Saturday, June 16, 2018

ColourPop Fame Palette

No comments :
The ColourPop Fame palette is one of their latest, and it's a beautiful little collection of cool toned neutrals! I have been bored of neutral palettes lately, but for some reason this one screamed out to me. It's a great blend of metallic and mattes, and all the colors are so gorgeous!
This is another $22 palette, with 16 shades. 
Just look at those shades - this is a cool toned shadow lover's dream!

Center Stage - matte cream
Extravaganza - metallic champagne
Show Boat - pale pink satin
Delirium - matte pale peach

The Most - metallic pale rose
Razzle - matte light brown
Dazzle - metallic light brown
Stardom - matte mauvey brown

Celeb - matte pale pink
Debutante - metallic pale lavender
Clubhouse - matte brown with a slight purply tone
Privy - metallic taupe

Posh - metallic berry purple
Blase' - matte charcoal gray
Piece of Me - shimmery purple
Lifestyle - matte blackened brown

Extravaganza is my absolute favorite color in this palette - it's a great champagne, all-over lid color! I like how the entire palette is set up - the first row is very light, then it gets a little darker, in the second and third rows, and the last row is full of dark shades. That Blase' shade is perfect for a smokey eye if you're not comfortable using straight up black shadow. Piece of Me is the only shade in the palette that needs a little building up to make it perfect, but everything else in here performs as amazingly as ColourPop's shadows always do!



Monday, June 4, 2018

Storybook Cosmetics Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Palette

No comments :
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Palette from Storybook Cosmetics is the first I've ever tried from the brand, but as the book and movie were a huge part of my childhood, I could not resist it! I saw that they were being sold on Ulta now, and had a bunch of points to cash in so I had to snag it while it's still available.
The packaging is adorable - the palette itself looks like a book and has a laminated Golden Ticket inside. There are 12 eyeshadow shades that vary in texture/finish.

Charlie Bucket - shimmery white gold
Snozzberries - matte orange
Augustus Gloop - matte tan
Mike Teavee - matte seafoam green
Willy Wonka - metallic berry
Oompa-Loompa - matte yellowy orange
All of the shades here are pretty decent, except Mike Teavee needs some extra work to get good pigmentation out of it. Works best over a sticky white base.

Fizzy Lifting Drink - pale metallic yellow gold with silver sparkle
Veruca Salt - matte white
Everlasting Gobstopper - matte hot pink
Violet Beauregarde - matte purple with silver sparkle
Wonka Bar - matte chocolate
Golden Ticket - metallic true gold
Veruca Salt could be a little less chalky and more pigmented, but the rest of these shades are nice. I think Violet Beauregarde is my favorite out of the whole palette - and Golden Ticket! That one is an awesomely opaque true gold.

The quality of the shadows in this palette is pretty nice. My biggest issue that I have with it is that a lot of the colors don't seem to go with the names that they chose for them. Why seafoam for Mike? Or white for Veruca Salt? I know they were going by the original book, but whenever I think of her, I think of the red dress from the movie lol. I also question the gold for Fizzy Lifting Drink, as there didn't need to be that gold PLUS the metallic gold in my opinion. But these are just nit-picky things. I quite enjoy the palette and I love the packaging. It looks great on my vanity!


Melt Cosmetics Gemini Palette

No comments :
If you're all about greens, this Melt Cosmetics Gemini Palette will be right up your alley.
The palette contains 10 shades, which are a mix of matte and metallic finishes. The left side is more neutral and the right is more dramatic (and mostly olive tones).
Luna - matte khaki
Gemini - chunky metallic gold. This one has a decent amount of fallout but it very pretty!
Lorelei - matte deep mustard

Polkadot - matte light brown
Cupcake - matte chocolate
Bonnie - matte black. EXTREMELY pigmented!

Leo - matte army green
Goalz - metallic olive. This is my favorite out of the whole palette!
Fire OG - matte olive green. This is very dry to the touch, but still performs great.
Mochi - matte mustard

A lot of the matte shades in here are pretty dry, which I didn't really expect. The Melt single shadows are always buttery smooth, even the matte shades. That kind of threw me off when I first started swatching it, but the colors blend and perform great, so you can't really go by swatches alone with this one. That Goalz color is such a beautiful, sparkly olive green - I absolutely love it! Mochi is a really unique mustard shade, and I really enjoy Gemini as well. I find with that one it's best to tap it on with your finger because it's filled with chunky glitter that tends to cause fallout if you're trying to apply with a brush. However, a wet brush works well with it also.






Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shayla X ColourPop Perception Palette

No comments :
The Shayla X ColourPop Perception Palette is the newest in ColourPop's slew of eyeshadow palettes, and it is a beauty.
At $22, you get 16 shades, varying from neutrals to pops of color. 

Unbothered - metallic white gold with a pinkish shift
TF - metallic warm gold
Titus - metallic dark brown
Stallion - black with blue and purple sparkle
Titus takes a little bit of building, but performs well with a good primer. The other 3 shades in this row are great!

Spill the Tea - metallic light brown
Diva - metallic golden brown
I.E. - metallic olive
14 - metallic blue
Again, all super pigmented shades. I love how smooth and buttery their metallic shadows are.

Strut n' Slay - metallic copper
Culture - matte camel
Sassy - metallic brown with teal duochrome
September - purply pink with a satin finish
Strut n' Slay is INSANELY pigmented, and Sassy is such a gorgeous duochrome shade. All the shades in this row perform great.

Revenge - matte burnt orange
Thic - matte bright orange
Played Out - matte deep plummy brown
Shade - matte berry with pink and copper sparkle
I can't get over how well ColourPop's matte shadows perform compared to more expensive ones that I've tried. They are always pigmented, soft, and blend like a dream!

Overall, the colors are all rich and super pigmented. ColourPop's palettes have been pretty consistent quality-wise as of late, and I really enjoy them! I have quite the collection now, and find myself using them pretty much every time I do my makeup. Out of all the ones I have, I only really found a few issues with the My Little Pony one - some of the mattes were really dry and the shimmery ones tended to be a little chunky. Other than that, I am a huge fan of how they perform!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

No comments :
The Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette is a beauty! The gold chrome packaging and gorgeous artwork on the outside made this one I definitely had to have!
I think that other than the limited edition Mi Vida Loca palette from a few holiday seasons ago, this one has the best color selection. There's plenty of matte transition shades, some nice pops of color, and some neutrals.
There are also a few shades in here, like Alexandria and Kelly, that are pretty unique and duo-chrome, which is right up my alley!

Adele - matte chocolate
Malice - matte terracotta
Ashley - matte tangerine
Gina - matte warm yellow

Egypt - metallic yellow gold
Sylvia - matte light tan
Lala - matte olive
Leafar - metallic emerald

Melanie - matte cream
Alexandria - metallic peachy yellow with pink sparkles
Nancy - matte beige
Catherine² - metallic purple

Kelly - metallic purply brown with teal shift
Sarah - matte greyish taupe
Carolyn - matte teal
Chad - matte royal blue

This palette as a whole is gorgeous. The only shade I would like to see a little more pigmentation out of is Sarah, but that's just the slightest complaint. I really love the blendability of the mattes here, and that Kelly shade is so freakin' gorgeous! In the pan it looks like just another brown-with-teal-shift shadow, but it's got this purple hue to it that just makes it stunning and like nothing else that I have in my collection!

I hope you all enjoyed my little review/swatchfest. This palette is limited edition and can be found at Kat Von D Beauty and Sephora.





Kat Von D Signature Brow Precision Pencil in Dark Brown

No comments :
The KVD Signature Brow Precision Pencils recently launched, along with a whole line of pomades and powders. I just picked up one of the pencils for now, but have a feeling I will be going back for a pomade and powder soon!
The pencil is very, very thing and the tip is unlike any brow pencil I've seen before. It's super thin, but oval shaped - meaning you can use the wide side for filling in and the super thin sides for creating fine lines. The pencil twists up, so there's no sharpening involved, which I always appreciate.
The formula, though, is not as smooth as I wish it was. It tends to skip and drag and doesn't glide on as smoothly as I would expect a $20 brow pencil to. It's not often that I dislike a KVD product, but this one falls short for me. The color is absolutely spot on perfect for me, but the formula leaves something to be desired.

Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter in Gold Skool

No comments :
I've been patiently waiting for the Kat Von D line to come out with highlighters. We first got the Metal Crush palette which, while pretty, was super duper glittery and not very "every day use" to me. With Gold Skool Extreme Highlighter, we get more of the same.
What drew me to this is that it looks like a white pearl powder with lots of gold shimmer. Upon swatching, there's really no white in it and it's more of a sheer, super fine glitter.
Don't get me wrong - this is gorgeous! The fact that it has that sheerness will make it work for pretty much any skin tone. I do like glowing, blinding highlights but this one is definitely glitter to the extreme. I don't find it to be an every day wearable shade for me, but will definitely use it more as an eyeshadow! The formula is smooth, and I am hoping for more shades in the future that will be a little less glitter-filled, because I would love to see some with a pearl/iridescent finish to them!

This baby is limited edition for the 10 Year Anniversary Collection, and can be found on katvondbeauty.com and Sephora.