone. I might pick this up, depending on reviews. I’m hoping these aren’t overly sticky (because hair in gloss is a thing) and that the plumping effect isn’t too harsh.

Whew! This is definitely not going to be the only releases this month, so I might write a few smaller posts throughout the month if there is a launch that just calls out to me.

What launches are you looking forward to?

’til next time, xo!

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