Saturday, June 27, 2020

Live Swatches: ColourPop Cloud Dye Vault

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Trying something a liiiitle bit different this time. I decided to upload a live swatch video for the 3 ColourPop Tie Dye Palettes - Aura and OutMiss Bliss and In A Trance. Check out the video below!

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Jeffree Star Cremated Palette

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The Jeffree Star Cremated Palette (currently only available through JSC but should be available through other retailers who sell his cosmetics soon, like my favorite, Beautylish! is his newest addition to the growing palette collection that JSC already has. Cremated is a beautiful selection of mattes and metallics with a huge selection of gray toned shades. There is enough in here to make it a pretty everyday palette for most of us (as long as you don't like bright color every day!) The top 2 rows are more smoky while the bottom 2 rows are light and neutral.

This is the first palette that has actually had Jeffree on the cover. I love the work that Lipstick Nick does (she is the makeup artist who does all of Jeffree's campaigns), and the look she created for this is gorgeous. I'm just not entirely sure how I feel about a big ol' picture of his face on the front of a palette, but maybe that's just nitpicking and personal preference here. Just being honest!
I think the shadows are laid out in a perfect order inside. You have the darker shades on top and the lighter ones on the bottom and they just all flow together really nicely. The marble design inside is kind of a turn-off for me, just because when you glance at it quickly, it looks like the palette is dirty. I think a glittery inside would have been cool. Maybe black glitter, though it probably would have washed out the darker shades.
Hearse is a matte black. It's not insanely black, but buildable for sure.
Angel of Death is a black with silver sparkles.
Grave Digger is a matte dark gray.
Death Certificate is a metallic silvery taupe.
R.I.P. is a matte cool toned gray.
Pallbearer is a metallic silver glitter with a slight gray base (think more glitter topper than actual eyeshadow)

Inheritance is a matte grungy green.
Wednesday is a matte light gray.
Mortuary Beautician is a metallic gunmetal.
Last Look is a metallic golden brown.
Solemnly Swear is a matte mid-tone gray.
The Morgue is a matte olive toned gray.

Mausoleum is a metallic golden beige.
Embalmed is a pale cool gray with silver micro sparkles.
Eulogy is a matte purply gray.
Life Insurance is a matte pale gray.
Last Respects is a matte pale khaki.
Goodbye is a pale metallic silver.

Obituary is a matte light gray toned cream.
Burial Gown is a matte cream.
After Life is a metallic champagne.
Casket Ready is a matte off-white.
Deathblow is a matte white.
Diamond Ashes is a metallic white.

The mattes in this palette ALL have that smooth, creamy texture that Jeffree Star mattes usually have, so that is a huge plus for me. Matt grays are hard to do without being patchy, but these are beautiful and blend effortlessly. I do have to say that the lighter shades in the bottom 2 rows are going to be ashy on darker skin tones, as many people suspected when this palette first saw the light of day. The darker ones and metallics should not be a problem. I really like that you can do a very light, minimalist look  with this palette and then turn it sultry and smoky with the darker shades. It is definitely a palette for those of you who love grays, because there are a lot of them in here. But I think it's got enough variety of tones and textures to make it worthwhile. I have definitely been having fun with it so far!

Friday, May 8, 2020

ColourPop All Things Equinox Palette

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The ColourPop All Things Equinox Palette is one of two new palettes that were released at Ulta. This one is the more cool toned of the two.
I feel like this one isn't too exciting, because at this point ColourPop has released SO MANY purply palettes that it seems we've seen all of these shades before.

Kindred is a metallic icy lilac.
Infinity is an icy beige-taupe.
Sky High is a pale purple toned gray.

Stellar is a matte pastel lavender with pink sparkles.
Moonrise is a rich purple with a gold shift.
Lil Dipper is a matte taupey mauve.

Nebula is a satin mauve.
Intergalactic is a reddish brown with metallic green shift.
Alter Ego is a dusty matte purple with silver sparkles.

Performance-wise, this palette is fine. I haven't had any issues with it so far. I think it also pairs well with the She's Got Solstice palette that came out with it. This one is just not a "must have" for me. It's pretty but I have too many like it already.

ColourPop She's Got Solstice Palette

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The She's Got Solstice palette is one of two new palettes from ColourPop released on the Ulta website.
This is a 9 pan palette with a warm, earthy feel to it. There's a mix of mattes and metallics and the colors are all around pretty neutral, everyday shades.

So Sirius is a metallic peachy gold.
Big Bang is a matte, super pale pink toned cream.
Quasar is a matte pale terracotta peach.

Nova is a matte beigey-nude.
Estrella is a rose pink with strong metallic gold shift.
Super Stardust is a metallic bronzey gold. This one has a mushy, wet feel to it and is extremely bold!

Marz is a metallic icy olive.
Earth Angel is a matte coral pink.
Chromosphere is a matte reddish brown.

All the shades in this palette apply nicely and are very pigmented. That Super Stardust color, I can't find anything about it being a Super Shock formula, but it has that same mushy feel that they usually do. It's very easy to pick up way too much of it if using your finger, so go into that one gently! The mattes blend out great and I especially love the Marz shade as an all-over lid color. Of the two new palettes, this is the one I definitely favor.

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.