Monthly Archives: May 2017

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighters: Lunch Money and Wisp

I enjoy the formula of the ColourPop highlighters.  I already had two in my collection when ColourPop ran a deal offering a free highlighter (or two) when you spend… whatever.  I had a wish list of items for their website anyway to I took the opportunity to pick up some things and get these two beauties for free!

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Swatches: Lunch Money (top) and Wisp (bottom)

The colours that I selected for the deal were Lunch Money and Wisp.  These bouncy creams are super smooth and offer a bright sheen without any glitter, which I love.  I find that these apply easily either with your finger or (as I prefer) a small stipple brush.  I don’t find that these lift my foundation but I would recommend adding a small amount at a time to aide blending.  These last really nicely on my skin on their own and also as a base for a powdered highlight.  These do dry down on the skin too, which is great.

As you can see, although Wisp is beautiful, it is quite dark to act as a highlight for me, but it does give a beautiful glow.  I use this lightly on my cheekbones and when sheered out it is still very pretty.  I imagine this would be stunning on people with richer skin tones than mine.  This is also a beautiful eyeshadow base.

Lunch Money suits my skin tone really well as a true highlighter.  It is a light gold tone and gives plenty of glow.  So pretty and pigmented.

I find that it can be hard to see the true colours of the highlighters on the ColourPop website (which is how I ended up with Butterfly Beach when it is clearly too dark) so here is my full ColourPop highlighter collections swatched together so you can compare the tones.

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Swatches: Teasecake, Butterfly Beach, Wisp, Lunch Money

Overall, I really like the formula of the ColourPop highlighters.  Of all my ColourPop Super Shock products I find this kind of satin formula (in the highlighters, blush and shadows), lasts the longest in terms of NOT drying out and maintaining the same smooth formula over time.  (Random fact: In my experience the matte formulas of face/eye products seem to dry out the quickest).

Last random thought – if you are looking for a powder product that looks very similar to Wisp I think the Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant is quite similar.  The swatch below is a mix of all the colours of the shimmer brick, but if you keep your brush towards the top you will get an even more similar match.

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Swatches: Wisp (top) and Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant

So there you have it.  A very wordy review of Lunch Money and Wisp 🙂

Have a great day!!

 

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade

The Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade palette from Makeup Revolution if an obvious dupe of the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette from Kat Von D.  It has a great range of tones including a neutral quad, cool quad and warm quad which I think makes this palette extremely versatile.  Although the packaging itself is quite cheap looking, it does come with a dual-ended brush that is functional.

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I do enjoy the the fact that there are three ‘base’ shades provided in larger pans as these probably will be my most used shades from the palette.  My only complaint regarding shade selection relates to the fact that we basically have four shades of cream in this palette and to be fair… ain’t nobody needing four shades of cream!  On the eye, they all look pretty much the same which is a bit of a waste of palette space in my opinion.  Saying that, the formula on these shadows is really great.  I find they do kick up a bit of product when you dip your brush in, but the softness of the formula does mean they are very easy to blend out.  They are also nicely pigmented!  So – onto the swatches 🙂

I am happy to report that this is my favourite formula of Makeup Revolution matte shadows to date.  I find myself reaching for this palette every time I need some additional matte shades for a look, but this really does perform as a stand alone palette as well.  I have taken to keeping this palette in the drawer with my ColourPop Super Shock shadows as this palette really does compliment all of the colours of shimmery lid shades that I own as single shadows.  As I said – so versatile.

I think this palette is an absolute bargain.  Obviously, I can’t compare this to the Kat Von D palette that it dupes as I do not own that palette, but reviewing this as a product in its own right, I can absolutely recommend it.

If you are interested in checking this palette out for yourself you can find it on the TAM Beauty website for AU$13 and they ship internationally!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

Things I don’t love: E.L.F. High Definition Banana Powder

Welcome back to the ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where I discuss products that I just don’t love, or didn’t work for me.  Today I want to discuss the E.L.F. High Definition Powder in the Banana shade.

There are two reasons why this product didn’t work for me and neither of them have to do with the formula of the powder itself.  This powder is very finely milled and super soft.  It applies really nicely to the skin and feels silky.  I haven’t tried the translucent shade of this product, but I think I would enjoy it very much and have it on my wish list.

So after all those positives, why has this appeared in my ‘things I don’t love’ series??  Well, because of this….

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very pigmented BRIGHT yellow!!!!!!!!  

The tone of this powder is so bright yellow and it is really pigmented.  I imagine that for someone out there with a different skin tone to mine, that makes this a perfect product but for me, there is no way I can use this where it doesn’t leave me looking yellow.  The effect actually makes my skin look kind of sallow and sickly rather than having the desired brightening effect.

The other con about this product for me is that the packaging of this powder is uber bulky.  I believe that E.L.F. has recently repackaged these powders so that may no longer be an issue but I’m just putting it out there.

So, if you are looking for a very pigmented banana powder then I can recommend this one from E.L.F. but if you are a pale girl, you will probably find this to be too pigmented and therefore too yellow to be practical.

Have a wonderful day!

MUA: Shimmer Kisses Bronzer

I have no idea if this Shimmer Kisses Bronzer is still available on the MUA website.  Although they do ship internationally they have blocked Australian buyers from accessing their website as they have sold out to a local distributer.  Unfortunately, that distributer overcharges and only has a limited range so I don’t purchase MUA products anymore BUT if you can access their products and they still sell this then… here are my thoughts!

My apologies for the convoluted, overly wordy and ranty intro, lol

So onto the review.  I am not sure for whom this product would be a ‘bronzer’ so don’t be put off by that word in this product name.  The shades are bronzy in tone, but this is most definitely a highlighter and it is a very pretty highlighter indeed.

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I have found some of the MUA products, particularly their eyeshadows, to be quite dry and powdery, but this, this is soft and smooth and finely milled.  The product is a quad of four shades of varying depths.  I like this concept as it allows for the product to be more multi-use.  You can direct your brush to one or more of the shades to get your preferred tone or just swirl your brush across the whole palette.  I have used this as eyeshadow and it works well when used in that way too.

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Shimmer Kisses Bronzer swatched.

This is very pretty as a highlighter, even on my fair skin.  If you have a darker skin tone than mine you could probably avoid the lightest shade to get a tone that suits you.  This powder blends nicely, doesn’t overly highlight skin texture and isn’t powdery.  The packaging is cheap but durable.  Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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I wouldn’t call this Shimmer Kisses Bronzer a total dupe for the Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm BUT it is pretty close and on the skin the colour difference is negligible in my opinion.  As you can see in the swatches, the Shimmer Kisses Bronzer is more of a rose gold while Mary-Lou Manizer is more of a yellow gold.  Also, if you are familiar with Mary-Lou it is a good reference to see that this highlighter really is pale-skin friendly.

So to wrap this up, the Shimmer Kisses Bronzer from MUA is a winner in my book.  It gives a pretty glow to the skin.  I can’t remember what I paid for this, but I think it was around the AU$5 mark which is a bargain and MUA is a cruelty-free brand!

MUA, if you are reading this, please open up your website to Australia again!  

Have a great day everyone 🙂