DB Cosmetics – Holiday Collection| Life Of Dahlia

The Holiday season will soon be upon us, and for us beauty enthusiasts this means holiday collections are being released. So many pretties to choose from. With my first Holiday post, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of the items in the Designer Brands 2017 Holiday Collection. This is a great little affordable collection with a lot of items only retailing for $14.99, super affordable.

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Up In Lights – Highlighting Kit

The ‘Up In Lights’ Highlighting Kit is the outstanding product in this collection, I think it’s defiantly comparable to some of the high-end palettes out there. I have a couple in my collection including the ABH Aurora glow kit and I think these defiantly compares to those.

I was super impressed with these, I couldn’t believe how much glow I could get, I was defiantly not expecting it. I think these are amazing for their price point, they create a beautiful glow. I feel like these would suit many different people with different skin tones and even if you like a more subtle highlight than a blinding one I feel like you could both get that with these.

If I would recommend getting one thing from this collection I would recommend trying to get your hands on this one.

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All Eyes On You & Paparazzi Eyeshadow Palettes

As for the palettes I was excited to try these I thought they looked beautiful, I think it’s great that affordable brands are starting to put more into their packaging design. The packaging on these resembles that of high-end brand Too Faced Cosmetics, with tin packaging like on their ‘Chocolate Bar’ and ‘Sweet Peach’ palettes, even the layouts are similar. I really like this because it has nice hardy packaging that won’t break easily unlike most of the cheap plastic packaging you usually see from cheaper brands.

As for the actual eyeshadows themselves, they are nice for affordable palettes, but not great, the pigmentation is underwhelming but they are somewhat buildable.

I tend to have lower expectations when it comes to more affordable brands so I’m not totally disappointed if they aren’t fabulous. The shimmers are really nice actually and the mattes are blendable but I did have a bit of trouble with some of the shades just blending out completely and had to build up numerous times to get a nice opaque colour. There is also a bit of kick up in the pans because these are a very soft formula, so if that bothers you, you probably won’t like these.

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Each of these palettes have a nice range of colours, the ‘All Eyes On You’ has a range of different colours, from neutrals to oranges, to warm berries and a nice pop of green, so I feel that you could get a range of different looks with these. I used this to create my look in the photos above.

Paparazzi’ has more of a ‘Modern Renaissance’ vibe with a lot of darker warm tones; it has some neutrals, berries, burnt oranges and some golden shades. Though unlike ABH’S ‘Modern Renaissance’ it has a tone more shimmery shades with seven in total, these range from white, peach and golden shades to deep chocolate and a mauve/lilac shade. So you could get some nice looks with these.


So do I think these are worth it? For the price point, they are not bad. If you’re looking to try out some different colours but don’t want to spend a lot then yes they are. If you don’t like having to build up colour and spend time blending then I would give these a miss.

Overall I think that this is a good collection based on the items I purchased, though I think the Highlight Kit is the star of this Holiday collection, so If you wanted to get something from this collection then that would be my recommendation. The eyeshadow palettes are affordable and would make a nice gift maybe for someone starting out with makeup, especially the ‘All Eyes On You’ as it has a range of colours to play with or if you wanted to try out something different and didn’t want to spend a lot of money then these might be nice to start off with if your unsure.

Have you picked up anything from this Holiday collection? what were your thoughts? Are you planning on picking up anything this holiday season?

I hope you all have a great time this holiday season, P.s lookout soon for my review and look using the Kat Von D Beauty Saint & Sinner Palette.

Hugs & Kisses

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Fun Fact – Designer Brands are Cruelty-Free & Vegan, great to know if you’re a cruelty-free advocate.

Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

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erin applebee

Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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