Friday, January 16, 2015

Investment Pieces

Overwhelmingly, the comments in my last post was: "What the gravy, dude?!  Are you going to return that crap, and omg, for that price ($160) it had better apply itself on my face and cook me dinner!"  I paraphrase, but you get the gist!

Some things I pondered after buying and using this palette and also by thinking about your comments:
  • Is there a difference between buying one very expensive palette like the Serge Luten one versus buying ten $16 items from the drugstore, or two $80 palettes from Tom Ford?  If I had LOVED this thing, maybe my threshold for single eye shadow palette would have gone up accordingly.
  • Is there something inherently wrong about enjoying expensive things?  I really like another $160 thing, which is the Serge Luten red lip palette.
"Gah!  Look at you, single eye shadow, masquerading as a palette!"
I titled this post "investment" with a dose of irony, because like all consumable products, makeup is something that devalues instantly. As much as companies slap a luxury label on it, there is no precious ingredient that makes pure magic. I am buying for the brand image which marketing worked hard to stick into my head.  No palette is going to cook me dinner.  :(  That's sad.

I did get some suggestions on Instagram and in your comments on different placements and it seems like smokey would be the better way to go.  I'm investing in some time to try some other placements.
 I've layered over my favorite black cream eye shadow, the Shiseido one in Caviar (here) which is an excellent dark base to intensify other eye shadows.  Indeed, the drama of the dark plum shade is intensified when layered over the Caviar and the various pale shades of the palette add a subtle dimensional difference in the different areas of the lid when layered over the plum.  *shrug*

Friday here in the house!  I am taking the day off to putter around the house, maybe go watch a movie with my husband and have a lunch date.  Hope each of you are doing great!  I hope you know how I appreciate all your funny AND outraged comments!

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  1. Belly, hopefully my last comment suggesting you return it didn't upset you or anything - I didn't mean there's anything wrong with ENJOYING a very expensive palette, and yes, buying sixteen $10 palettes from the drugstore, as many people do, also comes up to $160. But I think the key is to ENJOY your stuff, no matter the price. If I don't enjoy stuff and can return it, I increasingly do return it, even though I always think it is wrong somehow :/

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  2. It's like when I'm considering a luxury bag or something. One expensive brand can equal however many not so expensive bags. It all boils down to your own choice, and as long as you're happy, why the hell not?
    You look absolutely gorgeous here! A smokey grey purple is so beautiful on you 😘 have a great weekend! I'm traveled out and plan on bumming about being a giant slob for the whole weekend!

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  3. Sidebar: What's the brow product you're wearing in this look?

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  4. I'm definitely one to find the value in a pricey product.. right now my obsession is Kjaer Weis which isn't exactly drugstore price. I agree, if you find the value in owning a luxurious product then that's all that matters! A great luxurious product is a way to make yourself feel a bit more...special (?) I'm sorry if I was a little bit shocked in my first comment haha! It wasn't really the price point, but rather the performance at that price point that threw me off. Still, the smokier approach looks lovely on you!

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  5. It's your money, spend it however you want. If it was fabulous, perfect and life-changing then it was worth it. If it's just meh, then it is doubly disappointing because of the price. Everyone has their own idea of value.

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  6. I'm sorry you got nasty comments. You are an independent, hardworking woman who should be able to spend her money however she likes. I have a $160 Serge palette, too. I can afford it. And I can make dinner. Okay, I can speed dial sushi delivery :P

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I don't think any of the comments were really meant to be nasty in any way. I was one of the cheeky readers who suggested that, at the price point, I would like the palette to feed me too. That was just my lame attempt at being humorous and over-the-top in lamenting that Belly was, ultimately, not entirely happy with what was meant to be a very special purchase. I totally agree with you that we should be able to spend our hard earned money in whatever we see fit. I myself have been happy to spend more than $160 on a single makeup brush, or five times as much on a special pair of shoes. I am sure many people would see this as a gross waste of money, but these are things that I have truly enjoyed, and still do, so for me it was definitely 100% worth it. I also think it's funny the way my brain works that, after Belly wrote about the Erosion-sand-dunes-thingy disappointment, what I took out of it was that I need that gorgeous red lip palette :)

      Belly, I hope you don't feel our silly comments were in any way meant to be mean-spirited or judge-y (also because see my crazy brain-workings above :P) because your blog is one of my most favourite places on the Internet, firstly for your awesome witty humour and, not gonna lie, your hilarious grumpy doodles, and secondly because so many of your recommendations have turned out to be huge successes for me, and are now my precious-es *many hugs*. I truly do mean that <3

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  7. Hello! New reader here, super impressed with your writing and humor. If you love something, it is worth the price. I love love my Chikuhodo Z-1 and I don't even wear makeup all that much! But when I do, the pleasure the Z-1 gives me has made the price I paid seem reasonable. I've also bought fancy stuff that I never use and that is what I regret - a jumbo Chanel lambskin that has been used once? Hopefully, we learn from those costly mistakes. I am a firm subscriber of cost per wear and, as I get older, pleasure per wear. --Eileen

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  8. I think in the case of purchasing makeup for personal use there is absolutely no difference between one $160 item, 2 at $80, 10 at $16, or even 160 at $1. It's all down to how you personally enjoy and use your makeup, and what you feel comfortable spending on your products. I might not spend that on one single item but that's for me, my wishlist, and my budget to hash out. If you, your wishlist, and your wallet agree on an item of whatever price then go for it. I think the only shame here is that the palette winds up being essentially a duo since most of the shades look so similar. And I'd have that same thing to say no matter the brand, really. It might feel more irksome when it's someone deemed to be in the upper echelons, but everyone can have a dud. If you adore your lip palette then by all means wear it without shame! If you figure out more ways to wear this one then wear it without shame too- makeup is mostly about enjoyment, right? If you eventually decide you do regret the purchase you can always not buy more, or test them out further before buying, or investigate returns policies in advance of additional purchases. Or you can just move on. I'm not trying to come off has having this really cavalier attitude towards money but we are talking about makeup here. Good ole sparkly discretionary spending. Yes I regret some of my discretionary purchases. Yes a large purchase that you regret feels worse than a smaller amount. But I swear I've had ridiculous amounts of guilt for a stupid dollar purchase because I could have avoided that too if I'd thought about it more before saying "oh it's only a dollar" *rolls eyes at self* My stupid "it's only a dollar" is FAR more cavalier than thinking about a large purchase before spending because it involved no real thought at all.

    If any of that made any sense. Or stayed with the topic at all.... Um, either way, enjoy the ramblings. I hope. :P

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  9. My mother often buys things *because* they're on sale, even if she doesn't particularly like them. This has always been a cautionary example for me. I try not to buy anything because it's cheap or, indeed, because it's expensive. The "worth" of most products is so subjective that there's really no point in discussing whether a Serge Lutens palette is worth $160 or $80 or $10. If you can afford it and you enjoy it, then it was worth whatever you paid for it, and what the rest of us would pay for it is irrelevant. In any case, it looks great on you, so whatever!

    Also, the return of Snowbelly did not go unappreciated. :D

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  10. Well, I am *all* about investment pieces! It totally works for makeup purchases for me, because I see and feel a big difference between [most] drugstore makeup and more expensive lines. But like shoes and clothing, it should be the "right" thing. And when it's right, it's amazing, because you'll cherish it and use it for a long time. Definitely the better value.

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  11. In the end, if an item doesn't make you feel fabulous, it's not worth what it cost you (be it pennies or $$$$). It's your money, YOU spend it as you see fit. I don't tell people they "should do this or that" with their hard-earned dollars because I do not want nor appreciate when someone "suggests" such things to me. Who, exactly, do they think they are? Take care of your own business and stay out of mine, thank you very much.

    Belly, you do whatever makes YOU happy. I saw the palette, swatched and went "nope nope nope". Not worth it to me at any cost because... the colors would make me look like crapola. : )

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  12. Belly, I think all these people who commented on the last post care about you and wanted to show their support. That was how I read their comments. The palette case is very pretty. I think this case can take refills, right. If you like it enough to buy it, that is all matters. BTW I like that Belly sketch of you

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  13. I kind of like the dark smokey, maybe a smoked wing would be more wearable for everyday. I thought you were keeping it because you purchased it on your wedding anniversary and you love the plum shade. Btw I'm curious about what it would look like if you use it with that blue by terry pencil if you still have it (I'm just a weirdo that likes to mix blue into makeup.)

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  14. Smokey eyes look great on you!

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  15. LOL you made me go back to the original SL post and re-read all the comments :-) Too bad this puppy can't be trained to fetch/shake hands..

    Yeah, same w/ other ladies here: nothing wrong w/ enjoying expensive OR cheap stuff for that matter. If only someone can dupe the now discontinued Revlon Colorstay In The Buff (palette of which look similar to SL here) but I just can't find any good dupe that has the exact color combo as Revlon's!! Am I wrong to enjoy cheap, discontinued item (that may have become expensive since it is discontinued??). See.. the money bias is talking.

    Love the smoky look, glad you keep it!

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  16. Hey Belly, maybe you could use the pale shades for transforming other palettes? I don't know why, but thinking of it as a layering palette rather than a stand-alone makes it seem more useful in my mind.. Hope you get some fun use out of this palette after all - the smokey eye looks good! :)

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  17. This eye look is so so beautiful.

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  18. Oh dear, hope I didn't offend you either! I'd just never heard of an eyeshadow palette that cost $160, it looks stunning on you though and it's your money. And I shouldn't be talking because my collection is shamelessly expensive. Anyway love this second look on you!

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  19. No offense taken, my LOVELIES! :D I spent some time thinking about it some more.

    Honestly, I was a little taken aback by the "I would never" type of comments! And that so because it felt I was out of synch with everybody in a way. Does this even make sense? *WAHAHAHAH* OUTKAST. And not with good music, either.

    But then I realized that I really DO what I want and I really AM spending my own money. Besides, I put my opionions out there in the wide wide world wide webz and still so grateful you come to read and even more importantly, you come and comment.

    In any case, I was very curious to try and from emails, I think others were curious, too! I think it was a good thing to put this post out there.

    DUN WORRIES... MOAR GRUMPY SNOWWOMAN PITCHERS FIVE-EVER!

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    1. When I comment here......you don't take it off even if may not agree....unlike to bloggers that I have posted on their site. I was more sticker shock.

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  20. It does look good on you, but I refuse to pay that much for a palette with one good shade. You're a trooper, sistah! Your skin looks so fresh and glowy here😊

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  21. expensive things are nice and give me warm fuzzies. unless they suck, then it is sad. but this does not seem to fall in that category! and i like your picture you drew haha. and i think the smokey variation(s, are there more?) will look great!!

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