I Heart Makeup 24k Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

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.

Kerry x

Obsession Obsessive Eyes Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

I posted on Sunday about the new releases from Obsession and in particular the Matte Naked Lip Kit in the shade Strip Tease. Today it’s all about this glorious eyeshadow palette and trust me, you’ll want to hang around for the swatches.

The Obsession Obsessive Eyes Eyeshadow Palette comes in a really cool, dark midnight marble printed tin and is actually a pretty decent size. Inside is a HUGE mirror and 24 beautifully complimentary eyeshadows. The top row are the mattes, the bottom row the shimmers, merged and baked shades. I love the layout of the eyeshadows – sleek, slim-lined pans each with a trendy name printed below it. Yep, I just said trendy (I’m 31 next month, give me a break!).

There are plenty of colours here to create dramatic warm toned looks and the shimmers are pretty enough to wear alone during the day. You literally don’t need another eyeshadow palette when you have this one. There are awesome base setting colours, transition and gradient shades, smokey eye shadows and inner corner glows. The possibilities are endless with this one! Does it not just get you excited? Or is that just me?

To swatch, I used my finger and ran it up and down the pan once and then swatched down my arm. I did the matte shades on the top row first, in natural light.

The mattes were really interesting to swatch actually. I began with the neutral, light shades and wasn’t really blown away by what I was seeing but as the swatching went on, the colours got more intense, more buttery and more beautiful! I was particularly amazed by the shade ‘Rebound’ – a beautiful cherry red which had some of the best pigment I’ve seen in an eyeshadow of that colour.

I next swatched the shimmers and baked eyeshadows in the same way.

I had to swatch them six shades at a time because well, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous each eyeshadow was in its own right. Not one of them was a let down or disappointment. Each one packed a punch and just looked stunning. Each one pairs with at least one matte (usually the one above it in the palette) so it is super simple to create a quick eye look.

I’m sure you can tell from what I’ve written above that I already absolutely adore this palette. I can tell it’s going to be a staple in my makeup artist kit as it gives me everything I need in an eyeshadow palette. I may need to buy a second as a back up!

This palette is also vegan and cruelty free.

To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here.

Kerry x

Obsession Matte Naked Lip Kit in Strip Tease | Review and Swatches

If you don’t know who Obsession are, then let me fill you in. They are a sister brand of Makeup Revolution and they have just launched a bunch of gorgeous new products designed for people from all walks of life. Like Makeup Revolution, Obsession are extremely affordable but still high quality. I got myself a few new bits from the range, including this lip kit.

Inside the pretty, marble design box is a lip pencil and a liquid matte lipstick. I went for the shade ‘Strip Tease’ as I like the mauve/pink undertones in the gorgeous nude shade.

The lip pencil is slightly darker than the liquid lipstick, so I have been using it when I want to deepen up the colour slightly. I don’t use the lip pencil every time as I find the lipstick performs perfectly fine without it anyway. The lip pencil also looks great on its own.

The lipstick dries down nice and quickly and is very light-weight on the lips. I didn’t find it drying either, which is always a bonus in these winter months. The doe foot applicator makes application easy and smooth.

In the picture above, I’m wearing both the pencil and the lipstick and I’m really loving the colour. It’s like ‘my lips but better’ and really smooths them out. I don’t find that it sinks into lines either. I wore this on a night out with a friend and it stayed put through dinner, drinks and dancing – win!

To buy your own Obsession Lip Kit, visit TAM Beauty here. Obsession are also available from Boots, here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Iconic Fever Eyeshadow Palette | Urban Decay Naked Heat Dupe?

I treated myself to two palettes from the Reloaded collection of four – Newtrals 2 and this one. Newtrals’ warm tones really appealed to me but what really drew me to this one was its likeness to the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.

I’ve been eyeing up the Naked Heat Palette since its release as I love how the chilli pepper tones have translated into such beautiful eyeshadows. When I saw this pretty much perfect dupe from Makeup Revolution, my bank account gave a sigh of relief! This palette costs only £4 compared to Naked Heat which retails for around £40.

There are some absolutely gorgeous shadows in this palette and one in particular actually blows my mind. It is the last shade on the bottom row – a black/brown with a duochrome red/orange effect. It’s amazing! I keep swatching it on my hand and gasping each time!

As usual, I swatched the colours in natural light after dipping my finger in each pan and swirling it around twice.

Can you see how pigmented those eyeshadows are? There isn’t one that is a dud or a let down. The shimmers are especially easy to work with and are surprisingly creamy and buttery when you consider the tiny price tag. There are some shades which are perfect for the crease and some bold brights that will look incredible all over the lid. I’m loving the possibilities with this palette!

You can buy it from TAM Beauty here, or Superdrug here.

Kerry x

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange | Review and Swatches

I am seriously loving the chocolate themed palettes from I Heart Makeup at the moment. An obvious dupe of the Too Faced ones, the I Heart Makeup range of palettes offer an affordable but very high quality alternative. The range of colours available in the varying themes is astonishing too. I love them and if you don’t own one yet, I promise you’ll fall in love with them too. This Chocolate Orange palette is just made for me – take a look inside and you’ll see why…

All my warm tone dreams have come true! Every single shade in this palette is what I usually gravitate towards from multiple palettes. Having them all in one place is a real gem and super convenient. Another bonus? The palette actually smells like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges!

Inside the very bright orange topped case, is a large mirror and a mixture of 16 matte and shimmer shades. There are some dusty roses and pinks, orangey browns and then there are some pure orange tones! There is also a shimmery gold which swatched amazingly and looks stunning on the eyes. You’ll see what I mean from the swatches below.

As usual, the quality of this palette has not disappointed me. I’ve never had a dud from I Heart Makeup to be honest and I have to say that they’re getting more exciting with every one they release. The colours are once again, beautifully complimentary and also long-wearing on the eyes. Yes, some are more pigmented than others but overall the pigmentation is excellent for it’s low price tag.

I’m excited to see what 2018 brings for I Heart Makeup, as their products are always so quirky and exciting. The packaging is always fun and the products themselves are excellent quality and extremely popular. Some of my most searched reviews on Sparkle with Kerry are the I Heart Makeup eyeshadow palettes!

To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Orange palette, click here. You can also watch a tutorial by the gorgeous Tammi below.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Newtrals 2 Palette | Review and Swatches

Here’s a quick post on one of the beautiful and incredibly affordable new eyeshadow  palettes from Makeup Revolution. This right here is the Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette and it is one of four to make a huge impact since it’s release last week. 

If you already own the original Neutrals vs Newtrals eyeshadow palette, then you’ll know that it is full of gorgeous pinks and reds all warm and lovely, with some cool tone colours thrown in. This Re-loaded Newtrals palette contains all warm tones and is so up my street. It comes with 15 shades, a mixture of matte and shimmers – some so subtle that you’ll sparkle under bright lights. There is a brown on the top row which has very pretty micro glitter in it and I love it! Took me a while to realise it was there though as it only appears in certain lights – so unique! 

The best part? This palette is only £4! That’s right, you heard me correctly, £4! Don’t think that this low price brings low quality either – the pigment from a majority of the shadows is unreal. I’ll say that a couple of the mattes are quite pale and patchy – but those shimmers pack a real punch! They are so buttery too and blend like a dream. 

As I was swatching this palette this morning I knew that it would cause real problems for me – I wanted to use every single shade on my eyes there and then! You’ll probably feel the same if you get yourself one. The colours are just so pretty and so complementary to each other, you’ll be overflowing with ideas on how to use it. I went for a very basic and as usual, boring look today. 

To buy your own Makeup Revolution Re-loaded Newtrals 2 palette, click here. Check out the other palettes in the collection too (there are some incredible dupes in there)! 

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Elixir | A Modern Renaissance Dupe? | Review and Swatches

I Heart Makeup have recently launched a few new and very beautiful eyeshadow palettes. The Rose Gold one was a good Huda Beauty dupe and the Mint Chocolate one contained some unique and truly Autumnal shades. The Chocolate Elixir palette looks to me to be a VERY good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette


I don’t own Modern Renaissance myself, but do have the W7 Delicious (another close dupe) and was able to use this to compare the shades. I Heart Makeup have done an extremely good job of replicating the shades and once again provide you with an opportunity to save your precious pennies. Why spend £45 when you can buy a very similar palette for £8.99?

The palette packaging is sturdy and very cute. It has the instantly recognisable dripping chocolate on the lid in a matte gold. Inside is a large mirror and then the 16 shades. There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades, but it is predominantly matte.  

I am stupidly excited about this palette – the colours are stunning and the mattes blend out beautifully. I was so impressed when I first swatched the colours as they were very creamy and just so perfectly complimentary to each other. I wanted to use every single one on my eyes at the same time! 

The first top two rows swatched left to Right, in natural daylight
The bottom row swatched in natural daylight

I can see this palette becoming a real ‘go to’ palette for me. I love reds and pinks around my blue eyes – I’m like a moth to a flame with them. There is one shade in particular that I’m obsessed with though and that is the muted mauve on the top row – it is so pigmented for such a light colour and blends like a dream. I just love this palette! 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Vault | Review and Swatches

As you know, I already own quite a few Makeup Revolution products but I don’t own many of their lip kits. I have the Halloween Unicorn lip kit and the original Retro Luxe Matte kit in Echelon. However, the Echelon kit I own is in the original formula, which quite frankly wasn’t brilliant. Makeup Revolution worked hard to perfect their matte lip kit formula and I’ve heard only good things. I was super excited to see that they had put five gorgeous mattes, two glosses and three metallic shades into one box for Christmas and today I’m excited to share it with you!

The lip kits come in individual boxes inside a black, classy and pretty sturdy box. The kits are spread across two slide out drawers – an expensive looking Christmas present. Inside the top lid are illustrations of lips with the colours on and name of the kits. I really like this finishing touch.

The top drawer contains the matte lip kits and the bottom drawer contains two glosses and three metallics. 

Let’s start with the matte kits. To be honest, I would buy this set for these alone. I love me a matte lipstick and five of them is just a bonus! They are mostly nude shades too, which are also my favourite (and a lot of other peoples’ at the moment!). Each kit contains a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator. Each lipstick has a clear tube and matte rose gold lid. Each pencil is black, with a black lid and a little strip of the pencil colour on the bottom. The shade names are also written on the products. 

  • Echelon – My favourite of the bunch! A pink based nude. This shade also won Gold in the 2017 Pure Beauty Awards!
  • Grandee – Very pink and very pretty. This is the brightest of the mattes
  • Noble – A close second favourite. This is a lovely brown nude
  • Duchess – A muted red/orange. Very sophisticated and slightly festive too!
  • Highness – A darker version of Noble – more brown but still in the nude category

Now for drawer two – glosses and metallics. Once again, all of these kits come with a lip pencil and liquid lipstick. The lids of the liquid lips are a shiny rose gold. So pretty!

Lip Glosses –

  • Honour – For a lip gloss, I actually love this. It isn’t gloopy and sticky. It is actually very wearable and super pigmented for a gloss. I love the colour too – a true nude brown
  • Original – This is my least favourite kit of the ten. It is very light and a peach colour. I just don’t think that it suits my skin tone. It would look lovely in the summer on someone with a fresh tan or even on deeper skin tones. I feel it just washes out my complexion. The colour is very pretty though.

Metallic Lip Kits –

  • Regent – This is the most pigmented and my favourite of the metallics. It’s a very festive red. It’s super unique and pretty. I feel this will be getting a lot of wear over the next couple of months!
  • Empress – This is a peachy nude metallic with a gold reflect. This looks gorgeous when it catches the light
  • In Waiting – another pretty pink. It’s the most natural of the metallics

When I swatched the lipsticks I didn’t use the lip pencils, I’ll hold my hands up this was probably not fair on the metallics. I feel the colours would be much more vibrant and stunning with a lip pencil underneath.

I have been testing out the formula of the mattes over the last few days and have to say I’m very impressed. The longevity of the colours is fantastic and lasted through various snacks, drinks and meals. The colours are also gorgeous. It is a lightweight formula and doesn’t have the stickiness that the original formula had.

If you’re debating whether or not to get this for someone for Christmas, or even as a gift for yourself I say get one! For £30 you’re getting £60 worth of products. There’s something in this set for everyone – you really can’t go wrong.

To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here or Superdrug here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Pro HD Glow Getter Highlighter Palette | Review and Swatches

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). 

Left to Right – Rose Gold Kiss, Champagne Kiss, Dream Kiss, Glow Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Gold Kiss, Prismatic Kiss, Mint Kiss

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

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup | Mint Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

If you don’t love Mint Aero, then we can’t be friends. I’m sorry but who doesn’t?! This palette from I Heart Makeup just screams Mint Aeros to me and I couldn’t be happier about that! The lime green dripping chocolate design on the case looks good enough to eat and the eyeshadows inside… well you’ll be just as impressed.

Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – very autumnal, very warm, with some exciting and unique tones thrown into the mix. The yellow gold was what drew me most to the palette as I don’t have anything like it. Inside the lid is a huuuuuge mirror – something I’ve come to expect from all the Makeup Revolution and sister brands palettes now. The palette itself actually smells of mint chocolate too, which resulted in me dragging Baby J to our local Tesco to buy myself a bag of Mint Aero balls! Oops!

The red shade in this palette on the second row is absolutely STUNNING – I just have to put that out there. It looks perfect with the copper shade next to it and I can’t stop wearing them together. Absolutely spot on for this time of year!

I found that the eyeshadows swatched well, with just a couple of the matte shades taking more than one dip of the finger to get a decent swatch. The simmers however, swatched beautifully and were very pigmented.  

This is one of those palettes that is lots of fun to experiment with – there are some unique shades in there that compliment each other and have high impact on the eyes. I love the shimmery greens so much, I just now have to get brave enough to use them!

To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Mint palette, click here.

Kerry x