Product Reviews

REVIEW: Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots

Hello, lovelies!

With the holiday season approaching, I like to introduce extra glitter into my makeup routine. I bought a few shades of Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots recently, and they have transformed my eyeshadow looks!

The Packaging

The packaging of these eyeshadows feels luxurious. The shadow is packed into a round transparent pot. I love that this displays the vibrant colour of the shadow inside. The cover of the pot is a gorgeous metallic-gold. Each shadow fits into the palm of the hand and is ideal for travel!

The Formula

Each shadow is composed of pearl pigments that give it a shiny, colourful finish. The shadow feels creamy to the touch and blend easily. After applying the shadow to the lid, it has a beautiful foiled appearance.

The Wear

I did notice a small amount of fallout when wearing these pigments, owing to the looseness of them. Once I applied them with a wet brush, they stayed vibrant and colourful for hours.

How to Use Them

I’d recommend applying Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots with a wet brush for maximum pigmentation. They can also be applied with the fingertips for an intense colour.

The Shades

I adore the range of bright colours in this collection! There are 8 shades in total:

  • Park Ave Princess – Metallic bronze
  • Fire Dancer – Metallic burgundy
  • Martini – Metallic bronzed olive
  • Top Yacht – Metallic champagne
  • Steel the Show – Metallic steel navy
  • Beach Bae – Metallic copper
  • Sun Drenched – Metallic bronze champagne
  • Frose – Metallic rose gold

Tarte’s Chrome Paint Shadow Pots are a beautiful addition to your eyeshadow collection if you want a burst of pigmented glitter in your eyeshadow looks! I love the wear, pigmentation and longevity of these beautiful eyeshadow toppers. Each single shadow pot retails for $27 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I adore spring and the bright hues that the season is associated with. Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released a new palette that truly represents the season – filled with bold pops of magenta, golden yellow and teal. This unique colour combination instantly drew me to the palette. I typically never wear bold eyeshadow colours, but I knew that the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette would be an exception!

The Packaging 

The eyeshadow comes in a sleek, fun package. Like other Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, the package features 14 pans of shadow, a dual-ended brush and a large mirror. One major difference in this package is the material that is composed of. Traditionally, Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes have a soft, velvety cover but the Riviera Eyeshadow Palette is composed of a canvas material. The outer package has a unique nautical stripe design with alternating stripes of blue and white. The package bears the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo and the word ‘Riviera’ in gorgeous gold lettering.

The Shadows

This palette contains a combination of mattes, metallics, and pressed pigments. The matte shadows are soft and buttery. They apply easily to the eyelid and have no fallout or patchiness. Each of the metallic shadows are pigmented, bright and smooth. I’ve applied the shimmer shadows with both a brush and my fingertips and noticed no difference in pigmentation between the two methods. The pressed pigment shadows are soft, but blend easily without fallout.

The Shades

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette contains 14 shades that range from hot pink to aquamarine:

  • Sails – Matte white
  • Yacht – Duo-chrome mauve-taupe with a violet undertone
  • Seychelles – Metallic aquamarine
  • Palermo – Metallic jewel pink
  • Seaside – Duo chrome silver with a blue shift
  • Inheritance – Metallic gold
  • Mediterranean – Metallic sky blue
  • Estate – Matte peach with a pink undertone
  • Cabana – Matte birch-mustard
  • Coastline – Matte pastel soft peach
  • Bahamas – Matte bright hot pink
  • Monte Carlo – Matte cool pink
  • Cannes – Matte bright violet purple
  • Palm – Matte chocolate brown

The Wear 

Each eyeshadow blends easily and stays vibrantly pigmented when applied to the lid. There is no fallout from the eyeshadows and they wear without fading for hours. One thing that I quickly noticed about the shade Bahamas is that it sometimes stained my eyelid, but otherwise I had no issues with any of the eyeshadows!

If you are looking for a bright, fun eyeshadow collection for the spring and summer months, I’d highly recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette! Each palette retails for $59 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I wear a lot of lipstick, and I like to incorporate products into my daily routine to moisturize my lips. I’ve always loved Laneige products and couldn’t wait to try the Lip Sleeping Mask after I bought it at Sephora a few months ago. It quickly became a staple in my daily makeup routine.

The Packaging

The packaging of this lip mask is fun, travel-friendly and eye-catching. The lip mask comes in a rounded jar that fits in the palm of your hand. The jar itself is a gorgeous pale pink and bears the Laneige logo. It is lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, makeup bag, or even your pocket!

The Mask

One of my favourite aspects of this lip mask is the texture of the mask. It feels like a balm, and it is soft to the touch. When applied to the lips, the mask feels moisturizing, lightweight and buttery-soft. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky after it is applied. It smells faintly of fresh berries, owing to the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry extracts packed into the mask. After wearing this mask both morning and overnight, my lips were soft, plump and smooth.

How to use it

I usually apply this mask in the morning and evening as a part of my skincare routine. The full-sized jar comes with an applicator to apply the product. I have a travel-sized jar and apply it with my fingertips. Simply apply the product to the lips and let it absorb. I love that it does not need to be rinsed off. I apply it to my lips and let it do the work!

Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is a wonderful product to keep the lips smooth, hydrated and plump. This mask is perfect to travel with, and can be applied morning or night. I love applying it daily as part of my skincare routine. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask retails for $24 at Sephora.

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Bite Beauty Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon

Hello, lovelies!

I adore Bite Beauty. I recently bought a Crystal  Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon from Sephora and instantly enjoyed the lightweight, creamy formula that differs from the drying matte lipsticks I usually wear. Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is the newest addition to the brand’s range of lip crayons. Instead of a matte formula, this crayon features a fun shimmer formula that delivers sheer colour for the spring season!

The Packaging

The lip crayon comes in a sleek, matte black tube with the Bite Beauty logo embossed on it. It is lightweight and portable. The crayon itself has a precision tip for easy application. The crayon twists upward when the bottom of the tube is twisted, but it is not self-sharpening.

The Lip Crayon

I love the creamy texture of the lip crayon! It glides onto the lips and is highly pigmented. The lip crayon feels weightless when applied to the lips, and dries down to a translucent finish. I adore that this product doesn’t fade or feather with extended wear. The product dries down to a soft-focus finish that appears blurred and chic.

The Formula 

The formula is nourishing and soft. The texture feels lightweight and comfortable. As with other Bite Beauty products, this lip crayon is formulated without parabens or sulfates. The lip crayon is water-resistant and feels smooth and hydrating on the lips. Each crayon has a pearly undertone.

The Shades

Bite Beauty’s Crystal Creme Shimmer Lip Crayon is available in a range of 10 shades. Each shade has a shimmer finish. I adore the fun, whimsical names of each of these lip crayons!

  • Rose Glace – Shimmering peachy pink with rose pearl
  • Candied Guava – Shimmering apricot with gold pearl
  • Mauve Marzipan – Shimmering mauve with magenta pearl
  • Fuchsia Frosting – Shimmering hot pink with electric fuchsia pearl
  • Cherry On Top – Shimmering warm red with red pearl
  • Violet Icing – Shimmering lavender with silver and violet pearl
  • Grape Glaze – Shimmering violet with iridescent pearl
  • Cocoa Crush – Shimmering bronze with bronze pearl
  • Molten Chocolate – Shimmering cocoa plum with maroon pearl

Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon is a great product if you like a creamier lipstick formula. It is lightweight and feels delightful on the lips. Though it is not long-wearing, the formula is one that I favour when I’m looking for a lightweight, creamier product! Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon retails for $28 at Sephora

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REVIEW: MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

Hello, lovelies!

MAC’s Fix+ is a staple in my daily beauty routine. MAC’s Fix+ is a combination setting spray and primer. I use mostly for setting my makeup but it also gives bare skin a refreshing boost. Sephora recently launched MAC products in-store and on its official website, and I was enticed to write a review of the brand’s beloved Fix+!

The Packaging 

The outer package is a glittery black box. The spray comes in a lightweight bottle. It is clear and capped with a matte black top. The top of the product is slightly indented with a button you press to dispense the product, which can be adjusted to lock or unlock. It displays the MAC logo.

What is it?

This product is a lightweight mist of water that contains vitamins/minerals to sooth and refresh the skin. It gives a boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. It can be used underneath makeup to prep the skin or after makeup to set and lock-in makeup.

How to use it

I hold it a few inches away from my face then spray it on. It can be used alone or to finish makeup. The spray has multiple benefits:

  • Hydrating
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Finishes makeup

It provides my skin with refreshing hydration, but once it dries into my skin it sets my makeup for the entire day. I spray it over my eye/face makeup and it doesn’t budge for hours! I have not experienced any melting makeup after I’ve used the spray. I love how it acts as a double-duty makeup product.

If you’re looking for a new setting spray, or simply a refreshing mist for your skin, I’d definitely recommend MAC Fix+. Last year, MAC released new three new scents as part of the Fix+ line. These scents include Lavender, Coconut, and Rose. Each bottle retails for $31 on MAC’s official website or from Sephora’s official website.

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REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream. I was eager to integrate a new moisturizer into my skincare routine to gauge how it helped my dry skin. First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is lightweight, and acts as a moisturizer or primer.

The Packaging

I adore how fun and whimsical this packaging is! The cream comes in a lightweight, travel-friendly jar that features a striped design with pops of pink, silver and white. The jar bears the First Aid Beauty logo and has a bright pink cover.

The Cream

The cream has a lightweight, balmy texture. It absorbs instantly into the skin without leaving any residue, and it is oil-free. The cream is translucent and airy. My skin feels soft, moisturized and refreshed once I apply the product. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is that the cream retains the texture of a primer when it dries into the skin, making it perfect to wear underneath makeup!

How to use it 

First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream is ideal to use morning or night as part of your skincare routine. Apply it evenly over clean skin. The moisturizer can be worn underneath makeup or alone.

If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer to introduce into your springtime makeup routine, I’d recommend First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Water Cream! The lightweight moisturizer refreshes the skin without feeling heavy or dense. This product is part of Sephora’s Hello FAB Coconut line that also includes a Priming Moisturizer, and Jelly Mask. Each jar retails for $42 at Sephora.

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REVIEW: Tarte Pro Glow Highlight & Blush Palette

Hello, lovelies!

I adore Tarte blushes, bronzers, and highlighters. When the brand released their Pro Glow Highlight and Blush Set, I was eager to try out new shades of the beloved blushes and highlights. This product is travel-friendly, and a great addition to your makeup kit if you enjoy trying different blush, highlight and bronzer shades! I instantly loved that this travel-friendly kit gave me multiple options for shine and colour.

The Packaging 

The outer packaging is gorgeous. The matte black cover features a colourful paint-like design and bears the Taste logo. I love that the palette has a magnetic closure, making it ideal for travelling. The palette is lightweight. Inside, the palette contains 6 pans of product that includes four blushes, a highlight, and a bronzer.

The Product 

This palette features six highly pigmented, creamy products. The highlight shade, Hi-Fi, is a light-medium golden that is creamy and bright. It has a metallic finish with a thicker consistency that doesn’t emphasize texture on the skin. The bronzer shade, Solo, is a light-medium brown. It is semi-opaque but buildable. One aspect of the bronzer that I disliked was that it did not blend easily, and clung to imperfections in my skin. Below, I’ve included a description of each blush shade:

  • Electric is a gorgeous medium-dark pink with flecks of gold. It has light-to-medium coverage that is buildable. The golden flecks make it feel drier on the skin, but it is pigmented and long-lasting.
  • The second blush, Tempo, is a coral-pink. It feels creamy on the skin and is highly pigmented. The consistency feels similar to a cream blush.
  • Beat is a peachy coral with a luminous sheen.
  • Amp is a vivid, medium pink with a metallic sheen. This blush had a luminous glow when applied to the skin, and didn’t emphasize any texture in the skin. It is creamy yet lightweight.

The Wear 

Each shade in the palette is long-lasting and pigmented. I’ve tested each blush, bronzer, and highlight shade during a full-day wear test. I love that none of the shades in the palette creased, faded, or smudged throughout the day! A little product goes a long way, and the smallest amount of product gives a luminous colour payoff!

Whether you’re new to Tarte products, or looking for a multi-tasking kit for your blush, bronzer and highlight needs, I’d recommend the Pro Glow Highlight and Blush Set. It retails for $59 at Sephora.

 

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