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.
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.
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!
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.
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!).
These cute little makeup filled surprise eggs were launched on TAM Beauty last week and received a lot of hype over on my Instagram. I’ve been excited to share the contents of them with you and my thoughts on what they’re like.
There are six eggs available but I chose three. Inside each are five eyeshadows and two highlighters. The outside casing is a chrome effect plastic egg-shaped case which is super adorable. I especially like the Angel casing as it has a duo-chrome effect which is very pretty. The eyeshadow shades are mostly shimmers, but some of the eggs in the range do include a matte or two.
The Rose Gold egg has, you guessed it, a rold gold outer shell. Inside are four shimmer shades and one matte. I would say this egg is the most practical of the three for me as the highlighters are wearable and the matte is a great transition shade. The bronze shimmer is extremely pigmented and stunning.
I would say that this egg is my favourite of the three I purchased. I love tones like these. The two mattes are beautiful, warming shades perfect for the crease and to deepen up the outer corner. You also have some variety on the shimmers with a bronze, gold or red. Just love it!
This egg just really doesn’t work for me and I ended up gifting it to my bestie. The highlighters are pretty, don’t get me wrong and each individual eyeshadow is lovely, I just don’t like the combination of shades together. The silver just throws the whole thing off. I wanted a bit more WOW from this product but instead I was left underwhelmed. The pink packaging almost misleads you – I wanted pink shadows inside…
In terms of quality, all of the eyeshadows blend well and stay well on the eyes (with a primer). The pigment is there. The highlighters are pretty, not the best quality ever but what do you expect for £5?
To buy your own I Heart revolution Surprise Eggs, click here. Also available from Superdrug.
Let’s be honest here, I had absolutely no idea this eyeshadow palette was even being released. I happened to stumble upon it on its release day whilst browsing the TAM Beauty website (when I really should’ve been doing something else!). I have to say that it really was a pleasant surprise though! You already know I’m a huge fan of the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Bar palettes and have built up a lovely collection of them – I just had to add this one to it!
As usual, the packaging is STUNNING. I love the pure gold on this one, it’s so shiny! Inside you get a big mirror and 16 eyeshadows. There are six gorgeous mattes and ten beautiful shimmers. The shades range in warm undertones of peach, yellow and bronze which partner perfectly with golds.
I would say that this is a pretty subtle palette colour wise. These are great shades for every day wear. The colours are buildable. Some appear patchy at first, as you can see in the swatches and this is mostly the matte shades.
To buy your own I Heart Makeup 24k Eyeshadow Palette, click here.
I’m a bit of a sucker for all things Japanese inspired… Pokemon is a secret, excruciatingly nerdy love of mine. So these cool mochi inspired palettes from NYX really got me excited. Mochi are a squishy Japanese snack and do you know why NYX named their palettes after them? The products themselves are actually squishy too! There are two highlighter palettes and two eyeshadow palettes. I was drawn to the brights of this eyeshadow palette called Electric Pastels and just couldn’t wait to review it for you!
The colours are just so vivid and STUNNING and quite out of my comfort zone too. The other eyeshadow palette, called Sleek and Chic, is beautiful in its own right but quite muted and a lot like other palettes I already own.
The palette is a nice size and contains ten shimmer eyeshadows. It has a clear lid with the name of the palette written on the front in a eye-catching font. The word ‘Mochi’ is actually holographic which is a nice effect and goes well with the theme of the palette.
I love the range of colours in this palette – such a gorgeous variety of electric tones. Very eighties, very pretty.
I swatched each shade by swirling my finger over the shadow a couple of times and blending the colour down my arm. The shadows felt almost wet to the touch and very soft. I was quite impressed with the consistency actually and could tell they would be a dream to apply and blend.
I tried the eyeshadows out on the eyes today, using brushes. Although they are not as vibrant when applied with the brush, this isn’t a bad thing. It meant that I didn’t apply too much and regret my decision! I could gradually build up the colours and control the pigmentation on my eyes. I went safe with the lighter colours and the peach – I’ll one day pluck up the courage to go bolder!
I suppose the main reason you came here was to see how squishy these shadows really are? Well here you go…
You may have read my pretty moody review of one of Maybelline’s latest releases – the Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter (and if not, click here) and there I mentioned I’d also picked up the Master Chrome in a Superdrug deal. Thankfully, this review won’t be anywhere near as angry because this time round, I’m pretty pleased with my purchase.
This gorgeous little highlighter was doing the rounds on many a US YouTuber’s channel but took a lifetime to appear in the UK. When it finally arrived in Superdrug, I was excited to see if it would live up to my expectations and its amazing reviews from overseas. As you know, I hated the Master Holographic which arrived in the same package, so the need to enjoy this highlighter was pretty high!
I adore the pattern pressed into the powder itself – geometric lines are just so aesthetically pleasing! The colour, on first glance, looked pretty intimidating for my fair/medium skin and I was worried it would make my cheeks look bruised on application but it actually sits pretty well. It’s a very flattering gold which I feel works well on most skin tones (but maybe not the super pale).
The powder itself is finely milled and not full of microglitter (like its ugly sister) and blends out beautifully. It is a very bold highlighter – not one for those of you who love a subtle glow! It builds well and sits still on the skin all day.
Phew – well that’s a relief! My faith has been restored in Maybelline – what a gorgeous little offering this highlighter is! I believe there is a pinky toned one coming/already here – but I am yet to find it. I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts when I am able to get one.
Buy the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter here.
After receiving the beautiful Coax Palette from my husband for Christmas, I decided to treat myself to another palette from Sample Beauty. I fell in love with the bold colours and fantastic pigmentation, so went with another palette containing bright and unique shades – the Kismet Palette.
Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – 11 shimmers and 5 mattes. Once again, the mattes are absolutely incredible. So so pigmented and bold – use sparingly! The shimmers are stunning – I’m blown away by the brightness and beauty of the light blue shade on the bottom row, far left. I just had to use it on my eyes last night, even though my eyes are already blue, I couldn’t let that colour go to waste. The shimmers transfer to the eyes beautifully, I didn’t once have to wet my brush or use my finger for better pigment. Check out the swatches for yourself –
This palette also contains a very fair matte shade which matches my skin tone exactly (it doesn’t show up in the swatches). This eyeshadow is perfect for setting the primer on my eyelid and produces a nice, even base. My only downside to this palette is that there isn’t a suitable transition/crease shade for my skin tone. The browns are just a bit too dark to use in my crease – I’m really not brave enough! This wouldn’t be a problem for everyone though. Plus, I have plenty of eyeshadow palettes with neutral transition colours in them, so I’m really not fussed.
I have to mention the packaging for this palette too. I love it! I love its simplicity – just a white outer cardboard case with the brand printed in black. It is also super slim-lined, without compromising the size of the pans – you get a lot of product for your money! There is a mirror inside the lid too – which you all know by now, is something I really appreciate.
To buy your own Kismet Palette, click here. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to check out other items for sale too – they even do clothes and phone cases!
Here’s my second review of an Exposed Cosmetics product and this one is a beauty! As you saw from my previous post, I am absolutely in love with the Exposed Cosmetics English Rose Eyeshadow palette, read that here. So I was expecting good things form this highlight kit too!
As with the eyeshadow palette, this kit comes in simple cardboard packaging which has a little window in it so you can see the shades inside. It’s a cute little size, making it great for on the go. On the back of the box is an image of a woman showing you where to apply highlighter to your face. Now let’s get to the swatches!
Eeek, aren’t they all just so beautiful? The colours are – Pale Champagne, Iridescent Rose and Glistening Bronze. The shades have a gorgeous sheen to them and are super shimmery – minus the glitter. They have that much coveted ‘wet look’ on the skin. My most wearable shade, for my skin tone, is definitely Pale Champagne but the amazing thing about this palette is that you can mix the shades together to create your own custom highlight. They’re just stunning! They would make beautiful eyeshadows too.
This Bold Definition Highlight Kit is just £4.99 and available to purchase here.
For the last few months I have been gaining experience as a makeup artist by joining my photographer friend on any shoots he invites me along too. When prepping for a shoot, I love going through my makeup and picking out the perfect products for the lovely models. When I saw that Makeup Revolution had put together this gorgeous highlighter palette, I knew straight away that it would be perfect to go into my kit bag.
The style of this palette really reminds me of the pricey Ofra one On the Glow (find it here), but is a fraction of the price at just £15. You receive eight highlighters in this well packaged and good-sized palette and a lot of product for your money.
I love the range of colours – peaches, champagne, lilacs, a mint green and many more! I’m also in love with the multi-highlight pans which have complimentary colours placed together (once again, very much like Ofra’s Beverly Hills).
The highlighters from the Kiss range were released a while ago by Makeup Revolution and I reviewed one back then (Ice Kiss). Since then they have redesigned the packaging and released more shades in the range.
The highlighters themselves pack a real punch and are just the most beautiful colours. As you can see from the swatches, they are very pigmented and very stunning colours. It was hard to pick which one to apply this morning! I went with Champagne Kiss and it is just so lovely!
They are quite glittery, which I really enjoy but I understand not everyone likes that in a highlighter. Makeup Revolution also released Brighter Than My Future, a more bronze based palette, more suitable for medium/dark skin tones. Check this one out too, it’s beautiful!
To buy your own Glow Getter Highlighter Palette, click here.
When I saw the launch video of the new Jeffree Star Family Collection, even I had to admit it was adorable. It was heart-warming to see Jeffree and Nathan in their family home, with their dogs, talking about their reasons for the colour choices and shade names in the collection. My attention was particularly kept by the shade Nathan, of course named after Jeffree’s partner.
Nathan is a beautiful muted terracotta nude shade which screams Autumn to me. If I could describe my perfect and ideal lip colour of the moment, this would be it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Beauty Bay stocked these so soon after they were released and that they were sold separately. The lipsticks are also available as part of a set (the other shades are BEAUTIFUL too).
I already own a couple of Jeffree Star Cosmetics lipsticks and I already love the formula of them. They glide on, they are pigmented and they stay put for hours. Yes, they are pretty drying on the lips, but just make sure you put on plenty of lip balm before bed and you’ll be fine. The formula of this new lipstick seems even more long-wearing I would say. I’m wearing it now after a pretty long day and two meals in between and it’s still hanging on. I was pretty disappointed that the iconic scent is not as obvious in this one though. I absolutely love the root beer smell of the previous lipsticks but really struggled to pick it up in this one.
This lipstick is vegan, cruelty free and matte.
To buy your Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nathan, click here.