Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Palette: Palette Collection Review Series

I may not wear them all the time, but I’m drawn to colourful eyeshadows. When I saw Kat Von D’s new 10 Year Anniversary Palette in the Just Arrived section of Sephora I just knew I wanted it for my collection! I’ve been playing with this for the last few weeks and I wanted to share my thoughts. I know this is a limited edition palette but it’s currently still available on Sephora.com.

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What it is

16 bold, blendable shades in honour of the brand’s 10th Anniversary. In honour of this milestone, Kat hand-picked a special selection of shades inspired by and named after 16 of her muses—people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, and skin tones—representing the many faces of Kat Von D Beauty. (Sephora.com)

Price

$62.00 CAD (0.96 oz/27.2 g). Compared to the Sinner and Saint holiday palette, which I reviewed back in November (you can read it here) this palette is $20 less for the same amount of product. This breaks down to $2.28/gram.

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Packaging

This is my favourite packaging so far from Kat Von D Beauty. The palette is compact with a beautifully hand-drawn image on the front. I love the gold colour of the package. I do wish the colour name was on the front but you can see them on the back. It also has a nice large mirror on the inside.

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Colour

Each of the colours is beautiful and bright. I enjoy the addition of neutral and everyday shades that can be used to build up the colour eyeshadows in the palette or worn on their own. I think this is probably the best colour arrangement for me and I would probably use this solely if I was to travel because I would have everything I need in one palette. Compared to the Sinner and Saint Palette, I think these ones are much richer. When swatching, lala and carolyn are not as pigmented, but they do apply better on the eyes.

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Application & Wear

I wore two different looks in the photos below but each one was super easy to put together. There is little fallout for the mattes and the colour payoff is fantastic! Not all the colours swatch as well, but on the eyes, I thought it looked really nice (which is really what matters). I was worried that a lot of the colours were similar to the Sinner and Saint Palette but after I compared the two I did find they were different, with no two shades being alike. Not to say there aren’t reds, blues, oranges and purples in both palettes but I think the ones in the Anniversary palette are a much more vibrant, and better laid out in the palette. I find I can make more cohesive looks with this palette without thinking too hard about it.

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One thing I noticed is that when I first used the metallic shades I had a lot of fallout and I mean half the shadow was on my face! To remedy this I tried using Mac Fix+ which did help but I found they were best applied with my Too Faced Glitter Glue underneath. That’s something I didn’t experience as much in the Sinner and Saint Palette.

I wore these for evenings out and each time they latest and looked very good after a few hours. I did wear primer which I know helped with longevity.

My Looks

 

 

The Breakdown

Pros

  • good pigmentation
  • compact packaging
  • good colour arrangement

Cons

  • pricey
  • metallic shadows need a glitter glue

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My Thoughts

I am so happy to have this palette in my collection. If you wanted a palette that could be a go-to for everything, this might be it! From everyday shades to fun and colourful ones, for me, this is a perfect palette for me to take on vacation.

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I also picked up the Tattoo liner in the anniversary packaging because I thought it was super cute. I’ve reviewed this liner before which you can read here but I really love it and use it all the time.

Let me know if you’ve purchased this palette and your thoughts!

Lots of love,
Dal

 

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Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes: Palette Review Series

I was going through a few posts in this series and I’m actually surprised at how many palettes I own!! And I haven’t reviewed them all just yet so look forward to more posts in this series.

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This post is going to be focused on the Just Peachy Mattes palette I bought on a whim, for really no reason other than just wanting it. The colours are stunning as you’ll see below. I also compared some of the shades to my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette.

What it is

A long-wearing eyeshadow palette with 12 highly-pigmented, matte hues for endless eye looks. Matte shades of warm peaches, buttery creams, and rich browns. (Sephora.ca)

Price

$55.00 CAD (0.48 oz/ 15 g), this works out to $3.20/g. It’s not too bad per gram compared to my other palettes.

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Packaging

It seems like Too Faced used a plastic gold-coloured packaging. It’s a sturdy package but it’s not like the tin packaging of the chocolate bar palettes. This has a magnetic closure with two cute peach clasps. I love the gradient peach/pink to white cover.

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I love the mirror in this, it’s the size of the packaging (3×4 inches) and is high quality and super clear. I use the mirrors in my palettes whenever I put on my makeup so it’s important to me that they are as nice as this one is.

The inside is a matte black so the colours really pop against it.

Scent

If you’re a person who hated the Sweet Peach Palette scent, you are going to be in for a treat! This has such a small hint of Peach that it’s barely there and really enjoyable. It’s not even as strong as the chocolate bar palette.

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Colour

Except for Peach Sangria that has sparkle, all of these shadows are matte (which is made obvious by the name). I love these reds, browns and peaches. They also swatch amazingly and have a great colour payoff on the lids.

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If you look at each row individually the four shades going across work together to create one look, which makes it easy if you want to throw together something quick. Although the tones in this palette are similar I do think it’s very versatile.

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Colour Comparison to Sweet Peach Palette

Since I have the Sweet Peach Palette (“SP”) I wanted to compare this against the Just Peachy Mattes Palette (“JPM”). Not surprisingly, a couple of shades were VERY similar;

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I colour coded each shade I wanted to compare in the photo above. Each is swatched below.

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SP White Peach vs. JPM Peach Meringue – White peach is a white with a hint of pink while Peach Meringue is more yellow but the difference is hardly noticeable.

SP Candied Peach vs. JPM Just Peachy and JP Peach Punch – I thought Candied Peach in the Sweet Peach palette was shade in between Just Peachy and Peach Punch. Candied peach is a bit brighter with flecks of glitter but otherwise, I think they are very close.

SP Charmed, I’m sure vs. JPM Peach Tarte – These two colours might as well be the same shade in my opinion.

SP Summer Yum vs. JPM Peach Cobbler – Summer Yum is slightly more orange in tone (it’s my favourite shade in this palette) but other it is similar to Peach Cobbler, they even have the exact same texture and feel.

SP Georgia vs. JPM Peaches & Cream – In the pans I thought these would swatch similarly but on my arm, they are pretty different. Georgia is very pink while Peaches & Cream looks more orange.

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I don’t think it’s worth having both palettes. If you can stand the scent, I would recommend the Sweet Peach Palette because there is a wider variety of shades and finishes. However, if the scent of the Sweet Peach Palette is too strong for you but you want similar peach and brown shades then I recommend the Just Peachy Mattes. If you are curious about my overall thoughts on the Sweet Peach Palette you can read my review here.

Application and Wear

This applies like a dream! I enjoy how my eye makeup looks when I use this palette. It’s easy to blend and build and eyeshadow application easy because it’s so pigmented. None of the shadows are patchy.

This also wears extremely well. The colours don’t fade and I can go a day with it holding up. If I’m going to be going out after work I’ll wear these shades in the morning because I know they will last. I wear concealer on my eyelids which does help, but overall this lasts fairly long.

In the look above I started with Peach Butter all over the eyes. I blended Peach Tea into the crease and darkened the outer half of the crease with Just Ripe. All over the lid, I put Peach Punch and then used Chocolate Dipped as liner along the lash line. In the lower lash line, I used Peach Punch on the inner portion and Just Ripe on the outer portion. I finished the look off with some Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara.

Breakdown:

Pros

  • blends well
  • very pigmented
  • great packaging
  • barely there scent

Cons

  • similar shades to Sweet Peach Palette

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My Thoughts

In my collection, I can grab shades from different palettes that I think would work similar to the ones in this palette. Even so, I enjoy the application of these shades very much and prefer this palette when creating a warm-eyed look.

If you have something like this in your collection, like the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, there isn’t going to be anything new here for you. That being said, if you were on the fence about this particular palette, I think it performs extremely well and would recommend getting it.

Have you tried this palette? What about other more recent launches from Too Faced?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea vol. II: Palette Collection Review Series

Ever have a beauty product you didn’t think was going to wow you suddenly become one of your faves? That’s what happened to me after using Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Vol. II Palette. I bought this on a whim because it was on sale and when I first looked at the colours I thought they were super basic.

I purchased this palette back in April and shared it in a haul here.  Then in August, I received a second one in my BoxyCharm which I gave to my sister.

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What it is

Eight long-wearing, cool-toned shades include four mattes and four lusters that can be worn wet or dry, & you’ll get the antioxidant benefits of tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea™ complex with none of the icky, bad stuff. (Tartecosmetics.com)

Price

Currently, this is on sale for $33.00 CAD (o.4 oz/ 12 g) on the Tarte Website (it’s $47.00 CAD on Sephora.ca). I find this goes in and out of sale on the Tarte Website. This is $3.92 per gram which is mid-range of my palettes (based on the regular price)

Packaging

I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this circular packaging but it is actually really comfortable to hold. When I apply eyeshadow I like to hold this sideways and it makes it easy to get product and use the mirror.

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This is in packaging similar to the Tarte In Bloom palette which I’ve revieved in my series here.  It’s a sturdy plastic gold package and I think the coral reef print on the top is pretty.  The size of this palette is about 3.5″ in diameter.

Colour

As mentioned in the description above, these are all cool toned shades. I was drawn to the deep blue shadow in this palette but it’s the brown and beige shades that I use most often. I use conch, marina, seaside and siren all the time. For me, these are my quint-essential everyday shades and they just look really flattering on me. My complexion is neutral, but I do tend a bit cooler so that’s why these types of colours work really well for me.

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When I found that I was reaching for this palette more and more over my other palettes I knew that this was spot on for me. The colours are so easy for me to create looks with. Below, I’ve created a really dark smokey look, but for the most part, I keep to a really light look for every day.

The colours are not bold but they are highly pigmented and blend well together. Sunset is a beautiful gold that I will put all over the lid when I feel like a little sparkle and I use breezy when I feel like making any look more smokey.

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One draw back is that marina and seaside are very similar colours. When swatched, marina looks caramel and seaside looks like a light brown but it’s a minuscule difference that they look the same on the eye.

Application & Wear

When I look at the palette many of the pans look crumbly and you would think the shadow was more chunky but it’s not at all. They feel so smooth and creamy when applied. Siren can be a bit patchy, but I only use a little bit of this shadow that I find I can blend it out well.

Something that I absolutely enjoy about the application with this palette is that I experience such little fallout. In the look below I experienced none! Yep! I put my foundation on first and then was able to build the dark navy blue into my crease and lid without little bits of it falling on my face.

This is my everyday shadow palette so I have tested it out over an 8 hour work day and it’s held up really well. The shadows don’t budge or move or fade and I usually don’t need a primer.

In the look above, I applied conch all over the lid and blended marina into the outter and inner lid. On the outter half of my lid I blended seaside into a trangular shape and put a little of it in my inner lid. I then used breezy on the outter edge of my lid keeping with the triangular shape and took the tiniest amount onto my inner lid, whatever was let over on the brush I dragged in my lower lash line. Using a blending brush with a little bit of marina I blended out the outter edges of breezy which dragged a little bit of the colour over my crease. I put sunset over the center of my lid using some setting spray for intensity. To end it all off I put pearl under my brow and inner corner of my eyelid. I finished it off with mascara.

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The Breakdown

Pros

  • great pigmentation
  • no fallout
  • long lasting

Cons

  • not everyone will love cool colours
  • siren can be patchy
  • marina and seaside are similar

My Thoughts

I really enjoy this palette. If you are looking for a cool toned everyday palette you might really enjoy this one!

Let me know your thoughts on this palette or any other eyeshadows you’ve tried from Tarte.

Lots of Love,

Dal

Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection: Palette Collection Review Series

I am easily drawn to new palettes all the time. Every year I buy about 3-4 new ones from both the beauty stores and drugstores. When I picked this one up it was Autmn of last year and I was definately feeling the orange and warm vibes. I use this palette quite often and wanted to share my thoughts.

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What It Is
Six richly pigmented shades and a step-by-step guide for professional-looking results (milanicosmetics.com)

Price
$12.99 CAD (0.21 oz/6 g). This breaks down to $2.17/gram which I think is reasonable for the drugstore.

Packaging
I really enjoy the packaging of this palette because it’s sturdy and compact. The palette itself is maybe 3×4.

Milani_EarthyElementsPalette_Review_LBL (6)Although I do like palettes with mirrors I like that this one is clear so that you can see the colours within. If you owned multiple colours of this palette you’d be able to easily distinguish them. I like that the back of this has a useful guide as well.

This came with a double-sided brush. One side is a blender type brush and the other side is a shader brush.

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Colour
There are eight different palettes in this range so you can find one that suits your personal style. I gravitated towards this palette called Earthy Elements for the beautiful tones and the gorgeous orange shade.

Milani_EarthyElementsPalette_Review_LBL (4)I’ve been able to come up with light everyday looks as well as sultry evening looks with this palette. I experience a bit of fallout so whenever I wear this palette I do my foundation afterwards. One shade this palette is missing for me is a light matte cream shade, something I could put all over my lid, but luckily I keep a few of those in single shadows.

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Application & Wear
The shadows are powdery but that makes them really easy to blend. The shades are fairly pigmented. I have no problems with building up the intensity of an eye look. The Speciality (5.) and Base (1.) do need a bit more work for them to appear on my lid but they can be built up.

For the look below I put 1.Base all over the lid and 3.Lid in lightly in the crease and a bit deeper in the outer V. I also put it on my lower lid. To deepen the crease I put a little bit of 4.Crease and finished off the look with 6.Liner on my outer lash line. Lastly, I applied some Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer mascara.

Whenever I’ve worn this I have used an eyeshadow primer or have put concealer as a base. I think it helps the colours pop. One thing I find with these eyeshadows is that even with a primer they are not long lasting. After about 5-6 hours of wear, it starts to break down and the colour fades away.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Compact
  • Nice warm colours

Cons

  • Not as long lasting as I would like
  • Needs a light cream shades

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My Thoughts
For the price, this palette is pretty good. I love the looks I can create and find that it has good pigmentation. If you’re not willing to pay a high price tag for something at a beauty or department store than this is a great option from the drugstore.

Have you tried any products or palettes from Milani? What’s your favourite drugstore brand make up?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Estee Lauder Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow: Palette Collection Review Series

I have a lot of 12-14 pan eyeshadows that I write about in this series, but I also have many 4-8 pan ones that I have never featured before. This palette from Estee Lauder is one that I wear often.
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First off, I received this palette as a gift at the #LauderLovesCanada Event hosted by Dave Lackie. I have been using this since then and really enjoy it.

What it is
Long-lasting and luxe neutral hues with textures that create unexpected looks. This also claims to be crease-resistant and budge-proof.

Price
$55.00 CAD (.24 oz/7g) The price/gram for this is $7.86/gram. I think I will start creating a chart to break down the price per gram of all my palettes but this one might be the most expensive. It costs more per gram compared to my Kat Von D Sinner Saint palette and Tartelette in Bloom for instance but then again I use EVERY shade whereas in my other palettes there might be a few I don’t.
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Packaging
This packaging to me feels very sturdy. It’s a hard plastic domed case with gold trim. The one downside is that 1/3 of the palette was reserved to hold the sponge applicators which I don’t use. I wish they didn’t include them and either gave us more product or a smaller package.
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Colours
The palette I have is Ivory Powder which is a nice mix of light, cool browns. There are seven different palettes in this line. The colours work well together and compliment each other. I enjoy the tones in my palette because they are super versatile and wearable. I wear this quite a bit every day or as a base palette to throw pops of colour on top of.
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The shades don’t have names, but I numbered them the same way Estee Lauder does on the back of the packaging.

Application & Wear
These last a long time on the eye and I don’t need to start with a primer and I don’t find it creases. The shadows are super soft and blend well. The pigmentation is good but it does require building if you want an intense look. You have to also be careful not to blend too long or they will disappear.

For the look above, I put 2 all over my lid and built my crease with 3 to create some depth. I also placed 3 on my lower lid. I then took 4 to the outer half of my eyelid and blended 5 from the outer half of my lashline slight up and into 4. I then used 1 under my brow bone. I finished off the look with Teeez mascara.

Breakdown

Pros

  • Easy to put look together
  • Soft shadows
  • Nice formula

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Colours need building for intense looks
  • Don’t like sponge applicators

My Thoughts
I really enjoy this palette. The colours may not be the most exciting but it’s a perfect work/daytime palette for me. I think it makes a wonderful gift for someone you know who wears minimal makeup and doesn’t Awant to fuss with a really large palette. It’s also fantastic if you just need to have a base palette.

Have you tried any eyeshadows from Estee Lauder? What do you think of their items?

Lots of Love,
Dal

As mentioned above, I received this palette as a gift however my thoughts are honest and my own.

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette: Palette Collection Review Series

With the VIB Sale on at Sephora, I thought it appropriate to post my thoughts on Kat Von D’s Saint & Sinner palette if you were debating whether to pick this up or not. I’ve always snoozed on the Kat Von D limited edition palettes in the past and regretted it, but this year I bought the palette the moment it was released.

What it is
An ultra-limited eyeshadow palette with 12 Saint and 12 Sinner shades inspired by the vibrantly stained glass windows of gothic cathedrals. (Sephora.ca)
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$83.00 CAD (.96 oz total). This palette is very pricey but you get 24 shades in large pan sizes. If you were to get this during the sale it would be $66.40 (20% off) for VIB and VIB Rouge and $70.55 (15% off) for beauty insiders.
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Packaging
Keeping with the theme of the palette, this looks like a cathedral window with Kat’s signature design. It’s a nice thick style cardboard that feels very sturdy. It has two mirrors on each side of the flaps. Although the packaging is beautiful, it’s not very practical. I enjoy compact palettes that I can store but this one is too bulky.
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These colours do remind me of stained glass. When I first saw this palette I was a bit unsure how the colours would work together, but playing around with it in person, I can easily build together a lot of cohesive looks. For me, the colours are really fun and bold. Usually, palettes have one or two bold shades but this palette is full of them!

I do want to note that two of the colours I’ve noticed are patchy. Those colours are worship and crucifix on the saint side. For my look below, I really needed to build up worship and the only way I got the colour to work was when I switched to my Inglot 26P brush (see it here) because it’s small and dense. It’s just a bummer that these colours don’t perform as well as the others.


Saint

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Kat Von D Saint Sinner Review_LBL9 My favourite shades on this side of the palette include; sacred heart, heaven and cathedral.

For my look, I put amen all over the lid and blended sacred heart into the crease. I then added worship over the lid and on my lower lid. On the outer edge of my eyelid, I added sanctuary. I used a bit more of amen on the inner eye to make it brighter. I put absolution on the inner half of my eyelid for some sparkle and finished it off with Lancome’s Monsieur Big for very bold lashes.


Sinner

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The sinner colours are way more bold and unique. These colours really pop.
Kat Von D Saint Sinner Review_LBL10I think this side of the palette is a great way to incorporate more fun shades into your collection. My favourite shades include; rapture, vestment, ministry and relic.

To create the look above, I started with baptism from the Saint side all over the lid. I then blended devil in the crease and on the outer half of my eyelid. After, I placed stigmata over devil to intensify the red on the outer eyelid and put relic all over the inner half of my eyelid and mimicked those colours on my lower lid. For mascara, I used Benefit’s Roller Lash in brown.


What makes this palette exceptional is the formula and the finishes. There are mattes, which Kat Von D is famous for and gorgeous shimmer shades. There are also two shades (absolution and rapture) which are glitters that are meant to be used as shadow toppers. I didn’t think I was going to love absolution because it doesn’t swatch well but on top of shadow, it really pops.

Application & Wear
These shadows apply well and blend easily together. The pigmentation is phenomenal and the shades look so vibrant. They also feel soft and creamy. I’m always inspired to create a new look. I use a primer (Urban Decay’s primer potion) with the colours to ensure they last all day. The formula is very powdery and I do experience fallout so I apply this eyeshadow before foundation.

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Breakdown

Pros

  • Fun and inspiring colours
  • Great pigmentation
  • Easy to blend

Cons

  • Bulky packaging
  • Worship and crucifix are patchy
  • Some fallout

My Thoughts
If you are debating between all the holiday or newer palettes that have been released lately, this is a great one to pick up. I’ve tried other palettes from Kat Von D and this is up there with the quality and uniqueness of the shades. I’m so happy I picked up this palette and would say it’s worth the buy, especially during the sale.

What do you think of this Palette? What are you planning to get during the Sephora sale?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Smashbox Cover Shot Palettes: Palette Collection Review Series

This post has been months in the making. From when I purchased my first palette, the matte palette, I knew I wanted to review it on my blog. I then got golden hour for my birthday and waited patiently until ablaze came back in stock to purchase.
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What it is

A collection of seven portable palettes inspired by Studio trends.

Matte – lush, soft, and velvety with ultra-high coverage shades in warm nudes, cool mauves, and a deep, dramatic black.

Golden Hour – finishes range from matte to sparkle, and the sultry, shades are rich and creamy so you can blend and build a custom smolder.

Ablaze – this palette captures the warmth of the desert in a range of sun-drenched shades—these dimensional pigments are perfect for adding depth and contouring.

~ Sephora.com

Price
Each palette retails for $35.00 Canadian (0.27 oz total). I think it’s expensive for the amount of product you get but the shades are very rich so a little goes a long way.
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I enjoy the packaging of these shadows. It’s a sleek black, sturdy plastic and I like that it’s compact. The palette is slightly bigger than a credit card which is so perfect for travel. The cover is most attractive and stands out compared to other palettes. As you shift the palette it looks like a powder burst.

Colours
The layout of the shadows is smart. There are two large base shades and six crease & lid shades that work together to create variety of looks. You can imagine each palette consisting of two quads, each colour coordinating together to create a cohesive look. The palettes are very pigmented (with Golden Hour excluded because the shades are naturally sheer) so I don’t need to pack on too much product when creating an eye look.


Cover Shot Matte
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The matte palette is definitely my base palette and perfect for when I want an easy go-to look. I gravitate towards the warm brown shades the most but I do love the added salmon and grey/mauve for little hints of colour or when I want to create a smokey eye.
Smashbox Covershot_LBL (9)The black in this palette, Deadline, is a true black. It works really nice as a shadow liner or if I want to deepen the crease. When I traveled to Las Vegas, I took this palette as well as my blinc palette from my July BoxyCharm and it was perfect for creating a variety of looks.
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Cover Shot Golden Hour
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I might wear golden hour the least of the three palettes but if I’m looking for a shimmery version of the matte palette this is it. I like that the base shadows are matte but for me it’s hard to work the shimmer on my lids because they are sheer. I use my fingers when applying this palette because I get the best colour payoff that way.
Smashbox Covershot_LBL (10) I think this works best for me if I just use one colour all over the lids and maybe deepen it with another. I love Turned On most because it’s a really pretty pale pink. Don’t get me wrong though, the colours are nice and work if you want to keep things light and airy. I tend to use this mostly for work days.
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Cover Shot Ablaze
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Of the three, ablaze is my favourite. It feels like this one was everyone’s favourite because it kept coming in and out of stock for some time after all these palettes came out. Throwback, the burnt orange shadow, looks gorgeous on the eyes.
Smashbox Covershot_LBL (8)What makes it a staple for me is that as the colours work together but each quad offers something different, one being a set of red and pink tones for a fun spring look and the other side and nice array of gold, brown and orange to wear in the fall. Of course these colours work all year around but I love having a colour scheme for each season and this palette does just that.
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Application and Wear
The formula is great. The shadows are highly pigmented but not too powdery. Smashbox really thought hard about the layout of these palettes and I can see the dedication to ensure that all the shades work together within each palette and even across the palettes. I feel like both Matte and Ablaze have the best wear time. Golden Hour doesn’t tend to last as long on me without an eyeshadow base, but I have that issue with most shimmery shades anyway. As I mentioned before, Golden Hour works best if I use my fingers, however, Matte and Ablaze work really well with both natural and synthetic hair brushes.

CoverShot Matte
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I wore Assistant all over the lids and into the crease. Using tape to create a very sharp line I built Editor into my outer crease and on the outer half of my lid I blended in Supermodel. To create the wing I used Deadline and Mac’s Fix Plus. I used black liner on my water line and finished the look with my Givenchy Noir Interdit mascara (review coming soon!)

CoverShot Golden Hour
Smashbox Covershot_LBL (13)I like to create work looks with this palette which it what I did above. I put Dope over the entire lid and then used Hotline all over the lid. I took a little bit of Stare into the outer edge of the crease to deepen the look slightly and used Rock Stars on the outer edge of my lid. I smudged Hotline into my lower lid. I used Stila Stay All Day liner on the very edge of my lid for a small wing and took some brown liner to the waterline. I used my Smashbox Full Action Brown Mascara.

Covershot Ablaze
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Here’s a fun one that I kept messy. I put Moccasin all over the lid and put Throwback all over the crease. On the inner half of my lid I put Torch and on the outer half I blended Nirvana. On the very edge of my crease I blended a little bit of Dark Horse. I smudged some of Throwback into my lower lid and finished off the look with my Noir Inderit Mascara and brown liner in the waterline.

Breakdown

Pros

  • compact and travel friendly
  • great pigmentation
  • little fallout
  • colours work really well together in each palette
  • good wear time

Cons

  • pricey for the amount of shades you get
  • Golden Hour isn’t as pigmented

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My Thoughts
I think these are beyond just cute small palettes, Smashbox really nailed the pigmentation and formula of these to make them easy to apply and noticeable on the eyes. As someone who hasn’t been a fan of the previous palettes I own from Smashbox, I think these are amazing! If I can feel confident traveling with a palette than I know it’s good. I would definitely recommend these palettes and suggest you try it out for yourself. Luckily there are seven different palettes so you can choose the one the best suites your style. I think I’m going to purchase the bold palette next! Let me know your thoughts on the palettes. Have you tried one?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom: Palette Collection Review Series

I spent quite a bit of time researching palettes before I picked this up back in October. Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom has some of the best recommendations and reviews on Sephora, YouTube and other Beauty Blogs that I figured I could not go wrong purchasing this. It’s even recommended over the original Tartelette palette (I don’t own that so I can’t confirm).

I ordered mine off the Tarte website and got 20% off my order. After using this palette so many times I can see why this is at the top of many makeup lovers lists.

What It Is
9 mattes and 3 luster finishes. This palette is infused with Tarte’s signature Amazonian clay formula, all in a chic, portable palette with a beautiful floral design. (Sephora.ca)Tartelette In Bloom_LBL (3)Price
Regular Price is $60.00 CAD, I paid $48.00 CAD (0.636 oz total weight)

Packaging/Scent
I absolutely love the packaging of this palette. It’s about 4×5″ which makes it perfect for travel and storing with the rest of my makeup. This is a sturdy plastic in reflective gold with a flower petal design on the lid. I think this is one of my favourite looking packages. This palette also has a vanilla scent. It’s nothing like the Too Faced palettes which can be strong, this is much more subtle.
Tartelette In Bloom_LBL (2)Colours
The layout of this palette makes it easy to put together an eyelook. Each row can be broken down into a quad. The first shade can be used under the brow bone and inner corner as highlight. The second can be used in the crease. The third shade over the lid, and the forth to deepen the outer corner.

This is a beautiful neutral and warm palette, with reddish and brown shades. The colours are very everday wearable mattes, with pops of shimmers. Unlike my other palettes I wear every single shade over and over. My only issue with this palette are the colours activist and smokeshow which are too close to being the same shade. Rocker is my favourite shade and I absolutely love rebel. I love the way these colours are layed out because I literally will pick a light, medium and dark shade and put it on my lid, each colour works so well with the next. I think this is one of the best thought-out palettes I own.
Tartelette In Bloom_LBL (4)Application, Wear & Longevity
The pigmentation on this palette is so good! I actually don’t need to lay down a base for these to pop and to last which is quite amazing. I don’t know what it is about Amazonian clay, but it really packs a punch here. The palette is not powdery but I do experience quite a bit of fallout, so I ensure that I put these on before I move onto foundation.

My Eyelook
I used mostly the middle row to create this look. I put flower child all over my lid with charmer on the brow bone. I then worked smarty pants into the outer half of my crease. I put firecraker (look at that shimmer!) all over my lid and used activist to darken the over V of my eyelids. I ran a little bit rebel on my lower lid. I love the look and love how the layout of the palette made this easy to put together. Tartelette In Bloom_LBL (5)Breakdown

Pros

  • Easy to put together eyelooks
  • Amazing luster shades
  • Fantastic Pigmentation
  • Adorable Packaging

Cons

  • Some Fallout
  • Activist and Smokeshow are the same colour on me

My Thoughts
I recommend this palette to anyone who is starting off using makeup or just wants a solid palette with easy to do looks. It has everything I want in a palette, perfect pigmentation, warm and neutral tones, great shades to wear together and alone, and is easy to travel with.

Do you have the Tartelette In Bloom Palette? What do you think of it?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette: Palette Review Series

I received the Sweet Peach Palette as a Christmas gift from my lovely sister. I used it all throughout the holiday and last few months since.

What it is
An 18 eyeshadow palette with peachy pinks, corals, bronzes and purple. It has antioxidant-rich essence of peach.

This comes in the tin packaging that is similar to the chocolate bar palette series. I think the gradient from peach to orange is really cute. I like the bright colour of this palette.
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$59.00 CAD (.54 oz of shadow total – this is less then my Original Chocolate Bar Palette)

Scent
The biggest thing you will notice about this palette is the scent. For me it smells like fuzzy peaches. The smell is strong. I can’t leave this palette open too long or else I start getting bothered by the overwhelming sweet smell. I usually keep this at arms length while I’m applying it. I don’t mind this scent but it’s nothing like the amazing smell of chocolate in the Original Chocolate Bar. If you are sensitive to scent, stay away from this palette!
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At first glance, I kinda wondered why there were only 3 peach shades in this peach palette, and they are all peachy-pink not PEACH!! As I started using the palette though, I found that 3 peach-pink shades were enough pops of colour against the neutral tones I like wearing. I do love the peach-pink shades in this palette. They are so romantic and bright that they instantly make my whole face appear brighter. That said, it’s not a “peach” palette in my opinion.

I love the mix of shimmers and mattes in this palette and even the mattes with specks of glitter. My favourite shades to use are puree, bellini, nectar, georgia, bless her heart and luscious. These colours in any combination together are perfect for me. On the downside I find tempting and talk derby to me a bit patchy and when I’m working with either of those shades I’ll use puree to help them blend a lot easier.
Too Faced Sweet Peach_LBL (4)Comparing this to my Chocolate Bar palette, a lot of the colours look the same in the pans but when I swatch them the Sweet Peach Palette has more pink/orange shades and the Chocolate Bar is more brown. There are a lot more lighter shades in the Sweet Peach Palette which I use quite frequently for everyday.  If you were wondering which of the two I recommend if you don’t have either, I would say the Original Chocolate Bar because I think it has a better range of differing colours and smells yummier.

Too Faced Sweet Peach_LBL (3)Application, Wear and Longevity
It takes no effort for me to apply and blend most of these colours. They have great pigmentation and look really smooth on the lid. I find the quality is as good as the Original Chocolate Bar Palette which I absolutely love using.

The colours do wear well and last me all day. I can wear event the lightest shades without primer, but I find that if I want to create a full eyeshadow look I need to lay down a primer so that nothing blends into each other.

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In the look above I put white peach all over my lid. I then blended puree in my crease and inner third of my lid. I then darkened the crease with tempting mixed with puree. I mixed candied peach & bellini and put that onto the center of my eye using a dampened brush. Lastly, I put bless her heart on the outer half of the lower lash line. (don’t mind my crazy brows!)

Breakdown

Pros

  • great everyday shadows with peach-pink shades to brighten the eye
  • cute tin packaging
  • beautiful shimmers

Cons

  • smell is too strong
  • darker shades are patchy

My Thoughts
For me, I can easily put together simple everyday looks with this and I love the peach-pink colours because they compliment my skin tone and style. This is likely going to get heavily used in the spring. The colour payoff is great especially for the shades that I use and I can create a good variety of looks using this palette. I would recommend this if you like lighter shades for everyday.

What do you think of the Sweet Peach Palette?

Lots of Love,
Dal

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Palette Collection Review Series 

The original chocolate bar palette is one of my very first palettes. I remember waiting until my birthday to buy this and then using it almost everyday afterwards. I’ve become quite attached to this palette so spoiler – I have very positive things to say about it.

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I like this palette because it is full of great neutrals that I can easily put together for simple everyday looks but has a few deeper shades and shimmers for more sultry evening looks.

What it is
An assortment chocolate-inspired shades formulated using real cocoa powder. A rich selection of the perfect browns, neutrals, and little pops of color.palette-review-series_chocolate-bar_lbl-2Price $59.00 CAD (0.62 oz total weight)

Scent
I guess I can’t talk about this palette without mentioning this. The scent is very strong and lasts – I’ve owned my palette for years now and it is still as potent as the day I got it. It smells like cocoa hot chocolate and I am completely in love with it! If you hate sweet smells, I would not get this palette because you will always smell this. palette-review-series_chocolate-bar_lbl_labeled-4Colours
Don’t expect to create colourful or bold looks with this. The colours here are neutral and warm in a few shade ranges to suite many skin types. Mostly you can create a variety of beautiful neutral looks. I gravitate towards this because I find I can easily put together a few solid everyday looks without needing to go into other palettes. The palette is well thought out in my opinion. I do appreciate the attempt for pops of colour with the pinks and purple but they aren’t bold enough to add any drama.

Application, Wear & Longevity
These are not as powdery as other shadows I’ve used but they blend so well. It’s very creamy and the shadows that are pigmented are really pigmented! I really like the formula of the shadows because they sit really well on my. I do wear these colours pretty often and find that they last the work day. I’ve become really comfortable using this palette and have some really favourites shades that I use whenever a need a quick look (white chocoloate over the lid and salted caramel in the crease are my quickest and easiest look). I’ve also enjoyed swiping just one shade over the lid and mascara and then just heading out the door (marzipan is that awesome shade).

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I wore salted caramel in the crease and deepened it with triple fudge on the outer edge. I then put white chocolate over the lid and dabbed a bit of champagne truffle in the center.

Pros

  • Smells delicious
  • Great everyday shades
  • Easy to blend

Cons

  • Pink and purples aren’t the best here

My Thoughts
Clearly, I would recommend this even if the colours are really neutral. After all the palettes I’ve purchased and received I still come back to this one.

Do you have any of the chocolate bar palettes? What do you think of this palette?

Lots of Love,
Dal