Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette | Review & Swatches


Image

Image

Image

Makeup Revolution’s Romantic Smoked Palette contains 6 shimmer shadows and 6 mattes, all of which fit into a kind of purple-brown-khaki theme. This is the palette from Makeup Revolutions line that I was the most excited about- the shades are completely different from any other eyeshadow palette I own (more on that later), and I think the quality and pigmentation of these shadows is even better than in the other Makeup Revolution Palette’s I’ve tried- Iconic 3 and Essential Mattes.

Image

 The shimmer shades

Image

 The matte shades

Image

Isn’t the colour scheme pretty? I love Shade 6 (shimmery, khaki green) and both of the purples, and I’m really happy that this palette actually contains a couple of matte blending shades. As far as pigmentation goes, these shadows are definitely better than those in the Matte palette, and they’re possibly a little better than in Iconic 3, too. The shimmer shades are really lovely- a few are slightly gritty, but nothing too difficult to work with, and the matte shades are, though slightly chalky, very easy to apply and blend.

This eyeshadow palette is £4 from Superdrug and from the Makeup Revolution website, and seriously, I love it a lot- I’ve never come across anything like it (though I think I did mention a while ago that I’d love a Naked palette with green, gold and purple tones, kind similar to this) and I’m having a pretty hard time coming up with any dupes. It reminds me a teeny bit of the Laura Mercier palette from this year:

Image

See? There are no completely matching shades, but they have the same neutral-cool toned shades with lots of purple and brown. Still, I think that if you missed the Laura Mercier palette (which is incredible, by the way), Makeup Revolutions Romantic Smoked Palette is definitely worth taking a look at.

What do you think? Have you tried this one, or any of the others?

Advertisements

Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches


Look at this lovely pastel fabulous-ness! Barry M’s Silk Nail Polishes are probably the prettiest collection they’ve released and I am completely obsessed.

Image

Image

Image

Meadow, Mist, Heather, Blossom, Pearl, Truffle £3.99– such cute names!

DSCF3854

Image

Meadow is pale green which is opaque in three coats. This colour is lovely in the bottle, but on my nails it’s my last favourite purely because pale green isn’t that great against my super pale skin.

Mist is a really beautiful light blue, which is fully opaque in three coats but personally I prefer the look of two. One of my favourites in this collection, but I will honestly fall in love with any blue nail polish.

Heather is another favourite- pale purple, with the same opacity as Mist. I love this colour but I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for it, I always forget about purples, for some reason.

Image

Blossom is absolutely beautiful. It’s baby pink and opaque in three coats (again, I prefer the look of two) which I really love on my skin tone.

Pearl is the best name, really, because that’s exactly what this nail polish is. It’s pure white, and opaque in three coats. Not my favourite, but probably lovely if you’re tanned.

Truffle really surprised me and is my absolute favourite of the collection. The colour’s a really difficult one to describe, because in some lights it’s a silvery greige, and in others it’s a golden champagne colour. Opaque in two or three coats.

Image

Truffle

Image

Image

Image

Image

How would you describe this colour? In these photos it looks almost like a pale brown (Truffle is actually a very good name) but it’s definitely got more of a duo-chrome to it in real life.

Image

Image

Image

*Sorry about my disgusting nails, particularly my index finger. Do your nails ever do that thing were they kind of peel off?! It sounds so disgusting, but mine do that all the time, which is strange because they’re actually pretty healthy.*

From left to right: Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow.

I’m not sure if you can tell in these photos, but the finish of these nail polishes is absolutely beautiful. They’re frosty, pearly and almost matte. They’re quite sheer, too, and you can see in some of my photos (particularly with Truffle, which I only used two coats for) that you can still see the line on my nails. I actually really like that with these polishes, they kind of give a soft, barely-there effect on your nails (the nail equivalent of tinted lip balms?) which just looks really neat and polished. They also dry really quickly, so you can do two very thin coats of any of these colours and be out the door in under ten minutes.

These last two or three days on me without chipping, but I’m not sure that’s the best test because I do a lot of typing and I’m the worst offender for using my nails as tools. They could possibly last longer with a topcoat, but obviously that would ruin the pretty effect. I don’t think even a matte top coat would work, because these are kind of a satin finish. Petition to change the names of these to Satin, instead of Silk? Silk isn’t really the first thing I think of when I see them, but how pretty is the packaging?!

Will you be trying any of these? They’re buy one get one half price at Superdrug at the moment, and I think they’re such a great take on the pastel-nails-for-Spring trend.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Review & Swatches


Just give me a minute to compose myself.

This palette is honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve bought this year. I mean, it’s only March, but holy crap, this is literally a combination of two of my favourite things (eyeshadow palettes and chocolate, how empty does my life sound?) and just look how stunning it is.

Image

Image

Even the box that this palette comes in is ridiculously beautiful.

Image

The back of the box shows little pictures and the names of the eyeshadow shades- I love it when they do that.

Image

Image

The palette (which looks like a chocolate bar, obviously, but more on that in a minute) comes packaged in the lovely pink box and with a little eyeshadow-inspiration booklet. It’s actually quite helpful, I’m not sure I’d follow it word for word but their colour combination suggestions are lovely.

Image

 What do you think? I’m particularly in love with the ‘Haute Chocolate’ look, with the tulip effect and everything. Might have to try that one out at some point.

 Image

Image

Best. Packaging. Ever. It has a metallic clasp and it’s made of tin, so it feels pretty sturdy but I’m not sure it’s the kind of palette I’d want to throw in my handbag. I’m a little worried about getting scratches on it to be honest, it’s not the most durable material. But hey, it looks like a chocolate bar, so I can deal with wanting to wrap it in bubble wrap every time I put it in my makeup cabinet.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

The colours are so beautiful, don’t you think? And the names, argh! So perfect! And have I mentioned that these eyeshadows are made from ‘antioxidant rich cocoa powder’, so the whole palette smells like chocolate?

Image

Image

Gilded Ganache- Shimmer. Dark khaki toned (pan only, swatches less green) brown with gold shimmer.

White Chocolate- Matte. Muted, creamy pale yellow.

Milk Chocolate- Matte. Medium neutral brown.

Black Forest Truffle- Shimmer. Dark brown with purple/ red tones and gold shimmer.

Triple Fudge- Matte. Dark neutral brown.

Salted Caramel- Matte. Peachy, orange-brown.

Marzipan- Shimmer. Pale, peachy gold.

Semi-Sweet- Matte. Medium brown with red tones.

Strawberry Bon Bon- Matte. Pale bubblegum pink.

Candied Violet- Shimmer. Lavender with pink shimmer.

Amaretto- Shimmer. Medium burgundy with fine gold shimmer.

Hazelnut- Shimmer. Medium cool brown with fine gold shimmer.

Creme Brûlée- Shimmer. Medium Gold. *My apologies for the pretentious autocorrect on ‘Brûlée’. Brûlée. Brûlée. GOD.

Haute Chocolate- Shimmer. Cool dark brown with fine gold shimmer.

Cherry Cordial- Matte. Burgundy.

Champagne Truffle- Shimmer. Palest pale pink ever, closer to off white.

 I think that most of these eyeshadows are pretty damn close to perfect. There are a few (Triple Fudge, Candied Violet and Cherry Cordial) which were a little bit dry and powdery and could be a lot better quality, but apart from that I love the pigmentation, the lasting-power and how wonderfully blend able these shadows are. I also wish that Gilded Ganache and White Chocolate would swap places in the palette so that the bigger highlight shades (so clever!) would be at either corner. But that is just me being a little bit OCD about it.

Another thing I love about this palette is that most of the shades are pretty much impossible to dupe (not including possible MAC dupes). I’ve actually got a page long list of notes in front of me with the closest colour comparisons I can think of, but to be honest I don’t think any of them are close enough for me to even bother typing. Let me know in the comments if you want to know what eyeshadows are similar!

You can buy the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette at Beauty Bay for £40.50 and at Debenhams for £39.50, both reduced from £45. I have to be honest, I think this the only time I have every seriously considered buying a ‘spare’ eyeshadow palette. This is my new ultimate favourite- it’s not to warm toned or too cool toned, there are a couple of lovely transitional matte shades, some wearable colours, some neutrals, beautiful highlight shades, it smells like chocolate… It’s stunning, and I’m a little bit obsessed.

Have you tried this, or are you planning on trying it?

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette Review

Urban Decay Ammo 2 Palette | Review & Swatches


It’s back in stock! I was going to write this post forever ago (Christmas was forever ago, yes?) but I couldn’t find a link to anywhere you could buy it. ‘It’ being Urban Decay’s Ammo 2 Palette, which is now available at Beautybay.com, House Of Fraser and Feelunique.com for £24.

Image

Image

Image

I’m beginning to really really hate photographing shiny packaging.

Image

Image

Image

This palette contains ten 0.8g eyeshadows, all of which are shimmery. It contains a short handled, synthetic applicator brush (similar in shape to Naked’s brush) which is great for pushing shimmery shadows onto the lid. The eye shadows are great quality (of course), long lasting and have lovely pigmentation.

Image

Smog- dark bronze (seen in the Naked palette). Incredible pigmentation with this one, the swatch above is one swipe.

Mildew- medium mossy green, good colour payoff. This colour would look stunning against medium skin tones and dark eyes.

Oil Slick- black with silver sparkle. Not Urban Decay’s best or worst black- the pigmentation is good but you do get a little fall out. 

Last Call- plummy cranberry shade- my absolute favourite in this palette! I have a serious weakness for purple toned eyeshadows and this one is utterly lovely.

Chopper- dark coppery peach (seen in the Naked 2 palette). Great colour payoff.

Maui Wowie- light champagne gold. Not the best pigmentation and it does have a slight fall out, but it’s still easy to use and blendable.

Shattered- pale blue (the colour can be built to medium blue). Amazing pigmentation and formula.

Polyester Bride- stark white. Very similar quality as Maui Wowie.

Grifter- lilac with pale blue shimmer. Great quality and lovely colour pay off.

Sin- pale baby pink (seen in the Naked palette). Good quality and nice colour payoff.

I’m so in love with these colours! It’s not often that Urban Decay release a colourful palette in which all of the shades are actually wearable, but that’s what this is. There are actually four neutral shades in this one (not including Polyester Bride, that colour’s not the easiest to wear), but three have them have already been seen in the Naked palettes. I did notice that they looked slightly different in the pans, though, so I swatched them against the originals-

Image

The shades are quite intensely different in the different palettes. I’m not complaining, because that means that I don’t have two of the same eye shadows to get through, but it is something to bear in mind.

Image

Look how little it is! Ammo 2 is definitely travel size, but there’s no way you could travel with this palette alone. There are no matte transitional shades or even a brow bone highlighter- which led me to thinking about the Naked Basics palette (review). Basics is completely matte (apart from the satin ‘Venus’ shade but shush) with a couple of really great browns, a highlight and a liner shade. It’s travel sized, too, so I’ve pretty much decided that these palettes were created to be together.

Image

Image

Look how pretty! That little primer comes with the Ammo palette, by the way. Forgot to mention that.

I think that if you’re searching for a couple of good travel palettes that you can use for everyday-to-evening looks, these are definitely worth taking a look at. Actually, if you’re just getting into makeup and you don’t have many eyeshadows, then you could buy these two little palettes (£24 for Ammo 2, £20 for Basics), which are beautiful and incredible quality, and you’d pretty much be set (for now).

Thanks for reading this far! I didn’t mean for this post to be quite so long, but I hope this was useful! By the way, who’s super exited for the new ‘Electric’ palette?! It looks beautiful, but I really don’t know if I can justify buying it. Thoughts?

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick | Lip Crayons Part 4


Image

‘Bashful’

‘Fuchsia-ristic’

‘Nudist’

‘Raplumzel’

 ‘Plum Jam’

Image

The Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks and super shiny, feel like gloss and colour wise, are quite sheer. The smell deliciously vanilla-ry (very similar to MAC Lipsticks), and will stick around (literally, they can be a teensy bit sticky) on your lips for a good few hours. These five are the only shades available, but they’re all so gorgeous. They’re the kind of neutral toned colours that will look great against all skin tones, and are sheer enough for everyday wear. Actually, each time I applied one of these for the swatches, I was actually thinking “Wow, this is nice. I should wear these more often” with every colour. They all go really well with pretty much any makeup look, too- they’re so incredibly versatile that I actually dare you to not fall in love with them. The Gloss Sticks cost £8 each, but are pretty much always on 3-for-2 at Boots.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

Rimmel Colour Rush & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2

Bourjois Colour Boost & MUA Power Pout | Lip Crayons Part 3

Comparison | Lip Crayons Part 5

Bourjois Colour Boost & MUA Power Pout | Lip Crayons Part 3


Image

Bourjois Colour Boost ‘Red Sunrise’

Bourjois Colour Boost ‘Fuchsia Libre’

MUA Power Pout ‘Justify’

MUA Power Pout ‘Crazy In Love’

Image

The Bourjois Colour Rush Balms are shiny, long-wearing, easy to apply and easy to remove. They’re unscented, and the colours are intense and bright. I really want to get my hands on the other shades (Peach on the Beach and Orange Punch) which are £7.99 each.

The MUA Power Pouts are intensely glossy with a sheer, slightly buildable colour payoff. The lip swatches are quite different to the colour in the bullet, and this might be because of my natural lip colour but they both lean much more pink when I wear them. There are six shades available for only £3 each, so I think these ones are definitely worth a try.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

Rimmel Colour Rush & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick | Lip Crayons Part 4

Comparison | Lip Crayons Part 5

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1


Image

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense £17, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick £8, Rimmel Colour Rush Balms £5.99, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain £7.99, Bourjois Colour Boost Crayons £7.99

Image

Grandest Grape, Heftiest Hibiscus, Mightiest Maraschino

Image

The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Crayons are amazingly pigmented, shiny, long-wearing and moisturising. There are eight shades available (£17 each) in this range, but there are sixteen original Chubby Sticks which are sheerer and don’t last as long but are still very shiny and moisturising.

Have you tried these? What are you favourite shades?

Rimmel Colour Rush Balms & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2

Bourjois Colour Boost & MUA Power Pout | Lip Crayons Part 3

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick | Lip Crayons Part 4

Comparison | Lip Crayons Part 5

Bourjois Little Round Pot | Intense & Light


I’ve wanted to try these forever, and they’re 3 for 2 at the moment at Superdrug so I went a little bit insane. To be fair, I couldn’t find any collection-type swatch-reviews anywhere and I couldn’t compare the colours, so I just bought all of the ones that were in stock.

I’ve been in love with Bourjois and the little-round-pots since I bought a few of their blushers almost a year ago. The packaging is just the cutest thing! It’s really not the most practical but they’re so lovely and they look gorgeous in my make-up drawer. So, anyway, I wanted to try the little round pots for eyes but the original ones never really appealed to me. They didn’t seem insanely pigmented so they always kind of fell to the back of my wishlist. The ‘Intense’ and ‘Light’ versions, however, looked awesome.

Image

Image

Image

Image

The packaging for these little round pots is slightly thinner than the originals- probably because they don’t contain an annoying applicator. They aren’t as scented as the blushes (which I actually love the smell of) either, but there is a very faint, floral note to them- nothing offensive or overpowering.

These eye shadows last for at least seven hours without using a primer before they start to fade. They’re lovely to apply and blend and the pigmentation is genuinely amazing. My only slight problem with them is the fall out- particularly with the darker colours. You definitely have to use these before you do your foundation or concealer because they just get everywhere. I do find them some of them (the lighter shades) are just a little bit too shimmery, but they’re so pretty that I can put up with that.

Image

The pigmentation is insane, I barely swatched these and that’s bloody amazing.

Image

Extreme close up, just so you can compare that to the swatches.

Image

01 Light

Image

02 Light

Image

01

Image

02

Image

11

Image

06

Image

05

Image

07

Image

10

What do you think of these? I’m really loving 11 and 01, and I really like the 02 Light as a highlight. They’re so pretty! There are a few more shades I want to try, there’s a purple one and another Light shade which I think will finish off my little collection.

X

Revlon Lip Butters Review+Swatches!:)


 I have been so psyched about writing this post for so long! They’re another product which everyone has already reviewed, but I love them so much, so now I’ve collected all the shades I wanted I can write about them. So yay! I have 16 shades- they’re mostly the brighter, more pigmented shades because I’m not a huge fan of all of the pale baby pinks they have. I’ve done swatches for all of them- except Invite Only and Provocative which I talked about the other day in my last post. Here are all the pictures, and then I’ll do a little review of them:D

 Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

By the way- I know these swatches aren’t amazing but that’s just my rubbish lighting and photography. You can also wear these a lot more opaque/ less opaque, this is just how I like the colours:D

For those of you how don’t know, the Revlon Lip Butters are pretty much 50/50 lip balm and lip stick. They’re like the tinted moisturiser of the lipstick-world. They’re all very nicely pigmented- a lot of people have said that some shades are more pigmented than the others but I actually just think some colours show up better because of the shade. They glide on really nicely and evenly and you don’t even need a mirror to apply most of them. Some of the newer formulas are a little less buttery than the originals I think, but they all feel the same on the lips. One or two shades are ever so slightly gritty feeling, purely because they have a little bit of glittery shimmery stuff in them, but it’s nothing unbearable. These lip butters aren’t particularly moisturising or drying- my lips will pretty much feel the same before and after wearing them. The one thing about these butters that isn’t absolutely amazing is how long they last. Obviously they don’t last as long as a lipstick, because they are very shiny and will move around on the lips a little, but they last a good hour or so and are really easy to re-apply. You don’t need a lot of product to get an almost opaque colour, either. Some of the darker, more intense shades will fade to an almost-matte stain on the lips, which is really cool. Most of the colours are pretty true to how they look in the bullet as well, apart from Berry Smoothie. That one is kind of a shock. So basically- loads of cute colours, cute names, great product, stunning packaging- you can’t go wrong.

Image

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 13.26.48

*second picture, purely for the better lighting*

Most Wearable- Macaroon, Berry Smoothie, Peach Parfait, Sugar Plum.

Intense Colour- Wild Watermelon, Candy Apple, Red Velvet, Lollipop, Sorbet, Raspberry Pie, Tutti Frutti.

Everyone Should Try- Wild Watermelon, Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie.

My Favourites- Wild Watermelon, Peach Parfait, Macaroon, Tutti Frutti, Sweet Tart, Juicy Papaya

Pink Truffle- warm, pink-toned brown

Peach Parfait- pale and peachy

Macaroon- slightly peachy medium pink

Berry Smoothie- purple, but applies as a natural pink

Sugar Plum- pale, pink-y purple

Red Velvet- deep red-y purple

Juicy Papaya- peachy pale orange

Candy Apple- orange toned dark red

Tutti Frutti- bright, medium orange

Wild Watermelon- slightly blue red

Lollipop- dark fuchsia plum

Sorbet- bright, medium pink

Raspberry Pie- very dark purple-y pink

Sweet Tart- bright, light pink

I haven’t done any swatches for Invite Only or Provacative (new limited edition lip butters) but if you’d like to have a look at those, have a look at my last post:)

Which shades do you like the look of? Are there any here that you have or that you’re going to buy? And are there maybe one or two more colours I should get…? What’s Strawberry Shortcake like? It looks pretty but I was thinking it might be too light for me. I also really want Cherry Tart, but for some reason that’s the only shade they don’t sell in the UK, annoyingly. I love these lip butters so much, they actually take up like half of my lipstick drawer now!:D

Thanks for reading this far:), hope you liked this post!

x

%d bloggers like this: