Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 1

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I love the formula of the Make Up For Ever Artist shadows. They’re smooth, ultra creamy and oh-so-pigmented. The metallic finish ones are my absolute favourite, but they’re all good. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to try a few more of these shadows, and opportunity knocked in the form of a really economical palette!* If you don’t fancy buying a bunch of singles, MUFE has come out with a couple of palettes, one neutral and one bright. I got the neutral one.

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Luxury Palette Dupe: Quo Mineral Shadow Combo

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The first thing that popped into my head when I clapped eyes on this shadow quad from Quo was: “Hey, that looks like a dupe for some of the high end palettes from brands like Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.” I normally skirt around the Quo products at Shopper’s Drug Mart, because I find their products to be high priced and of dubious quality. What we have here is an exception though. It is fairly high priced, ($20 is a lot for a drugstorQuopalettee eye quad), but the quality is excellent. All four of the shades in this “Downtown Brown” quad are buttery soft and blend beautifully. The really genius bit, though, is the inclusion of a deep brown liner shade that really works! This palette actually shaves a bit of time off my smokey eye routine, because I don’t have to go rummaging for a separate liner. That’s right, the powder liner is pigmented enough that I can skip pencil!

My only gripe about this product is that the packaging could be a bit better. Although the compact is sturdy and substantial, it lacks a clasp or magnetic closure to hold it shut. It’s one of those compacts where the mirror swivels in all directions. When the compact is closed, there’s nothing to stop the top portion from sliding open, so it’s not very travel friendly.

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette “Dolce Vita”

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Oh my. I’m tryna find the words to describe this palette without being disrespectful! Seriously, there really are no words to describe how beautiful this palette is. I’ve waited a long time to get my hands on one of these (Charlotte Tilbury products are not easy to get in Canada), and it was so worth the wait!

CTDolceVitaI’ve had the pleasure of using a lot of high quality shadows, but these are just…something else. These just might be the most finely milled powder shadows I’ve ever come across. They are so soft, but they don’t crumble or kick up any powder. They have a slippery, almost silicone feel when you dip your fingers in. They’re beautifully pigmented and are like heaven to apply.

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Review: Armani Eye Tints

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armanieyetintsIt’s a good thing I had a scroll back through the photos in my blog folder, because I realized I forgot to do a post on the Armani Eye Tints! I have two of these: #6 Green Iron and #4 Emeraude. Green Iron is an olive/khaki shade with golden shimmer, and Emeraude is a blackened emerald green. (Think MAC Club on steroids.)

These are liquid/cream shadows that you apply with a doe foot applicator. I find them to be creamy, blendable and long-lasting. I also find these shadows to be fairly versatile, as they can be worn alone or under/over powder shadows. You can also play with the intensity. They go on quite bold, but can easily be sheered out for a subtle smokey look. I think Green Iron is my favourite. Emeraude is bolder, darker and harder to wear. I’ve taken to using it as a liner.

There are a lot of gorgeous neutrals available in this line, but I went for a couple of shades that are different than anything else I have.

Seen any good tutorials using these shades? Post them in the comments. I’m eager for ideas.

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Shadow in “Bette”

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Brand new for summer, Charlotte Tilbury has come out with six stuCTBettenning cream shadows inspired by beauty icons known for their mesmerizing eyes. I saw the promo videos for these on Charlotte’s YouTube channel and decided I really needed one of these in my life, so I placed an order from Beautylish Boutiques. Finally, a company that will ship Charlotte Tilbury products to Canada!

You can tell this is a popular product, because most of the shades were sold out on Beautylish. I was actually grateful for that, because there were two shades that I wanted, and I couldn’t decide which one to get, so the fact that one of the shades was sold out made my decision easy. I ended up getting the shade “Bette” inspired by the “bedroom eyes of Bette Davis.” It’s a golden amber shade with multidimensional shimmer, and it is DIVINE! It’s the perfect shade for summer.
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