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Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | Review + Swatches

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It’s been eight long months of waiting but the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette is back (along with a whole collection of peach themed products)! I picked up a palette on Sephora in the beginning of April and neglected writing a blog post since it was limited edition and Too Faced said they weren’t restocking it at first. Now, it’s back by popular demand, the hype is back, and I thought I would include my two cents.

The Sweet Peach Palette is packaged in a metal tin with a magnetic closure. The cute peach shapes and the pink to peach ombre is adorable and adds a lot of character to the palette. It comes with 18 eyeshadows, each containing 0.03 grams of product (as opposed to the Chocolate Bar palettes that come with 14 shadows of the same size and then 2 larger highlight shades. The Sweet Peach Palette houses less total product than any of the Chocolate Bar Palettes). The shadows smell like super sweet peach candies, it doesn’t linger when you actually apply it but it is very strong. The palette retails for $49USD. 

The palette contains a good mix of colors and finishes. I do have to say that I was disappointed with the number of peach shades, I wanted to have some more peachy colors to play with. You really only get ‘Just Peachy’, 'Candied Peach’, and ‘Bellini’. After taking a quick look, the palette as a whole without those three shades looks pretty much like any other neutral palette. I can see the benefit of making it a palette that houses everything you would need, but if you have a lot of neutral eyeshadow palettes, you don’t really need to pay $50 for this one just to get a few peachy-toned shadows.

The shadows are all soft in texture and they blend quite easily. They all swatch very nicely and as with any shadow, they will apply and wear better with primer. Some shades work better on the lids than others. I had a slightly harder time with the pigmentation and wear with the darker shades and some of the mattes. The formula across the board is not bad but it's nothing notable, a mix of some great shades and some under performing ones. The shimmery shadows worked best on me, and I really enjoy using the three peach shades. I would say it's a nice palette to have but it's not something I reach for very often.

Overall, if you are looking for a palette that contains peachy, fun, bright shades with a solid formula, this is not going to do it for you. The packaging is extremely adorable and I really like the scent so I feel like the hype mostly lives around that. I don’t think it is a must have but if you want a neutral palette with a pop of color, the Sweet Peach Palette may be a good buy for you. 

The Two Faced Sweet Peach Palette will be available on TooFaced.com at Midnight on December 14th. It will also be available on Ulta.com, Sephora.com, and Macys.com on December 15th!

Let me know you thoughts on the Sweet Peach collection!

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid & Stick Foundation | Review, Comparison + Swatches

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As a big fan of most MUFE products, I never once looked into the Ultra HD foundation that everyone raved about. Well, Makeup Forever has since reformulated the product and I got my hands on it the liquid and stick versions of the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation thanks to Influenster! Since the formulas are different, I will put in my comparisons of the two based off my skin type so you can get a better feel for which one might suit you.

MUFE says the“Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion…this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight”. The liquid foundation is supposed to work well on all skin types without needing touch ups. The shade range is pretty large, with 40 shades ranging in undertones. My MUFE shade is Y415 and it suits my skin perfectly. Each bottle comes with 1.01 oz of product and retails for $43 USD.

The Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation has light to medium coverage. I would say that the finish is more towards a matte so it is suited more toward oily or combination skin. I fell in love with the liquid, I was skeptical of the claims MUFE made with it but I was very happy with the lightweight, extremely natural wear. The foundation is buildable, I would say you can get it to high coverage but it might look cakey depending on your skin type. I personally enjoy lighter face makeup so one to two pumps is a good amount go product for my whole face. It covers redness and hyper pigmentation on my skin very well, but it has a harder time covering skin texture, especially if you're on the drier side.

MUFE says the Ultra HD Stick Foundation “provides medium-to-full coverage with a lightweight, second-skin texture…it’s formulated with hyaluronic spheres for time-released hydration that is perfect for normal to dry skin”. The stick foundation differs from the liquid in that it has higher coverage and hydrating qualities. There are 15 shades in the line and I happened to get Y445 which is one shade darker than the shade that matches me perfectly. Each stick has 0.44oz of product and retails for $43 USD.

The Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation definitely has a more natural, satin finish with medium to high coverage. It keeps the skin looking glowy all day, although it can easy be set with a powder for a matte finish. The formula is surprisingly creamy and blends easily. With a BeautyBlender, you can get this to a lighter coverage and you can also build it up to high coverage as it layers pretty well. The lightweight wear is consistent across both foundation formulas. It wears off during the day on me due to its finish and my skin type. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with oily skin, although you could make it work with a mattyifying primer and powder. 

Both foundations look very natural on the skin, they live up to the “second skin” claim. I can easily say that the liquid foundation works better for my skin. I have combination skin where the oily parts get extremely greasy and where the dry bits are almost flakey. With this, there are downsides to both foundations. I find that with the stick, I need to set it and touch up more than twice a day and it wears away and settles in oily and drier parts respectively. I think the stick formula will work well for those with a normal skin type. With the liquid, I feel like I can cover more imperfections with less product. It has a longer wear time on me. It doesn’t always look the best on drier areas of the skin but if I prime with a hydrating oil or primer, it looks much more even. Because both products are the same price, I think you will get more use out of the liquid foundation if you are intending to use the stick foundation on your whole face (rather than just contouring and touch ups as its description suggests).

Overall, both foundations are suited to different skin types and they both work well as a natural, lightweight foundations that photograph well. Both are available for purchase on Sephora.com and Makeupforever.com.

-These products were sent to me from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own and are based only off of my experience with the products-

Pony Effect Contouring Master Palette in Fabulous | Review + Swatches

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Korean makeup artist, Pony, has a whole line of makeup including brow, lip, and skin products. I have tried quite a few products from Pony Effect and I have yet to be disappointed. I purchased her Contouring Master Palette in ‘Fabulous” a couple months ago and I can’t wait to share with you guys

The Contouring Master Palette has 4 different powder products for brightening, highlighting, blush and contour. Pony Effect describes the pans as a “luxurious powder has a silky soft texture that blends effortlessly to give your skin that soft-focus, photogenic finish.” The packaging is extremely sleek, using plastic black and rose gold and the palette also includes a huge mirror. Each pan holds 3 grams of product and the palette sells for $32. The palette comes in two shades, “Fabulous” and “Marvelous”.

So far, all of the Pony Effect products I’ve tried are extremely beginner friendly. Her products are all buildable and the powders are not too soft or too pigmented, which is popular within Korean makeup. This palette is no exception, the shades aren’t harsh against the skin and they are more suited to natural makeup looks. 

The brightening shade, ‘Super Magic’, is a matte highlight that works well under the eyes. The highlighting shade, ‘Dreamcatcher’ is on the more natural side but it is build able (Read my full review of the Pony Effect Mirage highlighters here!). The blush, ‘On My Own’, does not really show up on my skin tone but it is a very pretty light pink on lighter skin tone. The contouring shade, ‘Behind Story’ is too close to my actual skin tone to be called a shading color. It is the least pigmented of all 4 powders and t would suit someone lighter than the 20 range in MAC foundations.

I do have to say that both palettes are more suited to fair skin, I think people with medium skin tone can use some of the shades. I am around NC35 and the blush and contour shades were disappointing. The arm swatches were done on my sister who is around an NW30 or slightly lighter so you can see it on her skintone. I think anyone with a deeper complexion than me wouldn’t get much use out of either palette. The star is definitely the highlighter which is sold individually, although not in the shade, ‘Dreamcatcher’.

Overall, if you are looking for a beginner face palette to do your basic face routine and you are on the fair side, this is a good choice for you. Pony Effect products are available for purchase on Memebox.com. Let me know what you guys think about the Pony Effect line!

MAC Spellbinder Shadows in Dynamically Charged & Higher Power | Review + Swatches

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It feels like MAC will not let up this year! Collection after collection, with mostly limited edition drops. I cannot say I was interested until I laid my eyes on the new Spellbinder Shadows. MAC’s newest limited edition eyeshadow line are black, ionized pigments that are “magnetically charged”. They are supposed to “cling to lids like velvet”.

The most notable attribute to these shadows is the wavy texture/design that keeps it’s form no matter how you move the loose pigment. The pots all include a magnet in the base, which is why the ionized shadows return to their original design. Each shadow costs $22USD and contains 0.02oz of product, which is quite pricey for the amount of product you’re getting. 

The Spellbinder Shadows come in eight different shades and I picked up two of them. ‘Dynamically Charged’ is described as a taupey cool bronze. ‘Higher Power’ is described as a rich deep brown. The pigment is finely milled and is soft to the touch, a similar feeling to cushion/bouncy shadows. I would recommend wearing these over a primer, I found that it applied and stayed on much better with a base. Both shades go on patchy and uneven on me without primer, they also wear away pretty quickly.  I was expecting the black based pigment to be harder to work with but it was quite the opposite, I found that the base wasn’t dark at all. They can be easily blended out for a sheerer look, or packed on with fix+ or water for a stronger, multidimensional eye. There is little to no fallout on me depending on how I apply them and they look great/last longer over other shadows as well.

I am not always the biggest fan of pigments, I always make a mess and glittery pigments usually slide around my super oily eyelids. These reduce the mess quite a bit and I find that they don’t move around as much as a traditional glittery eyeshadow does on me. I do notice it sheering out on me as the day goes on and I wish it clung onto the lids like MAC claims it does, but its staying power is similar if not better than most glittery shadows.

Overall, I’m really liking the Spellbinder Shadows. I am a sucker for packaging and there’s just something so satisfying about never being able to get rid of the rippled design. They are an easy to use, mess free, loose pigment. I enjoy using them as a quick sheer lid color since they are convenient and I can blend it out easily with my finger.

Let me know what you guys think of the MAC Spellbinder Shadows! They are currently available for purchase on maccosmetics.com and macys.com

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | Review, Swatches + Dupes

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Anyone bored of the matte lip trend yet? Wanting to wear matte lips without the hassle of dry lips? ColourPop has been releasing new lip products one after the other and most of them are anything but flat matte lips. For those looking for a liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry down completely, the Ultra Satin Lip is here for you.

The packaging on the USL are the exact same as the Ultra Matte Lip packaging, they are priced at $6 for 0.11oz, which is also the same as the UML. ColourPop has been very vocal about the formula not being transfer-proof and the finish being semi-matte. I purchased four out of the twenty seven shade line up: 'Tansy', 'Frick'N Frack', 'Toolips', and 'Petit Four'.

In my opinion, the Ultra Satin Lip formula is the perfect option for those who want to wear matte liquid lipsticks but cannot handle the dry finish. The texture of the USL formula is less viscous than that of the UML but not super thick in anyway. I’m pretty sure the shades all range in thickness or how mousse-y they are because 'Petit Four' and ‘Tansy’ are a little more on the stiff side compared to the other two. The wear is extremely light and comfortable for hours since it does not completely dry down. The colors go on completely opaque in one layer.

The product does transfer but the shade usually remains on the lips while eating or drinking. There is enough tackiness to feel it when you press your lips together but that doesn’t mess with the product or move it around. The formula allows for the product to wipe off without taking off chunks of product (like how some matte lipsticks leave parts of your lip completely bare after eating or drinking), which is a plus. The USL can last all day on me without reapplication but for those who do need it, it’s super easy to layer second coat. 

I have a bunch of comparison posts for these for anyone who is interested in seeing if they already have a similar lipstick shade to the four I purchased. 

The ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip is a great addition to the Ultra lip line. To me, the drugstore liquid liquid lipsticks do not compare in price or quality. These are a really great alternative to the flat matte lip in a non-drying, long lasting formula. Have you guys tried the Ultra Satin Lips? What do you think?