I picked up the Rimmel Magnif’eyes colour edition palette up earlier in the weekend, because I just can’t help myself. It’s not often you see a truly colourful palette coming from the original drugstore brands, so I thought I would give’r a shot. My thoughts are mixed, and mildly confused.
It’s been awhile since I reviewed the Maybelline palettes. The Brights, Smokes, Nudes, etc… There is a line in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days when Bianca and her friend are trying to figure out the middle of being overwhelmed and underwhelmed. Could you not just be whelmed? That’s how I felt about those palettes, they worked but were nothing special. They work, but aren’t great, they essentially get the job done, and for $14 what did I want?
There were a few more releases in this line that had come out that I chose not to bother with, until I saw this Burgundy Bar… and wow. This is everything I wanted to see in their previous releases. It doesn’t look like much, but wow I am pleasantly surprised. I picked this up at Walmart for about $12.99, and so far it is more than worth it.
These swatches are done over Painterly Paint Pot using the brush it came with. I never understood the importance of brush swatches until about a year ago. So that is the only way I swatch now.
A First Look
This palette has 12 shades, and 10 of them are shimmers. The light brown and dark brown on the end of the palette are matte. I do wish there was a matte shade that was a bit lighter as a base shade, but many palettes miss the mark on this for me. I also wish there was a black/dark brown. The dark brown matte shade is just not quite dark enough, so I supplemented with the black from Lorac Pro to complete this look.
By the end of the day, I expected creasing and fading. It wasn’t, it was almost perfect. This means it stood up to my entire day, inclusive of cleaning, playing outside with the dogs in the snow, and literally having my eyeballs licked incessantly by Athena for five mins. (Which seems to be the ultimate makeup remover).
The red and burgundy shades are very pigmented and easy to work with, and are amazing shades to create grungy 90’s looks with. (Which are some of my favourite looks). I will be spending more time this week creating looks with this palette that are more neutral, but I definitely had to bring it up now because I was to floored by it!
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It was a fun week getting to wear glitter everyday that is for sure! If you are interested in a full glitter palette review, check out this baby! There are a few demos, and wear tests, and I would like to say a fairly thorough review 🙂 Hope you enjoy.
There isn’t much these days that makes me raise an eyebrow and be like YUP I need to review/buy that. Most things I buy now are original/different, or have to really blow my skirt up.
When I saw the pictures posted for the new Sephora Pro palettes on @trendmood1 I was surprised. Not because of anything in the shade range, or my particular distaste for the Sephora eyeshadow formula, but for the price. $85 for a Sephora brand palette? Are you nuts? Apparently I am, because I picked up all three to test and review to see if it was worth the price, and I will be providing reviews and comparisons for all!
I am trying really hard not to only come here to post when I have five minutes to scatter some thoughts out of my brain and into yours, but that doesn’t seem to be working, so at this point we will have to deal with the the time I have.
Recently Urban Decay launched a press release/marketing campaign announcing their collaboration with world renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. For those of you who don’t know who that is, that is completely okay. I didn’t know who he was either, until I watched She’s All That circa 1999, and they referenced his art style in relation to the main character killing herself. (deep, I know). For anyone who is actually interested in some of the history of Basquiat, please feel free to venture down the internet rabbit hole here.
One piece of background I feel like needs to actually be mentioned here, is that he is no longer on this earth. He passed from a heroine overdose in 1988. Here is an example of his art work.
Interesting artwork that is for sure.
So.. here is the collab.
Omg must buy now, so new original and different! I LOVE IT.
Then I sat on it for a few days, and all I could think was, how I felt it was distasteful for UD to leverage an artist who was considered VERY edgy for his time to market a product they have launched time and time again.
Look at this first palette, does it not look like a mixture of Gwen Stefani collab and Ultimate Naked Basics? You have these colours, why are we buying for packaging? There is nothing revolutionary here.
So then I thought, that second palette, THIS is where it’s at. Then I look closer at the second palette, and check out the swatches posted by trendmood, and it hits me. THIS IS JUST THE SPECTRUM PALETTE REPACKAGED. Why are they doing this to me? The torture is too much, and the reasoning is too high for me not to buy it, and not to promote it.
Is anyone else picking up what I am here? For comparisons sake, here is the full spectrum palette swatches. I can’t in my right mind look at this and think, “yes this is original, if this is not in my collection it will not be complete”. Photo Credit goes to @thefancyface. This is NOT my photo.
All in all, before even seeing the true performance of this collection, there are just too many easy ways to dupe these shades, even from their own line. It’s just not for me.
I realize I have focused on the palettes, but let’s be real here, those are my true jam. Not to mention that blush palette can be easily duped by many of the existing blushes/palettes that you already have, and have been released by UD for years. The liners are in the same boat, Marc Jacobs, Mac, UD, KVD. It’s been done. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP RELEASING THINGS AS LIMITED EDITION THAT ARE ALREADY IN MANY BRANDS REGULAR LINES.
Happy Saturday everyone! And happy long weekend to everyone who has one! For those of you who have to work this weekend, I feel your pain and you will make it through I promise!
I was meandering around some blogs this morning while drinking my coffee and watching the puppy bears fight over the smallest toy rope that exists in our home (about 6 inches long… seems ridiculous considering, but they love it), and I stumbled across the 7 deadly sins of makeup, and now here we are!
1. Greed- What is your most expensive make-up item?
The most expensive makeup item I have ever purchased is very recent to my collection. It actually just got to my house on Thursday, and is probably the first and only time I would spend this much on a palette. That being said, when I was lusting after this, all I could think in the back of my mind was that I have Marc Jacobs “The Vamp” palette and I didn’t love it. I struggled to use it, and wasn’t overly impressed.
I don’t regret this item in the slightest and so far I have used it almost everyday since I bought it. To call out the most incredible shade… the yellow gold in there is INSANE, barely even touch it and it is the most pigmented beautiful shadow I have seen in a very long time.
2. Wrath- What product do you have a love/hate relationship with?
I love this foundation. I truly do. It covers like a dream, it blends like a dream, the shade doesn’t oxidize, and it stays put. The effort to put this on and make it look flawless is 100% minimal. So what could there be that makes me hate this? The bases all see to be covered don’t they? Well… it makes me break out like crazy, my skin hates it. The true love hate about this is that it makes me break out like mad, but it also covers so well I can’t even tell I am breaking out until my foundation is removed. Then the next day when I go to use it again it covers the break outs up again, I remember I love the foundation for all of these reasons and then it is truly just a vicious cycle.
3. Gluttony What brand takes up most of your makeup collection?
100% Urban Decay. I could go through and say which brands have more items in each section, but if we have to choose based on total impact on collection it’s definitly UD. I have their products in each category except for base (eg. foundation, concealer, primer). There is obviously a hole in my collection in that sense… perhaps I should rectify that problem… Now looking back at these pictures I can name a few product I missed pulling out of my collection… dang it.
4. Sloth- Which product do you neglect due to laziness?
These products sit in my collection and look beautiful, but I just don’t do anything with them. I buy them thinking, man I am going to be so beautifully illuminated, only for them to sit in my drawer and be sad because I never take the time to use them. The work I have to put in to these is too much for my brain to handle at 5 am.
5. Pride- Which product gives you the most self confidence?
No matter how I feel about myself, or how good or bad of a day I am having, if I have a black wing happening I can take over the world. It is many women’s signatures, and I am absolutely one of those women. Not pictured is my favourite gel liner which is the L’Oreal Infallible gel liner in black. I am trying not to buy everyday products when I have so many dupes that needs to be worked through. My favourite liquid liner is by NYC, which is fantastic because it is only about $3.99 CAD.
6. Lust- What item is at the top of your beauty wish list?
Do you see that price? Because I do… Part of me only wants it so I can say I own a $240 USD palette. That being said I have heard the reviews for Natasha Denona’s products and there are very few that aren’t absolutely RAVING. I want. Right now.
7. Envy-Which make looks great on other people but not on you?
This is a very difficult question for me. I know that this is not going to translate as anything other than “I am the prettiest princess and everything looks great on me” However, I have a face that can handle a lot of makeup. I am comfortable in any makeup, no matter where I am. I will go to work wearing blue lipstick, or black, or bright purple, or dark red. Any eyeshadow colour, style, or liner style can work with my face. I have neutral/olive skin tones, so there isn’t anything that really sticks out for me that doesn’t work with my skin tones… hmmmm. Maybe a consistent smokey eye?
It’s that time of year again, where the leaves start to turn, the nights get cooler, and The International Makeup Artist Tradeshow comes to Toronto. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center on the weekend of October 1st, it’s bound to be a place where faces are a competition, art is appreciated, and sales are scoured.
This years participants are listed below, and you can click on their names to check out their products! See you there!