The Balm Autobalm GRLPWDR Cheeks On The Go – Review!

It’s been a hot minute since I reviewed a product from The Balm. I do have a big fancy for their cheek products and their quirky fun packaging cheezy puns. It’s such a fun brand, but they don’t throw that many releases (which is kind of a reliefe) and their products are not that much in the spot light I feel, which is kind of a shame. So I don’t very often pick up something new from the brand, but when I do I am usually happy about them.

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This handly little cheek palette I just crabbed on the go. I basically picked it up impulsively when speeding by their display and I payed for it and left. I had never heard of this product, or seen it. I just grabbed it.

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It’s really cute though. The packaging is made of tin so it feels very sturdy. It’s kind of hard to open though, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be without any fingernails. Inside you get 4 cheek products. They are placed on a thray that you can pull out with a tiny band. If you are into depotting this will for sure make the job easier, and you could use the tin for something else. Not much, since it’s so small, but you could fit some mints in there. I preffer just keeping my products in the original packaging though. Oh, and there is a mirror too, which I find a bit too small to use when applying face products. Still, it’s there!

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Three of the products are matte and one is shimmery. The shimmery one could be used as highlighter if you have a dark enough skin tone. I would say medium to dark could use it as an highlighter. For me it’s a nice blush topper. I love adding some glow to my blushes with a topper so I am happy about that!

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The three other products could be your everyday blush. You get one peachy pink, one darker berry, and one almost brown tones neutral with some pink in it. For me all of them work as blushes. but the brown tones one “Bleeker” I have also used as a bronzer/contour. That may sound weird but since I have a light skin tone a brown powder with a pink tone is actually very natural and nice as a bronzer for me during winter. I have been using NARS Zen for that purpose a long long time (I even hit pan) even though Zen is originally a blush. I loved using Bleeker the same way, but I had to be a bit careful since the pan is fairly small and I had to squeeze my bronzer blush to make it fit to pick up the product.

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I tend to use smaller blush brushes (I have a small face) so I had no issues picking up blush. But if you preffer bigger brushes you may find the pans a bit on the smaller side. There is 2 grams of product in each though, which is a decent size for a blush.

Even though tiny and pocket sized, and even though you only get 4 different shades this little palette is surprisingly versatile and I found that it worked nicely with any look I chose to do. There is just a suitable option in there no matter if you go cool,warm, neutral or dramatic! A really smart and handy little thing that can take a punch (tin packaging) so safe to travel with.

Thumbs up from me for sure!

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Colourpop Misunderstood Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The Colourpop Disney Villain collections was one of the most awesome collections they released throughout 2019! It’s just so fun and a bit different. The palette is absolutely gorgeous and packed with colors, and a few wearable neutrals.

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The packaging is really well put together. It’s loud! Outside is a ton of patterns, colours and off course villains. Inside the lid (does not have a mirror) is black with different prints on. The background of the eyeshadows is also loud and holographic. This palette just does not make any exhuses. It’s here to be seen!

It contains a total of 15 shades. 5 mattes, 8 metallics, and one matte base with glitter. Now, I always complain about those matte shades with glitter, but this time I will not (shocking I know!). This one has so much sparkle in it that it actually does look sparkly on the eyes. The shade is “Revenge” and it’s a deep sparkly black. Just a stunning shade of you want a sparkly black smokey eye. Perfect for a party!

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The metallics in this palette is really outstanding. Somehow these seem smoother and richer than previously. It made me wonder if they amped up their formula. Either way, it’s aboslutely stunning shades! They go on like butter, and are very pigmented and reflective. The color selection are diverse. You get some more neutral options like copper and gold, but you also get a very unique yellow toned green (my fave in the palette: Diablo) a purple, some stunning lighter shades, green and blue. The only one I want to point out something about is “Jetsam” because it seems to have a quite dark base and it does not look as blue on the eyes as it does in the pan. It just transfers a bit darker than I expected. Not an issue really, that’s just what that shade looks like, but it did look a bit different than what I initially thought. None of these metallics are disappointing though. The formula is just beautiful overall!

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The last swatch to the right is not a shade in the palette, but it’s the navy blue matte with the matte white layered on top.

You only get 5 mattes, and even though I love the formula on the metallics I feel like I missed out on a matte or two with this palette. You do get a couple of those very basic crease shades, which is nice if you want to go a bit more natural (which you can totally do with this palette even though it is loud) or if you just want to soften a look a bit. You also get a really nice matte white, that is wonderful at blending out the darker mattes. For instance, using the white to blend out the dark matte navy blue makes a beautiful lighter blue in the transition. So the white really comes in handy when you want to add more dimension.

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Then you have 101. Which Colourpop describes as a matte black. But compared to the deep black that the “Revenge” shade is (only with sparkle), this one does not look that black. It looks more like it has a dark green tone to it. I thought for a moment it was a deep green actually and that the green would show up more when I blended it out. It did not show up green. It was more like a really dark dirty brown. If this is supposed to be a black, I don’t think it’s a good black. Because I like my blacks to be black. I guess I am just confused about this shade being called black, but it did blend out and perform very nicely.

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The thing I feel like I am missing is a purple matte. A deep one because it would pair beautifully with several of the shades that I don’t initially want to pair with the dark navy or the “black” matte. So I do feel like the palette could benefit from such a shade. A dark toned matte brown would be good too. Surely, it would make the palette look more neutral, but it would also be a shade that could easily be paired with anything.  I think I would also have enjoyed the palette a bit better if “101! was actually a deep green that I could blend out with the white to create a similar transition as I could with the navy blue “The Fates”. I think composition-wise this palette is not bad, but I feel like it could have benefited from another nice deep matte shade.

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The quality of the mattes though, are really stunning. The white really strikes me as great because it really is a nice true matte white without looking chalky. If you wanted to add a really good white matte to your collection you got one right here! The more basic shades are off course not hard to work with, but also the deeper mattes blend really well. It can be hard sometimes to blend a pigmented dark matte, but these are really easygoing. I like that! There are few things more annoying than applying a rich deep matte and then struggle for ages to blend out the edges. No such problems with these shades at all!

So surely, I would have liked the palette composition a bit better if it was another dark matte shade available, but besides that the overall quality of this palette is really good. It’s even good for being Colourpop. It almost feels like they improved the metallics in this because it’s so smooth and buttery and pigmented. So yeah, good palette with fun colors. And off course, a must have for a Disney lover.

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Makeupgeek Beautifully Bare Face Palette “Light” – Review!

When Makeupgeek released a face trio palette with a blush, bronzer and highlighter to fit different skin tones (they have one light, one medium and one deep) I was eager to pick it up because of my pleasant experience with their blushes from before. I chose the light version because I figured this would fit me most of the year, while medium would fit for maybe while I am tan for two weeks in summer.

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I really like that you get a trio custom to your skin tone. Usually there is always a shade that is too light or too dark, but the balance in this palette is really nice. I much prefer smaller palettes curated for different skin tones instead of those big palettes with the whol e range of colors. The colors (at least in the light palette) fits really well together as well. The bronzer is light. Maybe even a bit too light for me in summer during those two weeks when I have a tan, but it will be a very easy-going bronzer on me when I am at my normal state. The shade is not orange at all, while still not being ashy. I really like the shade of bronzer. I would say if you have a problem with bronzers generally being too dark, than this one is a nice one to try (and it does exits in singles too). The bronzer is almost matte, but it has a bit of pearl finish in it, which makes the result on your face very flattering. If does not look lifeless and flat, and it does not add any shimmer either. My favorite thing about this is that finish which is just so lovely on the skin.

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One thing I wish though is that it was stated more clearly on the Makeupgeek website that the shades in this palette are already existing single shades. I was not aware of that, and realized that I already own the blush in this palette. It’s not a very big deal though since the shade “Bliss” just happen to be my favorite shade of all my Makeupgeek blushes. It really is one of the prettiest peach blushes I have, and I appreciate that it’s both peachy and very light. Is it just me or do peach/orange blushes tend to go a bit darker? I usually find that the lighter shades are often pinks or neutrals. So this one is really lovely if you want a true peach for light skin. As well as with the bronzer, this blush has a tiny bit of pearl finish which makes it apply so easy and looks great on the skin.

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The highlighter shade is a beautiful light base with a peach duochorme  shift. It’s aboslutely stunning and fits really well together with the blush. The formula is super soft to the touch and applies really smooth. The formula is not glittery, but gives a nice reflective shine that can be build up if you want an intense glow. It’s also super gorgeous as an inner corner highlighter for peachy or coral looks!

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I was actually quite impressed with the formula on all these powders. They are so easy and effortless to use and looks so flattering on the skin. They are simply just really high qality face powders. I also love that they decided to put them in trios for different skintones. One for fair, one for medium and one for dark. Instead of making a 6 pan where noone can use all the shades unless they actually apply makeup on different skintones. For me who only use my makeup for myself, having a palette like this custom made for my skin tone i much better.

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So, overall I would absolutely recommend this handly little trio! I have nothing bad to say (except that I didn’t realize I already had he blush, but that’s on me I guess).  Highly recommended!

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Makeup Revolution Matte Base Foundation – Review!

I am on good terms with Makeup Revolution foundations. The two I have tried from before are the Fast Base Stick and the Conceal & Define foundations. Both of them are great, and both of them are foundations I will and have repurchased. So I was tempted to find out if this one was as good!

I am usually more for dewy or satin finish foundations, but I am not a complete stranger to a good matte one. It all depends on the mood, how my skin is at the moment, and what look I am going for. Sometimes I like very natural, lightweight dewy finish and other times I want flawless full coverage. Naturally that means I need many types of foundations.

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This one promise to blur pores, have a matte full coverage finish while still being light weight on the skin and long-wearing airbrushed finish. As usual, the promises are high, and the downfall can be rough if the foundation don’t live up to the claims.

First of all. With the amount of product I used I don’t agree that it’s full coverage. I would say medium, but I do prefer using a smaller amount of foundation. A small pea sized amount is usually enough for me. Surely, adding more will give more coverage. It does feel light weight and comfortable on the skin. I don’t know if I would say airbrushed, but my skin actually do look nice! I think my skin is just a bit to old to ever look airbrushed. I will leave that to all of you under 25….you’re welcome!

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But matte is not an exaggeration at all. This one really is matte. It’s so matte that it sets itself and you don’t have to use a finishing powder. It dries down pretty quickly too. Since it’s such a matte foundation that dries down, it also means that it’s a bit unforgiving on dry skin. My skin is normal but can go a bit dry/dehydrated as seasons chance. Right now I don’t have much dryness, but the little I had was enhanced by this foundation. I don’t think this will be a very good choice if you have dry skin.

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It does last on my skin for a very long time. I was actually impressed with how nicely it stayed on my face. I didn’t see any patchiness, or any traces of the foundation settling into lines. And maybe most importantly of all, after a full 8 hour work day the foundation was still completely matte. Overall it just wears very nicely with minimal fading and I didn’t get shiny at all.

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I am a bit skeptical how it would look on dry skin since it’s so matte and long lasting, but I think this will work nicely for oily skin, and my normal to dehydrated skin matched really nice with this.

This is now the third foundation from Makeup Revolution that gets my seal of approval! If I want a cheap drugstore foundation in the future, Makeup Revolution will be the first place for me to look because I have been so very lucky with their formulas. If you like matte foundations, this one is really worth a go!

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Revolution PRO Night & Day Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

This was my first time trying out a Revolution PRO palette. I have tried several ones from Makeup Revolution though, but this is supposedly not the same brand. They are sister brands, but Revolution PRO is supposed to be the more luxurious high quality version. The price point is maybe 1-2£ more for the products compared to Makeup Revolution, but still they are very affordable for trying to take the luxury end of drugstore image.

The packaging on this is quite nice. It’s simple in it’s design with just the name in gold letters. The palette is cardboard but it’s covered in a white faux leather design. It really does make it look very chic. It’s not very weighted, which is something I kind of miss, because if it was a tiny bit heavier it would surely increase the illusion of luxury. I say Illusion because after all it’s just a 12£ palette. You do get a mirror though, which is nice.

The palette holds 10 baked eyeshadows. According to Revolution PRO’s description this palette contains both shimmers and mattes. I do not completely agree with that. I think the shades I assume they think is matte is what I would call satin. They are just not flat matte shades, they definitely got some sheen to them, but you can use them as if they were mattes though. I would say three shades are this satin/matte formula. The Black and the two brown in the top row.

First time I tried the mattes I have to say I was a bit disappointed. They are very light and smooth, but they also seem to be very easy to just brush away. Almost like they had a bit of trouble sticking to my eyes. They were also not very pigmented, and had to be built up, which was a bit of an issue since blending tended to remove some of the eyeshadow. I just really struggled getting the result I wanted. The second try I put on a sticky base and packed on the mattes. That helped a lot. They did not blend away that easy, they stayed much more in place and was easier to work with. I guess they are just one of those shade that require a base. Not a big problem, you can make it work off course! But I have sooo many both affordable and good eyeshadows that don’t at all need a primer, so that tells me that these lack a bit of quality. But, as I already said, you can work around this quality issue and make them work.

Except the black. That’s just not a good black. It’s patchy, and quite sheer. I don’t hate a sheer black (although I preffer very pigmented ones), because if you want to just use them to deepen up a look, they really don’t need to be jet black. If you just want to add a little bit of depth and dimension to a look, a black does not have to be pigmented to work well for the purpose. But, being patchy is a problem. So I just can’t approve this shade.

The first shade in the top row, is also a soft shimmery shade. Quite basic really, but pretty and it works nicely especially if you want something for a bit more natural and soft look. The remaining 6 shades are much more interesting. These are sparkly shimmers, duochromes and even a stunning transformer shade. This part of the palette is so much fun! And swatching them will surely make you go “Woooow!”. They are really really pretty on the eyes though, but a couple of them (specifically the blue and the gold) are very sparkly and pretty but the base is a bit sheer on them. I would like them to be a bit more rich right of the bat, but they can be built up to a nice result.

There are also a few very interesting shades in this palette with some nice sparkles and duochrome shift. You got that classic brown-green duochrome that looks stunning over a black base, and the shade itself is very rich and smooth. You also got the most stunning transformer shade in “Pearlized”. A white shimmery base with a lot of sparkly blue in it. Tapped over any of the other eyeshadows it makes a beautiful blue glittery shift to the look. This shade must be my favorite in the palette because it can change any look you do with it. “Quartz” and “Musk” are also nicely pigmented, applies nicely and has a beautiful sparkle to them. I would wish “Sun Rise” (the gold) and “Midnight” (blue) had the same richness, but as mentioned before these do need to be built up.

I have to be honest. Yes, you can absolutely get gorgeous looks out of this palette. But to be completely frank 5 out of 10 shades I had some sort of issues with. I know it’s a drugstore palette, but I have had so many drugstore palettes where half of the shades did not disappoint me, so I am left just thinking this palette is so-so. Sure, some of the shimmers and especially the transformer shade are super gorgeous and does lift the whole palettes impression up quite a bit.

Although I was happy with many of the end results I got with the palette, the way it performed made me not overly excited about this. I think I will be a bit reluctant to try other palettes in the same series especially if it has a lot of mattes. Would I buy it again? Probably not, but if I did it would be for the sake of having “Pearlized” because that is one heck of a shade! But usually it’s hard to justify a palette just for one shade.

I won’t say that it was a complete miss because I did like some of the looks I did, but overall I am just not too impressed.

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Colourpop Through My Eyes Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

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I do love a good Colourpop palette. I mean, I have been collecting them like crazy, and their formula is usually wonderful. At this stage is mainly just a matter of if I enjoy the color story or not. I am usually confident that the quality will be great. They did have a few not so good palettes just when they were released, but I feel like it happened something after Dream St. because every palette seems to be so consistently good after that (with a feeeew duds here and there in the palettes, but usually the issues are minor).

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So off course, I had no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy the quality of this palette too. And the palette looks very intriguing. First of all it looks like they put a little more effort into the packaging than usual. It feels different with the soft tough cardboard, and it actually has a pretty design (compared to some of the palettes they release which is plainly the name of the palette and nothing else). There’s also a mirror inside that actually works! At least I can fit my face in the mirror so it’s easy to actually use it to apply makeup.

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You get 16 shades in this palette. The color story leans very warm and neutral, but has a few pops of green and wearable berries. I would say this palette is spot on if you like to stick to the safe and sound more simple everyday looks, but would like to have the option to go for a killer emerald smoky eye from time to time. Although it’s mainly neutral I don’t find it boring. Because, although being very wearable it does offer a lot of variety. You could do a very wearable pink/berry look, something more orange warm and bronzed, or just super simple with “Sandalwood” in the crease and one of the shimmers on the lids.

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The balance of mattes and metallics are (as usual with Colourpop palettes) quite good. You get 7 true mattes ranging from light to deep. All of them are beautiful crease shades depending on if you want to go very natural, have a lighter pop of color like mustard or orange or deep green and aubergine colors. So depending on how dramatic or colorful you want to go you get a good amount of options. You also have one stunning mid-toned coral satin, a bone shade with a very subtle abount of shimmer, and one of those matte bases with small flecks of glitter. That last one I used as a matte, hence I don’t understand why the glitter needs to be there. I have said it over and over again, I really don’t see the point in that formula, but at least it works well as a matte. I can just pretend it’s matte I guess.

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You also get 6 metallic shades. They have a nice selection of colors. Also with the metallics you can choose to go very natural, or fun and colorful. That gorgeous green “Emerald Dreams” really is super stunning on the lid if you pair it with “Moody” for a sarkly emerald smokey eye. With the exception of “Ludico” and “Nocturne” which are really smooth, the rest have a bit of chunkiness to them due to fine micro glitter. That makes them stunning on the eyes, but it also means they could really benefit from a damp brush…..and you probably will get some fallout. However, being as beautiful as they are they are well worth the effort. I did feel like I had to build up the shade “Mesmer-eyez” a bit as it did not seem as rich in pigment as the other ones, but it did build up nicely.

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This really is a solid all-round palette that you can get a whole bunch of different looks with and there is really not much negative to say about it. If you like the color story, I am sure you will also love the quality.

Stunning palette with tons of options! I aboslutely recommend!

XOXO

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NYX Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer – Review!

This is one product I just stumbled upon while I was looking at the NYX rack at my local H&M. I had never heard anything about it before I saw it (and not after either) so I was wondering what kind of well kept secret this was. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it’s very easy to miss out on releases now. You know about what influencers speak about (which is kind of just the few handful of the same products over and over again) and they you pick up a bit if you follow the brand on social media. Basically, you get shown just a small amount, and we all know how crazy the makeup industry has become.

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The packaging is very standard to NYX. I don’t really have to read the brand name to know who made this. They have a very specific style. It’s not my style, as I have mentioned many times before. Although I really love a lot of NYX products, the aesthetics of the brand is not my thing. This primer really has the looks of a primer at the lower end of drugstore, although NYX is not at all the cheapest drugstore option.

I do prefer a tube instead of a jar. I just think it’s easier and faster with a tube or a bottle with a pump instead of a jar. Sure, it’s not a huge job unscrewing a lid on a jar, but you know….in the mornings every second counts. I am however well aware that many people prefer jars. Each to their own.

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The product inside is very interesting though. It’s a clear gel formula. It feels just like jelly, and you just scoop up a tiny bit and put it all over your face. The product will fall back into it’s original form after a while, so every time you open it it looks brand new, and that’s kind of neat although not really a useful skill.

The primer is translucent and does not add any color or color correcting properties. What it does though it that is gives your skin a lot of hydration. It’s almost as good as a moisturizer, so if you are like me some days and skip over skin care in the morning and just go straight to makeup, having a hydrating primer is very helpful.

The product also claims to make pores less visible. I don’t know about that. Sure, it does help a little bit but compared to an actual pore primer this is not a match. I think this one is better for someone who are primarily after a hydrating primer. In other words, people with dry or dehydrated skin. My skin is normal, and tend to get dehydrated. When seasons change I can also get a bit dry. For me this primer actually works really well.

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In addition to hydrating it also adds a bit of tackiness to the skin. The formula is water based, so bear that in mind while matching it with foundations, but I found that the ones I tried applied really well on top. I am not sure if it really helped with longevity, but it did help with the foundation applying nice and evenly.

So, the short summary is: ugly cheap packaging, fun formula and good for hydration. If that sounds like something you would enjoy than it’s worth a shot. I do like it for it’s hydrating purposes, but because if the unpractical packaging I don’t think I would repurchase.

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