Category: makeup swatches

NATASHA DENONA TRANSFORMATTE FOUNDATION

If you’re on the hunt for the fully mattifying foundation that doesn’t look and feel cakey or heavy on the skin then this one might just be for you!

WHO’S IT FOR?
It says on the website that this is suitable for sensitive skin. It also says it’s ideal for all skin types but to use the appropriate primer underneath suited to you.
On first appearances, what makes this foundation different is the texture and the formula, it’s much more fluid than a regular matte finish foundation. Even though it has a runnier consistency this doesn’t compromise the coverage, which is a medium to full coverage that minimises the appearance of pores and blemishes. However, I am an oily skin-type by nature and rarely have dry patches, at the moment I have a few due to a new skincare regime and this product enhance and clung to those areas. So I would personally avoid this if you have dry skin. 

WHAT’S IN IT?
This is a silicone based foundation and is formulated without parabens. Natasha has made sure that the formula includes skin-loving botanical extracts that work to optimize hydration and minimise shine for photo-flawless skin.
Many makeup products, much like skincare, now include active ingredients aimed at shielding your skin from environmental damages as well as tackling anti-ageing. This foundation is armed with peptides and powerful antioxidants geared to towards doing just that! 

PACKAGING
The packaging is synonymous with the entire ND range, clean and professional looking. The tube has a removable white plastic lid that reveals a small pump-action dispenser. I have found that you really do have to continually pump this on your first go, so be cautious as it catches you off guard and squirts out with projection! A major plus to this packaging is that the tube itself is a squeezy tube, so when you get to the end of your foundation you can remove the dispenser and squeeze out the remnants, unlike many glass bottled foundations where you waste what could be another few days of wear! 

SHADES
There are a whopping 35 shades available in this range, from Fair to Deep and in a variety of undertones; neutral, warm, yellow and red. 

WEAR
A little goes a long way and upon trying this I found it goes on best with a buffing brush rather than a sponge. Although it’s quite fluid it doesn’t slip around easily without buffing and it sets quite quickly, once it’s in place it doesn’t move! It doesn’t leave a streaky finish when using a brush so there’s no need to finish off with a sponge to achieve that airbrushed finished.
It stayed put all day long and covered blemished without the need for a concealer.

WHICH UNDERTONE ARE YOU?
A quick way to tell which undertone you are is to look at the veins on your wrist, the colour they appear will give a good indication as to which undertone you are: 

  • Blue = warm/pink undertone
  • Green = cool/yellow undertone
  • both Blue & Green = neutral undertone

SWATCHES
I received 11 of the 35 shades in my PR package and I have swatched them below for you:

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PRICE
You get a good amount of product, each tube contains 0.94 FI Oz/ 28 mL. 
It’s quite a pricey foundation, it retails at £39.00/$45.00 
Makeup can be very much like buying shoes – you get what you pay for!
There are definitely a few gems on the high street that dupe for expensive brands but they are few and far between, if you find you’re an oily girl that is on the hunt for the holy grail matte foundation then save up your pennies and give this a whirl.

WHERE TO BUY
UK & WORLDWIDE: http://bit.ly/2S6asd4 
US: http://bit.ly/2S3WEQr

Shonagh xx

EMILE CORDON MIRACLE LIP BALMS

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now you may remember that I featured the exquisite brand, Emile Cordon, and 2 of their sumptuous lip balms last year! Well, I have my hands on 6 of their newest launches and I’m super excited to share them with you! (You can find my previous post ‘here’ for more info on Emile Cordon)

If like me you tend to opt for a balm over a lipstick then you’re going to fall in love with these splendid little pots, more so as 4 of the Miracle Lip Balms come as a 2-in-1! Read on… 

The beauty of the original Cashmere-On Lip Pots went far beyond their appearance, it was the texture, the formula AND their unique scent. The Miracle Lip Balms are equally sublime, and the notable difference between the collections is the new Black & Gold packaging. Still so elegant and attractive in appearance, one that makes you want to carry the box around as it looks too expensive to throw away. 

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So, within this Miracle Lip Balm range, Emile Cordon has produced a new line known as the ‘Haute Couture’ collection. There are four shades in this line, all of which have an alluring scent of Rose Champagne & Strawberry Leaves, very delectable!

As I mentioned above, what makes these 4 balms unique is that not only can you add a wash of colour to your lips, you can also pop them on to your cheeks for a matching flush! The 2-in-1 lip and cheek tints contain Kukui Nut Oil, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Squalane to nourish, soften and protect your pout.
The colour payoff varies dependent upon the shade you choose and all four are buildable so you can decide on the intensity.
The formula is extremely comfortable wear and adds a lovely youthful glow to the cheeks, ideal for that no-makeup makeup look! When I wear minimal makeup I want the face to look fresh, dewy and glowy so I choice creamy based products and these 2-in-1 pots are a great addition to my makeup bag. 

  • Charlotte – This appears to be a vivid true Red shade within the pot but is much more subtle upon swatching – which pleases me. It is definitely buildable though and wouldn’t overwhelm the cheeks like you might expect.
  • Madison Queen – Much more of an Umber Orange shade, this one is the deepest colour and gave the most colour payoff. 
  • Chic Chic Boom – Inside the pot, this ones appears to be an intense Coral shade but actually more-so resembles the natural lip colour when applied, which I could see many people really enjoying! This would be my favourite pairing for both the lips and cheeks. 
  • Powdered Rose – A gorgeous rose pink shade that adds a healthy flush to your lips. I’m not usually a fan of Pink with my complexion, I’m more of a fan of peachy tones but I’ve found this is one I’m using the most! 
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Back row left to right: Madison Queen, Rosé Imperial, Chic Chic Boom
Front row left to right: St. Barts Soleil, Powdered Rose, Charlotte

The last two balms I selected were based on their mouth-watering scents!
Notes:

  • St Barts Soleil – Fresh Coconut, Pineapple, Vanilla Accord (this smells like a mix of the tropical Caribbean and a scrumptious cake! It’s my ultimate favourite balm and has no colour, just a high glossy shine)
  • Rosé Imperial – Sparkling Rose Champagne, Fresh Tea Rose, Charming Vanilla (very reminiscent of the chilled pink bubbly so many love!)

Attached below are some swatches of the 6 balms on my arm, please note that this image doesn’t do them justice as they sit much more vividly on the lips than they do on the arm. 

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Left to right: Charlotte, Powdered Rose, St. Barts Soleil, Chic Chic Boom, Rosé Imperial, Madison Queen.

Each pot contains a generous 0.42 .oz/ 12g, and are relatively expensive BUT you most certainly get what you pay for! Emile Cordon doesn’t just produce a ‘lip balm’, it’s an experience. Each pot contains active ingredients to not only add a shine to your lips but to care for them, nourish them and keep them comfortably hydrated all day every day!
The Haute Couture collection retails at $65 each, and the remaining Miracle Lip Balms retails for $54 each. Emile Cordon has kindly given my followers a 10% discount code to use at the checkout: SHONAGH

Enjoy!

Shonagh x

TOO FACED LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2018


Too Faced have brought out a fair few new limited edition products within their Holiday collection this year and I have a few of them to show you. 

For this post, I’ll start with the Dream Queen makeup collection! This would be a gorgeous gift for any makeup lover this Christmas, and the box contains a lot for only £55/$58 and worth £271/$357!

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Included:

  • Palette with 24 eyeshadows and 4 face products
  • Deluxe ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara (mini)
  • Dreamy Lips Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in shade Pink Swan
  • Travel-size Hangover 3-in-1 Spray
  • Large limited edition makeup bag
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This is the Dream Queen face palette and it’s jam-packed with a generous 24 eyeshadows and 4 face products! I absolutely adore the Swan & Bow print seen across this collection. The palette itself is very thin which makes it portable if you plan to visit family this holiday season and you want to travel light!

Here are my eyeshadow swatches from the palette –

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Left to right:

  • Twinkle – Pearl with Gold shift
  • Wrap It Up – shimmering Peach with Gold sparkle
  • Secret Santa – matte dusty Rose
  • Polar Bear Hug – pearl White
  • Unwrapped – matte warm Brown
  • Christmas Cookie – gilded Brown
  • Let’s Kringle – matte orange Brown
  • All The Jingle Ladies – metallic Bronze
  • Here For The ‘Hos – deep espresso with Gold sparkle
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  • Snowball Effect – matte Cream
  • Pink Flurries – peachy Pink
  • Cozy Up – metallic Scarlet
  • Son Of A Knut-Cracker – chestnut Brown
  • Kiss Miss – matte bubblegum Pink
  • S’Elfies – shimmering silvered Mauve
  • Keep Your Hands To Your Elf – iced soft Pink
  • Holly Grail – shimmering Teal with Maroon shift
  • Santa’s Bakeshop – matte Mauve Taupe
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  • Let’s Roll – warm Plum
  • Christmas Cheer – metallic rosewood
  • Christmas FOMO – electric Violet
  • Special Delivery – matte deep Black
  • Silver Bells – iced Silver
  • Holly Daze – Teal with Silver Sparkle

You can see that pretty much all of these are eyeshadows are highly pigmented and that the palette offers a vast colour range, I also love the fun names of the shades, each one has a little Christmas twist!
My personal favourites are the metallics, they have such an alluring reflective glow that they would be amazing on the eyes this festive season. 

Lastly, in the palette, we have the 4 pans specifically for the face;

  • A bronzer, aptly named ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ which is a warm bronze
  • ‘Winterberry’, a cool toned blush of a dusty Rose shade with a Gold Sparkle
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  • A warm-toned blush named ‘Sweet On Santa’ which is a Peach pearl shade – my favourite!
  • Last but not least, we have a highlighter called ‘Snow Extra’ in a Champagne Pearl shade

I also thought I’d do my best to swatch this incredible ‘Pink Swan’ lipgloss for you – which doesn’t do it justice!

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It has a fascinating, almost duo-chrome finish to it. Here it just appears to be an icy Pink shade, but it has a flip to it that really can only be appreciated when in motion and it catches the light! I will most definitely be using this within a tutorial over the holidays.

In my next post I’ll be featuring the rest of the products – so keep your eyes peeled!

To purchase this collection you can click ‘here’!

Shonagh x

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MELT COSMETICS – TWENTY SEVEN PALETTE 

This week I received the new Melt Cosmetics TWENTY SEVEN palette, and it couldn’t have dropped at a more appropriate time; the height of Summer has peaked and Autumn is upon us come next month.

The warm browns, taupes and terracotta reds are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit during these hot Summers evenings, and as the days start to cool off and the leaves on the trees begin to turn a beautiful Burnt Orange, you can rest assured that this palette will see you through from one season to the next.

If you aren’t already familiar with Melt Cosmetics, you may be pleased to learn that they are a cruelty-free brand and ‘Leaping Bunny’ certified. All of their cosmetics contain zero animal products and most are vegan-friendly (which this palette is). 

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The palette contains 10 colours in total; 8 matte and 2 foiled.
It’s a slim-line design that would easily fit into your bag, and also contains a mirror so you can touch-up your makeup. 


You will see from the swatches below that every colour is super pigmented and has a phenomenal pay-off.

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My favourite shades are NAKED SLEEP, NIP SLIP, MOXIE, THICK… basically all of them! The names of each of the shadows make me think that Dana & Lora were bass-ass chicks, much like those from Coyote Ugly, during the days before Melt Cosmetics!  


  • Naked Sleep – The only way to sleep! This hot apricot nude blends away any harsh edges. The new definition of bedroom eyes.
  • Downtown – You rush to your loft after work, quickly change your clothes, effortlessly wash this baked clay hue all over your eyes, no one will ever know you got ready in 5 mins, we are going out tonight!
  • Nip Slip – This provocative peach shade refuses to be contained or restrained. Flash a little fun and warmth to unexpected onlookers.
  • Moxie – Packed with feisty pigment, this burnt orange is full of personality just like a sassy little Yorkie. Let her be the main focus and pack it all over the lid.
  • CrimeFighter – This dimensional copper foil will bring out your inner superhero. The pink and gold glitter flecks grab the light skillfully and can rescue any look because Crimefighter is your middle name.
  • 1 More Thing – We just can’t end the conversation about this delicate warm taupe transition shade. There is always room for 1 More Thing.
  • Thick – No thigh gap here. This full-bodied rosy mauve is bursting at the seams with pigment. Soft and versatile for a healthy natural look.
  • Vegas Past – A bold bronze foiled shade with green and rose gold reflects that glisten like the Vegas lights in your rear-view mirror. On to bigger and better things, but you take the sparkle with you everywhere you go.
  • Whiskey Neat – This barrel-aged brown doesn’t need a mixer. Use this refined shade to add depth and infuse smoke into your look.
  • Moon Child – Ruled by the moon, this is the deepest shade in the palette. This maroon shadow is perfect for your dark phase.

I can’t wait to create some looks using this palette – Keep an eye out for the tutorials on my channel.

The palette costs £48.58 GBP and $58.00 USD
FYI: the brand also ships internationally, in case you were wondering.

Shonagh x

MELT COSMETICS – TWENTY SEVEN PALETTE 

This week I received the new Melt Cosmetics TWENTY SEVEN palette, and it couldn’t have dropped at a more appropriate time; the height of Summer has peaked and Autumn is upon us come next month.

The warm browns, taupes and terracotta reds are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit during these hot Summers evenings, and as the days start to cool off and the leaves on the trees begin to turn a beautiful Burnt Orange, you can rest assured that this palette will see you through from one season to the next.

If you aren’t already familiar with Melt Cosmetics, you may be pleased to learn that they are a cruelty-free brand and ‘Leaping Bunny’ certified. All of their cosmetics contain zero animal products and most are vegan-friendly (which this palette is). 

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The palette contains 10 colours in total; 8 matte and 2 foiled.
It’s a slim-line design that would easily fit into your bag, and also contains a mirror so you can touch-up your makeup. 


You will see from the swatches below that every colour is super pigmented and has a phenomenal pay-off.

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My favourite shades are NAKED SLEEP, NIP SLIP, MOXIE, THICK… basically all of them! The names of each of the shadows make me think that Dana & Lora were bass-ass chicks, much like those from Coyote Ugly, during the days before Melt Cosmetics!  


  • Naked Sleep – The only way to sleep! This hot apricot nude blends away any harsh edges. The new definition of bedroom eyes.
  • Downtown – You rush to your loft after work, quickly change your clothes, effortlessly wash this baked clay hue all over your eyes, no one will ever know you got ready in 5 mins, we are going out tonight!
  • Nip Slip – This provocative peach shade refuses to be contained or restrained. Flash a little fun and warmth to unexpected onlookers.
  • Moxie – Packed with feisty pigment, this burnt orange is full of personality just like a sassy little Yorkie. Let her be the main focus and pack it all over the lid.
  • CrimeFighter – This dimensional copper foil will bring out your inner superhero. The pink and gold glitter flecks grab the light skillfully and can rescue any look because Crimefighter is your middle name.
  • 1 More Thing – We just can’t end the conversation about this delicate warm taupe transition shade. There is always room for 1 More Thing.
  • Thick – No thigh gap here. This full-bodied rosy mauve is bursting at the seams with pigment. Soft and versatile for a healthy natural look.
  • Vegas Past – A bold bronze foiled shade with green and rose gold reflects that glisten like the Vegas lights in your rear-view mirror. On to bigger and better things, but you take the sparkle with you everywhere you go.
  • Whiskey Neat – This barrel-aged brown doesn’t need a mixer. Use this refined shade to add depth and infuse smoke into your look.
  • Moon Child – Ruled by the moon, this is the deepest shade in the palette. This maroon shadow is perfect for your dark phase.

I can’t wait to create some looks using this palette – Keep an eye out for the tutorials on my channel.

The palette costs £48.58 GBP and $58.00 USD
FYI: the brand also ships internationally, in case you were wondering.

Shonagh x

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BAREMINERALS® CRYSTALLINE GLOW COLLECTION

This alluring selection of products was delivered to me recently and I just had to share them with you!

This is a limited edition collection and consists of a Crystalline Bronze & Glow Highlight Palette and three Crystalline Chrome Highlighter Sticks although I only have two here. The PR packaging also contains a bareMinerals Dual Finish Blush & Contour Brush, their new Good Hydrations Primer and a beautiful Rose Quartz Stone – a lovely touch! 

The Bronze & Glow Highlighting Palette has three universally-flattering shades, all of which have crushed rose quartz crystals within their formula to create a subtle glow to the skin – which is refreshing as many highlighter palettes now consist of heavily frosted-shimmer particles that can be seen from the Moon.

This palette will give you a lit-from-within glow, suited to all ages. It has a built-in mirror so you can carry it around to top-up your glow throughout the day, or just to check on your makeup. It’s relatively slender and wouldn’t take up too much space. 
The colours:
Pink Moonstone – a Rose Gold shade that can be applied to the back half of the cheek to add a flush of colour while adding a pretty glow at the same time.
Glistening Topaz – this will bronze your skin to give a sun-kissed healthy glow. Apply to the high points of the face where the Sun would naturally hit.
Rose Quartz – more of a Bronzy-Gold hue which can be applied to the top of the cheekbone for a golden glow. 

(See swatches below)

Here are two of the three Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks from the collection; Iridescent Quartz and Shimmering Crystal. What’s odd about these cream colours (and a little confusing when I was labelling the swatches) is that the Gold (pictured left) actually comes out as a Pinky hue with a subtle Gold finish when swatched, and the Pinky coloured stick (pictured right) comes out predominantly Gold when swatched! Bizzare, right? This is down to the iridescent shimmer within the sticks which becomes the predominant shade once swatched. 
The third stick is called Prismatic Pearl which has a light violet hue, and in my opinion, only really suits those of fairer skin tone. 

Let’s take a look at the swatches; the first has been taken on an iPhone 8 in natural daylight, both inside and outside.
From top to bottom we have: 
Shimmering Crystal – Glow Stick
Iridescent Quartz – Glow Stick 
Rose Quartz – Highlighter Palette
Glistening Topaz – Highlighter Palette
Pink Moonstone – Highlighter Palette

This bottom set of swatches have been taken on a professional camera; the Olympus Pen E-PL9, which softens the appearance of the swatches – hence why I like to show you both mobile AND pro camera shots:

Overall, I really like this collection, more so the Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks, I think they are so pretty!! If you are a fan of more subtle highlight and bronze products then I think you’ll really enjoy using the Bronze & Glow Highlighter Palette as it’s not too intense and the quality really is lovely. 

The Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks (7g) retail at £20.00 each, and the Crystalline Glow Bronzer & Highlighter Palette (7.5g) retails for £30.00.

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REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Revolution Conceal & Define, a concealer for everyone.
The entire range consists of 25 shades varying from the fairest of fair to the deepest of deep. This vast colour range also comes in a mixture of undertones; cool, neutral and warm, so there is something for everyone! 

This lightweight formula is synonymous with the Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ concealer, only with a matte finish rather than a radiant one, and they’re not drying under the eyes like you might expect with a matte finish.
Revolution says it’s a full coverage concealer that will counteract dark circles, cover blemishes and even out skin tone. I have concealed a blemish well using a shade suited to my skin tone from this range and I have to say I was impressed, it wasn’t anymore drying in that area than my high-end concealers – you can always expect a little when covering a blemish but in fact, it sat rather well.
Having had a play with them on my face and my arm, I can confirm they do offer good coverage with definite staying power. It was hard to remove the swatches.   

What I like about the formulation is that it’s not too thick. Many concealers are, and this means they tend to be relatively drying underneath the eyes which cause that dreaded crepey appearance. It didn’t produce creases when blended in with my fingers, I haven’t tried a heavier application as yet, but note, the more you layer products the more likely they are to crease. 
After a while of wearing the concealer my under eye area became a little chalky, which is often the case when I try out drugstore formulations, although, this is one of the better ones I’ve tried. For the price, I’m not going to complain.

These concealers are fluid enough to be worn anywhere on the face, as well as used to contour & highlight with. They have a doe-foot applicator which is larger than most, but great for covering bigger areas in one swipe.
They are cruelty-free & vegan-friendly, and you get 11oz / 3.4ml for only £4.00!!! 

Let’s get to the shades; 

C0 – Pure white – I would use this to lighten other shades, or used as an eyeshadow base to intensify colour pay-off. I often use the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk for this but you can definitely try this concealer, it will have more than one use. 
C0.5 – Fair skin tones with a pink undertone – (Cool based, usually veins in your arms will appear Blue)
C1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone (Usually, veins in your arms will appear both Green & Blue)
C2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C3 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone

C4 – Light skin tones with a pink undertone
C5 – Light skin tones with a golden undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C6 – Light/medium skin tones with a neutral undertone
C6.5 – Light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C7 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)

C8 – Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C8.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C9 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone
C10- Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C10.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone

C11 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone
C12 – Medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C12.5 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone 
C13 – Dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C13.5 – Dark skin tones with a neutral undertone

C14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
C15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone

Overall, for £4.00 I’m excited to see these in drugstore / high street shops! Influencers on social media are comparing them to the likes of Tarte Cosmetics’ Shape Tape concealer, which, as you know, has been and still is the go-to product for those with £22 to spare. But for those of you who don’t, you now have a fantastic alternative at just a fraction of the cost… no matter your skin tone, there is ‘a concealer for everyone’.

You can purchase the concealers online, here:
UK: http://bit.ly/2H7H3pq
US: http://bit.ly/2HFh1Lm

REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Revolution Conceal & Define, a concealer for everyone.
The entire range consists of 25 shades varying from the fairest of fair to the deepest of deep. This vast colour range also comes in a mixture of undertones; cool, neutral and warm, so there is something for everyone! 

This lightweight formula is synonymous with the Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ concealer, only with a matte finish rather than a radiant one, and they’re not drying under the eyes like you might expect with a matte finish.
Revolution says it’s a full coverage concealer that will counteract dark circles, cover blemishes and even out skin tone. I have concealed a blemish well using a shade suited to my skin tone from this range and I have to say I was impressed, it wasn’t anymore drying in that area than my high-end concealers – you can always expect a little when covering a blemish but in fact, it sat rather well.
Having had a play with them on my face and my arm, I can confirm they do offer good coverage with definite staying power. It was hard to remove the swatches.   

What I like about the formulation is that it’s not too thick. Many concealers are, and this means they tend to be relatively drying underneath the eyes which cause that dreaded crepey appearance. It didn’t produce creases when blended in with my fingers, I haven’t tried a heavier application as yet, but note, the more you layer products the more likely they are to crease. 
After a while of wearing the concealer, my under eye area became a little chalky, which is often the case when I try out drugstore formulations, although this is one of the better ones I’ve tried. For the price, I’m not going to complain.

These concealers are fluid enough to be worn anywhere on the face, as well as used to contour & highlight with. They have a doe-foot applicator which is larger than most, but great for covering bigger areas in one swipe.
They are cruelty-free & vegan-friendly, and you get 11oz / 3.4ml for only £4.00!!! 

Let’s get to the shades; 

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C0 – Pure white – I would use this to lighten other shades, or used as an eyeshadow base to intensify colour pay-off. I often use the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk for this but you can definitely try this concealer, it will have more than one use. 
C0.5 – Fair skin tones with a pink undertone – (Cool based, usually veins in your arms will appear Blue)
C1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone (Usually, veins in your arms will appear both Green & Blue)
C2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C3 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone

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C4 – Light skin tones with a pink undertone
C5 – Light skin tones with a golden undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C6 – Light/medium skin tones with a neutral undertone
C6.5 – Light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C7 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)

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C8 – Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C8.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C9 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone
C10- Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C10.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone

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C11 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone
C12 – Medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C12.5 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone 
C13 – Dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C13.5 – Dark skin tones with a neutral undertone

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C14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
C15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone

Overall, for £4.00 I’m excited to see these in drugstore / high street shops! Influencers on social media are comparing them to the likes of Tarte Cosmetics’ Shape Tape concealer, which, as you know, has been and still is the go-to product for those with £22 to spare. But for those of you who don’t, you now have a fantastic alternative at just a fraction of the cost… no matter your skin tone, there is ‘a concealer for everyone’.

You can purchase the concealers online, here:
UK: http://bit.ly/2H7H3pq
US: http://bit.ly/2HFh1Lm

REVOLUTION CONCEAL & DEFINE – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Revolution Conceal & Define, a concealer for everyone.
The entire range consists of 25 shades varying from the fairest of fair to the deepest of deep. This vast colour range also comes in a mixture of undertones; cool, neutral and warm, so there is something for everyone! 

This lightweight formula is synonymous with the Too Faced ‘Born This Way’ concealer, only with a matte finish rather than a radiant one, and they’re not drying under the eyes like you might expect with a matte finish.
Revolution says it’s a full coverage concealer that will counteract dark circles, cover blemishes and even out skin tone. I have concealed a blemish well using a shade suited to my skin tone from this range and I have to say I was impressed, it wasn’t anymore drying in that area than my high-end concealers – you can always expect a little when covering a blemish but in fact, it sat rather well.
Having had a play with them on my face and my arm, I can confirm they do offer good coverage with definite staying power. It was hard to remove the swatches.   

What I like about the formulation is that it’s not too thick. Many concealers are, and this means they tend to be relatively drying underneath the eyes which cause that dreaded crepey appearance. It didn’t produce creases when blended in with my fingers, I haven’t tried a heavier application as yet, but note, the more you layer products the more likely they are to crease. 
After a while of wearing the concealer my under eye area became a little chalky, which is often the case when I try out drugstore formulations, although, this is one of the better ones I’ve tried. For the price, I’m not going to complain.

These concealers are fluid enough to be worn anywhere on the face, as well as used to contour & highlight with. They have a doe-foot applicator which is larger than most, but great for covering bigger areas in one swipe.
They are cruelty-free & vegan-friendly, and you get 11oz / 3.4ml for only £4.00!!! 

Let’s get to the shades; 

C0 – Pure white – I would use this to lighten other shades, or used as an eyeshadow base to intensify colour pay-off. I often use the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk for this but you can definitely try this concealer, it will have more than one use. 
C0.5 – Fair skin tones with a pink undertone – (Cool based, usually veins in your arms will appear Blue)
C1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone (Usually, veins in your arms will appear both Green & Blue)
C2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C3 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone

C4 – Light skin tones with a pink undertone
C5 – Light skin tones with a golden undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)
C6 – Light/medium skin tones with a neutral undertone
C6.5 – Light/medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C7 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone (Warm based, usually veins in your arms will appear Green)

C8 – Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C8.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone
C9 – Medium skin tones with a peach undertone
C10- Medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C10.5 – Medium skin tones with a yellow undertone

C11 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone
C12 – Medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C12.5 – Medium/dark skin tones with a golden undertone 
C13 – Dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C13.5 – Dark skin tones with a neutral undertone

C14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
C15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone

Overall, for £4.00 I’m excited to see these in drugstore / high street shops! Influencers on social media are comparing them to the likes of Tarte Cosmetics’ Shape Tape concealer, which, as you know, has been and still is the go-to product for those with £22 to spare. But for those of you who don’t, you now have a fantastic alternative at just a fraction of the cost… no matter your skin tone, there is ‘a concealer for everyone’.

You can purchase the concealers online, here:
UK: http://bit.ly/2H7H3pq
US: http://bit.ly/2HFh1Lm

MAC CHROMAT COLLECTION… AND SOME CLASSICS! 

Last month I attended a MAC Cosmetics event to celebrate their launch onto the Look Fantastic website. Whilst there I picked up a selection of products from their new limited edition CHROMAT collection, as well as a few classics from their permanent lines. 

I wanted to show you the two lipsticks & eyeshadow palette from the limited edition collection, and two of their new metallic lipsticks.

First up we have ‘#ShockValue’ a bright aqua Blue lipstick in a Amplified finish; Opaque full coverage finish, great pay-off with a light sheen to it.
Then we have ‘Augmented Reality’ a strong candy Red in a Matte finish; No shine, full coverage and long lasting. 
Both feature the architecturally inspired bionic 3D patterned packaging, distinctive across the entire collection. 
RRP £16.50 / $17.50 each.

The two Metallic Lips I picked up at the event are named ‘Cold Front’ (pictured on the left below) which is a frosted periwinkle Blue, and ‘Anything Once’ a Blackened blue with multi-coloured pearl running throughout.

As we know, metallic lips have been trending recently but personally I’m not the biggest fan, I think metallic lips belong on the catwalk or high fashion photo-shoots over everyday wear. But that’s just my taste, however, I do LOVE the colour of Cold Front.
If you do fancy rocking the reflective lip, I would advise pairing it with a simple eye of just mascara and / or some spikey lashes. 
RRP £16.50 / $17.50 each.

Last but not least is the CHROMAT eyeshadow palette

This really is beautiful! Once again, it features the special packaging distinctive to the CHROMAT collection. It contains a vibrant ocean Blue shade and a pearlescent deep Orange – which are complementary colours on the colour wheel, so this means they would work really well together for a contrasting look.
The palette also contains a Brown with a Green pearl running through it, a rich Black, a pearlescent Navy, and a metallic gunmetal shade. 
All of these eyeshadows can be used wet or dry, perfect for a modern smokey eye with a pop of colour! 
Check out the swatches below: 

  • Sabina Sangre: Deep Orange with Gold pearl
  • Duabandita: Brown with Green pearl
  • Structured Satin: Rich Black
  • Mindfiles: Metallic Silver with pearl
  • Triennial Wave: Vibrant ocean Blue
  • Blue Black: Navy Blue with Blue pearl

This limited edition palette retails for £25.00 / $32.00