Monthly Archives: July 2017

The mini chocolate bar face palettes: Bronze and Glow & Light and Glow

Now if you follow my blog then you know that I am all about that Makeup Revolution chocolate palette life.  To be fair, mainly I’m about chocolate in general, but the combination of chocolate and makeup is next level attractive to me.


Anyway, when TAMBeauty released two new MINI chocolate bar face palettes into their I Heart Makeup/Makeup Revolution range I was super excited.  I love tiny things.  Like, anything that is normally big that is made into a little version… so cute.  Aside from the packaging though, the products within really appealed to me and I have not been disappointed.

I’m going to start with the Bronze and Glow palette because this is my favourite contour palette duo.  Full stop.


Bronze and Glow

The ‘bronze’ shade is perfect for my skin tone.  It is quite neutral so you can contour with it, but it isn’t too ashy either so you can use it as a bronzer too.  These powders are really finely milled, soft and blend so easily.


Bronze and Glow highlight compared to theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer

The highlighter in this duo is stunning too – champagne in tone and the perfect amount of glow without being shiny or frosty.  It reminds me very much of theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer.  It is certainly extremely similar when sheered out on the cheeks but as you can see from the heavy finger swatches above Mary-Lou is a little more yellow toned.


Bronze and Glow swatches

Honestly, Bronze and Glow is a great palette.  If you find this packaging to be too kitch and cutesy for your taste, Makeup Revolution also has the same powder products packaged in their Renaissance Glow palette which has much more classy packaging but identical products.


Charlotte Tilbury – ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight.  Image credit – Nordstrom

The Renaissance Glow is designed to be a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt and Highlight… meaning that the powders in the chocolate Bronze and Glow are also a dupe!  Winner 🙂


Light and Glow

I wasn’t initially as attracted to the Light and Glow palette as the Bronze and Glow palette but… chocolate packaging!?!  Saying that, when I heard that this might be a dupe for Too Faced’s Candlelight Glow highlighting powder in Rosy Glow, I was intrigued.


Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow.  Image Credit – Temptalia

Now I don’t own Rosy Glow to do a direct comparison for you but from the swatches I have seen online they certainly do seem very similar.


Light and Glow swatches

I have really enjoyed the light and glow highlighters – and they are both highlighters!  I thought at first the pink shade was a blush but it is a pink highlighter with a gold shift.  You could use this as a blush topper, but even on my fair skin the pink shade can be blended out to a lovely glow or mixed with the white/gold shade for extra bright shine.  These are both very pretty!


MUR Vivid Baked Highlighter – Golden lights compared to the Light and Glow white/gold highlighter.

The white/gold highlighter reminded me of the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.  As you can see above, the colour is certainly a dupe but the formula is obviously very different as one is a standard powder and one is a baked highlighter.


Bronze and Glow swatched beside Light and Glow

So.  A million photos later let me rap this up.  I really like these two little chocolate face palettes.  I think the quality is great and if the colours work for your skin tone then I totally recommend these.  If you are interested in trying them for yourself you can find the chocolate face palettes on TAMBeauty for about AU$10.

Have a great day!


E.L.F.: Lip Exfoliator – Cherry Tart and Mint Maniac

I first tried the E.L.F. lip exfoliator in its standard brown sugar scent ages ago and didn’t love it.  The first few uses were amazing and then the texture went kind of sticky and I found it didn’t run easily across my lips anymore so I threw it out.  THEN I found out that the trick is to put on a bit of lip balm first, then use the exfoliator SO with that plan in mind, I ordered the cherry and peppermint scent to try.

But I have gotten ahead of myself.

The E.L.F. lip exfoliator is a bit of cult product.  It is presented in a lipstick bullet which is super practical and clean.  No dipping into a pot here.


Mint Maniac

I would recommend that you don’t wind the bullet up too far though as you do put more pressure to exfoliate than you would to apply a lipstick so this will help avoid breaking off the bullet.  This hasn’t happened to me, but I am careful.


The exfoliator has a good amount of sugar scrub to it.  It also contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Avocado, Grape and Jojoba oils to nourish and protect the lips.  I find it useful to have a damp cotton pad ready to wipe away the residue when I am finished and then I am ready to go ahead and apply my lip product of choice.


Cherry Tart

In terms of scent I find that these do smell sweetly of their assigned mint and cherry.  They are confectionary scents rather than actually smelling of the fruit and herb but they are pleasant.  The mint version does not have a tingly sensation when applied like you may have with some minty products.

Overall, I really enjoy these.  They work well (when using the lip balm tip!), they are easy to use and are mess free and they absolutely help to prep my lips for other lipstick products.

If you haven’t tried these, I would say they are certainly worth a go.

Have a wonderful day.

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Golden Bar

I have come to acknowledge that I am a collector of the Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes.  I never collected pokemon as a child.  Chocolate palettes are my pokemon.

Do I need more eyeshadow? Absolutely not.

Will I purchase every new chocolate palette that TAM Beauty releases?



The Golden Bar is something a little bit different in the Chocolate Palette range though.  Firstly – look at that packaging!  A super cute chocolate brown palette with golden melting chocolate layered over the top.  Very luxe in a super kitsch way.

The next biggest difference is that this is a purely shimmer palette.  Unlike all the chocolate palettes that have come before it, the Golden Bar has no matte shades.  For most of us this shouldn’t really be a problem – generally we all have some matte shades somewhere else in our collection that we can call on if needed BUT I do find it annoying that I can’t use this palette alone.  Saying that, I really do think the shades are beautiful.  The quality really is very good – in fact, there are only two shades that I have found to be wanting (which I will discuss with the swatches below), but overall these are rich and pigmented.



Golden Bar – swatches: Collection, Ribbon, Wrapper, Foil, Golden, Gift, Limited and Cocoa

As you can see from the swatches even though this palette doesn’t contain mattes, there are still two distinctly different formulas: a satin and then a more metallic shimmer.  Of the colours on the left of the palette there is one clear dud shade and it is collection, the pure white shade.  It is very patchy and lacks pigmentation.  It is almost more of a glittery topcoat rather than a shadow in its own right.  Considering the rich tones of the rest of the palette I also think the stark whiteness of this shade is a bit misplaced.  My two favourite shades on this side of the palette are limited and cocoa.  Stunning.



Golden Bar – swatches: edible, tablet, wrapped, bar, box, block, beans and chocolatier

The right side of the palette has darker shades overall.  There is a mix of browns, coppers and a green plus one champagne shade called Chocolatier.  Chocolatier is the shade I was most excited about from this side of the palette and it is also the weakest shade 😦  The swatch actually makes it look prettier than it is.  In practice this shade is super flakey and goes on very patchy and needs a lot of building up to get good pigmentation.  It is certainly workable with a fixing spray but the other shades are all so smooth and pigmented that the poor formulation of this one shade really stands out.  Meanwhile the shades wrapped, box and beans are stunning.

I have two last points regarding the way this palette has been curated.  Firstly, there are a number of shades in this palette that are actually quite similar, particularly once they are on the eye.  Secondly, the shades are beautiful but they are all quite mid-toned.  I would have liked to see a few more lighter tones (or at least lighter tones that are better quality than the two here) and one or two really dark tones, just to allow for more dynamic eye looks.

So to recap, the Golden Bar is a very pretty, shimmer palette which maintains the good quality we have come to expect from Makeup Revolution.  Despite there being a couple of weaker shadows I would say that this palette is certainly worth the price.  I imagine that people with darker skin tones than myself may really love this palette for its mid-toned shades, but paler people may find the lighter tones lacking. This isn’t my personal favourite palette from the Chocolate Palette range, but I am happy to have it in my collection.

Have a glorious day!!

E.L.F. Illuminating Palette

I was excited to try this Illuminating Palette from E.L.F. as I love the blush and contour palettes from the same range.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product as I had heard mixed reviews and to be honest, my review will also be a mixed one.

Before I get too carried away, let me take a moment to comment on the packaging.  It is sturdy black plastic with a full mirror.  The pans are removable and you can interchange them with other products from the range, which is nice.


There are four powders in this palette and like so many highlight palettes you will probably find that not all of these colours are going to suit your skin tone.  These are certainly subtle highlighters so don’t expect to be glowing to the moon with these – they are well named as being ‘illuminates’ rather than highlighters in my opinion.  At best these give a natural, soft glow.  At worst they don’t offer much of anything.


swatches: left to right, top to bottom.

The first white powder in the top row is deceptively glowy.  It is a lovely illuminator albeit a bit powdery.  You can really pack it on without it getting frosty and it is pretty on my fair skin.  I find that the other three colours don’t really do much at all.  They are really more matte in nature.  It is probably best to consider these as illuminating all-over face powders, rather than highlighters.  I use the beige colour (bottom row, left) under my eyes and it is finely enough milled to work there, but I don’t notice any real illumination to be fair.  I have tried the pink and coral shades (top and bottom on right) as blush toppers but they don’t really offer much.  I have also used the pink shade as a highlighter on my cheeks but it doesn’t really offer much illumination when used in that way either.  I think that aside from the white illuminator the other three shades can pretty well be used all over the face if you wish for a subtle additional glow, but it really will be subtle.

I have heard people compare this palette to the hour glass ambient lighting powders – I don’t own them to do a comparison, but in my opinion, I don’t really see the need for four shades in the palette.  One more glowy shade and then one illuminating face powder would have been plenty as the three coloured shades basically look the same when sheered out on the face.


As for the formula, I find these to be very dusty.  They all have a bit of a white base and can look a little ashy on my skin tone and I imagine that would be even more of an issue if you are more dark complected.  These do kick up a lot of product when you dip into them with a brush so tap lightly

If I had my time again, I wouldn’t repurchase this palette.  They aren’t bad products, it is just that I don’t really have a use for them in my collection.  I have very subtle highlighters that I prefer the formula of more.  To be honest, this will probably be decluttered at some time in the future.



Makeup Revolution: Vivid Baked Highlighter – Matte Lights

I’m going to be straight up honest here.

I purchased this product purely out of curiosity.  I couldn’t help it.  I just wanted to see what a baked, matte highlighter was all about so I picked it up.


Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked highlighter – Matte Lights

Although this product is white with cream marbling in the pan, when swatched it is pretty much stark white.  The powder itself feels quite dry, it is a baked product after all, but oh my goodness, it is so finely milled.  You can swirl you brush in here and pick up a good amount of the powder but it doesn’t seem to get too cakey on the face.

As I said earlier, I don’t typically highlight with matte products so I wasn’t sure how much use I would get out of this but I do enjoy this product under the eyes to set my concealer.  I also use it liberally to highlight the high points of my face and it is nicely brightening for a very natural look or as a base for more shimmery highlight powders.


Now, keep in mind my skin is very fair.  Would this work for medium or dark skin tones? I doubt it.  I actually imagine this would look very ashy on darker skin than mine, but correct me if I am wrong.  If you have extremely pale skin you could probably use this as a setting powder!

So there you go.

If you are interested in trying out a matte highlighting powder, this one is really nice.  I won’t say that this is a product that is completely life changing, but I am glad I gave it a go and for about AU$5 it is nice to try something a bit different.  You may find you already have perfectly good matte highlighters in your contouring palettes so this may not be a ‘must have’ product for you.

If you would like to give this matte highlight a go you can find it on the TAM Beauty website and they ship internationally.

Have a wonderful day!