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

Maybelline Gigi Hadid Lipsticks | Taura and Austyn | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline collaboration with Gigi Hadid was highly anticipated in the drugstore beauty world but unfortunately received mixed reviews. After watching many YouTube reviews and reading others, I decided to just try out the lipsticks. I chose a nude and a classic red – Taura and Austyn. 

Left – Austyn, Right – Taura

Taura is a classic nude lipstick, I would describe it as a ‘my lips but better shade’. Probably a bit more subtle than I wanted, but is nice for ‘no makeup’ looks and easy days. The formula itself is very nourishing and doesn’t dry out my lips at all. It’s described as a matte, but I’d say it’s a semi-matte. 

Taura

Although this lipstick is nourishing and quite pretty, for £8.99 it is a bit of a disappointment. It is not very long wearing at all and comes off as soon as you drink/eat/kiss. I’m so sad about this! 

Taura on the lips
Now, Austyn on the other hand is a lovely little lipstick. It is a bright, bold red with great pigment and much better staying power than Taura. It too is nourishing which I need in these cold months. 

Austyn

The red is super bright. I love the undertones of orange  which make it a true festive red. 

Austyn on the lips

Both these lipsticks are available as lip kits and also with matching lip liner pencils. You can purchase them in Boots and Superdrug for £8.99. 

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution | Life on the Dance Floor | Guest List Eyeshadow Palette 

Well, Makeup Revolution kept these Life on the Dance Floor eyeshadow palettes very quiet indeed! I literally had no idea these even existed until they were released for sale on the Superdrug website! There are four palettes in total – Guest List, After Party, VIP and Sparklers. Each comes in a glittery plastic case, Guest List in particular has a rose gold glitter finish. There are also three lipsticks in matching coloured packaging, which go with the four palettes – although I am yet to try these. I’m very impressed with the glitter look actually, unfortunately and as usual, my camera doesn’t do it any justice. It is extremely sparkly and very smooth. The glitter isn’t ‘3D’, so doesn’t catch on anything or flake off.

The palette itself is actually a pretty decent size. Inside the lid is a huge mirror and 24 eyeshadows. The colours inside, as you probably know by now, are right up my street. I love warm tones, especially oranges, reds and purple/browns. This palette stood out to me the most from the four because of this. I have also been after a neon orange for a while now and this palette had a few perfect little pans of colour.

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Top two rows of the palette, swatched in natural daylight
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Bottom two rows of the palette, swatched in natural daylight

I’m very happy with the quality of the eyeshadows themselves. They were easy to swatch and I didn’t find one dodgy or patchy shade. They all blended onto the skin nicely too. There are a couple of stand out shades in there that seem almost duo chrome – a shimmery peach/gold and a berry burgundy/pink. I love that all the shades compliment each other so perfectly, there aren’t any which would clash.

I have used the palette a couple of times since receiving it and I’m very happy with the looks I have created. I tapped my brush into the neon orange pretty much straight away and was pleased with the out there look it provided. The colours are easily blended out and stay put for hours. I tried the palette both with and without eye primer and the results were good both times (although better with the primer).

To buy your own Life on the Dance Floor Guest List palette, click here. To see the other palettes in the collection, click here.

Kerry x

MUA Makeup Academy Prism Loose Powder Highlighter | Star Illusion

When I saw MUA had released a new loose powder highlighter as part of their new Prism range, I just had to give it a try. I don’t actually own any of these types of highlighter, so have been very intrigued to see what the excitement is all about. Firstly, I was surprised by the size of the pot it came in – it’s a decent size! There is 18g of powder inside too, which is a lot as it is very finely milled. I love the lid of the pot too – so sleek and classy in black plastic with holographic font on the top. It looks beautiful when it catches the light. Under the lid is a little sifter, perfect for controlling the amount of powder that comes out.

On first glance the powder looks white, but when you look closely it reflects pink in the light. A little goes a long way with this product. I poured the tiniest amount of it onto my hand for the swatch below and it seemed to blend out forever!

Yesterday morning I got the urge to create a pretty Halloween makeup look and this highlighter was perfect for the occasion. I attempted mermaid makeup and used the highlighter over pretty much all of my face. I applied it to the high points of my face as per, but then added a bit less product around these areas. I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this highlighter, especially considering its very low price tag of £5.

To buy your own MUA Prism Loose Powder Highlighter, click here. Or to see other products in the Prism range, click here.

Kerry x

I Heart Makeup Dragon’s Heart | Review and Swatches

A few days ago I reviewed the beautiful new Mermaid’s Heart Highlighter from I Heart Makeup, today it’s the turn of Dragon’s Heart – a stunning, gold and warm toned highlighter. 

This baked highlighter comes in a heart-shaped cardboard box with flame illustrations on the lid.  The highlighter itself consists of five shades. These can be worn individually as highlighter, blushes or even eyeshadows. 

When swirled together, the result is a stunning gold highlighter. I have been wearing this most days as I find it perfect for my skin tone. 

I love the selection of colours in Dragon’s Heart and the actual dragon theme. This is definitely a must for any Game of Thrones fans! 

The highlighter is nicely pigmented all round and stays put all day. I wore it on a coach to London yesterday and it lasted the sweaty journey! 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup Peach and Glow | Review and Swatches

I Heart Makeup are a sister brand of Makeup Revolution who seem to be playing the role of quirky little sister. They’re products are always fun and unique and definitely appeal to people like me! This Peach and Glow Palette is another something special item from their chocolate range (read about the Chocolate Rose Gold palette here) and I’m just in love with the cute packaging. 

The palette is a lovely and practical size. It is encased in a peach outer with 3D chocolate bar patterns on the lid. Inside the palette is two pans – one highlighter shade and one shimmery blush shade. There is also a decent mirror – something I’d never say no to having. 

The product itself is very shimmery and has some beautiful tones. It has an ombre effect in the powder itself which I really like the look of. I also like that you can either swirl the colours together or pick and choose what you’d like to use that day. 

The highlighter side swatched in natural light
The blush swatched and blended in natural light

When the blush colours are blended together they create my ideal Blush shade – peachy/pink with a shimmery undertone. It makes me look healthy and glowy which is what I want from a blush. The highlighter is also gorgeous – I’m a bit hooked on it actually! It is very intense and a little goes a long way, but it gives that ‘wet look’ that I’m into at the moment. 

To buy your own Peach and Glow Palette, click here. Also, be sure to check out the Chocolate and Peaches Eyeshadow Palette too, it’s a perfect dupe for the Too Faced SWEET Peach palette. 

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 Highlighter Palette

Last week SophDoesNails released her beautiful eyeshadow and highlighter palettes as part of her collaboration with Makeup Revolution. This morning I received the highlighter palette and let me tell you – this palette packs real glow power! I reviewed the eyeshadow palette last week and you can read that here

This palette contains eight highlighting powders. Soph created this palette with pale skin tones in mind as she has very pale skin herself. Some of the powders are baked and some are just pressed powders. 

Swatching these was easy! The powders are so pigmented, it took literally a tiny swirl in the pan and one swipe with my finger for them to show on the skin. They all felt very soft and all look absolutely beautiful. I especially love the second gold along, which I’m wearing today. 

The highlighter has excellent staying power and has stayed on all day. I went for an eye test today so my head has been in various machines and I have been trying on lots of pairs of glasses – the glow has stayed put! I’m in love and I don’t think there’s a shade I won’t be able to use. Even the darkest two colours would make stunning eyeshadows or would look beautiful as a body highlight. 

To buy your own Makeup Revolution Soph Highlighter Palette, click 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

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cool Glow | Highlighter Palette

Makeup Revolution are just slaying it at the moment! In the last year that I’ve been blogging they have brought out more and more unique, versatile and extremely exciting products than any other brand I know. They are almost definitely my favourite makeup brand above all others at the moment – they’re cruelty free, very affordable and they cater for all skin types and tones. I love them! 

When I saw this highlighting palette last Wednesday (the day of its release), I ordered myself one and one for my bestie. The colours were just too exciting to pass up. 

The tones in this palette really reminded me of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit – especially that green shade, which is very much like ABH’s Lucky Clover. 

The palette itself came in the most gorgeous packaging – an amazing holographic box! It is sturdy and you get a lot of product in each pan. The texture of some of the powders are a bit chalky, but I found that only to be the case when I was swatching them with my finger. When the product is applied with a brush, it is a lot smoother on the skin. 

Swatches in natural light

Overall, I am obsessed with this palette. I absolutely love every single shade. I think only one wouldn’t work on my skin tone as a highlighter and that is the peachy bronze tone – but this would make an awesome eyeshadow instead. 

I think the palette would be more suited to lighter skin tones – but for a bold look, it would look stunning on a deeper skin tone, especially that lilac shade (think Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Matchstix in ‘Unicorn’). 

To buy your Makeup Revolution Ultra Cool Glow palette, click here

Kerry x