Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quo Cosmetics 2018 Holiday Collection & Gift Guide

Early in our relationship (before getting married and settling down) my husband did all his holiday shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart. He usually had no idea what to buy and he always waited until the last minute before running to the store in a panic.

Like most men he is totally clueless when it comes to makeup but lucky for him Shoppers always carries the latest beauty trends. These days he knows exactly what to get me (because I tell him) but if you need a little help this season, Quo has a great selection of beautifully packaged gift sets, brushes and palettes.

For eye shadow lovers, the All About Eyes Kit ($65.00) has 54 versatile shades, a wide brush for lid application and 12 eyeliners that range from white, brown, silver, blue and everyday black. You might need primer to enhance the colors but they are buildable and silky with shimmer and matte finishes. The palette is very large and has everything you need to create a variety of trendy looks including holiday glam, neutral and smokey. My favorite shades are the coppery gold, pretty purples, icy silver and chocolate brown.

For The Love of Makeup ($45.00) is another big palette that comes with 15 eye shadows, 3 blushes, 3 highlighters and 2 bronzers. The pigments are warm and neutral for subtle definition and contour – perfect for those who prefer an effortless no-makeup look.

The Matte n’ Metal Eye Shadow Palette ($25.00) is a cute gift for ladies who like to keep it simple and fresh. The smooth pigments blend well and enhance the eyes with soft, sophisticated colors that are office appropriate. Sweep some shimmer over the lids, accentuate the crease with deep beige or taupe and finish with a coat of jet black liner winged to perfection. These classic shades are also suitable for mature women.

There is nothing like digging into a stocking overflowing with nifty little gifts and Quo’s Lip Gloss Trio ($10.00) comes packaged in a long tube with 3 easy to wear purse-size shades.

One of my favorite items from the holiday collection is the gorgeous Highlight & Glow Palette ($25.00). The powders have fantastic color payoff and the velvety texture blends seamlessly with no chunky glitter or scatter. The finishes range from elegant bronze and gold to cool holographic shimmer and frosty winter tones.

The Sweet Cheeks Blush Set ($25.00) is a great gift for friends and co-workers or you can break it up for stocking stuffers. The duos have some nice colors and although the lighter powders are not my style, the pigmentation is decent.

With all that makeup you might need some applicators and the Quo Must-Have Brush Set with Roll ($50.00) definitely comes in handy. It includes brushes for powder, blush, foundation, buffing, crease blending, eye shadow, concealer, smudging and brow definition which is pretty much everything you need. The bristles are soft, flexible and a tad flimsy on some of the face brushes but they get the job done with minimal shedding. I’d probably gift this to new makeup enthusiasts or use it as my travel set.

The latex-free Blending Sponge is only $8.00 and comes in a little ornament box. This particular shape gets into hard to reach areas and if you dampen it with water, makeup will appear even and smooth.

Quo is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

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