Morphe Brushes 35O Palette Review

Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a while since I’ve publised my previous blog post but this review is heavily requested over on my Instagram! Today’s review is going to be of the Morphe 35O Palette which is absolutely hyped over on YouTube and Instagram. I will be telling you all the details of what I think of them down below, but first, take a look at the palette in all it’s glory.

As you can see, the palette consists of 35 eyeshadows in the warm orange-brown colour family and it’s honestly beautiful to look at. First and foremost, I’d like to clarify that I was extremely skeptical about purchasing the palette. I saw these all over Instagram but I’ve never really been interested since it reminded me so much of the eBay/ BH Cosmetics/ Coastal Scents palettes. You know, those bulk eyeshadow palettes that everyone raved about on YouTube a few years ago. They are also dirt cheap, only costing USD$22.95 for each of the eyeshadow palettes which raised my suspicion even more. I didn’t think that it would be good, I thought it was only great for what you pay for.

I paid AUD$40 from an Australian retailer because I couldn’t be bothered to order from the US website and wait for another 3 weeks for it to arrive. I ripped open my package once it arrived on my doorstep and swatched them right away. The palettes come in their own bubble wrap which is a great sign. No one wants to see their eyeshadows arrive broken, right?

Boy, I shouldn’t have been skeptical! Above is the swatch of some of the colours in the palette (matte finishes on the left, shimmer finishes on the right). Sure, they aren’t the best of the best quality of eyeshadows but they are extremely pigmented and blendable. The texture is definitely much drier than other high end shadows, they feel a little chalky but it transfers just like a high end shadow. The shimmery shadows has a fair amount of fallout, a little more than Urban Decay eyeshadows but I can live with it and it’s not a major disadvantage since the eyeshadow texture and pigmentation itself is THAT good.

To all the skeptics out there, yes this palette is definitely worth your money and it’s not just worth the money for the price you paid for. I do believe that it could be worth more. The only con that I would say for this palette is that it’s very hard to get your hands on. It’s one of Morphe’s most popular palettes and they sell out very quickly so you got to be quick when ordering the palette. Do follow Morphe’s Instagram page for news of when this palette will restock again.

In the next post, I’ll be doing comparison swatches between Morphe Brushes 35O Palette and the Chi Chi Cosmetics Spices Palette. I’m also looking forward to purchasing my 2nd Morphe Palette because I’m now officially a Morphe addict..

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Is the M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, Darling worth it?

 

As many of you know, the M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, Darling is a limited edition Holiday collection highlighter that has been all over Instagram. People are going crazy over this thing! I bought mine the day it launched in Australia (2nd Nov) and I’ve been told that they are currently sold out nation-wide in Australia. They retail for AU$51 each which is $3 more than the original Mineral Skinfinishes and they are packaged in the older style Skinfinish packaging in bright, metallic blue colour. The product itself has a very unique embossing on it, and I think it’s also part of the reason why people are going crazy over this highlighter.

Now, the product itself is very metallic and it’s the perfect golden shade if you’re someone who’s into the JLo glow, or that ‘highlight on fleek’ sort of thing. It gives off a very intense highlight effect so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I’m the type of person who likes extreme highlights on my face but definitely only on certain occasions and not for a day-to-day basis. If you missed out on this highlighter, it’s definitely not a very big deal. The texture of this highlighter is very similar to a metallic eyeshadow consistency. Below are the swatches of the highlighter.

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Left to right: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Half Baked (available in Naked 1 and 2 palettes), M.A.C Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Oh, Darling, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone.

I’ve compared some swatches of the M.A.C highlighter to other similar shades. As I have mentioned previously, it’s not too much of a big deal if you have missed out on this product as there are definitely some alternatives out there. The Urban Decay Half Baked is a very close match to the highlighter, although I wouldn’t call them dupes. The Urban Decay eyeshadow has slightly more fallouts and is more bronzy in colour compared to the M.A.C highlighter. I wouldn’t say I regret purchasing it, but I am glad I did not purchase back ups because I don’t think it’s worth re-purchasing.

Thank you for reading! xx

Chi Chi Palette in “Spices” Review + Swatches

Hello everyone!

Today I’ll be reviewing this newly released Chi Chi Cosmetics Palette. The retail price of this palette is AU$22.95 and are available for purchase at Target, Myers or here. The palette contains 12 shades with a mixture of different finishes. It’s described by Chi Chi Cosmetics as “A collection of warm browns and spicy rich tones” which I think is true to it’s name.

Here’s a glimpse of the palette.

If you followed me on Instagram, you would have already known that this is one of my current favourite palettes. It’s extremely affordable and you can usually fetch these at $16 when they are 30% off. What originally draws me towards this palette is the resemblance of this palette with the 35O Morphe Brushes Palette. They both feature warm, orange-y shades that everyone seems to be loving at the moment.

I also really love this palette because of the eyeshadow quality. To be really honest, I am not a big fan of the other Chi Chi Glamorous Palettes because some of the eyeshadows offered are chalky, patchy and a little difficult to blend. Sure, they’re only $22.95 each, but I own better shadows so why would I purchase a mediocre one? I was extremely surprised when I swatched the Spices palette for the first time. The texture of the shadows are quite buttery, pigmented, not chalky and are definitely easy to blend. The eyeshadow quality really reminds me of the Urban Decay eyeshadows.

Yes, Urban Decay eyeshadows are not my favourite eyeshadow formulas, I find that they have a little too much fallout for my liking but they’re still very good quality eyeshadows. The Chi Chi Spices has a similar fallout problem to the Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I definitely can’t complain about that because of the price.

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Chi Chi Spices Palette Swatches. Top Row (Left to Right): Shades 1-6, Bottom Row: Shades 7-12.

Above is the swatches of the Chi Chi Spices Palette. As you can tell, they’re a collection of warm toned, orange-y shades. I swatched them over M.A.C Soft Ochre Paint Pot as a base.

Shade 1 (Shimmer finish): A shimmery light gold shade. Little to no fallout.

Shade 2 (Matte finish): A light warm brown shade. Few fallouts.

Shade 3 (Shimmer finish): A yellow bronze-based gold. Little to no fallout.

Shade 4 (Shimmer finish): A copper shade. Little to no fallout.

Shade 5 (Matte finish): An orange-based brown. Few fallouts.

Shade 6 (Metallic finish): A very red-based orange. Little to no fallout.

Shade 7 (Matte finish): A deepend orange-based brown. Few fallouts.

Shade 8: (Metallic finish): A warm brown shade. Little to no fallouts.

Shade 9 (Matte finish): A warm brown shade. Few fallouts.

Shade 10 (Matte base with glitter finish): A blackened brown shade with orange-red shimmers through. The shimmer does not pick up on your  eyelids very well. Few fallouts.

Shade 11 (Metallic finish): A medium goldern brown shade. Little to no fallout.

Shade 12 (Shimmer finish): A coppery gold shade. Few fallouts.

I hope this helps any of you who are thinking of purchasing the palette. I have a 35O Morphe Palette coming very soon and I will definitely do a comparison post between the two in my upcoming posts, so keep an eye on that! 🙂 Congratulations on finishing reading this long post, so I’m going to give you a little gif (pun intended, unless you spelt them “jiff”). I would appreciate your feedback and comments for this post! Constructive criticism is also welcome! But no hate please xx

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review + Swatches

Hello again everyone!

I’ve been meaning to post a proper review for this liquid lipstick because I think that they deserve so much more recognition. Jeffree Star is known for being a social media celebrity and has just recently launched his own line of liquid lipsticks with more products like lip scrubs and traditional lipsticks coming soon.

The bottle features a very pretty hot pink cap (it’s so Jeffree!) with rose gold foil printing, as you can see on the pictures below. The bottle is also clear so you can see the exact colour of the lipstick itself which is great! Another interesting feature of the bottle is that it has a lock mechanism that clicks when you close the bottle so you know that the bottle has been closed securely and you won’t have to deal with leaking lipsticks.

For Christmas 2015, Jeffree Star launched 5 limited edition shades in limited edition packaging. It features a white cap instead of his usual hot pink which I think made the bottle super pretty to look at, especially with the contrasting rose gold printing. Unfortunately, I only have 2 out the 5 shades available (Doll Parts and Hoe Hoe Hoe) and it is not being re-released except for the shade Androgyny which I do not own yet *sadface*

 

As for the formula, it is more on the creamier side and there are a little difference in consistencies between shades. I find that my tube of Posh Spice, Celebrity Skin and Doll Parts (LE) is much runnier in consistency than the other 5 shades that I own. But despite the inconsistencies between the shades, the pigmentation is extremely pigmented in all the colours that I own, even the white-based colour like Dirty Money (green).

What I like about Jeffree Star’s lipsticks is that they are not as drying as Colourpop’s liquid lipsticks which I honestly can’t stand unless I layer a generous amount of lip balm underneath and exfoliate. His lipsticks are very comfortable and bearable in terms of liquid lipsticks so if you have naturally dry lips like mine you would want to try at least one shade from the Jeffree Star velour liquid lipstick line. The liquid lipstick also lasts a long time. I usually wear Masochist and I wear them on shopping days where I don’t really touch up my makeup and it lasts a whole day even with constant eating and drinking.

I would also like to note that the lipstick doesn’t have any fragrance added to it so it can smell a little off to some people but I personally have no problems. I do love scents in lipsticks though and I have heard that Jeffree Star is now adding root beer scent into a few shades of his liquid lipsticks. His newest shade Breakfast At Tiffany’s do have this scent which is great. I’ll be looking forward to the new scented Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks once he releases any more colours that grab my interest 🙂

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks L to R: Posh Spice, Celebrity Skin, Unicorn Blood, Masochist, Dirty Money, Dominatrix

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Ingredients:

Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Red 7 Lake (Cl 15850:1), Red 30 Lake (Cl 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Cl 42090), Red 28 Lake (Cl 45410)

The lipsticks are cruelty free, vegan, free of parabens and gluten.

You can purchase the lipsticks here, here, here (Australian stockist).

Beauty Blender Dupes?! 

I am pretty sure most of you would know what Beauty Blenders are, unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few years..  

 

Left to right: Beauty Blender, Chi Chi Cosmetics Makeup Sponge, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. 

The beauty blender sponge has forever been the cult favourite of so many girls and guys in the beauty community. So many people swear by it and claim that nothing beats the original beauty blender itself. Beauty Blenders in Australia costs AU$27 at Sephora Australia or AU$29.10 from BeautyBay.com if Sephora is unavailable at your local area. $27 is definitely an expensive price to pay for a piece of sponge that blends your foundation, so a lot of companies try to duplicate the OG beauty blender for the cheap. Most of them though, isn’t a dupe for the OG beauty blender. So the question is, is there any beauty blender dupes out there? 

Unfortunately I haven’t found any dupes for the beauty blenders but I can tell you I have found similar products that work just as good as the beauty blenders for a fraction of the cost. 

The most talked about “dupe” is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. In my opinion, these aren’t dupes for the actual beauty blenders but is a very similar product that gives the same results. It has a slanted cut top which gives you more surface area to blend your foundation on your skin unlike the beauty blender that has a round bottom. The only downside to this is that sometimes the sponge might deform and not keep into shape especially during the wetting and wringing process. It costs AU$16.99 from Priceline or AU$8.42 from iHerb.com. It’s definitely cheaper than the cult favourite beauty blenders but the question is, is there any similar product that is even cheaper than the Real Techniques sponge? 

The answer is yes! 

  
Let me introduce you to this magical sponge by Chi Chi Cosmetics. Don’t get too excited, although they aren’t dupes for the OG beauty blenders, they are dupes for the Real Techniques sponge! They come in variety of shapes and colours and the best part is that it’s only $5.95! Chi Chi Cosmetics usually does a 30% off at Myers and Target too. So it’s a double bargain! They also come in a 4 piece set for $15. Have you tried them yet?

   
  
*images taken from chichicosmetics.com 

Jac xx 

Colourpop Haul and Review: Part I

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog and thank you so much for visiting! As some of you might have known, I’m just that flatlay girl on Instagram and I’m so excited to branch out into this unknown world known as beauty blogging. This is my first ever blog post so please bear with me!

I decided that my first post would be a Colourpop Haul that I recently posted a picture of on Instagram. This is my first time buying off Colourpop and I’ve never had touched any of their products ever before. Instagram caption can be quite limiting so I can babble as much as I want about my Colourpop haul over here on my blog. HA!

I bought 6 products in total; 3 Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks, 2 Super Shock Shadows and 1 Lippie Stix.


I was extremely happy when it arrived, I had high expectations for the Colourpop products since everyone on YouTube and Instagram has been constantly raving about them. You know, their pigmentation, longevity, etc..

Now here is the catch, I ordered my Colourpop straight off their website and the shipping totalled to US$17 if I’m not mistaken. It took 3 weeks to arrive to me (I’m located in Sydney, Australia) and I was constantly asking my local post office if they had my Colourpop order with them. I don’t know, but to me, US$17 for 3 weeks shipping time (plus 3-5 business days processing time) is a little pricey. I also didn’t receive the Colourpop boxes like what people have shown on YouTube and I received my order in a padded envelope with foam wrapping instead. A little disappointing I’d say, but I guess it was because my order was a small order so it wasn’t that big of a deal (at least they’re safely packaged).


Now to the actual products themselves.. I bought 2 shades of the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in Central Perk (top, matte finish) and in La La (bottom, metallic finish). The packaging is amazingly gorgeous and they definitely don’t look and feel like they are only $5 each.

I really love the shade La La although it definitely looks extremely different in real life than the swatches on Google. The shade looks like a champagne gold in some pictures while on the pot it looks like a copper-bronze shade and they swatch like a copper-bronze shade too. Definitely something to look into. Aside from that, they swatch ultra metallic like they promised and it’s an amazing colour if you want to achieve that foiled eyeshadow look. I have a swatch video of the shadow over on my Instagram account if you are interested.

I’m honestly a little disappointed with Central Perk eyeshadow formulation. Yes, it’s that creme-gel eyeshadow consistency like the other Colourpop shadows but the pigmentation is disappointing. It didn’t look like what it looks on the pan but rather a sheer wash of burgundy-brown shade that goes on patchy. I tried playing with them with my MAC 217 brush and I find it hard to blend. It’s definitely not worth getting (or waiting for).

One tip that Colourpop says on their instructions card is to apply them with your fingers to get good pigmentation as opposed to brushes. Still, Central Perk wasn’t pigmented enough to look like the pan.

Super Shock Shadow in La La: A+

Super Shock Shadow in Central Perk: C-

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Ultra Matte Lip left to right: Jellies, Bumble, Kapow.

I have mentioned my thoughts on these Ultra Mattes in my Instagram post but I am going to mention it one more time in this blog and explain what I think of them in depth.

I’m okay with them. I really love the Jellies shade but I’m obviously not going to wear royal blue lipstick outside of my house apart from costume parties or Halloween. I really loved the shade Bumble and Kapow on the tube but on my lips they translated into completely different colour. Bumble turned into this dark rose colour and Kapow turned into a dark brown (not as dark as Salem by Line Crime or Dominatrix by Jeffree Star, but still quite dark as compared to the shade on the tube). I of course knew that liquid lipstick may turn into a different colour after it dries but I wasn’t expecting such a dramatic shift in colour.

Formula-wise, I wore Bumble for a whole day and I find that the lasting power is very good. I ate and constantly drank without having to touch up which is awesome. It’s a little drying but nothing too major and I can still live with it. I’m upping the ratings of the 2 liquid lipsticks because of this.

Ultra Matte Lips in Jellies: A+

Ultra Matte Lips in Bumble: B

Ultra Matte Lips in Kapow: B

The last product in my haul is a Lippie Stix in Tootsi which is rumoured to be a dupe for Cashmere by Lime Crime. Since I only have 1 shade, it’s unfair for me to do a review of the whole line from the 1 shade that I have. Here is a picture of the said Lippie Stix.


So this should be the end of the review now. I don’t really have a lot of things to add about the products mentioned. As you can see as well, this is Part I of my Colourpop haul & review which means that there will be another one coming and it’s going to be HUGE! Although this time I will be using a parcel forwarding service instead of direct from their Colourpop website.

I do hope you enjoy reading my first blog post ever. Please tell me what you think because I really enjoy reading your feedbacks! This will also be my trial blog so setup isn’t final and pictures would be of a much better quality once I get my hands on a proper camera (I’m also looking into getting my own website domain if this is successful enough).

Have a great day everyone and thank you for reading this long arse post xx Jac