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Comparing ‘Naked’ dupe eyeshadow palettes: MUA vs Makeup Revolution

The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette is a cult favourite and for good reason.  It offers a nice ranged of colours with a combination of matte and shimmer formulas.  I don’t own the Urban Decay original ‘Naked’ palette so I can’t comment on the quality of the Urban Decay formula but it has been successful enough that HEAPS of rival companies have duped them.  Today I’m going to be comparing two such affordable dupes from the companies MUA (Makeup Academy) and Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty).  The two companies offer similar dupe palettes for the same budge price of 4GPB (approximately AU$8) – but which one is better for the price?

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MUA – undressed palette

I originally purchased the ‘Undressed’ palette from MUA as it was a firm favourite with good reviews.  It comes in basic plastic packaging with a clear front window and contains 9.6grams of product presented in round pans.  The shades are named and these are provided on the back of the palette (for what that is worth to the average consumer).

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Undressed swatches – top row

I don’t love the formula of these shadows.  The first ingredient in these shadows is talc, followed by Mica.  They are really dusty and kick up heaps of product when you dip your brush in – particularly the mattes.

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Undressed swatches – bottom row

These blend ok but if you over work them they blend away to nothing.  The shimmers are quite dry and I find they perform infinitely better with some fixing spray.  I won’t say they totally lack pigment but they aren’t fantastic.  I really wasn’t that impressed with this palette.

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Makeup Revolution – Redemption Palette: Iconic 1

When Makeup Revolution released their ‘Naked’ dupe, the ‘Redemption Palette – Iconic 1’ I was tempted to give it a go because the MUA version had been underwhelming.

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Iconic 1 swatches – first 6 shades

The ‘Iconic 1’ is a slightly larger palette with similar basic plastic packaging and a clear front window.  The pans are rectangular (and a little narrow to be honest!), but you get quite a bit more product for your money with a total of 14grams of eyeshadow.  The first ingredient in these shadows is Mica followed by talc.  These shadows will also kick up when you dip your brush in but they are nowhere near as dry and dusty as the MUA version.  Overall I find them to be creamier and more pigmented in comparison and much easier to work with.  They are better quality shadows by far in my opinion. The Makeup Revolution shadows also last longer on my eyes which is great.

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Iconic 1 swatches – final 6 shades

Both of these palettes are budget products so, to be fair, you aren’t really investing much to try either of them BUT I would argue that the ‘Iconic 1’ palette from Makeup Revolution is not only better value in terms of quantity of eyeshadow, but in my opinion it is also much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!

Makeup Use Up – 2018

Project panner – I am not.

Minimalist?  Nope.  Not me.

I am all about that organised clutter, eccentric decorations, bright furniture and a gazillion frames of pictures and paintings… and I have a big Makeup collection that I very much enjoy rotating through.  I declutter products that I don’t use regularly or don’t love and I donate them to the hair and beauty department of my local secondary school, so what I have I do really enjoy.  If you came here to see lots of empty eyeshadow palettes and blush pans I am sure to disappoint you.

Saying that, I do have a lot of makeup products in my collection that are partly used that I want to finish, need to be used before they are out of date or are small sizes that I just want to finish off and move on out of my life.  So I have decided to challenge myself to focus on these items through 2018 to make sure I really get my money’s worth out of what I own.

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Primers: Nude by Nature Airbrush mineral primer, E.L.F. Daily moisture stick, E.L.F. Mineral Face Primer, Freedom Makup London PROSTUDIO Priming water and Fixing spray

I have a number of products that I use to help my makeup last on my face that I want to get through this year.  I very much enjoy the Nude by Nature airbrush mineral primer and the Freedom fixing spray so these will be easy to finish off and both are about half done already.

The E.L.F. Daily moisture stick is also a product I enjoy but just don’t reach for enough so want to focus on using that.  Freedom isn’t my favourite brand of priming water but I only have about a quarter of the bottle left so just want to finish it off.  And finally, the E.L.F. Mineral face primer… I haven’t given this much of a go and it has been in my collection for over a year so I want to either use it up orif I don’t love it then declutter it.

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Base products: E.L.F. Tone correcting powder in cool, E.L.F. High definition undereye setting powder, Nude by Nature mineral finishing veil, Evelyn Iona Cosmetics natural and organic concealer, Nude by Nature Liquid mineral concealer, Australis Oh2Glow Foundation, Australis Stayput! Longwear foundation, E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation and Makeup Revolution The One concealer.

I have a number of base products that are small or well used that I want to finish off this year.  All three of these foundations are half gone already and I just want to focus on getting them finished.  I have already hit major pan on the E.L.F. Tone correcting powder already and I am keen to finish off the Nude by Nature finishing vail mini which shouldn’t be hard to do.  The E.L.F. Undereye setting powder is really nice, but I just need to use it up now as it is quite an old product in my collection.  As for the three concealer – I really enjoy the Nude by Nature mineral concealer and the Evelyn Iona concealer and these are both minis so I don’t want them to get lost in my collection and go to waste.  The Makeup Revolution concealer is one that I haven’t decided if I like… again, i just need to give it a good go and either finish it up or declutter it.

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Eye Products: E.L.F. Eye refresh, hydrating under eye primer, eyelid primer, mineral eyeshadow primer, brow pencil and mascara primer.  Eye of Horus bio lash lift mascara and ColourPop super shock shadow in Supermodel.

I have a lot of E.L.F. eye products here that I want to get through and these are all things I enjoy but are a bit neglected in my collection.  I particularly like the under eye primer and the brow pencil.  The eye refresh is a nice treat, but I just need to remember to use it!  As for the eyeshadow primers and mascara primer – these are getting old and I need to use them up!

The Eye of Horus bio lash lift mascara is a really nice product but it is EXPENSIVE so I want to make sure I get my money’s worth out of it before it dries out.  And finally, I have a lot of the ColourPop super shock shadows so I have chosen one to focus on to use up completely.

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Colour products: Thin Lizzy 6in1 powder, Nude by Nature Sheer Light Illuminator, Adorn Cosmetics Illuminiser, Luna Minerals Bronzer, Mineral Blush in ‘Grapefruit’ (the sample doesn’t have the brand name on it??) and the Hanami Vegan mineral lipstick in Valley of the Dolls.

Lastly we have some coloured face products.  I have chosen two bronzers here – the Luna Minerals sample and the Thin Lizzy 6in1 powder.  I really enjoy both of these products – the Luna sample should be easy enough to get through as it is small.  The Thin Lizzy compact will be more of a challenge but it is an older product in my collection and I don’t want it to go bad before I have used it up – it is such a beautiful bronzer!

I have two highlighters here too – the Nude by Nature Sheer Light Iluminator and the Adorn Cosmetics Illuminser.  These two actually work really well together.  I use the liquid after foundation but before I set my face, and then top with the Adorn Illuminiser powder and it is a very pretty combination.  These are both mini sizes so I hope to have them finished easily before the end of the year.

I also have a mineral blush sample here that I got in a Vegan beauty box… but I can’t remember the brand!  The shade is ‘Grapefruit’ and it is beautiful so I want to get my use out of it even if I don’t know the product details.

Lastly, I have the Hanami Vegan mineral lipstick.  I really haven’t given this a proper go and  it is quite an expensive lipstick so I want to put it in this project to remind myself to wear it. I doubt I will get through the whole thing in 2018 as I tend to wear nudes and this is a pink shade BUT I am going to give it a go.

So there you have it.  28 products that I would like to use up in 2018!  I will check back in with you all mid-year and then at the end of the year to monitor my progress.

If you are trying to use up some of your makeup products this year I would love to hear from you 🙂

Have a great day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: U R The Best Thing.

So we are finally, (many months later than expected!) finishing the series of I Heart Makeup ‘Theme Palettes’ and I think we are ending with the best of it!

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The formula of these shadows is in keeping with the range and for more details on the formula I encourage you to read my range overview here. This post, however, is a dedicated swatchfest for the ‘U R the Best Thing’ palette.

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Row 1 swatches: mattes

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Row 2 swatches: mattes

The matte selection in this palette is super practical with a tone range from cream highlight through to a very pigmented black.

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Row three swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

I love the taupe shades on offer in the third row. SO pretty on the eye.

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Row 3 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

The final pink shade in the row 3 shimmers is really flakey and is difficult to work with, it is really a dud shade.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

The first six shades of the 4th row are very reminiscent of the Naked 3 palette – pink tones and very pretty.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

Overall, I think the colour selection in this palette is super practical and very everyday wearable. Of the three ‘Theme Palettes’ from this range this is the one I have gotten the most use out of. Admittedly these are mainly cooler tones but I think this is a very pretty shade selection and extremely travel friendly.

So that brings this series to a close.  Apologies that I have been MIA but I hope you have enjoyed the swatchfest and I look forward to posting more frequently.

Have a wonderful day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

Here is the next swatch-fest post for the Theme palette range from I Heart Makeup, and this time we are looking at the ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette.  For a more general review of the Theme Palette range including the eyeshadow formula and packaging, see my blog post here.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous – Outer Packaging. Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website

The ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette is quite a cool-toned palette with lots of lovely taupe shades.  This is certainly more of a neutral palette and great for everyday wear.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

The colour selection of matte shades in this palette are super practical with a nice range of crease shades and darker more dramatic shades as well as some interesting plum tones.

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swatches: row 1 – mattes

I like the fact that these mattes allow for a very neutral, everyday look as well as facilitating a more dramatic smokey eye.

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swatches: row 2 – mattes

The shimmer shades are much more consistent quality in this palette when compared to the ‘Fast Love’ palette.  They are generally smooth and pigmented with none of the chunky, patchy, flakiness that was evident in a couple of the shades in the ‘Fast Love’ version.

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swatches: row three – first six shades

The peachy shimmer shade above, (swatch 2) lacks pigmentation but you can build it up if you foil it with a fixing spray.

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swatches: row three – last five shades.

Row three of the shimmers really is beautiful.  You have some bright, lighter shades, a pinky-taupe, a copper and all the chocolatey browns you could need.  Perhaps a criticism would be that there are quite a few similarities among the browns here, but they are pretty.

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swatches: row 4 – first six shades

While row three feel really cohesive to me, row four has a few more interesting colours – not really “pops” of colour, but there is certainly more variety on offer here.

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swatches: row 4 – last five shades

The last two shades in the palette (swatch 4 and 5 above) are certainly the weakest shades in my opinion.  The black and blue both contain silver glitter, which is not my jam to start with, but I find the matte base of these shadows to be quite dry and chalky.  The blue, in particular, is patchy and hard to blend.  I would recommend going in with a little at a time and building the colour slowly as it is pigmented and will stain the eyelid a bit.  Also – who decided that this blue fitted with the rest of the colours in this palette when it was being curated.  Random??

The black glitter shade isn’t as bad, but the glitter falls out as you blend so I think the matte black in row two is a better option and if you want glitter, add it separately afterwards.

Overall, I like this palette.  Lots of neutrals and the quality really is pretty good.

Have a great day 🙂

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette – Fast Love

This post is going to be a bit of a swatch fest as well as being a specific review of the Fast Love palette shades but if you would like a review of the range in general (ie. shadow formula, packaging etc) you can find my blog post here.

Straight up I am going to say that of the three palettes in the Themed Palettes range, this is my least favourite.  This has nothing to do with the formula of this palette compared to the other two, but rather the colour selection.  In terms of the overall feel of the palette it feels more cool toned to me and has lots of pops of colour.

Fast Love outer packaging.  Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website at tambeaty.com

Part of the reason that I don’t enjoy this palette as much as the other two is that I think it is arranged in a really haphazard way that isn’t user friendly.  I am sure that these colours can come together quite easily to make pretty looks but the colours, as they are arranged, don’t really inspire me.

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In terms of the matte shades there are a couple of really good transition shades here for me as well as a darker brown for darkening up with crease.  I don’t love the purple and blue mattes as they aren’t my thing, but they are certainly nicely pigmented.

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top row – mattes

The lighter cream shades are surprisingly pigmented although the first cream is the same colour as my skin so hasn’t swatched well in the image above.  If you have a darker skin tone you may find that there is not enough darker mattes provided here for you to get a dynamic look.

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second row – mattes

The satin and shimmer shades are a little bit hit and miss in the Fast Love palette.  Out of the whole palette the weakest shade in my opinion is the silver shimmer shade (swatch 3 below).  This is fallout central!  It is patchy and flakey and makes a mess.

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third row – first five shades (sorry that the photo is a bit blurry!)

The glitter shades are my least favourite as I really don’t like glitter shades in general.  I don’t think the glitter transfers that well to the eye and will fall out when you blend so I typically avoid these. Luckily there aren’t many glitter shadows in this palette.

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third row – last six shades

After that little bit of negativity, as you can see above, the last three shimmer shades in the third row are really beautiful.  Metallic, pigmented and buttery.

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bottom row – first five shades

The satin pink shade (last swatch above) really lacks pigmentation which is such a pity.  Even when applied with some fixing medium it isn’t very impressive which is a bummer.   In contrast that purple shade in the bottom row (swatch 3 above) is SUPER pigmented and very pretty.

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bottom row – last six shades

Finally, the last six shades in the bottom row are my favourite from the palette.  They are rich and chocolatey and much more to my taste colour wise.  The third pink colour (see swatches above) is again, a bit flakey and chunky, but it is workable.

Overall, for the price this is a good palette, particularly if you are interested in adding some jewel toned shadows to your collection on a budget.  Out of the three palettes in the range this is my least favourite BUT there are still a lot of lovely shadows to be had here.

Have a wonderful day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Theme Palettes

There are three palettes in the I Heart Makeup – Theme Palette range.  I am going to conduct a swatch-fest of all three in detail over the next couple of weeks because they have not really received much love online despite being in the TAM beauty range for a long time.  This post will be an overall review of the range and the shadow formula.

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The palette packaging is identical across the range of theme palettes: a shiny black plastic that is quite sturdy and bright pink lettering that is reflective.  Simple but classy.  The cardboard packaging that it comes in isn’t quite as classy, but the whole I Heart Makeup range is more aimed at a younger audience so it certainly fits with that aesthetic.

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U R The Best Thing Palette

These palettes contain 10 matte shadows and 22 shimmer/satin/glitter shades all contained in quite a compact palette with a huge mirror included.  The matte shadows are larger than the shimmer shades which I appreciate for two reasons.  You don’t really need as broad of a selection of colours of mattes in my opinion and also, you are going to likely use a bigger, fluffier brush in the matte pans and the larger size accommodates this well.

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Fast Love Palette

In terms of the formula the matte shades are very soft and finely milled to the touch but they do kick up a lot of product when you dip into them and you really do need to tap off your brush.  They blend really well though.

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You’re Gorgeous

The shimmer pans are small so depending on your brush size this may ban an issue but an E.L.F. flat shader brush fits in just fine.  The shimmer formula in particular is quite thick and almost wet feeling and this mineral oil content does make them a little tricky to pick up with the brush at times but they apply really well when foiled with a fixing spray or when patted onto the lid with your finger.

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Swatches: a selection of shimmer shades from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

The shades wear quite well.  I find that the shimmery shades do fade a bit throughout the day.  I have combatted this by using a cream shadow (e.g. a ColourPop Super Shock Shadow) as a base and then these will wear all day on my lids.

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Swatches: a selection of mattes from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

These palettes retail for about AU$15 which is an amazing price for this palette.   Overall, if you are looking for a really practical palette with a good range of shades including a pop of colour, then I think this is a great purchase.  This would be a particularly useful palette for a makeup beginner or someone looking to build their eyeshadow collection.

Enjoy the swatch-fest to come!  Have a great day 🙂

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!