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

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette Review

I did not even attempt to wait for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam palette to be released in Australia or on my trusty Beautylish, I ordered it and the Amrezy Highlighter directly from the ABH website the day it was released, happily accepting the ridiculous $17 USD shipping fee to Australia. The Soft Glam palette can be purchased directly from Anastasia Beverly Hills  for $42 USD plus shipping.

I’m sure there are already a tonne of reviews on this palette so I will try and keep this short and sweet. The palette has the same velvet like covering as Modern Renaissance, which is a pale mustard colour…..it’s not the nicest colour I have ever seen.

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The palette contains fourteen shades consisting of nine mattes and five shimmers, two of which are glitters. Three shades; Tempera; Burnt Orange; and Cyprus Umber are repeats from the Modern Renaissance palette.

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Full disclosure, I applied the Nars Eye base primer before using these shadow as it is what I do every time I do my makeup. These shadows have great pigment and I had no trouble blending them out. The black shade, Noir, is not the blackest shade I have ever used but I don’t suit dark eye looks so this does not bother me. Like the Modern Renaissance palette, you only need to dip into the mattes softly otherwise they will kick up  powder. The shimmer shades applied well with a finger, and intensity could be increased with MAC fix plus sprayed on a brush before you dip in. The two glitter shimmer shades applied well with the above methods mentioned but did have a little fallout, which could probably be remedied with some glitter glue (I did not have any on hand to test this).

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I love the shade selection in this palette, especially the shimmer shades.  I did not mind the repeated shades from Modern Renaissance as this palette is still different enough for me to justify owning both. To be honest I prefer the shades in the Soft Glam palette to Modern Renaissance but this is personal preference. The quality is the same as Modern Renaissance for those of you who are worried Soft Glam may be a Subculture repeat.

Overall I rate this palette a 8.5/10

I would love to hear your thoughts on this palette 💕xxxxx

Quick Review: Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee 01 Heat Wave

As I missed out on it last time, I was so excited to see that Estee Lauder had re-released the Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee. I purchased this directly from the Australian Estee Lauder site for $70 plus $5 for shipping as it was not available yet at any other retailers. It can be purchased in the United States at Sephora for $45 USD. The 2018 version differs to the previous release with a different pattern poured within the compact. Both versions are equally beautiful.

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The compact itself looks stunning but I was disappointed to find out it is made of a hard plastic rather than metal, this takes away from the lux feel of the product.

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The product itself was a beautiful gold highlight which had fine glitters within it to give a soft sheen. The glitters blend away so there is not a noticeable glitter field left on the skin. I found it difficult to apply with a brush so I used my fingers. It looked nice on the skin and also wore well as eye shadow. I am confused by the claim this is an all over bronzer?? On my nc20 skin this is a straight up highlighter.

Overall I rate this product a 7/10.

Let me know if you plan on getting this highlighter? xxx

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette Review

I was super excited to get my hands on this one! I purchased the Viseart Tryst Eye Shadow Palette from Beautylish for $49 USD. I can not recommend Beautylish enough, I order from them all the time because I can get products at better than Aussie prices, quicker than Aussie release dates and fast deliver which is free on orders over $50 USD to Australia.

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The Viseart Tryst palette comes in a sturdy plastic palette with a soft rose gold metal face. It looks and feels expensive. Inside there are nine shadows consisting of three mattes and six shimmers.

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Typical of Viseart shadows, the quality is amazing. The mattes have great pigment and blend easily. You really do not need to dig your brush into the mattes, just a little dab and you will have the pigment you need.  The shimmers applied beautifully with a finger and looked gorgeous on the lids. These colour are right up my alley so I was happy to see they performed just as well as they looked. The shadows lasted all day and were easy to work with….. I really could not ask for more.

Overall I rate this palette 9/10.

Let me know your thoughts on Viseart as a brand overall? because I am impressed! xxxxx

Quick Review: Tarte Chrome Paint

My first quick review is on the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Top Yacht. I purchased this at Australian Sephora for $30 AUD, and it can be purchased at the United States Sephora for $22 USD (although the shade Top Yacht was not available online).

This product is the most opaque metallic cream shadow I have come across. Tom Ford are my favourite cream shadows as they are opaque, blend well, do not crease and add a sophisticated shimmer to the lids. The Tarte Chrome Paints differ to the Tom Ford cream shadows in that they are true metallic shades. There is nothing subtle about this product.

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It applied very easily with my finger and wore well throughout the day…… although apart from testing purposes this is far to metallic for me to wear in the day. If you want a true metallic shade then the chrome pots are what you need!

Overall I rate this product a 8/10.

Let me know if you have any of the other Tarte Chrome Paint shades and what you think of them?  xxxx

 

Kat Von D Metal Matte Mini Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Review

I was not going to purchase the Kat Von D Metal Matte Mini Eyeshadow palette but I ended up adding it to a Sephora order with a ‘may as well get this’ attitude. I purchased this from Sephora Australia for $60 AUD. Shoppers in the United States can purchase this from Sephora US for $39 USD.

The palette comes in the typical Kat Von D thick cardboard and has the very cool Metal Matte ambigram written on it. Inside there are ten shadows consisting of five metals and five mattes. Unfortunately for anyone who has the original larger palette the five mattes and two of the metals are repeats from that palette. Given the repeats, this palette really does not represent value to owners of the original palette unless you were after those shadows in a travel friendly size. I do not own the original palette so for me they were all new shadows added to my collection.

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From the five metal shadows Thunderstruck; Doce; and Raw Power were shades not included in the first palette. Most people would have heard of the shade Thunderstruck which is a well known Kat Von D single eyeshadow/highlighter. All the metals shades were very pigmented and applied best with a finger.

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The five matte shades were all repeats from the original palette. They had decent pigmentation and were easy to work with. I was really not into the pastel yellow shade Feather, but will get use out of the other matte shades.

The metal shades were stand out in this palette and I can see myself using them with other palettes.

Overall this is a good palette but I feel the price was a bit steep at $60 AUD, given you can pick at the Kat Von D shade and light eyeshadow palette for $65 AUD. I rate this palette a 7/10.

I would love to know your thoughts on this palette or the original? xx

Tarte Clay Play Volume II Palette Review

Let me start this review by saying that I love the Tarte Clay Play Vol.1 Palette! I was lucky enough to pick it up on my trip to the United States last year on sale for $25 USD. Given my love of the first palette, it goes without saying that I was super excited to order the follow up palette. I ordered it from Sephora Australia for $75 AUD, which is $5 more expensive than ordering directly from Tarte.com, although Tarte.com has a $90 AUD minimum spend for free shipping to Australia. If you are lucky enough to live in the United States this palette can be purchased from Sephora for $46 USD…. gotta love the premium us Aussies pay for makeup 😦

Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed with this palette. For starters the packaging is just lazy. Tarte used the exact same packaging, including shade names from the first volume. I can only assume the first palette did not sell as many units as they hoped, leaving Tarte with excess packaging which they sloppily decided to use for another palette (I mean labeling a copper bronze shimmer Onyx???…come on Tarte).

The second issue I have with this palette is it only has five different shades to the original, being three shimmers, one blush and one highlight. Check out the similarities below.

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The third issue I have with this palette is that the five new shades are not unique, and certainly do not warrant buying this palette if you have the first one. The three shimmer shades Stone, Smoke and Onyx are easily duped; the blush shade Desert is a nice but nothing special; and the highlighter Timber is too chunky to work on the cheeks…. but works well as eye shadow.

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Maybe if you do not own the first palette then this palette would not feel so meh. It does have that lovely cocoa smell and the quality is decent, but if you own the first palette I think you would find this one very disappointing.

I rate this palette a 5/10 and if we could return opened makeup in Australia I would return it.

Let me know your thoughts, have you got the first palette? do you think you would buy this palette? xxxx

Colourpop Give It To Me Straight Eye Shadow Palette Review

I was so exited to order the Colourpop Give It To Me Straight pressed eye shadow palette because the colours are right up my alley……..beautiful warm neutrals! I purchased this for $16 USD from the Colourpop website (currently back in stock 😀), and delivery to Australia was free as I spent over $55 USD on my order.

The packaging is the standard thick cardboard that is used on all Colourpop eye shadow palettes, which I really like. The palette contains twelve shades consisting of seven mattes and five shimmers.

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The shadows applied better than they swatched, the swatches do not do these shades justice. I applied the shadows over my Nars eye primer, which is what I always use. Typical of Colourpop shadows the mattes had excellent pigment and blended well. I used my finger to apply the metallic shades which looked absolutely beautiful on the lids. My only complaint was that there was not a shade I would typically use as a transition on my NC20/25 skin tone. I had to use the shade Downright as a transition, which was fine but I would of preferred a shade in between Matter Of Fact and Frank.

Overall I love this palette! The shades are beautiful, the quality is fantastic and the price is amazing. I rate this palette 8/10.

I would love to hear your thoughts on Colourpop palettes! Leave me a comment down below xx

Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette 01 Darya Review

I ordered the Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette as soon as I received the email from Beautylish informing me it was now available. I chose to get the Darya palette because the yellow shade in the Citrus palette scared me! I have since seen it been used and it is a beautiful duo chrome, so don’t make my mistake and be scared off from that palette because of the bright shade. The palette cost me $89 USD at Beautylish and delivery was free to Australia.

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The packaging is solid plastic and there is a good weight to it. Inside there are two cream and four powder products. One thing I really appreciated was the creams were covered with a plastic screen to protect them from the powders. When I first looked at the products I didn’t really know what to do with them so I watched the demo on Natasha Denonas Instagram Story, and I am glad I did. To get the best use out of this palette I recommend you watch the demo.

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It was recommended to apply the products with a damp beauty sponge or finger, I used my finger. The cream products are applied first and then the powder products are layered on top which sets the cream and adds an extra glow or depth to the colour.

  • Diamond Glow Cream Base: this is a buildable warm gold cream that leaves a lovely sheen to the skin. I also used this as an eye base.
  • Diamond Powder: this is a lovely sparkle shimmer that can be worn sheer or built up for added glow to the cheeks. I preferred this layered over the Diamond Glow Cream Base on the eyes.
  • Cream Blush: This looks extremely bright pink in the pan but blends out to a natural pink flush. I only used the tiniest amount as this blush is super pigmented.
  • Powder Blush: This powder is a medium pink that adds a a warn golden sheen to the cheeks. Looks amazing layered over the cream blush.
  • Duo Glow: At first I thought this was a cream to powder formula but it is a powder not a cream. . It is a very unique pink with a slightly lavender shift that can be worn as a blush or blush topper. It has a beautiful sheen to it and added a nice glow to the skin. This worked well as an eye shadow too.
  • Glow Extreme: This powder adds a gold beige sheen to the skin. It layered beautifully over the blush and cream base.

All the products blended easily and sat well on the skin. They did not emphasise skin texture and wore well throughout the day. I love how these products can be mixed and matched, it really is a versatile palette.

At $89 USD ($110 AUD) this palette is without a doubt pricey, I think this palette is worthy of the price. It’s a great palette to play around with; the quality is amazing; and you can use it in various ways. If you are unsure on how to use this palette just watch the demo and I am sure you will love it as much as I do. I rate this palette a 9/10.

Let me know if you are interested in this palette or already have it. I would love to hear how you use it xxx

Too Faced Chocolate Gold Bar and Chocolate Gold Bronzer Review

I was lucky enough to get early access to purchase the Too Faced Chocolate Gold collection at Mecca. I chose to purchase the Chocolate Gold Bar palette ($71 AUD) and the Chocolate Gold Bronzer ($44 AUD). The collection will be released in Australia 30th January, and if your lucky enough to live in the U.S it is already available.

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The Chocolate Gold Bar palette comes with 16 shades consisting of 12 metallic and 4 matte. The shades applied on the lids better than they swatched. I was concerned the four mattes were not going to be sufficient but I was able to get a full eye look from this palette, finding the matte shades were good for setting the lid, transition , darkening the outer corner and for use as eyeliner. The metallic shades applied well with a finger rather than a brush which was expected. Full disclosure I applied the Nars eye primer before I worked with these shadows which is what I do every time I do my makeup.

My palette had a weird almost chemical chocolate smell, it was not like my other chocolate bar palettes. I would love to know if others found this palette had a strange smell? Overall I do like this palette and I am glad I have added it to my Too Faced Chocolate Bar collection, but in all honesty I prefer the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vol.2 palette (click for my review on that palette) which was the same price as this. I rate this palette 7/10.

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The other item I purchased was the Chocolate Gold Bronzer ($44 AUD). The packaging on this was so cute…. you know I am a sucker for pretty packaging. Like the palette I thought this had a strange chemical chocolate smell which I did not find pleasant.

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At first glace I thought this might be a dupe for the Tom Ford Gold Dust bronzer, it was close but not an exact dupe. As I normally use the Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer, I thought it might be too dark on my nc 20-25 skin as it looks substantially darker than the milk chocolate version. I was happy that it was not to dark at all when applied to my skin. The bronzer applied and blended out perfectly over my Shisedo Synchro Skin foundation that was set with the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder. I loved the way it looked on my skin, it gave my skin a lovely natural glow that had a nice subtle sheen. I am so happy with this purchase. I rate this bronzer 8/10 (it would have been a 9 but the smell really is not my cup a tea).

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Let me know what other products you want to get or already have from the Too Faced Chocolate Gold collection xxx

Where to purchase (not affiliate links)

United States:  Chocolate Gold Bronzer  $30 USD Sephora ;  Chocolate Gold Bar Palette $49 USD Sephora

Australia: Mecca Cosmetica from 30th January 2018

 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vol.2 Palette Review

Honestly I never intended to buy this palette. I have only even bought one Morphe Palette before, which I though was pretty poor quality so I gave it to my daughter as play makeup. So when the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vol.2 palette was released I had nil interest in it but the hype around the palette just would not stop. So a few weeks ago when I saw it on Beauty Bay I caved in and purchased it. Now this palette was not cheap at all, and given Morphe is suppose to be an “affordable” brand I was not happy having to pay $70 AUD for it. To put the price in perspective a Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette costs $71 AUD. Luckily delivery was free from the U.K to Australia.To sum it up my expectations regarding this palette were low.

After receiving the palette, swatching it then applying it on my lids I can say with 100% honesty that the hype was real. To my shock this palette is actually fantastic. Full disclosure though, I used the NARS eye shadow primer on my eyelids. The packaging is thick cardboard but in my opinion this feels more lux than the normal Morphe plastic packaging but is already looking dirty from smudge marks. The colour selection was right up my alley (I love the warms) and I found it really easy to make various eye looks. The shadows applied and blended easily. This is definitely a no fuss palette that requires little work. The mattes were decent, and actually applied better than swatched. There were some lovely satins, Enlight makes a lovely inner corner highlight. The shimmer colours were amazing! They applied well with a brush but like most shimmers they apply best with a finger. It was the quality of these shimmers that made me love the palette.

The final question I asked myself  ‘was this palette worth $70‘ and to my surprise my answer is without a doubt yes! I rate this palette 8/10.

Check below for my swatches:

It appears sometimes the hype is real. Leave a comment on some products you purchased because of the hype! xx

Guerlain Meteorites Heart Shape Strobe Palette 2018

I will admit straight up that I purchased this because of the packaging. Guerlain has without a doubt knocked it out of the park with this Limited Edition palette.

The palette contains three finely milled shades consisting of two blushes and one highlight. The shades can be used on their own or mixed together for a soft glow. The shades are dark pink, soft pink and a pearl beige. Each shade has a soft sheen that adds a beautiful luminosity to the skin.

I have used this as a blush, blush topper, inner corner highlight and to add a sheen to my eye shadow. Although Guerlain recommends this can be used to contour, I personally do not find the shades are suitable for that use on my nc20 skin.

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Check out the packaging on this product! As a makeup collector it was impossible to resist. This was a pricey item at $88 AUD/ $63 USD, but it is a great little palette and I am very happy to have it in my collection.

Purchase: Australia- David Jones; United States – Nordstrom

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