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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.

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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.

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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!

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!

 

 

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Highlighters: Lunch Money and Wisp

I enjoy the formula of the ColourPop highlighters.  I already had two in my collection when ColourPop ran a deal offering a free highlighter (or two) when you spend… whatever.  I had a wish list of items for their website anyway to I took the opportunity to pick up some things and get these two beauties for free!

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Swatches: Lunch Money (top) and Wisp (bottom)

The colours that I selected for the deal were Lunch Money and Wisp.  These bouncy creams are super smooth and offer a bright sheen without any glitter, which I love.  I find that these apply easily either with your finger or (as I prefer) a small stipple brush.  I don’t find that these lift my foundation but I would recommend adding a small amount at a time to aide blending.  These last really nicely on my skin on their own and also as a base for a powdered highlight.  These do dry down on the skin too, which is great.

As you can see, although Wisp is beautiful, it is quite dark to act as a highlight for me, but it does give a beautiful glow.  I use this lightly on my cheekbones and when sheered out it is still very pretty.  I imagine this would be stunning on people with richer skin tones than mine.  This is also a beautiful eyeshadow base.

Lunch Money suits my skin tone really well as a true highlighter.  It is a light gold tone and gives plenty of glow.  So pretty and pigmented.

I find that it can be hard to see the true colours of the highlighters on the ColourPop website (which is how I ended up with Butterfly Beach when it is clearly too dark) so here is my full ColourPop highlighter collections swatched together so you can compare the tones.

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Swatches: Teasecake, Butterfly Beach, Wisp, Lunch Money

Overall, I really like the formula of the ColourPop highlighters.  Of all my ColourPop Super Shock products I find this kind of satin formula (in the highlighters, blush and shadows), lasts the longest in terms of NOT drying out and maintaining the same smooth formula over time.  (Random fact: In my experience the matte formulas of face/eye products seem to dry out the quickest).

Last random thought – if you are looking for a powder product that looks very similar to Wisp I think the Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant is quite similar.  The swatch below is a mix of all the colours of the shimmer brick, but if you keep your brush towards the top you will get an even more similar match.

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Swatches: Wisp (top) and Makeup Revolution Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant

So there you have it.  A very wordy review of Lunch Money and Wisp 🙂

Have a great day!!

 

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade

The Ultra Eye Contour Light & Shade palette from Makeup Revolution if an obvious dupe of the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette from Kat Von D.  It has a great range of tones including a neutral quad, cool quad and warm quad which I think makes this palette extremely versatile.  Although the packaging itself is quite cheap looking, it does come with a dual-ended brush that is functional.

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I do enjoy the the fact that there are three ‘base’ shades provided in larger pans as these probably will be my most used shades from the palette.  My only complaint regarding shade selection relates to the fact that we basically have four shades of cream in this palette and to be fair… ain’t nobody needing four shades of cream!  On the eye, they all look pretty much the same which is a bit of a waste of palette space in my opinion.  Saying that, the formula on these shadows is really great.  I find they do kick up a bit of product when you dip your brush in, but the softness of the formula does mean they are very easy to blend out.  They are also nicely pigmented!  So – onto the swatches 🙂

I am happy to report that this is my favourite formula of Makeup Revolution matte shadows to date.  I find myself reaching for this palette every time I need some additional matte shades for a look, but this really does perform as a stand alone palette as well.  I have taken to keeping this palette in the drawer with my ColourPop Super Shock shadows as this palette really does compliment all of the colours of shimmery lid shades that I own as single shadows.  As I said – so versatile.

I think this palette is an absolute bargain.  Obviously, I can’t compare this to the Kat Von D palette that it dupes as I do not own that palette, but reviewing this as a product in its own right, I can absolutely recommend it.

If you are interested in checking this palette out for yourself you can find it on the TAM Beauty website for AU$13 and they ship internationally!

Have a wonderful 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 🙂

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: Beyond Radiance Palette

I love the three Radiance powders, Breathe, Exhale and Glow, that Makeup Revolution originally released – in fact, they are on my ‘holy grail products’ list.  So when Makeup Revolution released a new Beyond Radiance palette I couldn’t wait to try it out.  This new palette contains three subtle highlights in white, pink and champagne tones.  Unlike the original Radiance powders, you can only buy this range in palette form (no individual pans available).

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Beyond Radiance: shade 1 – white

The first shade in the palette is a creamy white shade and this is my personal favourite of the three.  It shows up as a brightening, yet subtle highlight on my fair complexion.

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Beyond Radiance: shade 2 – pink

The pink shade is not quite light enough to be brightening on my skin but does offer some subtle glow and I have used this as a blush topper over matte blushes.

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Beyond Radiance: shade 3 – champagne

Lastly, we have the champagne shade.  Again, this is a bit too dark on my pail skin to be brightening, but it does offer a nice glow.  I have actually been enjoying this to set my under-eye concealer and swept across the whole face for added glow.  I imagine that this shade would work better as a highlight for people with darker complexions than mine.

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swatches: white, pink and champagne

These powders are extremely finely milled and there is something about them that feels quite luxurious to me.  As you can see from the swatches above, we are talking subtle glow here rather than the more shimmery highlighter style that you may have come to expect.  These are lovely for everyday wear and for work contexts and are extremely flattering on the skin.  I would put these in the ‘no makeup, makeup’ basket as they are very natural and blend seamlessly.

If you are looking for a daring highlighter statement, this is not the palette for you.

If I had to recommend one product from either the Radiance palette or Beyond Radiance palette I have to admit that I would pick the original Radiance palette every time.  Every powder in the original has a clear purpose in my routine and I love them all.  Click here for my complete review of the Radiance powders.  Saying that, the Beyond Radiance palette is a very nice addition to my collection and I have enjoyed it very much so far.

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: 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 😦

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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!)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!