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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 🙂

Highlighter Duplicates – you only need one!

If you have ever wondered whether there are dupes within the TAM Beauty brands or between TAM Beauty brands and MUA, your questions are about to be answered!  Today I want to highlight some highlighters (yes, I went there, lol), that are identical from four brands: Makeup Academy, Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup London and I Heart Makeup.  

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MUA – Undress Your Skin, Shimmer Highlighter; Freedom – Pro Highlight, Brighten; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Goddess of Love and Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights.

The four peachy/pink highlighters above are, in my opinion, identical.  Aside from packaging and powder presentation, these look and wear exactly the same on the skin.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Freedom, I Heart Makeup, MUA and Makeup Revolution

I can’t distinguish between these in colour, longevity of wear or formula although I do note some minor differences in the ingredient lists.  The three highlighters in the compacts weight 7.5g while the heart shaped highlight weighs 10g.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; MUA – Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, Iridescent Gold.

The same duplication across the brands can be found in the golden shades too.  MUA, Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup all have a golden highlighter too.  The MUA and Makeup Revolution products are identical in my opinion.

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Swatches (top to bottom): Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked Highlighter, Golden Lights; I Heart Makeup – Triple Baked Highlighter, Golden Goddess.

The I Heart Makeup version is ever so slightly warmer in tone in the pan, but in swatches they are extremely similar and blended out on the skin you can’t tell the difference at all!  Freedom also has a version of the golden highlighter in their range called the ‘Pro Highlight – Glow,’ but I do not own it because, as you can see, I already have all the gold highlight I will ever need!

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Freedom Makeup London – Pro Highlight – Glow.  (Image Credit – TAM Beauty Website)

Looking at the names of the brands you might note that three out of the four are owned by TAM beauty so perhaps I should have suspected that they could be similar, but to be honest it didn’t really occur to me that they would release the same product, repackaged, under different brand names, so be warned!  Saying that, this is not a criticism of the highlighter products at all – in fact I have given positive reviews of ALL these products, but no one needs IDENTICAL duplicates of products in their collection.

I hope you found this helpful!

Have a wonderful day 🙂

P.S. Please note, this issue of duplication is not a problem across all similar products in the various TAM Beauty brands but if I find any other exact dupes I will certainly blog about it 🙂

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: Naked Underneath – Faux Fur covered palette

I think the combination of colours in this Naked Underneath palette from I Heart Makeup are really lovely.  I have very much enjoyed this selection of shadows for both day and night.  I haven’t really seen much hype about this palette and some of that may be because the packaging looks a bit tacky and childish, but I think this palette has been curated in a very thoughtful and dynamic way and that this is a great all-rounder palette.

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I Heart Makeup: Naked Underneath – Faux Fur covered palette

The quality of the shadows are lovely: soft, pigmented and they blend very nicely.  These last well on my lids without creasing.

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Left side of the palette: Free (matte), Stroke, Love, Hidden (matte), 2004, Attention (matte), Seeking (matte), Covered (matte).

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Swatches (top to bottom, left to right): Free, Stroke, Love, Hidden, 2004, Attention, Seeking, Covered.

There is a great mix of mattes and shimmer/satin formulas with 6 mattes and 10 shimmer shades.  The colours are also excellently curated with a mix of light, mid and dark tones as well as warm and cool tones.  I feel like it is obvious how the shadows could be pulled together for easy, but beautiful looks.  And there is a perfect matte transition shade for every tone combination which I LOVE!  Plus, there is a matte brow highlight (Free) and a bright inner-corner highlight (Wonderous), which, I might add, is also gorgeous all over the lid.

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Right Side of the Palette: Reveal, Meow (glitter shade), Darkness (matte), Glory, 1970, After Hours, Missile, Wonderous.

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Swatches (top to bottom, left to right): Reveal, Meow, Darkness, Glory, 1970, After Hours, Missile, Wonderous.

On a practical note, the fur fabric on the lid molts a bit and it does gather dust so even if you like this packaging, you can’t really display it.  For me, like I said at the beginning, the aesthetic of the packaging, well, it isn’t my thing.  The fake fur, the big jewel; it is all a bit glitzy and totally not my style at all, but the contents of the palette, which is what really matters, is quite beautiful.

I actually really like this selection of shades for travel and would happily take this away on trips where I needed a range of colours and the capacity to move from a very neutral everyday look to a dramatic, smokey or glam look but I don’t want to pack a tone of makeup.

This palette retails for GBP7.99 but I purchased this one on sale for GBP4.99 which is about AU$10.  At that price, for 16 eyeshadows, I think this is a steal!

If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can find the Naked Underneath palette on the Makeup Revolution website and they ship worldwide 🙂

Have a glorious day!

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Black Velvet eyeshadow palette

The Black Velvet eyeshadow palette from Makeup Revolution’s I Heart Makeup range is said to offer 16 eyeshadows inspired by the fabric ‘black velvet’.  This palette is predominantly a matte palette with 13 shades being matte formula and 3 selected shimmer ‘statement glamour’ shades.

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Black Velvet – 16 eyeshadow palette

Like so many of the palettes from the I Heart Makeup range, the packaging of this palette is quite unique.  I wouldn’t say that the aesthetic is exactly to my taste but the black jewel and velvet front are certainly in line with the palette theme.  The only downside is that the velvet front attracts fuzzy fluff and dust so it isn’t a palette you can really have out on display.

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3 rows of eyeshadows.  The matte highlighter and matte black are the largest shades.

I actually really enjoy the fact that so much of this palette is matte.  The quality of the matte shades is lovely and they are really pigmented.  Initially I felt that this was a very smokey palette but actually many of the shades are lovely mid-toned crease shades.  Although there are only three shimmer shades they still offer a nice range; a champagne, a bronze and a gun metal shade.

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Row 1: True, Want, Long (shimmer), Feel (shimmer), Black

 

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Row 2: Baby, Please, Sweet, Sin, Tender, Slow

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Row 3: Sweet (yes, a name repeat – but it is a different shade as you can see), Bring, Wild, Cry (shimmer), Velvet.

On the whole, this palette offers a lovely selection of matte shades.  You have the option of more rosey, brown or smokey tones as well as warm or cool tones which I love.  The pigmentation is wonderful and they blend really well.  It annoys me a bit that there are two cream shades (True and Tender), and two black shades (Black and Velvet) that are identical – why not put in another colour matte or a couple more shimmer shades instead of these double ups?  Otherwise, I am extremely happy with this purchase.

This palette hasn’t really had much hype to be honest, but I can totally recommend it, particularly if you are a matte eyeshadow wearer.  If you would like to take a look for yourself you can find the Black Velvet palette here.

Have a fabulous day!

 

In search of ‘Peach’ tones: shopping my stash!

The Two Faced Sweet Peach Palette is massively popular at the moment but it has been oddly difficult to purchase.  Why so illusive Too Faced??  And of course because everything happens more slowly in Australia, I don’t even think it has been released here yet!  Although I love the look of the Sweet Peach Palette at around AU$78 it isn’t a palette I intend to purchase, so I decided to shop my own stash for makeup products that are cruelty-free, budget-friendly and all within the oh-so-popular peach colour family.

If I have a full review for any of these products I will link it for you 🙂

First up we have blusher.  I love peachy toned blush.  I think it is so fresh and bright and feels like summer to me, which is convenient as I live in North Queensland where it is pretty much summer all year round.  I have four individual blushes here.  The Shades include MUR’s Treat, MUA’s Shade 1 and 4, as well as Freedom Makeup London’s Angelic.  I also have an Ultra Blush Palette from Makeup Revolution called Hot Spice.

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Makeup Revolution’s Treat, MUA’s Shade 4, Freedom’s Angelic, MUA’s Shade 1.

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Swatches: Treat, Shade 4, Angelic and Shade 1.

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Makeup Revolution – Ultra Blush Palette in Hot Spice.

Next up are some peach highlighter shades.  I have two of MUR’s Blushing Hearts from their I Heart Makeup range.  These are sold as blushes but I think they are more of a blush topper or highlighter really.  I have them in Peachy Pink Kisses and Iced Hearts.  Then we have the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights.  I love this highlighter!

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Blushing Heart in Peachy Pink Kisses, Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights, Blushing Heart in Iced Hearts.

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Swatches: Peachy Pink Kisses, Peach Lights, Iced Hearts

Peachy lips anyone?  I found a few lovely shades from the peach family in my collection in a range of satin, matte and gloss formulas.  We have ColourPop lippie stix in Fancy and Cake, Wet n Wild’s Just PeachyFreedom’s Juicy Lips and Game on! and Makeup Revolution’s I Heart Makeup, Wow! Gloss in Sunshine today please.

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ColourPop Fancy and Cake, Wet n Wild Just Peachy, Freedom Makeup Juicy Lips and Game on!, MUR – I Heart MakeupWow Gloss in Sunshine Today Please.

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Swatches: Fancy, Cake, Just Peachy, Juicy Lips, Game On!, Sunshine Today Please.

Next up we get to my favourite part…the eyeshadows.  I have a few palettes to share that include some lovely shades from the peach colour family, including the New-trals vs Neutrals palette from Makeup Revolution, E.L.F’s Prism Palette in Sunset and then the Sunkissed Glamorous Eyeshadow palette from Chi Chi.

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Makeup Revolution’s New-trals vs Neutrals

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E.L.F’s Prism Palette in Sunset

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Chi Chi’s Sunkissed

And last but not last, I have three beautiful peachy single shadows to share with you from ColourPop.  We have Shark Attack which is a pearlized formula and one of my all time favourite ColourPop shadows.  Next is Flipper which is a metallic formula and finally Cheeky which is a satin formula.

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ColourPop’s super shock shadows in Shark Attack, Flipper and Cheeky.

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Swatches: Shark Attack, Flipper and Cheeky.

So if you are anything like me, and you are lusting after peach tones but you can’t access (or just can’t afford!) the Sweet Peach Palette from Two Faced, then hopefully some of the budget-friendly options that I have shown here might meet your cravings for peachy goodness.

Have a great day peach goddesses 🙂

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.