Soph X Revolution Extra Spice Eyeshadow Palette and Syrup, Cake and Fudge Lipsticks – Full Review and Swatches!

I am really loving the Revolution collaborations at the moment – you hopefully would have seen my recent review of Carmi’s palette with them last week (if not, read it here). I was very excited that SophDoesNails was releasing a second palette with Revolution, as her first palette is one of my faves and is one of my most used palettes (I also reviewed that one here!). It was fab to see that she was releasing lipsticks too – after all, she is the nude lipstick queen! I have to say, on first look, I am pretty blown away by the packaging. The palette’s outside design is a reverse of the original palette – with a rose gold lid and matte nude writing. I really like that the lipsticks match this too.

The Lipsticks

Aren’t they just beautiful to look at? I love how these look and also how Soph’s signature is engraved into the lipstick itself – such a sweet little touch. There are three nude shades to choose from – suitable for all skin tones.

Syrup is the lightest shade and is your everyday peachy/brown nude. Cake is the medium toned shade with a pink undertone. This is my personal favourite as I love a nude with a hint of pink. The darkest shade is called Fudge and is just as gorgeous as the other two. I’ve been wearing it today actually and it is very flattering on my skin tone.

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Top to Bottom – Syrup, Cake, Fudge

The lipsticks aren’t a matte finish – which is probably my only issue with them. You know I love a matte, but the formula of these is very nourishing and moisturising so that’s a good thing. They do last well, but not all day. For £4 each, you really can’t go wrong. To buy yours, click here.

The Palette – Extra Spice

This is an eyeshadow palette full of gorgeous summer tones and hot, chilli vibes. There are also a few cool toned shades in there – including a silver called Infinity, which is pretty incredible and a dark brown called Brownies. There are some khaki colours too – really not my thing, but I know some people will love these! My current favourite shade is the deeper orange shade called Sweet N Sour, which is perfect through the crease or all over the lid. For a simple look today, I paired it with Dreams all over the eyelids and it looked really pretty!

Some of the eyeshadows are definitely more pigmented than others. The one I struggled with most to swatch was Vitamin C (the light yellow), but it picked up surprisingly well on a brush. The shimmers are all very good, especially the yellow gold called LA Sun. Overall, I’m impressed once again with the Soph collab – is it as good as the first? Ask me in a few weeks… To buy your own, click here.

Here’s a look I created yesterday, using the palette and lipstick in the shade Cake.

And here’s a photo from when I met the woman herself! ♥

Kerry x

Heather Lou Cosmetics The Chloe Palette 12 Colour Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

I have reviewed Heather Lou Cosmetics before, when I was very kindly sent their Olivia The Second Colour Eyeshadow Palette and I was very impressed. That palette is now pride of place in my MUA kit as I dig the quality of the shadows. I was very intrigued by Heather Lou’s first collaboration with Instagram’s @chloeandcosmetics because swatches I’d seen online made it look incredible. They also have a special introductory price on at the moment with free delivery until the 5th June, so I thought I had nothing to lose by giving it a go.

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I have to say, I am very impressed. Inside the simple case is 12 eyeshadows – all shimmer shades but all very very pigmented. I don’t think I’ve ever come across such a consistently pigmented palette. The eyeshadows all feel very creamy to the touch and pack such a punch with the metallics and shimmers, I was actually blown away on swatching it!

These swatches were created by one swipe with my finger in the pan and then just swiped down my arm – aren’t they incredible?! These photos were also taken in natural daylight.

I’d say that the eyeshadows are most effectively applied with your finger as they may cling to brushes and be difficult to distribute evenly. You’ll also lose some of that pigment.

I used the shade ‘Iconic’ – a beautiful gold – in the centre of my eyelids, to create this halo eye.

To buy your own The Chloe Palette, click here.

Kerry x

Revolution X Carmi Kiss of Fire Palette | Review and Swatches

 

Last year I reviewed the Soph X Revolution palette which was an eyeshadow palette in collaboration with SophDoesNails of YouTube fame. Revolution have collaborated a couple more times since and one of them has been with the wonderful Carmi, also of YouTube fame. I’ve met Carmi at a Revolution party and he is just the most lovely guy, very approachable and just as stunning in real life. His palette appealed to me massively and I just had to share it with you today!

Can you see why it appealed? Just look at those colours!

I love the size of the pans and the fact there are also two highlighters inside. The first highlighter is a remix of an original from Revolution called ‘Flash‘. It has a green shift to it, which sounds strange but it is honestly beautiful. The other highlighter is more suitable for deeper skin tones and is a gorgeous gold. There are four matte eyeshadows – an orange, a yellow, a cranberry and a black. I’m obsessed with the yellow! There are six shimmer shades too, which are very pigmented and super shimmery.

Overall, I’m in love with this palette – it’s very pigmented and very bold. The colour selection is gorgeous and they look perfect together in the pan.

To buy your own, click here.

Kerry x

Obsession Warm Up Eyeshadow Palette and You Got This Face Palette | Review and Swatches

Obsession, as mentioned before, are a sister brand of Revolution. I absolutely love their products and actually believe they are totally underrated. They’re advertising campaigns aren’t in your face and I think they get missed because of this. I highly rate everything I’ve bought from them – I’ve never had a dud product!

These palettes were launched last week – once again with little to no promo, that I could see, beforehand.

I purchased two of the four palettes which were released – Warm Up and You Got This. The other palettes consist of a cool toned eyeshadow palette (so not my thing!) and a very neutral nude eyeshadow palette. The two I bought were the most exciting of the four.

Obsession You Got This Face Palette

This palette contains setting powders, contour shades, blushers and highlighters. The perfect palette for travelling. The highlighters are super pigmented and just stunning. I was blown away by the pigment of the whole thing to be honest. Its incredible!

Obsession Warm Up Eyeshadow Palette

The eyeshadows in this eye palette have my name written all over them. They’re warm, red toned and just stunning. Once again, the pigment packs a punch. The shimmers are beautiful and could be used for the most elegant of eye looks.

As you can probably tell, I’m really blown away by these palettes. For £5, you’re getting more than your money’s worth. You must see for yourself!

Get your own, here.

Kerry x

Models Own Cheat Day Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

This palette caught my eye as soon as I saw a photo of it in an email from Models Own. Donuts? And eyeshadow? Yes please! This is the latest special edition offering from the very quirky Models Own – Cheat Day Eyeshadow Palette.

The palette comes in an icing covered cardboard box. The product itself has a plastic, clear lid with the donut icing decorations printed on it. The eyeshadows themselves are particularly unique – a large round pan which a contrasting colour in the centre of them. One of my friends pointed out that they look like boobs (she has a dirty mind!) but I, of course can only see donuts.

I swatched the outer rings of the pans in natural daylight, using my finger. The pigment didn’t blow me away to be honest. I was a little disappointed whilst I did this. However, when I used the colours on my eyes, they did show up much better. The shimmer shades are definitely more pigmented than the mattes.

I like the selection of colours – nice, can’t-go-wrong nudes. I’d love it if Models Own brought out a vibrant colour version though!

To buy your own, click here.

Kerry x

Sample Beauty The Cult Palette | Review and Swatches

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet on here recently – I have had a lot of MUA gigs and have also been working hard on my qualification. I’ve been having a think about the blog and my posts and have decided to trial keeping them short and sweet!

So here we have the Sample Beauty The Cult Palette!

This is an original offering from Sample Beauty, which had input from fans and followers.

There are 18 extremely pigmented shadows with can also be mixed together to create custom colours. It’s very clever and very magical!

I love how random the colours seem in the packaging – there isn’t a theme, just a selection of beautiful colours that will please everyone and just get my creative juices flowing!

To buy your own, click here (affiliate link)

Kerry x

KIKO Milano Gold Waves Bronzer | Sun Celebration Honey | Review and Swatches

I received a voucher for my birthday for our local shopping centre and rushed into the city today to pick up this beautiful new release from KIKO – the Gold Waves Bronzer. I had seen it featured in a SophDoesNails video where it received rave reviews and I wanted to try it out for myself.

I don’t really own a special bronzer – I ran out of my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer a while ago so have just been using a matte L’Oreal one. Since we have had such glorious sunshine over the last few days, my need to glow, glitter and sparkle has been overwhelming and matte bronzers just aren’t really an option right now. This offering from KIKO has the right amount of shimmer and gives me a healthy glow. I went for the lightest shade – 01 Sun Celebration Honey.

The bronzer is part of a summer collection released by KIKO called the Golden Waves Collection. Some of the products available include highlighters, eyeshadows, matte lipsticks, waterproof foundations and eyeliners. All perfect for that sunkissed glow whether staying home this summer or going away.

I can’t really review this product without mentioning the beautiful packaging. The cardboard box is gold with a gorgeous blue pattern embossed on the front. The bronzer itself is encased inside a lovely (large) gold compact with a mirror inside the lid. I love the detailing on the outside too.

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This is a baked bronzer which smells beautiful! It is enriched with Jojoba oil which makes it very soft and smooth and easy to blend out onto the skin. It is scented with vanilla – but not in an off-putting way, it’s subtle and very summery. The smell just makes me happy. You also receive a lot of product for your money – 20g to be exact!

To buy your own online, visit KIKO here.

Kerry x

Revolution Pro 4k Highlighter Palette Gold | Review and Swatches

As mentioned in my previous Revolution Pro post, I was sent the whole range by the company. I’m still in a state of shock to be honest with you and can’t stop looking at all the beautiful products! I wanted to review this palette for you because I know a lot of people want to know what it’s like!

It comes in a sleek black box with the Revolution Pro logo emblazoned across the front. I’m really loving the Pro range packaging – it looks expensive and professional, something I really want to shine through from my own kit. Inside are four large pans of extremely bright highlight. I literally heard the angels sing when I flipped open the lid and was temporarily blinded by the shades – what a punch this palette packs!

 

As you’ve already figured out from the title of this blog post, this is the Gold palette – there are two 4K palettes, the other being the Rose Gold one (which I will hopefully review soon). The highlighter in the top left is a pure white/platinum shade and is perfect for very fair skin tones. The other three pans are dripping with gold shades – good for medium to deep skin tones. I couldn’t get away with wearing them as a highlight, but they make bloody good eyeshadows!

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Swatched with my finger in natural daylight (a particularly sunny day!)

Although this palette packs a punch, I do have to be quite honest in saying that it is quite chunky and very glittery. When I put my finger in for the swatches, or use a brush to get product, there is a lot of fall out and kick back unfortunately. I also find it doesn’t stick to my face that well – gutted! It terms of its uses in my MUA kit, the pigment itself would be perfect for a fashion shoot or something that needs a blinding glow and a bit of sparkle.

To buy your own, click here.

Kerry x

I Heart Revolution Mystical Mermaids Lipsticks | Deep Under and Beach Babe

 

I absolutely adore I Heart Revolution products and have reviewed many over here on the blog – including the chocolate palettes, mermaid, unicorn and dragon highlighters and the intriguing surprise eggs.  I was super excited to see the launch of lots of lipsticks under either a mermaid, unicorn or dragon theme. Today I’ll be reviewing two from the Mystical Mermaids collection, but also keep your eyes peeled for reviews of two from the dragon and unicorn collections in the near future.

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Left – Beach Babe, Right – Deep Under

I chose the two matte shades in the collection – to be honest I can’t cope with anything other than matte on my lips for long day wear, so decided not to get any other shades. I really liked the look of these two shades anyway!

Below I have swatched them on my hand and on my lips in natural daylight.

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Mystical Mermaids – Beach Babe

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Mystical Mermaids – Deep Under
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Mystical Mermaids – Deep Under

Reasons I love these lipsticks – the finish is even and pigmented and lasts for a good, long time.

The colours are absolutely gorgeous – I especially love Beach Babe with its pinky undertone.

They look STUNNING! The outer packaging stands out with the turquoise tube with mermaid scales – it puts me in the mood for summer and I love the scales pattern on the actual lipstick itself too.

For £4, you really can’t go wrong!

To order your own, visit Superdrug here.

Kerry x

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

I’ve never been so excited for an eyeshadow palette as I was this one. I’m no die-hard fan of Jeffree Star, I rarely watch his videos but I do adore his makeup line. I own a few lipsticks and a highlighter and I seriously can’t fault them. When I saw pictures of this palette doing the rounds online and sat myself down to watch Jeffree’s launch video, I made it my mission to get my hands on it. It is everything I could ever want and need in an eyeshadow palette – let’s start with the incredible packaging shall we?

The palette came inside a retro looking VHS type box, which I have of course kept in a drawer because I simply can’t let go! The palette itself is an impressive size and in a beautiful red faux leather case with some amazing clasps – I own absolutely nothing like it! To be honest, the packaging played a huge part in my instant love for this palette – it’s just so aesthetically pleasing to me. I love the huge font on the top and just how bold it all is – you just know that inside is going to be something else.

And it really is! Just look at the 18 shadows of pure perfection – I haven’t stopped staring at them since it arrived on Wednesday!

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The mirror inside the lid is an added bonus and is actually a very good sturdy one. I love the embossing on each eyeshadow – 16 of the shades have the JSC logo on them, one has a surgical needle and the other has the symbol of medicine (the Caduceus). I really like the whole medical theme of the palette – I’ve had an interest in the history of medicine myself since studying it at GCSE – sounds odd, I know but it’s all fascinating stuff!

Now for the reason you’re all here – the swatches! Once again, I did my usual – natural light, used my finger and didn’t use primer.

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The top nine shades
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The bottom nine shades

Amazing, right? Not one shadow is patchy, difficult to work with or lacking in pigment. Every single one feels like butter to the touch and blends like a dream. I’m particularly obsessed with the shades Tongue Pop, Cake Mix, O Positive, Prick, Cherry Soda and Extraction. There are just four shimmer shades in the collection and the rest are mattes. I don’t mind that there are so few shimmers because the ones that are in there are just stunning – no more were needed. I also really like the fact that you can create multiple looks with the palette and that each row works as a look but also so does each column – go back along my photos and you’ll see what I mean!

I have created a few looks with this palette myself now and have shared my favourite one below. For this one, I actually followed a Jeffree Star and Lipstick Nick tutorial, which you can watch here.

You can probably guess from my review that I love my new Blood Sugar Palette – in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s my new all-time favourite eyeshadow palette. Even as I write this, it’s on the desk next to me open, sharing all its prettiness with me.

It went on sale last week and sold out the same day on Beauty Bay. I really don’t know the situation with re-stocks unfortunately. I really hope they do because I just want everyone with a love of makeup to own this beauty. I’ll post an update on my Instagram when I hear any news. If not, you can buy it from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website, here (when back in stock!).

Kerry x