Soph X Makeup Revolution Extra Spice Palette – Review & Swatches!

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The second collab palette between Sophdoesnails and Makeup Revolution. I do own the first palette, and was satisfied with how it performed. The shadow quality is not mind blowing in any way. Not so that you are sitting there wondering how on earth did they make such great shadows for such an affordable price, but more than decent the price considered. Overall, happy enough to want to get also the second collab palette.

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This time it is a tiny bit different. It actually looks a bit like they took the feedback and did something with it. The packaging is pretty. The design is similar to the first palette but with the colors reversed. It does have the same decent sized mirror, but the big difference is that they put in less shades, but added shade names in the actual palette instead of putting it on a plastic sheet. It still has 18 shadows compared to the first palettes 24 shadows. 18 is still more than enough to put in the basic shades you need AND add a lot of interesting colors, so I don’t feel at all that it’s a drawback that it has fewer shades. I much prefer to have the names in the palette, so in my eyes this is a big improvement. We all loose those plastic sheets right??

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Although I don’t really think the color selection in this palette is “Extra Spicy” I do think it is nice. Mainly suitable for neutral looks, but you do have the option of adding a little bit of color. Most of the colors are very wearable, like the greens and berries, but the red and yellow actually gives a little pop of color you can use. I got an overwhelming urge to do sunset looks with this, as I usually do when a palette has a matte red, orange and yellow. And I did! You can see some suggested ways to use this palette in Mondays blog post where I showcase 8 looks I did creating this. It does show that this palette is quite versatile since you can do anything from berries, forest green looks, bright yellow gold, dark black and silver or you can just use the browns and neutral shimmers for everyday looks.

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the quality is very similar to the first palette. Overall the shades are decent. They will probably not blow your socks off or be the best eyeshadows you ever tried, but I think for most people they will work satisfactory. I think my favorite shade in the palette is Infinity which is a shimmery silver. It has both nice pigmentation and shine and looks as bright on the eyes as in the pan. Romance and Aurora are also shimmery, but in contrast to Infinity they were not as shiny on the lids. More like muted shimmers. I found that all of the matte browns worked well, only Brownies needed some extra blending work to look seamless, but after all it’s expected that a dark shade needs a bit more blending than a mid-toned. Enchanted and Lakes where probably the shades I was the least happy with. They appear a bit lighter in shade on the eyes than on the lids, and I found that they could be a bit patchy especially in the outer crease (if I have problems with patchiness that’s usually where I get them). The brighter shades like the orange, yellow and red needed to be built up, but other than that they worked nicely. I want to particularly mention Twenty One which is actually a red. Reds usually look a bit pink or a bit orange, but to me this one is a proper red!

Overall decent quality, with only e few shades that did not work that well. For the price of only 10£ I am very happy with how it worked.

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So which one is better, the original or Extra Spice? I would say the eyeshadow formula is pretty much the same on both of them, so it’s not a matter of quality. Both palettes have the basics you need in addition to adding a bit of color, or go dramatic. The Extra Spice a bit more so than the original palette. The original palette has 24 shades and this one has 18. I think, if I had to choose, that I would pick this. That’s just because of my preference of a bit more colorful shades and that I love that the shade names are actually in the palette, but I do find the quality to be the same. With that said I am happy I have both and I intend to keep both too.

Which one would you prefer? Original or Extra Spice?

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Top 3 High End Brands in 2018!

You may have seen my top three affordable brands of 2018 recently, and it’s about time we get on to the high-end brands I have been loving the most in 2018 (There will also be a top 3 luxury brands too). The brands I put in the ranking must be brands I have been purchasing new items from and really been using and loving the past year. I do know brands that I like equally good as some of these, but I may not have picked any products from the brand (or just very few) the past year. I also have some brands that I really really like the products of, but since I only have maybe a few products I don’t think I know them well enough to put them in a ranking like this. But, here are the top three selected in no particular order!

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MAC Cosmetics: What an amazing cult makeup brand this is! I have always loved MAC as a brand but I feel I got a bit back to the brand this year. I got plenty of new MAC makeup items. I have grown my single pan collection, grabbed some new nice lipsticks and blushes and tried out a few more of their products. They really have everything you could need in their line and it’s such a cult classic brand that I just could not give them a mention. Their lipsticks are among my most used bullet lipsticks.

I remember back a decade that MAC was THE brand to own. Everyone with an interest in makeup collected their single pans, and people went crazy with all the limited edition releases. Back then I can’t think of another brand with such a gigantic line of products. Even though MAC is a great brand and still much loved, I don’t feel it is the one and only brand to own anymore. There are too much makeup brands and too many choices out there now. But they are and always will be a favorite of mine. A cult classic brand for sure!

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Smashbox: This one was an easy pick too. I never really used Smashbox that much until the last couple of years. I picked up a few items here and there and generally speaking I am very happy with how the products perform. I am not the biggest fan of their eyeshadow formula, but so many of the other things I’ve tried have been such great hits that this brands deserve a spot on this list even though their eyeshadow formula is far from my favorite one. Smashbox are off course famous for their primers, which I use and love, but the stand out item for me must be the Always On Liquid Lipsticks that are simply fantastic! I am also loving their Halo powder.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics: I have been a fan of their liquid lipsticks for such a long time now. Actually, since I tried them for the first time they have been my very favorite dry down liquid lipsticks. Only matched by the Smashbox Always On. I do have to say though that Jeffree Star has a much more tempting color selection than what Smashbox does offer. I am also a fan of the JS eyeshadow palettes. Always with unique color stories and different and daring packaging! For the most part I own liquid lipsticks and eyeshadows from the brand, but I know there is a lot in store for us in 2019 and I am sure there will be a lot of great products released. I heard rumors that there will be a concealer soon, and I am all for that!

If you had to pick some favorite high-end brands what would you pick? What have you been loving in 2018?

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Soph X Revolution Extra Spice Palette – 8 Makeup Looks!

I have tried, tested and reviewed the original Soph X Revolution palette back in September and I was intrigued enough to pick up the second Extra Spice edition. After all it’s got a nice mixture of neutrals and colors which I tend to like in a palette as I love both neutral looks and colorful looks.

So I played around with this palette for a while and created these looks, in addition to some very simple, wearable everyday looks that are a bit too boring to post about. I think I have a pretty solid idea of what I think of the palette, but that I will save for the review off course. Here are the looks!

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Cookie Dough, Brownies, Reputation, Infinity.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Pigments Gel Eyeliner – Silver
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30, Bro60.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.
  • Fyrinnea Pixie Epoxy (glitter glue).
  • Inglot Body Sparkles – Silver
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Vitamin C, Sweet N Sour, Twenty One, Mulled Wine, Reputation.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30, Bro60.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • House Of Lashes – Noir Fairy Light.
  • Kiko Glamour Eye Pencil – 403.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Running Late, Sweet N Sour, Twenty One, Romance, Everyday, Reputation.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30, Bro60.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Eye Pencil (Name rubbed off, soft shimmery pink).
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #9 Carmen.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Enchanted, Lakes, Reputation, Everyday, Romance, Aurora, La Sun, Cookie Dough, Cheesecake.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl – Noir.
  • Huda Beauty Lashes – #9 Carmen.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Cookie Dough, Chocolate Orange. Lakes, Reputation, Dreams, Everyday.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Milano Eye Pencil (name rubbed off, teal).
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.
  • Hello Gregory Lashes – Athene.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Cookie Dough, Chocolate Orange, Brownies, Reputation, La Sun, Everyday.
  • Gosh Effect Powder – Glamour.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.
  • Hello Gregory Lashes – Athene.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Vitamin C, Sweet N Sour, Twenty One, Brownies, Reputation, Infinity.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liquid Liner.
  • House of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.

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  • Soph X Revolution Extra Spice – Cookie Dough, Cheesecake, Everyday, Chocolate Orange. Brownies, Enchanted, Reputation.
  • Makeupgeek Gel Liner – Immortal.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum, Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • L’Oreal Unlimited Mascara.
  • House of Lashes – Iconic.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Nail art gems.

Did you try any of the Soph X Revolution palettes? Which one of them are your favorite?

Remember that you can also find me on Instagram!

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December 2018 Haul!

Or actually, this is not a December haul. Because everything I ordered in December haven’t arrived yet due to postal services being so awfully slow here around Christmas time, or around black Friday, or anytime really. Point being, except one little thing I picked up in store I didn’t get any of my December hauls yet. But I did get a few things I ordered in November, so we will have some new stuff to go through anyway.

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So this is everything I added to my collection in December. Only pretty things off course, but this looks very modest compared to my November haul which I recommend reading if you 1.Like makeup porn or 2.needs a confirmation that I am not sane. Because I did some serious hauling that month!

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My Violet Voss Flamingo palette finally arrived (I think I ordered it in October actually). I fell in love with the looks of it since it was released and I aaaalmost made an order from Sephora because ages before it reached Europe. But I forgot about it, and thought I didn’t really need it. Until I found it on sale at BeautyBay! Now I am very happy I picked it up. It’s so fun and summery. In other words perfect for the season right!

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The Juvia’s Place Serafino blush is a gorgeous peach blush. It’s so pigmented but blends nicely on the face. I have really been loving this! The Balm Mary Dew Manizer was the only thing I picked up in store. I do love the powder version so I decided to give this liquid one a try. It looks very similar to the original, just a bit more subtle.

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This beautiful Mary Kay blush was a Christmas gift from a friend. I just think the pattern is so lovely I barely want to use it, but it’s a gorgeous color! A toned down peach with a satin finish. So lovely!

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And last but not least came some contributions to my Juvia’s Place collection! When I get my December order I will have all the palettes except the Warrior II. So my mission of collecting all Juvia’s Place palettes are soon completed. These palettes have such an amazing formula and the quality is so consistent! Not to mention all the gorgeous color stories. Forever a big time fan of Juvia’s Place palettes and I am so happy to have the Festival Palette, The Afrique Palette and the Nubian Palette in my collection.

Did you pick up something fun this month? Or are you doing a low-buy as a new years resolution? I am going to try to not pick up as many palettes, but it’s so hard!

Also, please add me on Instagram if you haven’t. I would love to see you there too!

What is in my makeup bag – January 2019!

New year, new project pan, lots of new exciting stuff in my monthly makeup bag. My 2018 project pan has come to an end. I had so much fun with it, but it’s nice to lay down all the products I’ve been using over and over again in 2018, and replace them with my 2019 project pan items! There will be a induction post coming shortly, and also a summary of my 2018 project pan and how it went, so stay tuned for that.

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But for now let’s go through my January goodies!

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I picked two eyeshdow palettes, both from my project pan. The Colourpop Fame palette is a beautiful cool toned neutral palette, and I wanted a cool toned palette in my project because I love cool tones in winter and changing things up are always nice. The second one it the old but famous Lorac Pro palette! I have already used this a lot back in the days when it was new, but I wanted to pull out this old friend again for my project pan. I already have one pan in this palette, so my goal is to reach a second pan.

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For primers and foundations/BB Creams I picked two of each.

  • The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer – I probably have just a week of use left in this primer, so I put it in this months bag just to finally finish it. Not the biggest fan of it. Does not seem to do that much for me.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – This one on the other hand I love! Such a nice hydrating primer, and perfect for winter when I can get a little dry.
  • Holika Holika Petit BB Cream Moustruizing – Nice BB Cream that is a part of my project pan. Nice light coverage and comfy wear.
  • Colourpop No Filter Foundation – Still not sure how I feel about this, but I did add it to my project pan. I want to use it to figure out if I like it enough to repurchase, or if I won’t miss it in my collection.

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  • Dior Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder – Amazing loose setting powder.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder – This is one of my favorite powders. So fine milled and gives a beautiful look to the skin. Not sure if this will last me all month so that’s why I needed two.
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 24 hour Waterproof Concealer – Nice brightening concealer. Don’t really need it to be waterproof, but it last long on the skin.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer – This is almost empty. Hope to finish this my the end of January. It’s OK, but I don’t love it so I just want to finish it.

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Finally I get to play around with some more blushes!

  • H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush “Cantaloupe” – Beautiful, easy to wear fool proof everyday color. And it looks lovely on the skin!
  • Physicians Formula Butter Blush “Rosy Pink” – Natural matte pink. These last very long on the skin, and again it’s so easy to apply. Perfect for busy mornings.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush “Ethereal Glow” – These blushes are so beautiful I do understand why they get all that hype! Very soft pink color with a gorgeous glow!
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush “Journey” – The Tarte blushes have been a favorite for quite some time now. This is a nice peachy shade with a very soft satin finish. I am so happy to get to use so many of my favorite blushes this month after struggling so much with my project pan 2018 blush.
  • Makeup Mekka Hypnotic Metallics Single highlighter “Glitz” – This is a new one that I barely swatches, so I am excited to try it out and see what I think of it.

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  • Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum – Perfect for winter I guess. And nice to have some options for highlighter.
  • Kiko Flawless Fusion Bronzing Powder – My project pan bronzer. It’s pale enough so I can use it with ease even on my pale winter skin.
  • Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter “Lunch Money” – My only project pan highlighter. As you can tell I already have quite a pan, so my goal is to finish this one completely. If I manage that it will be the first highlighter I complete, but the super shock formula is very easy to go through so I think I can make it.

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All of the lip product this month is from my project pan! So I will get a good start by getting some use out of all of them!

  • Estee Lauder High Gloss “Pearl” – Had this for so many years. It’s a bit pale for me so I think this will work best as a topper over other lipsticks.
  • Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss – Because it comes out almost clear but looks berry on the lips. Smells delicious too! It’s getting really old so I just want to finish it before it goes bad, but I really used to love this and wear it a lot!
  • H&M Sheer Lipstick “Arabesque” – These lipsticks are fantastic if you want something sheer and easy to wear. Perfect for every day. I love this lippie and would be happy to pick up more shades.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – Shade name is worn of my it’s a nice pink.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss – This one I also lost the shade name of, but it’s more of a purple gloss. These all came it a set a long time ago.
  • MAC Plushglass Lip Gloss “Fashion Fanatic” – The only one that still has a name! A lighter pink gloss.
  • Isadora Jelly Kiss Lipstick “Bare Bliss” – Old fave that is maybe getting too old so it”s time to use it up. Used to be an old favorite as well so it’s not that much left!
  • Clinique Long Lasting GlossWear “Black Honey” – A gloss stick in one end and a liquid gloss in the other. Both in the iconic shade Black Honey.

Do you have a monthly makeup bag, or do you just use whatever you feel like?

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Colourpop Good Sport Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The first thing I thought when I got this palette was that it looks so much richer and deeper in color in real life than what it does online, big bonus! The other thing was that I could immediately spot an eyeshadow or two that I don’t already own, which is always a great thing considered I don’t exactly have the smallest of collections (There will be collection posts coming soon as I did last year in case you are curious). In other words, this was a welcome edition to my collection.

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It’s just Colourpops standard 12-pan eyeshadow palettes. No mirror, simple cardboard packaging and slim easy-to-store design. Out of all their eyeshadow palette formats I think I like the 12-pan ones the best. They are not too small, not to big and still enough shadows to give a nice variety of colors. Colourpop are generally very good in narrating their palettes, because you rarely get eyeshadows that look too similar. That’s the case with this palette too. The color scheme is really well put together with proper fall shades. You got burgundy, yellow, greens and purples.

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You get 7 mattes and 5 metallics in this palette. That gives you plenty of nice mattes to play with. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in particular when I have been using this. You got your basic crease shades as well as darker shades to deepen the look. The only thing that some of you may feel is missing is that matte bone shade to set the lid. Personally I have so many matte bone shades now that I really don’t feel it’s necessary. Besides I find that using a powder I would set my face with works just as well anyway. In addition to a nice selection of mattes you have some stunning metallic options. The two greens and the yellow are particularly nice, and I don’t think I even own a dupe for EBB.

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The overall quality is as usual really really great. I am still in love with the metallic formula from Colourpop, and the mattes are great as well! The only shade I had slight issues with was “Sista” the bright matte purple. I found that it was a little bit harder to blend than the other mattes. Still completely possible to make it work, but it did require a little bit of extra attention. Besides that shade they all worked just as well as Colourpop usually does, which is great!

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Honestly I think this is one of the best color schemes released by Colourpop this year!

As always I end up recommending the Colourpop palettes I review. You can’t really go wrong with them, so if you are a fan of the colors they are always worth grabbing.

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Tarte Blush 101 Amazonian Clay Blush Palette – Review!

The formula of Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes must have received cult status by now since they have been so popular for years. It’s a well known and much loved formula, and I have my share of amazonian clay blushes from before. I really do like them, so when this years blush book (A holiday tradition by Tarte) was released I had to have it!

My favorite thing about it is that it’s not as obnoxiously large as the previous blush books have been. I mean, just look at the comparison between last years release (the HUGE round thing) and this years cute little book.

The little book holds a lot of product too! With 8 blushes, one bronzer and 1 highlighter you really get a lot of products for the price. You get both matte and shimmery blushes and everything from pink, to peach to neutral. A blush for every look. The bronzer is also shimmery, and the color works nicely for me, but if you are medium or even on the darker scale of light then this would probably be a bit pale. It works for my skin in winter, but will probably be too light in summer, but when I can wear it I like how it looks and it’s easy to apply.

The highlighter is, well a bit dull actually. It does give a glow, so in that sense it gets the job done and it looks nice enough. But it completely lack the wow-factor that has become the norm of highlighters these days. I would not reach for this palette just to use the highlighter, but if I was traveling with it I would not mind using it if that makes sense.

The blushes are the usual well-known and much loved quality of the amazonian clay blushes. They have light to medium build-able pigmentation, they are really easy to apply and has fairly good longevity. Just one of those easy to use, fool-proof blush formulas that looks good even when you apply them in a rush. With 8 different shades you have one for any look you could want.

The packaging is as mentioned just so darn cute! Just like a little book. It’s easy to store, and it’s compact and solid enough for travel. There is also a plastic divider between the two “blush-pages” to keep things clean. Overall the packaging is really well done. The only thing is that the surface is a bit textured and when you use a bigger brush to for instance pick up the bronzer it’s very easy to get some on the surface around the powder as well. And since this is a rough textured surface I still ahven’t been successful in finding a way to keep it clean! I discovered this early on so I have been extra careful with picking up blush with smaller brushes, but just be ware that this is not a easy to clean palette so it may not look that cute after a while.

I feel like this is a handy thing for travel. I really like the quality of the blushes, the bronzer works fine for me and the highlighter is OK. However, I also feel like Tarte has a habit of repeating their shade. If you already own one of their blush books you probably already have a several dupes. With that being said, I am happy I got mine even though I already have a blush book and several single blushes because the packaging is so handy. I would like to say easy to travel with, but since I don’t travel that much it’s not really a con for me personally, but maybe it is for you!

I am happy that I got this and I would buy it again.

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