Colourpop Rendezvous Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

This was a limited edition Ulta exclusive palette that came and went from the Colourpop website faster than I was able to eat my lunch. I was able to grab this, but I missed out on the sister palette Sweet Nothings that was released together with this. I am sitting here hoping they will bring this back so I can snag the other one too. I was a bit thinking about if I should release a review or not since they are not possible to order from the website, but it is still possible to get a hold on, so in the end I decided to to the review.

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The palette holds 12 shades, in a simple but beautiful gold and blue cardboard packaging with no mirror. The palette holds a mix of new and old shades. If you do have a lot of Colourpop singles, at least from their older single pan releases, then jus beware that you may dupe some shades in your collection with this palette, because 5 of the eyeshadows in the palette are re-releases of already excisting shades. I myself ended up having a few doubles, but I don’t mind. The palette is still beautiful an something I was happy to snag up.

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I have raved about the Colourpop quality over and over again. With a few nit-picks here and there, the overall quality of Colourpop shadows are solid through and through. This palette is just the same. Overall the mattes are pigmented and blend beautifully, even the black blends with ease! The metallics are rich, smooth and gorgeous! The nit pick this time would be that I feel like the shades “Release” and “Our Secret” really can benefit from a dampened brush, while the other metallics are really smooth and rich and reaching for the spray didn’t even cross my mind while using them. But again, the overall quality of Colourpop is great and well worth the money.

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With 5 mattes and 7 metallics in several different depths I feel like the composition is very good, and you are more than able to do complete looks with this palette which is always a big advantage. I at least rarely reach for palettes if I have to use a company palette to finish of a look. This palette has a nice variety so you can do plenty of looks without dipping into other palettes.

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As always, solid palette through and through. Considering the price there is just no beating Colourpop…They are on a roll!

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Natasha Denona Blush & Glow Mini – Review!

First of all, creds to Natasha Denona for releasing mini products. I aboslutely love that ides especially for products like blush and highlighter. First of all, I never use up either blushes or highlighters. Second of all it gives a great oportunity to get some high end makeup products for a very affordable price.

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Even though this is a mini duo compact the amount of product would last you a long time. My guess is with continuous use it would last you at least 6 months or more. This duo contains a total of 4 grams. The compact itself is about the same size as a regular sized NARS blush.  Not that shabby I would say!

The compact feels nice and luxurious. It’s one of those very reflective packaging that loves to collect your finger prints, but besides getting dirty easily it looks classy, simple and chic. Love that!

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Both the products are on the natural side. The blush is nor very pigmented, With a blush I don’t think that is a bad thing. Quite the contrary actually, because it means that the product is fool proof to apply. The unfortunate thing about this blush is that it’s definately a winter blush for me, meaning it will be too light during summer. That would probably also mean that unleass you are pale or fair skinned this blush won’t really show up. I wish she had a darker shade in her selection of minis. However, on my fair winter skin the color is aboslutely beautiful and gives a nice, natural flush to the skin. The blush is not shimmery but does give a subtle glow that I love!

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The highlighter won’t impress you if you are into the full impact ones. This is, and will also be after building, a natural highlihgter. BUT, I love it! It gives you a natural, gorgeous, natural glow. It does not look like you are wearing highlighter. It look like you are just glowing from within because you are healty and have great skin and are hydrated and takes all your vitamins and eat your fruits kind of glow. It looks natural and glamorous at the same time. I love these kind of highlighters. Yes, I do love those intense highlighters too, and they are fun to apply and wear. But when you just want too look like you are blessed by great genes this is the highlighter to go for!

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If you are fair skinned this is natural, beautiful healty looking cheeks in a handy compact. This duo definitly gets a thumbs up for me and I highly recommend it. If they release more shades I will pick them up….for sure!

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BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

A neutral eyeshadow palette with a pop of blue. Nothing we haven’t seen before in other words. But there is something weird about those neutral palettes. Sometimes I see them and think “Oh, nothing new I have all those shades, while in other cases I just feel an urge to own it, even though it’s probably still true that I have all the shades. That was honestly the case with this. I probably do have all these shades many times over. However, even though I have every shade from before (I have many many shadows so that’s not so strange to be honest) this palette do offer some interesting twists on neutrals and I think it can offer something for someone who wants a very neutral look, and someone who wants something neutral but exciting at the same time.

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The palette is a cardboard packaging with a mirror. The mirror is decent in size, but you can tell that it’s low quality. Sure it shows the reflection, but it looks odd. Like it’s more of a reflective film than a proper mirror. It does the job, but you really can tell if you compare it to a quality mirror. So the packaging is quite simple, and not that luxurious but toes the job and it feels pretty sturdy. I would travel with this without any second thoughs.

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The layout of the eyeshadows are interesting. You get 19 shadows in 4 different pan sizes. Also the shape is a bit different with some rectangles and the rest are squares. The larger colors are your typical crease shades or highlighter shades. I think this is clever because that means you highlighter shades can double as a highlighter on the cheeks, and the crease shades can double as a bronzer. They work just fine as cheek highlighters, but I had some issues blending out the shade that would fit me as a bronzer. I don’t see myself reaching for this as a bronzer, but several of the shimmery light shades makes beautiful highlighters.

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The rest of the color composition is mainly browns. I think the color composition overall is fairly well balanced, but I would have loved to have one less shimmery pale shade, and one more dark matte. But you really do get what you need in this palette.

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Even though it’s neutral I actually think the variety of shades are good. You get cool-tones and warm-tones (mainly warm), red-tones coppers and champagne. You also get a very nice shimmery brown with a green shift. The most eyecatching shades are the blues though. Which are both very stunning shades. The lightest blue works really nice as a topper shade, and helps you to easily transform your looks from a regular neutral look to something a bit more interesting but still very wearable.

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The quality is on point! Except having some troubles using one of the crease shades as a bronzer, I had no issues with this palette when applying them on the eyes. Pigmentation is good, they blend well and the shadows are also smooth and buttery. A tiny bit of fallout (as expected, so nothing more than a regular amount), and the fact that the blues worked better with setting sprays on are the only two things I can really point my fingers at. No real issues here in other words.

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All in all, a very solid quality palette. Off course, this is a neutral lovers palette, but if you do want neutrals this one offers a nice selection in addition to more interesting neutral options. Quality-wise this is one of the best palettes I’ve tried from BH Cosmetics, so if you were looking for a new neutral palette then I would highly recommend this!

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Dior Backstage Glow Highlighter Palette 001 Universal – Swatches & Review!

I just randomly passed this in the store and I picked it up on impulse. I do love great drugstore makeup. I mean, nothing beats the joy of having something good and cheap, but I do have a soft spot for a piece of luxury as well. And with the price tag of around 60$ it’s for sure within the luxury cathegory.

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The palette is plastic and see-through with silver details. Usually clear plastic looks cheap in my opinion, but this feels more luxurious to the touch than your regular plastic packaging. I also have had this in my makeup bag for two months, without the palette looking scratched or worn so it is absolutely decent quality. Normally I would think packaging like this looks cheap, but this is somehow turned into a chic looking item. It’s simple and delicate and looks nice. I like that. I also like that the palette is filled with product. There is no empty space here, leaving you with a nice compact palette with a ton of product.

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The palette holds 4 highlihgter shades with a beautiful imprint. You get one icy white, one pink, one champagne and one bronze shade. Me being fair skinned can use three of these shades, the bronze is just simply too dark. I think if you have a medium skin tone, or a fair comlexion that gets really tan in summer you can get away with all of the shades. The pink also doubles as a blush topper, but in that case you would have to like a very glowy blush. I do, so for me it works in both ways. The bronze shade could also be a bronzer or bronze topper, but for my taste the finish is a tad too glowy.

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As highlighters they are beautiful. I would say they give a medium intensity that could also go natural or be built up for an intense glow. If you want the intense glow, you would have to go over with the brush at least two or three times though. So for someone that really aims for intensity this may not be the best fit, but if you like a versatile highlighter this one does that for you. I really like that you can ajust the intensity to your own taste, mainly because I switch between wanting something soft and natural or going very blinding. So the fact that you can get all that is a big plus  in my books. Besides, the pricetag considered, versatility is important.

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I did not experience any difference in formula among the four shades. They seem pretty much the same regarding formula and the only difference I can tell is obviously the color. There is no glitter in it either, just a very fine milled shimmer which fits my personal taste well as I am not the biggest fan of glitter in my highlighers. I want to glow, not sparkle.

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Even though it’s a beautiful palette and I like the products inside I have a bit of a hard time really recommending it. Not because the highlighters aren’t beautiful, but because the price tag is very high. It IS a beautiful product but it does not really offer something that is so unique that you can’t get the same thing for a lower price. There are plenty of amazing affordable highlighters so the products alone does not make it worth it.

However, if you do like the packaging and can appreciate a piece of luxury then they for sure are beautiful highlihgters you most likely will enjoy wearing.

What is your opinion? Do you think it’s worth splurging on luxury highlighers when the marked is over filled with good affordable highlighters? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

XOXO

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Juvia’s Place Tribe Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

I know I have some very dear readers of this blog that have been reading my posts for quite a while (and I am so greatful that some of you are so kind to spend your time reading my posts. Thank you!) and if you are one of them you probably already know what I think about this palette. I have expressed my love for Juvia’s Place eyeshadows over and over, and the same with the color green. So off course, this palette was bound to be a hit.

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And this is a hit. Off course it is! Juvia’s Place have a solid quality that is very consistent. They figured out their formula and kept on going with it making one palette just as great as the other. The brand just has solid quality eyeshadow through and though and this palette is just the same!

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The packaging also is true to brand. Juvia’s Place always have that iconic fun design that we also see in this palette with very fresh coloring. The palette is a joy to look at. It’s also cardboard, as usual, and has no mirror, as usual.

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The color story is BEA-UTI-FUL! Of course I am a big fan of the greens, but you also get some earthy tones which makes it quite versatile and everyday friendly although it is a colorful palette you do have some neutral options. I love colors, but I love a palette that can do both too!

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The palette holds 9 eyeshadows of their big sized pans, meaning plenty of product. 4 of the shadows are metallic, and 5 are mattes. I prefer the metallic formula over the mattes. Not that the mattes are bad, but the metallic formula is just so so stunning and impressive. The pigmentation on all shadows are great. They are smooth, buttery, rich and so easy to do fun eyelooks with.

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I have said for the longest time that the Juvia’s Place Magic palette is my very favorite, but I am starting to thing it’s been dethroned because this palette was a major hit.

Totally recommend!

Have you tried the Tribe palette?

XOXO

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The Balm Mary-Dew Manizer – Review!

We all know the original right? The Mary-Lou Manizer is a classic and a cult highlighter in the makeup community. Famous long before highlighter was such a big deal as it is now, and it can still compete with new releases today.

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So after having this classic for years and year The Balm decided to make a liquid version of the famous highlighter. I love the original Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm. It was one of my first highlighters, so it’s kind of special to me. I was curios to test out the liquid version because I do like a good liquid highlighter as well as a powder one.

The packaging is a thick tube. Similar to Tarte Shape Tape in size but the  design is very different. The uni-carton is the classic style from The Balm with who I assume is Mary-Lou (or Dew) herself. The tube itself is clear with black prints.

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The shade is quite similar to the original on the skin even though it looks darker and a bit more peachy on the swatch, but I find the finish to be quite different. While the original powder formula is more intense, the Dew-Manizer is more subtle and gives a very nice glow from within finish (again, a bit different from what it looks like on the swatch, where the liquid looks more intense). It is on the more subtle side, so if you like the very intense formulas this may be a bit understated for you, but I really enjoy a nice natural dewy finish once in a while.

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I have used this as a primer. I like using liquid highlighters (like the Cover FX drops or the Iconic London illuminating drops) as primer. As long as they are not glittery I think it gives a nice glow underneath foundation. You could off course also mix a bit of it with foundation, but I think this one in particular is a bit subtle for that use.

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On the cheeks and high points of the face on top of foundation it gives a very natural, glowy look. If you want that dewy wet-look but still want the result to be quite natural than this one is a great product. The wand also makes it very easy to control where you place the product and completely mess free.

Do I prefer this over the original one? No. But that does not mean it’s not a good product, I simply just prefer powder formulas over liquid. With that said I can absolutely see myself reaching a lot for this when I want a good, natural and dewy look so thumbs up for this highlighter!

Have you tried this yourself? Or have you tried the iconic original?

XOXO

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Makeup Revolution Reloanded Iconic Division – Review & Swatches!

Not to long ago I posted a review about another re-loaded palette, the Velvet Rose, and gave if a good review. For the price tag I was very happy with how it performed and could absolutely see myself reaching for it again and again. Especially the mattes was a big hit for me.

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So, I guess I don’t have to say that expectations were pretty high with this one too. Obviously this palette is a dupe for Anastasia Subculture, and a pretty well known dupe I would say. This palette seems to be “the dupe” people mention the most. I had hoping this would be like a more easy going version of Subculture. I less pigmented version you could use also on busy days. Because I love Subculture and it’s color scheme, but it’s not a palette I would pull out if I was in a hurry.

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I did the makeup looks I posted on Monday to try out the palette. That’s what I always do before a review so I know that I have tested every shadow on my eyes in action. This time I was left disappointing. I had such a hard time doing those four looks, and to be honest I had so much trouble with the palette that it was more frustrating than fun to do them.

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The first issue I had was that some of the matte shades had a really hard time both blending out and applying evenly. I really had to pack on the color and blend several times to try to make it look even but it was as if the eyeshadow just didn’t want to stick to some parts of my lids. It made it close to impossible to get a seamless blend, and things just started looking very muddy after a while. The pigmentation was not that great either, and since I had to try to build up the colors, and go over and over with eyeshadow to make the blend look decent, things just started to muddy up.

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I guess for a very simple eye look, you won’t have such a problem. If you for instance just want to throw one of the lighter shades in the crease and a little bit of one of the shimmers on the lid you will probably find this palette just find. But simple looks does not really demand much of the quality of the shadows either. With more intricate looks the lack of quality became very apparent with these unfortunately.

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There are 3 shimmer shadows in this palette. One white/pink duochrome, one green and one brown. The brown is fine. Not the most overwhelmingly stunning shimmer shade, but it does the job. The two other one is again a bit lackluster. They really need some build-up and preferably a spritz of something on the brush to show up properly.

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Although I did like the Velvet Rose palette enough to see myself picking up another Re-Loaded palette in the future, the Iconic Division is not one I would recommend. I enjoy the original Subculture by far, even though that’s not what I pull out to do a look with on busy mornings. Even if you don’t compare this dupe to the original and just think about the quality of this palette alone, it’s just not good. Even the cheap price considered, I don’t think this one is worth it. I haven’t been as unhappy with a palette as I have been with this one for years. And I do try a lot of palettes!

Have you tried this palette? Did you like it, or was is a miss for you too?

XOXO

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