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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

Makeup Academy: Baked Trio Eyeshadows

I very much enjoy these bake eyeshadow trios from Makeup Academy. Unlike other baked eyeshadows I have had in the past these are soft to the touch, not too dry and very pigmented.

I enjoy these shadows used dry but if you spritz a little makeup fixing spray on your brush, the colours really do pop in all their shimmery goodness. I own two palettes from the range: Pink Sorbet and Innocence.

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Makeup Academy Trio Eyeshadows: Pink Sorbet

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Pink Sorbet – Swatches

Pink Sorbet offers a range of soft, feminine pinks and I loved this palette during the spring and summer where these kinds of pastel colours are particularly pretty.

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Makeup Academy Trio Eyeshadows: Innocence

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Innocence – Swatches

At first glance, Innocence, is a neutral palette but the colours are actually quite dynamic offering a taupe, champagne and a red-toned brown, duo-chrome with a blue shift.  I particularly like these colours with a soft brown matte (from another palette) in the crease.  These three colours can offer something quite daytime appropriate up to a much more dramatic and smokey look.  Stunning.

If you are lucky enough to have access to the MUA UK website you can purchase these for GPB2.50 online.  Unfortunately we don’t have access to that website anymore in Australia.  MUA sold distribution rights in Australia to Crush Cosmetics and to be honest their range is limited and the prices are very marked up!  As such, I no longer purchase MUA products 😦

So in review: MUA Baked Trio Eyeshadows = good.  MUA closing its online store to Australian buyers = BAD.

Have a fantastic day!