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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer & bareSkin Concealer

I was introduced to Bare Minerals a little over a year ago, when I started using the bareSkin Serum foundation. That foundation was my first foundation-love, and I’m thinking about returning to it sometime soon. Because I loved that foundation, I also tried out the bareMinerals Complexion […]

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes are iconic and popular. Their larger palettes (Naked, Naked2, Naked3, and Naked Smokey) are arguably some of the most coveted palettes in the game. But are they worth the hype?

I was interested in purchasing the Naked3 palette, but I was hesitant because I thought a swatch test produced an allergic reaction on my arm. I am not allergic to my Naked Basics Palette, but they aren’t the most comfortable eyeshadows I’ve worn. I find that when I layer them (e.g. to create a smokey eye) they feel chalky and heavy on my lids.

The palette contains six neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is smooth, but with some fallout. I would not consider these eyeshadows as buttery as some of the other formulas I have tried. The one shimmery shadow in my pan has a different consistency from all the rest, and it hasn’t behaved the same ever since I dipped a semi-wet brush into the pan. I had washed the brush the night prior to using the palette, so the brush got the eyeshadow wet when I dipped it into the pan. However, that shadow (Venus) has never been the same. It has a splotch on it that has permeated into deeper layers of the shadow (I can’t seem to get rid of it by scraping off the top layer). I have gotten eyeshadows wet in the past, and they’ve always dried back to normal, so I’m not sure what happened with Venus.

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Despite my reservations about this palette, I use it frequently because of its cool-neutral browns(perfect for channeling a ’90s supermodel like Cindy Crawford or a low-key daytime look). The shades are:

Venus: A sheer white with a slight shimmer; this is the least pigmented shade in the palette.

Foxy: An off-white, slightly yellow neutral and one of my favorites in the palette. I use this eyeshadow all over the lid or as an eraser shade. I find this to be the easiest eyeshadow to work with in the palette, because it is so smooth.

W.O.S.: This eyeshadow is very similar in texture to Foxy, but more of a pink-peach hue.

Naked2: This shade is great for blending out your crease. It is a cool light brown, verging on taupe. The formula is drier and has more fallout than Foxy and W.O.S.

Faint: This is the warmest shade in the palette, but it is on the neutral side of the warm spectrum. It is a milk chocolate brown, similar to Naked2 in texture.

Crave: I love black eyeshadow, but I just can’t seem to fall in love with Crave. It isn’t as black as I want it to be.  Whenever I blend it out, it ends up looking like a dark gray.FullSizeRender (38).jpg

I like that this palette is compact and great for travel. It has wearable matte shades that are great for everyday use. I don’t like this palette for heavier nighttime looks, because the eyeshadows feel thick and uncomfortable when you try to build them up for a dramatic look. They blend very nicely into my skin, but they don’t blend into each other very well. The eyeshadows in the Naked Basics palette are not as easy to work with as eyeshadows from M.A.C., Morphe, or Melt Cosmetics. A 35 shadow Morphe palette costs $22, while the Naked Basics Palette costs $29 and you only get six eyeshadows.

I will continue to use the Naked Basics Palette because I like the colors and because its small size is convenient, but the eyeshadow formula is just average. You can easily find better eyeshadows, often at a more affordable price.

Makeup Revolution Review & First Impressions

Makeup Revolution Review & First Impressions

What is Makeup Revolution and where did it come from? When this brand first appeared in the drugstore section at Ulta, I was suspicious. I had no knowledge about Makeup Revolution, particularly in comparison with larger brands like L’Oreal and Maybelline. I heard a few […]

The Best Lip Liner Under $5

The Best Lip Liner Under $5

A $3.49 lip pencil sounds like a miracle and a scam all at once. How could anything that is the same price as a cup of coffee be good? Sometimes $3.49 coffees aren’t even good. . . and yet this lip pencil is good. In […]

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation Review

bareMinerals bareSkin foundation was my go-to for just shy of a year. When I first used this foundation, I loved it, though over time I didn’t like it quite as much. It has pretty sheer coverage, medium coverage if you apply more and light coverage if you apply a little. However, it doesn’t build to full coverage very well. When I tried to build the foundation past medium coverage, it looked like it was sitting on my skin instead of blending into the skin.

Pros of the bareSkin Foundation:

Lightweight and gentle formula

Sheer coverage: great if you have freckles that you want to show through

Comfortable

Good Price

Cons of the bareSkin Foundation: 

If you apply too much, it can get patchy and difficult to blend.

Sheer coverage: Not effective for covering blemishes or discoloration

Overall: I think this foundation is great for young girls who are new to makeup, or somebody who is looking for a true medium coverage.I also suspect that it is a great for more mature skin, because it is moisturizing and doesn’t seep into pores and lines on my face (and also my super glamorous mom likes it). It provides a nice, lightweight coverage, and a little of this foundation goes a long way. However, I find that I prefer the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Gel, which is a tinted moisturizer, for light coverage, and that I tend to reach for my Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer when I feel like wearing foundation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills made its name in the world by selling eyebrow products that upped everybody’s brow game. That being said, Anastasia Beverly Hills is more than a brow genius. ABH’s Glow Kit has received a lot of accolades from internet beauty gurus, and not […]

L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review

L’Oreal True Match Foundation Review

I’m a big fan of L’Oreal. L’Oreal Group owns far more than just L’Oreal Paris. In fact, L’Oreal owns Maybelline, NYX, Kiehl’s, Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent, and more. L’Oreal Paris makes great products in their drugstore line. I had a serious, long term relationship with […]

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe Palette and Brush Review

Morphe is a small makeup company that has been making big waves in the social media makeup world. If you watch Youtube or follow Instagram, you have probably seen some of Morphe’s products, especially their 35O palette. The overall consensus is that Morphe makes great products, so I decided to see for myself.

I purchased the 35K palette, which features 35 beautiful shades: whites, beiges, browns, blacks, and blues. Most of the colors are matte, but there are a few with shimmer. You get a lot of product in this palette for a reasonable price. I got mine during a 20% flash sale, but they usually go for about $23 on the Morphe website.

There are definitely pros and cons to this palette. The colors are beautiful and plentiful. I recently brought it with me to a family wedding where I knew I would be doing a few people’s makeup for the event. I liked that I could bring one palette for a large variety of different looks for different people. However, it is a big palette, and I often don’t reach for it simply because it is bulky and hard to use. I have also found that the colors are inconsistent. Some of them are intensely pigmented, while others are hardly pigmented at all. I have also found that some of the colors are very similar to each other. I will continue to use the palette for certain occasions, but I don’t reach for it on a daily basis.

On the other hand, the brushes are among my favorites. I ordered a synthetic kit of travel size brushes, and they feel soft and luxurious. They apply makeup beautifully, because they are very dense, and they feel great on my skin. Of course, because they are travel size they also fit easily into their case and travel well. I prefer them to my travel-size MAC brushes, and because they are much less expensive, I will probably order Morphe brushes in the future when I am looking to restock my brush collection.