I’ve had my eye on the TheBalm nude series of eyeshadow palettes for a while but had so many neutral palettes I didn’t really need another. Then they came out with the Nude Beach (volume 3) Palette which is full of warmer colours with red and oranges thrown into the neutral mix and it stood out to me. I did get it with money off on HQ Hair but it’s normally £32 for the twelve eyeshadows.
The Nude Beach eyeshadow palette has a mix of finishes, with five mattes, six shimmers, though you could maybe call a couple of them foils, and one that’s more of a matte base with shimmer in it. There are definitely different formulas in this palette and there’s varying amount of pigmentation depending on the colour but there’s a good mix in there if this is the sort of colour palette you’re looking for.
Stila recently released a new product range in the Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows. They are similar to the Glitter and Glow which I have been seeing around a lot the past year but, instead of a glitter formula, they’re a shimmery eyeshadow. Before Christmas I bought a set for £45 that had three Shimmer and Glow and three Glitter and Glow, with each colour having a similar equivalent in the other finish. Today’s post is going to be about the three Shimmer and Glow, I’ll do a review of the Glitter and Glows later in the week.
As these were in the set they are minis, they’re half the size of the full release versions, as the standard size has 4.5ml and these have 2.25ml. The full sizes cost £23 so each of these is the equivalent of £11.50. The three colours I have are fairly neutral; Grace (rose taupe), Kitten (nude pink) and Twig (warm chestnut brown). I’ve tried them in a few different ways as they’re pretty versatile so it was fun to experiment and see how they worked.
I really didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes, especially neutral ones, but it was one of those days when you’re looking on a website and something seems like such a good price so I got it. It’s the IDC Color Makeup Natural Eyeshadow Palette, which is pretty much the closest dupe packaging wise I have ever seen for the Naked 3 palette and the colours inside aren’t bad either. I can’t remember if this palette was £6.99 or £7.99 but for the twelve eyeshadows it seemed such a great price and I was interested to see how close it would be to the Naked 3 as I haven’t actually seen reviews of this palette around. It does claim to have a RRP of £42.99 but I think that’s a bit of a stretch when the only online stores I can find have it around €10.
I have to say that normally I don’t go for products that are so obviously close to the originals (as far as I can tell this is a newer palette than the Naked 3 but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, they’re just so similar it feels like it’s trying to be a dupe), it’s one of the reasons I haven’t gone for more of the Makeup Revolution chocolate palettes, but it was a moment of weakness so I thought I’d give it a proper try as I’d bought it. I also got their Bonbon palette, a dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette which I’m going to try next. I decided that, as this is so close to the Naked 3 palette I’m going to have the first half of this post be a review of the palette by itself and the second half will have some comparisons to the Urban Decay palette. If you’re only interested in seeing how they compare scroll down through the first bit.
Having bought the second, apparently limited edition, version of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks Mini Set from TheBalm I thought it’d be interesting to compare it to the original mini set I bought a while ago. Although they should be pretty much the same there seems to be some differences, besides the colour of the lipstick, which may be due to the colours and formulation of each colour like you often find with products of different colour in the same range.
I have had the original set for a while, but I don’t think there has been much change over time with the formula. If you want to read the review posts for these you can find the original set, the one I’m calling Vol. 1, here and the newer set review can be found here. They have swatches and a bit more of a detailed description of each of the colours.
A while ago I bought the first set of Meet Matt(e) Hughes minis with 6 small versions of the The Balm matte liquid lipsticks. My review of them can be found here, that’s the permanent set that’s still available. This post is on the limited edition version, though when they call it that I’m not sure how limited it’ll be. I have noticed some differences between the formulas of these six and the originals, not just the colours.
This set has six minis, each has 1.2 ml and costs £25 on the Debenhams website. As the full sized ones (7.4 ml) cost £14 each these sets are a great way to test out the colours or formula as I don’t see myself using any of these minis up, though if you know the colour you want these may not be the best option as they cost more for the same amount of lipstick overall. The six colours included in this set are Faithful, Charismatic, Brilliant, Affectionate, Reliable and Romantic which include a good range of colours, though these go more towards the more neutral and muted tones compared to the originals. There are reds but they’re more cool tones and the neutrals have a slight brown tone to them.
As I am currently in the search for a good, affordable liquid lipstick this may be one of many liquid lipstick reviews coming up. There will be other reviews in the middle but I realised today how many I have bought recently and I’ve actually been excited to try them all out and write the reviews for you guys. Today’s is one of the Primark Get Lippy Matte Lip Kits, one of the ones I’ve been looking out for the most and they finally had some in stock near me.
The one I have is in the colour Cookie Dough, which is a fairly light nude, it doesn’t add any extra light or dark to my natural lip colour really, just changed the colour of it, which is nice for an everyday look to me. These lip kits contain a lip liner and a matte liquid lipstick, as with most of the Kylie style dupes, and costs £3 which makes it the cheapest one I’ve bought. I fon’t think that either of the products is available individually, though as our local doesn’t have a great range of their own beauty line I’m not sure.
With these being the cheapest I was interested to see how they’d work, they seem to have either love or hate reviews and seem to vary from colour to colour so I was crossing my fingers I got a good one.
Before the beginning of this year I hadn’t heard of Viseart, then it seemed like quite a few of the YouTubers I was subscribed to were taking about them. The larger palettes are out of my price range, at least without knowing how good the eyeshadows were, so I went for the Petit Pro Palette when I saw it was in stock on Beauty Bay. It seems like it’s no longer available, though it seems to pop up in a few sites now and then so Google might help if you’re looking for a stockist. I think the price was around £25 which seems to fit with the £20 – £30 price tag I’m finding in various sites at the moment.
This palette is definitely small, it’s the size to fit in your palm, and contains eight different colours in fairly neutral tones, I would say there’s a mix of warm and cool times but it leans more on the warm side. Half of them are matte and the other half are shimmery but verging on a metallic foil finish. It comes in a matte black card palette with a magnet closure and a small mirror so it seems like it might be a good travel palette. They also have the unusual feature of the pans being kept in the palette by magnets so they can enjoy rearranged or transferred to your favourite travel palette.
In a recent trip to Sally’s I found this Red Carpet Manicure gel nail varnish in Envelope Please. The official description for it is a ‘mauve nude creme’ which actually describes it pretty much perfectly. I wanted a fairly deep neutral pink sort of colour and this one was the closest in this range I could see. Price wise it ranges from £10 -£14 depending where you buy it from, the range of places that stocks them seems to have grown recently and I’ve seen stands in Marks and Spencer as well as Sally’s when it comes to physical stores.
I like the Red Carpet Manicure range in general, though the formulas do tend to range in thickness. I’ve found that, as a brand, the nail varnishes last the two weeks they claim in general and they stick well. I use them with the Red Carpet Manicure light and find them quick and easy to use, I can’t really comment on how well it works with other brands but you can see the colour and how it lasts with their own UV lamp. These are all gel nail varnishes designed to be used with a UV lamp.
I only got this nail varnish today but as it was in a magazine offer I wanted to do the post asap because I know how quickly these things disappear and I don’t know how long it’s been out. This Porchester Square nail varnish was a free gift in the UK Elle magazine, which also came with a Cosmopolitan and cost £4.50 which is a great price for an almost full sized Nails Inc polish, these are 10ml compared to the 14 ml of a full sized one. I have a feeling that this one won’t be around much longer as it’s the May edition (with Victoria Beckham on the front) so that tends to mean the June one will be out soon going by when magazines are released.
I can’t seem to find this in the same bottle on their website but it is available in the newer design 14ml bottle here for £15. I’m not sure which style bottle I prefer but I’m pretty sure it’s the same formula so it’s not one of those colours made exclusively for a magazine that you can never find again. That annoys me when you find a colour you love with a magazine but it’s not available afterwards. I also seem to find that a lot of Nails Inc polishes you get free with magazine seem consistently better to me than ones I’ve actually bought full price.
I said I was going to declutter and I finally managed to collect everything together and go through it all, some had mysteriously moved to my computer drawer at some point, so I’m going to start on my decluttering posts. I will be posting links to any reviews I’ve already done so you can see better swatches and things and there are some things that I do still like but it was just their time to go.
Today the whole post is eyeliners, some of these posts will probably have a few categories in as I don’t have much of some things, and it has both pencils and liquid, though I only have the one liquid liner I’m getting rid of. I don’t wear eyeliner much apart from bonzes and golds but I seem to keep thinking that I will and so buy them anyway. I am quite happy to say that the majority of these eyeliners were in free gifts like those spend X and get this bag of makeup free type offers so I don’t feel too bad getting rid of them.