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