Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad #04 Honeymoon

This was a difficult purchase purely because of the price point. I purchased the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad #04 Honeymoon in Australia from David Jones for $122 AUD. It can be purchased in the United States online at Sephora for $85 USD. For four shadows it is definitely up there in price……you really are paying for the brand name on this one, but isn’t that applicable to all Tom Ford products really 🤔🙈

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The packaging is a reflective brown and gold which comes with two sponge tip applicator brushes which I have already lost…….given they were Tom Ford I probably should have taken better care of them! There are four shades consisting of a sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte.

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The only shade that was not up to standard was shade number four, the dark matte. For the price I expect the matte to perform like a Viseart shadow (click here for review on latest Viseart Tryst Palette), and it did not. This particular shadow was rather patchy and not the easiest to blend. The other three shadows perform like a dream which is what to be expected of product in this high end price range. They applied well with fingers and intensity was easily built up with MAC fix plus and a shader brush.

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For me this palette is not a stand alone palette. For transition, adding depth to outer corner and blending I had to use shades from another palette, specifically the Guerlain Ecrin 6 Colour palette in #10 Rue Des Francs Bourgeois.

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Even though I found one shade a dud and have to use another palette to complete an eye look, I really love this palette. I love the shade colours and I love working with them. It is Tom Ford so paying a premium is a given. Are there better shadows on the market? Yes. Is it worth the price tag? Probably not. Was it a waste of money? Not for me….Tom Ford makes me happy 😋

Full Disclosure: I used the Nars Eye base primer on my lids before using this palette as it is what I do every time I do my makeup. Links are not affiliate.

Overall I rate this product 7.5/10.

Have you got a Tom Ford product that you can not live without?? let me know in the comments xx

OG Product Review: Chanel Soleil De Chanel

I have decided to start a review series on OG products. Products that are not new to the market but still have people wanting them because they once had a lot of hype. It seemed fitting to start this series with the ever popular Chanel Soleil De Chanel makeup base. The Chanel De Soleil Chanel makeup base can be purchased in Australia from David Jones for $69 AUD or from the United States at Nordstrom for $50 USD.

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There is a lot of product here! a whopping 30 grams to be exact. I have had mine for two years and have not put much of a dent in it (yes I know makeup expires but I keep it unless it separates or smells funky…..and this has not happened to this product yet).

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Do not be scared by the orange appearance of this product. I know it looks a bit scary because the orange appearance of the product was the reason why I procrastinated on buying this for so long! The cream blends out to a beautiful natural bronze glow on my nc20 skin. It looks so natural and does not throw out a hint of orange.

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I find this applies best with my finger (softly dabbing and blending out) or with a stiffer brush like the Real Techniques one shown above (I have no idea the exact name as it has worn off). A dual fiber brush would work well with this product. I often use this as a bronzing cream base before applying a bronzing powder like the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow on top. If you apply to much of this product it can easily be blended out to a natural finish. This really is a fool proof product!

Overall I love this product, it is a staple in my top draw which I would replace without a second thought if it ever ran out. I rate this product 9/10.

I would love to know if your thoughts on this product! xxxx

Nabla Dreamy Eyeshadow Palette Review

I have wanted the Nabla Dreamy Eyeshadow Palette for a while now but it was always out of stock on Beautybay.com (and I was not going to order it direct from Nabla because I didn’t like the shipping charge to Australia). Recently it came back in stock at Beauty Bay for $60.70 AUD with free shipping. BeautyBay post all over the world so if you are having trouble finding this palette head over to their site.

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The palette is made from thick sturdy cardboard and is embossed with yellow gold, rose gold and silver stars…….it is very cute packaging.

The palette has twelve shadows consisting of five mattes, two pearl and four metallics. The pearl shades Immaculate and Vanitas are both duo-chromes. Immaculate is a white duo-chrome and Vanitas is a peach-pink duo-chrome, both have gold reflects.

The mattes in this palette are very soft and extremely pigmented. I only needed to softly dab my brush into the pans to pick up product. They all blended out effortlessly and none were patchy. They remind me of Viseart mattes (click here for a review of the Viseart Tryst palette)

The pearl and metallic shades applied perfectly with my finger and the intensity of the shimmer was strong even without Mac Fix Plus and a brush. The pearl shade Immaculate makes a beautiful inner corner highlight.

The only complaint I have with this palette…..and it is a tiny complaint, is that I had to use my trusty single Bobbi Brown shadow in Wheat as an all over lid shade to set my eye primer as this palette did not have a shade light enough for my nc20 skin. This is really not a big deal to me but worth mentioning.

I really love this palette! The formula is fantastic and it has some unique shades mixed in with the mattes. It does not lean warm or cool toned, making this a very versatile palette.

Full Disclosure: I used the Nars Eye base primer on my lids before using this palette as it is what I do every time I do my makeup. Links are not affiliate.

Overall I rate this product 9/10.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this palette! xx

Quick Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills x Amrezy Highlighter

I purchased this as soon as it was released on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website along with the Soft Glam palette (click for review). I really should have waited until it was released on Beautylish to avoid the ridiculous $17.95 USD shipping fee I had to pay…….ughh the first world problems of a makeup addict. This highlighter can now be purchased from Beautylish for $28 USD.

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The highlighter comes in cute black and rose gold packaging with stars embossed on the front. Inside the product has been poured in the shape of waves which gives it that multi toned appearance.

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The shade of this highlighter is a yellow gold with no visible glitter particles. It is a thin powder which has a beautiful sophisticated golden sheen that seems to sink into the skin. When you dip a brush into the pan there is no powder kick up whatsoever. The highlighter is versatile as it wore well as eyeshadow, eyeshadow topper or inner corner highlight.

Final thoughts are that the yellow gold shade is nothing new or original but the formula is different to other highlighters in my collection. I have heard this is the same formula as an older ABH highlighter, but I don’t have any in my collection to investigate this claim myself. The price at $28 USD is pretty reasonable in my opinion, check out my review on the Tom Ford  Sheer Highlighting Duo for an obscenely priced highlighter!

Overall I rate this product 8/10.

Are you going to grab this highlighter? Let me know in the comments! xxx

Quick Review: Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt

I am a fan of most TomFord makeup……hate the price but love the products! I procrastinated on purchasing the TomFord Reflects Gilt Highlighter for a while but once I saw it in person I bought it straight away……its just so pretty!

I purchased the TomFord Sheer Highlighting Duo Reflects Gilt from David Jones for $123 AUD. It can be purchased from United States Sephora for $80 USD. Even with currency conversion the price mark up in Australia is ridiculous on this product.

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The packaging is the typical gorgeous TomFord white and gold, which looks luxurious yet lacks the weight I would expect of a product in this price range (this is due to the fact the packaging is hard plastic rather than a sturdy metal).

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Inside the compact are two gorgeous highlighters. The top shade is gold (representing the sunrise) and the bottom is a rose gold (representing the sunset). Both shades swatch quite sheer but when applied on the face they give a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. There is nothing sheer about this highlight when applied to the face! Both shades work well on the eyelids and for inner corner highlights.

There is no doubt that this is insanely expensive but its TomFord, and nothing beats TomFord when you want to treat yourself!

Overall I rate this product 8.5/10.

I am going to be writing more TomFord product  reviews in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for those if you are interested in other products from the brand. I would love to know what TomFord products you want or love? xxxx

NARS Narsissist Wanted Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review

The NARS Narsissist Wanted Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette is the NARS take on the warm palette (Naked Heat; Tarte Toasted etc). This can be purchased in Australia from Mecca for $86 AUD (currently out of stock, but keep checking because Mecca will likely restock) or from the United States Sephora for $59 USD.

The palette has twelve shades consisting of five mattes, two sheens and five metallics.

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I am a warm tone girl, and have many warm tone palettes. I think this latest addition to my warm tone palette collection was one too many. I like all the shades but I could immediately identify dupes in my other warm tone palettes. The Urban Decay Naked Heat; Tarte Toasted; and Colourpops Give It To Me Straight and Double Entendre palettes all contain similar shades to the Wanted palette…..the shade Fallen Star was probably the most unique shade in the palette.

The pigment in the mattes and sheens were decent and blended well. The issue I had was with the metallic shades, they were so disappointing. As I do with all metallic shades, I applied these with my finger to achieve best opacity, which unfortunately did not occur. They applied as a light wash of colour with visible glitters and lacked the pigment they appeared to have in the pan. Even applied with MAC Fix Plus I didn’t find they were very intense. In my opinion the metallic shades in Colourpop palettes apply better than these. The pink metallic shade Shooting Star was the biggest disappointment as the glitters looked chunky and applied patchy on the lids. To get any decent use from the Metallics I layered on top of another shadow.

This palette is not a bad palette, it is just nothing special. If you have any of the aforementioned warm toned palettes do not waste your money on this palette…..unless you especially want this for your collection.

If your after a new palette I recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam (click for review) or the Viseart Tryst Palette (click for review). Both these palettes are better quality and are cheaper than the Wanted palette…which is always a good thing!

Overall I rate this palette 6/10.

Disclosure: I used the NARS eyeshadow base when testing this palette as this is what I always do. Links are not affiliate links.

I would love to hear comments about this palettes. I had heard such good reviews on it but it really did not impress me! xxxx

Quick Review: NARS Reve Sale Cheek Palette Limited Edition

The NARS Bord De Plague face palette was my favourite face palette purchase from 2017 because I loved the new formula used in the powders. When I saw that the same formula was used in the new limited edition NARS Reve Sale Cheek Palette, I grabbed it straight away. I purchased the palette from Mecca for $71 AUD. I could not find where it was available in the United States but it is slated for a spring release…….is it really possible we actually got an earlier release date for a product than the U.S??? I’m finding that hard to believe!

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The palette has solid packaging with a pretty rose gold embossed print on the front. It is a perfect travel sized highlight palette.

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The palette contains three highlighters, simply named I; II; and III. The shades are; pale apricot; soft rose shade; and a tan rose gold. They blend well on the skin and add a soft subtle sheen. On my NC20 skin the middle and last shades work well as blushes. All three shades were great layered on top of eye shadow or as inner corner highlight. I always try and test products for multiple uses. They provide a soft highlight to the cheeks which can be intensified if applied wet….this is too much shimmer for me but those who love the blinding highlight will love this!

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You can see the similarities between my beloved Bord De Plage and the Reve Sale palettes. It can be seen that the shades in the Reve Sale palette can be matched pretty closely within some of the shades in the Bord De Plage. These similarities make me think I really did not need the Reve Sale, so if you already have the Bord De Plague perhaps save your money. It is easier to travel with though, so if you love the formula and travel a lot you will probably get your moneys worth.

My final thoughts on this is that the formula is A+ and if you do not have the Bord De Plage in your collection you will be very happy with this purchase. If you have Bord De Plage maybe hold off on purchasing this until you determine if you will get much use from it.

Overall I rate this palette 7.5/10.

I would love to here your thoughts on this palette and/or the formula? xxx