Circa Beauty First Impressions - Eyeshadow Trio & Lipsticks!

12 July 2015

I have another Walgreens exclusive first impressions post for y'all! Circa Beauty is another "masstige" brand, sold only at Walgreens, similar to the Colour Prevails range (I posted about a couple nail polishes here). It's a pretty complete range for being so new; consisting of a decent selection of face, eyes, and lip products.

I opted to pick up three things because this brand is on the pricier side of drugstore; the shadow trio is $12 and the lipsticks are $10 each. This is not a full review; I've only had these for about three day now, but I will be posting an update and more comprehensive review after I've had a chance to fully play with these products!

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I being sponsored or compensated for this post. My opinions are, as always, my own.


  • The Color Focus Eyeshadow Palettes retail for $12 each, at Walgreens.
  • All of the color options are natural in appearance.
  • The packaging is rather nice and weighty and reminds me of art deco or The Great Gatsby.
  • Comes with a double ended sponge tip/brush applicator.
  • Shadows don't seem to be overly soft or powdery.
  • The texture is more on the dry side. The shimmery shades in the trio apply okay on bare skin but the matte brown has sketchy pigmentation and is a bit patchy. These shadows DEFINITELY benefit from a primer or base.
  • Over a primer these shadows were decently pigmented and blended easily.

Quick eye look, over primer. I did throw a tiny bit of black shadow in my outer corners to deepen it up a bit. Please ignore that annoying blob of mascara on my left eye, ugh.

Top: "Audrey" and Bottom: "Elizabeth"

  • The Color Absolute Velvet Luxe retail for $10 each, at Walgreens.
  • The packaging is rather nice and weighty and reminds me of art deco or The Great Gatsby.
  • Applies creamy and smooth.
  • Dries down to a demi-matte, velvety finish that starts to feel a tiny bit uncomfortable after about an hour.
  • Pigmentation is rich and the two colors I picked up are cream finishes with no shimmer.
  • The color swatch on the bottom of the tube accurately represents the color in the tube which is AWESOME.
  • There is a scent to the lipsticks; it reminds me of the L’OrĂ©al Colour Riche® Extraordinaire glosses; kind of fruity and floral all at once. I don't mind it personally, but I can see how it would bother others. I recommend smelling the testers before purchasing.
Lipstick in "Audrey", in natural light. Lipstick in "Elizabeth", in natural light.

Have you tried any Circa Beauty products? Any recommendations for me?


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