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Comparing ‘Naked’ dupe eyeshadow palettes: MUA vs Makeup Revolution

The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette is a cult favourite and for good reason.  It offers a nice ranged of colours with a combination of matte and shimmer formulas.  I don’t own the Urban Decay original ‘Naked’ palette so I can’t comment on the quality of the Urban Decay formula but it has been successful enough that HEAPS of rival companies have duped them.  Today I’m going to be comparing two such affordable dupes from the companies MUA (Makeup Academy) and Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty).  The two companies offer similar dupe palettes for the same budge price of 4GPB (approximately AU$8) – but which one is better for the price?

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MUA – undressed palette

I originally purchased the ‘Undressed’ palette from MUA as it was a firm favourite with good reviews.  It comes in basic plastic packaging with a clear front window and contains 9.6grams of product presented in round pans.  The shades are named and these are provided on the back of the palette (for what that is worth to the average consumer).

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Undressed swatches – top row

I don’t love the formula of these shadows.  The first ingredient in these shadows is talc, followed by Mica.  They are really dusty and kick up heaps of product when you dip your brush in – particularly the mattes.

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Undressed swatches – bottom row

These blend ok but if you over work them they blend away to nothing.  The shimmers are quite dry and I find they perform infinitely better with some fixing spray.  I won’t say they totally lack pigment but they aren’t fantastic.  I really wasn’t that impressed with this palette.

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Makeup Revolution – Redemption Palette: Iconic 1

When Makeup Revolution released their ‘Naked’ dupe, the ‘Redemption Palette – Iconic 1’ I was tempted to give it a go because the MUA version had been underwhelming.

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Iconic 1 swatches – first 6 shades

The ‘Iconic 1’ is a slightly larger palette with similar basic plastic packaging and a clear front window.  The pans are rectangular (and a little narrow to be honest!), but you get quite a bit more product for your money with a total of 14grams of eyeshadow.  The first ingredient in these shadows is Mica followed by talc.  These shadows will also kick up when you dip your brush in but they are nowhere near as dry and dusty as the MUA version.  Overall I find them to be creamier and more pigmented in comparison and much easier to work with.  They are better quality shadows by far in my opinion. The Makeup Revolution shadows also last longer on my eyes which is great.

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Iconic 1 swatches – final 6 shades

Both of these palettes are budget products so, to be fair, you aren’t really investing much to try either of them BUT I would argue that the ‘Iconic 1’ palette from Makeup Revolution is not only better value in terms of quantity of eyeshadow, but in my opinion it is also much better quality.

Have a wonderful day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: U R The Best Thing.

So we are finally, (many months later than expected!) finishing the series of I Heart Makeup ‘Theme Palettes’ and I think we are ending with the best of it!

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The formula of these shadows is in keeping with the range and for more details on the formula I encourage you to read my range overview here. This post, however, is a dedicated swatchfest for the ‘U R the Best Thing’ palette.

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Row 1 swatches: mattes

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Row 2 swatches: mattes

The matte selection in this palette is super practical with a tone range from cream highlight through to a very pigmented black.

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Row three swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

I love the taupe shades on offer in the third row. SO pretty on the eye.

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Row 3 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

The final pink shade in the row 3 shimmers is really flakey and is difficult to work with, it is really a dud shade.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – first 6 shades

The first six shades of the 4th row are very reminiscent of the Naked 3 palette – pink tones and very pretty.

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Row 4 swatches: shimmers – last 5 shades

Overall, I think the colour selection in this palette is super practical and very everyday wearable. Of the three ‘Theme Palettes’ from this range this is the one I have gotten the most use out of. Admittedly these are mainly cooler tones but I think this is a very pretty shade selection and extremely travel friendly.

So that brings this series to a close.  Apologies that I have been MIA but I hope you have enjoyed the swatchfest and I look forward to posting more frequently.

Have a wonderful day!

I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

Here is the next swatch-fest post for the Theme palette range from I Heart Makeup, and this time we are looking at the ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette.  For a more general review of the Theme Palette range including the eyeshadow formula and packaging, see my blog post here.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous – Outer Packaging. Photo credit to the TAMBeauty website

The ‘You’re Gorgeous’ palette is quite a cool-toned palette with lots of lovely taupe shades.  This is certainly more of a neutral palette and great for everyday wear.

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I Heart Makeup Theme Palette: You’re Gorgeous

The colour selection of matte shades in this palette are super practical with a nice range of crease shades and darker more dramatic shades as well as some interesting plum tones.

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swatches: row 1 – mattes

I like the fact that these mattes allow for a very neutral, everyday look as well as facilitating a more dramatic smokey eye.

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swatches: row 2 – mattes

The shimmer shades are much more consistent quality in this palette when compared to the ‘Fast Love’ palette.  They are generally smooth and pigmented with none of the chunky, patchy, flakiness that was evident in a couple of the shades in the ‘Fast Love’ version.

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swatches: row three – first six shades

The peachy shimmer shade above, (swatch 2) lacks pigmentation but you can build it up if you foil it with a fixing spray.

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swatches: row three – last five shades.

Row three of the shimmers really is beautiful.  You have some bright, lighter shades, a pinky-taupe, a copper and all the chocolatey browns you could need.  Perhaps a criticism would be that there are quite a few similarities among the browns here, but they are pretty.

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swatches: row 4 – first six shades

While row three feel really cohesive to me, row four has a few more interesting colours – not really “pops” of colour, but there is certainly more variety on offer here.

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swatches: row 4 – last five shades

The last two shades in the palette (swatch 4 and 5 above) are certainly the weakest shades in my opinion.  The black and blue both contain silver glitter, which is not my jam to start with, but I find the matte base of these shadows to be quite dry and chalky.  The blue, in particular, is patchy and hard to blend.  I would recommend going in with a little at a time and building the colour slowly as it is pigmented and will stain the eyelid a bit.  Also – who decided that this blue fitted with the rest of the colours in this palette when it was being curated.  Random??

The black glitter shade isn’t as bad, but the glitter falls out as you blend so I think the matte black in row two is a better option and if you want glitter, add it separately afterwards.

Overall, I like this palette.  Lots of neutrals and the quality really is pretty good.

Have a great day 🙂

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: Theme Palettes

There are three palettes in the I Heart Makeup – Theme Palette range.  I am going to conduct a swatch-fest of all three in detail over the next couple of weeks because they have not really received much love online despite being in the TAM beauty range for a long time.  This post will be an overall review of the range and the shadow formula.

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The palette packaging is identical across the range of theme palettes: a shiny black plastic that is quite sturdy and bright pink lettering that is reflective.  Simple but classy.  The cardboard packaging that it comes in isn’t quite as classy, but the whole I Heart Makeup range is more aimed at a younger audience so it certainly fits with that aesthetic.

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U R The Best Thing Palette

These palettes contain 10 matte shadows and 22 shimmer/satin/glitter shades all contained in quite a compact palette with a huge mirror included.  The matte shadows are larger than the shimmer shades which I appreciate for two reasons.  You don’t really need as broad of a selection of colours of mattes in my opinion and also, you are going to likely use a bigger, fluffier brush in the matte pans and the larger size accommodates this well.

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Fast Love Palette

In terms of the formula the matte shades are very soft and finely milled to the touch but they do kick up a lot of product when you dip into them and you really do need to tap off your brush.  They blend really well though.

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You’re Gorgeous

The shimmer pans are small so depending on your brush size this may ban an issue but an E.L.F. flat shader brush fits in just fine.  The shimmer formula in particular is quite thick and almost wet feeling and this mineral oil content does make them a little tricky to pick up with the brush at times but they apply really well when foiled with a fixing spray or when patted onto the lid with your finger.

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Swatches: a selection of shimmer shades from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

The shades wear quite well.  I find that the shimmery shades do fade a bit throughout the day.  I have combatted this by using a cream shadow (e.g. a ColourPop Super Shock Shadow) as a base and then these will wear all day on my lids.

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Swatches: a selection of mattes from the ‘Fast Love’ palette

These palettes retail for about AU$15 which is an amazing price for this palette.   Overall, if you are looking for a really practical palette with a good range of shades including a pop of colour, then I think this is a great purchase.  This would be a particularly useful palette for a makeup beginner or someone looking to build their eyeshadow collection.

Enjoy the swatch-fest to come!  Have a great day 🙂

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 – 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: 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.

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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.

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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!

I Heart Makeup – Makeup Revolution: Chocolate and Peaches

Mmmmmm chocolate.

Honestly, I just immediately crave chocolate every time I look at these palettes!

But that is not the point of this blog.  Today I am going to review and swatch the Chocolate and Peaches eyeshadow palette from I Heart Makeup – Makeup Revolution.  Straight off the bat lets get the fact that this palette is a dupe for the Too Faced sweet peach palette out of the way.

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Sweet Peach Palette – Image credit – Too Faced Website

I don’t own the Sweet Peach palette to do comparative swatches for you but if you search on Youtube you can find PLENTY of comparisons.  One major difference between the two palettes is that Chocolate and Peaches has two less shades than the original; a brown shimmer and purple shimmer are absent.

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Chocolate and Peaches Palette

The packaging on this is a sturdy plastic with a huge, quality mirror and a sponge applicator.  The outside melting chocolate is super cute and I find myself purchasing these chocolate palettes like a child collecting Pokemon cards… I just want to collect them all!

The quality of the shadows is really lovely and in line with the quality of all the chocolate palettes that come before it.

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swatches of left side of palette: delicious, fruit, sweet, candy, rich, lush, fine and lucious

When you look at the left side of the palette on its own you can see that this really is a warm, neutrals palette at its core.  The brighter, peach shades distract from the fact that there are a lot of warm browns going on here.  The weakest shade on this side of the palette is sweet which is a bit flakey and lacks in pigmentation.

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swatches of right side of the palette: soft, chic, delight, peach, taste, nice, keen and satisfy

The right side of the palette is more of a mixed bag when it comes to shades – more cool tones and a bit more smokey.  I was hoping that Choc would be a bit more green toned but actually it is more of a taupe colour and you do need to build this one on the eye.  Peach also needs to be built up if you want it to pop on the eyelid.  I use it with a peachy cream base from ColourPop called Shark Attack and it works really well.  Nice is a black matte with maroon micro-glitter and to be honest, it is the only shadow in the palette that I haven’t used on my eyes – I just don’t really dig this kind of glitter shade, but everything else in the palette is very wearable.

Overall, I think this is a nice palette.  It has a good range of crease/transition matte shades and a lovely selection of shimmery lid shades.  It has a couple of peachy shades which are novel and nice for spring, but mainly this is a warm, neutral palette and I have enjoyed it for everyday wear.  I wear these with a primer to help longevity and prevent, the shimmer shades from fading and becoming muddy through the day.  Saying that, I find the quality of these to be very good.

If you are looking to try this one for yourself, you can find it on TAM beauty for around AU$13.  A word of warning though.  These chocolate palettes are a bit addictive.  If you want to see my reviews of the other chocolate palettes from this range you can find them under the ‘chocolate palettes’ tab in my categories section on the right 🙂

Have a great 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 🙂