Kat Von D Serpentina Palette

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week. A few days ago, the Kat Von D Serpentina palette launched on the KVD brand and Sephora websites. Naturally, I had to get it to try out for you guys! I ordered it Tuesday and it was waiting for me when I got home from work today. Sephora never lets me down with that Flash 2 Day shipping.

kat von d serpentina palette

kat von d serpentina palette inside

I should start by saying that I had some reservations about this palette. I wanted to purchase it regardless so I could review it for you guys, but based on my experience with some of KVD’s previous palettes, I wasn’t sure I would end up liking it!

Let’s discuss the packaging first. It’s a very long palette, similar to the length of Jeffree Star’s Beauty Killer. Serpentina is constructed out of cardboard but it feels very sturdy, especially with its magnetic closure. The palette itself is pretty weighty in-hand. I didn’t expect the pans to be set so deeply inside the palette, but I suppose it’s necessary in order to make room for the jar of pigment and the mirror. The sifter jar of pigment pops out of the tray and is made of plastic, which doesn’t bother me because it feels fairly sturdy. I like that the top of the lid is transparent so you can see the pigment inside.

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows

kat von d serpentina palette eyeshadows and pigment

kat von d serpentina palette prophet loose pigment

I swatched all colors the same way to show the differences in pigmentation between the shades:

  • Bloodmilk: Great pigmentation, very creamy. A little kick up in the pan after swatching, but nothing major.
  • Medusa: Great pigmentation. Nothing negative to say about this shade except that I would have preferred a different color, given that we have Prophet!
  • Ankh: Fairly pigmented for a black glitter eyeshadow, but we have hella fallout with this one. It’s definitely the worst with fallout in this palette!
  • Queen: Very nice, beautiful shade. Good pigmentation, good application, no chunkiness to the formula. Nothing negative to say!
  • Hieroglyph: Performs similarly to Queen, only a little less pigmented. There’s nothing glaringly awesome or glaringly negative to say about either of these shades.
  • Nile: Absolutely beautiful color, but the formula leaves a lot to be desired. Probably the 3rd worst with fallout in this palette. While really pigmented, the formula balled up under my finger while in the pan. Lots of kick-up in the pan as well.
  • Scarab: Great color, but the 2nd worst (or maybe tied for 1st?) about fallout in this palette. The same issues as Nile, honestly. You can see the clumps in the swatch picture below!
  • Venom: A decent matte. I know purples are hard to formulate, so I will take it easy on this shade. It could have certainly been worse.
  • Prophet: I was a little skeptical to try Prophet, as this was my first loose shadow that I’ve ever messed with. I swatched it loose on my arm, but when I applied it to my mobile lid, I dampened the brush with Fix+ first. LAWD. The pigmentation, the shine. A little went a very long way and it blended easily with the other shadows I used.

kat von d serpentina swatches

kat von d serpentina after swatches

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In the future, I will definitely use a transition shade before working with these colors. I was able to do a decent job on my quick & dirty EOTD above, but that was mostly thanks to a previously used blending brush covered with a peachy neutral shadow haha. It’s a bummer that this palette doesn’t come with a transition shade included, but I also think that helps keep the palette extremely versatile. You can literally pair it with anything! I will certainly continue playing with this palette, but so far I am very impressed and very much enjoying Serpentina. I think this palette is an excellent alternative for those who want to start wearing colored shadows but aren’t interested in neon brights. The colors in this palette also seem like they’ll look perfect on all skintones and would look great for fall!

Who else managed to get their hands on Serpentina? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see the looks you come up with! ❤

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Jouer Cosmetics Mermaid Collection Palette & Liquid Lipsticks

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing some items from the Jouer Cosmetics Summer 2016 Mermaid Collection. These are the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand, so I was eager to try them out upon receiving them in the mail.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection eyeshadow palette and liquid lipsticks

The Mermaid Iridescent Eyeshadow Palette comes in a pack of 4 eyeshadows, each weighing in at roughly 2 grams. The palette is made of 4 eyeshadow singles that interlock to make one cohesive piece. As a result, they can be rearranged or broken up as you see fit. I think this is a pretty unique set up and I can see it working well for travel or if you want to use some of the colors with other Jouer palettes.

All four shades are iridescent. Three are pastels and one, Dreamer, is a deep shimmery teal with a black base. Overall, I think the colors compliment each other well and that they work well together to create a variety of summery looks.

jouer mermaid eyeshadow palette swatches

This was my first experience with the Jouer eyeshadow formula. Coconut, Pink Pearl, and Splash all have a pretty dry, smooth, silky consistency, which is not a bad thing, just a change from the market’s saturation with buttery shadows. These three shadows are not boldly pigmented but because all 3 are consistent, I believe this was the intention of the palette. All 3 apply beautifully and blend with ease. I think it would be smart to use these over a sticky base to prevent fallout and to keep you from having glitter all over your cheeks by the end of the day.

Dreamer, however, has a completely different consistency from the other 3 shades in this palette. When swatching this shadow, the formula feels more moist, dense, and has the tendency to ball up under my fingertip if I swatch too many rotations. There is no shortage of pigmentation with this shade, though. It applies easily and works well with the other shadow formula. I would also use this over a sticky base to prevent fallout. I had no issue with any of the four shadows in terms of longevity. They all wore well and did not crease.

In addition to the Mermaid Palette, I also bought two of Jouer’s newly released Longwear Lip Cremes. I was excited to try these because I had heard so many glowing reviews from various people online. I chose Daiquiri, a warm metallic coral, and Watermelon, a matte true warm red.

jouer cosmetics mermaid collection longwear lip cremes daiquiri and watermelon

Both formulae applied smoothly, evenly, and dried to a matte finish. Both also had a more mousse-y consistency, which made them easier to control when applying. Watermelon did have some issues with sinking into the lines of my lips fairly quickly application, which was very disappointing since it was my favorite shade of the two! Lasting power for both of these was fairly standard for a liquid lipstick.

Between the two different products, I think my favorite was the Mermaid Eyeshadow Palette. The Longwear Lip Cremes were nice, but given that Watermelon sank into lip lines and I didn’t find Daiquiri to be flattering to my skintone, I can’t see myself getting much use out of them. With the eyeshadow palette, I can see it being very useful and being able to transition it into the winter months when paired with the right products.

Have any of you purchased products from the Jouer Mermaid Collection? What were your faves? Let me know in the comments below ❤

Dupe Alert: Morphe 35O vs. Juvia’s Place The Nubian Palette

Hey guys! As you know, warm-toned shadows are super popular right now. It mostly started with the Morphe 35O palette, but they’ve become widely available since other companies have released their own variations on the trend.

I recently stumbled across the brand Juvia’s Place after seeing some pictures of their palettes on Facebook. I fell in love with the Nubian 1 Palette and decided I needed it in my life. But, when it arrived, I noticed it was extremely similar to my Morphe 35O Palette!

morphe 35o and juvias place the nubian comparison

So naturally, I had to do some comparison swatches. Below is each shade of the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette with its 35O dupe.

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 1

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 2

morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 3

With the exception of the first shade in the second row, I was able to find an extremely close or exact dupe for every. single. color. The formulas are also exactly the same, which leads me to think they’re both repackaged from a generic brand. I’ve known that Morphe has done this for a while now, but I am surprised that two separate brands would each make a palette using almost the exact same colors.

Oddly enough, both palettes are around the same price, but you get 35 colors in the 35O versus only 12 in The Nubian. Clearly, the 35O would be the better deal, but I could see someone choosing The Nubian instead if they didn’t want or need a 35 pan palette.

Personally, I am going to be destashing The Nubian since I already own the 35O and don’t need them both. I suppose the moral of this story is to research swatches before you impulse buy a palette online!

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, Skin Frost Highlighters, and Gemini Liquid Lipstick!

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. Today, I have a mega review post for you—all Jeffree Star. I have the Beauty Killer Palette, the Skin Frost highlighters, and Gemini!

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Beauty Killer Palette. The Beauty Killer palette boasts 10 shades, each weighing about .09 oz. For reference, a standard MAC eyeshadow is .04 oz. The palette itself is cardboard with a magnetic closure and very slim. The shadows come in three different formulae: matte, frost, and glitter. The palette offers both bright and neutral shades. The pans are huge and are arranged into quads to easily create different looks.

jeffree star beauty-killer-swatches

All the shadows in this palette are super pigmented, but Rich Bitch is a bit of a problem child. It’s a beautiful shadow but feels a little gritty when swatched and is a bit of a struggle to apply evenly. The matte shadows do not feel chalky and are easy to work with. My personal favorite is Courtney. It’s such a beautiful shade and is perfect for those transitions! The glitter shadows are also easy to work with, but I do wish there was more glitter in the swatches. I suppose that’s a typical struggle with glitter shadows, though.

The Beauty Killer Palette retails for $45. Honestly, I think the price is a steal for what you get—10 gigantic shadows with a great formula. This palette would definitely be best for someone who is either very comfortable working with bright colors or is interested in trying them out. Overall, it’s an excellent palette and one you could use for a variety of looks. The fact that it contains a transition shade is a huge plus for me because that means you don’t have to pull in shadows from other palettes if you don’t want to!

Skin Frost Highlighters. I am straight up obsessed with these babies. Each compact contains 0.5 oz of product (roughly twice as much as a Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector)! At $29, this product is a steal. I purchased the bundle to save a little cash and to get a chance to review them all. There are some slight discrepancies with the formula between shades. King Tut is much creamier and softer than Peach Goddess and Mint Condition, while Ice Cold feels a little less creamy and more dense.

jeffree star skin frost highlighter swatches

All of them swatch and apply beautifully though. Ice Cold is a white gold on my skin tone. I expected it to be a replica of Becca Pearl, but I actually think this highlighter is much more flattering. I also found that Ice Cold did not leave a white cast on the skin in indirect light. Peach Goddess is without a doubt my favorite of all the Skin Frosts! It’s beautiful in the pan but when applied, it looks like the most perfect peachy gold highlight. Mint Condition may look intimidating, but I found that unless I really packed it on my skin, it looked like a super unique silvery highlight, not straight-up green. King Tut is a beautiful bronze gold, but is much too dark for my skintone, like I suspected.

I would be remiss not to include that there have been reports surfacing online that these highlighters are easily damaged during shipping, particularly King Tut. I did not experience these issues and found that my order was very well packed, with each compact double-wrapped with bubble wrap and paper. However, since I bought the whole bundle AND the palette, that could be why mine didn’t shatter, since the box was very full. I think these are exquisite highlighters and that, unless you’re ordering King Tut, the risk is not large enough to justify not purchasing them. If you’re skeptical, you could always purchase them through Beautylish instead of the Jeffree Star site. I haven’t heard of as many incidents with orders purchased from there, but makeup is particularly fragile and damage during shipping is not necessarily unheard of. I think this is just something we makeup addicts have to deal with from time to time. Luckily, powder compacts can be repressed!

Like I said above, I think the Skin Frost highlighters are exquisite. They are high-quality, unique colors, and very reasonably priced when you consider how much product you’re actually getting. I cannot wait for Jeffree to release more colors in the future, because I will likely want them all!

Gemini Velour Liquid Lipstick. I have discussed the Velour Liquid Lipsticks a few different times on my blog. I recently used Gemini in an FOTD that I posted.

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It is described as a “terracotta warm-toned nude.” It actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D’s Lolita II, but it’s not as orange. I found Gemini to be extremely wearable and flattering on my skintone and the formula is just as awesome as ever. This is the first Velour Liquid Lipstick that I’ve purchased for several months and I have noticed a strong rootbeer float scent has been added to the formula. I am not particularly sensitive to scents, but since I’m not crazy about rootbeer (I know, I know) it was off-putting at first. However, the scent does not linger after the lipstick dries down, so I’m cool with it, but I wanted to mention the scent since I know there are people out there who greatly dislike scented cosmetics.

This concludes my Jeffree Star Cosmetics mega-review! Are any of these products on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments ❤

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Quads

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far!

A while back, Kat Von D launched a range of eyeshadow quads based off her widely successful Shade and Light palette. The quads came in four different color schemes and were priced at $26 USD each. They appear to be permanent installments to the KVD line. When they launched, I bought Rust and Sage.

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow rust quad

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage quad

The packaging of these palettes is really good. The outer case is made of sturdy plastic and the compact size makes them excellent for travel. The pans are large, with the Base color larger than the others. I think this is a smart move because that’s the color you’ll use more and will likely hit pan on before the rest, so giving you more of it increases the longevity of using the palette.

The formula of both quads is consistent. Both are very creamy and pigmented. The shadows swatch and apply easily. Of the two, my personal favorite is Rust, but that’s only because the colors suit my skintone better, not the actual quality of the product.

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow rust swatches

kat von d shade and light eyeshadow sage swatches

When I get products, I like to compare them to my collection to see what dupes I can find. The Viseart Neutral Matte palette contains some pretty close dupes of the shades in the Rust quad. The base color of the KVD quad is pinker and the brown and white are both a touch warmer, but when it’s actually on the lid, the difference is indiscernable.

kat von d viseart comparison swatches

kat von d viseart neutral matte palette

Overall, the KVD quads are excellent quality products that are great for travel and perfect for adding a little spice to your collection! The colors of the quads are expertly curated and there is something to flatter every eye color in the line.

Have any of you purchased the KVD quads? What did you think? Let me know in the comments ❤

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs. Neutrals Palette

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! The weather has been so beautiful here and I’ve really enjoyed spending time outdoors and with family.

I recently picked up the New-trals vs. Neutrals palette by Makeup Revolution when I was at Ulta. It’s a 16 shadow palette that costs only $10! That’s a crazy deal.

makeup revolution new-trals vs neutrals palette exterior

makeup revolution new-trals vs neutrals palette pans snapchat

The New-trals vs. Neutrals palette is a dupe for both the Lime Crime Venus I and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palettes. The formula is very buttery, similar to Morphe and Lorac’s formulas. The palette has a decent mix of matte and shimmer shades to create a wealth of day or night eye looks.

Although the palette is separated into a different color scheme on each row, the colors work well together across the aisles. I found the pans swatched easily and were quite pigmented, the only exception being the brown shade at the end of the New-trals row. That shade was ultra dry and powdery. I had to really dig into the pan to get any on my finger, but most of it did not transfer in the swatch or with the brush.

Other than that anomaly, the shadows applied well and blended out nicely with both synthetic and real brushes. Some of the shadows needed a little Fix+ on the brush to make them pop, but that’s to be expected for some shadows and I can’t fault the palette for that.

makeup revolution new-trals vs neutrals palette swatches

While I think the original Venus and Naked 3 are higher quality than this palette, I can’t deny that New-trals vs. Neutrals is a better deal. This palette is a great choice if you’re on a budget and wanting to explore red/orange eyeshadows and would like to tie them in with traditional neutral shades. At $10 for 16 colors, you just can’t beat choosing this palette. It will allow you to try a fair amount of new colors without breaking the bank.

Have any of you tried this palette? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments ❤

Melt Cosmetics Radioactive Stack!

 

Hey everyone! Melt Cosmetics recently launched a new eyeshadow stack. The Radioactive Stack is an eyeshadow and pressed pigment palette. It boasts four beautiful neon colors in different finishes. Radioactive (hot pink) and Neon (yellow) are both very matte, while Xenon (lime green) and Radon (orange) both have a metallic/duochrome sheen to them.

melt radioactive stack swatches

I was super excited for this release! I’ve been wanting to try Melt’s eyeshadow stacks for a while now, but I already had eyeshadows similar to those in Love Sick and Dark Matter.

The formula of the Radioactive Stack is quite interesting. The shadows are extremely pigmented, soft, buttery, but yet it feels a little dry under my fingers. When I swatched the shadows or dipped my brush into them, a lot of powder kicked up. While this isn’t a major problem, I feel like it could cause a lot of product waste over time.

The eyeshadows were easy to work with. I had no trouble laying color down or blending everything out. I tried these without a base or primer and found that Neon was the least pigmented and difficult to build up. I also dealt with a lot of fallout with Neon, but tapping my brush off eliminated the majority of it.

When I was looking back at pictures, I noticed that even though I went over my lid a few times, there were still a few places that had patchy application. Xenon, however, blended in with Neon seamlessly and was very easy to work with.

melt radioactive stack neon and radon

melt radioactive neon radon

Next, I tried Radioactive and Radon together. Both pigments were very easy to apply and blend. Although I didn’t use a base or primer with this look either, I didn’t have any issues with pigmentation or application. These are probably my favorite shadows of the stack; I love how they pop with my eye color!

melt radioactive stack radioactive and radon

melt radioactive radon

Overall, I really like this eyeshadow stack! Neon shadows are nothing new, but the duochrome shifts to Xenon and Radon make this release unique. These colors will complement any neutral palette you have and can work in a number of ways with so many different looks. It’s definitely worth the investment!

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Sephora Collection x Pantone Universe Modern Watercolors Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone! The new Sephora x Pantone Universe collaboration for 2016 launched within the past couple weeks. Given that the Pantone colors for 2016 are Rose Quartz, a baby pink, and Serenity, a pale blue, this palette’s watercolor theme is a very good fit.

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First and foremost, I love the packaging. It’s simple, sleek, and sturdy, which is exactly what you need in an eyeshadow palette. The build of it feels very similar to the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow palette, as it’s a durable plastic with a subtle shine.

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The colors in this palette feel a bit random to me. There are a good mix of mattes and shimmers, which is great, but the neons, earth tones, and pastels together strike me as a bit unorthodox and weird. There are plenty of color combinations, though, so it won’t be difficult to craft looks with this palette.

Now, onto the swatches!

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The majority of the colors in this palette swatch nicely, but there are a few with iffy pigmentation, particularly 12-0720, the light yellow in the first row. The pigmentation issues seemed to be restricted to the matte colors. Some felt a bit chalky to the touch and therefore required a few swipes to build up the opacity. All of the shimmers, however, swatched beautifully. They were creamy, opaque, and easy to work with.

Overall, this is a decent palette. If you’re a beginner and your collection is mostly neutrals, this can be a good palette to get to start experimenting with color, because it has a little bit of everything.

However, if you have an extensive selection of palettes, this may be one release to pass up. It’s nice palette and I don’t outright dislike it, but the pigmentation issues and odd color selection make me doubt that this is worth the $39 USD that I paid for it.

What were your experiences with this palette? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Swatches & First Impressions: Colourpop Holiday Sets

Happy Sunday, everyone! Yesterday I got a pretty sweet delivery, the new Colourpop Holiday Sets that I ordered! I’m really looking forward to playing with these some more, but I thought I’d give my first impressions and some swatches for you to see!

colourpop cosmetics holiday sets

I bought the eyeshadow and gel liner sets. I love the packaging of these! They were packed so securely in a large box, but the sets themselves came with a pretty large mirror on the inside of each lid. Each product fit securely in the box so nothing rolled around or could break. Packaging is one of many things that Colourpop does very well. Although their products are very inexpensive, the packaging is well-designed, sturdy, and sleek.

colourpop cosmetics holiday eyeshadow set

Top to bottom, left to right: Valley Girl, Thirsty Girl, Fan Girl, Party Girl, That Girl, Roller Girl.

colourpop cosmetics holiday gel liner set

Top to bottom, left to right: Frill, Soiree, Bustier, Soiree, Polar, Bustier.

And now, on to the swatches!

colourpop cosmetics holiday eyeshadow swatches

Top to bottom: Valley Girl, Party Girl, Thirsty Girl, That Girl, Fan Girl, Roller Girl.

colourpop cosmetics holiday collection gel liner swatches

Top to bottom: Frill, Soiree, Bustier, Soiree, Polar, Bustier.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this collection! The eyeshadows are all so beautiful, wonderfully pigmented, and super creamy. The gel liners are also really creamy and pigmented and have insane staying power. After these swatches, I had to scrub like crazy to fully remove them!

The colors in this collection remind me so much of the holiday season. They aren’t your stereotypical colors like bright red or holly green, but they are so glittery and festive that I couldn’t help but get in the Christmas spirit when I was swatching them! These colors will be perfect for holiday parties, New Year’s Eve parties… basically any event this season!

Did you buy any of the Colourpop holiday sets? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments! ❤

Side note: I feel like I should apologize for the lighting in the swatch pictures! My new apartment doesn’t have as much natural light as my previous place did, so I’m trying to work out the kinks until I can get a real lighting setup. 🙂