Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette & Sun Dipped Glow Kit

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a bomb week. Today I have a couple recent releases by Anastasia Beverly Hills to review for you: the Modern Renaissance Palette and the Sun Dipped Glow Kit.

Both items were released a couple months ago on the ABH website, so naturally I had to snap them right up to try out! Modern Renaissance is ABH’s first permanent eyeshadow palette and Sun Dipped is the third installment of their Glow Kit collection. To my knowledge, Sun Dipped isn’t permanent, but since Gleam and That Glow are both still in stock I expect it to be around for quite a while.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance packaging

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance inside

Modern Renaissance is a 14-pan eyeshadow palette that was inspired by Renaissance art. Being an art major and earning a minor in Art History in college, I was super excited when I heard about the concept behind this palette because I loved studying Renaissance art!

The pans in Modern Renaissance are a bit larger than those in other ABH palettes but only contain about 7g of product each. This palette boasts lots of warm neutrals and red/orange shades. All shades but 2 are matte, which I like because I am a big fan of all-matte eye looks! The concept behind the palette matches the colors of the eyeshadows perfectly. All shades are creamy and pigmented. They all swatched and applied smoothly. I think the formulation of this palette is ABH’s best yet!

This palette feels incredibly versatile. I think it will work for summer, fall, winter, and even spring! This palette would also be a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Venus Palette, if you don’t wish to support the company.

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 1

anastasia beverly hills modern renaissance swatches row 2

Overall, I think Modern Renaissance is one of ABH’s best palette releases ever! The formula, color selection, packaging, price… It’s all A1. I also really like that it’s a permanent addition to the collection so no one has to miss out on it! There is so much hype generated these days and it’s nice for a company to look out for its customers.

The Sun Dipped Glow Kit contains four 0.26oz powders, which comes out to just over 1 full ounce of product. I’ve also reviewed the Gleam Kit so I won’t re-iterate about the formula, pigmentation, or packaging, as it’s largely the same.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit inside

I think Sun Dipped does a much better job of catering to all skintones than other kits made by ABH due to the wide variety of shades and differing undertones. It really warms my heart that ABH makes such a great range of highlighters because many don’t make anything as dark as Bronzed or as light as pans from other Glow Kits! My favorite shade from this palette, though, is Tourmaline. It’s such a beautiful mauve color with champagne reflects. I think it is best on medium skintones but I think it’s formulated in such a way that both light and deep skintones could also wear it well.

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow finger swatches

anastasia beverly hills sun dipped glow kit swatches

Overall, Sun Dipped is an excellent Glow Kit offering from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The colors are beautiful, the formula is there, and it flatters all skintones. For $40, you can’t beat a kit like this! It would be a great addition to any collection.

What do you guys think of these products? Have you tried Sun Dipped or Modern Renaissance? Let me know in the comments below ❤

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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.

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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.

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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

kat von d eye look eotd

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! ❤

Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing the new Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Palette. Most of you have probably seen this palette in Sephora with the really cute display of KathleenLights, MannyMUA, and Patrick Starrr. This palette comes with 5 full-size blush pans (a $145 value) and retails for $58.

benefit cheekathon palette

The Cheekathon Palette contains full-size pans of Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Coralista, and Dallas. I love the packaging of this! It’s made of cardboard, has a magnetic closure, and feels very sturdy. I love the illustration on the front. There’s a large mirror on the inside and the palette also comes with a flat brush like the one that comes with Benefit’s blushes and bronzers.

benefit cheekathon palette inside

benefit cheekathon swatches

As you can see, most of the blushes in this palette are on the warm side, but Hoola is fairly neutral. I was hoping either Rockateur or Coralista could be used as a highlighter, but I think they’re both too dark.

The quality of this palette is consistent with the quality of Benefit’s permanent blush and bronzer line. All the colors swatch evenly and smoothly. The brush that comes with the palette is also decent quality. It’s a great shape and works great for both contouring and applying and blending blush.

All in all, I think this palette is really nice! It’s made well, the quality is great, and you get so much product for your money. The Cheekathon Palette would be great for someone who wanted to try out some blushes or was looking for a cheek palette to streamline their collection.

What about you? Is the Cheekathon Palette on your list? Let me know in the comments ❤

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.

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morphe 35o and juvias place swatches row 2

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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 ❤

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Hey everyone! As most of you know, Becca and Jaclyn Hill teamed up to release a whole range of products in the new Champagne Collection. The whole collection releases May 26 exclusively on the Sephora website, including this face palette and an eyeshadow palette, poured Shimmering Skin Perfector, and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Luckily, Sephora released a few face palettes on the site last week so I scooped it up to review!

The Champagne Collection Face Palette contains three blushes, Champagne Pop, and Prosecco Pop. Rose Spritz contains 0.1 oz of product, Amaretto and Pamplemousse contain 0.12 oz of product, and both highlighters contain 0.19 oz of product each. According to Temptalia’s calculations, that means this palette has a total value of $106.16, which is more than twice the retail price!

First impressions of the packaging: luxe, sturdy, and well-designed. This palette does not feel cheap at all. The palette snaps closed, which adds extra stability especially since the pans are so soft.

The blush pans are all a decent size and I was able to use my usual brush with ease. The highlighter pans are large and I was able to use my large fan brush without dipping into the other pans.

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette shades

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette pans

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette blushes

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette highlighters

becca cosmetics jaclyn hill champagne collection face palette swatches

The blushes are so pigmented! I was extremely surprised that they were so vivid since Becca’s blush formula is supposed to be light, sheer coverage. Rose Spritz reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm and gives that perfect glowy sheen. Amaretto is a warm, rosy brown. This color is really great for warming up the complexion to make my face look a little sunkissed, but this color could also probably double as a bronzer in a pinch! Pamplemousse is… wow. So pigmented. So bright. It looks borderline neon on me and makes me look a little sunburned, but I think the right person could wear this well.

I own the full-size Champagne Pop and while there’s no color difference between the two, but I noticed the formula in this palette is a little drier than the original. This doesn’t really affect the application, but there is a bit more powder kicked up with the brush. Prosecco Pop is a true gold highlighter. It is slightly dark for me, but if I mix a little Champagne Pop in when I apply it, it works just fine!

Overall, I think this palette is a great release by Becca. The color selection works for a wide variety of skintones, the quality is A1, and you definitely get your money’s worth. This product is limited edition, so be sure to buy it as soon as it’s released! ❤

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 ❤

Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Face Palette

Hi everyone! I was recently browsing in my local SiJCP and spotted this palette, the Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Face Palette. I had seen a few promising reviews for it online, but it was sold out online and every store I went to as well.

Needless to say, when I saw that this SiJCP still had one in stock, I snapped it up as quickly as I could!

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I’m loving the packaging of this palette. It’s large and round and contains nine different pans. There is a large mirror inside, which is great since this is a face palette. You can actually see your whole face in it!

The pans are very large and really maximize the space inside the palette. There are four ombre pans and four matte pans surrounding the round illuminator pan.

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This palette fits a wide range of skintones. For my skintone, some of the colors can be used as a bronzer. Overall, I am impressed with the pigmentation. Some of the colors are more buttery than others, but there are no true duds in this palette!

Now, onto the swatches!

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Although this palette retails for $34 USD, it was on sale for $20 when I bought it. Even at full retail price, this palette is an amazing deal and a great find. If you find this in your local Sephora or SiJCP store, you should definitely buy it. Don’t sleep on Sephora brand products! They’re comparably priced to drugstore products but I have yet to try a product by the brand that I disliked.

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

Swatches & First Impressions – Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

Hey everyone! The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collab has been highly anticipated since it was announced earlier this year. This eyeshadow palette is the first release of the collaboration, with lipsticks and a blush palette to follow in 2016.

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urban decay gwen stefani outside palette

Urban Decay always does a great job with the packaging of their products, but they really knocked it out of the park with this release. The palette’s metal frame feels both sturdy and luxe, and the combination of gold, black, and white reminds me a lot of the art deco style of the 1920s.

urban decay gwen stefani eyeshadows

I have to admit, when the shades of this palette were first revealed, I was a little skeptical of whether I would like this palette or not. Given Gwen’s wild style in the 90’s and during her harajuku phase, I expected a lot of bright colors and innovative color schemes. Instead, the palette is almost all nudes/neutrals with only a few brights included.

At first, I was let down, but after doing a little research I realized that Gwen’s trademark look was neutral shadows, eyeliner, and a red lip. Occasionally she would do a pop of color like a baby blue lid, but for the most part, she kept her look pretty consistent and simple.

I own other Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes, so I am familiar with their shadow formula. This palette’s formula is consistent with the Naked and Naked Basics palettes, which have a pretty buttery consistency, making them soft and easy to blend out. There are matte, shimmer, and glitter shades in this palette as well, which is also typical for a Naked palette.

Now, onto swatches!

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gwen stefani palette swatches row 3

As you can see, the shadows apply smoothly and are generally pretty pigmented. None of the shades are what I could call a glitter bomb, but Pop, Harajuku, and Danger have medium to large chunks of glitter in them while the other non-matte shades have a pearlescent sheen to them.

This color range is wide enough for me to be able to do a complete eye look using only this palette, which is always a plus.

The main drawback to this palette is the size for the price ($58 USD). While this palette does have 15 shadows instead of 12 like all the large Naked palettes do, the total shadow weight is the same, so you’re actually getting less product per color. The palette is also a lot smaller than a regular Naked palette, so the $4 price difference doesn’t make much sense to me.

Aside from that, this is really nice palette with quality that is consistent with the rest of the Urban Decay line. Those with large palette collections would likely not need this palette, as many of the shades are dupeable. But for those with a small palette collection, just starting out, or are just looking for a neutral palette containing a couple brights to try them out, this palette would be a good choice for you.

Do any of you own this palette? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments! ❤

First Impression & Swatches – Morphe 35T Palette

morphe 35T palette

Hello and Happy Friday, everyone!

I got the Morphe 35T palette a few weeks ago, and with the holidays and other products, I never got around to playing around with it. Like most Morphe palettes, it contains 35 shadows in a variety of finishes. The shades in this palette are of the rose gold variety. Most are cool-toned, but there are some rich, warm golds thrown in to complement the rest of the palette.

Morphe palettes are generally ranked pretty positively on the interwebz. After trying the 35O palette, I knew I had to get more of them! The quality of the shadows are really great and you cannot beat the price. The formula of the Morphe palettes is really soft and buttery, similar to Lorac’s. They are extremely pigmented and very easy to blend out.

And now, onto the swatches!

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Like the 35O, the 35T doesn’t contain any shade names and the quality of the shadows in this palette are definitely comparable to Morphe singles. I think this palette might actually be slightly higher quality than the 35O! The matte shades are slightly more buttery and the palette as a whole isn’t as big on fallout as some shades in the 35O were.

This palette would obviously be great on its own, but I can definitely see it being used in junction with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which is chock full of rose gold and pinky shades.

If you love cool-toned neutrals and rose gold shades, the 35T is definitely for you. I’m looking forward to getting more use out of this and playing with it more!

Do you guys have any Morphe palettes? Which one is your favorite? ❤