Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Shaaanxo x ColourPop Quad

Oh look! Another part of my massive moment of weakness on the ColourPop website!


Today I'm bringing you another YouTube collaboration quad from ColourPop. Last week I gave y'all my thoughts on the KathleenLights quad, and now we're moving on to Shaaanxo.


Mmmm... dat packaging tho.


The colors in this quad are mainly neutrals, but then you have this random khaki green? Well, ok. 

If you aren't familiar with the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, they're this weird hybrid of a mousse, a cream, and a powder and they apply best with a dense synthetic brush or with your finger. 

Here are the shades that you get in this set:


XO (pearlized) 
- light champagne
- The texture on this one is a little dry, making it flaky and a bit patchy on the lid


Selfie (matte) 
- mid-tone peachy brown
- I have no complaints with this one! It blends awesomely


Deluxe (pearlized) 
- warm red bronze
- no complaints on this one either


Rebel (matte) 
- mid-tone khaki green
- This one is also a bit dry and stiff. It takes some work to not be patchy



TL;DR section:

Price: $20

Size: 2.1 g per eyeshadow

Availability: colourpop.com

Pros:
  • Selfie and Deluxe knock it out of the park
  • Good balance of mattes and shimmers
Cons:
  • Xo and Rebel have texture issues

Cruelty free: Oui, cherie!

Final thoughts: I wasn't expecting to like this quad because the colors look so weird together, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think that this quad will make a gorgeous fall look. Deluxe, at least to me, is the total star of this set.

More information about this product HERE.







Saturday, July 4, 2015

Review: ColourPop Where The Light Is Quad

Yeah, I'm doing two ColourPop reviews in a row. I kinda had a few moments of weakness on the website a few months ago, which resulted in this:


So yeah... there's gonna be a LOT of ColourPop reviews in the future.



This specific quad caught my eye because a) KathleenLights curated it, and b) holy neutral metals and mattes! The colors (or Colours) were calling my name too forcibly to ignore, so poof, here we are.


ColourPop shadows are definitely not the norm. They're not powder, they're not mousse, they're not cream... they're some weird amalgamation of all three. The closest thing I can liken them to is the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes. Since they have an odd formula, the best way to apply them is either with dense synthetic brushes or with your fingers, however the latter gives the most intense effect. 



The four shades that come in this set are:

Glow (matte)
       - creamy vanilla
       - this one is a little sheer and takes a little building up

Cornelious (matte) 
       - mid-tone warm caramel
       - this one is also a bit sheer (it seems to be a matte thing) and blends out on the pinkier side
       - works better as a transition shade than a crease shade on my lids
               
KathleenLights (pearlized) 
       - bright golden copper
       - my favorite! 
       - this one feels a bit slick and slippy when you're working with your fingers

Blaze (metallic) 
       - coco bronze sprinkled with with multi-dimensional glitter
       - the base on this blends out pretty dang sheer, plus blending knocks all glitter away
       - the glitter is pretty chunky, which makes application difficult 
       - best applied with fingers

I'm gonna level with you guys - I was expecting to love this... but I don't. There are a few consistency issues with 3 of the shades. The mattes don't bother me much, but the glitter in Blaze proved to be a problem when I was playing around. But the main reason I don't like this is because the super warm shades just don't look that great on me. Other than those things, there really isn't anything super wrong with it.

TL;DR section:

Price: $20

Size: 2.1 g per eyeshadow

Availability: colourpop.com

Pros:
  • The shades are a cohesive palette
  • KathleenLights is SUPER pigmented
  • Good mix of mattes and shimmers
Cons:
  • Mattes are a bit sheer and pill a bit
  • Blaze has fallout issues and the glitter makes application a pain

Cruelty free: Oui, cherie!

Final thoughts: This is a great neutral quad for people that like warm shades. The two mattes balance out the two ultra shimmery shades for a super glam eye look. There could be better consistency and pigmentation with the mattes and less chunky glitter with Blaze, but a little patience can surmount those issues.

More information about this product HERE.





Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: ColourPop Megan Naik Quad



This is my first official foray into the world of ColourPop shadows, and I'm honestly hooked. Sure, this may not be the most season appropriate shadow collection, I say writing this on a VERY hot June day, but it takes pretty much every fiber of my being to not wear this fall-esque look every day.



This quad retails for a sensible $20, i.e. each eyeshadow is $5, making it dangerously affordable. All four of the sultry shades mesh together into what I consider a perfect fall look. From the brow highlight to the mysterious lid color to the deep crease shade and a smattering of glitter... this thing really has it all. 



Here are the lovely shadows in this quad after the jump.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit in Na-No Way! {First Impressions}

I've had my eyeball on the Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kits for a hot minute, but I never wanted to shell out the $29.99 for one. Thankfully I was lucky enough to pick one up for half off at Rite Aid this week! Yay!


Despite being incredibly girly and cosmetics obsessed, I'm quite low maintenance and despise having to do my nails more than once or maybe twice a week. I've been getting gel manicures for a while now, but it is really taking a toll on my disposable income, so it was finally time for me to bite the bullet and buy my first at-home gel nail kit. 


If you've ever been in a graphic design or business class, you know that packaging and marketing has a lot to do with how well a product will do and I gotta say that the adorable packaging and snappy commentary totally won me over! Kudos to the graphic designers on this one!


Wanna find out more? Keep on reading after the jump!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bite Beauty Musk & Lychee Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo {Product Review}

I have been dying to get my hands on a Bite Beauty lipstick ever since Emily of Beauty Broadcast raved about them! I was a little hesitant to drop $24 on a single lipstick from I brand I never tried though, so I got one of the duo minis from Sephora for half the price... and I'm kicking myself for it. I. Need. MORE!


I got the Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Musk/Lychee because Lord knows I don't have nearly enough neutral lipsticks! The thing is kinda weency (we're talking 0.05 oz per lipstick here), and the packaging is a little excessive, but I've totally fallen in love with both shades!

More after the jump!