Review: Philosophy “Color of Grace” Cosmetics (various)

Apparently, the entire “The Color of Grace” line of Philosophy cosmetics has been discontinued. That explains why I’ve been able to buy it so inexpensively at a place that very rarely sells high-end cosmetics. But, hey, I like Philosophy’s stuff (most of it), so here’s a combined review of the products I was able to get for just $3 each (Yes – THREE dollars!) at my local Big Lots stores, in case you’re able to get a good deal on them, too…

All Products:

Pros: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, talc, propylene glycol, PEGs, and fragrance. Made in USA. Pretty containers – with mirrors.

Cons: Discontinued. Expensive if you have to order it from the online retailers that still carry them. No applicator/brushes included.


philosophy color of grace eyelighting shadow duoEyelighting Shadow Duo

($22 at

Overall Review:  Goes on nicely.  Colors are a little sheer, but you can “layer” them to make them darker, and they blend well.  Shadows are shimmery but not uber-sparkly.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars  


philosophy beauty is art blush set

Beauty is Art Blush Palette

($32.76 at, $25 at

Overall Review: Nice, smooth finish. Pretty shades. Nicely shimmery. Colors blend well. It’s a little difficult to use the smaller colors alone with a normal-sized blush brush.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5-stars


philosophy amazing grace coloring book
Amazing Grace Coloring Book

($11.09 from third-party seller – may not be authentic)

Overall Review: The lip glosses are nothing to write home about. The eye shadows are similar to the ones in the “eyelighting” kit. The blush is too small to use with anything but a tiny brush. “7th heaven” is a nice highlighter. The face powder is a little sparkly, but can also be used as a highlighter.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5-stars


In Summary: Even if you don’t love these products, $3 is a minimal investment. You can’t get drugstore brands for that much. You could get all of these products – and some others, depending on store availability –  and create your own “emergency beauty kit” to keep in your car, office, whatever.  (There were other products at some stores that I didn’t need, including a cream blush, highlighter, and retractable kabuki brush.) You could buy them as gifts for a little kid who wants to play dress up.  They’re cheaper than the stuff that’s made for that, and they don’t contain all the horrible stuff that cheap makeup does!  So, if you have a Big Lots store in your area – find these things!  Note: They may be behind the counter to prevent theft. Make sure you check to make sure the clear “tape” seal is in tact on the bottom and top of the package.

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