Tag Archives: highlighter

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.

IMG_0683

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.

IMG_0685

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.

img_0694.jpg

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.

img_0688.jpg

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.

_9457109

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 🙂

IMG_0686

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.

toofaced_rosyglow001

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.

IMG_0690

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!

IMG_0696

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.

img_0692.jpg

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!

 

Makeup Revolution: Vivid Baked Highlighter – Matte Lights

I’m going to be straight up honest here.

I purchased this product purely out of curiosity.  I couldn’t help it.  I just wanted to see what a baked, matte highlighter was all about so I picked it up.

DSC03746

Makeup Revolution – Vivid Baked highlighter – Matte Lights

Although this product is white with cream marbling in the pan, when swatched it is pretty much stark white.  The powder itself feels quite dry, it is a baked product after all, but oh my goodness, it is so finely milled.  You can swirl you brush in here and pick up a good amount of the powder but it doesn’t seem to get too cakey on the face.

As I said earlier, I don’t typically highlight with matte products so I wasn’t sure how much use I would get out of this but I do enjoy this product under the eyes to set my concealer.  I also use it liberally to highlight the high points of my face and it is nicely brightening for a very natural look or as a base for more shimmery highlight powders.

DSC03748

Now, keep in mind my skin is very fair.  Would this work for medium or dark skin tones? I doubt it.  I actually imagine this would look very ashy on darker skin than mine, but correct me if I am wrong.  If you have extremely pale skin you could probably use this as a setting powder!

So there you go.

If you are interested in trying out a matte highlighting powder, this one is really nice.  I won’t say that this is a product that is completely life changing, but I am glad I gave it a go and for about AU$5 it is nice to try something a bit different.  You may find you already have perfectly good matte highlighters in your contouring palettes so this may not be a ‘must have’ product for you.

If you would like to give this matte highlight a go you can find it on the TAM Beauty website and they ship internationally.

Have a wonderful 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.

DSC03751

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.

DSC03753

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.

DSC03755

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 🙂

theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

I feel like writing this blog post may be a bit redundant.  Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm is a cult classic highlighting powder and everyone probably already knows about it and/or owns it BUT it is new to my collection this year so I figured I would add my 2 cents to the literature on this product.

DSC03649

Firstly, the packaging of this highlighter is quite funky.  The compact itself is nothing special, although it does have a nice sized mirror, but it is the imagery on the lid that is so iconic of theBalm’s style.

DSC03652

theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

The powder itself is smooth, soft and finely milled.  The colour is a lovely champagne that pulls a bit gold when applied to my fair skin.  Gold shades of highlighter can be very hit or miss for me with my fair complexion, but this is shade pale-girl friendly.  This is a pigmented product so you only need to tap your brush in lightly.  It is certainly better to build this up slowly rather than getting overzealous and then trying to tone it down.

DSC03653

Mary-Lou Manizer swatched

 

Aside from the shade, I really enjoy how well this highlighter blends into the skin.  I apply this with a highlighter brush and then buff it in and it is extremely illuminating without sitting on the skin in an unnatural way as some powder products tend to do.

My verdict?  This is definitely worth the hype!

I love highlighters and I have WAY too many in my collection but having now tried Mary-Lou Manizer, I can safely say that if you already have this in your collection, then you  have all the highlighter goodness that you need.

TheBalm is a cruelty-free brand, but in Australia, they aren’t exactly budget-friendly.

Glow on my friends 🙂

 

 

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!)

dsc03527

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.

dsc03526

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.

dsc03528

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: E.L.F. Shimmer powders

The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality.  In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.

Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging.  Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here.  There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional.  These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face.  I immediately threw them away.

dsc03135

E.L.F. Shimmer: Pink

I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe.  The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey.  If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.

dsc03137

E.L.F. Shimmer: Gold

The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up.  Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted.  Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin.  Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.

Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them.  I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.

Have a wonderful day beautiful people!

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).

DSC03031

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.

DSC03033

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.

DSC03037

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.

DSC03043

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 🙂

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.

DSC03006

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!

DSC03022

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!

DSC03013

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!

 

Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips – All-in-1 Custom Warm Nude Palette

This is the first product I have tried from Physician’s Formula.  They are cruelty-free and you can find them on the PETA list.  We can buy them at Priceline in Australia but they are much cheaper to buy online from iHerb.  Saying that, Physician’s Formula is quite expensive for a ‘chemist’ sold brand so I am not convinced they are budget-friendly BUT I certainly would recommend the Shimmer Strips, even for the more expensive price.

DSC02654

The back of the Shimmer Strips palette opens to reveal a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.  It closes with a magnetic closure.

I was attracted to this little palette as it claimed to be an all-in-1 system for the face and eyes.  The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a lace design in gold and black.  The palette opens with a magnetic closure at the front and the back.  The front contains the shimmer strip products and the back contains a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.

DSC02653

Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips in Warm Nude

Physician’s Formula has broken this palette into four rows and suggests that row 1 be used to highlight, row 2 as blush and row 3 and 4 be used as bronzer.  They have also broken down the rows with suggestions for use on the eyes.

DSC02660

rows 1 and 2

I haven’t really tried to use this product as a bronzer but the top two rows really does make a stunning highlighter which can shift more champagne or pink depending on where you direct your brush.  I have tried to use the pinks as blush but they aren’t really pigmented enough to work that way for me.

DSC02664

rows 3 and 4

The powders are so soft, finely milled and easy to blend.  They do make a lovely subtle eye look and I have used them that way often on quick makeup days where I put some matte bronzer in the crease and then a selections of these shades on the lid and outer V.  For this reason I do think the palette is very versatile.

If you are looking for a truly beautiful highlighter which has the flexibility to take on many tones depending on your mood and enough pigmentation variation to make a pretty eye look too – then I can totally recommend the Shimmer Strips – Warm Nude palette.

Have a fantastic day 🙂

Australis – Highlights: Mineral Liquid Face Highlighter

I ordered the Australis Mineral Liquid Highlighter in Pearl during a 50% off sale.  It is the first liquid highlighter in my collection, so I can’t compare it to other liquid highlighters on the market, but here are my thoughts on this product in particular.

Firstly, the illumination is quite subtle.  I apply this in one of two ways 1) mixed into my foundation or 2) dabbed on my cheekbones after foundation but prior to setting with a translucent powder.  I really like this for everyday wear.

DSC02999

Pearl Liquid Highlight – heavy swatch.

As a point-specific highlighter this is so pretty.  It is subtle enough for everyday wear but it gives such a pretty glow.  I get quite oily in my t-zone but I haven’t found that this liquid adds to the problem at all when just dabbed lightly onto the skin.

DSC03004

Pearl – blended swatch.  This gives a lovely, sheer glow.

When I use the Mineral Liquid Highlighter mixed into my foundation I just add one pump of the highlighter and mix it into two pumps of my foundation and combine.  It is so pretty worn this way!  It adds a lovely illumination to the skin which I adore.  My skin can be quite dull at the moment and this works well to counteract that.  My only criticism would be that at times, I find that adding this to my foundation can make my foundation feel a bit more oily and/or tacky to the touch towards the end of the day (particularly around my T-zone).  This may not be an issue for those of you not predisposed to T-zone oil issues.  Saying that – I still love the finish and am happy to touch-up with a little bit of powder if/when require.

DSC02998

The highlighter comes with a pump which is great for hygienic application.  I just pump a small amount onto the back of my hand.

I have very much enjoyed this Mineral Liquid Highlighter.  I had wondered when I purchased this whether or not I would get much use out of it as I tend to preference powder products over creams and liquids, but I have used this SO much and will definitely repurchase it in the future.

In fact, the next time there is a sale, I will happily purchase the other shade in the range called Gold too!

I purchased this highlighter online from the Australis website, and they do ship internationally.  If you live in Australia, you can also buy Australis products at Priceline.

Have a fantastic day!