Monthly Archives: October 2016

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F. Shimmer powders

The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality.  In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.

Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging.  Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here.  There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional.  These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face.  I immediately threw them away.


E.L.F. Shimmer: Pink

I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe.  The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey.  If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.


E.L.F. Shimmer: Gold

The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up.  Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted.  Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin.  Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.

Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them.  I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people!

First impressions of the brand ‘Claytime Australia’

Over a number of months this year I received my first Claytime Australia makeup products in subscription boxes.  I had never heard of the brand before and was interested to try something new.  The brand claims that they locally source ingredients and that all products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free across their range.

The two products I have tried include a Pure Mineral Eyeshadow in Smoke and the Natural Liquid Lipstick in Red Fire.


Pure Mineral Eyeshadow: Smoke

The Pure Mineral Eyeshadow comes in a small, screw top, round pot with a clear lid so that you can see the colour of the pigment within.   Unfortunately it does not contain a sifter and as this is a very finely milled powder, its use is messy.  You can see from the image above that the powder ends up through the cap!


Swatch of Smoke

The colour is cool toned and has a soft sheen to it.  The colour is much lighter when swatched than I originally expected and isn’t as pigmented as I hoped.  Although I enjoyed the formula of this product – it lasts well on the eye and is easy to blend – this particular shade doesn’t suit me.  In fact, it made my eyes look a little bruised.  Saying that, I would be interested to try other colours from the range.  If you decide to have a look for yourself you will note that this brand isn’t exactly budget-friendly as each individual eyeshadow costs AU$14.95, but I think you have to expect to pay for quality ingredients.


Natural Liquid Lipstick: Red Fire

Of the two products the Natural Liquid Lipstick is my favourite.  Firstly, the packaging is super practical as the tube includes a long, thin mirror to aid application on the go.  I love this feature!  The doe foot applicator picks up the product well and applies it evenly.  This is not a long lasting, matte product with which the term ‘liquid lipstick’ has come to be associated, but rather is a highly pigmented, moisturising lip colour.  Although you will need to reapply this product after 1-2 hours, it wears away evenly and doesn’t end up looking patchy as it fades, which I appreciate.  Plus, I particularly love the vibrant colour of the Red Fire shade – very autumnal!  As a side note, this product does have an unusual scent – not a fragrance as such, but the ingredients smell quite earthy for want of a better description.


Swatch of Red Fire

Although Claytime Australia doesn’t appear to be releasing liquid lipsticks in their 2016/2017 range, you can still find these liquid lipsticks from their store stockists online.  This product sells for AU$19.95.


Overall, I am very intrigued by this brand.  Claytime Australia seem very focused on producing safe, natural and cruelty-free products which won’t irritate the skin and all at quite reasonable prices.  I look forward to trying more from their range in the future.

Have a glorious day!

Things I don’t love: E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams

Welcome back to another instalment of my ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where we discuss products that didn’t work for me or I just don’t love.  And this review, unfortunately, is definitely a product that DIDN’T work for me!


Black Licorice


Moche Swirl

The E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams are probably some of the worst makeup products I have come across.  My expectations of a cream shadow are that the colour sets on the skin, that they do not crease and that they have reasonable pigmentation.  Unfortunately the Duo Eye Shadow Creams failed in each of these criteria in my experience.




Sugar Cookie

The texture of these creams is thin, very greasy and kind of sticky.  This issue is amplified in the warmer months where they seem to melt and get really soft.  The pigmentation is variable depending on the shade, but I don’t find that they ‘stick’ to the eyes very well and the slick formula makes them hard to blend out with any kind of control.  They just slip and slide all over the lids for me!

I purchased these duo shadows with the intention of using them as an eyeshadow base but they caused every eye look to crease for me, regardless of what powdered eyeshadow I attempted to set them with.  And I don’t normally have issues with creasing at all.  Also, in my experience, the colours faded quite quickly over time.  If I haven’t set them with a powdered shadow they just seem to disappear off the eyes within a couple of hours – particularly the lighter shades.


Butter Pecan


Coffee & Cream

These duo’s sell for AU$3 on the Australian ELF website but if I had my time again, I would save the $3.  I really haven’t been able to find a use for these and they will make their way out of my collection in my next declutter.

If you own these cream shadows I hope you had better luck!

Have a great day 🙂


Makeup Revolution: Beyond Radiance Palette

I love the three Radiance powders, Breathe, Exhale and Glow, that Makeup Revolution originally released – in fact, they are on my ‘holy grail products’ list.  So when Makeup Revolution released a new Beyond Radiance palette I couldn’t wait to try it out.  This new palette contains three subtle highlights in white, pink and champagne tones.  Unlike the original Radiance powders, you can only buy this range in palette form (no individual pans available).


Beyond Radiance: shade 1 – white

The first shade in the palette is a creamy white shade and this is my personal favourite of the three.  It shows up as a brightening, yet subtle highlight on my fair complexion.


Beyond Radiance: shade 2 – pink

The pink shade is not quite light enough to be brightening on my skin but does offer some subtle glow and I have used this as a blush topper over matte blushes.


Beyond Radiance: shade 3 – champagne

Lastly, we have the champagne shade.  Again, this is a bit too dark on my pail skin to be brightening, but it does offer a nice glow.  I have actually been enjoying this to set my under-eye concealer and swept across the whole face for added glow.  I imagine that this shade would work better as a highlight for people with darker complexions than mine.


swatches: white, pink and champagne

These powders are extremely finely milled and there is something about them that feels quite luxurious to me.  As you can see from the swatches above, we are talking subtle glow here rather than the more shimmery highlighter style that you may have come to expect.  These are lovely for everyday wear and for work contexts and are extremely flattering on the skin.  I would put these in the ‘no makeup, makeup’ basket as they are very natural and blend seamlessly.

If you are looking for a daring highlighter statement, this is not the palette for you.

If I had to recommend one product from either the Radiance palette or Beyond Radiance palette I have to admit that I would pick the original Radiance palette every time.  Every powder in the original has a clear purpose in my routine and I love them all.  Click here for my complete review of the Radiance powders.  Saying that, the Beyond Radiance palette is a very nice addition to my collection and I have enjoyed it very much so far.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder: Porcelain

I purchased the E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder from iHerb in the shade porcelain.  The packaging for this product is quite sleek for such a budget-friendly purchase (I paid about AU$4).  It comes with a small puff applicator which I think is quite reasonable for touch-ups and a decent mirror making it a handbag friendly product.


E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder

The powder itself is very soft to the touch and quite finely milled.  It doesn’t keep me as matte as other powders in my collections and I found that it can look a little cakey if you aren’t sparing in your application.

This is one of those products that is certainly reasonable, but just didn’t work for me due to it being a poor colour match.  The porcelain shade is very yellow-toned and is generally too dark for my skin tone.  If you are a pale princess like me I don’t think you will find a colour match in this particular range.


Studio Pressed Powder: Porcelain

Overall, this is a pretty ‘meh’ kind of a product for me.  Aside from the fact that it isn’t a colour match, the formula neither wowed me nor overly disappointed.  There are certainly other budget-friendly, cruelty-free brands that make powders that I prefer (Australis makes a great one!), and even within the E.L.F. range, I prefer the formula of their Studio Translucent Matifying Powder.  Saying that, if you are looking to try something new the E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder is cheap enough that you can give it a go without risking any great financial loss if it doesn’t work for you.

Have a great day!