Showing posts with label Eyeshadow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eyeshadow. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Are Makeup Revolution New-Trals Vs Neutrals & Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palettes Dupes?

Press Sample


When I received the Makeup Revolution Professional Eyeshadow Palette New-Trals Vs Neutrals, I was struck by what seemed to be a strong similarity in look to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance shadow palette.  I posted a picture on Instagram and got a lot of messages asking how similar it was to the Modern Renaissance.  Was it a dupe?  Let's see.


This palette contains 16 shadows and runs strong in the orange, red and neutral categories.  It has a double sided brush, (which I find useful), inside for application.  Some swatches should help, right?


It has everything...shimmering lights, mediums and dark...matte lights, mediums and dark.  The last shade on the bottom doesn't show correctly for the camera on my arm.  It is a deep plum with red-violet particles.  The only way I could show you it's pretty purpleness was to show you on my eye.  I found it really tough to accurately portray the colors across my arm...one half would be accurate and the other a little less so....but the colors are really a great mix and apply easily.   They last all day for me over concealer on the eye.  I got into a zone for awhile where this palette was all I wanted to wear.  (My flash washed out my look just a little - it was more vibrant in person.)


I had so many questions about the comparison to ABH that I posted some pictures of them together on my Instagram.

You can see that many shades are similar but there are marked differences.  The red toned colors in the Anastasia palette are much cooler and more pink toned.  The New-Trals vs Neutrals palette has warmer tones in the red and oranges, which also all have shimmer whereas the pinks and orange in the ABH are all matte.

Here are swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.


The Modern Renaissance palette is more powdery but also more pigmented.  It has 14 shades, a two ended brush, and a total of .28 oz. of product for $45.  It doesn't have a very deep shade to finish off the outer eye, if you prefer those to do so.  

The Makeup Revolution palette has 16 shades, a total weight of .56 oz. and retails for $12.  It is both a good working alternative to the ABH as well as a good addition to your palette wardrobe if you already have the Anastasia.  I can't see any reason not to have both if you already have the Modern Renaissance, which came out first.   For me, this palette fills a color gap I had and it's very affordable.  It also has the addition of the danged gorgeous purple to bring the darkness you might wish to your eye.  Both companies are cruelty-free.

My suggestion would be to hit up Ulta and check out this palette.  They often have BOGO1/2 sales in this brand as well, plus coupons for money off drugstore items.  I'm really impressed with this brand and am excited to share it with you.  They honestly have something for everyone and their Affirmation is one of my top eyeshadow palettes of 2016.

I want to be sure to tell you that this is a nice stand alone palette.  I did the comparison because I had so many requests, but it doesn't need to be judged against ABH to realize it's value.  It's good in it's own right and makes an excellent addition to any collection.

I'm curious what you think about the similarities and differences and if this would be a good fit for you.  What is your favorite Makeup Revolution item?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

STILA MAGNIFICENT METALS GLITTER & GLOW LIQUID EYE SHADOW REVIEW

Are you curious about the new Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows?  Want to see swatches and hear how they perform?  Are you curious what I think about them?  I've loaded a swatch and review video to youtube and have listed it hear for you to check out.



The shadows retail for $24 each and you can purchase 8 colors on Sephora.   Ulta also has 8.  Both Sephora and Ulta each have an exclusive color.  You can find all ten colors, including the color exclusive to the Stila website at Stila's online website.  Stila is a cruelty-free company.  I hope you enjoy the video.  I truly appreciate and subscriptions, likes and comments you might choose to leave.  Let me know if you have a favorite.  I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics Back Stage Collection Eye Shadow Palettes - Pics, Swatches, and Reviews


Today I am bringing you some eyeshadow palettes from the cruelty-free brand Jesse's Girl Cosmetics.  It's been nearly five years since I met Jesse and Julie G at their booth at Cosmoprof North America.  It's hard to believe it's been that long but what a blast that was.  Jesse is hilarious and Julie G is kind and warm and I just fell in love with her.  When the opportunity came to review the Sounds Of The City and the Natural Nudes Collection eyeshadow palettes, I jumped at the chance to work with them again.  Let's take a look.

The Natural Nudes Collection palette, ($6.99), has ten warm shades ranging from a very light beige to a deep brown.  The idea is that you can easily take this from day to night.  Just pop it in your purse and you're ready to go anytime.  It works from home to office to a night out and is travel friendly.  When I gave a first glance on my social media channels, people were dying to see it swatched and reviewed.  You can see why.


Isn't it pretty?  It weighs 13 grams so it won't add bulk to your carry-on bag or your purse or backpack.  It's got a nice ten pan selection of nudes...and hello, aren't we all just drawn to that amber in the top row?  Yaaaaaaas!!

It swatches nicely.  Because it is a nude palette, you're sure to find one of the colors will match your skintone and the bottom, second from the left, matched mine.  However with a primer, you can enjoy any of the colors.  Here is the top row in full on sun:


And inside my house:


And the bottom row:


And all together.


I've been wearing both palettes a lot over the past couple of weeks to get a feel for them so that I can give you my analysis.  Somehow during that time, I didn't get a picture.  I sent a lot of pictures to Snapchat but only saved one dorky picture from Snap...if you want to see it.  I was trying out the Jesse's Girl matte liquid lipstick in the color Angelic.  It's a beautiful coral rose.  These are one of my top three favorite liquid lipstick formulas.  It's lightweight when you apply it and yet is very long lasting.  Super comfortable to wear and not drying whatsoever.   They are just $3.99 each and I'm going to need every color!!


The other Back Stage Collection shadow palette is called Sounds Of The City.  I love that name.  I was ecstatic when I saw the cool toned nudes.  How often do you see a cool toned shadow palette anywhere anymore, especially one with nudes?!?!?


Again, you can take this palette from easy daytime to dramatic evening, and I've done so.  For my skintone, the three shades on the top row that look similar...they show up similar on my eyes as well.  For my personal coloring, more variation of these shades might make the palette a little better for me but at $6.99, I'm not complaining!!!  I'm getting several looks that I can wear.



To me, the matte shades on the bottom of the palette have a stronger payoff than in the Natural Nudes Collection.  Aren't these fun?  You can certainly mix and match the palettes...I haven't done so yet in order to keep my opinion of each pure and set on each particular palette.  I've worn this one a lot.

As a matter of fact, during the SAG Awards, I was observing the makeup trends and was playing around with a red carpet look.  I noted all the nude eyes that I saw.  It was like the Louvre...there were nudes everywhere!!!  So I grabbed the Sounds Of The City Collection to do the beige lids that I was seeing, and threw a little drama in the crease to satisfy my craving and this is what I came up with.


I'm having a lot of fun creating with these palettes.  They have medium pigmentation...not too light and not too heavy.  The colors are buildable.  I have to be careful with the Sounds Of The City Collection or I can make it too monotone on my skintone.  You just can't beat the bargain of this cruelty-free brand.

You can purchase Jesse's Girl Cosmetics at their website, Amazon.com, and Rite-Aid.  Don't overlook this brand.  They have some of my favorite nail polishes and lipglosses, too.  Be sure to keep up with them on social media on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and now on Snapchat as well.

What are your favorite items from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I've Been Enjoying Pantone 2016 With Youngblood Cosmetics - Read On For More!


It's always fun when the Pantone color of the year is announced and we find out what colors will be big for the new year.   For 2016, two colors were chosen: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, a baby pink and baby blue that will coordinate well together.  Beauty mavens generally desire to work the Pantone inspired colors onto the eyes, lips, hair or fingertips and enjoy wearing the colors of the year.  Today I am bringing you some suggestions from Youngblood Cosmetics that I've been wearing to bust out my best Pantone 2016 moves!

My first foray into Youngblood, (a cruelty free luxury mineral cosmetic brand), was their cobalt blue mascara that you might like to read about.  I believe a good color of blue mascara is a staple in every makeup bin.  It's also hard to find, especially in a cruelty free brand.

All of the above brings me to today's feature:  Youngblood Cosmetics pressed mineral eyeshadow quads in Glamour Girl and Vintage, and Pink Lust lipstick.  (In the picture below, you can see where I slipped and dug my thumbnail into the top pink.  Ugh.  Long nails.)


Each eyeshadow quad, (4 gm / $43), can be used wet or dry and has matte, pearl and shimmery finishes.  The quads have a full mirror on the lid.  The shades apply well, blend easily and wear for a full day.  I didn't have any patchiness from the mattes, or any of the other finishes.  I found the colors to be well suited in the way they were picked for the quads.  I have my eye on another even as we speak.

I love that you can use the shadows dry or wet for an intensified look.  Let's look at Glamour Eyes first; the blue and brown quad containing the shades Enticing, Alluring, Stunning and Charming.


The next picture shows some use as I've worn this a few times already.


The swatches I have are all done dry...I apologize, I should have done them wet, too.  I'm just so used to swatching everything dry.



And then I swatched Pink Lust lipstick next to the quad.  The work SO WELL together!  Pink Lust is a really gorgeous peachy pink with some gold shimmer.  It looks warmer in the tube and on my arm than it does on my lips.  The first two pictures are in my studio set-up.




And the following picture is outside.  You can see in my pictures how the shine of the colors picks up in bright lights.  Look at the gold shimmer of the lipstick!  Mmmmmmm.


The lipsticks, (4 gm/$19), are also outstanding.  On my lips, the color lasts a really long time.  I can't really say how many hours because I drink water or soda constantly.  But hours.


How about a pinky kissy kissy?  I love this lipstick SO much.  It's a nice wet looking pink shine.


My third item to tell you about today is Vintage pressed mineral eyeshadow quad.


The coordinating pinks and mauves can give a sweet feminine feel.  Or pair it with the Glamour Eyes quad and create your own special look.  Vintage also plays nicely with my Pink Lust lipstick.


The first swatch picture of Vintage is taken outside in full sun.


The other two are in my studio.



Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are formulated with minerals and are free from most allergens.  You can read more about the product formulas HERE.  You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  You can subscribe to their newsletter and purchase at this link.

 I should tell you there are some mineral brands I can't wear because they make me itch but Youngblood and I are a match made in Heaven.  The makeup is pure, smooth and doesn't cause me any skin problems.

Have you tried Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics yet?   What are you wearing on your face or nails to celebrate 2016's Pantone inspired colors?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Osmosis Skincare Watercolor Pigment Eyeshadows With Review and Swatches


If you're familiar with the brand Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, you're probably most familiar with the items of skincare that they make. I'm currently testing some and I'm impressed so far! You may not know that Osmosis also has makeup products. What I have for you today are two of the Watercolors, a loose type of eyeshadow that is vastly different than any others you've used.  I hope this post can convey the differences accurately and the superiority of this products.


On the left you will see Onyx and the right is Pink Champagne, (0.075 oz ea.).  And you can see that the properties of the shadow accurately describe their names.



I think I'll just tell you right now that these are by far the best loose pigment makeup I've ever used.  I've used several brands of loose shadows, starting with Mac pigments.  When I started doing makeup, access to different brands, formulations and colors was fairly limited, so I used a lot of pigments and loose makeup to get what I needed.  In the last few years,  I gradually got away from them when the ease of pressed shadows from every internet nook and cranny satisfied my color cravings.

I didn't expect to love the Osmosis.  I assumed they'd be messy and like any other pigment I've used.  Not.  Sooooo not!!  I'll stop my story right here so that you can look at swatches...mean, right...?


When you move and the light hits different facets of the color, the shimmer will show either more or less.  They have multi-faceted color vallues.  They are superb.



The first time I used these, I held my breath and steadied my hands, expecting a Mac-like experience.  The formulation seemed somewhat different...they feel hydrating to the touch.  The company claims that they are a hydrating eye formula offering a radient glimmer to the lids without creasing.  I can tell you this is TRUE.  I've had zero creasing with these shadows which are infused with green tea, vitamins A, C and E, and goji berry.

More importantly, I've had zero fall-out from them, whether we're talking about dipping into the pot with a brush, applying the shades or wearing throughout the day.  I've had NO fallout!!!  And here's the other thing, I just slapped them on, without any special glitter primer or anything like that.  They wore really really well.  And I have had no fall out.  How is that even possible?


In the picture above, I'm not all dolled up or anything but this was my first run of the shadows.  And I took more pictures when I got home after running around all evening, probably five hours later.




I find the wear really impressive.  That's the Pink Champagne in the inner eye and Onyx at the outside.

Another time, I tested the shadows while going to see zoo lights.  Again, I had no fallout applying or later after we got home.  It's simply amazing.  AND...these are by far the best loose shadows I've ever used.  I wish we had feel-o-vision so you could feel the texture.  It's really cool.


Bottom line is the Osmosis Water Colors are the best loose makeup I've ever used.  I've said this 40 times already but you have to understand how impressive it has to have had no fallout in application or during wear.  And NO creasing!!  I'm truly amazed at this product.  Of course I want all the colors now, lol.  They are really terrific!!!

You can follow Osmosis on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and you can read all kind of useful information on their blog.  Osmosis is available for purchase on HERE.

I'm going to leave you with my smoldering look....and ask....


...do you have a favorite loose shadow you'd like to tell me about, brand, color or both?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Had A Tarte Attack - Tarte Cosmetics Ulta Exclusive Holidaze Greatest Glitz Collector's Set Swatches


My first item to introduce you to the Holiday 2015 season is the Tarte Cosmetics Greatest Glitz Collector's Set and Portable Palettes, ($49), exclusive to Ulta Beauty.  Tarte is a cruelty free, vegan friendly company and every year they put out a variety of really nice sets for the holiday season.  I missed the Ulta exclusive set last year and I didn't want that to happen again, so this set was the first item I purchased of the season.

The set consists of three palettes in neutral, rose gold, and smoky themes housed in a rose gold cardboard box which has a hidden magnetized closure and a full size mirror in the top.  Each of the three palettes contain .024 oz of eyeshadow and a .155 oz blush.  Also in the set, in a pull out drawer in the bottom of the box, are a deluze size Lipsurgence Lip Creme, (.056 oz.), and a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, my current favorite.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches
The box is quite sturdy and has a pattern of sequins in the corresponding gold, rose gold and smoky colors on the top.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Let's open the palettes and see the pretties!!

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Each palette is easily removed from the box.  There were one or two eyeshadows that reminded me of last holiday's Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's set and one or two that reminded me of the Tartlette palette.  Having said that, I want to be clear that the shades are different.  They're not the same as earlier palettes, but a couple may remind you of some of your favorites.

The first palette on the left is the neutral themed palette.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

My swatches are done outside on a sunny day.  Tarte always surprises me when I swatch the products because of the incredible pigmentation.  The colors are soft and swatch easily.  Many of them are very complex, to the point that the camera can't pick it up in a group shot.  I'm including a couple of different shots of my arm at different angles because, as you can see, when light hits the shades at different angles, it brings out different properties and shimmers.

I have swatched the Lipsurgence in Flashy on the right after the blush.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Flashy is the limited edition Lipsurgence for the Greatest Glitz set.  It's a nude rose color, universally flattering.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

The rose gold palette is next in the set.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Again, I have several swatches of this palette.  As the light changes hitting it, so do the colors.  Sometimes the shimmer is more evident than others and also takes on a different tone.  Tarte has  complex shimmers that must be appreciated from different angles to get the full effect.  The two purples might remind you of the Tartelette palette but the Tartelette purples have more of a browned base to them.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

The third palette has a smoky theme, with a matte purple-black and a matte soft black.  The color Mint Spring, (3rd from the left in the bottom row), has the least pigmentation in all three palettes.  It reminds me of a color in the Bon Voyage set from Holiday 2014 by sight, but when swatched, it's quite different and a greener grey than was found in Bon Voyage.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Tarte has one of the most extensive and intriguing holiday collections.  This palette is found at Ulta and is exclusive to that store.  SEPHORA has their own specific Tarte Holidaze Collection.   Macys and Tarte Online have a shared collection and some pieces that overlap with Ulta and Sephora.

I wanted to put swatches up as quickly as possible for you.  There is quite a variety of Tarte items for you to look at this season, and you'll want to investigate them all, I'm sure.  Tarte Cosmetics offers top quality long-wearing makeup, and there is surely something this Holidaze season for everyone.  Tarte is a vegan friendly, cruelty free company.  You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as other social media webbys listed on their site.  Be sure to search their hashtag #TarteHolidaze across all social channels.

Tell me what has caught your eye this holiday season and given you a Tarte Attack?

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