Tuesday, March 24, 2020

ColourPop Making Mauves Palette

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Before I even get started I just want to say I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. The world is crazy right now!

Today I've got the ColourPop Making Mauves palette to swatch for you. This is a mauve lover's dream!
Just seeing the colors in the pans don't really do this palette justice. They are SO MUCH PRETTIER when swatched! 

R&R is a pale matte pink.
Solitaire is a pale matte beige.
Big Moves is a pale matte lilac.

Bicoastal is a metallic pink toned champagne.
A La Mode is a metallic mauve with silver and copper micro sparkles.
Mauve On Up is a metallic icy rose.

Tongue Tied is a matte mauve with silver and violet micro sparkles.
Marquee is a matte deep plum.
Big Fig is a matte dusty lavender.

These colors (especially those metallic) are beautiful! I find A La Mode to have a sort of chunky texture and Mauve On Up is a little bit dry, but they both perform well. You may have a bit of fallout with A La Mode as well, I would definitely recommend using a stickier base with that one. Marquee also requires a bit of a sticky base, as it has the tendency to go on patchy but can be built up nicely if it has something to grab onto. I really like this palette as a whole, and you can definitely create a ton of looks with it!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Sailor Moon X ColourPop Pretty Guardian Palette

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The Sailor Moon collection from ColourPop sold out SUPER fast - I think this was the first time I've ever tried to order something from them where the site made me wait in a checkout queue before I could actually buy my stuff - but I was able to snag the eyeshadow palette, which was the main thing I wanted to pick up from the collection.

The outside box has an image of Sailor Moon surrounded by holographic moons and a holographic outline. The palette itself has a super cute "animated" picture.

Inside the cover are more holo moons, and 12 colors that just SCREAM spring and summer to me! There are no pressed glitters in here but 3 are marked as pressed pigments (Mare Serentitatis, Tuxedo Rose and Miracle Romance).

Shining Moon is a light peach with pink microglitters.
Twilight Flash is a matte orangey peach.
Silver Crystal is a very pale pink with gold sheen.
Moon Castle is a pale pinky coral.

Full Moon is a yellowy orange with a strong gold shift.
Silver Millenium (supershock formula) is a sheer light gold.
Mare Serenitatis is a rose gold with chunky gold sparkle.
Luna is an iridescent lavender.

Justice is a matte yellow with silver and gold micro glitters.
Tuxedo Rose is a matte hot coral with pink and silver micro glitters.
Love is a matte rosy pink with silver micro glitters.
Miracle Romance is a matte orchid.

This palette is a beauty, and perfect for this time of the year. Mare Serenitatis is the only one that's a bit messy (lots of fallout) but I think that's because it's a super chunky formula. Still very pretty though! The entire bottom row is so summery to me, my mind is coming up with a bunch of looks to do once the weather gets warmer! I also really love Luna - it's such a bright, flashy lavender shade that is pretty and unique. I'm really hoping they will restock this one since it sold out so quick, and it's still showing up on their site where you can sign up for an email notifiaction when it's back in stock. Did you pick up this palette (or anything else) from the Sailor Moon collection? Let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Jeffree Star Blood Lust Palette

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Jeffree Star's Blood Lust Palette is here! I will be the first to admit, I wasn't wowed when I first saw the reveal. I, like everybody else, pictured it having deep, dark purples and vampy shades inside, and then Jeffree opened it and it was just kind of...okay. But let me tell you, it's so much prettier in person for some reason. The bright red and olive green look way out of place in this palette, but they end up looking so good with the other colors. In person, it seems to make sense.
The mirror on the inside is a great size. The palette itself isn't going to be easy to store, but you've got to appreciate how cool it looks. The outside is all a crushed velvet texture, and it's got a sturdy golden clasp closure that easily lifts up. Inside are 18 shades - let's take a peek!

Your Majesty is a matte really pale gray.
Take the Crown is a metallic icy lavender.

Deviant is a pale matte lavender.
Beauty Sleep is a pink with gold duochrome.
Wet Jewel is a light pink with a "wet" metallic finish.
Royal Pain is a matte blush pink.

Dungeon is a matte deep plum.
Scandal Water is a pale matte violet.
Sworn Enemy is a metallic gold/green duochrome.
Pink Magic is a hot pink with a "wet" metallic finish.
Bleeding Heart is a bright red (says it's a metallic finish, but I would say it's more satin).
Executioner is a matte black with purple-pink duochrome sparkles.

High King is a matte berry purple.
Vivid Mood is a matte bright lavender.
Monarchy is a matte pale brown.
Blood Queen is a matte fuchsia.

Vile Serpent is a matte deep teal.
Betrayal is a metallic purple with gold duochrome.

The only shade that I found needed a second pass is the Vile Serpent shade. Everything else swatched great with one swipe. Standout shades for me are Beauty Sleep, Pink Magic, Bleeding Heart, Executioner and Betrayal. Bleeding Heart feels hard and is pressed harder into the pan, but it is amazingly pigmented and gorgeous! 

Several shades are labeled as pressed pigments and "not intended for use in the immediate eye area," but that's mainly because a lot of them stain. If you don't have sensitive eyes, you should have no issues with them. I find that Bleeding Heart and Vile Serpent are the ones that stain the most. Shades labeled as pressed pigments are: Take the Crown, Beauty Sleep, Dungeon, Scandal Water, Pink Magic, Bleeding Heart, High King, Vivid Mood, Blood Queen and Betrayal.

I actually freaking love this palette and am so excited to dig into it more. Like I said, I loved it so much more once I saw it in person. Drop a comment below if you've picked it up or are thinking of getting it and let me know your thoughts!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

ColourPop URA QT Palette

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The ColourPop URA QT Palette is the Valentine's palette that is exclusive to Ulta! This is a really fun, flirty palette that is perfect for this time of year.
The packaging is super cute and definitely screams Valentine's Day to me. It's got roses and hearts, and is all a purply-pink.
There are 12 shades in here and no pressed glitters this time! Luv Me is a Supershock formula and all the others are mattes, metallics or shimmers.
2 Hot 4 U is a very light matte cream.
Luve Me (Supershock formula) is a metallic pale pink with silver sparkles.
Angel Face is a matte bright baby pink with tiny silver glitters.
With Luv is a matte pinky peach. It swatches more pinky than it looks in the pan.
So Fine is a matte mauvey brown.
Kiss Me is a metallic berry violet with blue shift.
Lover is a metallic red berry.
Love Note is a matte pale lavender.
1st Date is a mate dusty mauve.
Candy Gram is a metallic deep plum.
Cutie Pie is a shimmery light pink.
Heart Eyes is a matte pinky purple. Again, this one swatches more pink and isn't as dark as it looks in the pan.

*Note: Angel Face and Heart Eyes both have the "not intended for use in the immediate eye area" warning on them, but I haven't seen any staining from those 2 shades. Everything swatched nicely in this palette. Candy Gram is veeeery soft and flaky, so watch out for fallout with that shade. I noticed that With Luv and Heart Eyes both pulled a lot pinker than they actually look in the pan. With Luv looks like a creamy peach in the pan but was more of a pinky peach swatched. Heart Eyes looks like a dusty purple in the pan but turns out pinky purple when swatched. Not a huge deal, just something I thought I would mention!

All in all this is a fun palette and I love the color story. Would definitely recommend it if you're thinking of picking it up!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

ColourPop Blush Crush Palette and You're A Catch Supershock Highlighter

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The ColourPop Blush Crush Palette is a beautiful little rosy 9 pan palette.
There are 9 shades in a variety of finishes, including one supershock formula.

Lovesick is a matte super pale pinky cream.
Pop a Bottle is a very sheer iridescent pink.
The One is a matte pastel peach.

Enamored is a shimmery pale salmon.
Made U Blush is a matte blush pink with tiny gold flecks.
Blossom Up is a metallic lavender-rose with a strong gold shift.

How Rouge is a matte mauvey berry with gold sparkles.
Cheek2Cheek is a matte midtone rose.
Blush Wine is a matte deep wine with gold sparkles.

My one criticism of this palette is that How Rouge and Blush Wine are VERY similar on the skin. In my opinion they're too close to one another to both be included in the same palette. However, the palette as a whole is beautiful and right up my alley. It reminds me a lot of the Huda New Nudes, which has been one of my most used palettes since I got it. My favorite shade in here is definitely Blossom Up - it is GORGEOUS!

I also picked up the You're A Catch Highlighter, which pairs with the Blush Crush Palette:
It is HUGE! I haven't ever tried one of their highlighters in this packaging and didn't realize that it's even bigger than the palettes. I'm so glad I snagged this one though, because it is a blinding metallic champagne that suits my pale skin perfectly.
I absolutely love this highlighter! It's extremely smooth and blendable, and They also had the The Real Thing Highlighter that paired with the Nude Mood Palette, but I thought that one might be a bit too deep for me. Definitely happy I chose this one.

ColourPop Nude Mood Palette

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The ColourPop Nude Mood is a nice little neutral 9 pan palette.
Inside there are 9 shades - quite a few mattes, a couple metallic, and a supershock shadow.

Bluffin' is a matte pale cream.
Wink Wink (supershock formula) is a sheer shimmering champagne.
Bare to Wear is a matte pale peach.

Au Naturale is a matte saddle brown.
Put on Heirs is a metallic golden copper.
Mugged Off is a matte burnt orange with lots of gold sparkle.

Lap of Lux is a metallic golden brown.
The Cocoa is a matte reddish brown with gold sparkles.
Moody is a matte chestnut brown.

The quality of the palette overall is great. Wink Wink is pretty sheer, but I find that it's awesome tapped on top of a finished shadow look, and works well over every other color in this palette to give a little extra shimmer. No complaints on this one! The mattes are all smooth and buttery, and all the shades are nicely pigmented. Definitely a solid neutral palette.

Friday, January 17, 2020

ColourPop Mint To Be Palette

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The ColourPop Mint To Be Palette is a 9 pan palette filled with minty greens! I love pastels, especially mint green, and definitely had to add this one to the collection.
The colors in this one definitely all stay true to having "green" in them, yet there's enough depth here that you can create a full look using just this palette, and for that I LOVE it!!

Get Fresh is a matte pastel mint.
Mintea is a metallic mint with a gold sheen.
Play It Cool is an icy duochrome mint.

Seltzer is a matte pale aqua with tiny silver sparkles.
Mojito Mami is a metallic mint.
De Menthe is a matte dusty mint.

Ice Cold is a matte turquoise.
Freshman is a metallic midtone mint with a touch of gold.
Chill Factor is a matte deep mint.

All of the shades in here are stunning! That Ice Cold one, oh my gosh it is so extremely pigmented and such a unique color. I think it's safe to say that's my favorite in the palette, and I can't think of any other shadow in my collection that is such a spot-on turquoise like this one. I love it! Chill Factor is the perfect shade for deepening up any look using these colors, and Mojito Mami makes both an awesome all-over lid color and inner corner highlight. This one definitely gets two thumbs up from me!

Kat Von D Lolita Por Vida Palette

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I've had this palette since Christmas and keep forgetting to post a review. I figured now is as good a time as ever! This is seemingly the last "Kat Von D" palette, as Kat has cut ties with the company and it is now going to be known as KvD Vegan Beauty moving forward. I am hoping that the quality isn't going to take a hit, but I guess time will tell. For now, let's take a look at the Lolita Por Vida palette.
The packaging, as usual, is stunning. It's a very blush-themed palette - lots of pinks and rosy tones - so the packaging reflects that with a rosy pink color scheme. It is made of sturdy cardboard, has a big mirror inside the cover, and has a magnetic closure.
There are 18 shades inside, and a variety of finishes - there are 2 creams a pressed glitter, lots of mattes, and some metallic shades.
Preciosa is a shimmery cream.
Sonrisa is an apricot with a strong turquoise shift.
Muñeca is a matte dusty taupe.
Cruz is a bronzey shimmer.
Romantico is a shimmery amethyst.
Cariño is a matte eggplant.

La Lupe is a matte rusty orange.
Dulces Sueños is a metallic copper foil (cream).
Enamorada is a matte pale peach.
Reina is a brown, gold and copper pressed glitter.
Esperanza is a matte pale pink.
Luna is a metallic rose gold foil (cream).

Amorcito is a matte caramel brown.
Silvia is a matte cream.
Juanita is a matte deep purple brown.
Destino is shimmery cream with a pink shift.
Rosario is a metallic deep red.
Lolita Por Vida is a matte burgundy rose.

Now I'm not sure if this was meant to be the holiday palette or not (it's not HUGE like all the holiday palettes of past years!) but either way, it came out before the holidays and it does have more shades than her usual palettes in it, so I'm just going to keep thinking that this was the holiday palette for 2019. I know a lot of the previous holiday palettes had a LOT of disappointing shades in them pigmentation-wise, but I haven't found that to be the case with this one. If this is a sign of things to come, it will definitely keep me interested to see what new items are coming with the re-branding!

I am absolutely in love with the Luna cream shadow. As oily as my lids are, this applies beautifully and does not crease on me. The two cream shades are both INSANELY pigmented. I just hope that they aren't going to turn out like the creams that Kat's first few palettes had in them, where they dried out before I could even use a third of the pan, but these seem a lot smoother and creamier than those early versions. The pressed glitter is the only shade in here I don't see myself getting a lot of use out of. Other than that, the rest of it performs beautifully and it has been my go-to every day palette since I got it for Christmas! You can do super minimal and super dramatic looks with it, and I absolutely love that about it.