Medusa’s Makeup Bag January 2017

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Hello Beauties,

Another day, another unbagging. If you’ve been on my blog before, you’ll know that Medusa’s Makeup is the newest beauty subscription I started to try, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

Medusa’s makeup sends out 4 full sized products every month for $14.95. This brand is a vegan and cruelty free brand, and sells an amazing amount of varied products.

This month, I received two full sized eye products, a full sized lipgloss, and a cute little thing of beauty oil.

Spark Note (White glitter)– I have used this glitter constantly since I got it. You all know I love a glitzy and bold inner corner, and this is the perfect shade for me. It’s bold and it’s not too chunky so it adds the right amount of “ummph” to my smokey eyes. This is probably my favorite item this month by far, and I will likely run out of it.

Purple Rain (full sized eye pigment)– Ow, my heart has still not recovered from losing Prince. I love the name of this pigment, and the shade. Purple is probably the one color outside of neutrals I feel comfortable working with. I love how it looks against green eyes. In general I love the eye pigments from Medusa’s Makeup and I’m always happy to see them included in bags.

Space Kitten (gloss)– Okay, as much as I’m trying to use gloss more…I’m a little tired of getting them. I have several sitting around at this point and I’m looking at them like, “what do I do with you?” I might try the new eye trend and use it on my eyes though and see how that works. I just can’t stand the feeling of most glosses on my lips. I will wear one at some point and then go weeks without picking one up again.

Maracuja Oil– This looks like a tiny sample, but with oils that are 100% a very tiny bit is going to go a long way. I’m always happy to get beauty oils in my subscriptions bags. I have very dry skin so I use oils for about everything from skin care to blending out cream products on my face. I’m happy to add this one to my little stash.

That was everything in my bag from January. What are your thoughts on this subscription? I don’t have a referral link or anything, but if you’re interested in signing up, just go to medusasmakeup.com. It’s so easy, and they even accept paypal! I’m happy with this bag in general, and I always love getting full sized products that I know I will use.

If you have any vegan/cruelty free beauty subscriptions, send me some recommendations. I always love hearing from you all.

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April Ipsy Unbagging 2016 “Dreamers”

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Hello beauties,

It’s been a minute since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging on here, so that’s what I’m doing today!

This month’s theme is “The Dreamers.” I’m not entirely sure why, but I rarely don’t question their motives for themes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription that arrives monthly to your mailbox for $10. On average, everyone gets 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized products. These can  be makeup, hair care, or skin care products. Usually, I get a little bit of everything each month! Personally, I enjoy receiving small samples of multiple products so I can try out over the course of a few months, and I’ve actually repurchased several full sized items after trying them thanks to Ipsy! I’ve been subscribed to them for over 2 years now.

Anyway, this month I think I scored some nice things! So, let’s get right on into what was in my cute little tie dye-esque bag this month:

  1. Tarte’s LipSurgence Creme in Wonder– I’ve actually never tried too many Tarte lip products before, but I love getting Tarte products in my bag! I have swatched this, and it’s very creamy and has a pretty red tone to it. I’m normally not one to wear more sheer and glossy lip products, but I think this one would be nice to have in my bag in the Summer time if I need something to put on quickly that’s not going to feel dry.
  2. Probelle nail polish in In or Out-Most of the time I dislike every shade ever sent to me in terms of nail polish, I’m picky, and I’m not very colorful and I usually get pinks and blues. However, I enjoy purples, and this is a very cute purple shade. I’ve tried this brand in the past when I was subscribed to Beauty Box 5, and it’s actually a decent nail polish.
  3. Nomad Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Desert Sands– I love receiving eyeshadow normally, but I don’t wear gold shadows very often. I’m so pale that I feel gold can quickly overwhelm my face. This shade is nice though and seems like a great quality shade. The little package is cute and even has a teeny tiny mirror. This might be a product I pass on to a friend, however. Nothing against the brand, it’s just not my type of shade.
  4. MorrocainOil Treatment– I love getting oil samples in my subscription bags! I have a mini stash of them, and I cherish them. Oils can be pretty pricey, but they do have multiple functions. I use them on my face, in my hair, and I even blend my liquid products out with them at times. If you have dry skin, oils are going to be your best friend. I have heard that using oil can help those with oily skin as well, but I have never had oily skin a day in my life so I can’t attest to that. This little precious oil sample is going in my stash though.
  5. Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlight Brush– I was so ecstatic to see this in my bag! I love Luxie brushes, and I have received several thanks to Ipsy now. I think the blue handle on this is so cute, and it’s so soft! I may post about it on Snapchat soon, so if you’re not following me there and want to, make sure to add me! Not gonna lie, I have a thing for highlighter brushes. I have about 5 now and I use all of them for different highlighters. Don’t judge me. I can feel you judging me.
  6. Too Faced Waterproof Better than Sex Mascara-This was a point perk I redeemed last month and I’m just now getting this month. This is a full sized product, and it’s brand new to Too Faced! I love the Better than Sex mascara, and with Summer coming up I wanted to try a waterproof mascara. I have wimpy natural lashes, and the original Better than Sex is the only one that gives me volume and length. I’m pretty excited to try this one, and more than likely I’ll be doing a video on it!

That’s everything I got this month! Overall, I’m really happy with most of the products I received. Just a friendly tip for anyone subscribed to Ipsy, always review your products at the end of the month. It’s helped me substantially and I have been happy with most of the products in my bags the past 5-6 months.

If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, let me know in the comments what you got! I would love to chat!

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My Pretty Zombie Snap Cats Charity Set

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Hello beauties,

I have something fun and exciting to share today! The owner of My Pretty Zombie (one of my personal favorite indie brands) contacted me and asked if I was interested in swatching and creating looks using her limited edition set for April. I was so honored and instantly agreed!

I’ve been ordering from My Pretty Zombie for awhile, and her loose shadows are some of my favorites. I ordered the limited edition shadow in “Ojo De Gato” last year, actually.

This set releases April 1, and there are only 40 sets like the one above available, so it’s very limited. Each set comes with a full sized shadow called Bear, a sample bag of Ojo De Gato, a nail polish to match Ojo De Gato, and a lipstick.

Each set is $21, and all the proceeds will go towards an organization called SNAP Cats. Snap Cats works to rescue special needs and elderly cats, which are usually the first ones put down in shelters, because they are not viewed as “adoptable.” Anyone that knows me well knows that anything to do with cats, specifically rescue cats, is near and dear to me. I support any organization that works to save lives, even when shelters feel they won’t find a home.

If you are an international babe that still wants this set, the owner is selling a set that doesn’t include the polish for $12. If you don’t want a set, but you still want to help out, the shadows Bear and Ojo De Gato will be available all month long.

As for the products themselves, none of them disappointed me.

The shadows Bear and Ojo De Gato are so gorgeous! As I mentioned before, I bought Ojo De Gato last year, and I was hooked on My Pretty Zombie’s shadows after that. In the right photo I have a swatch comparison of both. Bear is a very pretty sheer gold shade alone, perfect for Spring and Summer. However, this can be used wet or over top a glitter primer for a more reflective look. It can be an inner corner highlight, or used on the lid. It’s also lip safe, so it can change the look of any lipstick! It’s very versatile, which is something I love with loose pigments!

The nail polish is gorgeous as well. I’m not great at painting my nails, so I will spare you all the discomfort, but the polish looks like the Ojo De Gato eyeshadow. It’s a dark almost black shade that looks almost brown in some lights with gold and red reflects. It’s pretty thick, so keep that in mind, but I was done with my nails in one coat! Even though it was thick, I was able to get an even application.

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Lastly, we have the lipstick. The lipstick also matches the nail polish and eyeshadow. Here, I have Bear on top of it to give the lipstick a gold sheen. I’m obsessed with this combo! The lipstick is not matte, but applies evenly, and is very pigmented. It also smells like red velvet cake!

Overall, I highly recommend this set if you love indie makeup, especially indie makeup that’s being made for a great cause. Even though this set was sent to me, My Pretty Zombie makes incredible products, and I will always recommend her brand to others.

If you’re interested in purchasing this set, just go here (not an affiliate link): My Pretty Zombie 

I hope you all found this post informative in some way, and let me know if you decide to buy a set or shadow!

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BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette Review

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Ah, another day, another palette review.

I know I’ve done quite a few palette reviews over the past few weeks, but with good reasoning. 1. I actually sold a few non-cruelty free palettes and ones I wasn’t reaching for so I could justify buying some new and more colorful palettes 2. Well, these reviews benefit anyone else that’s curious, right? Just think of me as your friendly neighborhood kinda goth makeup guinea pig.

Anyway, I have a review of the new BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes palette. Ironically, a few of the palettes I placed up for sale on my Postmark are from BH Cosmetics. I wasn’t going to get this one until I saw Shannon Shortcake’s comparison video. I am quite sure she had some hypnosis going on in that video because before I knew it, I had this in my cart and was checking out.

Shimmer shadows and foiled shades are something I’ve been trying to work more with this past year. I find they add so much dimension and glamour to a look, but aren’t as hard to use as say glitter. Some of the most popular foiled shadows are from Makeup Geek, but those are also $10 a shade, which isn’t in everyone’s budget. They’re gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but I love seeing other brands create more affordable “dupes” of cult favorites.

This palette comes with 28 shades, and I ordered it for $12. That’s roughly 42 cents per shade, which is pretty freakin sweet compared to the $10 per shade Makeup Geek’s foiled shadows are.

This palette is also vegan friendly, and claims to contain highly pigmented metallic shades that are easy to blend. That’s some high claims for a shadow, but how did these stand against my own high standards? Let’s start with the basics.

The packaging itself is very standard, and very boring. The top of it is clear though, which is something I like with palettes of this sort. I wish my Morphe palettes had clear tops so I wouldn’t have to flip them upside down constantly. I will say that my palette arrive in one piece, but some of the pans were a bit loose. The glue that holds these in seems to be a bit cheap, but if this occurs to you the solution is simple, you can just place them back with hot glue and reinforce them. Mine did press back down though, so it wasn’t too big of a bother. Just something to be aware of.

The shade selection in this palette is dreamy. Observe:

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Right off the bat, I love the shade selection and lay out of this palette. It’s very aesthetically pleasing to me, and I love the wide variety of shades. This is a palette that I feel everyone can find several shades they love. There are purples, pinks, blue, neutrals, coppers, and even a “blue brown” type of shade. Paired with the right matte palettes, you can create any type of look your heart desires. I legitimately gasped when I saw the purple and lilac shades in person. I have such a weak spot for shimmery purples. I feel they make my green eyes stand out, and it’s one of the only colors outside of neutrals that I feel truly comfortable working with.

As for swatches: 

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These are all swatched under no primer and under daylight lamps. Are these as reflective as the Makeup Geek foiled shadows? Certainly not, but in my opinion, these are really amazing for the low price point! What’s even better is the fact that you can spritz a bit of setting spray on your brush and wear these wet. That’s going to create that more “metallic” effect if that’s what you’re desiring. The only shade that disappointed me when I swatched these was the blackened teal shade. It really wasn’t “foiled” to me and looked kinda blah and one dimensional. That’s really the only shade that was like that for me though.

These shadows can be a bit powdery, and I recommend tapping your brush before applying to your eyes. Makeup Geek’s can be a bit powdery on me as well, which is why I gravitate towards using my fingers to apply the darker shades. I’m not trying to give myself a bright blue highlight.

I’ve applied these wet and dry, with a brush, and with my finger. Of course, with most shimmer shadows, applying with your finger is going to give the greatest pigmentation. However, I’ve found that these apply very well with a flat shader brush as well. Paired with the right  matte palette(s), you can create some stellar colorful looks and neutral looks!

I’ve been creating looks with this palette for a little over a week now. I got this palette about the same time as my Makeup Geek and Manny MUA palette, and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve reached for this one more than the Makeup Geek one.

In the first look I used the peachy toned shade dry and then went over it again with a wet brush and used the white shade in the inner corner. In the second look I used the charcoal shimmer on the lid for a “halo” effect, and then used the bright blue and yellow on the lower lash line. I wanted to show the versatility of this palette by doing one “soft” look and another fun look that was actually completely out of my comfort zone.

I also created a talk through tutorial using this palette, where I show the steps on creating the first peachy look I did:

 

Overall, I’m enjoying this palette so much right now! It’s been fun to play with as the days grow longer and a tad bit warmer, which automatically makes me want to add a bit of shimmer and color to my makeup routine. Not to mention, this palette is affordable and I feel it’s one anyone that wants to add some shimmer to their eye makeup routine should look into!

This has to be my favorite palette BH Cosmetics has come out with thus far. I loved the Zombies palette, but I feel BH nailed trying to create a palette that everyone would enjoy, from neutral to color lovers.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Will this be one that you add to your collection? Let me know your thoughts down below! I love hearing from you all.

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipsticks Review

Hey lovelies,

I’m back into the swing of doing lipstick reviews! I’m excited, lipstick is my favorite thing to wear and review for you all. I recently picked up 6 of the new Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks. I wanted to try them out and compare them to the ultra matte ones, and see if they were worth the hype.

I try not to do things because “youtube made me do it” but when I see something so hyped up and almost every single person is holding one of those huge PR boxes…I feel the need to try it out and put it to the test. Am I the only one here?

Anyway, these are the same price as the ultra matte ones ($6) and come in 16 different shades to start. Knowing Colourpop, that will quickly expand before we all know it and there will be about 100 to choose from.

Personally, I like these. I don’t find them to be super revolutionary and I don’t feel the need to own every single one, but they are comfortable and some of the shades are very lovely.

I go over all this in the video though. I hope you all enjoy it! If you’re not subscribed to my channel, please do so if you want. You’ll get to see when I upload first!

 

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February Favorites & A Life Update!

I can’t be the only human in existence that forgets February is the shortest month of the year. Every. Dang. Year.

February was an eventful month for me. I was able to try out a few new things, and my life is changing quite a bit. I go over it in the video, but spoiler alert, I’m pregnant with baby #3. We’re really excited, but that’s why I’ve been a bit inconsistent and super behind on videos and reviews lately. I’ve done nothing but sleep. Well, I’ve taken care of kids obviously, but any time I can snooze with them, I’ve been sleeping. However, I’m almost out of the fatigue zombie feeling first trimester, which means I’ll be back with more posts before long!

I didn’t want anyone to think I’ve been intentionally ignoring others or all around bored with life. I’m basically a human cat right now. All I have energy for some days is sleeping and making sure I don’t smell bad.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy my favorites this month!

Nyx Lip Lingerie Review + Swatches

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Hey beauties,

I recently posted a new video on my Youtube channel! I’ve been meaning to do a review with swatches of the Lingerie lipsticks I own, and now it’s finally up! Also, I changed my lighting and I’ve been uploading in HD, which means my videos now show my true skin tone. In case you’re wondering why the sudden weird overall change.

I go over everything in the video, but overall I’m pretty happy with these. Some shades are kinda “meh” in texture, but some shades are fantastic! I like these way more than the liquid suedes. I don’t think these are a “drop everything and buy these RIGHT NOW” type of liquid lipstick, but they’re nice to play around with.

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This shade surprised me. It’s called Bedtime Flirt, and I feel this may be the peachy nude I reach for this Spring! Very subtly sexy.

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I swatched this shade a few weeks back on my Instagram. It’s called “Honeymoon” and in my opinion, it’s the best shade in this line. I own a lot of greige shades, but this one is actually different than my other ones.

If you’re interestted in watching the video, here it is:

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February Ipsy 2016

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Hey beauties,

Ah, February, that time of the year with that one holiday where some people gag from an overload of love and others gag watching it unfold. There’s always makeup though, right?

If you’re new to my blog, I have been subscribed to Ipsy for a little over 2 years now. They’re a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month, and they send out 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized beauty related items. These can be makeup, skincare, and even hair care items.

First off, I am head over heels in love with the bag this month. It’s my favorite yet. Usually, I kinda forget about my bags or just use them as toddler snack holders, but this one will actually be used for lipsticks in my purse. It’s just too cute.

Okay, now on to what I actually received this month.

1. Luxie Beauty small tapered brush– I was SO HAPPY to see this in my glam room sneak peak. I ordered the bigger Luxie blending brush awhile back thanks to an Ipsy deal, and it’s  one of my most used eye brushes. These brushes are cruelty free, and the pink handles speak to my girly side. I highly recommend these brushes. I’ve already used this one several times, and it’s love at first stroke. This works really well if you’re wanting to put a darker shade more concentrated in the crease…which is something I do constantly.

2. Smashbox Primer Oil– This is another sample I was happy to see in my bag this month. I’ve seen several mention this product already on Youtube and Instagram, but I don’t always like the thought of dropping a lot of money on a hyped up product. This sample size isn’t very big, but I can make it work for a few foundation applications. I have incredibly dry skin, so I’m hoping that this primer oil will be perfect for me. I’ll probably be updating you all on this in a later post or video,

3. Seraphine Botanicals Carrot + Rose Moisturizer– I’ll be honest, I think carrots and roses sound like an odd scent combination. However, I love trying out new moisturizers, and this one is vegan and works on the face and body. I’ve been wanting to find a more organic and cruelty free facial moisturizer, and now I can try one without spending $50. Let’s be real, skincare can get really expensive. I don’t mind skincare samples at all.

4. Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment– This product was a full size I believe, and I love eyeshadows! This shadow is pretty neat and has a super long ingredient list of 3 things. This is supposed to be a non-allergenic pigment. I will say that when I opened this pigment up it was very finely milled, almost too finely milled. It was pretty messy. However, the shade is really pretty. I received the shade Sierra Nevada 2 which is a light champagne type of shade. I don’t know how great this would do alone, but I do feel this is going to look stunning over other shades this Spring and Summer.

5. Chella Lipstick Pencil in Passionate Pink– Right off the bat, I don’t like pink lipstick.  There are very few shades of pink I will wear. I do think this pink shade leans more towards the orange side, which definitely means I won’t wear it. This lip pencil is pretty though and did swatch smoothly and has a nice pigment to it. I just don’t foresee myself using it. I do think my mom will like this shade, so I’ll probably gift it to her.

Overall thoughts– I am happy happy with mostly everything I received this month! The only thing I feel “meh” about is the lip pencil, but I understand that Ipsy put in there in the spirit of Valentine’s Day this month. I’m already in love with the brush, and I am itching to try the primer oil and eye pigment.

If you’re not subscribed to Ipsy, I do have a referral code. Of course, don’t click on it if you don’t want me to get points for it. Sign up here: https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=1qkf

If you are subscribed to Ipsy, I would love to hear about what you got in the comments section!

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Ipsy January 2016 “All Eyes on You”

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Hey beauties,

It’s time to see what’s in the first Ipsy bag of the year, woooo! This month’s theme is “All Eyes on You” and I’m not too sure why the bag is so bright. It’s still Winter…sometimes. It’s not always Winter in Tennessee right now. It’s cold one day and chilly the next. I have a feeling this season will be easy or we’re going to be buried in snow next month.

Anyway, if you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy they’re a monthly beauty subscription that costs $10 per month. Typically everyone receives 4-5 full sized or sample sized items. Some are drugstore items and some are high end. I have personally been subscribed for over 2 years now, but I had a 1 month break. Yeah, I’m weak when it comes to beauty subscriptions. If you’re interested in seeing what I got and my thoughts for this month, just keep reading.

  1. Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub: I went to the Hanalei brand site, and this retails for $20, but I’m not sure if the one in my Ipsy bag is a full sized or deluxe sample size. Either way, this has a lot of product in it! I love lip scrubs, and I use the frequently. This one feels really soothing and tastes great. I’m also happy to say that this brand is cruelty and paraben free!
  2. Burt’s Bees cleansing oil: I love Burt’s Bees to begin with, and I’m pretty excited to try this cleansing oils. I personally like using oils on my skin because I feel it hydrates my face, and Burt’s Bees is a brand that I already trust to be on my face. Wait…you know what I mean.
  3. Skone Cosmetics Smudger Brush: I feel like I’ve gotten a few things from this brand before that I didn’t like, but I can’t recall off the top of my head. This brush retails at $15, and is pretty small. Skone is also cruelty free. I still haven’t decided what exactly I will use this brush for, but it is really small and seems like it would make a great precision brush for cut crease looks or for blending shades on the outer part of the eye.
  4. The Balm Mr. Write Now Eyeliner “Bourdeaux:” This is the one thing I was so excited for this month. You all know how much I love The Balm and their eye products. This liner retails for $17, and I’m stoked I got the plummy brown shade and not the gold shade that was also being sent out. Gold just isn’t my shade, but this one is. I can’t wait to include this in some future looks!
  5. Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Duo ‘Lavender Bloom:” This cute little duo retails at $6. Pixi is one of my favorite cruelty free drugstore brands, but they can be on the pricier side so getting samples from them through Ipsy is always fun. I am so impressed with this duo. I haven’t worn them on my eyes yet, but they felt so nice when I swatched them. They felt very smooth and promising.

 

Overall thoughts: I am very pleased with this month’s bag! I feel it was a high value bag filled with brands and products that I love and will use. Personally, I love getting brushes and lip care products because it’s one less thing I need to to buy, which means more money for lipstick. Or coffee. It’s been coffee lately.

If you’re interested in signing up I do have a referral link: https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=1qkf

If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, what were your thoughts on this month’s bag? I’ve seen a lot of love, and I’ve seen some negative thoughts, but I’m interested in all of your thoughts. Or just comment with whatever you’re feeling. I just like to talk.

I hope you all enjoyed this post. I should be getting my Lip Monthly bag soon, so be on the lookout for that post! If you’re not signed up for emails or following me, make sure to do so if you want! It’s free 🙂

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Swatch Saturday: Revealed Smoky Palette

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Hey beauties,

I feel like I don’t get to do swatch Saturday posts as often as I formally did, but I have a really exciting one to share today! I’ll be showing swatches of the brand new Coastal Scents Revealed Palette and giving my very first impressions.

Did anyone else squeal when they saw bloggers revealing this and putting it next to the Urban Decay Smoky palette? Because I totally did. If you’re unfamiliar with Coastal Scents, they create Revealed palettes that come with 20 shades each, and many times the shades are dupes for Urban Decay Naked shades.

If you’re new to my blog, I’m obsessed with the Revealed 2 palette. I use it over many of the high end palettes. It’s so awesome. I recently did a tutorial with the Revealed Palette, which is also a great palette to have if you’re into cool tones. I don’t have the Revealed 3 because it didn’t appeal to me, and it didn’t get great overall reviews. So, when I saw Thataylaa rave about this…I knew I was going to order it the day it came out. We all know how much I love a great smokey eye. I’m still not sure why Coastal Scents also spelled Smoky wrong like Urban Decay did though.

Anyway, the packaging of this palette is my favorite so far. It’s got that marble type smoke look to it, and it just looks really clean despite it being in cardboard, in my opinion. Yes, this is a cardboard type palette, so it’s not like the gorgeous packaging of the Naked Smoky one.

This palette is only $19.95 though, and comes with almost twice as many shades. Right off the bat, I noticed this palette had a decent mixture of matte and shimmer shades. Something that is always important to me in palettes is whether or not there’s both matte and shimmer. An all matte palette can look a bit flat, and an all shimmer palette can lack dimension and depth.

I don’t own the Naked Smoky palette, so I can’t compare quality or shades, but as an overall darker type of palette, I love this. I think Coastal Scents did a great job at making sure there were darker and lighter shades. There’s a really nice cool toned transition shade and cream shade. My initial thoughts before swatching were, “I can create daytime and night time smokey eyes with this. Heck yes.”

After I swatched every shade, my mind was made. This palette is awesome so far! There are no shade names, but the left picture is swatches from the top row, and the right from the bottom row.

The only shades that took a bit of work for me to swatch were the cream shade and the the navy blue shade. The navy shade was a bit patchy and had to be built up, but I’m not saying it’s a total dud, and neither is the cream shade. They just took a bit of work.

The shimmer shades in this palette swatched like a dream though! Very smooth, and the only one that was a little too buttery and crumbled a bit was the deep taupe shade on the bottom row.

The dark brown and gray shades in this palette are to die for. I used those in my look for my Black Moon Cosmetics Review, and they blended out so easily, and were very pigmented. The shades didn’t get muddy on me, which is a pet peeve of mine regarding darker themed palettes. I don’t enjoy when all the shades look pretty in the palette and then when you go to swatch them they all look the same. I didn’t experience that feeling while swatching these. There’s always that one shade for me in Revealed palettes that steals my heart, and in this one it’s the dark gray shade. It’s so perfect.

However, I’m a fan of all these shades and I can’t wait to create more looks and tutorials using it! Winter is almost here, which means panda smokey eyed Kayla will come out to play way more often. Or maybe alien Kayla. Definitely both.

 

Do I feel this palette is worth it? Yes, I really do.As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t own the Naked Smoky palette, and I don’t know if I will ever end up getting it. I’m not sure if I will need it now that I have this palette. If you own the Naked Smoky palette, you might not need this one as well. If you don’t own it, but you’re interested in a palette that has a dupe for every shade and has double the amount of shades for less than half the price…get it.

What are your thoughts on this palette? Will you be snagging this anytime soon or passing on it?  Tell me all about it!

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