MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics: Coral Bliss, Overnight Sensation, Cracked Emerald

MAC Make-up Art Cosmetics: Coral Bliss, Overnight Sensation, Cracked Emerald

Well. MAC‘s Make-up Art Cosmetics was a limited collection that came out several weeks ago already. Originally I didn’t intend to buy anything, but I broke down when Douglas had 20% off. So that’s why this review is super late. I apologize if these products are already sold out, but we can always hope MAC brings them back again.

I bought these three items: two paints from the Kabuki Magic part, Overnight Sensation and Cracked Emerald; and a lipstick from the James Kaliardos part, Coral Bliss (Cremesheen). Coral Bliss isn’t actually new, it was either part of LEs before or available in the regular lineup.

I really like the special packaging here and that it says “Spring/Summer 2017”. So in the future I’ll know exactly when I got it. πŸ˜„

Coral Bliss has a cremesheen finish, meaning it’s not opaque and has a glossy finish. The color is a pinky toned light coral, a very happy color. Due to the finish it does not last that long, maybe three hours and the color pulls into lip lines/emphasizes dry parts. I solve that by reapplying. I like the way it looks and it has been my most used lipstick lately. The color is such a no-brainer, I use it whenever I don’t know what to wear (as I have to get up in the morning way too early this happens a lot; I put my makeup on in zombie mode).

Overall: if you can live with the cremesheen finish it’s a great lipstick.

These are my first ever MAC paints. They used to be in the lineup several years ago but then got discontinued when they introduced the Paint Pots. GREAT INJUSTICE! These Paints are five thousand times better than the Paint Pots! I know the Pots have many fans but they never worked for me at all. They are hard to put on evenly and they crease two hours in. They are also too dry to be a good makeup base, imho. These paints, though. Look at the swatches:

Overnight Sensation is a purple with blue shimmer, Cracked Emerald is matte green. The green doesn’t fade out more than the purple, I just took less product out of the tube. The colors are perf, pigmented, easy to put on the lid (I used a flat synthetic brush for full coverage and to use as eyeliner, a fluffy synthetic for less coverage and I’ve also used my finger). And then they dry down and stay uncreased until the end of time. Yet, they can be removed with any regular makeup remover quickly. I am in love!

Since they come in these little tubes, it’s best to squeeze only a tiny bit and put the cream onto a surface (back of hand or some artist’s plates) and then pick up the product from there. Work quickly as it dries up fast. The purple one was a little eager, the tube kept releasing more cream even when I didn’t touch it. But overall I found them easy to work with and the fact that the cream is kept in tubes with a small opening surely keeps them from drying out too fast, unlike cream shadows in pots.

I seriously hope MAC plans on releasing more of these again. I would buy them in a heartbeat.

essence All About Nudes eyeshadow

essence All About Nudes eyeshadow

Still reviewing the last few items of the 2016 advent calendar by essence. πŸ˜„ This eyeshadow palette was in the last door. It’s the all about nudes palette in 02 nudes. Honestly, I was prepared to hate it. I like some essence items, but always stay away from powder shadows for fear of them being too powdery and not pigmented enough.

If you look at the lower row, you can see the colors are fairly close together. However, only the middle two colors are truly close, the outer two colors differ quite a bit upon application. Let’s take a look at the swatches:

Swatches in the shade. I did top, bottom, top bottom, moving left to right. So we start with the highlighting shades. The first one is a pale vanilla and matte. The second one is more a seashell color and shimmery. The next four colors are the middle browns, all of which are matte. The second to last color is the darkest of the palette and has a satin finish. The very last one is another mid brown, but with an intense sparkle. On the lid it applies as mostly shimmer and not much base color.

So, the first row is warmer toned and the second is cooler toned. I like having that variety, lots of nude palettes are warm only. I wish that one of the middle colors in the lower row were darker, though. They differ only slightly (the right one leans more taupe), but on the lid you can’t tell the difference. So you always have to reach for the upper row anyway unless you do a light only look.

The same swatches, but in direct sunlight. Here you can see the shimmer and the sparkle.

Like I said in the beginning I was prepared to hate this palette. Except now, four months later I can say this has been my most used palette this year. It’s not too powdery if you knock off the excess on the back of your hand, it applies well and it looks really good on. The biggest quality problem is the glitter shade, as the sparkles land all over your face. The others are good, though. Now, the colors don’t go fully opaque. They always stay a bit see-through, but that also means you can throw them on quickly, blend a bit and be done with it. You can’t do much wrong with these, which is why I’d recommend them to a makeup beginner. You can still get some different looks out of it, from almost invisible to dark. You can have some fun experimenting and it’ll still result in a look you can leave the house with.

Wear time was also surprisingly good: seven hours (with primer, though!).

For people with many nude palettes this will be boring. It’s got nothing you don’t have already. I don’t have all that many nude palettes and honestly, it’s probably the best neutral one I have. You know, really neutral in tones.

Caveat: since the colors are semi-sheer and mostly on the lighter end of the spectrum I can’t say how well it’ll work for darker skin tones. But I totally recommend this one to the paler kids who want a no fuss nude eyeshadow.

Zoeva Cocoa Blend

Zoeva Cocoa Blend

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And here’s the last palette from the Zoeva Plaisir box: Cocoa Blend. This palette was available before the release of the Plaisir box (the other two were new palettes), so it’s not super duper new. You can buy the three palettes in the box (Cocoa Blend, Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion) or you can buy each palette alone. I like that they’re not forcing you to buy a package if you’re only interested in a certain item in it. πŸ™‚

So, the Cocoa Blend was already a blogger’s favorite before the box and I was eager to try it.

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It includes some shimmers and some matte colors. It’s not exactly a nude palette imho, there are some color shadows in it. You could consider it a smoky palette, as most colors are darker than in the other two palettes.

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Swatches in the shade.

The colors are: First one is Bitter Start, a matte vanilla color, the highlighting and priming shade.

Next one is Sweeter end, a shimmery color. The color is hard to describe. It’s sort of a mauve with lots of gold shimmer. Next is Warm Notes, a shimmery ruby red. Next is Subtle Blend, a darker shimmery bronze. Last color in the top row is Beans are White, despite the name this is a matte dark espresso color.

The second row starts with another bronze, Pure Ganache. This is super shimmery and intense. Next one is Substitute for Love, a matte reddish brown. Actually it has a bit of fine shimmer on it, but you don’t see it on the lid. The next color is a darker, but still red toned chestnut brown. This one is truly matte. Next is Infusion, a dark brown with gold shimmer. Last color in the palette is Delicate Acidity, a shimmery mauvey taupe.

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Swatches in direct sunlight.

Overall this is yet another warm toned palette of good quality. The shimmers are great, the matte colors aren’t completely opaque, but workable. You can create a whole array of looks with these eyshadows, most of which are going to end up pretty smoky, though. On me the shadows did not crease and faded only a bit after eight hours.

I like this one. Out of all three palettes I am surprised to say I like Blanc Fusion the best though. The Cocoa Blend will work on a bigger range of skin tones though, since Blanc Fusion is very light. These palettes were my first eyeshadows from Zoeva and I am very pleased with their quality. I might check out some more colorful palettes or see if they have something cool toned (as all three palettes lean warm).

Depending on what sort of colors you want I can really recommend all three palettes.

Zoeva Blanc Fusion

Zoeva Blanc Fusion

Another palette in the Zoeva Plaisir box is the Blanc Fusion palette:

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As the name suggests, this one is all about light tones:

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I’m ususally dismissive of too many light colors in one palette, but this one is very well curated. The first line is all shimmery, the second is all matt colors. The matt ones are great neutrals, the shimmers add some interest. While all of the Plaisir palettes are warm toned, the Blanc Fusion offers cool tones as well. This palette is balanced very well.

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Swatches, left to right, first top row, then bottom row (click pic to see it bigger). The first two colors, Noble and Single Origin look different in the pan, but aren’t that different applied: both are sheer with golden shimmer. Noble is more white gold, while Single Origin is more yellow. Still, that’s the weakest part of the palette, because they don’t look that different on the eye. Both are incredibly pretty, though. The third shade is the pop color of the palette: Visions of Gold, despite the name more a shimmery yellow than a gold. Very eye-catching and the one shade that keeps the palette from being completeley nude.

Then comes a regular bronze shade, Late Bloomer. The next one, Sweetness Lingers, is a tad more taupey.

The second row starts with a light matte shade, Travel Inspired. This one serves well as a shade to blend out or an all over base shade. The second shade, Joy in a Box, is my most used shade so far. It’s a perfect light beige that does not lean orange at all. The next one, Conched, is a bit darker. Second to last shade is Question of Taste, which is warmer toned than the other two. Last and only dark shade (and compared to other palettes isn’t even that dark, but this is the Blanc Fusion palette for a reason) is Last Bite. Last Bite is a great color, a matte chocolate brown, that pulls the look together. Without it, the palette wouldn’t be as great as it is.

Overall, I am very fond of this palette. You can do a quick and dirty look or something big and it works. Quality of the shades is great, all are pigmented and apply well. They last very nicely, too. With a primer they don’t crease on me and stay about nine hours.

This palette is amazing for pale kiddos like me because it offers shades which aren’t too harsh but are still distinctive from each other. The yellow is a bit out there, but lovely if you want to experiment.

Zoeva Plaisir Box: Caramel Melange

Zoeva Plaisir Box: Caramel Melange

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As an early present to myself I bought the Zoeva Plaisir box. πŸ˜„ Back when the Chanel Le Rouge Collection came out I was all over the eyeshadow quad, with the three browns and the one red shadow. But, ah, it was so expensive. Then I found this box here, with three eyeshadow palettes in warm tones. And when there was some sort of promotion (black friday or whatever I forgot) I manged to get it for the same price I would have to shell out for the one Chanel quad (which is now sold out anyway). And the Plaisir box is so pretty, too! It’s this brown box, and the inside is golden, and look at the three palettes:

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So pretty! The three palettes are Blanc Fusion, Caramel Melange and Cocoa Blend. All three palettes can also be purchased seperatley. Buying the set is slightly cheaper.

I will review all of them, but in seperate posts. Today I’ll do the middle palette, Caramel Melange.

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It’s a thin cardboard palette and does not take up too much space on its own.

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The colors! The first six are matte, the last four are shimmery. All colors are warm toned (this is true for all three palettes). Color names are: Wax Paper (ivory), Universal Delight (beige), Aftertaste (red/strong orange), 182Β°C (shimmery orange), Liquid Center (bronze), Alchemy (matte light red/orange), Start Soft (reddish brown), Finish Sensual (brown), Almost Burnt (gold) and Edible Gem (dark chocolate).

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The swatch, in the same order as above. (You can click on the pics to see them big.) I marked Wax Paper with an arrow, because I swear it is there! πŸ˜„ You can see it’s the perfect color to blend out into my skin tone, which is what I use it for. This palette does not have a shimmery highlighter, but for most people Wax Paper can be used as a matte one.

All colors are well pigmented and apply well on the eyelid. In the swatches the mattes look drier and of course the shimmers are more buttery, but on the eye they are all good. The quality of the shadows is wonderful. They last a whole work day or a whole night out.

Colorwise the palette could have been more varied. You can see the orange colors are all very close together. Also I keep making the mistake of putting Finish Sensual in my crease, where it looks straight up orange instead of brown. Really, the only usable crease color is Edible Gem, which is also the only reasonably dark color in the palette. Three of the mattes are so close together that you can’t see the difference on the lid (Alchemy, Start Soft, Finish Sensual). I think a darker matte brown and a cooler tone would have helped out. As it is I can only ever use one of the orangeish tones and have to combine with the gold or bronze or brown and done. You can also make pretty looks from just the gold and the brown, but then you don’t need an orange palette for that!

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See what I mean? In this pic I am wearing four shadows from the palette. Does it look like four different shadows? Hell no.

Overall I like the idea of a trendy warm toned palette with orange or red and the quality is good, but from all three palettes this is the least versatile on its own.

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo Khaki Discret

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo Khaki Discret

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I found this pretty duo eyeshadow from Chanel, the Ombres Contraste Duo in Khaki Discret. I have to admit I never really noticed their duos before – and now they seem to be discontinuing them! You can still find them in some places, but not everywhere.

I’m a huge lover of khaki on the eyes. I think it always looks great, no matter what skin tone. It’s not too green, it’s dark enough and usually comes with pretty golden shimmer. Yet somehow all my fav khaki products seem to be discontinued – why???

Well, here’s the quick lowdown in case you guys also want to grab it before it’s gone:

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The swatches. There’s a darker color, a brownish greeney bronze with very subtle shimmer. The lighter color is a very light pastel green.

Both colors are very soft and smooth. While they seem soft I had no noticeable fallout. Both colors sheer out quite a bit so I had to pack it on but it worked out. While this is almost the perfect khaki duo, for me the lighter color needs to be darker or stronger. I don’t like lid colors that are too light and it’s too green to really use it as a highlighter.

Honestly if you don’t have this, you’re probably not missing much, but I do like using it. Since all my khaki eyeshadows are discontinued I can’t back them up, so I just… pick up new ones when I see them… πŸ˜„

So while you don’t need this one here in particular, I totally think everyone should at least own one shadow in this murky green color. Because it looks awesome I promise.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Milk

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I picked up the Jumbo Eye Pencil in 604 Milk by Nyx a while ago. It’s a creamy eyeshadow stick and the color is pure white, no shimmer. The point of course of such a shadow is not to use it on its own, it’s to have a white base for other colors to pop. Well, usually. Of course you can do other things as well but I woudn’t advise to use it like a normal shadow that would look weird.

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The stick is very creamy and you can get a good amount of product on easily. It’s opaque pretty fast. The creaminess is also its downfall on my lids. They tend to be pretty oily and product that doesn’t dry down just wanders around on my skin. 😦 Even with my best primer I didn’t get it to stick on. This depends on your personal skin though, so if that’s not a common problem for you, the stick will work as intended.

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It does enhance colored shadows, though. Here shown with a Nars duo, once on bare skin and in the middle on top of the Nyx shadow. But blending on top of the white shadow is not so easy either. The white shadow moves around with pressure, so the best method is to pat the colored shadow on and not blend too much.

Another thing I don’t like about the shadow stick is that it is not twist-up. You have to sharpen it using a normal pencil sharpener – you sharpen the plastic outer part with it! It don’t like sharpening pencils in the first place and sharpening plastic instead of wood is even more annoying.

Apart from these negative points I can report I also used it as a liner on the waterline. That worked well, it went on nicely because it’s so creamy, yet it also stayed for hours. I was so surprised since it didn’t last well on my lids. But that seems to be a problem of my personal, eyeshadow eating eyelids, not the product itself. When I use it only as a liner, it is great, although if you wanna do a graphic look, you know, like doing a black and a white line on the upper lid it is hard to get the white line to be crisp (product too soft).

As Halloween is coming up, another use for it might be to use it for all over the face / shading when doing a skull or something similar. It is creamy enough to blend over bigger areas of the face. Although if the goal is to cover the whole face in white I would use a pot of white color and a brush instead. But with this pencil you can do the edges and the small places in your face that the brush might not reach. You can also do touch ups later, as it is small enough to take with you and you need no additional brush.Β  πŸ™‚

Nars Fashion Rebel

Nars Fashion Rebel

Nars Fashion Rebel

I bought this eyeshadow duo in spring and wore it a lot back then and then sort of neglected to give it a review. 😦 So here it is: Fashion Rebel by NARS.

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These are my first eyeshadows by Nars and I decided to go all out. It’s a yellow and a purple eyeshadow, both are finely milled and without shimmer.

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These are the swatches. I think color payoff is pretty good. Actually, the swatch doesn’t live up to it? On my eyes I pat the colors on, no swiping and am pretty happy with the result.

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Have another swatch, this time on bare skin top and bottom and in the middle with a white base. The base makes a difference with the purple, but the intensity of the yellow is almost the same.

Wear time: these totally need a primer! But with a primer, they last quite well. I’d say five hours are solid, then the color does start to vanish. It always stays on close to the lashline though.

I used the white base for the pics here, but I only wore it on the eyes with the base once. In my opinion it worked well enough without and that saved me a step. Also, blending out is much easier without white base underneath.

I’d also like to add, temptalia lists the purple of this duo as a dupe for Urban Decay’s Bittersweet blush. I almost bought the blush, then I figured I might as well use this one here. The eyeshadow blends out well enough. I put the plastic (top picture) over the yellow and use a normal size blush brush to pick up the purple. Without the guard I’d need a smaller blush brush.

So this duo paid off well, because I got two eyeshadows and one blush out of it.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Rose Petale

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Rose Petale

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When Chanel produces something in stick form, chances are high I like it. πŸ˜„

This year there was another Collection with stick Eyeshadows. I have purchased at least one from every Collection that had them so far, and was never disappointed. In fact, they got better every year. At first they were mostly glitter, like a stick version of the Illusion d’Ombres, but they became more and more opaque.

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This year they released lots of great colors, but the one I needed was the Stylo Eyeshadow in 177 Rose Petale. I’ve been wanting a soft pink for a long time, somehow this color is harder to come by than you’d think. Anyway this collection isn’t new, so I apologize if you can’t get them anymore. But if you find some, I can recommend all the colors.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in the shade.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in sunlight. The color is a light pink, lighter and less salmon than the one from the last collection. But there’s still a clear yellow undertone to it. The color contains soft shimmer, but no sparkle.

As ususal, the color is easy to apply, but you need to be quick with blending. It lasts extremely well on my lids, eight hours for sure (of course with such a light color often you simply don’t notice the creasing).

I remain a fan of these Stylo Eyeshadows.

My MAC Chris Chang haul

My MAC Chris Chang haul

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I skipped a few MAC Collections but I knew I needed some items from the Chris Chang Collection. Sadly, as it often happens with MAC LEs, some of the things I wanted were already sold out. Int he end I picked up four items, two eye shadows and two cream color bases.

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These are the pretty pots.

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The colors are: Sock-it-Xiqu (cream color base), Electric Mandarin (eye shadow), Royal Woo (eye shadow), and Peony Pavillian (cream color base)

The MAC MUA said you can use the cream color bases for everything and showed me how she used it as a base underneath powder eye shadow. However I wish to point out that there is a slip of paper in the packaging that says both cream color bases should not be used on eyes or lips. To be honest I only discovered that paper after I had already used both on my lips and so far I suffered no ill effects. But still this might be something you’d like to know. I haven’t tried the cream color bases on my lids because they are really very creamy and I have oily lids.

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The colorful swatches! LtR: Electric Mandarin, Royal Woo, Peony Pavillion, Sock-it-Xiqu

Both eyeshadows claim to be matte, but the orange one contains some shimmer. You can see it in the pan, but not really when applied. The cream color bases have no shimmer, but never quite dry down, so they always look a little glossy.

I am very happy with the pigmentation of all of these. I skipped the turquoise eye shadow because it seemed less pigmented. The pink shadow and the orange cream color base also looked real good. Sadly, the yellow and the turquoise lipstick were so sheer. I’m waiting for some more pigmented releases there.

I have worn both cream color bases as blush and as a stain on the lips. Sock-it-Xiqu is very pale. It works as a blush on me (NC13) but might be too light for most. It also worked on my lips but only for a statement look. I lasts all day on my cheeks, and three hours on my lips.

Peony Pavillion is sooo great! It looks like a simple pink, but it’s really quite intense, amost neon when worn. But it still blends out so well on my cheeks that most peple couldn’t even tell I was wearing something. It looked like I had a strong flush, haha. On the lips it lasted about four hours. It creeps into lines because it’s so creamy, but it can be gotten out again by rubbing the lips together. It leaves a light stain on the lips.

Both eye shadows apply really well. They are pigmented and fairly easy to put on (with a patting motion, mind you). I used a normal colorless primer. They are so pigmented I didn’t really feel the need for a white base. The orange has lasted on my upper lids for about eight to nine hours, the yellow a little less. But I was testing them in warm and humid weather. I also used them on my lower lids with neutral shadows on top, which is the more casual way to wear them and they lasted even longer there.

I am happy with these and would buy them all again. I apologize for getting this review out so late, and you may not be able to get them anymore. But hopefully, there will be re-releases of these colors sometime.

Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

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I had to fight for this palette, it was constantly sold out: Zoeva Rose Golden. People said ‘if you like their brushes, try their makeup’, so I did. πŸ™‚

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The packaging is cardboard and copper colored. This color has been very hot in the last couple years. I blame instagram.

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The colors! On the very top you get the contour powder shade, Heavy Crown. Next the highlighter, Glowing Still, and last is the blush shade Palace Door. By the way I wore this to see Huntsman: Winter’s War, which I guess was very fitting. Although I wore this every day since I got it, so that wasn’t planned. I also wore it to Marvel’s Civil War, which is sooo good, like omg.

Ahem. Let’s take a look at the swatches:

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Heavy Crown is non-shimmery and cool toned, like a contour shade should be (as opposed to bronzer which would be warmer). It is also very light. Don’t let the swatch fool you, this is unblended on my very pale wrist.

Glowing Still is very shimmery. The powder is white, but the shimmer is yellow golden. Blended out on the face the white goes invisible and you are left with a very intense yelow gold shimmer. I repeat, the shimmer is not white or silver! The highlight is very strong, good for a strobing look.

Palace Door is the rose golden shade of the palette. It is very shimmery, to the point where if your skin tone is dark enough, this could be used as a highlighter instead. The shade itself is more coppery, the shimmer is mostly golden. But here, the base color and the shimmer are so fine that they become one.

Overall I am a bit confused by the colors:

  • The contour is so light it will only work on the really pale gals (NC 15 or lighter), so yay a contour for the really pale ones!
  • The highlight on the other hand is so yellow! If this were a palette for the really light gals, I’d think it would be white pearl. However, this highlighter looks actually really good on me when I do a warmer look. This is for the golden Chalize Theron, not the silvery Emily Blunt (I may have watched this movie strictly for the makeup…). Also, this highlighting shade will look absolutely amazing on every skin tone! I bet the lovely Motsi Mabuse wears something like this, too.
  • And then, there’s the blush, which is not only very shimmery, but also not too dark on the face. It ends up looking almost taupey, by which I mean, more brown than rose color comes out. In fact, minus the shimmer, the color looks really natural on my skin (NC13!).
  • Sooo, sadly there is the possibility that at least one shade in this will be too light or too dark for you personally.

That was the colors. The quality of the powders is top-notch, though. They are finely milled, buttery, blend easily. For the blush, depending on how shimmery you want it, you’ll have to apply it with a light hand. And then, as I was applying it for the first time with a not so light hand and it turned out soooo shimmery on my cheeks I thought, this looks totally like an eyeshadow.

And so I got my eye brushes out and started playing. These totally work for eyshadow, all three of them. A primer is a must, but with primer they last for eight hours without creasing. With a shimmery base the blush color really goes all out. It’s a lot less sheer than the Maybelline blushed nudes for example. You’d never believe it was meant to go on cheeks. With a matte base, you dampen the shimmer content. The highlight makes a good eye highlight as well. The contour shade is too light to cut the crease with it. I use it for blending out, mostly. I also wore it all over the lid on its own for a subtle (veeeery subtle) no makeup makeup look. Gosh if only the contour was a bit stronger I would call this the most perfect palette on earth.

Overall, this is super versatile and I am so glad I got it. I’ve been wearing it everday, on cheeks or eyes or both. My suggestion is they should make a pale and dark version of this. I would buy them all.

Maybelline the blushed nudes

Maybelline the blushed nudes

In december I told a friend I wasn’t going to buy another nude eyeshadow palette in my life. I had all the colors, what was the point, pffft? Then the Maybelline Blushed Nudes was released here and I was like oooh, shiny! Brassy and pinky, my colors.

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I am weak.

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Pretty! Now, a word of warning: these go on sheer. The brassy colors will not translate to the lid exactly like they look in the pan.

Maybelline Blushed Nudes Swatches

Swatches! Click pic to see it larger.Β  I swatched the colors, top, bottom, repeat.

The first color is a light, matte bone shade. Good for blending the colors into the skin if you are pale. For darker skins, this will be more a matte highlight.

Next is a reddish bronze. Then a shimmery beige, universal lid color with a warm undertone. Next is a satin brown with a little golden shimmer.

Next four are the more cool toned shades: a light shimmery color, sort of a brassy color. Then a mid tone brown, also shimmery. Then a matte baby pink, very light. Underneath a muddy color, slightly shimmery.

Last four are the reddish colors: First a matte pink, darker and stronger than the previous. Then a shimmery burgundy color. Another shimmery bronze, somewhat darker than the first. And lastly, a blackened brown with pink shimmer.

With the last Maybelline Nude palette I bought I said that it had great colors, but was a bit hard to blend (okay to work for a blogger or makeup geek but might have been not perfect for a beginner). With this one I am not entirely convinced by the colors (some are quite close and they are hard to get opaque), but I find them to be extremely easy to blend and put on, and so I think this palette is perfect for a beginner. When you don’t expect intense color and just want something good to work with, to put on quickly and look good, this is one for you!

I got everything from a light nude look to a good smokey eye with it (just not too dark, as the colors always stay a little sheer). One thing that did not work at all was using the darker colors as a liner, something I like to do when I use palettes. But those are just too light and when you pack them on, they crumble and ruin your look. Just stick to normal eyeliner.

Overall I am happy with this palette, I reach for it often in the early morning as it is hard to mess up with those colors, even when you’re still half asleep. However, a good primer is necessary. When used with primer, the creasing and fading is kept to a minimum. I get wear time of about seven hours out of it.

Spring Makeup Haul

Spring Makeup Haul

I was super into easter colors lately and it sort of shows in my new purchases?

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Maybe not so much with the packaging, but…

Spring Haul 2016

Getting there…

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Spring! πŸ˜€

Okay, so what are the items?

On top you can see two brow products by Maybelline: the BrowSatin in medium brown and dark brown. They are double ended, one side a thin pencil, the other a sponge with powder.

On the upper left, a Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint: 01 Poppin’ Poppy. On the upper right: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Magnetic Magenta.

The mascara duo is from Essence: the thinner wand is the Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Topcoat, the thicker wand is the Forbidden Volume Mascara Rebel. There’s another duo without the “rebel” in the name, but I thought I might as well go all out. I was actually about to buy the Princess Mascara, but the duo won for one single reason: they came packaged in plastic (shown in top pic). I have trouble buying normal drugstore stuff if it isn’t sealed because I’ve seen too many people use stuff (not the testers) and putting it back in the aisle. And since you can’t tell with mascara if it has been opened, I’m sticking to high end and those drugstore mascaras that come sealed.

The lower lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte in Stronger, one of the most interesting colors in their whole lineup!

And lastly, the eyeshadow duo is Nars Fashion Rebel. I am well aware that a matte yellow will not have the best quality, but I just don’t care. I’m packing this stuff on! Spring! (Actually this is a past summer release, but it just screams spring to me right now.)

And this concludes my Spring haul. This is sort of a pre-woman day haul, I got lots of good discounts. This Thursday, for everyone who lives in and near Austria, don’t forget it’s Woman Day. 20% off on shoes, clothes, cosmetics.Β In my experience this week it will pay off to simply ask for a discount, even if it is not thursday and even if the shop is not officially on the list.

Kiko Moon Shadow Glistening Turquoise and Mysterious Chocolate

Kiko Moon Shadow Glistening Turquoise and Mysterious Chocolate

Kiko Shadow sticks

These two sticks are from my last Kiko haul. They are Moon Shadows from their 2015 Fall Collection. I already reviewed the lightest color here. Since I liked wearing that one I picked up two more colors on sale. The blue one is called 04 Glistening Turquoise and the brown is 02 Mysterious Chocolate.

Kiko shadow swatches

Swatches! Both are mid to dark colors with pretty multi colored shimmer. The pics don’t do them justice; the shimmer is really strong.

Both are easy to apply right from the stick and need to be blended quickly before they set. I have worn them for a single color smoky eye, it’s really easy to do with dark stick shadows. The shadow is also easy to apply on the lower lid. I simply turn the stick around and use the edge. They shadows did not smudge under my eye, which is a huge plus.

Overall, the brown one lasted six hours before it started to crease, the blue one five. The blue is a little patchier than the brown one, you can see it in the swatch as well. When the brown one was creasing on me, it still looked fairly good despite the creasing. You know – in a lived in rockstar sort of thing. The blue was okay too, but while I didn’t mind wearing the brown long after it had started creasing, the blue one got patchier and patchier and I wouldn’t wear it for a long night out.

Still, both are pretty good and I like them.

Here’s an out of focus pic to show the shimmer better:

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It still doesn’t do them justice, though.

Post Holiday Sale Haul

Post Holiday Sale Haul

It’s the best time of the year – sale time! πŸ˜€

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I think I was being good. I picked up only a few items. πŸ™‚

There’s Prada Iris, the 2015 re-release of Infusion d’Iris. Then Givenchy Blush Memoire De Forme in 2 Rose Delicat. The last three are all Kiko items: Two more moon shadows (02 Mysterious Chocolate and 04 Glistening Turquoise) and a face powder from their Holiday Collection: Moon Dust in 01 Mysterious Pink. I also bought a highlighter from that collection, but that was before the sale…

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Proper reviews will come later, when I had time to play with them.

givenchy blush

This is the Givenchy Blush. I didn’t even know we got their liquid blush here.

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The lovely Kiko items. The “face powder” is clearly a blush, but whatever. If you have the chance to take a look at Kiko’s winter sale, it’s really worth it.

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And this is a snap of the highlighter that I bought at the beginning of December but had no time to show on the blog just yet.

Did you hit the sales? Any hauls to show?

2015 in review

2015 in review

It’s the end of the year and time to look back! This is the post WordPress prepared, in case anyone is interested in the stats:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Plans for next year

Yay, stats! πŸ˜€ it’s not an awful lot of views, but okay. Interesting is that my posting pattern changed completely over the year, when I went from posting every other day to posting on Mo-Wed-Fri. Then my pattern dropped off in the summer as usual and then it turned a little eclectic as my life changed a lot from October to now. The good news is, it’s getting stable again and my goal for 2016 is blogging more regularly again. I will aim for Mo-Wed-Fri again, and if that won’t work, I’ll go for two days a week.

The most popular posts

Last year my five most popular posts were all about lipstick. This year, a post about eyeshadows snuck in! And one about Lip Liners…

These are the most viewed posts of 2015:

YSL Rouge Pur Couture the Mats Fuchsia Fetiche – This was already a favorite post in 2014 and rightfully so.

MAC Lip Liner Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo – This is a new post and gets lots of google hits. Many people want to know which lip liner to wear with Ruby Woo!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Exuberante and La Diva – Another hit from back in 2014.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose and Caroube – sometimes you do want to see stuff other than lipstick.

Flormar Revolution Perfect lipstick – people pin this on Pinterest sometimes, which is why this post from 2014 still gets views I think.

Which posts to expect in the new year:

More perfume, more lipstick. πŸ˜€

How is your year in review? What are your plans for 2016? Is there anything you would like to see on this blog?

Have fun today everybody and see you in the new year!

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Now, I’m not a typical palette addict. To this day I do not own one single Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. For me to buy something bigger than a quint is noteworthy and I must see some really interesting colors in a big palette to want it.

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Like this: Smashbox Double Exposure. I was drawn to the fact that it has cool and warm shades, purples and peaches. The rest is just a bonus, really.

If you click on the pic you should be able to read the names of the shades, if you want to. Shamshbox claims these shadows can be used wet and dry and the pic lists the ways that using wet changes the shadow. More on that later.

Swatches:

Smashbox Double Exposure Swatches

Click the pic to enlarge. Now, usually I am able to offer more than one swatch pic for such a number of shadows, but somehow all my pics turned out unusable. Boo. Also, the light is more to the yellow side in this pic, which might make the warm shades look even warmer.

The Colors

I swatched top-bottom repeat, so the first two shades on my wrist are Silver and Midnight. Silver is a cool shimmery silver. Midnight looked blue in the pan, but swatches more like a black base with blue shimmer.

Next are Mauve and Temper: Mauve is the shade I used most so far, it is a shimmery lilac and goes with everything. Temper is almost matte and applies darker than it looks in the pan. Like, quite a bit darker. I was like, oh this is a good crease color and applied it liberally in my crease but it’s dark and well pigmented so I spent quite a bit blending that out again, haha.

Next two are Peony and Haze: Peony is a shimmery pale pink and great on the lid. Haze is a shimmery cold lilac, it has more grey than Mauve and makes a good crease color (also a good color for using as single tone all over).

Next are the two that cut the palette in half: Blanc and Noir are the colors in between the cool and the warm shades. The names are pretty self-explanatory. Blanc is the color with the least pigment in the palette and the highest grade of shimmer. It’s the color you use to place down highlights. Noir is a soft matte black.

Quartz and Copper: Quartz is an oh so pretty coral shade with gold touch, similar to MAC’s Rubenesque. The color has a high amount of shimmer, and note that this color is not coral with gold shimmer! Both colors, coral and gold, are the shimmer, there’s a slight duochrome quality to it. Quartz is a burgundy brown color with shimmer. It is also quite dark and pigmented and should be applied with a light hand.

Flushed and Fig are next: Flushed is a shimmery peachy bronze color, the shimmer is more on the silvery side, but overall this is still a warm color. Fig is matte, and again darker than it looks in the pan. I use this for eyeliner a lot. A great autumnal color.

And the last two colors are universally useful: Veiled and Espresso. Veiled is a matte vanilla and can be used with pretty much all looks to blend colors out. It could also be used all over the lid to neutralize it. Espresso is matte, too. For once, this doesn’t apply darker than in the pan.

The Quality

All colors are well pigmented. the shimmery colors are smoother than the mattes, but with the right brushes the matte apply well, too. The shimmery ones are too shimmery for my taste, I usually apply shimmery lid colors over the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, but with these I used the Primer Potion in Original instead. Original usually swallows too much of the shimmer, but the Smashbox shadows were still super shimmery. Apart from that, the mix of shimmery and matte colors is good, but I would have preferred Temper and Copper to be less shimmery.

Lasting power is good, all day with primer, and five hours without.

The wet and dry thing, now… They claim you can use the shadows wet and the pan will be jst like before. I was sceptical and used onlyΒ  a little corner with a wet brush and just like I expected, the wet part changed. You can tell exactly which parts of the pan had been wet. Now, the shadow itself is still good to use, but I very much would not advice to slap a wet brush all over the pan. Also, since they are so pigmented anyway, you don’t really need to use them wet. I only use them wet for eyeliner, and usually not even then. And most of the shadows are supposed to get more metallic or sparkly when wet. I say these are already shimmery enough.

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This is a very good palette, very good mix of pretty colors. Don’t bother using them wet, they are good enough dry. This palette is for the lovers of shimmer and shine, even though there are matte colors, too.

Smashbox Cream Shadow Stone

Smashbox Cream Shadow Stone

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This is the Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Stone.

To be honest I don’t pay much attention to Smashbox, because I’m always distracted by other shinies, but they have some real good stuff. My review for the palette I showed in my haul will come up as soon as I have the time to type it up but as a spoiler: I love it!

Alright, back to this single shadow: From the name I expected something grey and it certainly looks grey sometimes, but it’s really more of an olive, muddy color. Which I love, I think such greenish muddy colors always look amazing on the lids.

The texture of this cream shadow is gel-like, very similar to the Maybelline ones. It can be easily applied with fingers or a brush.

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Swatch. You can see it leans more brown than grey and it’s sort of khaki, but not really green. I think this is a super useful color, it goes with pretty much anything. It can be used as a crease color or alone. On its own it makes a quick and dirty look, perfect for the mornings when you’re running out of time (always) but still want color on the lids.

Wear time is very good, although I wouldn’t go as far as saying it lasts 15 hours on its own. I didn’t notice much nasty creasing, which is good. Cream shadows with this texture usually crease lots on me. I’d still recommend using a primer, but it’s okay on its own. With primer I get an all day wear out of it.

tl;dr: very good shadow, pretty fall color. recommendation. πŸ™‚