Sunday, 10 April 2016

Colourpop Haul and Review

When I saw that Colourpop was releasing a new formula of liquid lip colours in the way of Ultra Satin Lips I was very intrigued to try them. But, as I don't find myself regularly reaching for the Ultra Matte versions I thought it was probably a product I could do without.

Then Colourpop went and released brow products, and loads and loads of vloggers started sharing both these new offerings online and before I knew it I was entering my card number and confirming shipping details. 
Colourpop Cosmetics Haul Liquid Lipstick Ultra Satin Gel Liner Brown Pencil
I'm a really big fan of Colourpop. I recommend them to all my friends who are wanting to update their makeup bag without a massive splurge, or want to try something new without the risk of been dramatically out of pocket if they hate the look on them. The products are a great price and generally great quality, however, some of the items are better than others.
With this little order I grabbed four of the new Ultra Satins Lips (USL) which retail for $6USD, two Brow Pencils which retail for $5USD each and a good old black Crème Gel Colour which is also priced at $6USD.
I have spent the last couple of weeks trying all four of the USL and I have come to the conclusion that I wouldn't actually describe them as having a satin finish. They dry to a matte in my opinion, not as dry-matte as the Ultra Matte Lips (UML) formula but still quite matte. Unlike the UML the USL do transfer. Oddly enough though, I can get lipcolour all over my coffee cup and yet my lipstick still looks mostly untouched, so although they move they don't fade off the lip or leave you looking patchy. Which is a win in my book.
Colourpop Cosmetics Haul Liquid Lipstick Lips Ultra Satin Gel Liner Brown Pencil
L - R: Lost, Cozy, Frick N' Frack and Echo Park
The consistency of the USL is almost like a mousse; it's not as fluid as the UML and I find this helps with a smoother and more even application. I also found the USL felt a lot more comfortable to wear than the UML. So, if you are tossing up between the formulas I would definitely recommend going for the Ultra Satin Lips. They are more comfortable to wear, don't dry out your lips as much and have equal staying power, I can apply these in the morning and still have colour at the end of the day.
Colourpop Cosmetics Haul Liquid Lips Lipstick Ultra Satin Gel Liner Brown Pencil
L - R: Lost, Cozy, Frick N' Frack and Echo Park
I watched a few swatch videos for the brow products and decided the pencil would be best for me, quick and easy, over the pot. However I couldn't tell which colour would suit me so I ordered the Blondie Pencil and the Dope Taupe Pencil (the lightest and third lightest shade, the second, Honey Blonde, looked way too warm for me) and just as well because together they work brilliantly. I have been doing my whole brow in Blondie Pencil and then using Dope Taupe Pencil to add some more dimension with a few very short strokes throughout. The packaging annoys me slightly, the pencil cannot be wound back down again and the product seems to always be blunt so consistent turning whilst using is required. But for $5USD these are things I can definitely get over. I would say that this is very comparable to the Anastasia Brow Wiz in finish and staying power. Packaging, ease of use and colouring is where they differ in my opinion.
Colourpop Cosmetics Haul Liquid Lipstick Ultra Satin Gel Liner Brown Pencil
L - R: Swerve liner thin, Swerve liner thick, Dope Taupe Pencil and Blondie Pencil.
Now I didn't have the highest of hopes for the Crème Gel Colour (I got the pot, not the stick) but I'm thrilled to say that I was pleasantly surprised from the first use. The texture is very creamy; sometimes with gels I find as I try to build up colour or thickness I end up taking more off than I am putting on, not the case here. Perhaps because it is quick drying it is really easy to build up a nice thick line with wicked colour intensity. I have predominately been using this with a small angled brush and it works a treat for both subtle, thin lines and more dramatic wing looks. I have found this lasts really well throughout the day, no smudging or fading but also isn't too difficult to remove at the end of the night. I'm a black liner girl through and through but this eyeliner comes in a heap of colours and for the price I can definitely see myself experimenting with other hues, maybe a navy or emerald next?
Another great haul from Colourpop Cosmetics, this brand keeps getting better and better in my opinion and I can't wait to see what they come out with next.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review

I'm going to be really controversial here...I am not a fan of the Too Faced Bon Bons Palette.

There. I said it. I know it has heaps of lovers out there in the beauty community; just about every blogger and vlogger has hauled one and sang its praises over recent months, but I just don't like it. It's not awful, I just think that there are much better palettes out there you could spend your money on.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

The palette is available at Mecca and retails for $78, which works out to be about $4.80 per shadow (two large pan shadows at 2.2g and 14 smaller heart shaped pans at 1g) and it has a very mild cocoa scent, much lighter than the two previous palettes. 

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

Looking at the palette I thought it would be right up my street. The colours are a great mix of cool toned taupe-browns, some rich metallics and a few bright pops of colour in the way of pinks, dark teal and purple. The colours swatched nicely enough and the packaging is also good.The palette itself is metal so it feels durable, and is thin and sleek in design with a mirror inside so it would be good for travelling. So far, so good I thought.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette

However I found the formula to be quite inconsistent, some shadows are really chalky, some are not very pigmented and almost all of them seem to get quite muddy when blended. That last complaint is something that I was told about when buying, the sales assistant told me to get the greatest colour payoff it is best to wet your brush slightly before picking up the shadow. Apparently this goes for all the other Too Faced Chocolate palettes too? I don't know about you, but I really can't be assed with a lot of faffing about in the morning, so shadows that need to be wet down in order to perform are never going to work for me, not in my daily routine anyway.

I also found that the shadows in this palette don't tend to last as long on me as the others in my collection. I often work long days and I notice after 12 hours these shadows are almost always creased and faded. There are also a number of colours in the palette that I will never use. I think having three pink shades is a waste of space, I can't imagine anyone needing as many pinks as medium browns. I also think some of the light taupe-brown colours are too similar to justify needing them all in the one palette, I think a dark matte brown for the crease and a few more light and simple lid colours would have been better choices.

Below are swatches of all the shades.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette Swatches
Left to right: Cafe' Au Lait, Cotton Candy, Cashew Chew, Malted, Molasses Chip, Sprinkles, Satin Sheets and Almond Truffle.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette Swatches
Left to right: Divinity, Earl Grey, Totally Fetch, Pecan Praline, Dark Truffle, Black Current, Mocha and Bordeaux.
I can't compare this palette to the other Too Faced Chocolate palettes because this is the first one I have tried. I hear so many people who adore the other Too Faced offerings and recommend them often, but I heard the same about this and I can't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe this latest version isn't as good as the earlier editions? I'm pretty annoyed honestly because I wanted to love this palette, I wanted the hype to be warranted but in my opinion, there are much better eyeshadow palettes out there.

Funnily enough, I still really want to try the first Too Faced palette, it was the original and some say it's still the best one so maybe that will sway me about Too Faces shadows but as for Bon Bons, I'd give it a miss.