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Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD


 

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I had heard good things about the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, so when Indigo Kir Royale told me that she was going to pick up a few things from Selfridges, I jumped at the chance to do a combined order (haul post here).

The Dolce Vita palette ( £38.00) is inspired by  screen sirens Sophia Loren, Monica Belluci, and Penelope Cruz,  featuring rich burgundy and golden shades that I love wearing in autumn. It is quite a versatile palette if you have a few neutral mattes on hand- you can do a bold editorial styled volcanic smoky eye (a la Gucci S/S 2014), a soft rosy eye look, or a garden variety warm bronzey eye (like I did below).

 

Apart from the glittery copper shade, the 3 other shades in the palette have a lovely buttery texture and blend easily. The glittery shade has a hard texture that is difficult to pick up with a brush- it is  best applied by pressing it on the lid with a finger.

 

Longevity is not amazing. I find that the eyeshadows in this palette do have a tendency to fade after about 5 hours unless I build up the colour with multiple layers- I would recommend priming well before applying to ensure all day wear. Disappointing, but not a deal breaker for me.

 

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: Review, Swatches, FOTD

 

Colour (clockwise:

Top left: pale pink champagne in a frost finish and sheer to medium pigmentation.

Top right: bold rusty burgundy in a shimmery metallic finish and full pigmentation.

Bottom right: khaki brown with subtle gold shimmer and medium buildable to full pigmentation.

Bottom left:  Copper glitter on a transparent base. I was hoping that this shade would be more pigmented/ dense (like a pressed version of Illamasqua Ore)

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Posted by on Jun 26th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

I  have been looking for a quality deep rusty red-brown, as well as a dark yellow toned copper (without brassy undertones) for some time now, and I’ve never really been completely satisfied with anything that I had seen up until I swatched NARS Surabaya duo at my local  Mecca Cosmetica. This duo is EXACTLY the two colours and finishes and quality that I’ve been searching for, in one handy little package.

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: Review, Swatches, EOTD

The right side of NARS Surabaya is a rich dark terracotta with a subtle burgundy sheen. The left side is a deep mustard copper (sans red undertones). Beautiful shades for fall.

Both shades have astonishingly good pigmentation and buttery texture- so much so that you could easily pick up way too much product if you use any more force than a delicate dab onto the pan. I’ve complained about the dryness and challenging blendability of many NARS eyeshadows- but this duo is exceptional, and  gives Rouge Bunny Rouge a run for it’s money.

My only qualm about this product is that the intensity tends to fade on my oily lids after a few hours, even with my usual TFSI eyeshadow primer. A coloured base helps, but I wish this was a product that stood up to a day’s wear on it’s own. Looking at other reviews, I don’t see anyone else really having this issue so, it’s probably just my unlucky lids.

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Posted by on May 16th, 2014 in Eye shadow, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

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After seeing the limited edition Tom Ford She Wolf  Ombré Eye Color Trio released in the US mid last year, I had been lusting after it’s monochromic chic-ness. Imagine my delight when I heard that it was being released in Australia as part of the Tom Ford Fall 2014 Color Collection.

” In the Fall 2014 Color Collection, Tom Ford focuses on the art of the seductive eye. At the heart of the collection is the limited edition Ombré Eye Color Trio of monochromatic shades that uses light and depth to create a dynamic contrast, so you can shade and contour the eyes with an extraordinary play of contrast and light. The She Wolf trio comes in three smoldering, tone-on-tone grey shades: Deep Black/ Brown, Light Charcoal, and Silver Lead. The In the Pink trio comes in three sensual pink shades and textures for a contoured nude look: Pink Rose, Pink Champagne, and Ballet Slipper Pink.”

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombré Eye Color Trio: Review and Swatches

 

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Posted by on May 1st, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

 

After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery,  darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.

There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.

 

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Colour and texture

Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.

Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer- it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.

Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.

Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).

I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).

I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!

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Posted by on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Autumn Nails: Kester Black Buttermilk and Uslu Airlines NMA

I was recently given the chance to try some nail polishes from Kester Black and Uslu Airlines by Australian retailer Outergold.com - who specialise in niche beauty and lifestyle products.

Prior to this I hadn’t tried either brands before, although I had heard great things about Kester Black from Swatchgirl.com. I was very impressed by the formula of both polishes- they both applied so evenly and lasted an incredible 3-5 days before any noticeable chipping.

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Kester Black ‘Buttercream’ nail polish looks just like what you would expect from it’s name. Buttercream is a beautiful neutral milk coffee nude, which is almost opaque in two layers- as shown in swatch above (there is a slight translucency to the colour), and completely opaque in 3. The colour applies evenly with no streaking. I’m always overjoyed when I find a nude polish that doesn’t streak.

Kester Black is an Australian niche nail polish brand. All their polishes are  ‘Five Free’ (no toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin); cruelty free; and vegan.

Price: $17/ 15 mL

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Uslu airlines is a Berlin based high end beauty company. Their products are named after airport destinations (I love this idea), and the shade  NMA is named after the Namangan airport in Uzbekistan.

I chose this shade because a deep burgundy colour is my staple nail polish shade- so I’m always on a lookout for a good burgundy that has the sophistication of Butter London La Moss (but with a faster dry time and better chip resistance). This one is beautifully formulated – holds up much better than the Butter London one, and is a gorgeous shade.

Price: $29/ 11mL

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