Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

My first encounter with Focallure eyeshadows was an experience that made me exited to try more. Lucky for me since I hauled 5 Focallure eyeshadow palettes withouth having tried them at all. But so far no regrets on that risky shopping spree because I seem to enjoy them.

The Paris palette is one of the palettes in their travel series which they have four of at the moment, but I would love to see more options in the future! The eyeshadows are named after things you can connect with the travel destination of the palette. For instance Paris has shade named “Eiffel Tower” and “Monet” (reference to the french artist) and yummy french sweets like “Croissant” and “Macarons”. All the names can be connected to Paris which I think is a cute touch.

The packaging is your regular cardboard with a Paris design on the front. In my opinion maybe the well known Eiffel Tower should be more visible to make it more clear what city is on the front. As it is now you have to look long and hard to figure out that the landmark is hiding behind the “R” in “PARIS”. That has absolutely nothing to to with makeup at all though. Sorry for the side track. You do get a nice mirror though. Just big enough to use when doing eyeshadow.

Even though the palette is quite small and compact it holds 15 eyeshadows of 1.15g each. I had some people ask me before if the pan size on these are very small. Sure 1.15 is smaller than you regular single pan shadows, but they look to be about the same size as the shadows in the Anastasia eyeshadow palettes. I would say that is sufficient. I rarely use up an eyeshadow anyway.

But over to the interesting part! The eyeshadows! You get quite a few different formulas in here. You have your good old mattes and shimmers, but you also got shimmers with fine micro glitter in them, as well as those mixed shimmer shadows that we saw for the first time in Huda Beauty New Nude, and that we see everywhere now! (they are really pretty though so keep them coming!).

6 out of the shades are matte. The mattes are pretty standard. You get your bone shade and some brown of different depths, but also a pop of yellow and a nice mauve. The variety is quite good, but I do think “Eiffel Tower” and “Chateau” are a bit too similar. I would have loved for one of them to be a deeper brown or even a deeper mauve or a burgundy which I think would have fitted nicely in the color scheme. All of the mattes have really nice quality though. The pigmentation is really good, they apply easy and are very blendable. They are not chalky at all, and look very nice applied on the eyes. It does not enhance texture, but look nice and smooth. These matter have really great quality, and you would not think this was a cheaper brand based off how the mattes perform. They are lovely!

You also get two pretty standard shimmers. With that I just mean that thei are plain shimmer and don’t have any glitter in them. Both these shades are very smooth and applied nice and easy and work just fine even without a setting spray.

The 6 other shimmers have different levels of sparkle in them, and they also don’t really work the same. Some of them are so smooth, pigmented and buttery and just glide on like the lovely yellow gold “Tuileres”. Also “Grand Palais” and “Croissant” work really well. But I did have some issues with “Macarons” and “Luxembourg”. They are just very hard to pick up on the brush. If I use my regular amount of pressure to pick up product I simply won’t get anything on my brush! So I have to use quite a bit of force and a damp brush to pick these shades up. They apply much easier with the fingers, but when doing detail work that can be a challenge. I was slightly unhappy with these two shades since they required so much work, which is kind of odd because Focallure have proven that they can absolutely do nice shimmers. Also, “Macarons” was the shade I was most drawn to so always a bummer when those shades are not the best.

There’s only one of those mixed-shimmer shades in this palette and that’s “Monet”. You know, those very pretty looking shades we saw for the first time in Huda Beauty New Nude? “Monet” was one of those shades, although you can’t really tell anymore. This formula is so stunning though. I was very happy with this, as well as the mixed shimmers in the Perth palette which I have already reviewed.

Sure, I had a few dissapointments in this palette but if we just forget about those two shades for a moment I am actually quite impressed with the rest. The quality in general is really really good! This brand just keeps surprising me in a positive way.

Have you ever tried Focallure eyeshadows? I would love to know what you think about them.

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Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – 4 Makeup Looks!

Time to dig into another one of the palettes from Focallures travel series! I already reviewed one of them (Perth) and was very happy with it, so I got high hopes for this one too. The color scheme is both cute, fun and neutral. It feels very spring with the matte yellow and nice shimmery green.

These are the 4 looks I did with Paris, hope you enjoy them:

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Elysses, Eiffel Tower, Chateau, Macarons, Vie En Rose, Luxembourg.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Makeup Revolution – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.
  • Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighter Palette – Blurred Lights.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Omelette, Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Bastille, Tuileres, Luxembourg.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil – 401.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Makeup Revolution – The Mascara Revolution.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Montparnasse, Bourdeaux, Monet.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Carnaval Cosmetics Glitter – Caramel.
  • Colourpop Glitterally Obsessed – Frozen II Waterfall.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Focallure Paris Eyeshadow Palette – Versailles, Omelette, Macarons, Croissant, Tuileres.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Honey.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dip Liner – White.
  • Makeup Revolution Glitter Paste – Power Hungry.
  • Maybelline Snapscara Mascara.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

I have to admit, I had the most fun creating the last one. There is just something satisfying about adding details just for fun. Now I can’t wait to share the good and the bad about the palette, so stay tuned for the review coming soon!

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Colourpop Strawberry Shake – Review & Swatches!

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2019 was the year of 9-pan palettes by Colourpop. I got so many of these eyeshadow palettes it’s almost not to believe that they haven’t been around for that long. No one release things as fast as Colourpop. I used to collect every palette they released. But I just can’t do it anymore. Not only is there a new palette almost every week, they even release two at the time sometimes now. Too many palettes for me to review. But I did get this one though!

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I was a bit surprised when they released this color story just after Main Squeeze though. Surely, Strawberry Shake is more in the pink side, while Main Squeeze is more red and orange, but still. You can create very similar looks with this palette. I would say if you get one of them you don’t really need the other. You just have to figure out if you want the palette to lean more pink or more orange.

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The palette has 6 mattes, two metallics and one super shock formula. The mattes are a well balances mixture of reds and pinks in light to medium depth. There are no really dark shades in this palette, but the overall color story is more fun and bright instead of dark and sultry, so I didn’t really feel like I was missing a deeper shade. The palette is just too bright and fun for dark shades. The quality is just overall great on all the mattes. I simply didn’t have any issues at all with any of them. Usually Colourpop makes very smooth, pigmented and blendable mattes and that happens to be the case with all of the shades.

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The two metallics are one rosy and one peachy gold shade. Both are really pretty shades that compliments the mattes really well. This is their more smooth metallic formula as there is not fine glitter in them. Their metallics with fine glitter can lean a bit on the chunky side and require setting spray (still good though, just a different formula), but these are buttery smooth, rich and gorgeous.

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The shade Delish, which I believe is a Super Shock Formula, is an excellent shade to add shine and sparkle to the look. The formula is super creamy, but also a bit crumbly. It does apply best with a finger, or I found that a flat brush with some setting spray also did work nicely.   This shade can be use sparingly, for just a wash of sparkle and shine, or built up to a opaque sparkly light peach. It’s a lovely shade, but so expect some fallout. However, even though this shade is the one that requires the most twerking to work, it is my favorite shade in the palette because of how stunning it looks on the lids.

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Overall, there is not much bad to sad about this palette (except that plastic packaging should be banned!). The color story is lovely, without me feeling like it’s missing anything which is pretty good for a palette with only 9 shades. It’s also really really high overall quality. As with so many other Colourpop palettes, this one gets a big thumbs up!

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Jeffree Star Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The big blue sister palette of the famous Blood Sugar. It’s funny to think about because if a big almost all blue palette was released 5 years ago, or before Instagram existed, I don’t think it would have been such a big hit. But people have become more daring and creative and I actually believe social media has something to do with it. The world was ready for all blue and it was a big hit!

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The packaging is so pretty. Baby blue, with white details and shaped like a coffin or jewelry box. The palette of course is awfully bulky, but it’s more of a display piece than something that is handy for traveling. This packaging is to satisfy the collector in you, not the handy traveler. It does have a mirror, that is big enough, but I still found it very unpractical to use. Since the palette does not open completely, you either have to hold the palette quite high, or place it on top of something. Since it’s quite heavy I found it to be much better to just use a separate mirror instead of the one in the palette. In other words, having a mirror in this was completely useless for me personally.

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The palette holds 18 different shades. In exactly the same format as Blood Sugar. The size is quite generous, they make the ABH palettes seem very stingy. They are also much more firmly pressed than ABH so these shadows will last you a long long time even with consecutive use. Surely, the palette is blue themed but you do get some options to go neutral, which is great if you want to use the palette a lot but don’t want to go pink every day. You get three different formulas. The majority of the shades are matte, some are regular metallics, and two of them are metallics with glitter in.

Although at first glance the palette looks to be very blue, one third of the shades in this palettes are actually neutrals. Suitable for very natural look even. So you do have more options than going all blue with this palette. Off course, the eye-catching shades that gets everyone’s attention is all the different blues. You get so many different tones and depths in this palette. Really dark blues, pastels, green toned blues, mints, grey toned blues. You really get such a nice variety of blue shades!

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There are 12 mattes in this palette. I do really like that the palette offers a lot of mattes, because I find that very often when a palette has a few blue shades more often than not the blues are metallic. So this palette can very likely add some unique blues to your collection that you don’t already have. Very generally speaking I do like JS eyeshadows, but they are not my favorite formula out there. I do trust that when I pick up a palette from JS it is going to have great quality, but they don’t hit my preference perfectly. It’s not that the quality is lesser, it’s just that some formulas work better on my eyes than others. For instance, JS mattes are a tiny bit too dry for me. They are pigmented, blendable and generally holds very high quality. They are just a bit on the dry side (not to be confused with chalky!) and that means that I do need a primer for these to work perfectly on me. Without a primer they seem to have some issues sticking to my eyes. I think if I had more oily skin I would not need a primer with them, but since I am more normal or even dry these mattes need a sticky base to apply nicely on me.

The metallics was a bit unconsistent if formula. Some of them are rich, intense, smooth, buttery and simply just great shadows. “Ice Tray” for instance is an excellent shade, and so is “Crystal Flesh”. Nothing bad to say about those two. “Cullinan” is a bit different. Not that it’s bad in any way it’s just more of a duochrome topper shade and is absolutely stunning in the inner corner. I had some issues with “Deceased” though. It almost feels like it’s to hard pressed and I have to use quite a bit of pressure on mu brush to pick it up and for it to transfer on my lid. So even though three of the metallics are nice, one of them is unfortunately a dud and of much lesser quality than I would expect from a palette at this price range.

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The two metallics with glitter are off course a bit different in formula too. The small glitter particles makes it a bit more chunky and less smooth than a regular metallic, but they pick up nicely, and are pigmented. Only thing is that I think these need some setting srpay since they are a tiny bit on the chunky side. I did experience some fallout from these that was reduced by using a damp brush.

I loved the looks I managed to do with this palette. I just had to get a bit used to the matte formula and after that I had so much fun playing around with all the colors. But I can’t help but feeling a bit underwhelmed. I mean the mattes are good, but not perfect for my personal preference, and since “Deceased” was a dud shade, the overall impression is just that I like the palette. I don’t love it…..if that makes sense. They are good, blendable blue shades, and I know those are hard to make, but I am just not over the moon for this.

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I do think it’s a stunning collector piece, and I love that you have such an amazing variety of blue shades, and that it adds some more rare blue shades to my collection. So if that is your motivation to buy it, then surely most of the shadows are really good and the rest you will be able to work with. But if you just want some good quality blues and you don’t care about adding this as a collectors item, I would honestly just recommend you save your coins and buy Blue Moon from Colourpop instead.

It is a good palette, I just simply feel I have better blues in my collection. It will be a beautiful display piece though, and since I am a collector at least that counts for something.

XOXO

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Jeffree Star Blue Blood Eyeshadow Palette – 6 Makeup Looks!

First look post of 2020! And the palette is my favorite color! Blue Blood was such an iconic release. Who would have thought 5 years ago that a almost full on blue palette would be such a best seller? I didn’t! Now I am just patiently waiting for the green version.

Blue is among my favorite colors to work with when it comes to eyeshadow, so I was so excited to create looks with this. I made 6 looks, hope you like them:

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – Undertaker, Cremated, Ocean Ice, Entitled, Cullinan, I’m Cold, Wealthy.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Into the Blue.
  • Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighter Palette.
  • Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – I’m Cold, Mintea, Blue Blood, Blue Monday, Deceased.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Kiko Smart Eye Pencil -813
  • Dumb Blonde Cosmetics Glitter -Bobby Dazzler
  • Makeup Revolution The Mascara Revolution.
  • Colourpop No Filter Concealer.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – Cremated, Undertaker, Power, Ice Tray, Crystal Flesh, Wealthy, Priceless, Blue Blood.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil The Nudes – Pearly Taupe.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.
  • Nailart gems.

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – Blue Blood, I’m Cold, Deceased, Cullinan, Flourishing.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Glitterally Obsessed – The Dark Sea.
  • NYX Faux Whites Inner Eye Brightener – Baby Powder.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dipliner – White.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – Mintea, Blue Blood, Untouchable, Flourishing. Wealty, Priceless.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Glitterally Obsessed – The Dark Sea.
  • Revolution Pro Supreme Dipliner – White.
  • Chanel Le Crayon Kohl Intense Eye Pencil – Blanc.
  • Colourpop BFF Mascara – Kiss’N Teal.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

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  • Jeffree Star Blue Blood – Undertaker, Blue Blood, Ocean Ice.
  • Morphe X Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette – Abyss.
  • Revolution Pro Brow Pomade – Ebony.
  • Zoeva Graphic Brow Fix.
  • Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30.
  • Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner – 77. Black.
  • Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
  • Eylure Most Wanted Lashes.

Hope you enjoyed the looks! I sure enjoyed creating them. For me blue is one of my favorite colors to play with. And even though this palette is mainly blue it does offer some nice variety. I do have some thoughts to share in my review though, so remember to drop by and have a read later on this week!

XOXO

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Makeup Revolution Blow Out Mascara – Review!

Since I have become such a big fan of the Makeup Revoltion The Mascara Revoltion (It’s competing with L’Oreal Paradise Extatic about being my favorite drugstore mascara) I figured it was a good ide to test out their newer one and see if they made another mascara hit! I am one of those who love finding an awesome affordable mascar because I find it pointless to spend to much money on the higher end ones when there are plenty of great affordable options. And I am telling you, I used to buy exclusively Lancôme and Dior mascaras for 5-6 years because I was covinced cheaper ones could not match. But, even though both Dior and Lancôme have fantastic mascaras, I found so many just as good affordable ones that I just don’t see the point in splurging anymore. The point is, I wanted to know if this one was also a great affordable option. I mean, Makeup Revolution did it once so why not again?

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The tube stands out with it’s oil slick coloring. The mascara brush is quite thick and large and made of rubber bristles. Sometimes I like the rubber bristles, but other times I feel like they tend to have a hard time building volume. I guess that could also be said for regular bristles, but somehow I feel like the rubber ones are challenging to me more often than regular bristles.

The mascara claims to have a jet-black thickening formula that gives you killer volume. It’s also enriched with cannabis satvia to nurish the lashes. I feel like cannabis has become quite a gimmick letaly, and I really don’t think it’s going to make a big difference on my lashes. Sure enough. After using it daily about 6 weeks, my lashes are all the same.

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I didn’t but it for the cannabis ingredient though, I got it because I was hoping it would be a good mascara. I have to say I am not really convinced. To begin with I don’t feel like it gave me much volume or length. Sure, my lashes got darker, more visible, and off course a bit more long and voluminous than what they are without mascara. However, compared to my favorite ones the result from this was a big lackluster. After using it a few weeks the formula got a little bit thicker, which helped adding a bit more volume. Still not as good as I would like though.

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If you like a more subtle mascara look then you may like this. Because I found that the longevity is nice, and it did not flake or smudge under my eyes. So if you want a more natural lash look at least the formula stays in place and looks nice. Me personaly preffer a bolder look, but at least once applied it stays in place nicely. It’s not waterproof though, which it does not claim to be either.

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Overall, I am a big underwhelmed by how they made my lashes look, and even though the formula did not flake or smudge I don’t see myself buying it again simple because it does not quite reach my preffered result. However, if you don’t want to go too bold on your mascara it could be worth a shot.

Have you tried this? How did it work on your lashes?

XOXO

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Colourpop Orange You Glad? – Review & Swatches!

The happy orange palette that makes you want to drink a fresh glass of juice is a part of Colourpops 9-pan monochromatic series. I am loving these small handy little monochromatic palettes, both because they add a nice selection of each color to you collection in a small handy packaging, and because they are so fun to play with.

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The design on this is pretty standard for their monochromatic palettes. The packaging is plastic (I wish it was cardboad!) and orange with a very simple design. You also get a mirror inside which is handy. Nothing stunning about the packaging really. But it’s simple and cute and gets the job done.

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The palette has 9 shades, with three different types of finishes. You get 6 mattes, 2 shimmers and one glitter. As usual, this glitter is marked as non-eye-safe. Glitters never really are eye-safe so I guess it’s up to you if you want to use it on your eyes or not. I do use glitters on my eyes, but no glitter is eye safe so they need to put that disclaimer on the packaging. But, contrary to what many people belive, it’s not that this glitter is not eye safe, but other glitters are. No glitters are eye safe. They all contain particles that can fall into your eyes and potentially case irritation. I know a lot of people find it weird that they put a non-eye-safe product inside an eyeshadow palette which is intended for your eyes, but to be fair a lot of eyeshadow palettes have non-eye-safe products in them. For instance eyeshadows with pigments that can stain the eye has to be marked as not eye safe. Colourpop (and many other brands) have plenty of palettes with these kind of shades that are all labeled not eye safe. For some reason people seem to be quite concious about these glitters not being eye safe, and complain about it, and at the same time a lot of people use non eye safe pigments without even giving it a second thought. I do use these glitters on my eyes, and have never experienced any problems. However, this issue is something people just have to decide for themselves, and it completely makes sense that people with sensitive eyes want to stay clear of these glitters. But if you are willing to take that risk, this glitter really is pretty. The pressed glitters from Colourpop are generally very easy to use. This one has some chunky bits in it, that gives it a lot of dimention and adds something extra to the palette. So I am happy they added this.

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The mattes are all great. I didn’t have any issued with any of the mattes. They perform like good Colourpop mattes usually does. They are very pigmented and very easy to blend. You get some very bright and fun pops of orange as well as a few more muted options. The only thing I feel is missing a bit is a really deep orange. The deepest matte is more of a mid-toned shade and I would like to see something a bit darker to be able to intensify and deepen the looks. Also, I do think maybe that Rise N Grind and Mimosa Mami is a bit too similar on the eyes. In the pan Mimosa Mami is clearly a bit more intense and a tad deeper, but on the eyes they look a bit more similar. I think if either one of these where gone I would not miss them in the palette. I would have like to see one of them swithced out with a white based orange duochrome to use as a highlighter shade, because this palette actually lack a nice inner corner or browbone highlight that is light enough. But those are just personal preferences.

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The shimmers are buttery smooth and rich as they usually are with Colourpop. These don’t have any chunkyness to them either so they can just be applied without dampening the brush. Both shades are very reflective and pigmented, and they apply so nicely to the eyes. Very nice shades, and just the way I like them form Colourpop!

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Just the overall quality of the eyeshadows are impeccable. I don’t really have anything bad to say about performance. None of them had any issues, non of them required a bit of tweaking (like using a damp brush for instance) to work optimal. Sure, the glitter does benefit from some glitter glue, but that’s the case with all glitters unless they are in a gel or liquid base.

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My only chritizism really is that I think the color story could be improved. Mainly by having a darker matte option, and to have a white based orange duochrome highlighter shade. That’s just personal preference though and others might find the color story to be no less than perfect.

So overall I am super happy with the quality, and this little palette added a lot of nice oranges to my collection. A bonus (at least for me) it that orange really enhance blue, so they work excellent with blue eyes.

What about you. Would you wear a bright orange look? If so this palette is a must have!

XOXO

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