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Things I don’t Love: The Natural Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows

Full disclosure.  I purchased this palette for three reasons that didn’t really have anything to do with the product inside.  1) the packaging is super cute, 2) I love the ‘warm nude all-in-1 shimmer strip palette for the face’ from the same range and 3) I got it on sale.  This may explain some of my disappointment with this palette.  But I digress.

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Top: All-in-1 face palette, below: eye enhancing palette

 

The Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer Strip palette is a mini shadow palette that contains nine warm, nude, shimmer shades.  It is marketed as containing eye enhancing shadow shades and a liner shade, and as you can see from the swatches, the dark liner shade is certainly the most pigmented shadow of the bunch.  Pigmentation is my main gripe with this palette.  The shadows are soft and pretty, but they are very firmly pressed and I had a hard time building up any kind of real pigmentation on the eye.  Plus, the colours are all SO SIMILAR on the eye that it is hardly worth having nine to choose from!  And being all shimmers, this is not a stand alone palette for me.

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Natural Nude Eye Enhancing Shimmer strip swatches… very similar!

I really was unimpressed by this palette.  I found the colours, such as they were, faded on me quite quickly and it really is accurately named in being ‘natural’ and ‘nude’ as this is certainly “no makeup” makeup.  I also own the ‘Warm Nude Shimmer Strip All-in-1 face palette‘ from this range and I LOVE it as a highlighter.  In my opinion it also works much better as eyeshadow too than this actual eyeshadow version!   Plus there is a better range of colours in the All-in-1 shimmer strips too.

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All-in-1 Shimmer strips palette and the Natural Nude eye enhancing shimmer strips.

Another con for me is that the strips of the eyeshadow palette are not separated and each colour strip is really narrow so it is hard to pick up discrete colours with your brush.

Basically, I don’t love this.

The ‘Natural Nude Shimmer Strip Custom Eye Enhancing Shadows’ retails for $24.95 in Australia. WOW.  That is expensive!  It contains only 7.5g of product and if I had paid that price for this product I would have been extremely disappointed.  Honestly, order a Revolution Beauty or ColourPop pressed shadow palette for half the price and you will be so much happier!

Have a wonderful day.

p.s.  Why do Physician’s Formula have to name their products such LONG names!!!

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!

Makeup Revolution – I Heart Makeup: Golden Bar

I have come to acknowledge that I am a collector of the Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes.  I never collected pokemon as a child.  Chocolate palettes are my pokemon.

Do I need more eyeshadow? Absolutely not.

Will I purchase every new chocolate palette that TAM Beauty releases?

Probably.

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The Golden Bar is something a little bit different in the Chocolate Palette range though.  Firstly – look at that packaging!  A super cute chocolate brown palette with golden melting chocolate layered over the top.  Very luxe in a super kitsch way.

The next biggest difference is that this is a purely shimmer palette.  Unlike all the chocolate palettes that have come before it, the Golden Bar has no matte shades.  For most of us this shouldn’t really be a problem – generally we all have some matte shades somewhere else in our collection that we can call on if needed BUT I do find it annoying that I can’t use this palette alone.  Saying that, I really do think the shades are beautiful.  The quality really is very good – in fact, there are only two shades that I have found to be wanting (which I will discuss with the swatches below), but overall these are rich and pigmented.

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Golden Bar – swatches: Collection, Ribbon, Wrapper, Foil, Golden, Gift, Limited and Cocoa

As you can see from the swatches even though this palette doesn’t contain mattes, there are still two distinctly different formulas: a satin and then a more metallic shimmer.  Of the colours on the left of the palette there is one clear dud shade and it is collection, the pure white shade.  It is very patchy and lacks pigmentation.  It is almost more of a glittery topcoat rather than a shadow in its own right.  Considering the rich tones of the rest of the palette I also think the stark whiteness of this shade is a bit misplaced.  My two favourite shades on this side of the palette are limited and cocoa.  Stunning.

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Golden Bar – swatches: edible, tablet, wrapped, bar, box, block, beans and chocolatier

The right side of the palette has darker shades overall.  There is a mix of browns, coppers and a green plus one champagne shade called Chocolatier.  Chocolatier is the shade I was most excited about from this side of the palette and it is also the weakest shade 😦  The swatch actually makes it look prettier than it is.  In practice this shade is super flakey and goes on very patchy and needs a lot of building up to get good pigmentation.  It is certainly workable with a fixing spray but the other shades are all so smooth and pigmented that the poor formulation of this one shade really stands out.  Meanwhile the shades wrapped, box and beans are stunning.

I have two last points regarding the way this palette has been curated.  Firstly, there are a number of shades in this palette that are actually quite similar, particularly once they are on the eye.  Secondly, the shades are beautiful but they are all quite mid-toned.  I would have liked to see a few more lighter tones (or at least lighter tones that are better quality than the two here) and one or two really dark tones, just to allow for more dynamic eye looks.

So to recap, the Golden Bar is a very pretty, shimmer palette which maintains the good quality we have come to expect from Makeup Revolution.  Despite there being a couple of weaker shadows I would say that this palette is certainly worth the price.  I imagine that people with darker skin tones than myself may really love this palette for its mid-toned shades, but paler people may find the lighter tones lacking. This isn’t my personal favourite palette from the Chocolate Palette range, but I am happy to have it in my collection.

Have a glorious 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 🙂

Things I Don’t Love: E.L.F Baked Eyeshadow Palettes

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series.  Today I have three baked eyeshadow palettes to discuss from E.L.F.

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California

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

Here is where I have to admit a very amateur mistake.

These baked eyeshadow palettes from E.L.F looked so beautiful online that I purchased three of them from the range on impulse in a single order.  And if the only purpose of these palettes was to sit there and look pretty, they would be great.  In the pan, these look beautiful, BUT, they are supposed to be wearable as eyeshadow… and in that role, these palettes are very disappointing.

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NYC

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

  • Firstly, they are very hit and miss.  There are a couple of shades in each palette which seem to bee quite smooth and pigmented and are really pretty but these are in the minority.
  • For the most part these shadows are hard, dry and lack pigmentation.  The swatches I have provided here are heavy finger swatches – these are not nearly so pigmented with a brush.
  • These get a hard pan layer really quickly!!
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You can see here that the shadows are already getting a hard-pan layer

  • It is difficult to pick up product unless you really scrub your brush into them, at which point they crumble.
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Here you can see how the shadows crumble when used

  • You WILL get shadow everywhere when using these.  Shadow in the palette, on your work surface and fallout all over your face, particularly if you use them dry.
  • You can use a fixing spray, water or some other mixing medium to foil these and that does work, but I still find them to be quite patchy.
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I picked the most pigmented shade from the California palette for this example.  The top swatch is foiled with fixing spray and the bottom is the same colour swatched dry with a brush.

Overall, I was SO disappointed by these.  The reviews online seem to be quite good and one girl on youtube actually put these in her ‘top products from E.L.F’ video – but I have to be honest, these palettes are not worth the trouble in my opinion.  I have not had a look from these that I have been happy with and they really are just a hot mess to work with.

The most pigmented of the three palettes is Seattle.  Some of the purples in the top row are quite pigmented and very pretty, but the bottom row contains some of the worst shadows I have ever used – very hit and miss!

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Seattle

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Swatches of top row

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Bottom row

To put it bluntly, these palettes are more trouble than they are worth and I will be decluttering them.

If you are looking for a cruelty-free, budget-friendly baked eyeshadow you can buy great little trios from MUA (see my review here) or quads from Makeup Revolution (see my review here).  Both brands produce creamy, pigmented and totally beautiful baked eyeshadows that work really well dry and look stunning when foiled.

As for these shadows from E.L.F, I really don’t love them.

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 🙂