Back in January, I had an opportunity to visit fabulous Las Vegas for the very first time. And it was awesome!!!! I caught a show, I ate and walked…and walked, and did some shopping. Mostly window shopping, but shopping nonetheless. The best thing I purchased during my trip was makeup. I stopped in a couple Sephora stores and found some items that I couldn’t find at home, and I got to try a makeup brand that was brand new to me.
When I first started wearing makeup about 15 years ago, there were basically two options for getting products: the drugstore and the department store counters. And the selection was only as good as the drugstores and department stores you had access to. Fast forward to today, the internet has opened a world, giving us access to newer, up-and-coming brands, as well as foreign brands and others that may not physically retail where we are.
While in Vegas, I had the opportunity to try a brand that falls into the latter two categories: Inglot. I had heard about Inglot through the internet, and heard many great things about the brand, but hadn’t had a chance to order anything yet. (Sidebar: I am still old-school, and I’m still warming up to the idea of buying makeup I can’t see/touch/try before I buy). So when I heard that Inglot had not one, but 3 locations (one counter and two stand-alone stores), I just had to go.
The Inglot Experience
I visited the Inglot stand-alone store in the Forum Shoppes at Caesar’s Palace. The Forum is just one of several high-end luxury malls on the strip, and by luxury, I don’t mean Coach/Gucci/Sak’s Off Fifth luxury, I mean Prada/Fendi/Carolina Herrerra/Salvatore Ferragamo bougie. It’s “I almost didn’t go because I can’t afford to breathe the air” saddity. However, the Inglot store was refreshing. Unlike Sephora or a MAC store, the Inglot store is brightly lit and open. You can see all the product at once, and get a pretty good idea of what things would look like in natural light.
When I walked in, I saw an array of lip and nail products on one wall, eye products on the other, and two giant islands in the middle. One of the islands was home to the Freedom System of products.
The Freedom System is Inglot’s customizable magnetic palette system. They offer un-potted pans of just about anything that can be contained in a pan: eyeshadow, blush, lip color, bronzer/highlighter/illuminator, foundation, powder, etc. They even have fragrance blocks! I was instantly floored by the sheer amount of products that were on the island. I am secretly not a fan of palettes at all, but I was so enthralled that I decided to build one. Instead of having you pull product and walk around with it, you pick up this magnetic blackboard thingy, and literally add the samples of what you want to purchase. It allows you to actually see your palette come together.
Everything I swatched I fell in love with, but in the end, I opted to buy three eyeshadows, three lipsticks, and three blushes.
Eyeshadow ($7.00 per pan for solid colors) – #300, #605, #614
Inglot Freedom System Flexi Pallette (outside) – ($20 for 14″x18″)
- The Palette – The palette itself is very durable. I also like that the palette and the lid are two separate pieces. I can detach the top and magnetize to the bottom.
- Eyeshadow – The shade range is phenomenal – over 250 shades. I found that the shadows I purchased were very true-to-pan on my skin. They are also easy to apply and blend, and have a great texture.
- Lipsticks – The lipsticks are also beautiful. They come in about over 70 shades. My only issue was that the matte shade was bit dry coming out of the pan.
- Blush – I can’t rave enough about how beautiful the blushes were. I knew at first swatch that I’d love them. The colors are rich and of a greater variety that many brands, which will suit most skin tones.
- Price – There are some luxury products on the market that can’t hold a candle to Inglot, yet everything was priced closure to the upper-drugstore range
- My only gripe, if it’s really a gripe at all, is that the colors have numbers instead of names. It’s much easier to remember a name like “Mulberry” or “Cinnamon Spice” than #63 or #605
Rating: Migh-T Fine!!
I fully intend to buy more colors to fill up my palette. I also want to try their solid fragrance pans, and some of the non-Freedom System products. The have a ginormous selection of lip products and nail products, and I’ve heard their loose pigments are to die for.
Have you tried Inglot? Let me know what you think!