Colourpop Chasing Rainbows Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

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OK, so Colourpop has a sense of humor releasing this palette for the Holiday 2018. I mean, a colorful fun palette with rainbow theme, and holographic packaging does not exactly scream Christmas. On the other hand, we don’t need that many palettes with the typical Christmas shades so why not mix it up. It’s pretty and fun. but honestly I felt much more like pulling this out of my eyeshadow basket (the one with palettes I need to review) and do looks with it now than during the Holidays. You can off course wear fun pops of color any time of the year, but this just felt more like summer to me.

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This one has the same layout as previous Holiday palettes have had, for instance the “All I See Is Magic” that was a previous Holiday release. It has 15 shades with a nice mixture of mattes and shimmers and fun colors.

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The first row is more in the neutral side, and gives you the base colors you may need. The only thing I don’t like about this row is that it has one of those matte shade with a sheer wash of glitter particles in it. We have talked about these kind of shades before because they annoy the heck out of me. I just find it so pointless since the glitter will dust off anyway, and the color on your lid will be matte. If you want a matte shade, you would not need that glitter in the first place, and if you want that glitter you will be disappointing because it’s going to dust off and fly away as you apply the shadow. I mean, make a shadow either matte OR with glitter that actually stays in the shadow upon application. Shades like these are just pointless to me. But with that said “Feeling It” is a nice warm brown crease shade, of you just ignore that glitter in the pan and use it just like a regular matte shade, you will get exactly that. There is also a shade in the second row with the exact same formula. “Manifest It” is a beautiful matte hot pink on the eyes, but that glitter is just so unnecessary.

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Those matte shades with glitter put aside, the rest of the palette has really nice formulas. “Blurred Lines” and “Not Playing” are not that dense in pigmentation so they are more like a sheer color with glitter and shimmer, or beautiful topper shades. There are 7 proper mattes (not counting the two with glitter). They have the usual high performance of Colourpop mattes. Most of them blend very well. The only exception was the matte blue shade “Bring It”. Not saying it’s bad, but it’s very very pigmented. that means off course that you either have to spend a little more time blending, or adding a little at the time. With that said I didn’t have issues making the blend nice in the end. It just took a bit more time than with the rest of the shades in the palette.

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So overall, this is at Colourpops usual standard. Just great through and through. Yes, those mattes with glitters could have been just pure mattes in my opinion, but I am not that mad since they actually do perform as mattes. The color selection is fun and colorful while still giving you an option of you want to go completely natural which is something I love about a palette, and the combination of different textures and depth in the shades. Just a good cohesive and fun palette!

Colourpop just steals the show with palettes at the moment and I am diggin it!

XOXO

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Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette “Lightgasm” – Review!

Usually I am very lucky with Charlotte Tilbury makeup. For the most part I have been loving the products I have tried. But since they are quite high in price, not so easy to get a hold off, and taxes increase the price even more I don’t buy from the brand very often. But just looking at this palette I knew I would be willing to pay the full price and the taxes to get it.

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Honestly, this is (by far) the most stunning face palette I have ever seen, both inside and outside. This piece is simply stunning and worth picking up for someone like me who collect makeup almost regardless of the performance. But off course, I want (and expect) it to perform anyways!

Inside you get four face powders. Two highlighters, one glowy blush and a satin bronzer. The face palette comes in a slightly darker version as well, but I chose the lightest one called “Lightgasm”. You get one light champagne highlighter, on darker more peachy highlighter, a glowy pink blush and a bronzer that is quite light.

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I think the one shade that does not really fit into the palette is the darker highlighter. The combination of shades means that in my eyes no person can fit all. The bronzer is simply to light to fit your skintone if you are dark or tan enough to use the darker highlighter. I figured the concept of making a version for light skin and another version for darker skin was that if you have light skin you will actually be able to use all the shades. I don’t think the darker highlighter is particularly dark though, it fits me well when I have a tan. But when this highlighter fits my skin both the bronzer and blush is too pale for me. And I don’t find it very practical to pull out a face palette just for one shade. So in one way I can, as a person with light skin, use all the shades, but not at the same time. So if I want to be very picky (and I can because it’s expensive) I would have preferred to have all shades in the palette fit my skintone simultaneously. A different shade of blush would have been better in my opinion.

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I do like the bronzer though. It’s a really nice color with a satin finish. It does not look dull, too grey or to orange. Just a natural, beautiful bronze. It is very light though. Too light for me in summer. But if you are one that struggles to find a bronzer shade that is light enough this is worth a try.

The blush is just stunning. I love a glowy blush, and this one is just perfect. Again this one fits light skin nicely, and has to be built up on me a bit when I have a tan, however it does work on my skin all year round. It gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks with a soft flush of color. Really easy to apply, and makes you look healthy. My favorite powder in this palette for sure.

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The highlighters are, well, the shades are pretty standard. You probably have these shades already. They does give a very nice glow to the skin though. They are not super intense, so don’t think you will get a blinding highlighter with this palette. This is more glow than blinding, which off course also is a very nice look, but if you prefer intense highlighters I don’t think this palette is for you. At least not since the price is 60Β£. If you can appreciate a natural look these highlighters really gives you a natural, but healthy glowing look .

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Overall, the appearance of the product is stunning, both the powders and the packaging look expensive and so so gorgeous. This is without doubt my prettiest packaging I have in my collection. If you have light skin and prefer a more natural look, and don’t mind spending a bit extra on getting a stunning packaging for a high-end brand, than I would absolutely recommend this to you. I am very happy to own mine. If you are a leaning more towards medium (either natural or with tanning) I think this is too light for you, and if you think the best highlighters are the most blinding ones then I would skip picking this up as well.

But if you love a natural glow and appreciate pretty packaging, I think you will like this as much as I do.

NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner – Review!

I have given this gel liner a fair run before writing this review. I have actually used this so much I am starting to run low. I have about 1/4 left of the pot and figured I could write down a few opinions about it.

I bought this when I ran out of my Maybelline gel liner (which is a great one!) and needed to grab a new one quick. The NYX Epic Black Mousse liner was actually the only drugstore option I could find in the store. It left me wondering if people in Norway don’t use gel liners? I mean I went to visit 5 or 6 stores that sold makeup and this was my only option. So I grabbed it. I kind of had to.

Despite the name it’s not very moussey. It feels just like a regular gel liner in my opinion. Maybe even a bit on the firmer side. And this is my firts problem with it. Being so firm I found it to not glide as easily on the lid, Now, I am 32 years old and probably have a bit more fine lines on the lid than the average 20-year-old and that means that a firmer formula that don’t glide on that easily takes a bit of work to look nice and even. I found that I had to go over the liner several times to get it to cover the fine lines in my lid. Maybe not an issue if you are younger, but I can imagine someone my age or older need to go over the liner a few times to make it look even. And we all know how liners work. The more times you have to go over it, the more chances you get of messing it up. Suddenly your line is a bit thicker than you intended to.

The formula also made it a bit hard to make that really sharp wing. It’s just a bit too thick to make that razor sharp wing easy to get. Not impossible by any means, but I found that I had to focus a lot more with this than I am used to with other gel liners or liquid liners.

With that said, the formula is nice and black. Not epic, but it’s a proper black. I really don’t like it when liners go grey upon application. If I buy a black liner I want black, not grey, not charcoal, and this liner did a good job with keeping a nice matte black shade.

The formula is pretty budge proof as well. It had no problem staying in place, even on my water line the whole day which I also find to be a important trait. No one wants to spend time making a nice tidy wing and seeng it “fly away” after 5 hours. So the formula is pretty budge proof, although not water proof so it was fairly easy to remove at the end of the day.

The pot has a protective plastic thing inside the lid, that after a while fell off. I kept it on, which I think it’s very important, but it made it kind of hard to screw on the lid. The formula does dry out farily quick so I still would not recommend removing anything that can prevent it from drying out. I found that after a couple of months it had dried out so much that it made it even harder to apply. I had to use duraline after a while, and duraline does wonders. I don’t think I would be able to go through the whole pot withouth adding duraline though. It would just be too dry.

However since it’s a nice black shade, and stays on pretty well it may work if your eyelids are younger than mine. Belive me aging does not make the makeup game any easier. So for someone younger I can imagine it works fine. But I would not recommend it unless you have some duraline avaliable or you may have to bin it before you are half way.

I will not repurchase this one again, simply because I know there are better options out there (like the one from Maybelline, or Inglot if you are willing to pay a few extra coins).

I will, with duralines help, finish the pot. So in that matter it was not a total miss, but taking the problems with application into consideration this is not something I will repurchase.

Do you have a favorite gel liner ro recommend? I would be happy to know more suggestions!

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place Warrior Palette – Swatches & Review!

Not as colorful as the usual Juvia’s Place palette, but the Warrior is not any less stunning. As a lover of both neutrals and colorful eyeshadows I appreciate the full range of Juvia’s Place palettes. If you are very much into color, you would probably be more tempted by other palettes in their range, but we don’t all want to wear those bright fun looks. Some of us wants some nice neutrals, and it’s fab that Juvia’s Place can offer palettes for many different tastes of makeup.

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The Warrior palette has the classical apperance of Juvia’s Place palettes with cardboard packaging, no mirror and some badass warrior ladies on the front cover (I mean, why can’t I look this cool!).

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Inside you get a stunning variation of golds and neutrals. If you like shimmery browns and golds, than you got it all here! The palette holds 9 shadows, where 3 of them are mattes. The mattes they put in are really sensible choices I think. One base/blending shade, one mid toned warm brown and one dark deep brown. So with this palette you can go dark and dramatic, og completely neutral. You also have a shade that works as a liner along the lash line (maybe even your brows if you have really dark hair).

The 6 remaining shades are all of Juvia’s Place delicious (and unbeatable) metallic formula. These are packed with pigment, and almost feel like butter to the touch. Thiss formula is just so lovely, and I don’t think I know anything that can beat it.

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The mattes are good too. But Juvia’s Place mattes are not that special in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, they work very well and have very nice pigmentation, but they don’t stand out so much to other brands matte shades as much as the metallic does. I for Instanse prefer Colourpop mattes over JP. They are good, but simply not the best mattes I know. But the metallics are on point!

The palette offers some truly stunning shades of metallic champagne, bronze, copper and gold. If you are into metallics and rich coppers, gold and browns this really is an excellent palette.

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If you think it’s too neutral, than don’t worry. JP got all your color cravings covered as well! The brand overall is usually very consistent with their formula so I really think you hardly can go wrong with their palettes as long as you like the colors.

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If you have been reading my posts a bit, you know I have a weak spot for colors, but I have to say, this palette was a big hit too!

Have you tried any of their palettes? If you had to name a favorite what would it be? I would stuggle to choose between Tribe and Magic, but I really have enjoyed every single palette I have tried from them.

XOXO

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Obsession Mad About Mauve Blush Palette – Review!

Since Obsession is a “new” brand I figured it was a good time to post a review about this little blush palette I have had for a while. When I say “new” I mean that it has recently been launched in the US. In Europe it’s been around for a while already and it’s ove on Makeup Revoution sister brands.

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The Mad Abouv Mauve is a handy little blush palette with 4 shades of, you guessed it, Mauve blushes. The packaging is very simple with a cardboard packaging with a simplistic design. It’s a clean mauve color with the palettes name in a silver font in the front and it contains no mirror. It does feel nice and sturdy though.

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The blushes inside are a bit on the smaller side with 2,5 g each. That off course is still plenty of product since it takes a good while to go through a blush anyway, and for the very cheap cost of only 5Β£ you get a good bang for your buck. The pans are magnetic, and there is a little sloth on each of them so you can very easily just pick them out of the palette. Really handy of you like do depot or would like to just grab a shade or two for a travel palette.

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They are off course all different tones of Mauve, but they don’t go too deep. I have light skin and can use all of those shades, and I can imagine them working for anyone with light to medium skintones. Even a slightly darker skin could be able to pull them off. One of them is a beautiful glowy blush and the rest of the palette is matte.

I find the colors to be very versatile because there is a shade that would fit no matter if you go cool-toned or warm-toned with your eyeshadows. They are also fairly pigmented. One dip with the brush is more than enough to get that flush of color to your cheeks, but they are not so pigmented that you have to be overly careful upon application. Overall fairly easy to apply, and they lay down nice and evenly without going patchy. I do prefer a blush that is more on the softer side regarding pigmentation but these are so easy to work with and easy to blend out that I don’t mind that they are quite pigmented. If you are medium or darker I imagine it’s only an advantage that they are not that sheer.

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The blushes are a bit dusty and you get a pit of kickback in the pan, but nothing too bad. They are just a bit loosely pressed compared to a NARS or MAC blush. I would say thy compare a bit to Colourpop pressed powder blushes in consistency.

If you find it to be important I am happy to say that these blushes are both cruelty-free and vegan.

Overall this is a good and cheap option and I would recommend trying them out especially if you were looking for an affordable but good cruelty-free option.

Have you tried anything from Obsession Makeup? What are your impression?

XOXO

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Colourpop Just My Luck Eyeshadowpalette – Review & Swatches!

Colourpop never disapoint me when they release something fun and colorful! When they released Just My Luck around St.Patrics day (naturally) I was off course extra excited. I got a weak spot for greens and a cute little all-green monochromatic Colourpop palette is what my green dreams are made of.

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If you have seen these small little monochromatic palettes before you know how they are. Simple packaging, simple design, made of plastic and with a mirror. I wish they didn’t make them out of plastic. I don’t know I just feel like cardboard can be much more sustainable than plastic, and honestly cheap plastic feels and looks cheaper than cheap cardboard. I think I mention this every time I review one of these small palettes, but honestly the world has enough plastic in it!

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But let’s focus on the positive here and that is off course all the green! 5 mattes, and 4 shimmers in different green tones. The shades are really pretty, and has a nice variety to create depth to your green look. You got the basic greens you need to do a look, and some gorgeous metallics to spice it up. I do however notice that most of these shades are cool-toned. That surprised me a bit. Not in a bad way though, it’s just that I often find that greens in palettes lean more warm. So in that matter this little palette may offer you something you don’t have already even if you own a green palette or two from before. Because even though they don’t stand out that much to begin with they are definitly not common greens.

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When you see a pastel in a palette, you know that you are up for some excitement. Pastels seem to be very hard to do, and even with brands that are quite good at making high quality eyeshadows, you never know when a pastel pops up if it will keep that standard. Pastels seem to be tricky and a bit moody. Some brands nail them (just quickly mention the Jawbreaker palette which has some amazing pastels as a good example) but I find that the majority of brands do trouble a bit with them. So how would this pale green pastel shade in this palette compare. Well, I think this is among one of the better pastels I have tried. Especially since it’s a true pale pastel. It’s quite pigmented from the get-go but you can build it up really nicely and it does not feel dusty. I very often find that true pastels are hard to blend or build up because they seem to just dust off the lid so easily, but I did not experience that with this one. It blends and build so nicely. In other words, they nailed it. Can we hope for a full on pastel palette now maybe? I would like to see that.

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How about the rest of the shades? Are they at Colourpops usual standard? I would definately say so! If you are not sure what that means, it basically means great. Much better than what you could expect from the price point I would say. The metallics are smooth rich and buttery, and the mattes are pigmented and so easy to blend. Overall great quality. If I should point out one thing it would be that the shade “Kiss My Hass” has a bit more kickup in the pan than what I am used to from Colourpop, but other than that the shade performed really well.

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If you have been searching for a nice little green palette than this is one I would highly recommend. It has it all: greens, great quality and low price. Thumbs up!

XOXO

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Colourpop Creme Gel Liner Pencils – Review!

These creme liner pencils was actually one of the first products I picked up from Colourpop a few years ago when I was starting to get to know the brand. I don’t remember the shade names of the pencils I used to own but I had one brown, one silver and one lavender. I loved them at first! They are so pigmented and applies so well on the water line, but all three of them where binned after a fairly short lifespan. I mean, I have these retractable pencils that have lasted years and years, so I don’t know why these went bad so quickly. The one that lived the longest was binned after three months. Even though they where cheap that is just too short of a lifespan and I told myself I would not buy these agian. I mean, a bad product is a bad product even if you only pay 5$ for it.

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But when they released a whole bunch of fun colors lately temptation got the better of me. I figured they maybe had reformulated the pencils since they did such a big launch with many colors and I was hoping that my previous issues with the formula was fixed. And who can resist fun neon colors anyway? So I picked up three shades to try out. Still with my previous experience fresh in mind I did not want to go overboard and pick up a whole bunch of shades, but I knew that if the issue was fixed I would but a whole lot more.

At first, these are really fantastic. So creamy, so pigmented, so easy to apply and with great longevity. They really are the best of the best. I got really excited about how well these perform. I used all of them in different looks. Then, aproximately 4 weeks after I used the orange pencil for the first time, I got issues. The pencil was dry, it simply would not attach to my waterline. I tried warming the formula a bit on my hand. Did not work. I rubbed the pencil on the waterline over and over again but it would not build up. I was left with a sheer wash of dull orange. By a pencil that just a few weeks ago applied neon orange completely effortlessy. The pencil was dried out. It could still be applied on the skin, but with a significantly more thugging on the skin. I really had to rub it on the skin to get any color. And what happens then? The pencil is so soft it breaks off in pieces.

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The green (Electric Daisy) and the pink (Insomniac) are not dried out as muchas the orange (UNTZ). They still work on the waterline, but much less effortlessly than before. I have to rub the liner quite a bit on the waterline to make them work (they are all probably 7-8 weeks at this point when I write this). They still perform nicely on the skin, but they are also more firm upon skin application than they were to begin with. One obvious way that show this is how they swatch. First swatching the green, I knew the pencils are soft and a bit fragile, so I tried to use them carefully. I really felt like I applied just enough pressure to get the payoff I know these guys can give, and the tip just kept snapping off.

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Same story with the pink. They are both semi-dry and I can’t put the right amount of pressure on them to get payoff without them snapping. Also, worth to mention is that they snap inside the tube, so they don’t snap because I have them screwed out to much. I have the smallest amount screwed out, but they break inside the tube (that happened to two of the old ones. They snapped at the very end of the crayon leaving them just wigling around in the pencil tube. It’s almost like they have too much space inside the tube that cause them to break easily).

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With them all swatched they are undoubtedly very vibrant and beautiful. If they only had a little (and by little I mean much) longer lifespan I would have loved these.

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Sure, they are cheap. And sure, the first 1-4 weeks they are nothing less than amazing. But, since they dry out so fast and just have so many flaws I just can’t say that they are even worth 5$. I would rather spend 20$ and have something last for years.

I know this is probably a very unpopular opinion, because I have the impression that people in general just love these. But I just don’t think it’s a coincidence that I have had 6 pencils, and they all did not have a very long lofe span. These are just a big no for me!

XOXO

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