Monday, 13 November 2017

I Heart Makeup Mint Chocolate Palette

Is it possible to buy a makeup palette merely because you like the packaging? It may sound stupid but the answer to that is yes and this is exactly what happened when I discovered the I Heart Makeup Mint Chocolate Palette.

Now, the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Bar Palettes really do catch your eye when you see them. The brand has now brought out a few different ones and the latest one I have tried happens to be the Mint Chocolate Palette. I had seen previews of the packaging on Instagram and was really looking forward to seeing the colors in it. Unfortunately when I saw them I was a bit disappointed.

It has a mix of greens, browns, cream, gold and red in it. As it was a mint palette I was really hoping for a palette with more green tones in it. Maybe some mint shades too. I feel that the brand was trying to make this look a lot like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. While the colors are laid out differently they do look very similar. I know I Heart Makeup and Makeup Revolution are notorious for dupes, but it would have been nice if they came up with something original for once. Why try and make a dupe of a really bad palette. 

The infamous Subculture palette

The Mint Chocolate Bar features 16 colors in a mix of matte and shimmer. I'm not sure if the Subculture palette has shimmers too or is just matte, but the palettes do look very similar. At first I wasn't fussed about the colors in Mint Chocolate but after trying them out I found a look I could do with the colors that I would like. The mattes were a bit dry, but the shimmers were much better and I found they blended nicely and stayed on all day without creasing or fading.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cool Glow Highlighter Palette

I really love highlighters right now, especially palettes. One budget brand I like to use is Makeup Revolution and the other month they released a new palette called Ultra Cool Glow. It features 8 highlighters in some really awesome shades such as mint green and lilac. I love fun colored highlighters so when I saw this palette I knew it was right up my street.

While the colors look great, I did think that the packaging could have been a lot better. It does feel a bit on the flimsy side, but for £8.00 you can't really go expecting high quality packaging.

I absolutely love colored highlighters and in this palette I really was spoilt for choice. My favorites were the mint green, lilac, purple and blue colors. The pigment was good but it could have definitely been better as some colors did need building up. Pigment wise the best shades were the yellow and peach.

Even though it wasn't on the same level as Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits, this still isn't a bad product and is definitely worth checking out.

Too Faced Masterclass

A few weeks ago I went to a masterclass at Too Faced in Debenhams, Cardiff. Ant hosted the event. I knew it would be fantastic before I went as Ant is a lovely, super friendly guy who goes out of his way to make sure everyone enjoys the events he hosts.

The masterclass was just before Halloween and one of the staff on the counter showed us how to create this awesome colourful look. Made a really nice change from just a smoky eye.

Awaiting on counter when everyone arrived were complimentary bubbles or something non alcoholic.

I really enjoyed the event and watching the look being created. Everyone was also given a goody bag too. As Christmas isnt too far away, the new Too Faced Holiday collection was available on counter.

Thanks Ant for a really enjoyable event. Had a great time and look forward to the next one.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Rose Gold Palette

I Heart Makeup have, over the last year or two brought out a range of chocolate bar themed palettes. One of their latest ones is the Chocolate Rose Gold Palette. The packaging looks good enough to eat and is rose gold colored. When I say it looks good enough to eat, I really do mean it. Unfortunately it isn't chocolate, but it sure does look convincing.

I just love the colors in this palette. Featured are warmer tones such as pinks, browns and golds. With a mix of matte and shimmer, there are plenty of looks to be created.

I did think that the mattes were a bit on the dry side. Not too dry that the colors were impossible to work with, it just meant blending was a bit hard. I did think that the shimmers were much better and easier blend. I have found this with I Heart Makeup's palettes before. The shimmers are alright, but the mattes aren't as good. On the plus side, once on my eyeshadow didn't crease or fade. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit

Anasatsia Beverly Hills make the most amazing highlighters. I love their brow products too, but their highlighters have to be my favorite. I have a few of the glow kits already and one I had been wanting to try for ages is Moonchild. When I was in America last month I got one in Sephora.

The great thing about the glow kits is that they offer a few different colors all in one palette. Great if you travel around a lot. Moonchild has 6 cool toned powder highlighters all in one palette. 

The palette is described as:

Magically-Metallic highlighters that offer a celestial skin finish. Layer shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, together or sweep them separately on face, eyes and body for a kaleidoscopic, shimmering effect. Ideal for use with Brush 23. For a brightly amplified glow, apply with a damp makeup brush or sponge. 

Blue Ice - Diamond white with an icy blue reflect 
Star - A moonstone fusion of mint, platinum and silver reflect
Purple Horseshoe - A glittering lavender with an arctic blue reflect 
Pink Heart - Pearl white with a pink opal reflect 
Lucky Clover - A shamrock-infused gold with canary yellow diamond reflect 
Blue Moon - Frozen blue with a silver reflect

Highlighters are my must have product right now and this palette doesn't disappoint. All colors are really pigmented and you don't need to use a lot to create a strong highlight. The texture is really blendable too and doesn't feel at all dry. 

Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette

I'm a big fan of Too Faced, and I'm loving their peach collection. I went to America last month and saw that in Sephora, Too Faced had a whole collection of peach products not available here in the UK yet. The Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette was one of those products and I decided to grab one.

First off, the packaging looks amazing. As is usual with Too Faced, they go full out on the packaging and as it is a peach collection, the colors have this awesome scent of peach. 

Mattes can have a reputation for being dry, hard to blend and having a lot of fallout. The mattes in this palette are the complete opposite and are very blendable and build up nicely. 

I absolutely love the colors in this palette. As I love my eyehadow to stand out, I had a lot of fun with the colors, especially blending them. I used the lightest colors as a base and then built the darker ones on top.

If you are not in America, I think this palette is still available to buy on the Too Faced website. I have heard a rumor that these other peach products may be coming over to the UK. I wish they would as I really liked the lipsticks in the collection.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Makeup Revolution Dark Reign Palette

The Dark Reign Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition eyeshadow palette that Makeup Revolution have brought out for Halloween. It features 8 matte and 8 shimmery shades in colors that really stand out from browns to purples. The matte shades are identical to the shimmers, the only difference being the finish on the colors.

After using both the mattes and the shimmers, I definitely think that the shimmers are better. The mattes were a bit on the dry side. As for pigment, I did think both matte and shimmer could have had some more pigment in them as I had to build the colors up to get them intense.

While the pigment wasn't the strongest, I did find that once on, the colors stayed on without creasing.

For someone like me who loves colors that stand out, this palette was great. If you are more of a natural person you won't like this palette at all.