Review | Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

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The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is probably one of the most talked about affordable blushes in the beauty community, and for good reason. It is a gorgeous peachy blush that adds a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The glow it provides comes from very finally milled shimmer, as opposed to the chunkier glitter that some blushes have running through them . It applies smoothly and blends out easily with minimal effort. I usually use something like the Sigma Large Angled Contour F40 to apply it to the apples of my cheeks and blend it towards my hairline. As this blush is shimmery I don’t apply a highlight to my cheekbones, this highlights the cheeks nicely on its own.

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This blush will suit a variety of skin tones and can be built up for a more intense colour, or sheered out for a more subtle look. I find I can wear Luminoso with almost any makeup look, it looks perfect paired with a bronzed goddess inspired look – this is my favourite way to wear it. A little goes a long way with this product so I can see it lasting me a long time. It is definitely a makeup staple for me, especially in the summer.

The Milani Baked Blushes come in a variety of different colours, so if a peachy blush is not your thing then there are plenty of other colours to choose from. I am eyeing up ones of the pink shades next.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso retails for £6 and is available here.

 

Review and Swatches | Marc Jacobs Beauty “The Lolita” Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow

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Something exciting has happened, Marc Jacobs Beauty is now available in the UK online at Harrods – waves hands in the air and shout woohoo. I will have a review coming soon of my most recent Marc Jacobs Beauty purchase. However, todays post is about the very first Marc Jacobs Beauty product I ever purchased, the Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow in “The Lolita”.

As with “The Dreamer” (see my review here), the quality of the eyeshadows is fantastic, both the shimmers and mattes are pigmented, smooth and they all blend together beautifully.

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I feel that this is a good basic eyeshadow palette as it is not too warm and it is not too cool. It has everything you need to create a more natural day time look or a smokey evening look. The dark brown works well as a more subtle eyeliner  and I just love the effect you get from applying the fifth shade all over the lid or in the inner corner, it has almost a duo chrome finish to it – the photo really does not do it justice. 

As I said before, these palettes are not cheap but they are well worth the money. The Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow palettes retail for £45 and are available here.

First Impressions and Swatches | Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

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As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite makeup artists on YouTube has to be Jaclyn Hill. She was one of the first people I started watching when I wanted to learn more about makeup. and I still love watching her today. She is down to earth and a great roll model for hard working business women all over the world, no matter what industry they are working in. Her tutorials are always easy to follow and she uses a range of high end and low end products, I always trust her recommendations. When she announced she was creating an eyeshadow palette with Morphe Brushes I knew it would contain great quality shadows in shades I would love. I had never tried any products from Morphe Brushes but I had seen great reviews from Jaclyn and other bloggers. I kind of forgot about the release of this product and when I was perusing Instagram I came across lots of comments on Jaclyn’s page from people struggling to order the palette. I went onto the Morphe Brushes website and managed to order the palette with no problems – I guess I was just lucky. Enough chatting, lets get on with the first impressions and swatches.

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1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75; 2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66; 3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74; 4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

The palette contains 28 eyeshadows and just screams Jaclyn Hill. They are mainly warm toned neutrals but there are also pops of orange, pink, purple and green if you want to get a bit more creative with your makeup. On first glance the only two shades I think the palette is missing and they are a matte cream and matte black. But I have those shades duplicated in lots of other palettes so I put that to the back of my mind and tried to decide which colours I would use first. I went for a warmish toned neutral eye using ES13 and ES61 in the crease and ES76 and ES74 on the lid. The colours are beautifully pigmented and blend together seamlessly. They lasted all day on my oily eye lids (with my usual primer) and at the end of the day my eye makeup looked like I had just applied it. Here is a closer look at the colours:

1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75

1st Row: ES4, ES54, ES6, ES76, ES64, ES14, ES75

2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66

2nd Row: ES67, ES13, ES62, ES63, ES20, ES47, ES66

3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74

3rd Row: ES33, ES68, ES16, ES15, ES61, ES24, ES74

4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

4th Row: ES11, ES59, ES38, ES53, ES48, ES71, ES19

I think this palette is incredible value for money. The quality of the shadows are amazing for the price and I think you can create pretty much any eye makeup look using just this palette.

With shipping to the UK and customs charges (including Royal Mail’s extortionate £8 handling fee) it still works out at just over £1 an eyeshadow – you can’t turn your nose up at that can you!

The Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette retails for $27.99 and will be available to order again sometime in March or April here.

Review | Maybelline Color Tattoo – Creamy Beige

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I love using cream eyeshadows as bases for my eye looks. My most used colours tend to be on the neutral side as they work with whatever look I want to create and the majority of the ones I own are from MAC. However, since I discovered the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige my MAC Paintpots have been resigned to the back of the drawer.

Even when I am using a cream shadow I still have to prime and set my eye first because they are that oily – which is very annoying – but the Maybelline Color Tattoos just seem to stick to my lids and they do not budge throughout the day. I do still use an eye primer first though, but this is more out of habit than anything else.

Creamy Beige is exactly as it is described, a creamy medium beige with a matte finish. It works well to prime the eye whilst covering up any discolouration on the lid. Perfect for those of you who have dark eyelids or veins that show through lighter coloured eyeshadows.

When I picked this up I thought it would be a great dupe for my MAC Paintpot in Painterly, however after swatching them next to each other I realised that Creamy Beige is darker and warmer than Painterly. So out came all of my other cream eyeshadows so I could see if it was a cheaper dupe for anything else in my collection.

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Top: MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile; Bottom: MAC Painterly, Maybelline Creamy Beige

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L-R: MAC Constructivist, Maybelline Creamy Beige, MAC Painterly, MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile

As you can see from the swatches above it isn’t the same colour as any of my matte cream eyeshadows. This was quite disappointing for me as I find the Maybelline Color Tattoos work so much better than my more expensive MAC Paintpots. It does, though, do exactly the same job, so its not too disappointing that the colour is different. It helps sheerer eyeshadows pop, stay all day and not crease.

If I had to choose between Painterly and Creamy Beige I would pick the Creamy Beige every time for a skin toned cream eyeshadow. The one plus of the MAC Paintpots is that they come in a wide variety of shades. So it really depends what you are looking for.

I also recommend the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze, it is beautiful and great for a quick eye look.

Maybelline Color Tattoos retail for £4.99 and are available here.

First Impressions and Swatches | NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

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The NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette has finally launched in the UK and I managed to get my hands on it when it was released early on the website a few days ago. I mentioned I wanted this palette in my January Wish List post and when it arrived in the post today I just couldn’t wait to swatch it and do a first impressions post.

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L-R Top: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra; Bottom: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

The palette consists of eight of NARS’ newer dual-intensity eyeshadows (seven permanent and one exclusive to the palette) and a mini #49 wet-dry eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadows are smaller than their individual counter parts, which is to be expected in a palette, but you are still getting a lot of product for your money. This formula has been designed so it can be used dry for sheerer wash of colour and wet for a more intense high impact finish. I have not tried any dual-intensity eyeshadows before so I was excited to see how they swatched wet and dry.

Europa is a pinky peach shade with a subtle frost finish.

Himalia is a medium golden brown with a frost finish.

Ursa Major (exclusive to palette) is a medium dark chocolate brown than leans slightly warm in tone and has a satin finish.

Subra is a burgundy purple with a satin finish.

Andromeda is a creamy white with a subtle shimmer finish.

Lysithea is a silvery pewter with a frost finish.

Giove is a navy blue with a subtle frost finish.

Sycorax is a black with a satin finish.

The first set of swatches below shows the eyeshadows dry and the second set of swatches shows the eyeshadows applied wet using the brush in the palette.

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L-R: Andromeda, Europa, Himalia, Lysithea, Ursa Major, Giove, Subra, Sycorax

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L-R: Andromeda, Europa, Himalia, Lysithea, Ursa Major, Giove, Subra, Sycorax

I found it difficult to get Andromeda and Europa to show up when applied wet, this may be different when I am applying them to my lid but on my arm they applied even sheerer then when I swatched them dry. I found that Lysithea swatched a lot more intense when wet, as did Giove and Subra. I think the majority of the time I will be using these eyeshadows dry unless I am looking to create a more pigmented and intense look.

Once I have had the chance to try these out properly on my lids I will let you know how they wear, how well they blend etc. But for now I am so pleased I purchased this palette as I think the new formula from NARS is certainly different from any I have tried before and I cannot wait to create some looks with this palette.

NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palettes retails for £45 and is available here.