At the store, I picked up the polish and a bottle of OPI's Glitter Off base coat...and I finally took the plunge into buying a new palette.
The most popular palettes I see people ask about repeatedly are the UD Naked palettes (1, 2, 3, and Naked Naturals). UD also has an electric palette with bright colors. These palettes are highly coveted, and knowing the quality of UD, are probably worth the hefty price tag ($54 for the Nakeds, except Naked Basics is $28, and the Electric Pigment Palette is $49).
There are a lot of other popular palettes out there too from a range of brands. Too Faced has quite a few palettes (including the popular Chocolate Bar), the Lorac Pro Palette, and Coastal Scents Revealed palette is a well-known dupe of the original Naked palette at $20. I've never used it personally but people say it is decent. Kat Von D still has her thing, Sephora has palettes, and Smashbox, NARS, and Bobbi Brown have all released palettes. The possibilities seem overwhelming.
The number one reason I decided I wanted to go with this palette was the color selection. A palette of neutrals would be nice, and the electric palette has a lot of fun colors, but all palettes I have seen have a couple to a few colors I would never ever wear, not even for special occasions. I've had my eye on the Kat Von D Esperanza palette, but it had a glittery blue that, while pretty, I would never use.
Though the product got four stars at Ulta.com, I was worried about some of the negative comments. A few people said that the shades were not highly pigmented, that they had to use a lot of it, that they had a lot of fall-out (when the shadow falls onto their face), or that the shades did not last long. I tend to believe that you get what you pay for, so should I have picked a more expensive palette, or do people just like to complain?
I think it's a fine alternative to the more pricey palettes. And it's cruelty free!
I did swatch the colors on my arm, but the pictures I took really did not capture the depth of the colors, and neither do the pictures of the individual colors I posted above.
The packaging also came with a book of ideas showing you how to make different styles with the palette, but they weren't very helpful - they were a little too simple and the models somehow made the colors look weird. I also wish the palette had the names of the shadows printed on it, because now you have to refer to the box for the color names.
The Catwalk palette is available at Ulta for $29. Right now, if you use Ebates you get 10% back at Ulta! Ulta also has a promotion where you can get a gift with a $25 or more Anastasia purchase (they didn't have it in the store). Check it out! And this post about Catwalk wouldn't be complete without more cat pictures: