So, here's the Dose of Colors DesixKaty Collection, AKA the best influencer collab of 2018, ever.

What is it? 
It's the second makeup collaboration from the brand Dose of Colours with the two YouTube beauty influencers Desi (see link) and Katy (see link). It includes an eyeshadow palette, two highlighters, two lipsticks, two liquid lipsticks and two lipglosses.

Where can I buy it?/How much does it cost?
In the UK you can purchase this directly from the Dose of Colors US website or from Beauty Bay. The Friendcation eyeshadow palette will set you back £44, the highlights cost £22 each, the liquid lipsticks are £15 each , the lipsticks come in at £13 each and finally the lipglosses are priced at £14.

So, why is it the best collaboration?
Well, the Friendcation eyeshadow palette is the star of the show and wins the best of the best when it comes to influencer collaborations. Is it groundbreaking, never-seen-before? No. Is it wildly impressive at first glance? No. 
So, what makes it so good?

It's simple, but effective. It has blendable, everyday mattes which help create a neutral day look or helps create a base for something more dramatic. It has beautiful shimmers which can be used to create a soft effective but can be built up for a real impact. And finally, it has beautiful shimmery, glittery, delicious bold shades (wow - what descriptive adjectives I use). The shimmer shades in this palette are divine, they are packed with larger and micro glitters which dance in the light, creating dimension and sparkle without fall out or the need to prep with glitter glues. They blend into one another seamlessly and can be mixed to create purples or create that oil-slick effect. Just browse the thousands of instagram looks created with this palette to see it's magic. It is the perfect balance of day and night, introvert and extrovert, the least and the most.

The swatches below are representative of the colours but fails to capture the diamond quality of the sparkle.

Whilst I would recommend you rush out and spend your hard earned cash on the eyeshadow palette , I think the highlighters are just so-so and only worth a purchase to support Katy and Desi. The shade Fuego is a pale gold with reflecting sparkle and the shade Chasing the Sun is a warm bronze with a gold reflect. 

Why don't I love these? Simply, because it isn't smooth enough and creates neither a natural glass skin effect nor a blinding reflective effect. I find it's just ok, but my least favourite is Fuego which once it has worn down, leaves green and pink shimmer particles on the face which leave my face looking like I have eyeshadow fall-out on my cheekbone. A pass for me.

Pictured below (left-right): Chasing the Sun and Fuego.

The lipstick formulation is good but nothing amazing, however, if you love a warmer toned nude or have a medium-tan complexion, they have beautiful shades which compliment a more yellow/olive skin tone. The glosses are a beautiful formula, full of reflective shimmer. Depending on your preferences or skin tone, they have a warm gold shimmer gloss or a pink shimmer gloss. Whilst it doesn't beat the Fenty Gloss Bomb, this one comes in as a strong contender for a shimmer gloss to create impact and dazzle.

The shades below (from left-right) are: Hey Girl lipstick, Aftermath lipstick, My Main liquid lipstick and Over The Top lipgloss.

Most of this collection is still available for those who think they missed their chance. If you're wanting to get a new eyeshadow palette, I truly recommend the Friendcation palette and think that it is worth the price for those who are needing something that can give them office-glam.

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