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Review: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I love my mum, but if Lisa Eldridge offered to adopt me I wouldn’t hesitate for a second before I said “hells yes!”. She is so elegant and soothing and I think she may well be an angel sent from heaven to make the world a better, more beautiful place. But I’ve got way off track. Where was I going with this?…

Oh yeah, a few months ago I was watching a Lisa Eldridge tutorial and she used The Nudes eyeshadow palette by Maybelline. I was so soothed by her amazing voice that I barely noticed myself going out and buying it instantly. I just realised one day that it was in my makeup draw, oops. Really though, can you have too many natural eyeshadow palettes?! Probably.

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So was it worth the AU$21.99, or should you fork out the extra dollars for a high end substitute? Keep reading to find out.

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The 12 eyeshadow colours are right up my alley. Browns and ashy greys through some almost-coppers to a beautiful gold. Whilst 8 of them are shimmery, 4 are matte. I’m a huge fan of matte eyeshadow, especially for my everyday makeup and when I’m wearing glasses; somebody told me once that you should always wear matte shadows with glasses and I have run with that for years…I should really check out whether that is true. My favourites are the matte brown (top row, second from the right) and the almost-coppery brown (top row, third from the right). I also use the black to tight line my upper-lash line when I can’t be bothered with eyeliner but want the appearance of thick lashes.

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Top Row

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Bottom Row

Quality is where they are lacking. The first thing I noticed is that these bad boys have A LOT of fallout. You notice it as soon as you put your brush in the shadow, it falls errywhere. Ignoring that fact, which is super annoying but something I can get past, the quality is about a 6/10. They’re not terrible, the pigmentation is pretty good, just not fantastic. Same goes for the blendability. I mean, they blend eventually, it just takes a little more time and effort. If you don’t mind taking a bit longer to get ready then that’s not a massive issue either.

The thing that really lets the palette down is the staying power. They just don’t last, particularly the shimmery shades. Even with eyeshadow primer, setting the eyelid, you name it, I gave it a crack, and by the end of the day/night my eyes were but a remnant of what they were in the beginning. Which is such a pity because, as I said, the colours are SO pretty.

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Final verdict: Give it a miss.

I so wanted to say it was worth the money. But I just don’t think that it was. My high-end shadows, yes they cost significantly more, but they also last 10x longer. I just don’t see the point of even applying eyeshadow if it’s going to be gone in an hour or two. Sorry, Lisa.

If you want to give it a shot rather than taking my word for it, I picked mine up here.

Have you got any recommendations of drugstore substitutes for this palette? I am always keen to try new products out!

 

Stay happy, N x

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

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I am a massive fan of the “I woke up like this” makeup look. Which, of course, involves several steps, many makeup products and looks in no way how I appear when I wake up. Nailing that natural look makes my heart sing. So when Urban Decay released a foundation called “Naked Skin” I was all over that like a bad rash.   Did it live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out…

 

First things first: What is up with that name, Urban Decay? I understand that you’re trying to get a lot of information across, but were all those words really necessary? I think we could have cut it down a tad. It’s quite the mouthful. But that’s just nit-picking really.

The packaging is pretty much perfect, in my eyes. It looks high-end, but the lightweight packaging means you won’t have to compromise when it comes to travelling. I love my YSL Touche Èclat but it’s so damn heavy! If I want to take that on a trip I have to cut down on other products, and that’s a real pain. I’ve also had mine for months, rolling around with all my other foundations an the packaging has stayed un-tarnished.

Okay, onto the important stuff.

It comes in 18 shades, which means it covers girls ranging all the way from 0.5 (very fair, porcelain) to 12 (dark with deep golden undertones). Nothing annoys me more than when a company brings out a foundation with shades ranging from mildly pale – slightly tanned and leaves the rest of us hanging. So, props to Urban Decay.  I use the shade 2.0 (fair with slight yellow undertone).

The product description promises “coverage without compromise…the best of both worlds…buildable coverage…that looks and feels like nothing.” For me this was spot on. It gave me enough coverage to help me cover and blemishes and help me to feel confident even on my worst days. At the same time it looked and felt light, meaning I didn’t have to feel like I had caked on makeup if I was just going out for coffee or running errands. Even if I did cake it on for a night out it still felt light and natural. This is achieved through the super thin consistency of the foundation. It literally runs down my face before I blend it in. This does mean you need more than one coat to get full coverage (so you need to use more product) but that’s something I prefer.

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It leaves a demi-matte finish, which for me is exactly what I’m after for an everyday foundation. It gives me that glowy, healthy, youthful look that I love whilst also keeping my t-zone in check; something that dewy foundations struggle to do for long periods of time.   I do still set my t-zone and under my eyes with powder for special occasions, but it’s not strictly necessary, you can definitely get away without it.

As far as staying power…I am still undecided on this one. It’s by no means my longest wearing foundation. After a full day of wear, my skin is definitely peeking through and those blemishes are back out on show. However, whilst this isn’t fantastic, it does wear away naturally. There’s none patchiness or caking that can occur with other products. I would say it lasts a good 4-5 hours before it needs a touch up.

So all in all, I’m going to give the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weighless Ultra Defintion Liquid Makeup a 3.5/5. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good foundation, but there’s just something about it that stops me from loving it as opposed to just liking it. It probably would have been 4 if it lasted just a little bit longer.

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If you are a fan of no-makeup foundation, then definitely give this baby a go.

Aussie gals can pick their’s up here.

What are your favourite natural-looking foundations? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful, N x

 

Review: Tarte Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette, Volume I

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As you can probably tell by the picture below, this palette is very well loved. It’s one that I have recommended to so many of my friends and use pretty much every day in some way or another.

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Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer

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You’ve probably heard me rave about this bronzer before and it’s for good reason! This magical bronzer shade seems to match so many different skin tones and isn’t too warm that it can’t be used as a contour yet it’s not too cool that it makes you look muddy. I use this as an all over bronzer or as a mix between contour and bronzer. This is my absolute favourite bronzer of all time and I’ll definitely be purchasing the single pan when I feel finish off this set.

Blusher

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This blush, like the bronzer, seems to work on a large variety of skin tones! For me, it gives the perfect “pinched cheeks” look, which I love!

Highlighter

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Ooh baby this highlighter is nek level! It has a slight golden undertone but still works on pale girls like me. The shimmer is so fine that it gives you such a nice lit-from-within look and you can build it up to look like a gleaming supermodel or dust it all over to make you radiate from within.

I think Tarte did extremely well with accommodating this palette to a lot of different skin tones. No, it won’t work on girls with darker skin but hopefully they’ll come out with another in the near future. This palette may be sold out but it’s sister, the Parke Avenue Princess 2 Palette, has the exact same bronzer and highlight with a slightly different, still natural, blush shade so I would definitely check that out! It’s perfect for a beginner at makeup who wants one palette to do everything or someone who, like me, loves good quality, no fuss makeup.

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Aussie’s can purchase their’s here (although only vol 2 is available atm)

Stay happy,

-M Xx

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation & Concealer Review

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These products are by no means new. They’ve been around for years, but I am about to finish mine off (as you can see by their condition!) and I thought they deserved a short review. So here we go!

Foundation

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As the name of this range suggest, the foundation promises to help you to look instantly more awake. It boasts an “anti-fatigue effect” that helps you to attain a radiant glow.

Does it achieve this? I’m gonna go ahead and say “hells yes!”

This is one of my favourite drugstore foundations. Whenever I come back to it I mentally give myself a little slap on the wrist for ever having moved away from it in the first place! It creates a skin-like coverage whilst also covering any uneven skin tone. The finish is somewhere near ‘dewy’ but not quite there. I love that as it avoids you wandering into ‘oily’ territory during the day, which can so easily happen with dewy finish foundations.

I have worn it both as an everyday foundation with one layer or built it up for a night time look and it looks fantastic both ways. I wouldn’t say it’s a full coverage foundation, but that’s kind of how I like it. I prefer to build it to medium coverage and then use concealer if I need it.

It leaves your skin looking healthy with a radiant glow, protects it with spf15 and with the addition of a moisturising complex makes it perfect for us dry-skinned gals. I have found myself reaching for this foundation over my high-end alternatives such as MAC face & body or Chanel vitalumiere aqua!

So if you love full coverage matte foundations, this is definitely not for you. It may also be one that you want to steer clear of if you skin is rather oily. However, if you want radiant, glowing, youthful looking skin, get this in your shopping basket asap.

Retails for AU$16.69-19.95.

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Concealer

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My love for the foundation doesn’t quite carry over to the concealer. I really like it, it is even probably my favourite drugstore concealer of the moment. However, unlike the foundation, I always find myself overlooking it in favour of my high end concealers.

The concealer promises to illuminate under the eyes as well as cover blemishes and it does both those things. The best thing about this concealer for me is the consistency; it is lightweight and moisturising, which makes it a perfect no-crease under-eye concealer. However that same consistency makes it less appropriate for covering any annoying blemishes as it tends to move around during the day, even when set with powder.

Don’t get me wrong this is a great product! If you’re in the market for a perfectly adequate concealer at drugstore prices then this is for you. But if you have a high end product that you already love, this is probably just not going to cut it.

Retails for $AU12.69-14.95

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What other drugstore foundations and concealers do you adore? I am always keen to try out more! Let me know in the comments below.

Keep smiling, N x

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