Testing out the Ciate London Eye Luster Cream Eyeshadows

I will admit, I am not a makeup artist. I am probably the farthest thing from a makeup artist. I am just someone who likes playing around with makeup. And quite frankly, there are a lot more of us non professionals than there are professionals. There are certain products though that I approach with a certain amount of caution because they seem like you probably need professional level skill to deal with properly.

For me liquid eyeshadows have always sort of fallen into that realm. I can play around with shadows and feel confident that I will eventually come up with something i like. Most of my looks tend to be toned down and in the professional range because the reality is that I spend a lot more of my times in meetings than I do attending parties. but I do like to play around, especially when I am not expected to look professional. Thats when the wild colors, glitter and shine come out.

While I am fine with powder and cream, it is the liquid shadows that I am hesitant with. I have a couple of the Stila liquid shadows and I tend to use them at new years, or forget I own them. I really want to get more comfortable with them so I am making an effort to at the very least play with them over the weekends, so you may see them appearing more and more often (especially as I think my Stila ones are drying out).

To start with I tried the Ciate London Eye Luster Cream shadows. The one with the Gold cap came in a recent IPSy I believe. The one in the black cap I have had for a while and can’t remember where I got it. the packaging is slightly different so it may be old packaging. The newer one is called Cupid (gold lid) and I can not find a shade name or number on the one with the black lid.

The black lidded one is the top swatch and Cupid is the lower. For lack of an official name, I am just going to call the top one silver. In the new shades I think it matches the one called Ice. Both of these shadows performed the exact same way so even if the packaging changed, the product did not.

For my first use I attempted an all over the lid look to see how maximum coverage came out. I also used a dark powder shadow underneath to see how well it played with powder shadows since realistically, I will be wearing it in conjunction with a powder shadow. I tend to use shimmers as accents not all over the lid shades, but I extended the accent so to speak for this trial.

When I first applied it, I blinked while it was still wet. I have hooded eyes so there was an immediate line across the lid. I tried again and fanned the eye until dry. Confident that the lid was dry I blinked a bit and moved on to the second eye. If I let it dry, there were no lines and the shadow did give me decent coverage.

Throughout the day as the shadow continued to dry I ended up with little flakes of glitter decorating my cheeks. It was clear that the shadow wore away where my lids rubbed but for the most part it still looked okay. My cheeks were a bit on the shiny side. While I liked the color, as the shadow dried my lid started to itch so it was really hard not to rub my eyes. When I did, my knuckle came away with glitter and the shadow was no longer on my eye.

It was kind of the itching that got me. On other attempts at using the shadow I used it as accent marks. I dotted it on the inner corner in a true small dot and it looked great with no itchiness and no flaking. I used a small angled brush to play around with using it as a liner, both over and under the eyes. It worked well and there was no itching or fall out.

I think that is the trick with this eye luster. It isn’t really meant to guild the entire eye in color. Don’t get me wrong I love the shade cupid and if it had some of the glitter removed and it was just a cream eyeshadow I would definitely try using it across the lids. I just think that the glitter filled cream doesn’t do terribly well across large expanses of lid. This is an accent color. It looks good on the lid, but it doesn’t feel all that spectacular. Which is kind of interesting as I have a potted shadow topper from Ciate that I absolutely love all over the lids. This is a formula I will reach for to do the inner corner and to use as a shining liner, not is an all over lid shade. I like having it around, but it is also nice to know when I can reach for it and when i need to pass it by. Ovr all I am happy to have these Eye Lusters from Ciate in my collection. While they might not be for everyday wear, I am now confident enough that I can use just a dot or a dash here and there to brighten up a look while still looking appropriately professional. There will of course still be more playing around.



Playing around with the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette

The Rose Gold Remastered Palette Untouched

This week i used the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette as my eyeshadow palette. I have used the smaller Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes in the past (I have two in my collection) and I really liked the formula. I don’t reach for them a lot, or haven’t recently, mostly because they are small and they ended up getting buried. This is my first full sized Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette.I don’t know what the original was like, so I can’t compare it to the newer version, I can only tell you my thoughts on this one.

Personally, I loved using the remastered rose this week. Recently I have been doing very simple one and done looks or adding one shade and then topping it with a bit of shimmer and calling the look done. With this palette I wanted to spend time playing with it and layering the shadows. But let’s look at the shadows.

The top row is all shimmers.They are butter soft and perform really well. I have no idea why they have divots carved into them as that seems really strange to me. Perhaps it is a factor of the machine pressing the formula or the product was so soft it pressed better that way, or maybe they were even trying to put less product in the pan. I don’t know. I do know that even with a dry brush, these shimmers applied well and performed magnificently. There was only minor fall out and usually that occurred when I didn’t tap my brush off enough before applying them. I did not end up with glitter cheeks because of these shadows. Towards the end of the day I did have a slight crease across my eye, but it is where I have small hoods in my lids and quite frankly the only formulas that don’t give me a line by the end of the day are liquids and even then there are only a few that can perform like that. The line was very slight and I think I am the onl one who noticed it.

The second row is composed of half matte and half shimmer shades. What I found interesting about the matte shades in this row is that Risque (far left) felt more solid to the touch than the other formulas. The other two mattes were soft and butter, almost as soft as the above shimmers. The shade Risque did not feel this way, however it performed just as well as the others. The eye image is of just Risque on the lid. I did one tap into the pan and one swipe across the eyes.

As you can see, the shade is highly pigmented and despite the swiping motion there is little color fall out. While I did try playing around with this palette without adding my face products first, I have to be honest, my eyeshadow is one of the last things I do. I end with Eyeshadow, Mascara and then lip products.

I generally use setting spray after the shadow but before the mascara. It is the way I have alwyas done my make up. I know most people do the eyes first and then work their way out, but the habit of the lifetime makes me always feel like I am missing a step if I do it that way. I will say that because I received cleansing wipes from my Refreshments subscription and actually have them on hand, I am playing with my eyeshadow more and when I play with it more, I do apply shadow first and then face products. It I know what look I am going to do, I do the face first. The wipes make it easy to play and clean up fall out and tidy edges, I just don’t like the waste of them. But there you have it. I also have to sya it has been a while since I’ve had a palette that made me want to play. this one makes me want to play around with shadow.

But moving on we have one more row to go.

This third row is composed of all mattes. In case you are wondering about the difference with the photo, the flash kept going off when I took it. For some reason it wouldn’t go off with the other two sets of swatches but no matter what I did it always went off with this set. so the image is different.

The formula however is the same, and as you can see from the swatches, they look almost creamy. The shades were butter and soft and applied fantastically well. I had no trouble with streaking or patchiness, even from the black. Generally, I find that the darker the shade the more patchiness can be a problem. I simply didn’t have that issue with this palette. Black truffle applied well, blended into the other shadows and layered beautifully.

I know usually i have at least one criticism of the palate, one thing that didn’t work for me or slightly annoyed me. Honestly, i can’t really think of one. These shades of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Palette are completely in my wheelhouse, they are nicely and thoughtfully arranged, and user friendly. They blend well, stay put and provide great color pay off. Quite frankly those are usually my priorities when looking at an eyeshadow palette. I very much enjoyed using this palette this week and will continue using it for a long time to come. It may sound overly enthusiastic, but really, I can’t complain.


Huda Beauty

The Spring 2021 Eyeshadow Palette Declutter

<y collection of Eyeshadow Palettes All laid out so I can actually see them

I am generally not a big decluttering fan.  I generally don’t purchase a lot of extras and wait until I use things up before I purchase more.  It is why I keep my lists of things I want to pick up handy so that once I use things up I can move on to new things I want.  I do this primarily because my big addiction is really skin care and if you keep skin care too long it can easily go bad on you. 

However with so many subscription boxes, eyeshadow palettes arrive on my doorstep with great frequency.  I have one drawer in my dresser where I store them.  I like to keep them in one row so I don’t forget about them.  Recently I noticed that drawer was getting very overcrowded and I was forgetting I had things.  Part of that was that face palettes were getting mixed in and lost in the craziness. Part of it was disorganization and part of it was that I had palettes I just wasn’t using anymore that were taking up space.

So I decided to do a declutter.  I am not going minimalist, but I am getting rid of a few items.  I probably should have been more cut throat, but there were some I just wasn’t ready to part with. I will sort through them again in the fall, but for now this is what I am getting rid of. It doesn’t mean these items are bad.  Some of them are quite good, but I find that I am no longer reaching for them or I have the same colors in a formula I like a little bit better.  All of them will be cleaned up and passed along to family and close friends who will get use out of them before the products expire. 

Over all, I am getting rid of eight eyeshadow palettes which, is about 15% of my eyeshadow palette collection.  Here is a brief run down. 

Soph x Revolution Ultra Eyeshadows: 

This is a nice palette that performs well but I just find that all of the colors I like in this palette I have replicated in outer palettes.  The only one I don’t have elsewhere is the shimmery green called Pine Tree.  As you can see it is the only shadow that actually looks like it has been touched.  Which is mostly because I will pull this palette out just for that color.  All of the shadows are soft and buttery, but I really do only reach for this for Pine Tree, so I am going to pass it along and see if I can find the one color I want elsewhere.

Autobalm Pic Perfect from The Balm:

Again, these shadows are great formulas.  All except the one cream base called Neutral Primer.  I despise that product.  It doesn’t perform well and it collects fall out from other shadows so it always looks dirty.  The shadows work really well and I will be picking up St. Charles elsewhere, possibly in a single shadow.  I never reach for this palette mostly because of the metal container.  While I think it looks adorable, it is really hard to open and each time I look at it, I recall how I have split several nails trying to open it and just pass it by in favor of another palette.  So it never gets used. I will pass this on to someone who will really enjoy playing with it and not mind the container.  I will be getting a single of St. Charles though and I still love The Balm formulas, just not this palette. It’s a cute idea that just doesn’t work.

Doucce Freematic Palette:

I love the way this palette looks and the way that it is magnetic and can be replaced.  I really like the highlighter and the shimmery maroon shade in the lower row.  That shade is absolutely stunning. However, I don’t like the other shadows.  They just didn’t work for me.  I have other highlighters that I like as well and I did find a shadow that almost identically matched the maroon shade I love, so I am passing this on.  It is actually going to my mom.  She has been looking for a good magnetic palette and I think she will really like this one.  I also have a blush that goes with the freematic system that I am passing on to her unopened as it can be used with this set up.  I know these are her colors and I know it will be well loved so it is no hardship to pass it on.

Complex Culture Full Time Eyeshadow Palette:

The palette itself is lovely.  It feels really luxe in the hand.  I just didn’t like the shadows.  They didn’t perform well for me and I simply don’t see myself reaching for this palette.  Therefore I am passing it on to someone who might get better use out of it.  I would rather dome one take it in looking new and shiny then let it knock around the drawer for a few months while I dither about trying to make it work because the outside is so pretty.  And truthfully even if I did make the shadows work, none of them are unique.  I have all of these shades in other formulas that I like more.  So decluttered the palette gets.

Deck of Scarlet Edition 04:

This is an interesting palette.  It is more of an all in one palette.  The two cream products on the side are lip products and as you can see I liked one of the,  I actually used a bit of the purple lipstick to mix with the neutral one.  The shadows are nice as is the blush, but I simply don’t reach for this palette.  It was great when I was going on a quick over night trip because it has everything combined, but it is so limited that I quickly get bored with it and just forget about it.  To be honest I may have to check on the dates of this as it may be too expired to risk passing along. 

Pur Festival: 

Again this is kind of old and I am simply not reaching for it any more.  I liked how it performed and the shadows were great.  I really liked that red glitter shade and the hot pink under a brown smokey eye was absolutely fantastic.  However it is old and I’m not reaching for it and to be honest when I pulled it out of the drawer to look at, there was a not so pleasant scent coming from it.  I believe that regardless of the date on the palette, these shadows are expired and should not be worn. I still like Pur Shadows though, this palette however must go.

LA Splash Magic Eyeshadow Palette:

I love the colors, but absolutely hated the formulas.  They were patchy and difficult to work with.  This is one of those palettes that makes me a little sad as it looks so ready to be my everyday palette, but just failed miserably.  I really wish it had performed better.  Perhaps someone with more skills can work with it, but the patchiness was just too much for me to overcome.  And I do have these shades in different palettes.  Still it made me sad as it is a good everyday mix of colors and is the perfect travel size.

Laura Geller Central Park State of Mind:

I know, technically this is a face palette. I’m still including it in the bunch because of the eyeshadows. I liked the Cherry Hill rose shimmer and I liked the blush.  The other shadows and the highlighter I didn’t care for.  As you can tell from the state of this palette the mattes have a lot of fall out.  It looks far more used than it actually is.  All of the shadows, including Cherry Hill I have elsewhere so those are not a loss.  I really did like the blush shade though and will have to look and see if Laura Geller has that shade of blush elsewhere. It was a great color and performed really well. It is the one thing I will miss in getting rid of this palette.

So there you have it, the eight palettes that I am decluttering from my collection.  All had their highs and lows and now it is time for them to be passed along.  Those that can still be used will be sent to close family and friends who will use them after they are cleaned up and sanitized.  The ones that are expired will be dealt with, as much of them going to recycling as possible. A friend of mine actually does uses powdered products in his art and jewelry making. He grinds them up and used them as pigments mixed with epoxy and resins so I might see if he wants the expired ones as they will still be useful but cause no harm to the skin. Plus I like to think of the glitter eyeshadows of the Pur Palette encased in a ring or pendant. It makes me happy that they can still be used and still look beautiful.

Even though I didn’t get rid of a lot, taking everything out and looking at what I have, reminded me of what was in the drawer and let me think about what I really was going to use.  I found several palettes that were buried that I want to use again as now I can find them.  Mostly his gave me the chance to reorganize the drawer and put everything where I can see it so that I am not always reaching for the same item all the time. It wasn’t a massive declutter, I know, but it suited me and I am very happy with what has been done.

Volition Beauty

The Make Up Bag: February 26th, 2021

The Makeup Bag used February 20th – 26th, 2021

This week’s makeup bag was a strange one. I wanted to test a flat top foundation brush (from F.A.R.A.H this is the link to the review if you are interested) so I chose five separate foundations for the week. I chose five that I really like and know how they perform for me so that it would be easier to test the brush.  It also meant that I didn’t consistently use any single foundation this week.  It was kind of a fun change. It also gave me an excuse to use several of my favorite foundations.

The Foundations this week

All of the foundations I used this week I really liked.  I used the powder Foundation of KVD Vegan Beauty.  This one is really good if you are in a rush as you just brush it on like powder, add a dash of blush and go.  I also used my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation.  I will pretty much use any excuse to go ahead and add that to my makeup bag as it is a really nice, really easy formula.  My excuse was that the stick formula makes it a cream foundation. 

I actually had a cream foundation in my dressing table and quite frankly I forgot all about it.  It is the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup.  I used it, really liked it, put it in the drawer and forgot it.  I think I may keep this one out this week to use it a bit more.   For my liquid foundations I used the e.l.f Acne Fighting foundation and the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation.  I love both of them and will reuse them until they are gone and then repurchase. 

I wanted two products in each category but I only had the one powder foundation.  The KVD Vegan Beauty powder foundation is one I also need to reach for more often.  As you can see I have the old packaging on it and should probably use it up.  In certain lights you can see the outline of pan beginning to show through so I’m pretty confident I can use it up this year, even with switching out my foundations.  I just need to remember to keep it on the list.

While the focus was on the foundation this week, it clearly wasn’t the only product I used.  For primer I used the last of my Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer.  It was the last of the sample and now it will journey to the empties bin. I like the primer and will be purchasing it in the full size as soon as I’ve cleared out a few of my primers. A could of them are actually pretty close to being used up so it shouldn’t be too terribly long.

Benefit also supplied my setting spray this week.  I used the Porefessional Super Setter.  I love the fine mist a d setting power of this setting spray.  But why am I mentioning it this early in the post, you might ask? Good question.  Normally I end with the setting spray, but things got a little discombobulated this week. Plus, I also had to use it with my eyeshadow. 

This week I used the Teddy Boy eyeshadow palette from Butter London.  The shimmers didn’t really show up terribly well unless I wet my brush or finger for application so it was the Porefessional Supper setter to the rescue.  While I ended up using it to set my face, it also helped out my eyeshadow palette.  This link will take you to the full Teddy Boy Palette review.  It isn’t my favorite palette but it is different from anything else I have in my collection, so I am okay with keeping it a while. It survived my Spring Declutter.  We’ll see what happens next time I sort through my palettes.

I used my Pretty Vulgar concealer this week.  It is a really good concealer and it worked well as a eyeshadow primer as well.  I think the tube is now about half empty.  It isn’t low enough that I need to keep it around to use up, so I’ll trade it out next week, but it is about at the halfway point which makes me sad as it is one of my favorites.  I may have to do a full face of Pretty Vulgar makeup before it goes out.  This is one of those brands that I have almost a full face of products to use.  At least as long as the concealer lasts.

My bronzer and blush were both trial sizes this week.  I used my NARS in the shade Laguna as my bronzer and my bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush in the shade Mauve Sunset as my blush.  I adore both of these products and I have to say this year you will be seeing a lot more of these tow samples because I won’t allow myself to purchase the full size until I use the samples up. 

Mostly because I know that once I have the full size, I won’t actually use the samples any more and they will be wasted.  Plus I know that if I can use the samples up then I will definitely use the full size.  With these two it isn’t a hardship as I really enjoy both products.  In fact I fall more in love with the bareMinerals Bounce and Blur each time I use it. It is the absolute best of both powder and cream blushes combined into one. They are both very bendable and ae easy to work with. I highly recommend both of them.

I had a pressed powder from e.l.f and a loose powder from Ciate London this week.  With the Ciate London Extraordinary Setting Powder, I used the translucent version.  I like the fact that it doesn’t have the coconut scent that the Vacaay powder does, but quite frankly I prefer the Everyday Vacaay version, even with the coconut.  I actually have an unopened container in my drawer, but I wanted to use this travel size up first. 

The regular extraordinary powder can leave a little white on the skin if you aren’t careful.  The Vacaay version doesn’t have this issue.  As long as you go back in with a brush it is fine, I just thought it a little odd that one had the smidge and the other didn’t.  The e.l.f. pressed powder also had this issue. I really like the formula of the elf HD pressed powder though as one it is in place it really keeps the shine from coming through and doesn’t look powdery. I think in the future with the elf I would get the tinted powder rather than the translucent.  I like the formula but the translucent does tend to be a little too white on my skin. 

My eyeliner this week was the Tarte Double Take eyeliner.  One end is a liquid pen and the other is a soft pencil.  I enjoyed both sides this week and will certainly be using this again.  Which is a bonus for me as I have a second unopened liner that came in this month’s Boxycharm waiting for me to finish this one. While I did an eyeshadow palette declutter I think my next declutter may end up being eyeliners.  I at least need to separate the open ones from the others so that I can use some of them up.  The issue is that I really don’t wear eyeliner all that much and when I do I tend to reach for my reliable Eyeko more than anything else.  I think I might have actually use the last Eyeko I had up completely. I’m pretty sure that is what prompted me to gram a different eyeliner this week. But I am glad I did as I enjoyed the Tarte Double Take. 

This week I used the Hourglass brow pencil and it was a good formula.  The pencil is starting to dry out a little, or at least it no longer seems as comfortable to apply as it did when I first got it.  When I looked at the amount of product left in the pencil though, it is getting pretty low.  The Hourglass eyeliner may be sticking around in my makeup bag for a while as I try to use it up.  While I still enjoy using it, I can tell a difference from when I first used it to now.  I think that if you are going to use this brow pencil then you need to buy it and just use it until it is gone and don’t let it hang around.  It is nice, but it doesn’t have the greatest longevity.

No mascara on the left, mascara on the right.

This week my mascara was actually two mascaras.  I picked out the Kristofer Buckle Mascara to use as it has been open a while and while it gave me the length I wanted it wasn’t performing as well as it usually does.  I think it is just reaching the end of its life.  This one has been open for five months.  And I think this will be its last turn through the makeup bag. Sadly when I went on the site to capture a link so that you could go find it for yourselves should you be interested, this mascara was not listed on the site at all. I don’t know if they are doing things to the formula or releasing a new mascara so I will have to dive deep and find out. As I’ll soon need to repurchase my Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation, I will be popping in and out of the site anyway.)

To bulk up the fading Kristofer Buckle I called in the Ciate London WonderWand.  This is not the first time I used this mascara and it won’t be the last.  It is fabulously thickening, which made it the perfect pairing for Kristofer Buckle’s Lengthening.  Together they were a great tag team. I may not be able to purchase the Kristofer Buckle again, depending on availability, but I will very much be repurchasing the Ciate London Wonder Wand Mascara. I have a second unopened ciate london mascara in my dressing table so I may compare the two to see if I like one better than the other before I buy it. As the Wonder Wand is getting low on product, I may have to do that test sooner rather than later.

My look for the day (the bangs were not behaving)

And finally the lips.  This week I used the Gel Color lip and cheek Balm crayon in Posh from Nudestix.  While I would not use this shade on my cheeks it made a fantastic neutral lip crayon that was surprisingly long lasting.  It wore off a bit at lunch time but surprisingly is hung on most of the day with a single morning application. 

I know I sound a bit surprised but I tried a liquid lip from Nude sticks a while back and I really didn’t care for it so I am surprised by how much I really enjoyed this lip crayon. I suppose it goes to show you can’t judge an entire brand on one product. I was quite impressed with this nudestix crayon.  I know this came in either a Look Fantastic or a Glossy Box a while back but I can’t remember if I used it or not.  Even if I didn’t I am glad I used it this week as I really enjoyed it and will be reaching for it again.

This week was mostly about the foundations as I worked with the brush to see how it performed.  As a consequence I chose products that for the most part I knew wouldn’t give me much trouble.  Next week I have almost an entire bag full of new products to try. In fact I am going to see how many new products I have and put most of them in the bag.  So while this week was a bag full of good solid products, next week is going to be much more of an experiment. I can’t wait to see how it ends.


If you ae looking for brushes, Bdellium is having a sale. The link will take you to sale pages. I’ve really enjoyed all of the brushes that I’ve used from them and find them to be of consistently good quality. They also have a wide variety of styles so you can usually find the brush you ae looking for in their stock.

Testing the Teddy Boy Eyeshadow Palette from Butter London

I picked up the Butter London Teddy Boy eyeshadow palette from one of the Boxy Charm Pop ups a while ago.  There was a debacle with delivery and when it arrived I was kind of exhausted by it and put it into my shadow drawer.  There I promptly forgot it.  Over the weekend I did a shadow palette declutter (Post on that will be going up Monday) and found it again and realized I had not actually tried it.  So it went into my makeup bag to try this week.

There are nine pans five of them are shimmer and four are mattes.  For the look for this post I started with my pretty Vulgar concealer as my lid primer.  I then used the neutral shade of Simon (top row Middle) all over the lids.  Simon went on well and it matched my skin tone perfectly.  I then added a light bit of Graham (the dark brown bottom row center).  Over this I added the blue of Freddie (top row left hand side). And then I used the Shimmer Archie (third row Left hand side).

It is a very simple look but it illustrates the colors in this palette fairly well.  This is a more cool toned palette than I am used to using and the colors do come off very muted.  I have another Butter London palette and it too has a brown color similar to Graham but in a warm tone. 

Layered mattes

It looks much richer when applied because it is a warmer tone.  Otherwise the mattes in this palette did apply fairly well.  They are buildable, to a point. 

They will never be saturated colors.  I don’t think any cool toned palette I have ever tried ended up with saturated colors. 

Something in the formulation of those cool tones means that the color tends to be less saturated, at least in my experience.  The dark almost Navy blue of Rupert (bottom row Left side) was a little patchy when applied.  It smoked out well on the corner of the eye, but there were patches if I tried to sweep it across the whole lid.

Left eye applied with a wet brush, right eye with the damp finger tip
row 1 swatches l to r:Freddie, Simon , Nick

With the shimmers, they barely applied with a dry brush.  Wetting the brush really helped with the application and quite frankly applying them with a wet finger tip worked the best. 

This is not a buttery soft formula.  It is somewhat hard in the pan.  It does take a little working with to get used to applying them, but once I worked with them a bit I was fine. 

Is it my favorite palette? No, I can’t say that it is. 

Row 2: l to r: Francis, Billy, Nigel

However I don’t have a lot of cool tones in my shadows and many of the shades in this palette are ones I don’t have elsewhere.  I like the shape of the palette and the way it opened from the center.  Because they are pressed so hard into the pan, there is little fall out when I applied the shades and I have to say once I applied the shade it stayed there all day. 

row 3: Archie, Graham, Rupert

There was a little creasing towards the end of the day, but the shadows stayed in place.  They were fairly muted when they went on and they remained fairly muted when the day was through. 

There were some definite high points.  I think the only reasons that I wouldn’t automatically reach for this palette a lot stem mostly from the fact that it is rare that I want cool tones.  Occasionally I really do like them and I am glad to have this palette in my collection for those times. 

It is unique in the shades (at least as far as my collection goes) and works well, just don’t expect it to be something it isn’t and it is a good little palette.


Klorane USA

The Makeup Bag: February 19th, 2021

The Makeup Bag: used February 13th – 19th, 2021

Welcome my darlings to the weekly makeup bag.  Here I go through all of the products I used throughout the week and let you know what I thought of them.

This week I will start with a Primer.  You know I love a good primer.  I love smoothing the canvas of my face down as much as possible before I start to apply everything else.  This week I chose my small sample of the Pore Professional Pearl for my primer.  I chose it for several reasons.  The first was that it is the last of a whole bunch of Pore Professional sample sizes that I had.  I slowly worked my way through them and whittled it down to just the one.  And once I got down to the last one, I let it languish in the drawer while I use other products. 

This was once my absolute favorite primer.  It is still good, but I can’t remember when exactly when I picked up the primer so it is time for it to be used up.  The second reason I chose to use this primer is because the Clarins primer I’ve used for the last two weeks, and fell in love with, sort of reminded me of this one and I wanted to compare  them to each other.  The fact is that I still really like the Pore Professional Pearl Primer.  I actually prefer it to the regular Porefessional Primer to be honest.  It not only fills the pores like the original but the pink tint really suits my skin tone.  In the pallor of winter it brings a very slight pink tint to the skin.  It is light enough that I don’t think it can actually be called a tint.  Maybe a hue would be a better term.

Bare face on the left and just the primer on the right

Either way it brightens the skin and makes me look healthier, even on days when I just wear the primer and no foundation. I very much like it and as I think I have only a week’s worth of product left in the sample tube, it will be sticking around in the makeup bag another week, just so it can be used up.  It is also going on my list of products to purchase in the full size very soon.

This week I used the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation stick.  I adore this stick foundation.  A couple of swipes across the face and a quick blend with the Bdellium 999 Master blender and that’s it.  No muss no fuss.  And this shade works so well for my skin.  It is light Warm in case you are wondering.  The color is actually flexible enough with my skin that I can wear it year round.  It also requires so little product to create a fantastic look so the Foundation stick lasts a long time. 

Unlike other foundation sticks I’ve tried, this doesn’t need to be warmed up or anything before applying it.  The center circle of product is actually a priming agent,  I find I still like a pore filling primer underneath, but the primer in the foundation really helps with the smoothness of the application. 

This is one of those foundations I always travel with because it is so quick and easy to use, and because it is as stick it doesn’t spill. It feels weightless on the skin.  It is one I will continue to use and always repurchase.

just primer on the left and foundation over primer on the right

This week I also reached for another favorite.  I pulled the RealHer Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek trio out of my makeup drawer.  It is a blush, bronzer and highlighter combo and as you can see the bronzer is already showing the outline of the pan underneath.  This is one of my favorite face palettes.  All three products are buildable formulas that let you control exactly how much product you want to apply on your face. 

Even though the palette is small enough to be travel sized the pans are large enough to be used with the face brushes I usually use.  I don’t have to get a different smaller brush to use them. The white casing was a little unfortunate of a choice as you can see the area around the bronzer has become especially dirty.  It does clean up easily, but it does accumulate fast on the white plastic. 

I like that the pans can easily be popped out of the palette as I think I will probably run out of bronzer before I use up the other two pans and I love the thought of being able to replace the pans in the palette with new ones a they are used up.  I think it is really smart and I really hope I can get this bronzer in a single pan to fit it inside once it is used up.

Speaking of used up, I completely used up the sample size of the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed powder this week.  It was a good powder and one I wouldn’t mind using again.  It wasn’t my favorite pressed powder, but it was nice to use even if I won’t be running out to immediately buy the full size.

I like the extra cap that provides space for a powder puff if you use one

My loose powder this week was the Pacifica Cherry Velvet translucent setting powder.  I think this is either the second or third container of this I have had in my dressing table and when this powder is used up, I will be picking up a replacement of it.  It is a great loose setting powder and pacifica is a really good vegan brand that I can easily pick up on a run to Target.

I think I have about half a container of this powder left in the container so it will take a while for me to use it up, but when I do, it will be replaced.  It is finely milled enough to set my makeup without being powdery and it has no white flash back in photographs. The cherry scent can be a bit overpowering  if used every day, but in a rotation of other powders it is always a nice delight to have the cherry scent around for a week.

Eyeko Lid Gloss in Zodiac

Because I wanted to try out the Galactic Lid Gloss from Eyeko this week I added both it and the Meet Matt (e) Trimony to my makeup bag.  The Balm’s shadows always work well for me and they were again fantastic this week.  I live using this all matte palette in general, but it also is a great palette to use when working with layering sparkle and shimmer products over. 

The Balm Meet Matt (e) Trimony Palette

It was excellent with my shimmer stick shadows and it was again fabulous with the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss.  The lid gloss itself was fun to play with and I think I will be picking up several.  While you can read my full review here, the lid gloss performed well.  It could be sheered out to a little shimmer and it could be packed on for a coppery, metallic foil look. It was very versatile and once dried, stayed in place all day.  I am a huge fan and look forward to trying out more colors.

As the Eyeko was so dazzling, I couldn’t resist keeping the New Big Poppa mascara from Wet ‘n Wild out another week.  This is one of their new products and so worth picking up.  In the photos it took just one application to make my lashes stand out. It does a great job lengthening and making my lashes look a little fuller.  It also didn’t flake throughout the day.  I’d say it might be one of my new favorite drugstore products, but quite frankly it out performed many of my more expensive mascaras.  I am very much a fan of Big Poppa. I’ll try to remember to trade him out for next week’s selection, but it will be hard to let him go.

No mascara on the left, mascara on the right

I had two lipsticks this week.  I have the Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Stone that I am trying to finish out and I had the Nars Bullet style lipstick in Karat. If applied directly the Nars is a deep purple red lipstick that I absolutely adore.  It can be tamed by using a brush to apply it and thin it out a little bit, for when you don’t want to be quite as vampy.  It can also be lightened with a little dose of Dose of Colors Stone on top of it.  Stone is a pinky neutral shade.  The tones played well with the Nars and the two colors blended well.  I could go very neutral with Stone alone or super dark with Kirat.  I could also hit most of the spectrum between by blending them in different ways.  It was the best of all lipstick worlds.  The only downside was that these formulas both tend to be a bit drying. 

But that wasn’t a problem as I had Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops on hand.  The link will take you to my full review of them.  The drops may be a lip treatment, but when used with a drying lipstick formula they really keep your lips from drying out.  Just let your lipstick actually dry down before you apply it so that the lipstick doesn’t smear.  That is the only trick.  It will make everything more glossy instead of matte but your lips won’t feel parched, dry and cracked.

My final touch was my setting spray and I have to say I opened the new bottle of the Timeless HA Spray that just came in.  I finished the old bottle and couldn’t resisted ordering the exact same one again.  I thought about the other scents but I really like the fresh Cucumber scent of this cucumber scented HA spray.  I also like the extra dose of HA and the way it keeps my makeup in place. I will say that the Pore Professional Super Setter does better at locking things down, but the HA spray gives me those extra skin care benefits.  I think at this moment those two are my top setting sprays and while I will continue to try others, those are the two I will most often reach for.

And that my darlings is the makeup bag for this week.  I’ll admit, I did go for a lot of tried and true products this week.  I had some of my favorites I just couldn’t help reaching for. I think the reason was mostly due to my skin.  Right now I am going through a really good skin moment.  I have had a really good spate of products and I really like the way my skin looks and feels.  Several of those products however are running out or have run out and are being replaced. 

I’ll do a skin care line up post in the near future to discuss. But the end result is that since I am getting ready to try new products I wanted to take advantage of my good skin moment by using products I knew weren’t going to cause me trouble.  Hence the lineup of favorites. I’ll get over it, I just wanted to take the small window before I start tinkering with my skin care again. While I enjoy trying all new skin care products, sometimes there is a slight risk. Of course some times that risk pays off by adding new favorites to my line up.  We’ll have to see as things move forward. But for now, this was my makeup bag this week.


Challans de Paris

Playing around with the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss

Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss in Zodiac

This Monday I posted a review of the Look Fantastic box for February and inside this box was the Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss.  Even though the post went up on Monday the box arrived Friday afternoon as I was picking out the products for the upcoming week’s makeup bag.   I just couldn’t resist adding it. In fact, I even changed the eyeshadow palette I was going to use so that it would go better with the Galactic lid gloss.   I went with the all matte Meet Matt (e) Trimony palette from The Balm.  It is an all matte palette that I felt would provide a variety of backdrops for the glittering Zodiac Lid Gloss.

Plus I’ve used it many times before and know how the formula works (and love it) so it seemed like a good idea.

But what is a Lid Gloss?

Paint your lids in our Galactic Lid Gloss; a cream chrome glitter eyeshadow for a mesmer-eyes-ing look!

Add shimmering dimension to your lids with just one stroke. This iridescent eyeshadow will transform your peepers from day to night.

With a super soft flat applicator Galactic Lid Gloss will glide effortlessly on to your eyelids for a lightweight shimmer. Apply one coat for subtle shine, or build up for a more dramatic finish.

Discover the shades:
Zodiac 
– a warm rosy copper shade, perfect for day or night
Luna – a warm yellow gold, flecked throughout with silver pigments
Stardust – a shimmering silver, ideal for adding a little highlight to the eyes
Retrograde – a sultry muted purple hue, perfect for smokey eye
Solstice – a true gold, eye-mazing all over the lid or to highlight key areas

Eyeko Website

So essentially it is a liquid eyeshadow.  The shade I received in my Look Fantastic box is Zodiac.  It is, as the description says, a warm rosy copper shade.  Now I received a sample size (which actually contains quite a lot of product as so little is really needed to create an effect, However it does not come with a wand like the full sized versions do. 

To be honest, I was okay with the simple squeeze tube.  I think I might have made a bit more of a mess if I used an actual wand to apply it.

As it is, I dispensed a little product onto my hand and then used a brush to apply it.  I used it several different ways throughout the week, but in these illustrative photos I used the Zodiac lid gloss on the inner half of my eye over the dark brown powder of Matt Reed (the palette interior is pictured below).

This week I used the Lid Gloss on its own and over powder eyeshadow products.  I used it with an eyelid primer and without as well to figure out its staying power.

Here is what happened.

On its own over the primer, the shadow applied well and stayed put.  On its own without a shadow primer it applied well and stayed put. 

the larger flat brush works well with applying it in wide bands but this really does call for a set of smaller brushes if you want to play around with it more.It also made me want to purchase smaller/ finer brushes

Essentially once this lid gloss dries down it stays where you put it with no fall out.  The primer (I used Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Lid Primer) gave a smoother more even surface on which to apply the lid gloss, and you need to take a second to let the primer settle, but you did not actually need a lid primer for this.  Once I realized it was staying on its own without issue, I switched to just using concealer on my eyelids so that I had a solid even coat underneath the shadows. (My concealer this week was the Pretty Vulgar Undercover Lightweight Concealer,actually and it is one of my favorite concealers, especially on my eyelids since the light weight formula covers but doesn’t feel heavy on the lids. Plus it is a good all round concealer so it is one product with multiple uses).

When you apply the lid gloss, you do have to remember that it is a liquid shadow.  Once you apply it, you have to let it dry.  It does dry down relatively quickly.  I have hooded eyes and I found if I blinked while it was still wet, I ended up with a line where my lid folds that had no product.  If I applied it, fanned my eye for a moment while it dried (keeping my eye closed), then I was good with no bare lines.  I didn’t have any issues with the lid gloss migrating or falling off of my eyelids, no matter how I applied it. It just doesn’t fall out like a glitter shadow. It literally applies like paint.

The palette from the Balm that I used

Personally, I don’t do a lot of decorative work with my eyeshadows.  I tend to go in for simple everyday looks that I can bump up when leaving the office and heading to happy hour.  This made me wish I had a wider brush selection so that I could treat it like paint and actually try some fanciful lines and swirls for more decorative looks.  If I had a thinner brush in my collection I would have used this like an eyeliner and gone a little bit crazy with it because it was quite frankly fun to play with.

built up to a more metallic look over dark brown powder

It also helps that I adore this rosy hued copper.

When you use just a little, it can easily be sheered out for just a little hint of shimmer. What I found with this product was that I could dab it on in a dot with my brush and just sheer it out using my finger tip to blend it out.  I think that with the full sized applicator I would do the same.  Or I would still use the doe foot applicator to put it on my hand and then again use a brush to put it where I wanted on my eyes.  I think I would have more control over the application that way.  I think that could lend itself to a more painterly approach and would let you choose the right sized brush for the design you want to create.  I used to actually do some oil painting and I really found my mind shifting from makeup to art with this product. While that may just be me, with that mental switch I really wanted the finer brushes to do the detail work. Alas I did not have them.

While it does dry down fairly quickly, there is enough time that you can actually get it into place before it dries.  I think you would be capable of doing quite elaborate designs using the lid gloss.  I think you could easily stage it so that sections dried a little at a time, letting you place your lines accurately and use multiple colors if you wanted. I did try with the edge of one of my brushes but my lines weren’t sharp enough to look good, which was down to the brushes I typically use.  Since I don’t do a lot of design work, most of my brushes are designed for blending and therefore fluffier with less defined/sharp edges.

Like I said though, I enjoyed using this Eyeko Galactic Lid gloss so much, I may have to pick up a more delicate set of eyeshadow brushes as well as several more colors to play around with.  While I liked the color in the tube and dispensed on the hand, I didn’t realize how much fun it would be to play around with and I look forward to playing some more. It is nice every now and then to be reminded that makeup is fun.These days i so often put my makeup specifically to look professional that I forget how much fun it is to play around with.  Some days we all need to take things a little less seriously. I really like that this product helped me remember that.






The Makeup Bag: February 12th, 2021

The Makeup bag used February 6th – 12th, 2021

Good morning my darlings it is time once again to review all of the products I used on my face this week.  As usual we will start with primer. 

This week I again used the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer and I have to say the photos do not do it justice.  It was like magical pore eraser in a pretty red glass jar.  I love this primer and A part of me really wants to keep it in the makeup bag until it is empty and then just replace it, however, I have other primers in my collection that I need to use. 

So this coming week I will return it to my dressing table and take out another primer.  Actually because it reminds me so much of the Pore Professional Pearl Primer, I might take my last remaining sample of that out of the dressing table and use it so that I can get a comparison.

Bare face on the left, just primer on the right.

Plus I think the sample has been in my dressing table long enough.  It is unopened but I know it won’t keep forever and as I am not planning on traveling anytime soon, keeping it for travel is sort of pointless.

For Foundation this week I went with the Laura Geller Quench ‘n Tint hydrating foundation.  It is hydrating and it is a really good light to medium coverage foundation that feels like a moisturizer when you apply it.  You can read my full review here, but the result is that I liked wearing it now but have reservations about summer wear. 

If my skin were dryer I think I could get away with year round use, but I think in the summer it would be too hydrating for my skin.

Just primer on the left, primer and foundation on the right

It was also a light enough formula that I needed to use my concealer on my cheek scar and this week’s concealer was the Trestique Conceal, cover and correct crayon.  Because of it’s shape and formula it worked well on my cheeks.  It is too stiff to use under my eyes though as I feel it pulls at the skin a little too much.  I love it for spot correcting though as it covers blemishes well and blends in with any foundation I have tried it with.

My bronzer this week was from elf.  It has been a while since I used this bronzer and I forgot how pigmented it was. The first day this week I used this my skin went from winter pale to summer bronzed as I tried to blend it out instead of having an intense bronze on.  I really like the elf formula because it is very blendable, but it is necessary to remember that it is also highly pigmented and needs a light hand when applying.

My bareMinerals blush I absolutely loved this week.  You can read the full review here but in short, the color was fantastic, the bendability was wonderful, the soft focus look was excellent and I really liked the feel of the product on my fingertips.  This is a blush that you apply with your fingers and I have to say I really  enjoyed using it and once this sample is used up I will be purchasing the full sized version.  So you will see this blush a lot as I work through it. 

My highlighter was a sample sized pan from Wander Beauty.  It is the Wanderess Glow in After Hours and I have to say it was a beautiful highlighter. It is a sort of silvery pink and blends really well into the skin.  I like that I can make it bright or subtle depending on my blending  The color as good and the formula worked well for me.  It is a big pan and even though it is a sample size, I suspect it will last quite a while.  For me highlighters tend to last a really long time since I use so little of them. I have always preferred my highlight in small doses and to provide a subtle glow rather than a blinding light.  While I could do something blinding with this, I like that I can go for a soft glow instead.

I had two powders this week one pressed and one loose.  The pressed powder was the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores pressed powder.  It is a sample sized.  It is also beginning to show pan.  While I will be keeping this powder in my makeup bag until it runs out I suspect that will be another week at best as it is very thin indeed at the moment.  Once it is gone however, I will be replacing it with something else.  I enjoy using it, but I will not be purchasing a full size once the pan is empty. It is a fine product, but I have others I currently prefer.

My loose powder this week was the Kristofer Buckle Translucent setting powder. It is a very finely milled powder that sits well on the skin and doesn’t cause flash back from cameras.  I really like using it.  The only thing you have to watch out with this powder is the fact that since it is so finely milled, when you open the inner lid, you can sometimes get a small cloud of powder.  It isn’t much, just a small puff that spots your hand, but it is something to be aware of.  I just run my powder brush over my hand before dipping into the powder itself and there is no waste.  Just be aware so that you don’t breathe it in and you will be fine.  It is a lovely setting powder and I am really glad I picked it up. 

Actually it wasn’t a deliberate purchase.  Kristofer Buckle has these Kits and as I adore the formula for their Cashmere slip Lipstick I wanted to try some of the other products on offer and ended up purchasing the kit so I could.  It was a fantastic investment as I have used every item in the kit repeatedly, and some, like the mascara, I have already had to reorder. This powder is one of the things I will be reordering once it runs out. Currently they are having a sale on this powder (among other things on the site). Normally it is $24 but currently it is on sale for $18 and there is free shipping.

I skipped the eyeliner this week, but my brow pencil was from Il Makiage.  It worked really well and has a fine enough point to it that it went exactly where I wanted it to go.  I really enjoyed using it. The shade I used was in Truffles and it suited my eyebrow color perfectly.  The product was soft enough so that I didn’t feel like I was scratching my brows with a pencil, but it was soft enough to leave product behind easily.  It was one of the better brow pencils I’ve tried.

The simple two color eye look I wore most of the week

For my eyeshadow I reached for my trusty Ciate London.  It was the nine pan The Trend Edit that I used this week.  The link will take you to the full review if you are interested.  This week I kept things pretty tame and went mostly with the brown shade Burnt on the lid and the shimmer baby towards the inner lid to lighten it up a bit. 

I love the other colors in the palette, but quite frankly this was a simple easy look that took no thought on mornings when I was rushed.  The colors don’t have a really wide range to them, but if you are looking for a good everyday palette you can wear to work and then use to brighten up the shine before heading to happy hour, this is a palette you might want to look into. 

And at the moment Ciate is having a sale, The Love Sale, actually.  Some of their items are up to 50% off.  As I have quite the collection of Ciate London Products there are many I can recommend.  They are good quality.  And for those of you who love the Muppets, their Miss Piggy Collection is also on sale. There is a good possibility the Miss Piggy Mirror will soon be mine.

My mascara this week was brand new, not just to me, but in general.  I had to run out to Target and as I hadn’t been out of the house in a while, I took my time.  Thee on the end cap was the new Big Poppa mascara from Wet ‘n Wild.  I know I have other mascaras that are waiting unopened and ready for their turn to be used, but I couldn’t resist.  I think it is the fact that the mascara is wearing a crown. I couldn’t leave the crown waiting in the wings.  While the crown is a nice decorative touch, I did find that the ridges of the crown actually let me grip the wand more comfortably and securely.  So it is a functional design as well. The wand is straight, relatively short and bushy with an hourglass shape to it. 

No mascara on the left and mascara on in the righthand photo

It made for a surprisingly effective application actually.  I really liked the way my lashes looked.  They were lifted and lengthened.  It was quite dramatic actually. I liked that the mascara stayed on all day without flaking on me.  It is actually a really good mascara.  I was very impressed.  I don’t know why I am so surprised because Wet ‘n Wild’s new releases lately have all been fantastic.  At this point I have tried new releases of their tinted moisturizer, eyeshadow, lipstick and now the Big Poppa Mascara.  All have been absolutely fantastic.

Very simple look for most of this week

I can’t really say the same for the Jules Smith  Beauty Lip gloss.  It is glossy and I do like the color, but it is sticky and even after the color and shine have worn off, my lips felt strangely waxy.  It was actually a strange feeling.  It felt like a heavy, waxy lip balm, but when wiped off my lips felt a little dry instead of nourished.  It was odd.  Luckily, this is a sample size and there is very little in the sample after a week of use.  I may keep it out to use up, because I really do like the tint of color, however formula trumps color and this is not a formula I will be purchasing in a full size.

I have to say the same thing about the Lise Watier Magnifix Setting Spray.  I like the thought of the healthy setting spray and I like the scent, which made me initially like the spray. I also used it right after using a very paint smelling setting spray so i think it got bonus points for that. It is a very wet setting spray that often leaves spots in my powder. The more I use it, the less I actually like it. I just dislike having to touch up wet spots it leaves behind. It gets a little old.  The bottle is halfway empty and I think I will use it up, but once it journeys to the empty bin it will not be repurchased.

And that my darlings was the good, the bad and the fabulous of this week’s makeup bag.  Tune in next week to see what new products are lurking in the soon to be refilled bag.


Botanical Republic's Collection

The Makeup Bag: February 5th, 2021

The Makeup Bag Used January 30th – February 5th, 2021

Welcome once again to the weekly makeup bag post, where I talk about the products I used this week and what I thought about them.  Are you ready? Excellent!

First up, we have the primer.  This week’s primer is the Clarins Instant Smooth perfecting touch and oh my darlings I am in love. (the link is just a link to their website. I have no affiliate code or anything it is just a fantastic primer).

It is pink in color and reminds me of the Pore Professional Pearl (which I personally prefer to the other varieties).  I needed just a tiny bit and I smoothed it over my face and POOF no more pores.

I don’t know how well it translates into the photos, but I’ve posted them below.  In person it felt like some sort of magic trick. It was fantastic. 

Bare skin on the left and just primer on the right (apologies for the head tilt)

The Primer retails for $39 and I have already book marked the product page.  I know, I love primers and I do have quite a few. I try very hard to rotate through them so that no product goes bad, and I really don’t like stockpiling products, but this is one that I am having a really hard time not ordering a second one just so that when this one runs out there is already another one waiting.  There are only a few products that I want to make certain that I have a backup of and this primer has now made the list. It doesn’t hurt that the primer is in a beautiful red glass jar. I am a sucker for jewel toned glass.  Putting an excellent product inside, just makes it more desirable.

This week I took the Too Faced Dew You Full Coverage foundation out of my foundation drawer to use.  I know it has been a while since I reached for it, but it is among my lightest foundations.  Although if you compare the color by the name Porcelain to the actual product you find the product is just a little darker than the color strip (in case you were thinking of ordering it.)

The difference isn’t major, but there is one so you might want to think about that when choosing a shade. Even though it is a full coverage foundation, I tend to apply low enough amounts that I can talk it into being more of a medium coverage product.  I like the way this foundation sits against the skin and I really like the design of the pump dispenser. 

Just primer on the left and foundation over primer on the right.

The scent of the foundation is fruity.  I think it is supposed to be tutti frutti, and it does smell fruity. I kind of like the scent and I like the way the foundation wears.  It is an easy one to wear and as the shade is my winter range, I can now wear it. So it all worked out. I will probably use up this foundation though and not repurchase it right away, mainly because I don’t wear a lot of full coverage foundations and I have a couple that I tried that I do like a little bit better. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it just means it isn’t a category where I need to keep anything but my absolute favorite stocked.

Too Faced also supplied my bronzer and pressed powder this week actually.  I used the Cocoa Contour Palette this week.  I chose it because I could adjust my bronze to suit my skin tone.  I really like contour palettes when I am uncertain which shade would work best for me.  I also tend to forget I have this one, especially in the summer when I just use the small bronzer compact from Too Faced. I really do like their bronzers and this is a category of their products I would consistently repurchase as I do like their formula. It will however take me quite a while to work through the products in this palette.

This week I blended the light and medium contours to use. The product worked well and I love the chocolate scent to it.  I also love the packaging and to be honest the compact and the mirror is something I will use long after the product is gone.  The sturdy package is perfect for travel and that mirror is really nice. Too Faced has a lot of really nice packaging and the products I have are good.

To round out the Too Faced trio I used the Peach Blur.  As expected it smells of peaches and to be honest I forgot I had it.  I used it quite a bit before I picked up the Becca Pink Haze setting powder actually as you can see from the wear pattern in the middle. That used to be a peach in case you couldn’t tell.  It gives a slight pink to the skin and helps banish the winter whites with a healthier glow. While it works well enough to use, I really do prefer the Pink Haze from Becca.  I will be using this powder up, but not repurchasing it in the future. Which is kind of a serendipitous call as it is no longer listed on the Too Faced site, at least I couldn’t find it.

I have to jump back now to my concealer (which I did add before bronzer and powder, I just grouped the Too Faced products together.  This week I used the Julep Cushion concealer and as always it was fantastic.  I know a lot of people tend to draw the under eye triangles with concealer, but this has never been how I apply it.  I tend to apply dots and then go in with a makeup sponge to blend. I don’t have massive dark circles but I do have lines under my skin. I also have frequent bouts of insomnia and trust me, no makeup can really truly cover that up. I do like that the Julep formula does not emphasize them though.

The Huda Beauty Basic B sponge is great for blending out the concealer as it had that flat side that makes getting into the edges easier.  I love the julep formula.  My only issue is that the cushion top tends to make the inside of the cap a bit messy.  It is a minor issue though and I will happily use every last drop of this concealer.

face products on

My blush this week was my favorite Marbled light in Halo by Ciate London.  As always it performed beautifully.  I love the way it can be built up and the way it wears.  What can I say, it is one of my favorite products and if I don’t have a blush to test out I tend to reach for wither this Ciate Blush or the Benefit Gold Rush.  Both have a similar glow they add to the skin without being shimmery and both ate at the top of my blush list.

For my highlighter this week I pulled the Illamasqua highlighter in OMG.  At least I think that’s the shade name.  I love that I can be as subtle or as glowy as I want with this highlighter.  If I want a blinding strip of light, I can do that.  If I want a soft glow then I can do that too.  While I normally prefer more gold and pink toned highlighters, this is one of the few silvery toned highlighters that I really enjoy. It is a small compact though and I tend to forget it is there.  I need to make an effort to remember more often. I have to say I have been picking up more and more Illamasqua products lately and thus far they have all worked really well for me. This is one of those brands I need to pay more attention to.

My eyeshadow palette this week was one of the new 5 pan Color Icon Palettes from Wet ‘n wild.  The link will take you to the full review, but the basics of it is that it is a good palette with little fall out and colors that blend.  My only issue was that I wanted the brown matte to be warmer in tone to mix better with the rest of the shadows.  A minor complaint and the only one I had with the palette.

single ruset shade blended out with one dip into the pan

My eyebrow pencil was again the RealHer Eye am Strong. I know this is the third week in a row.  I was planning to change it out but then I noticed that I had almost no product left in it.  So I decided to just finish it out this week, which I did.  Alas it is now ready to depart for the empties bin.  No product remains. I enjoyed using it and once I use up a few more brow pencils (which doesn’t really take that long) I will be replacing it. This is another brand I want to remember to keep in my sites as I have several really good products from them in my collection.

Joining the Real Her in the empties bin this week is the Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara.  I know it should have gone sooner but I really liked the mascara, especially the small curve in the wand, so I kept it a little longer than I should have just to use up the last of the formula.  The tube is now close to empty but it has been open far too long. It is also not performing as well as it did when I first got it, even though it is still nice, which is extra incentive to move it along to the empties bin.

No mascara on left, mascara on right

Even though there is still product left inside and it isn’t dry or clumpy I will be saying goodbye as it has been open about ten months at this point.  I try to only keep a few mascaras open so that I can use them up by the six month mark.  I loved this mascara and I used most of it up, but for health and safety it will now be moved to the empty bin.  At some point though, it will be replaced.  I enjoyed the heck out of this mascara.

This takes us to the lips.  And this week I had a new lipstick to try.  It was the Wet ‘n wild Megalast matte bullet style lipstick in the shade Cinnamon spice.  I really liked the formula. 

It sat well on my lips and while it is a traditional lipstick and does wear off when eating or drinking it didn’t leave massive lip prints everywhere.  The formula was comfortable and I absolutely adore the color.  It is a nude with a rosy hue to it rather than a brown one and I really enjoy the shade. 

The formula was nice and even though I know the lip design has been used elsewhere, I still like it.  I suspect many more of these lipsticks will be coming into my possession. The formula is very wearable and as it is Wet ‘n Wild the cost isn’t prohibitive.

And so at last we come to the Setting spray.  Once again my darlings I found myself reaching for the Pore Professional Super setter.  I just adore the ultra-fine mist. It is so fine that one morning I put it on after applying my mascara and my mascara didn’t run. (I’m not my best before coffee.)

It also keeps my makeup in place well.  I am very pleased with this setting spray.  However, I will make a concerted effort to choose a different one for next week.  I make no promises about the primer though.  I am fairly certain I am going to have to talk myself out of using it every week.  But I’ll argue with myself about that next week.  For now I know I’m keeping the Clarins Smoothing primer in the bag another week.  Everything else I will change out.

Over all it was a pretty good slate of products this week. I have quite a few products that I liked using, teo that I used up and sent to the empties bin, a couple that I’ve marked to use up but not repurchase and one product I have fallen head over heels in love with. It was an interesting mix and one I am actually quite pleased with.


With Valentines day coming up, there are bunches and bunches of sales. I’ve listed a few I know of below in case you are interested in taking advantage of them.

Chantecaille has two offers that run from now until February 28th:

 $100 off Bio Lifting Discovery Collection with code TRYBIO. Discover the benefits of Bio Lifting skincare with this introductory set for $195 (a $344 value)

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Embryolisse has an off of: $10.00 OFF on Makeup Compact Powder. Embryolisse – the Dermo-cosmetic expertise.

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Happy Shoppong!

Wet ‘n Wild 5 pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Go Commando Review

A week or two ago I picked up a few new or at least new to me Wet ‘n wild products.  Last week I tested (and loved) the new tinted foundation Wet ‘n Wild (the link will take you to the full review) put out and this week I added both a lipstick and an eyeshadow palette to the week’s makeup bag.

Incidentally, I couldn’t find the Wet ‘n wild tinted moisturizer on their face products page but it is actually listed in their new products page. Apparently, they don’t add their new products into the existing pages until other new products come out.  This palette too is on the new page.

The Go Commando Palette is a 5 pan one from their Color Icon line. I know some of you think that sounds familiar, and it should.  Color Icon is also the term they used for the ten and sixteen pan palettes.  I reviews one of the ten pan ones a while back.  It is still a palette that I consistently reach for time and again.

This is sort of an updated version and when I looked it up on the website I saw they had a new revision of at least one of the ten pan palettes as well. I like the look of the update but my first thoughts when I saw them was that I really hoped the formula hadn’t changed because I really like the Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow formula.

While I am not a huge fan of the clear plastic cover on the eyeshadow, it is quite a sturdy plastic and actually feels much more luxe than the previous versions. The plastic is thicker and more reminiscent of the Viseart Palettes than the older Color Icon Palettes.  I would have no trouble slipping this into a travel bag due to its small five pan size and I would have no fear that the plastic would break and cause eyeshadow damage in my makeup bag.

Swatches l to r in pan

The Palette retails for $3.99 and it looks like they have six separate palettes in the line.  The one I am using is the one called Go Commando. I’m not entirely certain why.  I would either expect more nude shades if they were leaning commando that way or more green and brown shades if they were leaning towards a military type version. I’m sure the name made sense to someone, but I’m not quite sure I see it.

So let’s look at the actual shadows

only the russet matte shadow

There are five pans and they are fairly good sized. Two of the shadows are matte and three are shimmer shades.  There are no shade names that I can find. In this palette the two mattes are on the far left and then the three shimmers line up.

We’ll talk about the mattes first.  As I said there are two of them one a cool toned brown and one a russet color. In the look I photographed for this post I put down the russet color firs (2nd to left in the palette).  It went on smoothly with no patchiness at all.  The color is quite pigmented and it blended well. 

russet overlayed with brown

Several days this week I just blended this color out for a one and done look and really enjoyed using it.  It is buttery soft to the touch and while I did have to tap off the brush before applying it, if I did then I had no fallout from the application. The brown matte (first pan on the left) was more or less the same consistency but had a little more fall out after tapping and applying.  It wasn’t major fall out and easily dealt with, but it did have more fall out than the russet shade for some reason. The only reason I can think of is that it is more pigmented than the russet color. While I liked it on it’s own, I thought it was a little too cool toned to pair with the russet.  I would have preferred a slightly warmer brown.  It worked together, but my preference would be to warm that brown up just a hair.

reddish shimmer placed in the center

With the three shimmer shades there was one rosy toned in the middle of the palette one gold toned right next to it and a whitish silver on the far right.  Applying with a brush was pointless but they applied well with the fingertips.  They also blended well with the other shades.  In the look pictured here I used the pink tone in the middle and the whitish tone in the inner corner. Throughout the week I paired the gold as well. 

silver white in corner

The russet and gold looked really good together as well this week.  Again my only issue is that I wanted that one matte brown to be a little more warm toned.  It was okay with the other colors, but even though the formulas all blended well, that cool toned brown kind of stood out from the rest. 

I know it is nit-picky but that really is the only issue I had with this shadow palette.  A vague wish that one of the mattes was more warm toned than it was is all I found fault with.  I think this is a nice simple easy to use palette.  Is it the most exciting palette in the world, no.  But it is a good every day palette that you can create good looks with in a very short amount of time.  It is an easy one to grab when you are pressed for time in the morning. 

Personally my shadow preference leans more towards one over all shadow that I can blend out over the lid with a possibly light shimmer placed towards the inner eye rather than crazy colorful looks. For me palettes like this work fantastically well as I can look at what I am wearing and grab the palette that suits quickly and easily. I am thrilled to see that the formula is still the same one I love from previous Wet ‘n Wild Palettes. I don’t know if the new ten pan palettes are going to have the same color set up or if they will be new layouts, but as my current palette is getting a bit old if they have it in the new packaging, I will be picking it up.


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