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Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

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Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Today I am reviewing and swatching the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette that I mentioned in my last Monthly Favorites post. Since it was a favorite, it should be no surprise to hear that I love this palette.  Like I mentioned in that post, the shadows are gorgeous and they apply smoothly.  The formula reminds me of the Wet N Wild 8-pan palette shadows like Comfort Zone that I’m sure most of you are familiar with.  They are cult favorites for a reason.  While Makeup Revolution shadows aren’t going to compare to higher end shadows like Kat Von D, for instance, they are still really nice.  I don’t have issues with flaking or fading, and I think that the Makeup Revolution formula is solid.  According to Ulta: “New-Trals are the new Neutrals! Upgrade your new natural eye looks with the new generation of natural shades in Makeup Revolution’s New-Trals vs. Neutrals.”  I do want to point out that this is the second Makeup Revolution palette that I have reviewed, and they are very different.  Back in October, I reviewed the Essential Mattes Redemption Eyeshadow Palette, which is one of the $7 palettes with a clear plastic lid as opposed to the $10 New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette that comes with a full mirror in the lid.  While it is a decent palette for the price and worth a look, the shadows aren’t as good as the ones in the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette.  Perhaps it’s because the other one is an all matte palette, but the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is definitely a better buy, and only $3 more.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

I bought this palette because the shades looked similar enough to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to allow me to resist the temptation of buying it, but as it turns out, the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is a good alternative to quite a few palettes.  Violet Voss, Manny MUA/Makeup Geek, these warm neutral palettes with pops of peach, copper, and red are all the rage right now.  I am not necessarily one to follow makeup trends, but if you do, then the New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette is right on trend.  These are great shades for the Summer that can bring you right on through the Fall.  And don’t get scared away by those bright red tones.  You can get a ton of neutral eye looks with this palette that are completely office approved.  Then, when the work day is over, pop some of those fun colorful shades in the crease, and take your look from day to night.  Let’s look at the shades.  The palette comes with a clear plastic cover that has all of the shade names.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

  • Bias – light pearl shade.
  • Neutral – very light pinky brown with a matte finish.
  • Personal – vibrant peachy pink with shimmer.
  • Vogue – fiery coral with a satin finish.
  • Trend – orange toned brown with a matte finish.
  • New-Tral – deep berry pink with a satin finish.
  • Tone – deep red wine shade with a satin finish.
  • Custom – cool-toned deep brown that is mostly matte.
  • Cool – matte bone shade.
  • Style – light glittery pink with metallic finish.
  • Partial – pinky mauve with metallic finish.
  • Mode – copper bronze with metallic finish.
  • Adapt – medium brown with mauve undertone.  It has a matte finish.
  • Buff – satin shimmer taupe shade.
  • Suit – deep gray-brown with a demi-matte finish.
  • Strong – matte blackened plum with burgundy glitter.
Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

These swatches are over naked skin, no primer or anything.  Most of the shadows are great.  I did have trouble getting Neutral and Cool to show up on my skin.  They are both very light shades, and not quite as opaque as the others.  Custom can apply a little patchy, so you have to blend it out a little more than the others, but it is still workable.  I am personally not a fan of shadows with a matte base and glitter, so I will probably not reach for Strong, but that is personal preference and not a problem with the formula.  Otherwise, I have no complaints about the shadows.  They last really well on me, and with a primer they can last all day.  I recommend the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette to everyone.  For only $10, you need this in your life.

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette Review

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MUA Eyeshadow Palettes

MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes

I am very excited to show you a couple of palettes from MUA that I have been playing with for the last month or so.  MUA, or MakeUp Academy, is a UK brand that hit stores here in the US earlier this year.  It is a drugstore brand, and I believe that it is exclusively at CVS in the States.  I have seen some MUA products over the years on Youtube, but this is my first experience with the brand.  I was originally only going to get the MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette, but CVS had a Buy One, Get One Free sale, so I picked up the MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette as well.  There is also a Neutral or Nudes palette in this collection, but I passed on it. Here is what CVS says about these palettes: “This set of artist-inspired shadows is everything you need to play up your eyes. Enhance your eyelids with base shades, intensify with crease shades, and add a luminous touch with highlighting shades. Palette holds 10 coordinating shades that apply with ease for fallout-free intensity. Build, blend and play for hours in this spectrum of supreme pigmentation. Featuring pearl and metallic finishes to dress eyes up or down. Every enviable look stays put for hours on end, day or night.”

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MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette Brush

I’ll start with packaging.  The MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes are a hard plastic palette with a clear window to the shadows.  They have a snap closure.  These palettes are no frills, but the packaging is functional and the shadows are nice.  There is a thin strip mirror in the lid, which I don’t find useful.  They also contain a shadow brush that is cheap, but will do in a pinch.  They are 10-pan palettes, and the wells are an inch wide, so there is plenty of room for large fluffy shadow brushes.  The palettes are $14 at CVS, but you can often find a sale.  As I mentioned above, I bought my palettes on a BOGO Free deal, so they came to only $7.50 each for me.  For the most part, the shadows are pigmented and wear a long time, even without primer.   I think that they are a good buy.

MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

I saw a review of the MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette and had to know more.  I loved the look of the colorful metallic shades in this palette, so I went on down to CVS to get one for myself.  I have to say that I really like it.  Obviously with “metallic” in the name, most of the shadows have a metallic or shimmer finish.  Eight out of the ten shadows are fantastic.  They are intensely pigmented and just gorgeous.  They wear really well without fading, and they did not flake or crease on me.  Two shadows were off for me.  I am not sure if they were designed to be sheer, or if they just have terrible pigmentation.  I’ll go through each shade and you can see what I mean.

    MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow PaletteMUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette
  • Metallic Taupe: This shade is gorgeous on the lid.  It is a cool-toned taupe that leans a little bit more brown than gray.
  • Metallic Rusty Copper: This shade is super intense on the lids and for a copper, does not pull too red.
  • Metallic Olive Green: This is definitely an olive green shade, but it still manages to look very bright on the eyes and has great pigmentation and intensity.  I love this shade.  The formula is looser or grittier in the pan, so you will kick up a lot of product if you aren’t careful.
  • Iridescent Purple: This is a sheer shade and not at all what I expected based on the other shades in this palette.  It is a light purple color with a blue flash and can be built up for a little more intensity.  It is still a beautiful shade and looks pretty on the eyes when used with a good base.
  • Blackened Navy Glitter: I don’t know what to say about this shade.  While I think the purple shade may have been intentionally sheer, this one just seems like a dud to me.  You can build this shade up a little, but not enough to hold up to the glitter particles.  I think it ends up looking patchy and I don’t think this shade is worth the effort.
MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

MUA Professional Metallic Eyeshadow Palette

  • White Pearl: This pearly white shade is pretty basic, but still good to have.  This is the only shade that would work as a browbone highlight.  I personally prefer less shimmer on my browbone, but it is good for highlighting the inner corner.
  • Metallic Brown: This metallic brown has just a hint of bronze, and is quite lovely.
  • Metallic Cobalt Blue: I like to call this shade Superman blue.  It is vibrant and bold on the lids.
  • Metallic Purple: Now this is what I’m talking about when it comes to purple!  This shade is gorgeous and intense.  It has the same loose formula as the metallic olive, so be careful when applying this one to avoid fallout, but it is totally worth it.  This blue-based purple will knock your socks off.
  • Deep Metallic Plum: This may be the most intensely pigmented shade in the whole palette.  A little of this brown-toned plum shade goes a long way.  It is absolutely gorgeous.

Overall, I really like the metallic palette.  There are a couple shades that aren’t great, but the other shades are wonderful.  As long as you like metallic simmer shades, and can handle seriously pigmented dark shadows, then I think you will like this palette.  Now on to the Smokey palette.

MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

I honestly didn’t expect to like the MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette.  I am not a fan of smokey palettes in general, and I only got it because it was free.  Boy was I wrong.  I have found myself using the smokey palette way more than expected.  What’s great about these shades is that, despite having a lot of pigmentation, they can also be sheered out.  They blend out smoothly and evenly, even with a very light application.  I’ve been using the Smokey palette for  daytime looks and getting great results.  The three lighter shades on the bottom row are beautiful.  Unlike the Metallic palette, there are no duds.  All 10 shades are “what you see is what you get” shadows.

MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

  • Satin Cream: Though it is hard to see on my skin, this satin cream shade is a great browbone highlight and something that was missing from the Metallic palette.
  • Deep Brown Shimmer: This chocolate brown shadow is very dark and has some micro shimmer in the finish.
  • Deep Plum Shimmer: This is a very similar shade to the plum in the Metallic palette, but it is less metallic and more of a shimmer shade.  It is equally intense and a little goes a long way.
  • Satin-Matte Black: This true black has an off-matte finish and makes a great liner shade.
  • Metallic Cobalt Blue: This is almost the exact shade that is is the Metallic palette.  This one may have a touch of purple in its undertones, but they are indistinguishable on the eyes.
MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

MUA Professional Smokey Eyeshadow Palette

  • Satin Tan: This light tan shade has a satin finish and is a gorgeous lid color.
  • Shimmery Taupe:  This is a gray-leaning taupe shade with a shimmer finish.  It pairs equally well with grays and blacks as it does with browns.
  • Icy Pink Simmer:  This icy pink doesn’t look like anything in the pan, but it is lovely on the lids.
  • Soft Black Glitter: I think this is what MUA was going for with that dud of a shadow in the Metallic palette.  It is a soft black or maybe a blackened navy, but this time there is some pigmentation, and it can hold up to the micro glitter in the finish without being overpowered by it.
  • Satin Purple Shimmer:  This is a similar blue-based purple to the one in the Metallic palette, but it does not have the same loose texture.  Without the intense metallic finish, the shadow comes off as a little darker and less in-your-face.  I think the satin shimmer finish makes this one a little bit more wearable than the other.

I am enjoying both of the MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palettes.  The Smokey palette is better in quality, but the Metallic palette is good too.  It really depends on how much color you are looking for.  Are they as good as the LORAC palettes, or the Naked palettes?  Of course not.  They aren’t trying to be.  They are drugstore palettes and I would put them on par with the original Wet N Wild 8-pan palettes.  They are pigmented, they blend well, and they last well on my eyes without creasing or fading.  Using  primer is always recommended, though all of my swatches are without primer.  I have heard that the neutral version of these palettes is hit and miss, but I have no direct experience with it.  I don’t think I would pay the full $14 for one of these palettes, and definitely not for the Metallic palette.  But if you can find them on a sale, I would say to give them a try.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit: Review and Swathes

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Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Happy December y’all!  The magical season of Christmas is upon us, so what better time to talk about a Holiday exclusive.  Today I have the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit to show you.  Though it is hard to tell on the website, this is a limited edition set that Ulta put out for the Holidays.  The Artistry Eye Shadow Kit retails for $20 and contains three small palettes with 5 shades each.  I had to get this eyeshadow set.  The palettes are pretty, and moreover this is an obvious attempt at duping a high end product so I had to try them. The Artistry Eye Shadow Kit is Ulta’s attempt to dupe the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes.

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

The seven Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes launched in January 2015 and I was very tempted to get them until I saw the $58 price tag.  Even I couldn’t justify $58 for five shadows, but I thought that they were gorgeous.  When reviews started rolling in, the Modernist palettes weren’t quite the smash Hourglass intended.  The shadows didn’t perform as well as they should have for the hefty price, and they left a lot of customers disappointed.  Still, their beauty won a lot of people over despite the flaws in formulation.  Enter Ulta’s Artistry Eye Shadow Kit.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Here is what Ulta has to say about this set: “Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit includes 3 eye shadow palettes. Each palette combines a range of matte and shimmer textures for all occasions. Beautiful wave pressing pattern makes this set an extra special gift or luxurious treat for yourself.”  The palettes are very small.  If I lay all three down next to each other (top to bottom) they are the size of my iPhone 6 Plus.  I don’t own any of the Hourglass palettes, so I can’t truly compare the two brands, but I would say that Ulta’s version might be a dupe in that it is also disappointing.  The three palettes are pretty hit and miss.  Each palette contains a mix of mattes, satins, and shimmers.  The matte shades straight up suck.  All of them are truly terrible.  The shimmer shades are all pretty decent, and the satin finish shades vary in quality.  The palettes themselves also vary in quality.  The blue palette is the worst, which funnily enough I believe is also true for the Hourglass line.  I like the green palette and, while the shades aren’t the most unique, I think most of the shadows perform well.  The plum palette is a mixed bag, but I can get a good look out of it if I am willing to work for it.  Let’s take each palette individually from worst to best.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

There are two matte shades in the blue palette, which is unfortunate because they aren’t very good.  The five shades from left to right are as follows:

  • Matte cream shade- This shadow came with a hard layer that is sometimes found on cheap matte shadows.  Even after scraping down through the layer of film (or whatever), it had no pigmentation and I had to layer the hell out of this to get it to show up on my skin for the photo.  It is completely useless.
  • Gold shimmer/glitter shade- This is a very pretty gold, but it is more of a glitter than a shimmer and can apply a bit patchy.
  • Sheer dark brown matte- This shade confuses me.  It looks like it is a dark slate in the pan, but it swatches like an extremely sheer brown with no pigmentation.  It’s patchy and difficult, not worth the effort.
  • Blue metallic shimmer- This stormy blue shade is actually not bad at all.  It’s a lovely smoky tone, but you have to love shimmer.  It is probably the best shade in this palette, though that’s not saying a lot.
  • Icy Taupe shimmer- This cool-toned icy taupe is another good shade and more wearable than the blue.
Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Blue

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Blue

Two good shades out of five is pretty terrible.  This blue palette is garbage.  Luckily the other two palettes do better.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

The plum-toned palette is an improvement over the blue palette for sure, but there are still some dud shadows here as well.  The five shades are:

  • Icy lilac shimmer- This is the only palette that doesn’t have a matte highlight shade and it is much better for it.  This icy lilac shade is subtle, but pretty.
  • Off-matte mauve toned plum- Again, a sub-par matte shade, or rather off-matte finish.  This mauve toned plum is a lovely color, and it can be built up to a certain extent like it is here in the swatch, but the lack of pigmentation makes it a frustrating shade.
  • Sugar plum shimmer shade- It is hard to describe the color of this shade.  It’s like a mauve toned plum and a rose gold had a love child.  It is beautiful, and a winner.
  • Royal purple shimmer- A true purple shadow is actually a lot harder to produce than one would think, so I am astonished that this set got it right.  It is lovely.
  • Sheer mauve satin finish- Ulta, you are killing me with these sheer shades.  What is that about?  This satin mauve could have been great but, again, I find the lack of pigmentation frustrating.  It just ends up looking like my eye is bruised.
Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Plum

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Plum

There are two fantastic shades in this palette, one good shade, and two disappointments.  I do find that I can work with this palette much better than the blue one, even with the duds.  If I didn’t have any other shadows in these shades, I may consider keeping this one.  Ultimately, though, I have these shades in better formulas.  I don’t think it’s trash like the blue palette, but I am probably not keeping it.

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit

The final palette in this set is actually pretty good.  There is one dud, but the remaining four shades are pigmented and smooth.  Here are the five shades:

  • Matte cream shade- I think this is the exact same shade that is in the blue palette, and it is just as useless.  This one also had that hard layer or “film” on top and scraping down through it still wasn’t enough to help this crappy shadow.
  • Khaki satin-shimmer- I really like this shade on the lid.  It has a subtle shimmer and is a unique and rather unexpected color.
  • Brown shimmer- This is a simple brown shimmer shade, but it is done well.  There are subtle bronzy undertones.
  • Metallic olive- I love this shade.  It is a beautiful olive green with emerald undertones and golden micro-shimmer.  Great pigmentation, and it applies well.  Winner-winner chicken dinner.
  • Soft black shimmer- This is a simple soft black shade with subtle shimmer.  You can tell in the pan that it is not meant to be pure black, so I am okay with the charcoal tones.  It’s a good shade.
Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Green

Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit Green

With the exception of the matte cream shade, I am a fan of this last palette.  I am a sucker for these earthy tones, so I am probably keeping this palette despite my hordes of green and brown shadows.  I have created a couple different looks with this palette, and I liked them quite a bit.  It definitely works and is the best of the set by a large margin.

I am sure that it will be no surprise that I do not recommend the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit.  I am not sure why it is so highly rated on the website.  I got it on sale for almost half the price, and I still don’t think it was worth it.  It looks like a great gift idea and can be broken up into three really pretty stocking stuffers, but unless you are buying for a very young girl who doesn’t need a lot of pigmentation and won’t know any better, skip them.  There are so many other options available for even less money that would be better than this.  I had high hopes, but the Ulta Artistry Eye Shadow Kit is too much of a mixed bag for me to approve.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows Review and Swatches

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Colourpop Super Shock Shadows + Pigments

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

I am finally ready to do my review on the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.  Unlike the Colourpop Super Shock Blushes that I loved instantly, it took a long time for me to suss out how I feel about the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.  The formula is complicated, wonderful and tricky at the same time.  I feel like the finish really makes a huge difference with how these shadows perform.  So let’s talk about what I think of these shadows, look at some swatches, and see whether or not ColourPop shadows are worth the hype.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows + Pigments

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

For those who are not familiar, ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have a squishy cream-to-powder formula.  They come in plastic jars with a screw-top lid that look kind of cheap.  They are all stamped with a quilted pattern that disappears as soon as you use them.  Here are the application tips that ColourPop recommends: “For maximum coverage: Use fingertip and tap shadow onto eye lid. A flat, fine tip synthetic brush will work fabulously as well and is actually better for a more detailed application close to the lash line. However, your fingertips make for the most intense application. To blend: Use a fluffy brush that has good movement, dip tip of the brush into the shadow and blend with a “wind shield wiper” movement throughout the crease of the eye. This will make your shadow softer and more diffused (like a total pro). When finished, close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time, you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Shadow so amazzzing.”  ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have great pigmentation, and they are truly gorgeous shadows.  You will want to play around with them to see which application method works best for you.  I have four regular ColourPop shades, and one Limited Edition shade.  Out of the five, three are metallic finish, one is ultra-metallic, and one is pearlized.  Like I mentioned above, the finish makes a huge difference in the way these shadows perform.  Interestingly enough, the cream-to-powder formula works on my eyes best without using a primer first.  I do not have oily eyelids, so keep that in mind.  I don’t really know why, but the shadows seem to adhere best to bare skin.  I don’t have any issues with fading or creasing that way.  Otherwise, I have tried a few different primers and ColourPop works better with primers that have some slip or tackiness.  They do not perform well over dryer, concealer-like primers (like the MICA Beauty Eye Primer for example) and end up fading quickly.  So you definitely have to be mindful of what you put under them.  Before I go into more detail about finish and formula, I want to show you the shadows that I purchased with the shade description that ColourPop provides.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

Get Lucky– “Intense ultra-metallic, liquid-like true gold, this shade is so on-point you are sure to “get lucky” *ahem*.”

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze

Amaze– “Metallic rose gold with multi-colored multi-dimensional glitter. Whether you fancy yourself a girl next door or a sultry vixen, this shade will satisfy your craving for unique shimmer that flatters in any light.”

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

So Quiche– “A soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish…there are no words in the dictionary to describe this. Not even urbandictionary.com .  Aka: this shade is hotter than hot – the F**king Queen of shadows.”  I actually disagree a little with ColourPop’s description.  I don’t see the olive at all.  To me So Quiche looks like a taupey-brown base with a ton of violet purple glitter.  It’s a very unique shade.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Partridge

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Partridge

Partridge– “A Saddle brown undertone with a green duo chrome finish in a Pearlized Finish (pear tree not included).

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

Here is a look at all four shades swatched next to each other.  When I ordered, ColourPop was celebrating their one year anniversary.  They offered a special that included a new LE shade of Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl for free with every order.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it because it was only available for, like, one weekend but here it is.  It’s a champagne shade with a lot of silver glitter.  Very pretty, but not as unique as some of the other shades available.  Birthday Girl came in pink packaging instead of the white, and the lid has a little cupcake design.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl

I wish that I had been thinking ahead when I ordered and had gotten a matte finish shadow to test out, but no dice.  For me, the deciding factor in whether or not I liked a particular ColourPop shadow turned out to be directly based on the amount of glitter it contained.  Now please understand, I like shimmery shadows.  I like to sparkle, and I love pairing ultra shimmer with mattes for a look that is both sophisticated and playful.  I am not afraid of glitter, but I like to keep it on my eyes and not all over my face.  The “metallic” finish shadows are actually glitter finish, and they aren’t kidding around with the sparkle.  It is a little easier to control the glitter when using a brush to apply, rather than your fingers, but it still gets everywhere.  The glitter shadows are so beautiful, but after an hour or so, it looks like you’ve been rolling around with some unicorns.  It’s crazy.  So, if you are a glitter lover, ColourPop is your jam.  Otherwise, you need to be very careful about the finish that you choose when ordering.  So Quiche and Amaze are such beautiful shadows, but at the end of the day I couldn’t handle all of the glitter fall-out.  Now, Get Lucky is an “Ultra-metalic” finish, and it is a completely different story.  Instead of having even more glitter, it is has a liquid metal finish that is truly stunning.  Partridge has a pearlized finish, and I found it to be the easiest shadow to work with.  I really like both Get Lucky and Partridge.  The ColourPop Super Shock Shadow formula is problematic.  Again, I had no issues with fading or creasing over bare lids, but I don’t know how well they would perform on oily lids.  And that unruly glitter fall out really is a deal breaker.  Unfortunately, easily half of ColourPop’s collection of  Super Shock Shadow comes in that glittery “metallic” finish.  For me personally, I think ColourPop is worth trying out.  I want to get a few more Super Shock Shadows in matte and pearlized finishes, which I think I will greatly enjoy.  They are only $5 each, and they contain 2.1 g of product.  ColourPop is not available in stores, and you can only get ColourPop by ordering online at colourpop.com.  Are  ColourPop Super Shock shadows worth the hype.  No, I don’t think so.  Are they good shadows?  For the most part yes, some of them are fantastic. But some are not so great.  Would I buy more ColourPop Super Shock Shadows?  Yes I would, especially because the blushes were amazing.  If I am ordering more cheek products or trying out some lip products, I would throw in some more shadows and give them another chance.  I really think the main issue for me is the finish.  I hope that helps.

Sleek Makeup Haul

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Sleek Makeup Haul

Sleek Makeup Haul

I am back from vacation, and I have a haul to show you today.  Before I left I placed an order with Sleek Makeup because they were offering a sale and free shipping to the US.  If you are not familiar with Sleek, they are a popular UK brand that is known for good quality at low prices.  They kind of remind me of NYX Cosmetics here in the States.  Sleek just released some new Eye & Cheek Palettes that looked great to me, so I wanted to check them out.  I also still hadn’t gotten my hands on the Garden of Eden Palette from last Spring and I felt that the time had finally come.  I took photos and swatched everything that I got, but I haven’t used anything yet, so this isn’t an actual review.  I have used Sleek eyeshadows and blushes in the past and like them a lot, so I knew what I was getting into.  But enough jabber, let’s take a look.

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Platte in Garden of Eden

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Garden of Eden

This is the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Garden of Eden.  For those of you who haven’t seen the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes before, they all contain twelve shades, and the palette has a full mirror.  There is a long dual-ended sponge tip applicator included as well.  There are currently thirteen I-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes available on Sleek’s website, but only some of them are available to be shipped to the US.  I am not totally sure why, because some of the palettes that have been able to ship to the US in the past are no longer able.  There are different rules as far as what pigments are acceptable in Europe than there are in the US, and I know that is part of the issue, especially with the neon shades.  Just be sure that, if you live in the US, you pay attention to what palettes can be shipped to you, and which ones can’t.

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette

The Garden of Eden Palette is full of greens, browns, and taupes.  This palette was made for me.  Here is what Sleek has to say: “Enhance what mother nature gave you with the striking, beautiful colours of our new Garden of Eden i-Divine eyeshadow palette. An earthy, nature inspired palette that echoes the hues of a stunning tropical jungle with ultra-wearable earthy browns, dusky purples and organic greens.”  There are seven high shimmer shades, two shades with a matte base with microglitter inclusions, and three true matte shades.  The taupe shades all have a lavender undertone to them.  I have swatched all twelve shades below.  To swatch them, I split the palette in the middle, with the six left hand shades in the first swatch and the six right hand shades in the second swatch.

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette Left side

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette Left side

The shades in this swatch are Gates of Eden, Eve’s Kiss, and Paradise on Earth on the top.  Then there are Entwined, Adam’s Apple, and Fig on the bottom.  This is on bare skin with no primer.  Adam’s Apple is a matte shade, and Entwined is a matte base with some glitter.  The left side of the palette seems to contain all of the lighter shades.  They all swatched well with the exception of Adam’s Apple.  That shade doesn’t seem as pigmented as the others, and will need a base to show up well.

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette Right side

Sleek Garden of Eden Palette Right side

The right side of the palette contains Python, Forbidden, and Flora on the top.  On the bottom the shades are Evergreen, Fauna, and Tree of Life.   Forbidden is mostly matte, with less glitter than Entwined contained.  Flora and Tree of Life are both completely matte.  Again, all of these shades swatched well with the exception of Tree of Life.  It swatched unevenly.  It is absolutely still workable, but you will have to fiddle with it a little.  Sleek does a much better job on the skimmer shades than the matte shades.  Overall, though, I am pleased with the Garden of Eden Palette and can’t wait to use it.

New Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette

New Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette

Now on to the brand new Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes.  The palettes come with four eyeshadows and two blushes, though some of the blushes would also make great eye shades.  There is a full size mirror in the palette, and they come with a small dual-ended sponge tip applicator and a small blush brush.  The eyeshadows are a decent size, and I will have no issue getting my brushes in there.  The blush wells could be a tad bigger in my opinion, but I have dealt with smaller.  I like to use a large duo fiber brush for my blush, which may be a little big for this palette but a smaller blush brush would work perfectly.  I purchased three of the new Eye & Cheek Palettes

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing Til Dusk

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing Til Dusk

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing Til Dusk

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing Til Dusk

First up is the Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in Dancing Til Dusk.  According to Sleek, “Dancing Til Dusk includes velvety browns and shimmering fawns from our Au Naturel i-Divine palette. With radiant Blush shades Mirrored Pink, an iridescent soft pink and Sahara, a matte, dark coral, for a sophisticated finish.”  This is a warm neutral palette that would work for most people.  There are two matte shadows and two shimmer shades.  While the shimmery pink blush isn’t my favorite part of the palette, that gorgeous orangey-coral blush is what pushed me over the edge to buy Dancing Til Dusk.  Both blushes have a ton of pigmentation.  Dancing Til Dusk is an easy, everyday palette that looks to be very useful and travel friendly.

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in See You at Midnight.  Here is what Sleek says: “See You at Midnight combines deep blue and pearlescent purple eyeshadows from our Romance i-Divine Palette. Along with Blush in Pomegranate, a golden berry hue and Antique a shimmery dusky rose, for a captivating look.”  I have been wanting to get more into purple and berry eyeshadows, and this palette caught my eye.  I think that See You at Midnight will be pretty versatile.  There is obviously great potential to create crazy colorful looks with the blue, purple, and Pomegranate shades (I doubt I’d use Pomegranate as a blush, but it will be a sweet eyeshadow).  But you could also create a more classic look with the gold and eggplant shades paired with that neutral blush.  I am going to have a lot of fun playing with See You at Midnight, but I do not think that it is a stand-alone palette like the other two are.

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer's Dream

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer's Dream

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream

The final Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette that I purchased is in A Midsummer’s Dream.  According to Sleek: “A Midsummer’s Dream is the perfect palette for hazy summer nights and features Marsala the pantone colour of 2015, in a stunning shimmery eyeshadow. Along with muted tones of grey, earthy brown, white and copper, the two beautiful coral blush shades add a bronzed highlight to the skin.”  This palette is much cooler in tone than Dancing Til Dusk.  Also, the matte coral blush is much less orange here than in Dancing Til Dusk.  I am in love with both blush shades.  I think the shadows are going to create some really beautiful looks, not just for Summer, but also throughout the Fall.  If your skintone can handle cooler-toned shades, A Midsummer’s Dream looks to be an excellent option.

And that concludes my Sleek Makeup Haul.  I can not wait to dig into these palettes and start creating looks.  If you are in the UK, I think that you can find Sleek at Boots.  The rest of us need to go to their website, sleekmakeup.com.  Sleek has some great prices.  The I-Divine palettes are only $11.99 and the new Eye & Cheek Palettes are $14.99.  As I mentioned before, this order had free shipping to the US, but if I remember correctly, shipping wasn’t too bad.  I have enjoyed the other palettes that I have from Sleek, and definitely think that they are worth checking out.

Best One and Done Shadows for Single Shade Looks

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Best One and Done Shades

Best One and Done Shades

I am really excited about today’s post.  There is a tag doing around Youtube about the best shadows for one shade looks.  I think that’s great because, let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t have the time or the inclination to do a complicated shadow look with six different shades.  Sometimes we need to rush out the door and only have five minutes to throw on our makeup.  Or maybe you just want to do a simple look to liven up your face as you run a couple errands on a Saturday.  I have seven one-and-done shadows, all from the drugstore, that will give you a beautiful eye look with just one shade.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

One of the easiest shadows to apply when you need to rush out the door are cream shadows.  My first one-and-done offering is Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.  I find that the Color Tattoos work very well for me without creasing or fading and don’t need to be set by a powder.  I don’t even need a brush.  I simply apply the Color Tattoo and blend it out with my fingers, easy peasy.  Bad to the Bronze is a deep metallic bronze shade.  The intense metallic finish gives it a multi-dimensional look when the light catches it, making it look like you have more things happening on your eye than you actually do.

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin' Chic

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic

Another cream shadow that I have spoken of often is the e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic.  It is a gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe, and a lighter shade than Bad to the Bronze.  The Smudge Pots are so lightweight and creamy, they blend like a dream.  When they dry down they have great lasting power with no creasing or fading.  I really love Cruisin’ Chic.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  It is a great everyday option that all by itself looks like I put way more effort into my eye look than I really did.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

Moving away from the cream shadows, let’s talk about L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush.  First of all, if you don’t already have this shade in your collection, run out and get it immediately because it is gorgeous.  Amber Rush is a metallic rose gold color that is to-die-for.  It is so beautiful!  The Infallible Eyeshadows are pressed pigments that seem to “melt” onto the skin during application.  The soft, velvety texture glides on beautifully and is extremely lightweight.  You can use either a brush or your fingers to apply.  I like to use both, actually.  I use my fingers to pack the shade onto my lid, and then diffuse it up through the crease with a fluffy brush.  One shadow look or not, Amber Rush is a must-have.  Another Infallible Eyeshadow option for a one shadow look is Bronzed Taupe, but that one is quite a bit darker.

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

A similar style to the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows is the Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe.  It is also a pressed pigment and performs just as well as the L’Oreal Infallibles.  Taupe is a warm brown based, metallic taupe shade.  It is a great neutral, but with some drama and intensity. It is a little bit lighter than Bad to the Bronze, and a little darker than Cruisin’ Chic.  For those of you who aren’t a fan of cream shadows, this type of shadow may be a better option.  You can apply Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe with fingers, or use a synthetic brush for great results.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

I can’t do a one-and-done post without mentioning the quintessential Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty.  It is a metallic taupe that works for any occasion.  It can be built up for a darker look, or sheered out to look more natural.  Nutty is a standard powder eyeshadow, so those who may not know how to use other formulas will be able to apply it with ease.  It is the least expensive shadow on the list at only $0.99.  Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadows are intensely pigmented, have excellent lasting power and an overall fantastic formula.  You need Nutty in your life.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

A somewhat daring one shadow option is the Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus.  I mentioned this in my April favorites post and can not get enough of it.  There are orange, gold, and green pigments in the shadow, and they create all of these fantastic dimensions to the eye.  Loose shadows can be a little messy at times, but I definitely think that Sunlit Cactus is worth the trouble.  The shade is so eye catching, and interesting without much effort on your part.  It has so much drama and intensity, it can absolutely stand alone.

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

The last shade that I have is e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden.  It is a warm, brassy gold shade that is lighter than many of the shadows on this list for those who don’t like dark eye looks.  I really like the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow formula.  It blends extremely easily and evenly.  The shades offer great pigmentation, but can be applied lightly and sheered out for a subtle wash of color.  For a one color look, I would pack Golden on the lid, and then gradually blend it up to nothingness with a fluffy brush.  It is beautiful.

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Here is a swatch of all the shades mentioned, side-by-side and in the order they were mentioned, so that you can easily compare them to each other.  By now you may be noticing a trend in all of these shades.  They are all shimmer or metallic finish and they are mid-tone shades in the taupe, bronze, and gold families.  My personal opinion is that those are the best shadows for single shade looks.  They are universally flattering, go with everything, and the finish catches the light in such a way that the shadows look darker or lighter with the contours of your eye.  You can certainly do one shadow looks with other shades families like grays or plums, but these shades are the ones that I thought would appeal to the most people, and that most of you may already own.  You can achieve different looks with only a single shade depending on the tools you use to apply them.  For most of these shades I would recommend a flat shader brush for the lid and a fluffy brush for the crease to alter the way the shadow looks slightly.  You don’t have to make it too complicated; the whole point is that these are for easy looks to get you out the door quickly.  I hope that you saw some shades you like and that you try some one shadow looks the next time you are pressed for time.  What are your favorite one-and-done shades?  Let me know in the comments below.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Today I have my review for the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  Lash Sensational was released for Spring 2015.  If you read my March Favorites post, then you already know that I am really enjoying Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  It gives me a lot of length and a beautiful fanned out effect that I love.  It is hard to do mascara reviews because mascara is so subjective.  We all have such different needs when it comes to mascara.  For me, I look for a product that gives me length and volume in one coat, and that doesn’t clump or flake.  (I can’t stand spider lashes.)  I feel like Maybelline Lash Sensational really delivers.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Here is what Maybelline has to say about Lash Sensational: “Lash Sensational Mascara is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles to reveal a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides for a sensational full fan effect.”  So, let’s talk about this brush.  It has a slight curve, and the bristles on the wand are different sizes.  The inside of the curve and the tip of the wand have short bristles, good for getting to the base of your lashes.  The bristles get larger on the side and the bristles on the outside of the curve are long and give lashes the “full fan effect” that Maybelline promises.   Here is a closer look at the wand.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Now let’s see Lash Sensational in action.  The top photo is my naked eye.  All I have done is curl my lashes, though my super straight lashes do not like to hold a curl.  As you can see, my short, stubby lashes need a lot of help.  The bottom photo has one coat of Lash Sensational.  You can see it is a vast improvement.  I like to stick to one coat when possible because I feel like piling on any mascara weighs my lashes down too much.  I’ll do two coats if I have to, but I love mascaras like Lash Sensational where I can get away with just one coat.  I love the length it gives me.  There is a little extra volume, but the wand does a great job of separating my lashes and making it look like I have more lashes than I really do.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

For me, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a keeper.  Long fluttery lashes are my preferred look, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara gives me what I need.  I had no issues with flaking or smudging, and I like the formula a lot.  Everyone has different needs and preferences with mascara, but I think it’s a great formula for me.  Maybelline has become my favorite drugstore brand for mascara.  Between Maybelline’s The Rocket Mascara and now Lash Sensational Mascara, Maybelline is doing it right.  What about you?  Have you tried Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara?  What did you think?  What are the most important aspects for you when it comes to mascara?  Let’s talk lashes in the comments below.