Meet Matt(e) Nude

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Hello lovelies,

Today I want you all to Meet Matt(e) Nude! I’m such a sucker for a great nude palette, and if it’s matte there’s about a 85% chance that I will eventually own it. I have wanted this palette for so long, and I finally scored one awhile back when Hautelook when they had The Balm on there in February.

The Balm is probably one of my top 5 favorite higher end brands. Their packaging is always so adorable and vintage, yet it has the slightly sexual undertone with the names etc. much like Too Faced. If I had to describe myself with a makeup brand, it could be this one.

Anyway, as you can see above, the packaging of this palette is so cute, yet very chic. It’s small and compact, and I feel this palette would be great for traveling.

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This is the inside of the palette, and please just take in it’s glory for a second. It’s so rare that I find a nude palette this perfect.

Things that I personally look for in matte palettes:
-a light transition shade
-a white/ivory shade for daytime looks
-a good range of light/medium toned shades for daytime looks
-at least a few darker shades to create smokey eyes and/or take a look from day to night easily

Matt(e) did not fail to deliver in any of the above aspects. That peachy toned shade is the perfect transition shade. I die over it. This palette does not have a black, but the darker shades do work well together. Honestly, I like having a few neutral palettes that don’t have a black shadow.

Second thing I noticed about this palette is the size of the shadows (hence the size matt(e)rs line on the front). They are large pans, so this palette is well worth your investment if you’re looking for a palette that you can use everyday.

But what about the actual shadows? Matt(e) is so dreamy!

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh *swatches done with no primer underneath

Top Row: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy
Bottom Row: Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh
*swatches done with no primer underneath

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Left to right: Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi, Matt Hung

Pigmentation:

Decent, given that they are matte shadows and by default can be a bit patchy and dry looking when swatched.

How they blend:
These blend very well! I have dry eyelids, and I didn’t find that these looked patchy on my eyes. The brush didn’t drag when I blended the colors out.
Tip: If you are ever having trouble blending matte shadows because you have dry lids, try putting a translucent powder on top of your primer before applying shadow. This helps to blend shadows easier.

My favorite shades: I’m pretty obsessed with Matt Garcia, Matt Rosen, Matt Singh, and Matt Lombardi. I use these shadows to create so many simple, yet elegant everyday looks when I’m on the go. Matt Singh and Matt Lombardi are truly everything I look for in transition shades…and I mean look at Rosen and Garcia. They are so warm and absolutely gorgeous. I can’t get enough of them.

Overall thoughts: This palette was worth the wait. It is everything I expected and more. I know this palette has been out for awhile, but I wanted to do this review anyway since Hautelook has The Balm on sale a few times a year on their site. I feel that this palette can be used alone and in conjunction with other shades. There’s such a great variety of shades that all work harmoniously together, and the packaging is so retro and adorable. Not to mention, there’s a decent sized mirror in it so that’s a bonus!

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading this rambling, and I hope you are all having wonderful days.

ColourPop Blushes: Review + Swatches

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Hi, my name is Kayla and I’m addicted to ColourPop Cosmetics.
It’s true. I know I have mentioned them on my blog, on my youtube channel, in looks…and I’m sure that people are possibly tired of hearing about them. However, I know there are people that aren’t because they know that this brand is truly worth the hype, and it’s not often that I say that.

So, when I saw that they were releasing blushes I knew I was going to buy some.
If you’re unfamiliar with ColourPop, they are a brand based out of California. They are cruelty free, and I have recently discovered that most of their products are vegan. They are also incredibly affordable. Their eyeshadows and lipsticks are $5.
Their blushes are $8, but there is a ton more product in them.

For comparison:

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Left is a super shock shadow and right is a blush

As you can see, the blush is more than double the size of the shadow, so $8 is still a steal!
I ordered 4 so I could get free shipping (free US shipping at $30).

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Texture These feel a lot like the super shock shadows. Very creamy to the touch, yet they are powders. It’s some sort of sorcery, I swear. It does not take a lot to get pigmentation with these. Trust me, a little will go a long way.

Application The suggested application is with fingers, but if you’re anything like me putting your hands all over your face isn’t ideal. I’m happy to say that these also apply well with a brush. I used a Real Techniques stippling brush and the expert face brush, and both did the job well. You could probably dip a damp beauty blender that’s already in use in there as well and dab it on for a very subtle flush of color.

Pigmentation If you’re all familiar with the super shock shadows, you will know that those babies are beyond pigmented. They are magical. I’m convinced unicorns lick them and that’s why they’re so bright. The blushes are also super pigmented.

Longevity Yep, they also last as long as the eyeshadows as well. The mystery of the fading blush is a real thing in my life, and these did not fade.

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Cheerio– a satin finish blush. A deep cranberry color that leans towards Marsala, in my opinion.

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Between the sheets– a nude pink color with some beige tones in it. Matte finish. I think this shade is perfect for fair skin tones. It’s my ideal everyday shade, especially in Spring.

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Prenup– This is described as a plummy-pink on their website and that is accurate. I’m in love with this color.

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Birthday Suit– described as a neutral pink in a satin finish on their site. Because this is neutral, it can be worn with any eye look, and I like that about it. I wear about any blush with whatever look anyway, because screw rules, but you know…that’s my life.

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These are arm swatches, and seriously this only me building the color up once! They are super pigmented!

I managed to take a few pictures of me wearing “between the sheets.” Please focus on my cheeks, and not the rest of my face. I was in “mom mode.”

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Overall thoughts
– Colourpop has done it again. They have created a product that I am not head over heels in love with and that I will be collecting more of. I believe there are 20 colors in all, and they are all so beautiful. I love that they create shades that can be worn by everyone of every skin tone and they always make sure to swatch on different skin tones. Love this brand, and these blushes.

As usual, thank you for reading and I hope you’re all having lovely days.

Favorites Friday

Hello, beauties! Another week, another favorites post! It’s also Friday the 13th! I love these unlucky days filled with superstition, and I know I’m not the only one. My inner wolf queen and moon child loves it!
Let me begin with one favorite that doesn’t have a picture…I bought my own domain! That’s right, instead of the weird self-named blog vibe, I now have my own “brand.” My site is lunafayebeauty.com, and I made some changes to the appearance as well so it would look cleaner.

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1. Yes, I understand that a sticker is a weird thing to consider a favorite, but hear me out. This little cutie was attached to a jewelry order, and it instantly made me happy. Fun fact: I used to own a few guinea pigs in high school. I loved those little squeakers. If I had the room for one, I would get another in a heartbeat. There’s something so cute and lovable about guinea pigs. So, seeing this little sticker made me feel happy and brought back nice memories.

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2. On my face– I picked up one of the new Wet n Wild palettes from their Silver Lake collection, and I love it! Pinks are not my thing, but I’m really trying to venture out and get out of my comfort zone. Wet n Wild’s palettes can be kind of hit and miss, but every shade in the “thrift store chic” palette works well with minimal fallout. I love the name…”thrift store chic” is literally my style.

On my cheeks has been “Prenup” by Colourpop. It’s such a beautiful everyday pink for me. I have a review with swatches coming soon, so I won’t spoil too much.

My go to lip color has been “Thalia” by Nyx. Very gorgeous mauve color. If you can get your hands on this, please do so. I already love the round case lipstick formula, and this color is to die for. I don’t know what it is about Spring, but I tend to reach for more creamy formulas and even wear gloss some days.

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3. Accessory Favorites– Even though I have been playing with colors, I am still a Moon Child. I have been loving this collar by Salem Couture over cute graphic tees. It’s pretty apparent that I’m obsessed with roses, and this collar is just the all around perfect accessory. I also love laying necklaces, and I have been layering these two from Hell Kitten (shophellkitten on Etsy) all week.

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4. Random Makeup Favorites– I have been trying to give some of my forgotten makeup some love, so I pulled my Milani Bella shadows out for a bit, and I forgot how much I love them for simple everyday looks. I like to use these when I am in too much of a hurry to think about makeup. I also ordered a glitter liner from BH Cosmetics in “synergy” and it’s magical. I’ve had this thing for glitter lately…I’m stuck on it. Or rather, it’s stuck on me. That could be my worst joke yet.

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5. Pet Moment– People seem to like my cat. Sailor is the fluffiest and cutest jerk in the history of cats. Just kidding, she’s actually really sweet, but she’s a bit mischievous. I don’t even consider her a cat most days. When someone comes over she has to get right in their face and demands to be pet. Our husky doesn’t even do that until at least 5 minutes after someone arrives. She also weighs 20 lbs. She’s not fat, she’s fluffy…and well fed.

Those were my favorites for the week! What have you been loving this week?

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!