Exposed Cosmetics English Rose Palette | Review and Swatches 

I came across Exposed Cosmetics on Instagram and instantly fell in love with their English Rose Eyeshadow Palette. I had seen a few mini video tutorials on their grid and was amazed at how well the shadows blended and how pigmented they were. I just had to give them a go for myself! I was able to pick this up super cheap too because it was Black Friday weekend – win!

There are 18 eyeshadows in this palette, which is incredible value for money considering it is only £9.99. There are eight shimmer, metallic and foil shades, each one absolutely stunning and very, very pigmented.

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Seven of the eight foils, metalics and shimmers swatched in natural light

The mattes in this palette also pack a real punch. They are buttery and easy to blend. The colours compliment each other beautifully too, so many unique eye looks can be created from this one palette.

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The matte shades and one shimmer, swatched in natural light

I really had lots of fun playing around with this palette. I absolutely love rose gold anyway, so eyeshadows around this theme really interest me. I’m obsessed with the pink shimmer shade with the peachy gold reflect and just had to use it all over the lid!

There are some mattes in the palette which make perfect transition shades and crease colours too. I’m really happy with this purchase and can’t believe the quality of the shadows considering the price – absolutely fantastic. The packaging is lightweight and simple, which is a good thing. This palette is simple to look at, but the eyeshadows do brilliant job. There was less time spent on packaging and more time spent on quality of the product – something which really appeals to me.

To buy your own English Rose Eyeshadow Palette, click here. Also, keep your eyes peeled for my review of their beautiful little Highlight Kit coming this week.

Kerry x

W7 On the Rocks Eye Colour Palette | Incredible Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Dupe | Review and Swatches

W7 I applaud you – well done on creating yet another affordable, high quality and practically identical dupe of an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. The funny thing is, W7 have made no attempt to hide the fact that they have recreated the high priced Subculture palette – they even used the hashtag #WEVEGOTITRIGHT when posting it all over their social media. It’s no secret that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette turned out to be one big, disappointing mess. It was super pigmented but crumbly and difficult to blend. W7 have released this little gem and let me tell you, they definitely HAVE got it right. 

The cardboard palette box holds 14 beautiful and unique shades. Each one is named and there is a mirror inside the lid. It’s a nice compact size, perfect for travel. There are three shimmer shades and 11 mattes. There is a double ended brush inside (also a dupe from the original palette) which is actually pretty decent – it has a fluffy end and a smudger end. 

W7 are known for being extremely affordable, so I wasn’t expecting amazing results from the swatches but I was presently surprised. The shimmers feel so creamy and are so high impact. The mattes are absolutely beautiful and also very pigmented. 

On the Rocks eyeshadow shades swatched in natural light
On the Rocks eyeshadow shades swatched in natural light

As you can imagine, I was keen to get this on my eyes as soon as possible. I used the palette today and contemplated what shades I should use for about ten minutes! My contemplation made me realise how truly versatile this palette is – warm toned looks, looks with yellow tones, a bronze eye look and greens and golds! It’s brilliant! I played it safe today and went warm toned (no surprise there) and used the dark purple called Maraschino Cherry on the outer corners. I used the pale shimmer called Sugar Rim on the inner part of my eye and was blown away by how pretty this colour is. The colours Moscato and Body Shot made beautiful transition and crease shades. 

The palette was super easy to use – very little product is needed and the colours blend beautifully. The mattes are long wearing, although I did find that Sugar Rim started to fade and wear off by the end of the day. 

You can purchase this incredible palette for yourself by clicking here. Also keep any eye on eBay for it as they’re even cheaper on there! 

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 Eyeshadow Palette

As you probably gathered from the name of this palette, there have been three other ones before it. I don’t own any of the others (although I bought my Mum the Mattes one for Christmas), but this one really caught my eye. You all know I love my orange and red tones and this palette gives me plenty of options when it comes to this. 

There are 32 beautiful shades inside this palette, a mixture of shimmers and mattes. The shade names are pretty hilarious and I’ve been trying to work out if they have dirty undertones or if I just have a dirty mind. 

The tones are mostly warm (my favourite!) and range from bone colours, burnt oranges and reds, browns, to a super pigmented black shade. 

The eyeshadows are very easy to work with and blend out nicely. The darker shades need a little more work than the others, but are buildable all the same. I’m in love with the shade ‘Down Boy’ as a crease/transition colour. It’s a very pretty muted pink/light brown. As you can see from the swatches below, the shades are very nicely pigmented. 

Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches in Natural Light

To buy this beautiful Autumnal palette for yourself, just visit the TAM Beauty page here

Kerry x

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

Oh Makeup Revolution, you’ve done it again! Another beautiful eyeshadow palette that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on. As soon as photos were released of the inside of this palette, it was love at first sight. First up, this palette screams Huda Beauty dupe (and who doesn’t love an affordable dupe?) and secondly, I love me a bit of rose gold.

This beautiful, chococlate themed palette comes from I Heart Makeup, a sister brand of Makeup Revolution and also sold on the TAM Beauty website. The palette came in a cute chocolate bar wrapper style box, which was rose gold too. The casing itself is a good sturdy plastic and I love the rose gold chocolate dripping down the front. Inside is a generous mirror and then your 16 STUNNING eyeshadow shades. Bonus: This palette smells like a Kinder Bueno bar! I can’t stop sniffing it!

There are a good varierty of finishes to the eyeshadows. A few lovely matte transition shades, some shimmers and some pressed glitters. I’ve not seen pressed glitters in a Makeup Revolution palette before, but I’m very impressed with them. These types of shadows are quite difficult to produce but these have been done well and are bloody pigmented! I apply them with my finger for full impact! You could also use them with a wet brush. The palette does come with a plastic sheet with all the names of the shades on it too.

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Swatches taken in Natural Light

Today I used the palette to create a quick and easy halo eye. Here’s how –

  • Independent (bone colour) all over the lid to set my primer
  • Uh-oh (light, red/brown) in the crease
  • Girl Boss (Pinky brown) on outer edge of crease
  • Side-Chick (red) on outer and inner lid, blended through the crease to help form the halo
  • Barbie (shimmer shade, pink with gold reflect) in the centre of the eyelid
  • Hard Work (pressed gold) dabbed lightly on very centre of eyelid
  • Girl Boss and Side-Chick on lower lash line

This is another beautiful and extremely affordable palette, perfect for the Autumn. The colours are pigmented, blendable and a dream to work with. It helps that the packaging is completely beautiful too!

Buy yours here, or in Superdrug stores.

Kerry x

Barry M Fall in Love Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

When Anastasia Beverley Hills released the Subculture eyeshadow palette last month, I became slightly addicted to watching YouTube reviews. The bottom line with that palette was that the shadows are super pigmented, but so hard to work with and very, very crumbly. As much as I loved the shades inside, there was no way I was going to fork out a ridiculous amount of money for a palette with problems. You can understand my excitement and intrigue then when Barry M took over Superdrug’s Instagram account on Friday and they posted a photo of this baby. One of my besties actually tagged me in the post and said how it was a good Subculture dupe. I had to agree with her there!

Now believe me when I say, I have a hell of a lot of eyeshadow palettes and I can honestly say that I don’t have any that contain a gorgeous mustard shade like this one does. That mustard shade was my biggest temptation in my decision making about buying this palette. Mustard tones go beautifully with blue eyes and it was something I really wanted to experiment with.

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Fall in Love comes in an Autumnal themed cardboard box. I like the simplicity of the palette and I also like its size. It is very travel friendly and fits comfortably into your hand. Inside the magnetic lid is a mirror – excellent stuff! There are 10 matte shades of both warm and cool tones.

I managed to pick up the palette in my local Superdrug and as soon as I got home I swatched the eyeshadows. To be honest, I was a bit worried that this was going to be a disappointing palette after doing these swatches as the colour pay off just wasn’t at all impressive from some of the shades.

As you can see from the photo, the lightest shades barely show on my skin. They were definitely the hardest to swatch.

This morning, I finally got the chance to experiment with the palette and use that mustard coloured shade that I’ve been dying to use. Oh my goodness, I was not disappointed! The deeper shades in this palette are STUNNING! They are so super pigmented and so easy to blend. There is some kick back and fall out, but I would expect this from such pigmented shadows. I would highly recommend this palette to beginners and experts as the colours are unique but easy to work with. I’m in love with this palette – what a brilliant start to my Autumn!

To create this eye look I used the beige/mauve colour in my crease. I then deepened the crease using the orangey brown on the top row. On the inner part of my lid I used the coveted mustard yellow and on the outer half I used the cranberry red. Along my lower lash line I used the orangey brown and cranberry red together.

To buy this palette for yourself check out your local Superdrug, or buy it online here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Soph X 24 Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

When I saw SophDoesNails announce her collab with Makeup Revolution, I was super excited! I loved the look of the eyeshadow palette especially after she went through each shade and her reasons behind each shade name (watch it here).

 

It is immediately apparent that this is a very versatile palette and I began planning many different looks using it in my head. When it was released on Wednesday at 10:30am, I was poised over the buy button! The palette arrived this morning and I just can’t stop looking at it, I mean just look at the picture below and tell me it’s not beautiful!

The palette arrived in a gorgeous pastel pink box, designed by Soph herself. She actually painted the watercolour design which covers the whole box herself. It also has a few paint splats in rose gold over it and Soph’s signature in rose gold too. The palette itself is a very cool matte nude with the rose gold writing on it once again. I absolutely love the packaging to be honest, it is right up my street and just looks so chic.

Now for the swatches!

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The top two rows in natural light
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The bottom two rows in natural light

So, I can honestly say I really like every colour in the palette. The neutrals are gorgeous and will look amazing as transition and crease shades. The matte shades didn’t swatch as well as the shimmers did and took two dips into the palette. The bonus thing about this is that you can gradually build colour instead of putting too much on at the first brush stroke. Every single shimmer shade is super pigmented and very pretty. I’m very impressed with the quality considering this palette was only £10 for 24 eyeshadows.

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I had a go at creating a look using my stand out shades today, and here’s what I did –

  • Pancakes – all over the lid
  • Tiramisu – in the crease
  • Pumpkin – on the outer crease
  • I then created a cut crease base using concealer
  • Sparks Fly – over the cut crease base on the inner corner
  • Grow Old – over the cut crease base on the centre of the lid
  • Danger – on the outer corner and lower lash line
  • Fairy Lights – as an inner corner highlight

The colours were extremely easy to work with – blendable with some fallout but nothing major. 


Overall, I’m super excited by this palette and can see it becoming a firm favourite and go-to palette for everyday use as well as special occasions. A big congratulations to Soph – so great to see beauty gurus and YouTubers doing so well!

Buy your palette from TAM Beauty here.

Kerry x

W7 Delicious Natural & Berry Eye Colour Palette | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

I love a good dupe when I see one and so far, this has to be the most interesting one I’ve come across. This W7 Delicious eyeshadow palette is such a good dupe for the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance palette that it might actually be a bit naughty! 

The ABH Modern Renaissance palette is one I can only dream about owning (or hope that someone close to me reads this post and surprises me with it!) so when I saw that the very affordable high-street brand W7 had released this little beauty, I was intrigued to give it a go. 

The palette comes in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside and includes a brush. The brush is also a replica of the ABH one too, with a fluffy brush one end and a smudging brush the other. There are twelve eyeshadows inside – 4 shimmers and 8 mattes. Upon swatching, I found some to be much more pigmented than others. The palest shade is pretty much non-existent on my skin, so isn’t visible in the swatch photo. Some of the colours are also quite chalky. However, upon using the palette, I was impressed with how pigmented the darker colours were and how well they blended.

Here’s a simple tutorial for an every day look using the palette –

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And here’s the finished look!

The shadows lasted very well throughout the day and are still going strong now. I used my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base/primer and the shadows have stayed put without creasing.

Do I think this is a decent dupe for the ABH palette? If you’re on a tight budget like me and can’t justify spending so much on some eyeshadow – then yes, this is a brilliant substitute! When it’s on your eyes, who’s going to know the difference, hey?

I ordered this palette direct through the W7 website here and it cost £12.95.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette Night | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

Makeup Revolution released the beautiful Renaissance palettes last week, including this Night version, a Day one and a glow palette. The Day palette contains all matte shades and the Night one a mixture of one matte and four shimmer shades. 

This palette came beautifully packaged in a gorgeous black box with rose gold decoration. The palette was inside a gorgeously soft pouch inside the box, which adds an extra element of luxury. The palette itself has a matte black case and a beautiful rose gold clasp, which I’ve never seen on a palette before. 

Inside the case lid is a mirror – I love Makeup Revolution for this – and a double-ended brush. The shades themselves are beautiful. The matte colour is a white, perfect for highlighting the brow bone, as I did today. The pink and bronze tones are intensely shimmery and pigmented. The final two shades have reflective glitters in them and are stunning. 

 

I created an eye look today using a majority of the shades in the palette – 

  • Use the matte white to highlight the centre of the brow bone 
  • The lighter brown on the outer V and slightly into the crease, also along the lower lash line 
  • The copper tone over the rest of the lid and along the inner part of the lower lash line
  • The light pink on inner corners as a highlight 

The shades in the palette are very easy to work with and blend. I experienced little to no fall out. The shadows are of a very high quality. 

Overall, I’m very pleased with this palette. The packaging is stunning and compact enough to travel with. I also think this palette would make a brilliant gift. 

To buy yours for just £8, visit TAM Beauty here

Kerry x

Makeup Tutorial for Sunset Eyes using the Belle’s Beauty & Glitz Cosmetics 12P Pigmented Vibrant Palette

Today I will be showing you how to create a Sunset Eyeshadow look with this beautiful Glitz Cosmetics 12P palette from Belle’s Beauty. This is my second post about the gorgeous palettes from Belle’s Beauty and you can read my first post here.

Once again, we have another top-quality, stunning 12 colour eyeshadow palette. This one features 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades – all bright and bold!

I have swatched all the shades from left to right, starting on the top row.

12P Swatches taken without a camera flash
12P Swatches taken with a camera flash

As the weather is getting progressively warmer and more sunny, I thought it was only appropriate to create an eyeshadow look that reflects a sunset. Please let me know if you have a go at this – I’d love to see what you achieve – I may even feature your photos on the blog!

Step 1 – Apply the pink shade along the lashline and blend around halfway up the eyelid

Step 2 – Take the muted orange shade just above the pink and blend up into the lower part of the crease

Step 3 – Now take the bolder orange shade and emphasise the outer crease and eyelid with it. Use a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – stick with it as you’ll tidy it up at the end

Step 4 – Use the yellow shade above all the previous colours and on the brow bone. Be quite light-handed with this colour, you want it to be subtle

Step 5 – Tidy under the eyebrow using a small brush and the white shade

Step 6 – To create an ‘ocean’ effect use the blue, teal and purple along your lower lash line. I did this in sections and blended them at the edges for an ombre effect

Ta-Dah!

The colours in this palette are super pigmented and were just so perfect for this eye look. They blend so beautifully too which means the ombre effect needed was easy to achieve. This look is just perfect for Summer – whether that be on holiday, evenings out or festivals. I can’t wait to recreate it again using other colours from the palette. I also think it would look great with black winged eyeliner – or even gold!

To buy your own Glitz Cosmetics 12P Palette visit Belle’s beauty here. Be sure to check out their other palettes too – some are in the sale! I will be featuring another palette in a tutorial soon – subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution ~ I Heart Makeup – Unicorn Love Palette with Swatches! 

Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!

Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.

You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.

I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.

Unicorn Love Palette – Taken without a camera flash
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Unicorn Love Palette – Taken with a camera flash

The shades I am particularly impressed with are –

  • Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
  • Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
  • Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
  • Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
  • Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white

I created this look with the palette, here’s how –

  1. All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
  2. In the crease, use Flutter
  3. On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
  4. To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
  5. Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
  6. To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
  7. Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!

As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.

You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.


Kerry x