Certifeye The Dynasty Palette – Review & Swatches!

I have been raving on and on about the Certifeye Tropical Wonders palette which is in my opinion the best of rainbow palettes out there. So I was off course excited to see how this palette compared.

The design of this palette is very similar to the tropical wonders palette with the same slim cardboard packaging and 12 colorful shades, but the design this time is a beautiful colorful castle. It’s both beautiful and simple at the same time.

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Even though this is very colorful, it’s not a rainbow palette which is good as they can be a bit repetitive. You get a nice range of blues, greens purples, reds and even a few browns for the days you want to go natural.

This differs from the tropical wonders palette in the sense that it’s not only a matte palette. 6 of the shades are shimmer shades, while the other 12  are matte. The formula of the mattes are good. I really like the matte formula of the tropical wonders palette, but I am under the impression that these mattes are even a bit better. They feel a bit smoother and blend very easy as well as being very richly pigmented. You get exactly the shade you see in the pan without having to build up the intensity. You get full on pigment from the very beginning. Event the purple shades blend with easy, and I find that purple mattes can often be a bit more work to blend out. These ones work like a dream, even blending them out in the outer corner work like a charm and they are not patchy at all. High quality mattes for sure.

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The shimmers are shimmers. So don’t expect a foiled or metallic finish. That’s not what these are. Not saying they are bad in any means, they are just not in the foiled category. I find that they work a tiny bit better with a damp brush. One shade that was a bit less pigmented than what I expected was the purple shade “Wealth”. This shade is a bit on the sheer side and I definitely had to use a setting spray on the brush to get it to perform as good as the rest of them. Otherwise I had no issued with the other shimmer shades. Shimmer shades are nice, but I would love to see some high shine foiled shades from this brand to match the intensely pigmented mattes!

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I think the color story match the royal theme of the palette by being rich jewel toned deeper shades. I also really like that you get one shimmer for each color-family to go with the look. You can either go monochromatic with your look, or mix and match to get a fun colorful eyelook. I think the green and blue shades are nicely put together with a shimmer, and one lighter and one darker color. I found the two matte purples to be a bit too similar on the eyes. When I used them together I found that they were pretty hard to tell apart. Also the shade “Riches” and “Cloak” does look very similar on the eyes even though you can tell them apart in the pans. So I would wish they had put in either a very dark red or a very pale purple instead of colors that are so similar. The shades are off course not bad on their own, but I think a bit more diversity in the shades would make the composition of the palette even better! I do like though that they put in a few brown shades. Even though I love color it’s nice to get the option to go neutral within a colorful palette. I think it makes the palette even more versatile.

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But overall with just a few minor nitpicking flaws (or improvement potential) this is still a very good palette that I would highly recommend.

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I am at least happy to have picked it up, and I would for sure do it again if I had to. I am excited to test even more palettes from the brand now, because I love a nice, fun color story to play with!

Have you tried this palette, or anything else from Certifeye? I would love to hear your opinion!

XOXO

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Nothing says “Lethal” like flowers and pearls – Makeup look…

Well, maybe flowers and pearls are not the things that screams “Lethal” the most, but I picked up some eyeshadows from Lethal Cosmetics a little while ago and the blue shade “Ascension” and the matte yellow “Relapse” inspired me to do this look. An edgy brand like this does spark creativity!

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I also wanted to play more around with my Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner because it is actually a good white liquid liner! So the end result is this!

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  • Lethal Cosmetics Single Pan Eyeshadows – Ascension, Calcination, Relapse, Defiance, Arsenic.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner . White.
  • Kiko Kajal Khôl Pencil – 109 (matte blue).
  • Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil – 04 Turquoise (brows).
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • House Of Lashes – Iconic Lights.

I am impressed with how these shadows work, and I am always happy to spend my money on smaller indie brands, so if you are like me then I recommend checking out Lethal Cosmetics Home Page and take a look at their eyeshadows.

XOXO

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Looxie Beauty Eyeshadows – 6 Makeup Looks, Review & Swatches!

The past couple of months I have been trying to pick up and try more unknown brands. I am currently in a single pan collecting addiction, and I wanted to find something new fun and exciting to collect. I decided to try Looxie beauty along with Devinah and Lethal Cosmetics since I have heard good things about them all, and their color selection seemed interresting to me. All these brands will get their own post where I share my thought on them, but today it is all about Looxie.

My only regret when ordering these it that I did not pick up all the different formulas. I picked up shimmers (Amber, November Rain), Auroras (Limelight, Omega, Bohemian and Metals (Bubbly) and Precious Metals 2 (Deep, Ruby Reign, Platinum Pink), but not any of the mattes. So sadly I can’t consider the quality of the mattes in this review.

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I ordered a few shades just to get a feel of them. Well, I ordered a magnetic palette with the brand name on it and some additional shades just after swatching them. I fell in love before I put them on my eyes. They do indeed swatch like a dream. Especially the Precious Metals 2 formula, that is supposed to be an improvement of their Metal formula is like hyper-pigmented butter. You know when you swatch a shade and you just got “WOOOOW”. That’s how these swatch.

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The shadow names are (left to right): Limelight, Dream On, November Rain, Deep, Omega, Ruby Reign, Bubbly, Platinum Pink, Bohemian, Amber, Root Beer.

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And here they are shown without flash (top) and with flash (bottom). I could just sit and swatch shades like these all day.

However, everyone who has tried a lot of different formulas know that sometime a shade can swatch beautifully, but not transfer that well to the eyes. Since these shades swatch so intense and rich, I did not expect this to be the case with these. But while reading around on the web I did found several reviews of people who did not think these performed as well on the eyes as they expected. I started to think I may have rushed the decision of picking up more of these even before I tried the first order on my eyes. After all, I want them to perform on the eyes and not on swatches. I don’t really wear swatches in that way.

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So, only way to figure out my own opinion about them is to try them myself right? So I did, and I created a little selection of looks to be able to do a proper evaluation of them. Sadly I did not pick up any matte or base shades, so I needed to pull out my Urban Decay Ultimate Basics for assistance with base shades.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadows –  November Rain, Limelight, Deep.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Pre-Game, Nudie, Tempted.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Etude House Oh M’Eye Liquid Liner – Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Azure Thing, Into The Blue.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Eylure Exaggerate Lashes – 143.
  • Ttd Eye Colored Lenses – Polar Ligths Brown II.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadows – Ruby Reign, Amber, Bubbly.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Pre-Game, Tempted, Faith, Extra Bitter, Lethal.
  • Anastasia Prism Palette – Obsidian.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro40
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Eylure Exaggerate Lashes – 143.
  • Ttd Eye Colored Lenses – Polar Lights Brown II.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadow – Omega.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Lancôme Grandiose Liquid Liner.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 413.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Liquid Glitter Liner – Gold.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro90.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Eylure Exaggerate Lashes – 143.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadow – Ruby Reign, Bohemian.
  • Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics – Nudie, Pre-Game, Instinct, Lethal.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Poison.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • L’Oreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro60, Bro70.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadow – Dream On, Limelight, Deep.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Nudie, Tempted.
  • Zoeva Sweet Glamour – Fuzzy Haze, Childhood Adaption.
  • MakeupGeek Gel Liner – Fame.
  • Kiko Kajal Kohl Pencil – 109.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro70, Bro60.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick – Drug Lord.
  • House of Lashes – Featherette.

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  • Looxie Eyeshadow – Root Beer, Bubbly.
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics – Nudie, Tempted, Faith, Lockout, Blackjack.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24 H.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30, Bro70.
  • Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara.
  • House of Lashes – Featherette.

So what is the verdict after doing 6 looks for this blog, and using the shadows a bit in my everyday life as well? The verdict is that I wish I had ordered some mattes so I would be able to do a more complete review of the selection Looxie offers. So note to self: Make sure to pick up all the different finishes!

But I do have some thought on the performance of these shades that I have. The short version is: I will definitely pick up more shades. Actually I will probably fill up the whole extra large Z-Palette, and maybe still want more. In other words, I really like the looks of them.

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However, I do have some slight issues to point out. They may be a problem for you. For me personally I can work around it, but I realize some of you may prefer other brands at a similar cost taking things into consideration.

They do swatch wonderfully. Absolutely perfect I would say. You will get the same intensity on your eyes, but not as easily as with a swatch. I found that using a flay shader brush, and bit more pressure than I normally apply eyeshadows with they go on pretty well, but you may have to go over a few times to get the right intensity. My favorite brush to use with these were a Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush or a MAC 242. I found that Ruby Reign could use some help with a dampened brush, but I think the other shades gave up enough intensity without dampening. I did also use them with a fluffy Sigma blending brush while using them for more simple everyday looks and for that purpose a fluffy brush works just fine. I didn’t have any problems making them work for me, but off course if you expect to apply them to the lids with the same ease and smoothness they swatch with then you may be dissapointed. Building them up to full impact was not a problem though.

One other thing is that they are soft. Really soft. After fairly little use they look pretty loved and worn. No problem for me. I have too many eyeshadows anyway so most things I won’t use up anyway. Most likely not these either. I would for this reason alone be careful to travel with them. I suspect that they will easily be damaged even though they are snugly packed in a Z-Palette. On the other hand I find soft shadows like this to work very smoothly, and I think this is the case with these ones as well.

The colors are truly beautiful, and these pictures don’t show them any proper justice what so ever. Several of them, like Limelight, have a beautiful shift to it that my photography skills and bad lighting are not able to capture, sadly. I am very happy with the colors, and once applied on the lid they look incredible. If you can deal with an extra effort applying them, and don’t mind that they are quite soft and crumbly, them I really would recommend these because the colors themselves are pretty gorgeous! They are stunning actually! For a price of just 5$ each trying them out will at least not break the bank.

I am excited to put in my next order and will for sure remember to add some mattes! I can also give you a little spoiler and tell you that some of these shades I have been absolutely loving in July and will make an appearance in my monthly favorites. Not bad at all Looxie, not bad at all!

Did you try shadows from this brand? I would love to hear your opinion!

XOXO

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