Hey guys, I wanted to talk about some makeup today. I recently picked up some of the Cover FX monochromatic duos. I bought one blush duo and both bronzer duos. So lets get into it.
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Today we're here to discuss a palette that I've been loving lately. It's the Charlotte Tilbury "Glowgasm" palette. I am getting quite a selection of her products now and I must say she has more hits than misses. I expect no less though, she's an accomplished MUA. Her team done the Victoria Secret Fashion Show makeup last year. She's got a ton of celebrity clientele and just as many fans of her products. She helped develop products for other brands over the years, before she started her own, and she's looks like the brightest and happiest person you've ever seen.
Yes another face palette. The reason I wanted to do this right after the Too Faced Face Palette is because it's easier for you to compare them since they're both a face palette.
I'll be the first to tell you I'm not the biggest Too Faced fan. I haven't liked a product of theirs since the original Chocolate Bronzer came out which was YEARS ago. I'll be honest if I see one more mythical themed collection come out I'm going to scream. It seems like Too Faced does that left and right. However, the "Natural" line isn't childlike toy makeup thank God. It's actually super pretty and heavy with a lace detail inside. Some might think it's too "old" for the line, I think it's a fantastic turn in a good direction so far.
I've been playing with the Natasha Denona Diamond Blush palette for about 3 weeks. I didn't know if I wanted to review it or not because I genuinely got it for myself and I picked the Citrus one because I loved that gold/yellow highlight over the coral pink blush. I already knew there would be things I didn't like about it so that's what gave me pause briefly.
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**On the left we have the Berry Adore trio and on the right we have Pool Party. These are from Sephora's website as they are far more accurate than my pictures.**
Anastasia Beverly Hills added a new product to their makeup line....blushes! I am always so excited when ABH extends to other areas of makeup because they do such a good job everytime. To be clear these are blush trios. Which I love. They have 5 different color schemes available, from peachy, to pink, to deep, two others that offer a bit of everything. I really love them. I think they've done an excellent job. You get .11 ounces per pan and there are 3 pans in each compact so that's a total of .33 ounces which is 3 g total for $30. Which a NARS blush is .16 for $30 just to give you something to go off of. I've had these for a couple months and just now getting around to talking about them. So sorry.
The two I got were Berry Adore and Pool Party. I like them both but I'm seriously thinking about getting Cocktail Party as well. Berry Adore is quite dark but if you know me, you know I love berry shades and deep corals in the summer. I think it's so pretty on the skin. This trio is good but the darkest shade being Velvet is going to swatch a bit dry if you're in store and doing the "finger swatch". All I'm going to say is, I don't apply blush with my fingers so I don't judge these off of that. Pool Party is my favorite of the two. First, because it has a bit of a contour shade, then a medium pink, and then a peach shade. Which brings me to the second thing I love which is that while these do have pigment they aren't pigmented as the eye shadows are or SUPER INTENSE, which means that they're layered very easy. So you can build up the intensity how you want it without over doing or it being patchy on the skin. Obviously with the darker one, you don't have to do that if you're skin is in the fair to light category right now. It will also depend on the density of your brush as well. If you use a tightly packed dense brush you're going to pick up more product obviously, if you use a fluffy brush you'll pick up less. So just a reminder to keep that in the back of your head. The reason I want Cocktail Party is because it's like the more intense or "night time" version of Pool Party. So you have 3 separate colors again, that are a little more intense instead of 3 shades in the same color family.
Bottom line, yes I think they're worth it. Especially if you are a MUA. I also think it's worth it if you're not and just wanting some choices with blush colors in your collection or especially to travel with. Where you could spend close to or more than $30 for one shade at least you have 3 options here. So I do not disagree with the price point at all.
I'm gonna drop in some looks wear I've used them. The only brushes I ever use for blush is the Morphe E4 brush and the Real Techniques Blush Brush from the chrome line ( think that's what the line is called). Both of those are pretty dense but that's how I prefer my blush brushes because it gives me more control.
The first shot starting at the left is Pool Party. Just a mixture really of the colors the bronzer shade being my actual bronzer.
Second shot or middle is also Pool Party, the pink and coral shades mixed.
Last shot, right side is Berry Adore trio, the first shade in the pan. I find that Berry Adore works beautifully with contour and bronzer. I also love deep shades in the summer specifically for an evening look.
Benefit Cheek Parade palette is by far one of the best DEALS that I've seen this year. You get 5 full sized powders and brush in a very cute and stable packaging for $58.
In the palette you get the following powders:
Hoola Lite *NEW*
I checked and double checked, you do get the same size of each powder as you would if you bought the individuals. Which again comes out to a great deal. An individual powder is $29 and you get 5 so that's $145, individually. This is $58 and thus a saving of $87. What I thought was strange was some of the powders are quite a bit different in size than others. Same individually. For example, Galifornia and Rockateur are .17 oz. Hoola and Hoola Lite are .28 oz. Dandelion is .25 oz. And yes, just to confirm, I did check the palette AND the individuals and it was the same. So if you bought Rockateur you'd get .28 oz of product for $29 and then if you bought Hoola you'd get .17 oz for the same price ($29). It's not a big deal it's about a 3 gram difference though.
So like I said this is a really really good deal there is no denying it. Here's my issue, which I feel bad for even saying cause it is such a good deal. I bought it because I really didn't have an Benefit powder products except for a few. I love them but they just aren't ideal for storage. They're quite bulky. I digress, this palette is much easier to store, I got to try two new powders, one blush I hadn't tried before (Rockateur), and I get two that I already know I like Hoola and Dandelion. I only have those two in the mini version. So I was sold.
When the palette came it was beautiful, heavily fragranced though. Which I don't mind. Just be warned it's really heavily perfumed. I looked at it and it was goreous. The duochrome on Galifornia was so stunning because it wasn't chunky glitter it was just a sheen of gold over coral. The with Rockateur is was stunning as well with a more shimmery finish to it. The rest were as expected since they are all matte.
When I finally went to use it for the first time, after I was done just looking at it lol, I went in for Galifornia. Turns out in my palette, that golden sheen was a golden over lay. Like a spray of gold on the top layer and not throughout the whole powder. Also turns out that it's not very pigmented. I was super bummed so I swatched the rest of the shades really quick and they all have good pigmentation (even Rockateur did great when applied although it swatches on the more sheer side). So I did what I could with Galifornia but ultimately had to finish it up with Dandelion, because you could not see it except one cheek had a golden sheen and the other did not.
The next time I used it I went for Rockateur because I wanted to know if it was an overlay of shimmer. It was not, it's actually my favorite because I love plum-y blushes and it's a buildable blush as well. So it swatches kinda subtle but it applies beautifully and you can control how deep it gets so easy, plus it's great combined with cooler toned contours. So, I tried Hoola Lite the other new shade and it had very nice pigment. I don't particularly care for the shade of it, but it's the true shade and there's nothing wrong with the formula that I can find, it just doesn't look right on my skin tone. Obviously I love Dandelion and Hoola.
So I will provide finger swatches, brush swatches won't be helpful in my opinion with cheek products because you just dust blush on, you don't pack it on like you do on an eye lid. All in all because I love the other shades, I do love this palette and will keep it. It's a bummer that Galifornia is a dud because it looked stunning in the pan. If you're wondering yes the gold sheen is gone from the blush so it really was just an over spray or something. I wouldn't even be that irritated if the blush at least had pigment because I genuinely like the corally pink color but it doesn't unfortunately.
My thoughts are it's still a good deal, if you like the other shades, even if mine (I won't say all because who knows maybe I have a dud, it's happened before.) had just four or even three good powders and one that wasn't because I will use those powders for sure. I might exchange it for the same palette and see if it's the same case because in reality I would love to be able to use Galifornia, however I might just leave it as is. It's not like I don't have that shade in some other blush. I won't tell you to go buy it or save your money because it's personal preference, I'll leave that up to you. I will say I'm not exactly happy, but it's not a complete loss. So I wanted to get this review up before the sale on the 18th in case you were planning on getting it. My recommendation is possibly swatch it in store if you can.
Swatches down below
So from the top to bottom we have one layer of:
Now this was taken with the flash on. Dandelion looks pretty light, because it is a paler pink of a blush and I have pale skin but it's very noticeable in person and does great on the cheeks. Rockateur is a darker blush in the pan but it's a buildable blush with a sheen to it and that's why I love it. It's very noticeable on my skin when I apply it and I don't build it up much at all. It's also not glittery on my cheeks. Hoola Lite doesn't fair to well with my skin tone. Hoola is lovely. Galifornia doesn't show up at all on my cheeks no matter how much I layer.
This is my palette now. Taken with flash as the one on top was of when I first opened it. You'll see that the golden sheen to Galifornia is completely gone and Rockateur being the other non-matte shade still looks the same and has the same sheen or shimmer to it after using it several times. I just wanted to add this so that you could visibly see that the golden sheen was completely gone without the pattern being disrupted at all from over use, or tampering with it.
It's time for another "WIATAT". This time I want to discuss two products from Fiona Stiles. Which has now piqued my interest so much that I need every product she's EVER. PUT. OUT.
So I got the Sculpting Palette first, just on a whim while I was shopping on Ulta's website. I wanted to give it a whirl cause I'd seen Tati Glam Life Guru use some of her stuff. I was blown away with how amazing this was. I have medium to deep. I always prefer to go darker. I just do. These powders blend so amazingly well. The undertone is amazing. It's absolutely perfect for contour from light sculpting to heavier sculpting. They work with any brush and even a sponge. That's right folks. You can sculpt with powder on a sponge. A damp sponge even.
So since that was amazing I went back to get the Multidemensional Color Palette because there are 3 blushes with different finishes, a bronzer, and 2 highlight shades. Again it was amazing. The blush is SUPER pigmented. It's shades that I wouldn't typically go for but I was so sold on the Sculpting palette that I didn't care what shades were in the Face Palette. SHE COULD'VE SOLD ME A GREEN BLUSH FOR ALL I CARE. I STILL WOULD'VE BOUGHT IT. Cause I know the formula would be awesome and somehow, someway it would transform into something amazing. They have a hashtag that is "#mistakefreemakeup and they're right. I've really thought I had ruined my makeup one day with too much blush but no. No my friends, I blended it with my powder brush and it turned into, what I can only assume, is pure magic on my face. The bronzer is absolutely perfect with it's golden tone and the highlight shades even the darker one is super wearable and pigmented. Not to a strobing effect and blinding highlight mind you but a lovely sheen. More noticeable than say the Laura Mercier Highlight 01, but less intense than Becca Opal I feel. Formula wise every powder I've tried is consistent and soft and smooth not chalky or dry. I've already stated that they blend like a dream and they do no matter what tool you're using which I think is part of why I love it so much. It's not so much about your tools because the products, in this case, do the work for you. That's hardly ever the case I find.
Aside from the fact that her products are amazing she's a highly sought after makeup artist for A list celebs, photographers, and so on. What I think stands out about her work as far as a makeup artist is no matter if it's editorial work, red carpet, runway, whatever, it always has a flawless and fresh look to it somewhere in the makeup. They might have a bright blue wing but somewhere you're going to see that signature style of fresh and flawless makeup. Not necessarily "dewy", "grunge", "everyday", or "bold" but it's perfect and flawless. It's blended but sculpted, it's enhancing your natural brow shape but clean, it's natural lashes that look like falsies. Again I say, because there is no other word that comes to mind, it's flawless. Her signature is "flawless" makeup. I don't feel like she's talked about as much as she should be, and I don't feel like her products are talked about as much as they should be for sure.
I highly recommend you at least try some of her products I definitely recommend any powder for the face whether it's a blush, a bronzer, highlighter, contour, whatever it may be, I love everything she's put out for the face especially. Of course I'm going to try more of her stuff. I want to try her shadows, loose powder, foundations, all of it. Eventually, I will own the entire line, I'm just saying. You can get this on Ulta that's what I recommend you do. Get you some points it's just the best way overall.
Mmk so Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics extended their collab to include some Split Pans and Slim Lights. I got one of the split pans. I wasn't too interested in the face palette as you know and I wasn't too blown away by the eye palette. So when I seen they were coming out with split pans, which is a highlight on one side and blush on the other, I got excited because I could still try the Prosecco Pop highlight and also a new blush without having to buy the palette. Sign me up!
So this is Prosecco Pop/Amaretto split pan. There are 4 pans in the line. Two have Champagne Pop as the highlight and two have Prosecco Pop. I already have Champange pop so I wanted the ones I didn't have. Thus, I got this one. I knew I'd automatically like the blush so I was pretty excited.
The blush is a neutral brown undertone that seems to be satin finish. It's not dark by any means it's super wearable and nearly a bronzer almost but it's not "dark enough" to be one, if that makes any sense. Not that bronzers have to be dark but this is so light in tone that it works best as a blush. Now that I've adequately confused you probably lol... let's move on. This is a super natural looking blush it gives you a hint of warmth and doesn't deposit a ton of color on your cheeks so it's not too intense.
Now on to Prosecco Pop. I'll be completely honest guys... I really don't care for the color itself. The formula is good but it's such an intense gold that I just don't really like it. Of course combined with Champagne Pop it's beautiful, but alone I just don't like it. I know I'm so weird. Everyone loves it. I'm the only bird who doesn't. Being fair though, like I said, the formula is spot on its a nice pigmentation and application but the color isn't for me. I think on darker complexions it might be amazing though.
Here I'm wearing it and hopefully you can see how warm and golden the highlight is on the skin and also that the blush is really wearable and natural looking.
So that's my thoughts. You can buy this at Sephora. It's $38 it's the same price and same size packaging wise as the other compacts for their highlighters or "shimmering skin perfectors". The blushes that were in the face palette are also available in the splits. So Hyacinth/Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop/Amaretto, Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse, and then Champagne Pop/Flowerchild. Flowerchild is a permanent color but was picked for the split pans because Jaclyn Hill loves the shade. So Champagne Pop and Flowerchild are both permanent and available as single compacts as well.
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