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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 🙂

 

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!

 

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!