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E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder: Porcelain

I purchased the E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder from iHerb in the shade porcelain.  The packaging for this product is quite sleek for such a budget-friendly purchase (I paid about AU$4).  It comes with a small puff applicator which I think is quite reasonable for touch-ups and a decent mirror making it a handbag friendly product.

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E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder

The powder itself is very soft to the touch and quite finely milled.  It doesn’t keep me as matte as other powders in my collections and I found that it can look a little cakey if you aren’t sparing in your application.

This is one of those products that is certainly reasonable, but just didn’t work for me due to it being a poor colour match.  The porcelain shade is very yellow-toned and is generally too dark for my skin tone.  If you are a pale princess like me I don’t think you will find a colour match in this particular range.

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Studio Pressed Powder: Porcelain

Overall, this is a pretty ‘meh’ kind of a product for me.  Aside from the fact that it isn’t a colour match, the formula neither wowed me nor overly disappointed.  There are certainly other budget-friendly, cruelty-free brands that make powders that I prefer (Australis makes a great one!), and even within the E.L.F. range, I prefer the formula of their Studio Translucent Matifying Powder.  Saying that, if you are looking to try something new the E.L.F. Studio Pressed Powder is cheap enough that you can give it a go without risking any great financial loss if it doesn’t work for you.

Have a great day!

 

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Chocolate Vice Palette

I would like to claim that the beautiful colours of the eyeshadows was what attracted me to the Chocolate Vice palette….That I had panned all my other eyeshadows and that it was time to try something new in my minimalist collection (ha!)…That it was a special occasion and I purchased this new palette as a treat…

BUT, the reality is that I purchased this palette because I have all the other chocolate palettes from I Heart Makeup and, like a child, I wanted to have the whole collection.

🙂

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Chocolate Vice: Shades pictured in natural light.

And perhaps because I do own all the other palettes from this range and because I have a large collection of makeup in general, my expectations were high.  The Chocolate Vice needed to be something special if it was going to impress.

Like all the other chocolate palettes from Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup, the packaging of the Chocolate Vice is a melting chocolate bar – this time in black.  It comes with a big mirror and is very sturdy.  The eyeshadows do smell sweet but not a pure chocolate smell and nothing overpowering.

The colours are a lovely mix of golds, browns, earthy reds and peachy tones.  I think the colour selection works extremely well together and has been curated with a good selection of light, mid-toned and darker shades as well as providing a mix of mattes, shimmers and satin shadows.

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Chocolate Vice: Left side of palette

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Left side of palette – first four shades: Vice, Sway, Treat, Habit

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Left side of palette – last four shades: Persuade, Reason, Must, Maleficence

On the left side of the palette the shade Vice is a little patchy and needs some building to create a smooth blend of colour on the lid but it is a very pretty shade and I use it most as an inner-corner highlight.

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Chocolate Vice: Right side of palette

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Right side of palette – first four shades: Satisfy, Require, Convert.

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Right side of palette – last four shades: Crave, Lust, Fancy and Appeal.

On the right side of the palette the shades Satisfy and Require are very pretty but the texture is a bit powdery and lacks pigmentation.  Again, these need to be built up on the lid, but they do look beautiful once applied.  I find a little fixing spray does the trick.

The other shades are really lovely and have the smooth and highly pigmented formula that I have come to love in all my Chocolate Palettes.  I must say I particularly enjoy this range of colours and have gotten a lot of use out of this palette through Autumn and Winter this year.  I think the midnight blue shade called Lust is a great addition to this palette and works so well with the dark reds for a daring smokey eye, providing a very different look to the browns and golds.

Now, if you were wondering whether these peaches and reds are similar to the colours offered in the New-trals Vs Neutrals palette from Makeup Revolution, then the answer is YES.  A number of the peachy/red shades are almost identical across the two palettes and any differences are slight at best.  I would say that if you are attracted to the Chocolate Vice palette for the peaches and reds, but you already own the New-trals Vs Neutrals, then you don’t need both, but, if you are looking at what each palette has to offer overall, they are very different.  I own both and I enjoy both in their own right.

I am very happy with the Chocolate Vice palette.  It is excellent quality at a budget-friendly price.  This palette has collated everything that I love for the Autumn and Winter into one place!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Makeup Revolution: ‘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!

 

Napoleon Perdis: Love Gloss Collection

I have never tried any Napoleon Perdis products before.  It is a cruelty-free brand but it is high end and certainly not budget-friendly so it isn’t a brand that I am normally drawn to BUT I happened upon this Love Gloss Collection of lip glosses on ‘Catch of the Day‘ which is a bit like an Australian version of Haute Look and it had been marked down to AU$26 and at that price I thought it was worth a go.

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Napoleon Perdis 2015 holiday Love Gloss collection

This kit was released as part of the 2015 holiday collection and the packaging was lovely for gifting.  The retail price was AU$59 and looking at products from the permanent Napoleon Perdis range – this is a good price!

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Napoleon Perdis Love Gloss Collection (left to right): Devotion, Worship, Idolise, Romance, Revere, Liaison, Relish, Cherish, Squeeze, Admire, Pulse and Amorous

Inside the kit contains 12 mini lip glosses with really lovely packaging.  The scent of these lip glosses is sweet and fruity.  It reminds me strongly of some kind of candy but I can’t put my finger on it.  The set comes with a range of formulas including six that are creamy, three that are shimmery and three that are more glittery (without chunky glitter).

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Swatches (left to right): Relish (shimmer), Cherish, Squeeze (glitter), Admire, Pulse, Amorous.

The shimmer and glitter shades are less pigmented and work really nicely over another lipstick giving very pretty shine.  The creamy shades can be used in combination with another lip product such as a lipstick or lip liner but they also stand alone as a very pretty gloss.

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Swatches (left to right): Devotion (shimmer), Worship (glitter), Idolise (glitter), Romance (shimmer), Revere, Liaison.

These glosses wear really nicely.  They are not sticky (woot!) and for a gloss, I think they last quite well on the lips.  Of course you do need to reapply these glosses but they wear off evenly and a fresh coat can be put on mirror-free which is perfect for work.

If you manage to come across this set you will notice that these lip glosses are little but I like that as it gives you a chance to try a huge range of colours without ending up with lots of gloss that may go to waste before it reaches its used by date.

Would I repurchase a full-size in the future?  Definitely, but I admit I would be looking for them on sale again, as I think they are expensive for what they are and I have certainly found other glosses that are also cruelty-free but are much more budget-friendly.

Saying that – I do love these lip glosses and I hope to find some other Napoleon Perdis products on ‘Catch of the Day’ that I can try on a budget as I am now very intrigued by this brand 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Things I Don’t Love: MUA – Matte palettes

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series where we discuss products that didn’t work for me or that I just haven’t loved.

I purchased two matte palettes from MUA at this time in 2015.  I hadn’t tried any eyeshadows from MUA at the time so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had read many good reviews so I had high hopes.  The two palettes that I picked up are the Ever After Matte Palette and the Winter Forest Matte Collection and I have to say that I don’t love either of these palettes.

Firstly, the packaging is quite cheap looking and is extremely basic in style.  There is no mirror provided and these palettes come with 10 shadows.  On a positive note, both palettes have a sticker on the back that provide shade names, which I do like.  Another pro is that these are very compact.DSC02978

Looking at the Ever After Matte Palette first, you can see that the shades are very neutral and there are a number of shades in the palette that look quite similar – particularly the shades in the top row and the first two browns in the second row.  Annoying!

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MUA – Ever After Matte Palette

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Top Row, left to right: Unwrap, Butter, Bare, Taffeta, Fade.

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Bottom Row, left to right: Penny, Chino, Truffle, Fog, Smoke.

The Winter Forest Matte Collection has an unusual range of colours but I can see how this was curated for ‘winter.’  Again, the pigmentation is extremely hit and miss – either quite poor or staining.  The two grey shades (Smoke and Dove Grey) make my eyes look tired and bruised so I never use these shades.  Also, the dark blue (Midnight) and the teal colour (Aqua), really do stain so if you don’t use a primer these are hard to blend and difficult to remove.

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MUA – Winter Forest Matte Palette

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Top Row, left to right: Smoke, Midnight, Aqua, Azure, Camel.

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Bottom Row, left to right: Slate, Dove Grey, Chino, Truffle, Sand.

The formula of these shadows is consistent across these two palettes so I am going to make a few general points:

  • The texture of these shadows in general is very dry.
  • Some of them are very densely packed into the pan so they also feel very hard to the touch.
  • The dry texture converts to a crumbly, dusty powder when you tap in your brush.
  • The pigmentation is really not great and you can see in the swatches that these shadows can be quite patchy (I made an effort to blend these out smoothly as they were so very dusty/crumbly).
  • It is sort of a weird situation of having the shadows either blend away to nothing OR having them be so dark that they kind of stain and are hard to blend.

I feel like these shadows appear to be much better quality in the swatches here than they are in real life.  I never reach for these palettes because I just don’t enjoy these shadows at all.  I feel like I can build and build some of the mid-toned crease shades and just don’t seem to get anywhere pigmentation wise – with a brush they just don’t seem to transfer well to the lids, even with a primer.

Overall, I can’t recommend these matte palettes from MUA.  I know that people really rate the MAU eyeshadow palettes but these really haven’t worked for me.  In my opinion if you want a great budget-friendly, cruelty-free matte eyeshadow palette, the Freedom Makeup London Pro 12 Audacious Matte palette is excellent and I believe it is the same price!  You can read my review of the Pro 12 Audacious Matte palette here for more information.

Have a fantastic day!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Naked Underneath – Faux Fur covered palette

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

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I Heart Makeup: Naked Underneath – Faux Fur covered palette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a glorious day!

 

 

 

 

 

Chi Chi: Real Minerals Powder Value Kit

I purchased the Real Mineral Powder Value Kit from Chi Chi, in ‘Light,’ during the post-Christmas sale from Myer this year.  It contains a full size Real Minerals Foundation, a full size Bronzer, a full size Finishing Powder, a blush and a kabuki brush (which I haven’t photographed here as god only knows where I have put it!).  I get rosacea on my cheeks and Chi Chi claims that their mineral formula allows your skin to breathe and is great for sensitive skin.  Chi Chi is cruelty-free and these powders are also free of nasty ingredients.  This pack has a reported value of AU$85 if you buy the products separately but the ‘value kit’ retails at AU$29.95… in the Christmas sales I paid just AU$10!!  Bargain.

I would recommend trying the Real Minerals range through the Value Kit as two of them are really great and two of them are powders that I just don’t love.

Lets start with the winners 🙂

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Real Minerals Foundation: Fair

The Real Mineral Foundation in Fair is a very soft powder.  The colour is quite neutral in tone and it blends out beautifully on the skin.  I would say the coverage is light at best, so I am not convinced that it really functions as a ‘foundation’, but I very much enjoy it in combination with a BB cream (or a liquid foundation if I really need the coverage) or to very softly even out skin tone on a ‘no makeup’ day.  The colour would be too dark for girls with porcelain skin but I can make it work, particularly in combination with the Chi Chi Finishing Powder.

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Real Minerals Finishing Powder

The Finishing Powder is again, a very soft, finely milled powder.  I very much enjoy this to set my foundation with a big fluffy brush.  It is so fine that you only need such a small amount and it doesn’t end up looking cakey.  As it is translucent it doesn’t add to the coverage of the foundation which is nice for daily wear and avoids ‘cake face.’.  I also enjoy this powder to blend out contour, blusher, bronzer and highlighter at the very end of putting on my face products.  It blends the coloured face products out in such a natural way.

Now onto the two products that I don’t love.

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Real Minerals Bronzing Powder

The Bronzing Powder is very different in texture to the foundation and finishing powder – dryer and courser.  The powder seems to have two distinct parts, a red-toned matte bronze base and then gold micro glitters.  As I purchased this online I didn’t realise that this wasn’t a matte bronzer until the kit arrived 😦  I don’t mind bronzers that are glowy, but I can’t dig the glitter.  Also, this colour is much too dark for me and the red undertone just doesn’t look natural on my skin tone.  I think this would suit someone with a medium skin tone. Also, I find this bronzer is VERY pigmented, a situation which is amplified by the loose powder nature of the product.  Even a slight touch of the brush picks up a lot of powder, which I run off on the lid, then tap off the brush, then run the brush over my hand and then it can still be a bit patchy and hard to blend.  Bummer.

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Real Minerals Blush

I have to be honest, I have barely worn this blush.  Again, I didn’t realise that this would be a glittery product so I was really disappointed when I opened it.  The website states it contains ‘light reflecting particles’ so I probably should have known better!  The base colour is, again, quite dark for my fair complexion, but I do like this kind of dark rose for the cooler months.  Like the bronzer, this powder really separates into a base layer and glitter layer and the silver micro glitters get everywhere when you blend this out on the cheek.  The colour looks pretty, but I just can’t deal with the glitter so I never reach for this.

Overall, I am still really happy with my purchase of this Real Minerals Powder Value Kit.  The foundation and finishing powders are great products and if you buy them separately they retail for AU$19 each, so my AU$10 outlay was money well spent, even though I don’t love the bronzer and blush.  In fact the Value Kit retail price of AU$29 is still good value!  Plus, the kabuki brush was also lovely… pity I don’t know where it is!

If you would like to check out the Real Minerals Value Kit for yourself you can find it here on the Chi Chi website or you can also buy Chi Chi in Australia at Target or Myers.

Have a wonderful day 🙂