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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Avon Iconic Beauty Palette from Holiday 2018

Hello folks!

My previous post was on the lovely lipsticks in the Avon Iconic Beauty holiday collection which I had ordered from their website. In order to get free shipping, I added the Iconic Beauty Palette too into my cart πŸ˜€ and today our review is all about this palette.

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The Avon Iconic Beauty Palette

Avon gets an A+ for the beautiful packaging! I love the outer box and the inner palette cover looks nice too. This palette comes with 4 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. Out of these 2 products I’d say the eyeshadows were not the best. The shades look pretty in the pan, but the color payoff was not that great.

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Inside the Avon Iconic Palette Holiday 2018

The gold shade was the biggest miss in my opinion. It has sparkle but is extremely sheer in pigmentation. I have to really really build up the shadow for it to look atleast somewhat close to how it looks in the pan. The other 3 shadows are better pigmentation wise. However, all of them are extremely powdery. The shadows do last on my eyelids when used with a primer. So all that building up of the color does not go waste! I do not think these shades will last very long without a primer, since they are so powdery I think they might just ‘dust’ away.

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Brush swatches of the Avon Iconic Palette

As you can see from the brush swatches above the gold has barely any pigment. You really need to keep packing on the shadow for any pigment to show up!

The 2 blushes are the saving grace of this palette. One of the shades is a peachy pink with gold shimmer ( NARS Orgasm style) and the other is a more deeper matte peach blush. The blushes are also powdery so expect some powder fallout all over the palette. These blushes are build able which is a good thing as far as blushes go! You have better control over the amount of color you are depositing on your cheeks. I found the blushes to be pretty long lasting too! I have dry skin so I generally do not have issues with powder products disappearing towards the end of the day.

Overall, this is an okay palette. I think I will stick to buying lipsticks from Avon since their formula on the iconic lipstick line was amazing πŸ™‚

What are your favorite products from Avon?

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!!

Kiko Milano Long lasting eyeshadow stick

Hello folks!

I have always wanted to try the Laura Mercier caviar sticks, but somehow that purchase keeps getting pushed to the back burner. One of the reasons being my doubts on if I’ll actually use it enough. Cream products always land up in the back of my drawer since I kind of skim over them when hurrying out the door. The Kiko Milano long lasting eyeshadow sticks are touted as being dupes for the Laura Mercier ones, so when I got a chance to visit a Kiko store I decided to try one out. And not surprisingly (like a lot of the Kiko stuff I’ve tried) I am in love!

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Kiko Milano long lasting eyeshadow stick

The kiko ones are more cost effective compared to the Laura Mercier ones especially if they have a sale going on. I don’t remember how much I paid but it was below the 10$ mark for sure!

I picked up the shade 38 which is lovely taupe with specks of gold shimmer. It reminds a little of the Blink 1982 shadow from The Balm Jovi Palette by The Balm.

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Shade 38

The shadow sticks applies beautifully. No tugging no nonsense..just the perfect creamy glide over the lids. The shadow is super pigmented too and lives up to the 8 hour no transfer claims. I have used it with and without primer and it does not budge or crease.

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Kiko Milano eyeshadow stick shade 38 swatch

I find myself using the shadow stick for a quick eye look before dashing out of the door. These can also be used as bases for other eyeshadows and can be blended within the first 30 seconds or so after application. They set and become budge proof after that!

Overall, I highly recommend the Kiko Milano eyeshadow sticks! They have the perfect price tag, are pigmented, long lasting and also very travel friendly. I plan to pick up a few more shades. Do you have any shade recommendations?

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!!!

H &M High Impact Eye color in Kobai Azalea

Hello folks!!

So the single eyeshadow in the shade Kobai Azalea is the second product I have tried so far from the H &M beauty section and I must say I am pretty impressed with the beauty line already. Currently the beauty world is quite obsessed with dark cranberry, red, magenta type eyeshadow shades and if you are on a budget and looking to try out a shade in this family range…let me introduce you to Kobai Azalea…..

H&M High impact Eye color in Kobai Azalea
H&M High impact Eye color in Kobai Azalea

The shade Kobai Azalea is a very scary intense pinky red shade in the pan. I picked this up initially thinking if I don’t like it as an eyeshadow I’ll try it out as a blush! Guess what..it works great as both an eyeshadow and a blush πŸ˜€

Look at that color! Kobai Azalea
Look at that color! Kobai Azalea

One of the most discussed palettes in the beauty world right now is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Now, I do not own this palette but to me this shade looks a lot like Venetian red /Love letter in the pan and swatched.

Kobai Azalea is matte and though the texture of the shadow is not very silky, it is not very chalky either. The shadow looks lovely in the crease and blends effortlessly. I feel that I was able to use this as a blush as well all because of how easily bendable this shadow is! I did not notice any fading after wearing this shadow for around 9 hours.

Single Swipe brush swatch of Kobai Azalea
Single Swipe brush swatch of Kobai Azalea

The shadow is very build able although I have not tried packing this color to its maximum intensity Β on my lids..primarily since I am not a colorful eye shadow girl most of the time πŸ™‚ For me this is a great crease shade and I can see myself reaching for this more in the coming fall months.

Overall, this is another great beauty product find for me from H&M. The eyeshadow has great staying power, is blendable and pigmented! The packaging is quite okay as well.

I plan to pick up more items H&M beauty soon! Tell me… what are your favorite items from the line?

Until next time, ciao!!