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Nude by Nature: contour palette

Nude By Nature is a cruelty free, Australian brand that is formulated using 100% natural ingredients and without preservatives or harmful synthetics.  They are PETA certified and are widely available in stores in Australia, as well as through their website.  I believe they are also sold throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  Although Nude by Nature is a “drug store” brand it is certainly at the upper end in price.  I’m a girl on a budget so I was slow to try their makeup until I discovered their bundle kits which are MUCH better value and a great way to try out products from the brand.

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I purchased this contour kit as part of a 2016 Christmas set in the 2017 January sales for a GREAT price and I have been very impressed.  The packaging is stylish with a rose gold outer plastic compact and good quality mirror and the overall size is great for travel and storage.  Each pan contains 4g of product.

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Unlike other contour kits that I have tried there are not a mass of shades on offer here but it is everything you need for a matte contoured look: a cool-toned contour shade, a warm bronzer shade and a yellow-toned matte, highlighting shade.  The powders are soft, blendable and not SO pigmented that they are hard to work with.  I really enjoy these powders, so much so that I decluttered my other, larger contour kit once I had this in my collection.

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Now, this is where we get to the cons about this product.  I have fair skin and these tones work well for me… but this is the only contour kit that they sell and it obviously won’t work for medium to deep complexions.  They certainly need a medium and deep version of this kit to properly meet the needs of the market.

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Secondly, this product has a 24 month recommended shelf life but I found that after 12 months I started to get hard pan on the contour and bronzer shades which was disappointing.  Admittedly I have a large makeup collection that I rotate so I don’t use this product every week, and I live in a very humid climate so both of these factors may have contributed to the problem but it is not an issue I have generally encountered in my other powder products.  I have been just using a spoolie to lightly remove the affected areas but it is a bit of a bummer.

The Nude by Nature contour kit retails for AU$39.95 which is pretty expensive in my books and I don`t think I could justify paying that price​.  Saying that, I do think it is a lovely product and if these tones will work for your complexion they are definitely worth trying.  Nude by Nature frequently goes on sale at Priceline so I`d recommend waiting for a good deal if you are interested or try one of their value sets.  (They do amazing, seasonal makeup kits on their website which will save you 50% off the retail price and would be a great way to sample from across the brand.  Anyway, I digress)

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!

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!

 

MUA: Shimmer Kisses Bronzer

I have no idea if this Shimmer Kisses Bronzer is still available on the MUA website.  Although they do ship internationally they have blocked Australian buyers from accessing their website as they have sold out to a local distributer.  Unfortunately, that distributer overcharges and only has a limited range so I don’t purchase MUA products anymore BUT if you can access their products and they still sell this then… here are my thoughts!

My apologies for the convoluted, overly wordy and ranty intro, lol

So onto the review.  I am not sure for whom this product would be a ‘bronzer’ so don’t be put off by that word in this product name.  The shades are bronzy in tone, but this is most definitely a highlighter and it is a very pretty highlighter indeed.

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I have found some of the MUA products, particularly their eyeshadows, to be quite dry and powdery, but this, this is soft and smooth and finely milled.  The product is a quad of four shades of varying depths.  I like this concept as it allows for the product to be more multi-use.  You can direct your brush to one or more of the shades to get your preferred tone or just swirl your brush across the whole palette.  I have used this as eyeshadow and it works well when used in that way too.

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Shimmer Kisses Bronzer swatched.

This is very pretty as a highlighter, even on my fair skin.  If you have a darker skin tone than mine you could probably avoid the lightest shade to get a tone that suits you.  This powder blends nicely, doesn’t overly highlight skin texture and isn’t powdery.  The packaging is cheap but durable.  Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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I wouldn’t call this Shimmer Kisses Bronzer a total dupe for the Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm BUT it is pretty close and on the skin the colour difference is negligible in my opinion.  As you can see in the swatches, the Shimmer Kisses Bronzer is more of a rose gold while Mary-Lou Manizer is more of a yellow gold.  Also, if you are familiar with Mary-Lou it is a good reference to see that this highlighter really is pale-skin friendly.

So to wrap this up, the Shimmer Kisses Bronzer from MUA is a winner in my book.  It gives a pretty glow to the skin.  I can’t remember what I paid for this, but I think it was around the AU$5 mark which is a bargain and MUA is a cruelty-free brand!

MUA, if you are reading this, please open up your website to Australia again!  

Have a great day everyone 🙂

E.L.F. Contour Palette

If you are not interested in reading a detailed review of this product the long and short of it is – this contour palette is really great!

I purchased this on the recommendation of Emily Noel 83 from Youtube and she did not disappoint.  I have not really LOVED any of the contour products I have previously purchased – I mean, they were totally fine, but I found that I didn’t really reach for them that much.  But, there is something about the tones of the powders in this palette that really suit my skin tone and unlike some other contour palettes in my collection, I use EVERY shade.  Since I purchased it I have been using it almost every day I wear makeup (along with one from Nude by Nature – review to come!)

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The compact itself is a sturdy matte black with a full-size, quality mirror.  The pans do click out if you want to customise this using powders from the illumination, blush or bronzer palettes from this same range.

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E.L.F. Contour Palette

The banana powder, bronzer and contour shades are matte and then there is a shimmery highlighter which is subtle but pretty.  I have fair skin and all of these shades work for me.  If you have medium to dark skin you will probably find that this is too light for you but E.L.F. has just released a new version with deeper hues that may suit you better.

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E.L.F. Contour Palette Swatches

The powders are pigmented without being scary.  I find overly pigmented contour shades to be a lot of blending work and/or you have to be so careful when picking up and placing colour that it becomes a hassle.  Not so with this little palette.  These blend well and are nicely buildable.

The matte shades are really finely milled, soft and lovely.  The shimmery highlighter is a bit powdery but it looks pretty and glowy on the skin and is subtle making it perfect for everyday wear.

Overall, this is a great little palette.  You can purchase this from the E.L.F. website in Australia for AU$14 which is a good deal, but if you can catch it during one of the 50% sales (like I did) it is a complete steal at AU$7!!

Have a fantastic day!!

 

 

Things I Don’t Love – Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

I purchased this Mosaic Compact Powder from Essence on an impulse one day at my local chemist.  I was waiting for a script and saw this on their stand.  They didn’t have a tester out but it seemed like a pretty, light bronzing powder (not too orange) and it was very affordable so I just grabbed it.  Now, I love Essence products typically, so I had high hopes but this Mosaic Compact Powder has one fatal flaw in my books:  Glitter.

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Can you see those sparkles?  That is silver micro-glitter my friends.

The overall texture is quite soft but the glitter makes it grainy to the touch.  I did enjoy the tone of this powder – colour wise it could have worked well as a very natural bronzer for my pale skin.  I found the formula to be a bit dry and dusty so if you blend too much the pigment seemed to disappear – but not that glitter!  I just can’t deal with the silver micro-glitter.

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Essence: Mosaic Compact Powder

As you can see from the images above the glitter isn’t that obvious when you first look at this product, but trust me, the first time I wore it the sparkles caught my eye all day.

To try and get some use out of this I did take it with me on a trip to Bali and used it as a body bronzer.  It worked ok for that in the context of a resort holiday, where wearing glitter near the sand while drinking cocktails, seems appropriate… but I don’t live the kind of life that requires ‘sparkly body bronzing’ on a daily basis.

I haven’t worn it since and that was over a year ago.

If a sparkly, affordable and fair bronzer sounds like your thing, you can purchase this Mosaic Powder Compact for AU$5.75 from Priceline, but I have to admit that I just don’t love this product.

Have an amazing day!

Makeup Revolution: ‘Radiant’ Vivid Shimmer Brick

When Makeup Revolution released their new Shimmer Brick compacts I was immediately drawn to them.  I suspected that they would be too shimmery to use as a bronzer but I hoped that perhaps as a highlighter, blush topper or eyeshadow they may work really nicely.

I have not been disappointed.

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Makeup Revolution – Shimmer Brick: Radiant

I purchased the Shimmer Brick in Radiant as I thought as the lighter version of the two I may be able to use it as a highlighter.  With a brush directed at the lightest tones it makes a very vivid highlight and even though it comes across as a darker champagne colour when used in this way, it is shiny enough that I think I can get away with it.  I was surprised that when mixed the overall colour is actually light enough to be used as a shimmery bronzer too if you want a bit of overall glow.  Be warned though – if you don’t blend this out they will be able to see your glow from space 🙂  Use a light hand!

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Bottom – heavy swatch of all colours combined; Top – blended swatch of all colours.

This Shimmer Brick is PIGMENTED.  Each strip functions completely as a discrete colour and so this makes a really compact and very beautiful eyeshadow palette too.  I have loved this for travel.  I just use some of my matte bronzer in the crease and these shimmers on the lid and it really is stunning.  I wish now that I had just lashed out and purchased both versions of the Shimmer Bricks because I enjoy the formula so much for eyeshadow use!  The Rose Gold version is now on my wish list!

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Radiance Shimmer Brick: switched from the bottom of the compact to top, left to right.

Overall I have been very impressed with how much I have enjoyed this product.  I have worn it mainly as a highlighter and as eyeshadow and it has always looked beautiful.  Although the powder can kick up a bit of dust if you aren’t gentle, I haven’t had an issue with fallout and this lasts all day on my face and eyes.  At 3GBP or approximately AU$6 I think this is a very budget-friendly, cruelty-free purchase!

If you would like to have a look at the MUR Shimmer Bricks for yourself you can find them here.

Have a wonderful week!