Nyx Cream Contour Palette Review

Hey lovelies,

I’ve been wanting to do more individual product reviews on my Youtube channel. I’ve done a few, but this is a review on a relatively new product. Nyx recently came out with cream contour kits that are a bit reminiscent of the oh so loved Anastasia ones. There are 3 different shade ranges to choose from, and naturally, I have the light one. I had high hopes for this product since I love Nyx as a brand. This product, however, missed the mark for me. Big time.

I do give other drugstore options that might work out 100% better than this one did. I hope you all find this helpful…or at least entertaining.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel if you want to!

 

Stalk and talk to me: 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lunafayebeauty

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lunafayebeauty

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lunafayebeauty

Snapchat: lunafayebeauty

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

IMG_5820

Hey Beauties,

Today, I have a really exciting review! Well, exciting for me. I just picked this palette up, but I really couldn’t wait any longer to swatch and play around with it. That’s how happy I am about this release. If you’ve been here a bit you may have noticed my slight love over Kat Von D’s entire makeup line. I adore everything she comes out with. The packaging is always so edgy and sleek, and even the names of her products make my heart flutter at times.

It’s safe to say that her brand is probably my favorite makeup brand at Sephora. So, when she started showing sneak peaks of the Shade+Light Eye palette…I knew I needed it. It was love at first Instagram like. I’m a gal that loves mattes, neutrals, and grungy styled things, and this palette looked like it would deliver all of that and more. I also thought this palette would make a great companion to my Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Stack and my Innerstellar Palette since I reach for those constantly, yet I always need shadows from elsewhere if I’m feeling elaborate.

I had seen people saying that the Sephora’s inside of JcPenney already had these palettes out before any other Sephoras, so of course I went to see for myself. I looked in the Kat Von D section and couldn’t find it and looked elsewhere and started to lose hope, and then there she was. Waiting for me.

IMG_5822

Alright, enough of my palette love story, I’m sure you all have come here for the review. This palette is marketed as the “companion” to the Shade Light Contour Palette. I don’t own that, but that’s a different rant for a different day.

This palette is $46 (as are all of her eye palettes) and has 12 shadows in all. Kat Von D is exclusive to Sephora and Sephora.com. As far as I know, this palette will be permanent since the contour palette is as well.

The packaging is the standard thick cardboard. I admit I am not too fond of the cardboard, but I know that in order to keep the palletes under $50 it may be needed. It’s still very thick and dense though, and the black and gold lettering on the front is so sexy. Yes, I just called this palette sexy.

IMG_5824

IMG_5823

There are 12 shadows in all. 3 very large “base” shadows that are 2.3 grams each and 9 smaller shadows that are 1.1 grams each. So, there’s quite a bit of product in this palette.

The way this palette works is it’s divided into “quads.” The first quad is the neutral quad, and consists of the first base shadow and the 3 shadows beneath it. The second quad is the cool toned quad, and the third is the warm toned quad. There was a little booklet that came with the palette explaining the quads and how to use the shadows to lift the eyes and such, and I thought that was neat.

However, I don’t play by the rules and I like to play and mix all the colors. From looking and swatching these colors, I don’t think any colors are too warm or too cool to mix and match quads, and I like that. I like that I can comfortably color outside the quadrants and still create great looks.

Update: I actually used 2 shades from the warm quad this morning and a few from the neutral quad and the look turned out fantastic! I think I may sit down and actually film it 😉

I also love the balance of light and dark shades in this palette. Often I see palettes have too many brown or almost black shades and 1-2 light shades and it’s not a great variety. There’s a variety of transition, highlight, base, and contouring shades in this palette. There’s also a matte black, but that’s in every single one of Kat Von D’s palettes. I think I’m set on black shadow for life at this point.

Swatches:

left to right: Ludwin, Lazarus, Laetus

left to right:
Ludwin, Lazarus, Laetus

Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Latinus, Sytry, Succubus

Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Liberatus, Shax, Saleos

Lucius, Solas, Samael

Lucius, Solas, Samael

Pigmentation: These are very pigmented. The swatches I did above were done with no primer…and the lighter shades even showed up on my ghostly pale skin. That’s right, rest assured that these are very pigmented. I have a problem with getting too excited and just digging my brush right into shadows…probably not the best choice with these. A little will go a very long way. I will say that I was under the assumption that every shade in this palette was matte, but Samael (the far end light shade) is not. It’s actually a little pearlized, but that’s okay. I think that shade would be the one to add a bit of dimension to any look if you’re not about a full matte look.

Texture: These are very soft and buttery. The shade “liberatus” from the cool quad actually had a bit of fallout when I was playing with this palette, but that was the only one that did. So, be careful and maybe slowly build up with that shade because I went kinda ham on it and had brown shadow all over my face afterwards. The other shades did not have any fallout though.

Overall thoughts: Do I even need to say it? I love this palette. I think this will be an amazing partner to my other grungier palettes, and will be great on it’s own. I feel this palette is definetely worth the price given the amount of product as well. I skipped out on the Too Faced matte palette to snag this one, and I am glad I did. I really love the packaging and names of the shadows. Gah, I just love it.

As always, thank you for reading my review! I hope you all found something helpful in this. I can’t wait to play with this palette more! I’m sure I will be mentioning it often in the upcoming weeks.

If you’re new to my blog, please stick around if you want!

Oh, and stalk me on social media sites:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lunafayebeauty

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/lunafayebeauty

Instagram: @lunafaybeauty

Swatch Saturday: New Milani Fierce Foil Gloss

IMG_4753

It should be of no surprise by now that I adore Milani lip products. I feel that in terms of quality, Milani is superb with lip products. So, when I saw that they came out with yet another new lip product, I knew that eventually some of them would be mine. I went to CVS searching for my favorite eyelash glue, and I saw an untouched display with all of the new Fierce Foil glosses, and they were BOGO 50% off. I mean, how could I resist? It’s for the blog, obviously.
At my local CVS, these were $5.69, which is the same price as their original line of lip shine glosses. Definetely not gonna break the bank with these.

IMG_4757

The packaging of these is the same classy gold packaging as Milani’s past lip products, but I did notice right off the bat that these glosses are packed with glitter. That also caught my interest. I. Love. Glitter. Lately, I can’t get enough glitter. I want it on everything. Anyway, I picked up 2 of the nude shades and the red shade (obviously) but there were a few other shades. The first thing I noticed when I opened up the packaging to swatch these was the intense smell. These smell like straight up red velvet cake. I know that’s oddly specific, but they really and truly do. So, if strong vanilla smells are not for you then stay away from these.

Second thing I noticed while swatching these is that they are just very glittery, and not very “foiled.” I suppose the glitter is what they meant by foiled, and maybe they would appear to have a foiled effect in direct sunlight, but indoors these just look glittery. I have no problem with that. I find that the intense glitter would make these perfect toppers to create fun and creative makeup looks.

Arm Swatches:

IMG_4740

I did swatches on the back of my hand since the nudes are hard to differentiate on my lips.
Left to right: Venice (a more transparent shimmer) Rome (a beige toned shimmer) Florence (a red with a berry undertone shimmer)

I will say that these are very sticky, and like many lipglosses do tend to sneak onto teeth easily as well. I found that on the lips these can feel a bit gritty if you rub your lips together because of the glitter, but it wasn’t too noticeable in my opinion. Also, these wear pretty away pretty quickly and do leave glitter behind. I wiped my hand after I did the swatches and it looked like I had shook hands with an army of fairies. My hand looked pretty…and smelled like cake.

I digress. I did do some lip swatches even though it’s hard to tell the differences in the nude shades.

IMG_4737

Venice

IMG_4738

Rome

IMG_4739

Florence

Florence is my favorite one. I’m actually excited to play around with this shade and create some stellar intense red lip looks with it for Spring. I’m not a very pink person, so that’s the closest I can get to Spring related 😀

Overall, I find these glosses to be about as nice as their other glosses. Milani glosses are nice and not too sticky, in my opinion. The glitter in these may become annoying, and I don’t really see how these are supposed to be “foiled.” They just look super sparkly, which is okay…I like sparkly.

Has anyone else tried these? What were your thoughts and impressions?
As usual, thanks for reading and make sure to follow me if you want to see more reviews and makeup fun!

New Wet n Wild Haul and Review

New review on my youtube channel. I picked up some of the new wet n wild stuff to try out. Give me your thoughts??

If you have a youtube channel and you want me to check it out, please let me know. I know from still being so new on there that it’s so hard to get your name out there it seems. That and I love following and finding new blogs 🙂 Oh, and subscribe to me or follow me here if you don’t want to miss my reviews and tutorials on there!