Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the most coveted brands on the market. After taking the beauty world by storm with innovative brow products, which arguably started a trend, Anastasia preceded to release a series of amazing lipsticks and palettes. Among these palettes are their […]
Eyes: Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder Face: MAC Studio […]
I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it out of the ballpark. It is my favorite eyeshadow formula to date; I hope they keep releasing more shades, because I want them all!
I ordered the Lo-Key and Hi-Maitenence. The physical shadow palettes are actually very nice: cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I popped the eyeshadows out of this palette (which is very easy to do) so I could put them in the Makeup Forever palette I use for travel. However, the packaging is nice, so I saved it for future use. I also purchased some individual eyeshadows, which are just as nice as the palettes. The palettes are just a slightly better deal, if you’ll use all the colors.
The eyeshadows themselves are absolutely perfect as far as I’m concerned. Soft and creamy, pigmented but blendable and easy to use. There’s a little fallout, but not too much. The shade range is gorgeous. I mostly have warm shades, but I would love to pick up some cooler shades as well. I was really blown away by the formula! Plus, the price point is actually very affordable. I would say that these eyeshadows are more similar to MAC eyeshadow than Makeup Geek eyeshadow, but the formula falls somewhere in between in terms of creaminess.
The Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows are 10/10, 5 stars, A+. I would highly recommend them; they’re my favorite eyeshadows, regardless of price, but considering the price they are an absolute can’t miss for makeup lovers! I hope they keep releasing new shades. The Colourpop website often has sales and promotions, so if you watch out for a discount you can get them for an even more affordable price.
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The LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Foundation makes a lot of claims, even just in the name. At just $9.00, the LA Girl foundation comes at a price everybody can afford. The LA Girl Pro Concealers, from the same line, were very […]
I love the Tarte highlighters; I’ve tried many highlighters, and the Tarte formula is one of my absolute favorites. The formula is smooth and finely milled, and there is a range of colors that I think would flatter many skin tones. I’ve found that the highlighters in the pans and palettes are consistently great. I have the Pro Glow to Go Palette and the Skin Twinkle Vol. II Palette. They’re both great, and now I’ve fallen in love with the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Highlighter in “Stunner.”
I have a mini version of this highlighter, which I got as a Sephora reward. It’s just a smaller version of the normal packaging. The compact is plastic and sturdy but chic, with a mirror. It snaps closed easily and holds the smooth highlighter. “Stunner” is a unique shade; it is cool-toned without being white or silver, and it suits my fair complexion perfectly. I’ve also heard great things about the “Exposed” highlighter, which I would love to try eventually. These highlighters are very reflective without being too pigmented, but I find that they can really give you a bold highlight. Of course, you can wear it as a soft highlight if you want, but I usually go for the intense highlight look.
The Tarte highlighters are beautiful. And, in my opinion, totally underrated. What highlighters do you like?
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I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There […]
Makeup setting sprays are a holy grail product, in terms of making your makeup last all day (or all night). Nothing keeps my makeup on like a setting spray, and I’ve even gotten my mother and sister addicted. There are many different types of sprays on the market: some of them, say Mac Fix+ (which is a great product) are intended to freshen your makeup and reduce the look of powder. Others, like the Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray and the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray, are meant to prolong the wear time of your makeup.
Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray: As far as I can tell, this was the original long-wear makeup setting spray. Or at least Skindinavia was behind the original formula, as Urban Decay’s famous All-Nighter spray was made in collaboration with Skindinavia. The Skindinavia spray bottle distributes a fine mist onto the face. You really only need a few sprays to lock your makeup into place (though I have a tendency to apply much more). The Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray definitely makes a difference in the wear time of your makeup, especially when paired with the Makeup Primer Spray. Skindinavia often runs 20% promotions on their site, so you can pick it up at a discounted rate. This spray does not add any hydration to your look, but it does lock your makeup into place.
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray: I haven’t been using this makeup setting spray as long as the Skindinavia formula, but from what I can tell they are very similar. There might be some small differences in formula and scent, but overall the effect is almost the same. Not hydrating, but perfect for making your makeup last. The Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray (made in partnership with Skindinavia) is a little more expensive than the Skindinavia spray, but it can be purchased more easily at Sephora and Ulta.
Overall, I think these two products are very similar. What are your favorite makeup setting sprays? I want to try the Milani Make It Last setting spray, and I’m interested in some of the “dewy finish” sprays.
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