Category Archives: Chocolate Palettes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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?

Probably.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

I Heart Makeup – Makeup Revolution: Chocolate and Peaches

Mmmmmm chocolate.

Honestly, I just immediately crave chocolate every time I look at these palettes!

But that is not the point of this blog.  Today I am going to review and swatch the Chocolate and Peaches eyeshadow palette from I Heart Makeup – Makeup Revolution.  Straight off the bat lets get the fact that this palette is a dupe for the Too Faced sweet peach palette out of the way.

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Sweet Peach Palette – Image credit – Too Faced Website

I don’t own the Sweet Peach palette to do comparative swatches for you but if you search on Youtube you can find PLENTY of comparisons.  One major difference between the two palettes is that Chocolate and Peaches has two less shades than the original; a brown shimmer and purple shimmer are absent.

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Chocolate and Peaches Palette

The packaging on this is a sturdy plastic with a huge, quality mirror and a sponge applicator.  The outside melting chocolate is super cute and I find myself purchasing these chocolate palettes like a child collecting Pokemon cards… I just want to collect them all!

The quality of the shadows is really lovely and in line with the quality of all the chocolate palettes that come before it.

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swatches of left side of palette: delicious, fruit, sweet, candy, rich, lush, fine and lucious

When you look at the left side of the palette on its own you can see that this really is a warm, neutrals palette at its core.  The brighter, peach shades distract from the fact that there are a lot of warm browns going on here.  The weakest shade on this side of the palette is sweet which is a bit flakey and lacks in pigmentation.

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swatches of right side of the palette: soft, chic, delight, peach, taste, nice, keen and satisfy

The right side of the palette is more of a mixed bag when it comes to shades – more cool tones and a bit more smokey.  I was hoping that Choc would be a bit more green toned but actually it is more of a taupe colour and you do need to build this one on the eye.  Peach also needs to be built up if you want it to pop on the eyelid.  I use it with a peachy cream base from ColourPop called Shark Attack and it works really well.  Nice is a black matte with maroon micro-glitter and to be honest, it is the only shadow in the palette that I haven’t used on my eyes – I just don’t really dig this kind of glitter shade, but everything else in the palette is very wearable.

Overall, I think this is a nice palette.  It has a good range of crease/transition matte shades and a lovely selection of shimmery lid shades.  It has a couple of peachy shades which are novel and nice for spring, but mainly this is a warm, neutral palette and I have enjoyed it for everyday wear.  I wear these with a primer to help longevity and prevent, the shimmer shades from fading and becoming muddy through the day.  Saying that, I find the quality of these to be very good.

If you are looking to try this one for yourself, you can find it on TAM beauty for around AU$13.  A word of warning though.  These chocolate palettes are a bit addictive.  If you want to see my reviews of the other chocolate palettes from this range you can find them under the ‘chocolate palettes’ tab in my categories section on the right 🙂

Have a great day!

 

 

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Love

My addiction to the I Heart Makeup chocolate palettes continues.

Did I need another palette?  No!  (honestly, I don’t need another palette for the rest of my life), but I just love collecting these chocolate bars from TAM beauty.

This pink beauty is called the Chocolate Love palette it is a dupe of the Too Faced, Chocolate BonBons palette.  I don’t own that palette to do a comparison for you, but they are certainly extremely similar to look at.

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Image credit: Too Faced Cosmetics website

Of all the chocolate palettes I Heart Makeup have released, Chocolate Love was the one I didn’t think I would get much use out of.  For some reason I found the bright pink shade really off-putting, but actually I have very much enjoyed this since I purchased it.

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Chocolate Love: left side of palette

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Swatches of left side of palette: left to right, top to bottom

I think the key to me falling in love with this colour selection was covering up that bright pink.  It is SO not my colour and it distracts me from all the truely beautiful shades that this palette does contain.  If you can ignore that pink, this is actually a neutral lover’s dream!

Unlike the Too Faced palette, the Chocolate Love palette has a large pan of a really lovely mid-toned, matte mauve/brown which is my PERFECT crease shade.  I love that this is in a large pan as I use it nearly every time I use this palette.

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Chocolate Love: Right side of palette

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Swatches of the right side of the palette

The quality of these shadows is really nice.  I very much enjoy the matte and satin formula shades as I find these easiest to work with.  The very shimmery, metallic shades can be a little tricky to pick up on the brush as they are extremely buttery and there is almost too much mineral oil in them.  I find that I either have to dig quite firmly with my brush or use my finger for best results, but you can’t fault the pigmentation!  Also, the shades Whipped and Candy are a little flakey, but I find that they are still workable, particularly with some fixing spray.

This palette has been a pleasant surprise for me.  I have enjoyed the colour selection more than I thought and have particularly appreciated the large pan of my favourite crease shade!

If you would like to check out the I Heart Makeup Chocolate palettes for yourself you can find them on the TAM beauty website which ships internationally.  You can find reviews and swatches of the I Heart Makeup chocolate palette range here on my blog 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

P.S.  this palette does have a sweet, faintly chocolatey smell 🙂

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Vice Palette

I would like to claim that the beautiful colours of the eyeshadows was what attracted me to the Chocolate Vice palette….That I had panned all my other eyeshadows and that it was time to try something new in my minimalist collection (ha!)…That it was a special occasion and I purchased this new palette as a treat…

BUT, the reality is that I purchased this palette because I have all the other chocolate palettes from I Heart Makeup and, like a child, I wanted to have the whole collection.

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Chocolate Vice: Shades pictured in natural light.

And perhaps because I do own all the other palettes from this range and because I have a large collection of makeup in general, my expectations were high.  The Chocolate Vice needed to be something special if it was going to impress.

Like all the other chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup, the packaging of the Chocolate Vice is a melting chocolate bar – this time in black.  It comes with a big mirror and is very sturdy.  The eyeshadows do smell sweet but not a pure chocolate smell and nothing overpowering.

The colours are a lovely mix of golds, browns, earthy reds and peachy tones.  I think the colour selection works extremely well together and has been curated with a good selection of light, mid-toned and darker shades as well as providing a mix of mattes, shimmers and satin shadows.

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Chocolate Vice: Left side of palette

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Left side of palette – first four shades: Vice, Sway, Treat, Habit

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Left side of palette – last four shades: Persuade, Reason, Must, Maleficence

On the left side of the palette the shade Vice is a little patchy and needs some building to create a smooth blend of colour on the lid but it is a very pretty shade and I use it most as an inner-corner highlight.

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Chocolate Vice: Right side of palette

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Right side of palette – first four shades: Satisfy, Require, Convert.

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Right side of palette – last four shades: Crave, Lust, Fancy and Appeal.

On the right side of the palette the shades Satisfy and Require are very pretty but the texture is a bit powdery and lacks pigmentation.  Again, these need to be built up on the lid, but they do look beautiful once applied.  I find a little fixing spray does the trick.

The other shades are really lovely and have the smooth and highly pigmented formula that I have come to love in all my Chocolate Palettes.  I must say I particularly enjoy this range of colours and have gotten a lot of use out of this palette through Autumn and Winter this year.  I think the midnight blue shade called Lust is a great addition to this palette and works so well with the dark reds for a daring smokey eye, providing a very different look to the browns and golds.

Now, if you were wondering whether these peaches and reds are similar to the colours offered in the New-trals Vs Neutrals palette from Makeup Revolution, then the answer is YES.  A number of the peachy/red shades are almost identical across the two palettes and any differences are slight at best.  I would say that if you are attracted to the Chocolate Vice palette for the peaches and reds, but you already own the New-trals Vs Neutrals, then you don’t need both, but, if you are looking at what each palette has to offer overall, they are very different.  I own both and I enjoy both in their own right.

I am very happy with the Chocolate Vice palette.  It is excellent quality at a budget-friendly price.  This palette has collated everything that I love for the Autumn and Winter into one place!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Makeup Revolution: I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Pink Fizz palette

I love the chocolate bar palettes from Makeup Revolution so it is no surprise that when they released two new additions to the series at the end of 2015 I was quick to add them to my collection.

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Pink Fizz

When I looked at the Chocolate Pink Fizz online I did wonder whether the palette was a bit same-same in its colour selection.  I questioned whether I would get many different looks out of this palette as a result.  I will admit to you that I actually purchased this palette because I can be a bit compulsive.  I own the other chocolate palettes in this collection and I just thought hey – why not just finish off the set (that is appropriate logic right??).

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Pink Fizz

But, it turns out I really enjoy this palette.  I’m surprised how much I like these tones and there isn’t as much pink here as I initially thought.  I actually find this is a nice palette for work.  The colours are bright, light and not overly dramatic.  I do wish that there were a couple more matte shades though.  There are only three mattes in the palette: one crease shade, a  brow highlight and then a dark chocolate for darkening up the outer crease.  It is functional, but I’d like more options.

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First Row Swatches (left to right): Champers, Drink, Flute, Sparkling and Toast

The first row contains soft, light pinks.  These are feminine and pretty.  Champers is a great matte brow highlight and I enjoy Drink as a transition shade in the crease.  Flute, Sparkling and Toast are quite similar shimmers but they are extremely pretty.  I enjoy the way all these shades work together on the eye.

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Second row swatches (left to right): Bubbles, Girl, Party, Elegant, Celebrate and Truffle

The second row are all shimmer shades.  Bubbles is a particularly sparkly shade and would benefit from fixing spray during application to avoid glitter fall-out.

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Third row swatches (left to right): Rosy, Cork, Pop (matte), France and Pink Fizz

The third row includes the weakest shade of the whole palette.  Rosy is a very odd formula. It is thick and almost damp to the touch and is extremely difficult to apply with a brush.  You may be able to tap it onto the eyelid as a centre highlight but is lacks pigmentation.  I never reach for this shade.  (This shade is also in the Chocolate Salted Caramel palette and I never use it there either!)  Pink Fizz is also quite creamy in texture.  Again, it is easier to apply with the finger onto the lid rather than with a brush, but it certainly performs much better than Rosy.  Meanwhile I LOVE France – such a pretty dark blue.  I use it on the lower lash line all the time.

Chocolate Pink Fizz is a very pretty palette.  It is a refreshing move away from the brown tones of the other chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution and I have surprised myself with how often I reach for this.

If you would like to try it for yourself it retails for about AU$16 from the Makeup Revolution website.

Have a wonderful day!

P.S.  This does have a sweet scent but I can’t put my finger on what it smells like specifically.

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel

Oh man.  I can’t even tell you how long I have been waiting for the release of this palette.  I have been drooling over the Two Faced – Semi Sweet palette for so long, but I knew that Makeup Revolution would eventually come through with a fantastic dupe.  And so they have 🙂

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel Palette

The shadows are the same great quality seen in the chocolate palettes which came before this one.  Easy to blend, pigmented and beautiful on the eye.  There is a nice balance of shimmers, mattes and glitter shades.  Plus, this palette has a sweet, caramel scent which is a bit yummy.

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Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Salted Caramel Palette

I really enjoy this palette.  The colours are predominantly mid-tones and warm.  Right up my alley!

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First Row Swatches (left to right): Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle and Enjoy

The first row is nearly all matte in formula.  Delicious is a perfect matte brow highlight and Heavenly is an excellent transition shade in the crease.    Although it hasn’t shown up well in this photo, Enjoy, is a glitter shade with a dark brown satin base and gold micro glitters.

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Second Row Swatches (left to right): Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet and Fudge

The second row starts with Choc which is a matte chocolate brown with gold, micro glitters.  Then we have Cake which has the weakest pigmentation in the palette.  The formula is very unusual.  It provides a pink flash rather than actual pink colouration.  Perhaps it could be tapped like glitter over other shades (it is too think and damp to blend out with a brush), but to be honest, I never use this one.  Meanwhile Crunch and Sweet are my favourite colours in the palette – so beautiful together!

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Third Row Swatches (left to right): Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon and Yum!

Finally we have the third row.  Lets just all take a moment to appreciate these beautiful colours.  I reach for this row constantly and just adore the way that these shades go together.

I can’t say enough good things about this palette.  I love it and can’t recommend it enough.  If you want to check it out for yourself you can pick it up from the Makeup Revolution website for about AU$16.

Have a fantastic day!