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Things I don’t love: E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams

Welcome back to another instalment of my ‘Things I Don’t Love’ series where we discuss products that didn’t work for me or I just don’t love.  And this review, unfortunately, is definitely a product that DIDN’T work for me!

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Black Licorice

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Moche Swirl

The E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Creams are probably some of the worst makeup products I have come across.  My expectations of a cream shadow are that the colour sets on the skin, that they do not crease and that they have reasonable pigmentation.  Unfortunately the Duo Eye Shadow Creams failed in each of these criteria in my experience.

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Blueberry

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Sugar Cookie

The texture of these creams is thin, very greasy and kind of sticky.  This issue is amplified in the warmer months where they seem to melt and get really soft.  The pigmentation is variable depending on the shade, but I don’t find that they ‘stick’ to the eyes very well and the slick formula makes them hard to blend out with any kind of control.  They just slip and slide all over the lids for me!

I purchased these duo shadows with the intention of using them as an eyeshadow base but they caused every eye look to crease for me, regardless of what powdered eyeshadow I attempted to set them with.  And I don’t normally have issues with creasing at all.  Also, in my experience, the colours faded quite quickly over time.  If I haven’t set them with a powdered shadow they just seem to disappear off the eyes within a couple of hours – particularly the lighter shades.

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Butter Pecan

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Coffee & Cream

These duo’s sell for AU$3 on the Australian ELF website but if I had my time again, I would save the $3.  I really haven’t been able to find a use for these and they will make their way out of my collection in my next declutter.

If you own these cream shadows I hope you had better luck!

Have a great day 🙂

 

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 🙂

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!