Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Review

What You Get: This palette is a cream and powder set in one palette. Included is 4 powders and 5 cream colors to contour, highlight, and color correct.
Cost: $45
Packaging: This set comes in a sturdy plastic container with two mirrors that separate the cream and powder.
Where to Buy: Sephora
Important Notes: Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand

Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Review– This palette has everything that you need if you contour and highlight your face everyday. It also has a pink-peach based concealer for color correcting darkness.
– The shade range of this is excellent and there is a darker set for darker skin tones. There is a cooler-toned contour powder and a warmer contour powder as well to suit different undertones.
– The highlight shade is good for everyday use and it is not too much, but is still very pigmented and wears well.
– The packaging of this is 10/10. It is sturdy and could travel easily.
– Pigmentation. This is not really a “bad” thing most of the time. The cream shades in this very pigmented and if you go into this like all of the contour videos and tutorials that you see everywhere, you’re going to have a hard time blending this out. Less is totally more with this one.
– The concealer shades are on the drier side and might not work for every skin type especially for under-eye areas.
– I have not found myself using this a ton since I got it even though the product itself is good. You get a ton of product but unless you’re cream and powder contouring and highlighting all the time, you might not get a ton of use out of this.

Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Review
The first contour shade is pretty dark and works more like a bronzer on lighter skin. It is on the warmer side and is highly pigmented so it takes a while to blend out if you use too much product.Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Review

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theBalm Appetit Eyeshadow Palette Review


The Balm always has eye-catching and interesting packaging that makes their products unique. This product is no different. This eyeshadow palette is in a “menu” theme with the names of the shadows being plays on food and men’s names (stay with me, it’s weird, I know). Part of me thinks that the way that their products are packaged is cute and the other part of me thinks it’s too much and makes takes away from the actual quality of the product because it feels young. Regardless of how you feel about the theme of their products, they do work well.
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Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette Review

Lorac Pirates of the Caribean Face Palette review
The Lorac Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette is a limited edition launch that is associated with the upcoming movie. The collection included an large eyeshadow palette, a cheek palette, and several lip products. The cheek palette is the one that I was most interested in because it is different than most limited edition launches that are associated with movies. I am used to seeing eyeshadow palettes and typically they look pretty but are not practical.

The cheek palette has 6 shades and a large mirror. The packaging is typical cardboard with a magnet to keep it closed. It is very detailed and pretty and looks like a book (I have to assume that the packaging is based pretty closely on the movie).
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Moda Prismatic Face Perfecting Kit Review

Moda Prismatic Face Perfecting Kit
I am skeptical about oval brushes and prior to purchasing this set, I only owned one. When Artis brushes became all the rage, it seemed like every makeup brand hopped onto the trend and produced replicas. The first oval brush that I purchased was from Artis (oval 7) and it is still my most favorite brush. They are an investment and it seems silly to spend so much money on brushes that you may not even like as they take some getting used to.
I use my oval 7 brush purely for foundation when I want it to be a little more full-coverage than what I can get with a Beauty Blender. With all of that being said, I came across the Moda Prismatic face perfecting 4 piece brush set at Walmart. It was around $20 with tax making the 4 brush set about a quarter of what one Artis brush would cost (I know).
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e.l.f Rosegold Eyeshadow Palette Review

 

elf rosegold eyeshadow reviewElf has really been stepping up their products in the past few months, and you can definitely tell by the amount of great reviews some of their stuff has gotten recently. I have always been the type of person that would rather spend 60 dollars on a product that works, than 60 dollars worth the drugstore products that are only so-so. With that being said, and with all the higher-end brands putting out products that have been misses, I am getting more comfortable with drugstore makeup. I have even been able to find a ton of products that I can really get a lot of use out of. I watched and read several reviews on the elf Matte palette and most of them were great. I didn’t see a whole lot of reviews on the Rosegold palette, so I decided to pick it up from Target.
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Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 #2 Review

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 #2 ReviewCost: $48 for 1 matte and 4 metallic shadows. This makes each shadow about $9.60 each. Each pan contains 2.5 grams.
Where to buy: Sephora
Important Notes: These shadows are made in Italy, not tested on animals, and paraben free. They expire 6 months after being opened.
Packaging: The packaging on this one is pretty basic but easy to use because of the clear lid. The snap on the closure is pretty secure, but the packaging is very light. There is small area to store a brush but no brush is included. This packaging also does not include a mirror.

I really, really very much wanted to hate this product. In fact, I did not even want to try Natasha Denona eyeshadows because they are absolutely beautiful. They literally look like the most amazing things I have ever laid my eyes on. The trouble is that they are so expensive. Like really expensive. I wanted nothing to do with it because I knew I would either hate them, and find myself out a couple hundred dollars on something I would barely use. Or, more likely, I would fall in love with them and I wouldn’t want to use anything else. Here’s what happened: after having a really bad day, I walked into Sephora and I saw this little version with 5 eyeshadows. I tried to ignore it. I milled around the store and I ended up coming back to it and I ended up walking out with it. I figured what could possibly be the harm in spending 50 dollars at least it’s not the 240 dollars that the big palettes cost. That was my process.

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette Review
Maroon, Light Coral, Shell, Lavender Gray, Rosewood

These are the best eyeshadows that I have ever used. I am legitimately mad that I now need every one of them. First, they are super soft. Some people aren’t into that because they can be messy. I personally think they are a lot easier to use if you are careful and do your eye makeup first. There can be a lot of kickup and you can get a lot of fall out on your face if you’re not careful. Since they’re so soft, they are so easy to blend together. It is also important to note that since I purchased this, I haven’t used anything else. This is wild considering there are some palettes that I think are good that I only end up using them a few times. I haven’t tried any of the metallic shades with a setting spray on my brush because they have worked so well without it that I haven’t seen the need. This is all pretty bad news for the people like me that didn’t want to love something that is so expensive, but that’s the truth.

I am so smitten with this palette that I cannot think of one bad thing to say. The packaging is plain, but nothing important enough to complain about. I can’t wait to build up my eyeshadow collection with these pretties.

Benefit Cheek Parade Review

Benefit Cheek Parade ReviewBenefit Cheek Parade is a limited edition value set that contains full-size pans of some of the brand’s favorite box bronzers and blushes. Each boxed bronzer or blush that is purchased individually is around $30 but this set is $59 making it an excellent bargain for those that want to try out these products without shelling out $30 a piece for the individual versions. Each of the 5 pans in this palette contain between 5-8 grams of product. Hoola Lite and Galifornia are included in this set both of which are new to Benefit. The six pan in this set contains the normal brush that you would find in the individual sets.
You can find this set at Sephora.com and I was able to pick it up in-store.
Benefit Cheek Parade Review(From left to right)
Hoola: Matte powder bronzer
Hoola Lite: Light powder bronzer
Galifornia: Sunny golden-pink blush
Dandelion: Baby-pink brightening powder
Rockateur: Shimmer cheek powder

Benefit Cheek Parade Review

I am in love with the idea of this set and it is perfect for spring and summer. The value of this set versus how much cost makes it absolutely worth purchasing. The addition of the new products makes this excellent for someone who is already familiar with Benefit’s products; but this would also be the perfect set for a beginner because it truly has everything you could need to get a full bronzed, highlighted and complete look.

Kat Von D Calls out Makeup Revolution: Here’s Why

Why did Kat Von D Call out Makeup Revolution
I feel like anyone who is even slightly involved in the makeup world on Instagram was shocked to see Kat Von D’s post in regard to Makeup Revolutions ‘dupe’ Shade and Light eye contour palette. Is it fair for Kat to be upset for a company copying her work? I should probably preface this by saying that I am a true-blue Kat Von D Supporter. I love her brand, her products and how forward she seems to come across. I have never met her personally but I feel like she is pretty forthcoming with her creative process and I feel like you have to respect it. I have purchased countless Kat Von D products and I can’t really find a worthy complaint about anything. Everything I have tried I have truly enjoyed. I also like supporting a brand that I feel is honest about the amount of work that goes into their products. Kat has never been shy about how involved she is in her makeup line, and there is just something about her that I can personally respect. I struggled with whether or not I wanted to purchase the ‘dupe’ product, but I know that I fully support Kat’s makeup line, and I have purchased so much of it, that purchasing this in the hopes that seeing these two placed side by side would shed some light on the situation.
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Urban Decay Afterdark Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Afterdark Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay launched a 10 pan eyeshadow palette with Jewel-toned shades with shimmery metallic and duotone finishes. 7 of the shades are new releases and 3 are some of Urban Decay’s most popular shades. This palette is limited edition, but can still be found in some Sephora stores and on Urban Decay’s Website. Continue Reading for Urban Decay Afterdark Palette and Swatches.Continue Reading

Tarteist Pro Glow Review

Tarteist Pro Glow Review

I am afraid of highlighting. I can admit it. I always love the way a pretty glow looks on everyone else, but I am always so afraid of “highlighting” the texture on my face and making myself look oily. I have been purchasing a lot of highlighters and trying to figure out a good way to highlight my face without emphasizing any imperfections. I feel like a lot of makeup is geared towards getting a quality picture for Instagram and sometimes being so heavy doesn’t translate well to real life. I decided to do a Tarteist Pro Glow review because this palette seems like it would be good for everyone, and could easily be used as a beginner palette when you’re not really sure what looks best on your skin.
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