eyeshadow

REVIEW: Maybelline Nudes + Blushed Nudes

Among the many lovely presents I received on my birthday, my aunt gave me two eyeshadows from Maybelline, The Nudes and The Blushed Nudes. I have heard many good things about these two products so I was quite excited to try these out.

Price: AUD $25.95

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The two palettes have 12 shades each. I really like how slim and light the packaging is which makes it very easy to travel with. In terms of shades, I think The Blushed Nudes would be my favourite out of the two. This is probably because I already own many palettes with shades similar to The Nudes.

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The Nudes

The Nudes consists of mainly brown and gold shades. 7 of them are matte and 5 are shimmer. The colours provided are perfect for both everyday makeup and a dramatic look for a night out. I really like that these are so versatile and the fact that they suit all kinds of skin colours.

It comes with one sponge applicator as well.

 

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The Nudes

I was very much surprised by how pigmented some of these shades are. There are a few that I think look great on the skin, particularly the ninth swatch. However, there are a few others that lack pigment which is quite disappointing and requires a little more work but it’s not the worst thing ever.

Pros:

  • Certain colours are vibrant
  • Good for everyday makeup
  • Versatile
  • Suits all skin colours

Cons:

  • Some shades lack pigment

 

Overall rating: 4/5

 

The Blushed Nudes

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The Blushed Nudes

I really love these rosy tones as they are just perfect to wear during Spring and Summer. I find that these shades are very feminine and pretty. I have heard that this palette is actually a considered as a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 eyeshadow palette.

All of these shades are shimmery so if you are one who prefers the matte look, I wouldn’t recommend this. It also came with two sponge applicators.

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The Blushed Nudes

The shades in The Blushed Nudes are more consistently pigmented. I really love the colours in this palette especially since I’m a fan of shimmer shades. For a long time, I have really wanted to purchase Urban Decay’s Naked 3 but after using this palette, I now no longer want it as the shades and pigment are almost exactly the same and for only a fraction of the price.

Pros:

  • Pretty shades
  • Very pigmented
  • Dupe for Naked 3 palette
  • Light packaging
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • None

 

Overall rating: 5/5

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REVIEW: Tartelette In Bloom Amazonian Clay Palette

I’m back again with another eyeshadow palette for review and it is the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette by Tarte. I received this from my cousin’s girlfriend as an early birthday gift and it is actually my first time using and owning a product by Tarte. I was beyond excited to try this so let’s just jump straight into the review.

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The palette comes in a gold metal case with a fuchsia accent. It’s not too heavy which I really like as it makes it easier to travel around with. I just think the packaging is gorgeous and feminine which makes it nice to look at on your vanity.

Price: AUD$67

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The palette comes with 12 different nude shades and it also comes with this little guideline which tells you how to recreate two different looks with the shades provided.

“This one’s for all the jetsetters, funny girls and smarty pants out there. Discover 12 brand-new, on-trend eyeshadows in a mix of matte and luster finishes. These lid, liner and crease pairings allow you to create an endless range of stunning, smoldering eyes. Infused with tarte’s signature Amazonian clay formula, you’ll get the same pigmented payoff, blendability and lasting color as the original tartelette—all in a chic, portable palette with a beautiful floral design”

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Top row: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow. Second row: Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist. Third row: Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader.

The shades in here are SO beautiful. For me, this is the perfect palette for Autumn. It smells quite nice too, almost with a chocolate scent? Maybe it’s just me. There’s so many looks you can create with these shades and it’s also suitable for everyday wear, both day and night.

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From top to bottom: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader.

As you can see, these shadows are quite pigmented and rich in colour. My most favourite shade would have to be Firecracker as i’m a huge fan of shimmer. I really love the formula of this palette. Each eyeshadow is very smooth and velvety and just blends really well. I absolutely love this palette and I think this is one that would suit all skin colours.

Pros:

  • Attractive packaging
  • Nice scent
  • Very pigmented
  • Smooth formula

Cons:

  • Expensive

Overall rating: 5/5

REVIEW: Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

By now, you can probably tell how much I love products by Too Faced cosmetics, given that it dominates my blog. This was a product that I had been waiting to try for a very, very long time and fortunately, I received this as a gift from my cousin from the States and it is Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette from their chocolate collection.

Just like it’s partners, it too comes with it’s own mouth-watering chocolate scent. I love the packaging, mainly due to the fact that i’m obsessed with anything that’s coloured pink.

Description: A decadently sweet cocoa powder infused palette of 16 matte and shimmer eyeshadows. Create the perfect eye looks and naturally boost your mood with antioxidant rich chocolate.

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From left to right: Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets, Sprinkles, Molasses Chip, Malted, Cashew Chew, Cotton Candy, Cafe Au Lait, Bordeaux, Mocha, Black Current, Dark Truffle, Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, Divinity.

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From top to bottom: Almond Truffle, Satin Sheets, Sprinkles, Molasses Chip, Malted, Cashew Chew, Cotton Candy, Cafe Au Lait, Bordeaux, Mocha, Black Current, Dark Truffle, Pecan Praline, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, Divinity.

I still can’t decide whether I prefer this over the Sweet Peach Palette but I can say that I love this product overall. My most favourite feature are the various shade of browns which I personally prefer to use on a daily basis. Once again, the shadows are well pigmented but I still have the same issue with this as I did with the Sweet Peach Palette in which the pink shades lack pigment. However for the most part, I like this palette very much and would continue using this for my daily makeup routine.

Pros:

  • Well pigmented
  • Attractive packaging
  • Appealing scent

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Pink shades lack pigment

 

Overall rating: 4/5

REVIEW: Colourpop Jenn Ne Sais Quad

I have been a fan of many beauty YouTubers for years, from Zoella to Meejmuse who create a range of videos from makeup tutorials, reviews as well as travelling vlogs. I would have to say for me personally, my most favourite and influential beauty YouTuber is Jenn Im aka clothesencounters, a Korean fashion and beauty enthusiast based in Los Angeles. The product I am reviewing today is a collaboration between Colourpop and Jenn Im, which I have been so excited about. It is the Jenn Ne Sais Quoi eyeshadow quad which I was able to purchase through the Colourpop website for USD$20.

(side note: Jenn Im’s collection also consists of one ultra satin lip, one lip liner and one lip stick!)

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Top left & right: Un, Deux. Bottom left & right: Quatre, Trois

Super Shock Shadow Description: This long-wearing creme powder formula has an elastic-like texture that is totally party proof. Avoid the fall out from traditional powder shadows and say goodbye to raccoon eyes! This feather soft formula glides on and feels freakin’ amazing. Super Shock Shadows come in a ton of kick ass shades in multiple fabulous finishes.

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, trimethylsiloxysilicate, isododecane, boron nitride, c30-45 alkyl cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, synthetic fluorphlogopite, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, dimethicone/vinyl trimethylisiloxy silicate crosspolymer, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, glycine soja (soybean) oil. [ +/- aluminum powder (ci 77000), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), black 2 (ci 77266), blue 1 (ci 42090), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), bronze powder (ci 77400), carmine (ci 75470), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), copper powder (ci 77400), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (ci 77510), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), green 5 (ci 61570), iron oxides (ci 77491), iron oxides (ci 77492), iron oxides (ci 77499), manganese violet (ci 77742), mica (ci 77019), red 40 lake (ci 16035), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), ultramarines (ci 77007), yellow 5 (ci 19140), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140)].

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Description:

  1. Un – A soft champagne sprinkled with silver multidimensional glitter in a Metallic Finish.
  2. Deux – A mid tone warm brown in a satin finish
  3. Trois – A brownish brick red in a Satin finish
  4. Quatre – A blackened brown in a Satin Finish
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From top to bottom: Quatre, Trois, Deux, Un.

Firstly I would like to thank Colourpop for collaborating with someone that I have admired for years. For those who are wondering, these are cream shadows and are best applied with a finger for higher results! I absolutely love the colour combination which is perfect for everyday wear, it also pleases me that Jenn Im has created something that suits every skin tone. Because the consistency is creamy, there are no issues with fall out which is always a plus in my book. Currently, these are my go-to eyeshadows as no fuss is required in terms of application and they are also long lasting! I highly recommend these for those who are looking for easy-to-wear, long-lasting eyeshadows. You may also purchase these eyeshadows separately if are only in need of certain shade for USD$5.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Long lasting
  • Easy to apply
  • Very pigmented
  • Suits every skin tone

Cons

  • Shipping is limited to certain countries
  • Expensive shipping
  • Can dry up easily if not sealed well

 

Overall rating: 5/5

 

REVIEW: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

I realise that it has been some time since this palette had been released, however i’ve gotten quite familiar with it enough to do a full review on it. I purchased the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette at Mecca Maxima a few days after its launch for AUD$72. The price is a little steep but I just couldn’t resist!

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Description: Be as sweet as a peach with these fresh-picked shades infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant-rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking summer-fresh year-round. Includes our signature Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.

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From left to right: Talk Derby to Me, Summer Yum, Puree, Caramelized, Georgia, Peaches ‘N’ Cream, Delectable, Peach Pit, Bellini, Candied Peach, Cobbler, Nectar, ‘Charmed, I’m Sure’, Tempting, Bless Her Heart, Just Peachy, Luscious, White Peach.

This palette comes with 7 matte shades and 11 shimmer shades. Once opened, the scent of peaches hits you and I absolutely love it. It makes you wanna eat it! Although the majority of the shadows are pigmented, I am disappointed with the lack pigment within the pink shades (Georgia & Candied Peach). Despite this minor fall back, I do believe that this eyeshadow palette is probably one of my most favourite due to its colour combinations and strong pigment. I’d have to say my most favourite shades are ‘Bellini‘ and ‘Luscious‘.

This palette is perfect for summer and it offers you enough variety to create diverse looks, whether you’d like something casual for daily wear or something smouldering for evening occasions.

Pros:

  • Very pigmented
  • Smells beautiful
  • Offers variation colours

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Pink shades lack pigment
  • Limited edition

Overall rating: 4.5/5