When I was younger I hated seeing those back to school commercials on TV. They always started advertising way too early - when I was still enjoying summer vacation and didn’t want to be reminded that I’d soon be stuck in a classroom, cramming for exams and dealing with pop quizzes. One of the best things about starting a new semester was the shopping! I was one of those girls who had to have the shiny new pencil case and matching binder with all the accessories and cool gadgets. When I started university, my interest shifted from colorful pens to trendy makeup and these cute new sets from Quo definitely makes heading back to class less daunting.
The “My Makeup” Notebook Palettes ($32.00 for the set) combines uplifting words with simple fall colors. Each beauty book contains 4 eye shadows and 1 blush that can be used to create both neutral and smoky looks in a hurry so you won’t be late for class. The set also comes with a pink makeup bag that is large enough for all your beauty essentials and stationary.
Confident contains neutrals, deep navy and blue, which are quite stylish for fall. I recommend using a good primer and a few layers to enhance the pigmentation since the shadows are quite sheer.
The other two palettes are very soft - featuring mild browns, pink and nude hues with a hint of shimmer. It would have been nice to see a bit more vibrancy and variation but if you like to keep things simple and fresh, these colors may suit your style.
The palettes are small enough to slip in your purse, backpack or pencil case and come with large mirrors for touch-ups on-the-go.
My favorite items from Quo are the makeup brushes because they are soft, fluffy and get the job done! This chic set comes with 5 beautifully crafted brushes with custom colored handles and a cute cosmetics bag for $38.00. You get a Powder Brush, Contour Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Crease Blender and Liner/Brow Brush with sturdy construction and minimal to no shedding.
The Total Beauty Kit ($45.00) is a curated collection of makeup designed for neutral lovers. It comes with a 4 color eye shadow palette, cream highlighter, nude lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner and cream blush.
The shadows and lipstick are a little too light and tame for my taste but the shimmery highlighter, black liner and moisturizing lip gloss always comes in handy. The collection does not incorporate the dramatic, richness of fall foliage (which I love) but the basics may be all you need while readjusting to the first few months of school.
For younger girls just starting to experiment with makeup, these sets also make great back-to-school gifts.
Quo is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart