Category Archives: Chocolate Palettes

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Naked Chocolate Palette

Chocolate Week Time!!!  And I am sad to say that this is the final instalment, but I am finishing with my favourite.

I Heart Makeup: Naked Chocolate Palette

I Heart Makeup: Naked Chocolate Palette

I am excited to present the I Heart Makeup Naked Chocolate palette.  Out of the three chocolate bar palettes currently on offer I really do love this one the most.  While the I Heart Chocolate palette is more of an all rounder, and the Death by Chocolate palette is a cooler toned, taupe affair, the Naked Chocolate palette is warmer toned and rich with rosey, chocolate shades.  I saw a youtube video that compared some of the shades on offer in this palette to the Lorac Unzipped palette.  I don’t own the Lorac Unzipped palette to compare it for myself but the comparison swatches I saw indicate that this is actually a good dupe.

Naked Chocolate - shadow names

Naked Chocolate – shadow names

Six of the shadows in this palette are matte and the remaining ten are a mix of shimmer and satin (again, no glitter shades here).  I find the mix of lighter, mid and dark tones to be well balanced and therefore quite dynamic for use across all purposes.  If I’m not sure what to do for work…this is the palette I reach for.  I went to a gallery opening last week and wanted a really elegant eye look… and this was the palette I reached for.  I just love these shades.

Left of palette shadows

Left of palette shadows

Left of Palette swatches - top to bottom, left to right.

Left of Palette swatches – top to bottom, left to right.

Like the other chocolate palettes in this range, the quality of the shadows is really good.  I tap into the shadows gently because they are soft and buttery and are so easy to build.  I find the mattes work really well and everything blends nicely without getting muddy on the eye.  I use these with a primer and they last really well.  The light was very bright when I took my swatch photos so I feel like the colours are a little washed out in the pictures so you will have to trust me when I say the pigmentation really is lovely.

Right of palette shadows

Right of palette shadows

Right of Palette swatches: left to right, top to bottom.

Right of Palette swatches: left to right, top to bottom.

The shimmery highlighter shade on the right of the palette (swatch 8 above) is a very bright gold.  I tend to not use this in the inner corner but I think it is beautiful all over the lid because it is metallic and beautiful.

I am a lover of all things rose gold and there are so many lovely rosey shades in this palette.  I definitely recommend this palette and if you are only going to buy one of the chocolate palettes, this would be my recommendation.  Also, if you are keen on the Lorac Unzipped palette but don’t want to pay Lorac prices it might be worth giving the Naked Chocolate palette a go!

So that brings my ‘Chocolate Week’ series to a close.  Makeup Revolution have just released two new palettes into their chocolate palette range: I Heart Chocolate Pink Fizz and I Heart Chocolate Salted Caramel (which at a quick glance looks like a dupe for the Two Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette).  These both look amazing and have gone immediately onto my wish list!

So gorgeous people – love makeup, eat chocolate and have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Go Bronzer Chocolate Heaven

Welcome back to Chocolate Week – instalment 3!

Today we are going to be exploring the I Heart Makeup Go Bronzer: Chocolate Heaven.

Chocolate Heaven bronzer - look at that cute imprint!

Chocolate Heaven bronzer – look at that cute imprint!

Straight up, let me be clear.  This bronzer is huge.  HUGE!  On the Makeup Revolution website they describe this bronzer as being ‘super-sized’ and no joke – this is easily the size of my outstretched palm.  Lucky I really like this product as it is going to last a long time 🙂

I read that this bronzer is a dupe for the Two Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have no idea if that is true as I don’t have the Two Faced bronzer to compare it with but from the comparisons I have seen they are extremely close (if anything Chocolate Heaven is ever so slightly cooler in tone from online swatch comparisons).  While this bronzer does look like chocolate, it doesn’t smell like chocolate 😦

Chocolate Heaven swatches

Chocolate Heaven swatches: heavy swatch on left, blended swatch on right.

Regardless of its dupe status, this is a really nice matte bronzer.  It is very finely milled and extremely soft to the touch.  The pigmentation is really good, but the depth of colour still works well for my pale skin.  This of course means that if you have a darker, richer skin tone, this bronzer may not be dark enough for you.  For the heavy swatch above I did a single swipe with my finger, but, for the blended swatch I lightly re-dipped my brush three times to get that depth of colour.  This bronzer is so easy to build and blend which makes it foolproof for an amateur like me 🙂

This bronzer will set you back GBP3.99  which is about AU$8.50 and is great value – plus it is cruelty-free!  I actually got this as part of one of Makeup Revolution’s special ‘spend $$$ get a free gift’ deals, so all the better!

Love makeup, eat chocolate and have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Death by Chocolate

Welcome back to Chocolate Week 🙂

(I am tragically excited by this little series – please forgive me!)

Death by Chocolate Palette - the dark chocolate version

Death by Chocolate Palette – the dark chocolate version

Today I am going to review the I Heart Makeup Death by Chocolate palette.  And before I move onto the review, lets all just take a moment to reflect on the name of this palette.  Death by chocolate?  I can certainly think of worse ways to go!

Death by Chocolate Palette

Death by Chocolate Palette

I do not believe that this palette is a dupe for anything else, (if it is, please tell me in the comments!), but as it is, this is a truly beautiful offering of eyeshadows.  Death by Chocolate is a much more cool toned selection of colours.  While there are still some chocolatey browns, there are also some really stunning taupe colours and a couple of shades with a distinct mauve undertone.

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette swatches: top to bottom, left to right.

Left of Palette swatches: top to bottom, left to right.

This palette has a really nice mix of mattes, shimmers and satin shadows – but no glitter shadows.  This is a definite plus for me, but that is only my personal taste.

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette swatches: top to bottom, left to right.

Right of Palette swatches: top to bottom, left to right.

At first glance this palette seems like more of a night time palette and you can totally rock a smokey eye from the colours here, but I actually gravitate to this palette for work and I have no trouble getting a lighter, softer look from this palette for the everyday wear.

I love the Death by Chocolate palette.  These colours are really beautiful and such great quality.  I find the pigmentation of these to be really impressive and for me they wear really well, without creasing, throughout a full day in the Australian heat.  I don’t find they fade.  I do wear these with eye primer – but I always wear eye primer regardless!

Of the three chocolate palettes I would say this would rate as my second favourite, but to be fair, all three of these palettes are excellent.  It isn’t an issue of quality difference as much as it is personal preference in regards to colours.  I can’t recommend these enough.  If you buy nothing else from Makeup Revolution, try these chocolate palettes 🙂

Love makeup, eat chocolate and have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: I Heart Chocolate

Chocolate Week time!!!!!!

So there are a number of things in life that I adore.  One of them is chocolate.  One of them is makeup.  When those two powers combine….. oh my goodness!

Makeup Revolution’s has a I Heart Makeup range that includes all kinds of chocolate themed products and this week we are going to explore these together.  In total I have four chocolate themed makeup products to share with you, so get excited 🙂

I Heart Makeup - Chocolate Palettes

I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Palettes

We are going to start ‘chocolate week’ with one of the MUR cult favourite chocolate palettes.  There are three chocolate palettes in the range: milk chocolate (I Heart Chocolate), dark chocolate (Death By Chocolate) and white chocolate (Naked Chocolate).  The packaging is completely divine in its melting chocolate form.  I actually have these on display in my girl cave.  So frickin’ cute.  I do think that these palettes smell sweet but they don’t have a strong chocolate smell.

Today I am going to spotlight the I Heart Chocolate palette in its milk chocolate case.

I Heart Chocolate Palette

I Heart Chocolate Palette

The palette comes with a clear slip that lists all the shade names which I think is a nice touch, but I would prefer that these were actually written on the palette itself.  The shade names are well cute.  There is also a really great mirror.

I Heart Chocolate Palette - shadow names

I Heart Chocolate Palette – shadow names

This palette is a dupe for the Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette.  I don’t own the Two Faced palette to do a direct comparison for you but there are some excellent blog posts and youtube videos that show comparison swatches.

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette shadows

Left of Palette swatches - top to bottom, left to right.

Left of Palette swatches – top to bottom, left to right.

I think the quality of these shadows is excellent.  This palette has a nice mix of matte, shimmer, glitter and satin shades as well as a really good balance of neutrals and pops of colour.  There are two mattes that work well in the crease and I really appreciate having a matte and shimmer highlight shade; although they didn’t show up well in my swatches, both of the highlight shades work really well on the eye and inner corner.

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette shadows

Right of Palette swatches - top to bottom, left to right.

Right of Palette swatches – top to bottom, left to right.

The purple shade called unforgivable (swatch 5) actually has a pink duo chrome and is extremely pretty on the eye.  There are three glitter shades piece me together which is a dark olive shade (left of palette, swatch 2) which has gold glitters; love torn which is a maroon shade with gold glitter (right of palette, swatch 2) and then what a way to go  which is a deep plum with pink/purple micro glitters (right of palette, swatch 7).  I’m not really about glitter shades, but these shades certainly are beautiful and the glitter does transfer well to the eye, if that is your thing.

I think this palette is a great all-rounder.  You can wear it for an everyday work look or a dramatic, smokey night look.  If you have ever been tempted by the Two Faced Chocolate Bar Palette but don’t want to spend the AU$70 it will cost you then the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate palette is a great option at just AU$17.  Even if this was the only thing you purchased from the MUR website and therefore you paid the full international shipping for this one item (about AU$16) this palette is still half the price of the original.  Bargain!

Please join me for the rest of my I Heart Makeup ‘chocolate week’ celebration.  If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog hit the ‘follow’ button on the right of the page to get updates of new posts via email.

Love makeup, eat chocolate and have a great day!!