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!

ColourPop: Double Entendre Eyeshadow Palette

I stalled for the longest time before ordering any of the ColourPop pressed shadows.  It seemed like making a first purchase could have the potential to release an avalanche of future buys so I put it off, and I was right to do so.  I really enjoy the formula so when ColourPop held a number of site wide 20% off sales before christmas 2017 suddenly I found myself putting in a second order!  Oh man.

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First row swatches: Locked & Loaded, Uninhibited, Hot Bod, Flasher

I have enjoyed all the palettes that I have purchased from ColourPop so far, but by far the one that I have enjoyed the most for everyday wear is the ‘Double Entendre’.  It has a combination of shadow formulas including 7 mattes, 3 metallic shades, 1 satin shade and one glitter shadow.  It is a warm colour palette for sure and reminds me very much of the vibes coming from the Tarte Toasted palette which has been really popular.

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Second Row swatches: Nekkid, Extra Curricular, Hard, Draft

So lets review the pros and cons of this little guy:

Pros:

  •  Cruelty-free.
  •  Compact and travel friendly.
  •  12 x 0.85g shadows.
  • Sturdy cardboard packaging (which I prefer to plastic)
  • The mattes blend beautifully – so easy to use!
  • The metallics are really pigmented and apply beautifully with a finger or some fixing spray for a very reflective look.
  • These last well on the eye.
  • Budget friendly!! These retail for US$16
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Third Row Swatches: Keep it PG, Nip Slip, Send Noodles, Teddy Bare

Cons:

  • The matte shades will kick up a lot of product when you dip into them.  Take a light touch and tap off your brush well.
  • The satin shade ‘Flasher’ lacks pigmentation and is very firmly pressed.  I find it picks up better with a brush than on my finger.  It is a pretty brow highlight or inner corner highlight but it is more glossy than metallic. It is a bit of a dud in my opinion.
  • I don’t dig glitter shades so I’m not about ‘hot bod’ BUT the glitter does transfer well when applied so if that is your jam you may love this shade.
  • Two of the three metallic shades, ‘Uninhibited’ and ‘Draft,’ are really quite similar.  I would have preferred two really distinct metallic colours here.
  • The shade names are pretty tragic…
  • This palette has identical packaging to the ‘I think I love you’ palette: a bit annoying if you own both.
  • There is no mirror included in this palette – totally not an issue for me but worth mentioning.

As a final note, these palettes are magnetic which means you can easily rearrange the shades to your own order preference OR if you own multiple 12 pan palettes you can mix and match between them.  I decided to reorganise my Double Entendre palette in terms of formula and tone and it now looks like this 🙂  Just a bit more user friendly for a novice like me!

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Overall, I think this is a great little palette.  Excellent quality at a great price and ethically produced.  If you haven’t tried the ColourPop pressed shadows I would say give them a go for sure but just know that they release new things all the time so you might be opening the door to a new addiction!!

Have a glorious 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!

Physicians Formula: Murumuru Butter Bronzer 

So I thought I would add my two cents to the enormous amount of content already online reviewing the Butter Bonzers from Physicians Formula.  Why not, right?  But if you are like me and you typically avoid products that get a rediculous amount of hype, I’m here to tell you that this is one makeup item that is well worth a look.

Firstly, Physicians Formula is a cruelty free brand but it is more on the expensive side when it comes to ‘drug store’ makeup.   I purchase Physicians Formula online through iHerb as it is MUCH cheaper there than in store in Australia.  I purchased the ‘light bronzer’ shade as it is warmer in tone, and it certainly is light.  If you have medium skin tone or darker this will be too light for you but as I am a very pale princess (and I’m not looking for a pronounced bronze) this works well for me.

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Butter Bronzer in ‘Light Bronze’

I think that what I like about this product the most is that it feels like silk and blends like a dream.  It is so finely milled and because it is light, you can really slap it on pretty carelessly and it is hard to go overboard.  It looks natural on the skin and the colour is buildable.  I find it pretty foolproof and it lasts quite well on my skin even though I typically find coloured face products disappear quite quickly in the humid tropical heat where I live.

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Light Bronzer swatched

I suppose I should address the scent, which the Butter Bronzers are well known for.  It smells of coconuts and sunscreen and reminds me of holidays.  I enjoy the smell, which is quite strong when you open the compact, but I don’t find it lingers once the product is applied.  If you aren’t about scented makeup though, this might be a bit much for you.

The only negative that I have to note regarding this product relates to the packaging.  It looks cute and includes a lovely mirror but the included applicator is some kind of odd sponge this which I could never use to apply bronzer BUT the real issue is that it is pretty bulky.  It barely fits into my acrilic makeup storage that is designed for compacts, which is annoying.  If you aren’t anal about these kinds of things, it probably won’t be an issue for you.

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Nice quality mirror but what is that sponge applicator about?

Also, the shade selection of this bronzer range is abysmal.  There are two shades, one warmer and one cooler in tone, but both are designed for pale skin.  I find that Physicians Formula often has very limited shade selection across their range which is disappointing.

Overall, I enjoy this bronzer so much I am tempted to purchase the other shade even though I’m really not a bronzer person.  If you have been put off by the hype around this product or even the price, I would encourage you to give it a go if you can find a shade that works for you.

Have an amazing 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!