The Jouer Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette

Hello everyone!

The Jouer Ultra Foil palette caught my eye so many times during the sephora sale, after the sephora sale and when they did additional 20% off on sale…every timeΒ  I came really close to buying it. Finally, this beautiful eyeshadow set was available on the Jouer website for 40% off on top of the sale price already listed! I finally bit the bullet and bought this beauty home for 18$! This palette is probably the best beauty steal I’ve managed to snag in a while πŸ˜€

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The Jouer Ultra Foil Eyeshadow palette

The palette came with an eye topper which I never was interested in so I don’t know where I kept it and hence can’t swatch it..sorry about that. The palette is made of plastic and for some reason reminds me of makeup revolution palettes! The pretty dragon fly is a sticker and I really like the overall look of the palette. However, the original price of this palette is 52$ which I feel is too much for a plastic palette with a sticker on top.

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Inside the Jouer Ultra Foil eyeshadow palette

Doesn’t it look gorgeous! If you love metallic lid shades like I do, this is a dream palette. This palette is full of shimmer shades so it requires you to pull out some matte shadows from your collection. I am okay with that since this gives me an opportunity to use some of my single matte eyeshadow shades πŸ™‚ Formulation wise, I found a few shadows a bit different compared to the rest..some of them are more of a traditional shimmer eyeshadow without intense glitter.Β  Another interesting thing about these shadows is that they can be packed on for full intensity or sheered down a bit for a more subtle look.

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Brush swatches of the first 2 columns in the palette

These are swatches build up with just one dip into the pan..if I want to make these really pop I can easily build it up. That my friends, is the beauty of this palette. I have worn these glittery eyeshadows to toddler story time hour with kiddo without people looking at me like i’m some glitter crazy mom. I have also worn these shadows packed on to look like foil for an evening out with the husband.

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Brush swatches of the last 2 columns of the palette

The blue shade in the palette has a beautiful brownish shift to it which is very much reflected in the swatch above ( second from right). The purple shade which is the other bright pop color in this palette does not look as vibrant as it does in the pan. I do not mind this, but if you were looking for the exact vibrant purple you see in the pan, you might be a tad bit disappointed! The formula for the blue, the purple and the gunmetal grey ( third shade from right) is more like traditional metallic shadows and not what I’d call foil. Again, I am not complaining these look lovely on the eyes!

Depending on the shades you use in your crease and outer corners of the eye, you can get beautiful subtle shifts to these shades once they blend in with those shades. Speaking of bending, these guys bend beautifully and last all day with no fading (I always use a primer).

Overall, this palette is a winner in my book! Have you picked this Jouer palette up? Which other products do you like from Jouer?

 

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Bare Minerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye and Cheek Palette

Hello folks!

I am sure you have been in this predicament quite often..you are happily shopping online and to reach the minimum order value to qualify for free shipping you start looking for non essential stuff to add to your cart πŸ˜€ Well, that is the story of how this mini eye and cheek palette from Bare Minerals landed up in my hands!

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Bare Minerals Northern Lights Gen Nude Eye and Cheek Palette

This is a really cute little palette which is a limited edition release for the holidays. I picked up mine from Ulta for 6$ and at this point of time it is still available on the Ulta website but at its full price of 12$. The packaging is cardboard, but the palette overall is quite sturdy and makes a good travel palette. I have heard good things about the gen nude line and this was a perfect way to try out the blush and sample eyeshadows from the line.

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Northern lights palette from Bare Minerals

The Northern Lights Palette comes with a blush in the shade Strike a Rose and 2 eyeshadows: Girl’s Night and Couture. The blush is available in their regular line of Gen Nude blushes. I am not too sure about the eyeshadows since I couldn’t find the same shade names in their gen nude eyeshadow palettes. The palette is made in the USA so I am guessing they didn’t skimp on the quality.

I really like the 2 eyeshadows in this palette. They are perfect for every day office wear. They are not matte but have a nice sheen which makes them ideal for professional settings. The formula is great; nice pigmentation, no fallout, lasts all day (I always wear a primer) and are easy to apply. Both shades can be used individually for a wash of color or together to create a nice subtle eye look.

The Blush shade strike a rose is a neutral pink which again fits in with the eyeshadow look. The formula is a bit powdery and you have to be careful while dipping in your blush brush.

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Brush swatches of the Bare Minerals Northern Lights Palette

I have used a brush to swatch the shades and as you can see the eyeshadows have a nice sheen as I mentioned earlier. This palette is probably ideal for light to medium skintones since I think the blush might look a bit ashy on deeper skintones.

Overall, I really enjoy using this palette and if you can grab it at a sale price, it is a steal!

Until next time, ciao!!

 

The Sleek Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette

A while back I picked up a couple of items from Sleek makeup to try some of their products since I have heard so much about the brand. I had picked up some blushes which I’ll review soon and also 2 eyeshadow palettes. I already reviewed The Goodnight Sweetheart PaletteΒ Β which I liked and which actually drew me to explore the brand. The Vintage Romance Palette didn’t quite hit the mark with me though and straight off the bat I’d say go try the Goodnight Sweetheart palette if you are looking to sample the brands eyeshadows. I was drawn to this palette because of the plums and purples which is my kind of shadows these days, but they lacked depth and richness 😦

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Sleek Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette

The Palette looks like all the sleek palettes..a nice compact thin black plastic palette with a mirror. The palette has 1 matte shade and the rest are satins and shimmers.

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Sleek Vintage Romance color selection

The colors look beautiful right? I love the shade selection here! The shade names come in plastic sheet which you can lose anytime. I just realized as I am writing this post, I forgot to label the shade names in the photo! Bad beauty blogger! So I’ll just write out the names here. Top row from left to right the shades are : Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Romance in Rome and Propose in Prague. They are swatched below with a brush in the same order πŸ™‚

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Swatches of the top row

My favorite shades in this palette are those lovely metallic shimmers in the first row: Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes and Lust in LA. The purple blue shade called Romance in Rome is not as intense as I thought it would be..it lacks some depth and richness. Propose in Prague is the only matte shade in the palette and it works okay as a crease color.

The second row consists of the following shades from left to right: A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Bliss in Barcelona, Forever in Florence and Love in London.

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Bottom Row Swatches

This row was a big disappointment for me. Marry in Monte Carlo is nice (the second shade from the left). The rest of them are quite flat and dare I say chalky :/ Don’t get me wrong, these shadows work, just that they don’t have depth of color..so you might not get the intensity you see in the pan. Bliss in Barcelona is such a lovely shade..wish it was a tad more pigmented!

The 2 shades I absolutely don’t like in this palette is Forever in Florence and Love in London – the last 2 shades in the bottom row. They have chunky glitter and apply quite patchy.

Overall, I’d say you can make this palette work and for the money it is not too bad. If you are looking to try Sleek shadows try out the Goodnight Sweetheart palette..I find the shadows in that one more consistent; quality and pigmentation wise.

Have you tried Sleek Eyeshadow palettes?

Until next time, ciao!!

Sleek Makeup Goodnight Sweetheart Palette

Hello folks!! It has been a while since I blogged …I knew life will never be the same once a baby arrives but no one told me it would be THIS hectic!! πŸ™‚ I have been wanting to talk about the Goodnight Sweetheart eyeshadow palette for ages! It was a limited edition release in late 2016, but is still available on the Sleek website. I fell in love with the shade selection and since I’ve always wanted to try one of the Sleek eyeshadow palettes I decided to bite the bullet and get this one.

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The box which houses the palette looks so pretty! Unfortunately the actual palette is their classic sleek black packaging. The packaging is great for storage. This palette is a fall palette but if you’re like me and enjoy burgundy and taupe shades all year round, this one is a winner!! Take a look at the shades below…they are so gorgeous!

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The Goodnight Sweetheart Palette

The Palette comes with 12 shadows, out of which there are 2 matte shades. Here is a closer look at the first 6 shadows. The 2 matte shades, Romance and Hold me Tight pair well with the rest of the shadows to pull off simple looks. All the swatches below are with a brush since I find that to be a better representation of how it will perform on the eyes πŸ™‚

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Although Seduction looks great in the swatch, I experienced a bit of fall out from this shade. I think its because of the chunkier glitter particles. Velvet Wrap looks gorgeous on the lid.

Here is a closer look at the next set of 6 eye shadows from the palette.

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My camera could not capture the true beauty of the shade Lingerie. It is whitish peachy shade with fine golden shimmer. It works well as a good brow bone highlight. Snuggle is a lovely statement shade which is similar to MAC blue brown , again my camera failed to capture its true essence. My least favorite shade is Sleeping Beauty It just does not pull off well on my medium skin tone. I also found it to be slightly chunky with lots of fall out.

The color payoff from these shadows is excellent considering the price! I have found these shadows to last really well throughout the day. I do have dry lids though and always wear a primer with my eyeshadows. Overall, these shadows get an A+ from me πŸ™‚ If these colors speak to you pick up the palette from the Sleek website before they discontinue it. I am not sure if Ulta carries this particular palette since I ordered this off the UK website.

Until next time, ciao!!!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Dreamy

Hello folks!

Tarina Tarantino is a famous jewelry designer who had a few years ago partnered with Sephora and bought out her own line of makeup. Sadly, they are no longer available at Sephora but on the bright side, they can be still purchased on her website and also on Hautelook.

Sometime last year I picked up the Jewel Shadow palette in Dreamy when her products were on Hautelook. I had also picked up her lipstick which I reviewed HERE a while back! Β I will let the cat out of the bag right now itself..these shadows have one of the best formulas I have tried πŸ™‚

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

The packaging is very luxe. The gun metal compact has a nice weight to it and the design is so sleek and stylish, I would never think twice about whipping this out of my bag in public to touch up πŸ˜€ The brown hologram is also a nice touch. I really like the outer box of the compact too which is why I still have it with me!

Eyeshadow palette in Dreamy
Eyeshadow palette in Dreamy

The palette houses 5 beautiful shades. I would describe this palette as being a neutral palette with a pop of color. 4 out of the 5 shadows are satin shimmer shades, with the dark brown shadow at the bottom of the quad being more of a glitter shadow. If you are a lover of matte shadows, this quad sadly may not be for you. The standout shadow in this palette is of course the beautiful burnt orange copper shade!

Single swipe brush swatches
Single swipe brush swatches

The shadows are smooth and glide on the skin like butter! They are extremely pigmented too! Above are swatches of the 5 shadows in this palette obtained with just 1 swipe of a brush. The glitter shade has some fallout but not so much so that it is a deal breaker. I have used these shadows with and without a primer and they have excellent longevity. They look really fresh even at the end of a 12 hour day when used with a primer. I have used these shadows once without a primer and they did not fade even after 8 to 10 hours of wear!

Overall, I love everything about this palette – colors, the texture, the performance, pigmentation, packaging..everything!!

The only con/negative about this palette is that it is not very easily available. I like to wait till they come up on hautelook to get them at really great prices πŸ™‚

Have you tried anything from the Tarina Tarantino line?

Until next time…ciao!!

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyshadow Palette Review

Hello everyone!!

I am really excited to share with everyone my thoughts on one of the best palettes I have found till date! I love warm toned sunset themed colors for my eyelids and the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette had the most beautiful warm shades. Although, this palette is more summer spring themed, I have been enjoying it since I got my hands on this in November (getting my hands on it was a herculean task since Zoeva is not readily available where I live!). You can technically order it off the Zoeva website but the international shipping rates are a bit steep :(.

Zoeva is a German brand best known for their gorgeous brushes. I had my eyes on this palette ever since it released and finally snagged it during a trip! The palette is very reasonable priced at around 17 Euros and has a very sleek cardboard packaging. The palette looks gorgeous even on the outside!!

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Once you open this up, your eyes will sparkle seeing 10 lovely shades in nice large pans :D. The palette does not have a mirror though.

The 10 shades inside the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette
The 10 shades inside the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

I personally would categorize the 10 shades into 3 mattes, 3 foil like intense shades, 2 satin shades and 2 glitter shadow. Overall, all of them have very good pigmentation and although not soft and crumbly to touch like the Lorac pro shadows, they apply very smooth and creamy on the eyelids. This palette is perfect for those who find it hard to be extra gentle with their shadows when dipping in their brush πŸ˜€

Now for some close ups and swatches! I have swatched all the shades using a brush and the swatches you see are obtained by swiping the brush just once! These shadows are very nicely pigmented and can be easily build up depending on your liking.

The first four shades: Bitter Start, Sweet End and below we have Pure Ganache and Substitute for Love
The first four shades: Bitter Start, Sweet End and below we have Pure Ganache and Substitute for Love

Substitute for Love has very small glitter bits in it but it does not show up on the skin. It can easily function as a matte crease shade. Pure Ganache is a real beauty! It has a foiled eyeshadow effect on the eyes!

Single Swipe Brush Swatches of the first four shades
Single Swipe Brush Swatches of the first four shades

The remaining shadows which are on the darker end of spectrum are equally lovely!

Top Row: Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans are White. Bottom Row: Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity
Top Row: Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans are White. Bottom Row: Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity

Warm notes is one of my favorite shades in this palette! This too has a foiled finish on the lids. Beans are white is a bit disappointing as it is not very easy to blend unlike the rest of the shadows. I am also not a fan of infusion since the glitter tends to fall out. Delicate acidity is a pretty duo chrome shade with a satin finish.

More Swatches!
More Swatches!

I have worn these eyeshadows with a primer (I always use one) and they last well over 8 hours with no creasing . I did however notice that Ganache tends to fade a bit after 8 hours of wear on my lids. The other shades don’t pose this problem!

If your on the hunt for a nice warm toned eyeshadow palette I recommend you pick this one !! It also has the added bonus of being paraben free, mineral oil free with no fragrence and no phthalates πŸ™‚

Have you tried any of the Zoeva Palettes? What do you think of them?

Until next time…ciao!!

A classic warm toned eye look!

Hello everyone!

I recently got my hands on the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eye shadow palette and it is a warm toned shadow lover’s dream come true. I have used this palette a ton since getting it in November. Today’s look was created with the first 3 shades I gravitated towards when I first opened up the palette.

 

Warm toned eyes
Warm toned eyes

I used the foil like gold shade Pure Ganache all over the lid (its stunning especially packed on!). In the crease I used the shade Substitute for love, an orange camel brown followed by Freshly Toasted, a dark caramel brown in the outer V blended into the crease a bit as well. Finally I used the matte creamy Β shade Bitter Start under the brow bone.

The shades from the Zoeva coco blend palette
The shades from the Zoeva coco blend palette

Stay tuned for a review and swatch post on this lovely palette!!

Until next time..ciao!!