Colourpop Lit Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

A tiny little warm toned red palette with the shortest name. This is one of two sister palettes launched by Coloupop in a collaboration with an influencer I don’t have much interest of. But the collection was beautiful and well made, and I picked up some items including the Lit palette.

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The packaging is pretty. A simple gold background with “Lit” in gold glitter writing. Very pretty! For a moment I was afraid that the tasteless uni-carton would be the cover of the palette, but luckily it was not so. The palette has 8 shades, and the shape is rectangular. It’s the first time we see this shape and amount of shadows from Colourpop but I am sure it won’t be the last. Although I prefer a palette with 12-16 shadows, I do see that this is nice and compact both to store and travel with, so I don’t mind. Besides it’s perfectly possible to make a good color story with 8 shades.

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This color story is indeed pretty. Very warm and very fiery. Reds, a gold, a bright yellow and a couple of browns. 5 of the shades are matte and 3 are shimmers. In a small palette I like getting the majority of the shades as mattes because I think it helps to make the palette more versatile. The mattes are the usual great Colourpop Quality.

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The three shimmers shades are a bit different from one another. The shades “Bading” and “She Got Money” are the usual smooth and buttery shimmer shade texture I have gotten used to. “Mercy” is a bit different. It’s slightly more dense and a bit more chunky than the other two. Pigmentation is still very good, you just have to use a bit more pressure with the brush. This shade also has quite a bit of fallout, but as soon as you get it on the eyes it’s such an amazing shade!

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I think the color selection is nice. I didn’t feel like I missed anything to do a complete look. I also do feel like I have plenty of options for different looks even though this is only a 8 pan palette. Sure, you would be in the warm tone family, bot you can do a complete look with this without necessarily using reds or oranges. The brown in the crease and “Bading” or “She Got Money” would both be very wearable looks that are warm without leaning red or orange. If you like to go for more red looks, you could go either matte or shimmery which is nice. You even have all the colors you need for a sunset look. So with this being just an 8 pan, I think it’s pretty well put together.

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Overall, this is a nice little palette with the well known good Colourpop quality. The packaging is pretty and the size is travel friendly. If you are a warm tone lover then this color combination is bomb. If you are into red tones I absolutely recommend this!

And you, are a Lit fan or would you rather go for the cool-toned sister palette Wet?

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Bh Cosmetics Royal Affair Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The only reason why I picked this up was because of the BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival, which in my opinion is among the very best eyeshadow palettes that was released in 2018! And that should tell you a lot because I had previously tested and tried 4 BH Cosmetics palette without being overly impressed. I even decluttered 3 of those palettes, and I am not a hard core declutterer at all. I am more of a collector that is quite content being surrounded by a big collection. Those three palettes were just not good enough to keep.

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The Weekend Festival convinced me this was a brand worth keeping an eye out for, and since they released the Royal Affair palette with the same layout as the Weekend Festival palette I had high hopes that they stuck to the wonderful formula and created another bomb palette.

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The color story of Royal Affair is quite different than the Weekend Festival palette though. This is a much more muted palette packed with everyday colors and wearable neutrals. A few pops of interesting shades makes this a lot more than your regular neutral palette though. Overall, it’s more muted. Where the Weekend Festival is fun and colorful, Royal Affair is more calm and sophisticated with a few pops of an inner wild child like the shade “Throne”.

Inside you get 7 shimmer shades that lean on being metallic, one gorgeous duochrome with a blue shift that is just the loveliest inner corner highlighter to make your neutral look become something more special. You also get a plentiful selection of 12 different mattes. Although you get 20 shades in total I don’t feel that you get anything repetitive or shades that look too similar on the eyes. You also get a nice balance of base shades, crease shades and deeper shades. So this is for sure a color story well put together.

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But what about the quality? Is it the same as the Weekend Festival palette? I would sadly say no. I don’t think this palette is bad my any means, not at all! But the Weekend Festival palette is just excellent, and this one is not. it’s good, but not excellent. The brown toned mattes work great. I had no issues with them at all. They are pigmented and blend nicely. Some of the other mattes I had to work a bit extra with. Both Palace the grayish brown, Monarch the green, and Regal the deep berry I had issues blending because they could get a bit patchy. I found that I had to dip into the base shade Reign several times to blend out those shades properly. I did not have any issues like this with any of the mattes in the Weekend Festival palette, not even the bright colorful mattes.

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The shimmers also need a bit of help. They do look nice enough on their own, but I found I had to dampen the brush to get the same intensity as you see in the pan. They simply needed to be dampened for the shine to really show up. Again, this is not something I had to do with Weekend Festival. This off course is a minor issue, that takes barely a second to solve, and I know many people always use a dampened brush with metallics and shimmers. If nothing else, it does help prevent fallout.

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Although having this small issues I found it reasonably simple to work around it. Dampening the brush is not much extra effort after all, and spending a bit more time blending would result in nicely blended looks in the end. So you can definitely create beautiful looks with it, and you can definitely make every shadow work, and pigmentation is no issue at all! So still a good quality palette, it just dos not match the quality of Weekend Festival as I hoped it would.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret picking it up. It is after all a beautiful and versatile neutral palette with something extra and I am sure I will get good use out of it even though it would have been even better if this was comparable to Weekend Festival. Maybe it’s unfair to compare those too though. Because if the color story of Royal Affair is more up your alley that’s probably the palette you would reach for and prefer anyway.

With a little help these shades are for sure worth BH Cosmetics affordable price tag.

Do you have this palette? Or do you have both? I would be very interested to know how you think they compare!

Remember I also do exist on Instagram where I post blog related stuff all the time!

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Obsession London Liquid Illuminator “S&X” – Review!

I am always up for the next new affordable highlighter discovery, so I decided to test out this liquid illuminator by a completely unknown brand Obsession London. I have dabbled into a few things from the brand but at the time I picked up this liquid highlighter I had not tested anything from the brand yet. And heard very little things as well so I was naturally very curious.

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The bottle is a nice glass bottle with a simple logo print and a dropper to get the product out. The product feels heavy and solid for the cheap price (it’s only 7£).

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The shade is very pretty. It’s a light bronze with silver glitter that reflect blue and purple. I am not usually a fan of glittery highlighters, but there are some exceptions that I really do love, like Colourpops Flexitarian, so I am not about to judge anything before trying it.

I applied this as I usually do. I just dot three dots on each side on the high-points of my cheeks and blend out with a sponge. I discovered that this was fairly hard to blend. The dots I put on initially was still quite visible after I had blended for a little while. In the in it did blend out but it took significantly longer than what I am used to. I would recommend applying and blending this on one side first, because the second side has time to try while you work on blending the first side, and that makes the problem even worse on the side of your face where the highlighter have been sitting for a little while. So one side at the time!

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It’s not only hard to blend out but it’s also too glittery. In my opinion this is not a great product to mix into foundation because it’s not only shimmery, it does have flecks of glitter. If you want flecks of glitter all over your face then off course that’s not a problem. Then you’ll probably like this product. I know many people like some glitter in their highlighter and there is absolutely no problem with that, but it’s not my personal preference. So even though the color is pretty and the blue and purple reflection is captivating on watches it’s just too much glitter for my taste. However, if you do like glitter then the good news is that this product seem to stay put where you add it. So you can easily have control over where you would like the glitter, and you won’t have a problem with it spreading all over your face (Anastasia Dream Glow Kit I am looking at you!).

For me personally this was a miss as a highlighter. Partly because of the glitter, and partly because of how hard it is to blend out. There simply are better ones out there, even at the same price range. I can just mention Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter that has a large selection of shades that I would recommend instead of these.

It is however pretty both as an eyeshadow and as an inner corner highlighter, so I did find some way to use it after all, just not as a highlighter.

I will have some more reviews with products from this brand in the future, and it’s not all this bad, so stay tuned if you want to see more reviews from this brand.

Also, remember that I do also exist on Instagram!

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Makeup Revolution Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

I have to be quite honest with you. If this palette came in a different packaging I would probably not buy it. I mean, the whole Jewel Collection released by Makeup Revolution just before the Christmas holidays was all neutral palettes of different variations and I probably would not have given them a second look if it was not for the stunning frosted finish gold, silver and rose gold packaging. And I picked up all three palettes, solely for the packaging. I am that kind of nuts. Because honestly, I did not need three new neutral palettes. Collector at heart that’s the problem here.

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The packaging truly is beautiful though. The Deluxe palette has a rose gold cover with a frosted finish. You know, like ice crystals froze on it, not like frosted glass. It truly is so beautiful and looks far more expensive than the 10£ price tag. Inside you get a very nice mirror, and a black background where the names of each shadow is printed. No plastic sheet insert thank goodness! I mean who are able to keep those?

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The palette has eyeshadows with two different sizes. The first row is 6 big pans with the most incredible metallic foiled eyeshadows you can imagine. I have never, not ever, come across such rich, smooth and intense foiled eyeshadow at this price level. I mean, just look at the photo below. I swiped my finger once in the pan and ran my finger down my arm…..once. That’s some insane pigment right? I had a friend over a while back that swatched them as well and she seemed equally amazed. What sorcery is this Makeup Revolution? I am telling you right now, this palette is worth picking up just for that top row of 6 shades alone! These shadows are unmatched at the drugstore. I have never seen this formula from Makeup Revolution before, but they need to get busy and make some more!

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The two other rows are eyeshadows with smaller pans, with 7 in each row. These shadows are a mix of regular shimmer shadows, satins and two mattes. And here we encounter the first problem of the palette. I think two matted are a bit on the short side. Especially since they are both mid tones. I really miss a deepening shade since you have so many wonderful and rich foiled metallics. I am not one of those who think a palette should be mainly mattes, but I do like to get the basics covered. I also really think they could have put in some more useful shades in the middle. The whole middle row is basically three colors. In a palette like this you don’t need 5 light golden champagne tones shades. A few to highlight with would be enough. I think the palette would have a much better composition if at least four of these shades in the middle row was replaced. Imagine having a really dark matte brown, and a rich matte burgundy and maybe some more berry shades instead of 5 almost similar pale shimmer shades.

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These smaller shadows perform more like I am used to by Makeup Revolution. They totally work, but they are not amazing in any way. It’s the 6 foiled eyeshadows that make the whole palette.

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But even though I think they did a pretty lousy job composing this palette, and that the shimmers and mattes are as expected for the price; good and gets the job done, but lacks the wow factor. I still think the palette is worth picking up, I mean all the shades do work and you can for sure make pretty looks with them. But Those 6 foils are among the most incredible eyeshadows I have come across in a long time and I am so surprised! Why haven’t we seen something like these before? They are bomb!

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With that said, I do think out of the three palettes from the collection this is not the best choice. The two other palettes have the exact same formula, but with a better color composition with for instance more matte and less similarity between shades. In short words much better composed. I would absolutely recommend this palette for the formula of the foiled shades, but instead of picking up this one I would check out the sibling palettes like Opulent or Gilded instead of picking up Deluxe.

But those foils….you need them!

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Revolution Pro The Mascara Revolution – Review!

The first mascara to be released my Revolution and off course I got excited. I don’t turn down a cheap but good mascara, which is what I was hoping this one could be. On the other hand, being their first mascara I was not sure if they would do a good formula or if it would be a flop. No better way to learn than to just try. I think for 8£ trying is completely OK. I actually used to always buy high end mascaras because I was convinced that was my best option and well worth the investment, but after finding several great drugstore mascaras lately I have almost stopped buying high end mascaras. I mean I love Lancôme mascaras for instance, but I can get 4 good ones at the drugstore for the same price. I was excited to know if this could be a new cheap hit.

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The tube looks nice though. It’s that reflective rose gold fingerprinty look, and with just a different print on it it could look like a high-end product. It’s quite light weight though so it does not feel high-end. But it looks nice laying around in my makeup bag.

The mascara brush is quite large with short bristles and a curve. I found it quite easy to apply on my top lashes, but the wand is a bit big for my lower lashes and smaller eyes. It works just fine with if I just focus on the task, but I get major mascara-face-expressions (you all know what I mean) when trying to reach those bottom lashes without making a mess. It works fine, but it is on the bigger side just so you know.

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The formula is quite thick, almost moussey. I was happy to learn that it’s not one of those very watery mascaras because I never manage to apply those on my lashes without applying them at least a few more other places. This formula is easy to work with regarding not making a mess.

Since it is quite thick it also covers the lashes quite well. I was very happy with how my lashes looked with just one coat. They look both long and thick,, but not clumpy. A second layer would make them look quite full, a bit too full for my taste and edging getting a bit clumpy. Since I was happy with how my lashes look with just one coat, plenty of volume and length, then I didn’t feel I needed that second coat anyway. If thicker lashes are something you like then you can definitely get that with this one.

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It wears well too! I did not experience any smudging or flaking. Off course it’s not waterproof, which it does not claim to be, so after running in heavy rain with it I had a tiny bit of smearing. But overall it held up very nicely. One thing I do like with this is that the lashes stay soft. Even though it’s a quite thick formula it does not make my lashes feel crunchy. They stay soft even when the mascara has dried.

Overall I have to say I am impressed. I like the look, I like how it wears and I like the price.This one will be a repurchase for sure. It is actually not that far away from the L’Oreal Paradise Extatic mascara (Or Lash Paradise as it’s names in US) so if you like that one chances are that this one is worth a try as well!

What is your favorite drugstore mascara? Or do you prefer high-end?

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Colourpop X Disney It’s A Princess Thing Eyeshadow Palette – Swatch & Review!

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My childhood was Disney movies on repeat. Because we had one three tv channels and barely anything for kids so the same old VHS Disney movies were played over and over again. Internet did not exist, and I even remember when CD’s was a new thing. Needless to say, Disney is very nostalgic to me, because growing up with limited options those same old Disney movies were played over and over and over again. They were a big part of my childhood guilty pleasure entertainment. I guess what I am trying to say with these ramblings is that 1. I am old, and 2. Off Course I needed to pick up this palette.

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The design of the palette has 6 Disney Princesses on the front cover, but a much more grown-up and modern version. I kind of like that because if they had their classic movie appearance they would be a bit too childish I think. I think this design is easier for people who are also a bit older could enjoy without getting pre school lunch box vibes. Inside you get their “signature” in gold with black background, and the background behind the eyeshadows are the same gold finish as in the signatures.

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At first I would have thought the palette would be more true to the colors we see in the Disney Princess characters. I mean Belle could inspire for a bright yellow shade, and Jasmine could pull in some beautiful turquoise and so on, but the palette is surprisingly neutral.  You got soft pinks, browns and berries but not much representing for instance the colorful clothing of the Disney figures. I kind of thought the color story was a bit boring to be honest, but I quickly chanced my mind after using them a bit. Yes, there are mainly neutrals, but a nice and handy selection of them. But if you are looking for a silver you got a really really stunning one right here, the gold is gorgeous too, and the nice purple has a nice pop. The shades are also all different enough from each other when applied to the eyes. Colourpop rarely duplicate their own shade within a palette though.

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The composition is mostly their shimmer/metallic formula that I just love! Those shades so rich, smooth and pigmented it makes me happy to swatch and apply them. Then you have four mattes, and in the beginning I was a bit disappointing because they are all fairly light, and I immediately thought I would miss a deeper shade. It turns out though that both “Beast” and “Midnight Curfew”, which are matte bases with flecks of glitter, behave just like a matte on the eye, giving you a dark brown matte and a black matte to work with. I am as always puzzled by why they put these glitter flecks in some shades. Sure, it looks pretty in the pan, but when all the glitter flies away when blending (ending up who knows where) and you are left with a matte eyeshadow on the lid then why can’t it be a matte in the first place. That will never stop annoying me.

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The four regular mattes behave just like Colourpops usual regular mattes do.  They are blendable, pigmented and smooth. Really easy to work with. Although, my favorite formula from the brand are their metallics, their mattes are really really good too! The last shade is “Triton” a satin shade. That also works just fine, but I am actually kind of an all or nothing kind of person. be matte or be metallic, satins are not that exciting. This one is so subtle with the satin shine that you can just use it as a matte.

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The overall quality of the shadows are great. I did not face any problems with them, and they work just as I have learnt to expect from Colourpop eyeshadows. The palette is obviously a neutral palette, but it turned out to be a bit more interesting than I expected. You can easily go very dramatic with this palette if that is what you want instead of a neutral look, which you can off course do as well. It’s quite versatile, and even though it struck me as a tad boring to begin with I have totally changed my mind. I adore it!

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Makeup Revolution Jewel Collection Lip Toppers – Review!

The Jewel collection released by Makeup Revolution just before Christmas really had some stunning pieces. I picked up all three eyeshadow palettes in addition to a jelly highlighter and these three lip toppers that are the center of attention in this post.

The packaging of these as stunning. The shade looks strikingly similar to the Fenty gloss bombs. Makeup Revolution is famous for taking ideas from other brands so no surprise there. The lids are a beautiful frosted metal finish. I picked up all three shades available. The lip topper with gold lid is “Exquisite”, the one with rose gold is “Luxurious” and the silver is “Fortune”.

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They don’t have any scent to it. Not at all. This was a nice surprise in my opinion because a lot of the lip products I’ve tried from Makeup Revolution from before have had a scent to them. Unfortunately not in a good way. They smell kind of cheap. S the fact that these don’t have a scent to reveal their cost was nice.

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They also don’t feel cheap to wear. I mean, they are basically glosses so they don’t have an extensive wear time, but they feel smooth like butter on the lips. They are not at all tacky and you can’t feel any grittiness either. I find that sometimes with cheaper glittery or shimmery lip products you can feel the shimmer when you rub your lips together, but these ones have a very finely milled shimmer so they feel like a regular buttery gloss. Now that I mention it, they remind me a bit of the NYX Butter Glosses but just a tad denser. I do like how these feel.

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They give a pretty intense shine on the lips but they work nicely as what they are, lip toppers. I really like wearing these on the scenter of a matte liquid lip and it gives a very glamorous look. Very high shine, and with very finely milled glitter so they don’t become too much.

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Basically these feel and look expensive for a very low price and I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a nice lip topper! If they decide to bring out more shades I will be all for it!

Have you tried them? What do you think?

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