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Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (Long Wear Eye Shadow Base) Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when testing the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (possibly the longest name for an eye shadow primer ever!). I received this from my Grandmother and have been using it from the day I got it, so that’s been around a month now, give or take a little bit. If you saw my most recent Favourites, you probably know how this is going to go, but I thought I would give you a little further insight to the product itself for you!

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 Firstly, the packaging. This comes in a very minimalist glass tub with a black lid and transparent part holding the product, so you can look at how much you’ve got left/the colour etc. The black lid is adorned with the statement Lancome rose, which really reminds me of Beauty and the Beast, but you can’t doubt how stunning it looks. This also hasn’t chipped unlike other branding on some other products that have been rattling around in my makeup bag, so that’s a good sign! The lid is screw on so it’s really easy to open and safely fasten should you be travelling. Taking travelling into consideration, I would be quite cautious because it is made of glass and, although this gives it a really luxurious vibe, it does mean it can smash. It feels quite sturdy, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The lid is plastic, though, so that keeps my worries at bay! This is slightly more weight-y because of that factor, but taking into account it’s thick glass, it’s not as heavy as you would think. Maybe that’s just because I’m used to lifting it up and using it everyday now, but that’s just what I’ve noticed! On the bottom is has all the vital information you may require, like the ingredients and the colours and the amount of time you can use it for, and it’s displayed quite simplistically without appearing too busy. There is quite a lot of product in this, also: 5ml/5g/017oz, which I consider a lot for a solid eye primer. This is going to last me forever!

As expected, there is no obvious smell about this product. This is in the colour 02 Beige Porcelaine which was, as previously mentioned, picked out by my Granny, so I’m guessing there’s other colours and it’s not just used as a skin-toned eye primer. I’ve just assumed this because this colour is very much my kind of skin-toned, but it does contain some little specs of glitter, which I guess gave it away. This isn’t any hassle to me because I always set my primer with powder which mattifies it quite well. The glitters aren’t evident when wearing a completely matte eye, so please don’t let that put you off, and, as I say, I am guessing there are other colours in the collection you can choose from.

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Onto the product itself. As this is one of the only high-end products in my makeup collection and one of the first Lancome products I used, I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes, like a lot of us would. I had an inkling to the general price of their products, so I did kind of make my predictions based on that, which you probably shouldn’t do! This is one of those products I apply with my finger but blends into the surrounding skin really nicely and is super creamy during use, but doesn’t budge once applied! I’m actually surprised by how easy it is so use and how it hasn’t dried up because I’m guessing my Granny bought this around this time last year, but I obviously can’t find out now! This also increases any eye shadows pigmentation and longevity amazingly – I cannot believe the choice of eye shadows I have for school now, it’s slightly overwhelming! It makes glitters stick onto your eye so easily and any colour, whether it be neutral or dramatic, look 10 times better than it already would! I also think it’s increased the longevity of my eyeliner, but that could just be due to chance and me doing something different! Blending products out is just as easy as it was before, but I have always applied setting powder in my crease to help with this, so I’m not overly surprised that I haven’t seen a massive change in this. It makes everything last until it’s time to take it off, which can sometimes be 12 hours after applying it, so I’m happy and it definitely lives up to its expectations!

Finally, price and availability. As we can all guess, this doesn’t come cheap, and has the hefty price tag of £21. I do think you get what you pay for though, with an amazing product and the amount of product also being much needed when you wear makeup as often as some people *cough* me, sorry skin *cough*. This is available in Boots, in-store and online, so if you have one near-by you can go get one quite easily, or you will have to go to a bigger department store like Debenhams or John Lewis, which is a bit of a hassle, but most places have a Boots so I wouldn’t worry too much! I think those are the only places in the UK you can get it, but you are more than welcome to correct me!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, but if you have the money to spare. I got this simply through chance and, quite frankly, luck, so please don’t feel worried that I endorse budget friendly items then whip out this £20 primer! Trust me, I agree on the expense of it, but you do get what you pay for, and I do believe certain products in a makeup routine, like an eye primer, should be kind of like an investment. It’s products like these that I see as the true foundations of a makeup look because it really does hold it all together. I’m sure you can get much more affordable ones of a similar quality, hence why I say only get it if you’ve got the money spare; don’t force yourself into debt over an eye primer!

 And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – you all know by now how much I love writing my reviews! Let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it yourself or whether I’ve now convinced you to get it! Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog or what you believe are the foundations to a makeup routine!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

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How To: Makeup on Mature Skin

Good Evening Munchkins!

As last Sunday was Mother’s Day, I decided I would treat my Mum in a number of ways, but something she said she would really like was a pampering and her makeup done ‘all nicely’. Being the makeup freak I am, I was more than happy to oblige, but because I wanted my Mum to feel really happy and good about herself, I decided to research what I could do to make her look a little bit more youthful and extenuate her natural beauty. Obviously I wanted to add my own style, but these little tips are tried and tested (most of which actually worked).

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So, as per usual, I moisturised her skin with the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug) just to plump her skin slightly and prep it for the makeup I was to put on top. I then opted for a light, dewy foundation so that it looks like healthy skin as opposed to a mask! It is recommended to use a CC Cream on more mature skin, but I found this tester one to work just as well (which I don’t know the name of, but it’s really good!). My grandmother used this – it’s got to be good! I blended it in with a damp beauty blender to allow it to oxidize in with her natural complexion even more seamlessly and maintain the dewy glow.

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Something else I was warned about was over-powdering. With my teenage skin type, if I over-powder, it’s not overly noticeable by the time I’ve finished my makeup/left the house because my natural oiliness will reduce the look of it, if that makes any sense. However, on a more mature skin type, powder has the ability to sink into fine lines and hence make them look even more apparent if applied carelessly, which we don’t want. Therefore, only apply around the T-Zone with a small powder brush (I used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, available from Boots and Superdrug) and any other notably oily areas.

Something which I do everyday anyway but was also recommended was to use powder products for the eyebrows. Quite naturally as we get older our eyebrow hairs become more sparse and, where my Mum’s blonde, they look even less ‘there’! Taking these points into account, I used a light brown eye shadow on a very thin, defined angled brush so that I still managed to create a natural brow shape and colour for her hair colour. The eye shadows I used were Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (available from Feel Unique) and Velvet Teddy from the Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (available from Superdrug and Feel Unique).

Wearing neutral eye shadows is something else I’ve heard, which I think most women of that age tend to lean towards anyway. I’m a complete advocate for wear and do what you want, no matter what society says, but Mum wanted a neutral-ish look with some glitter, so I did just that. I used my Daytime Gold Smokey Eye (find HERE) as inspiration, and she seemed very happy with this. The only difference was the amount of glitter I applied and the fact I went a bit higher with the transition shade, but that’s due to our different eye shapes. An amazing all-matte palette if you do want to stick with neutral matte shades is the Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Matte’s Palette, available from Superdrug.

I don’t know about your Mum, but mine is always asking me how I get my eyeliner so angled and in such a straight line, so if I ever do her makeup she will always wants a similar look. However, I believe that with her natural colouring and eye shape (and the addition of more mature skin) winged eyeliner wouldn’t compliment her too much, so I instead opted for a smudged dark brown pencil eyeliner on her upper lash line. I did choose a dark brown in order to coordinate with the smokey eye, as well, but it isn’t too harsh against the rest of her skin/makeup, yet ensures there is still some definition still there!

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Onto the face once again, I have been warned not to use a glittery blusher. Similar to the over-powdering fear, applying too much glitter can accentuate fine lines in the same way of sinking in, but then I question how I will apply highlighter! I don’t own many shimmer blushers, so this wasn’t much of an issue, but I did still apply a generous amount of highlighter! I didn’t find it making my Mum look any older, but I guess it’s on a smaller area of the face so doesn’t appear too bad. The blusher I used was L’Oreal Le Blush in Sandalwood Pink (available from Boots and Superdrug) and the highlighter I used was the one from the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit (available from Boots and Superdrug).

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And, finally, choose a colour a little bit darker than your natural lip colour. My Mum has quite pink lips, so there was a whole host of choice for her! This was something I let her choose for herself and she chose the Avon Ultra Glaze Wear Lip Gloss in Rosette, which I highly agreed with! I think lip colours are so universal that it doesn’t matter whether you prefer lighter or darker, but more mature women usually tend to choose a more neutral tone just because it’s more in their safety bracket, which I completely understand. I also don’t think there’s much of a difference if you were to choose a lipstick, a lip gloss, or a completely different formula all together – that part is down to personal preference!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I really enjoyed doing my Mum’s makeup and being able to share it with you could really help any of you out, or myself in the future, because we all know I’ll forget these in a few days! Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about spending loads; she really appreciated this and being treated in this way, so chances are it could work for you, even if I am writing this after the day itself! Don’t forget to let me know what you got you’re Mum on Sunday, or how you chose to spend it!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Do Primark Brush Cleaners Work? | First Impressions

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my initial thoughts and feelings towards the Primark Brush/Beauty Sponge Cleanser Wipes. I bought these a few weeks ago and have only just gotten around to using them. I’m not going to lie, before using these I was very curious but also worried as to what it may do to my beloved brushes and sponges, hence why I’ve put it off for so long! However, cleaning my tools has become fundamental since beginning my Drama exam (which I’m doing the makeup for – my life is complete!) due to hygiene and safety and such. Anyway, let’s see if these do, in fact, work!

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As you can see, this product was on offer in Primark for a very reasonable price, explaining why I thought I’d try it because it’s only £1, which isn’t exactly money down the drain if it doesn’t work. In one box you get 6 wipes, all of which come in their own individual air-tight plastic packets which are very easy to rip open. The wipe inside is soaked through with product, which I don’t mind because it assures me there is definite product on there and isn’t going to dry up after a few brushes. It’s folded very neatly and quite cutely in the packet but does open out to be the size of an average face wipe. I’m not going to lie, the smell is very strong so if you don’t like overly-chemical-y smells, you might want to hold your breath whilst using this. Think nail polish remover/acid kind of scent.

Before and After using the wipes

I first tried this on the beauty blender I use for my Drama exam and didn’t find much product had come off. This product promises to remove makeup from any beauty blender or brush, so I scrubbed a bit harder but I was scared of damaging the sponge itself so stopped. As you can see, the tip of the sponge has broken off due to using the wipe, but that could just be due to it being a cheap little sponge I picked up as a back-up! I did also notice that the bottom of the egg-shape was starting to ‘shed’ slightly so decided to stop. It has got a lot of the makeup off and now when I wipe it on one of the wipes no more product comes off, but it does still look visually unappealing.

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For this blog post, I also tried it on an eye shadow brush (I’m really sorry for the terrible pictures!) that I usually use for pigments, so a lot of colour and glitter had to be removed from this! I had a bit more success from this though the bristles seemed to clump together afterwards – I do think this was just due to it being wet, though, as that’s what happens when I wash it normally. I did try it on a brush I use everyday, also, and I had even more success with that one, though I didn’t take pictures for that one, unfortunately.

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When using this, I also found it took quite a lot of time to remove all/most of the product stored in the brush so I ended up losing motivation halfway through. For me, I need something quick and easy to use because I really don’t have that much spare time with my up-coming exams and deadlines! I do want to get into the habit of cleaning my brushes and sponges more, though, just because of hygiene reasons and so I can apply makeup onto other people and not feel self-conscious about it. That’s the reason why I thought I would try these wipes because if they worked, they could be massive time-savers for me and so many others in the same position as me!

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Finally, would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. I will continue to use them for urgent situations when I don’t have time for my brushes to dry if I were to wash them by hand, but they won’t be my go-to. I really was looking forward to finding something that would significantly help me and my time-saving, but it looks like I’m going to need to keep my eyes peeled and continue to hunt for more tips and products to do just that! In fact, let me know if you know of any or use some for yourself so I can get my hands on them!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – even though these were a bit of a flop, I actually really enjoyed writing a First Impressions (something I’ve never done before!). If you’ve tried these, let me know what you thought whilst you were using it and whether I’m doing it wrong (which I probably am!). Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

 

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit VS. Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be comparing two of my most beloved contour kits for you, both of which are drugstore and very reliable. I have written a full review on the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit (see HERE) but I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour  Kit on this blog before (whilst editing this I realised I was wrong – HERE’S the review of it!). Spoilers: I do love both of these but I just thought that I would tell you the properties of each one so you know straight away which one’s for you or you’re most likely to use! Anyway, on with the blog post!

(L-R) Collection Highlight and Sculpt, Maybelline Master Sculpt

Just as a little disclaimer, this has been tested on very white skin! I think I mentioned it before, but I have found the Maybelline kit slightly orange if used too heavy-handed-ly and when not blended out properly. However, since then I have started using it with a much lighter hand and it can create a really nice, neutral contour that doesn’t look too much like an orange line down the side of my face. The Collection one is a much darker, warmer brown – something we would traditionally expect from a contour shade. I can still make this work on my pale skin but when I’ve used both on my face, there is a major difference and, again, you have to be very light-handed with this.

Both of these contour kits are so, so pigmented. But if we’re also going to bring longevity into the mix, I think the Collection kit actually wins on that front. I think because Collection is a cheaper brand this would surprise quite a lot of people, including myself. When first applied, Maybelline does appear really pigmented and, as I said, you can’t be heavy-handed with it, but over time it does wear a lot more noticeably. Considering all these points, I would say that Collection is the more pigmented product.

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Maybelline Master Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

Onto ease. I think anything is easy if you just know how (obviously!) but the Maybelline is much easier to wipe away or blend out. If you have gone a bit heavy with the Collection kit, you need to top up on foundation, use setting powder – pretty much your entire face routine again just to lighten it slightly. Both are very easy to apply and blend out, just be aware of how much you put on and how difficult it is to remove – you can always add more but it’s way harder to take just a little bit off again!

I realise I haven’t actually spoken about the highlighters, which is a crime in my book! I know this has nothing to do with the blog post, but I realised yesterday that the way I react to highlighters is the same way my Mum reacts to puppies! Anyway, moving on – both of these highlighters are of a similar quality to their matching contour shades; the Maybelline one isn’t as ‘out-there’ and wears really easily whereas the Collection one is a bit more noticeable. In terms of colours, the Maybelline highlight shade is quite vanilla-y whilst the Collection one is slightly more peachy-toned/tanned, but still entirely wearable. They’re both shimmer highlights but they’re not overly glittery (though the Collection one is still more pigmented and high-profile than the Maybelline one). As long-term readers will know, I am a sucker for highlighter so obviously this is important to me and I do think the Collection one can look a little too dark for me whilst I’m this shade of pale! I will still wear it but I am very aware of that factor.

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Collection Highlight and Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

Something else I’ve noticed about contour kits is whether I would choose it for daytime (i.e. shopping or school) or nighttime (i.e. parties or a meal out). I would definitely use the Maybelline one for daytime because I can create a natural contour with it and highlight my cheekbones slightly but not too dramatically. As you can tell, I do do this and will use it on the daily! The Collection one I will use for daytime if I’m out all day or want an extreme contour/highlight, but it is the one I lean towards for nighttime due to it being so much more dramatic. Another thing I like to do, though, is mix the two; I will apply the Collection one and blend it out slightly with the Maybelline one so I look bronze-y as well as contoured.

Finally, which would I recommend? This really does depend on your needs and wants in a contour kit and whether you want an extreme, Kardashian look or a daytime ‘I do have cheekbones, here they are!’ kind of look. I think it’s quite obvious which is which, but they are both so affordable and so accessible that I think if you buy one and decide you don’t like it, it’s not money down the drain entirely. Both kits are also amazing to use on the eyes for an easy daytime look! I also think that it depends on your confidence and ability with makeup and contouring – if you’re more of a beginner I would head towards the Maybelline one just because it is easier to use. The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit is available from Boots and Superdrug for £6.99, and the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit is also available from Boots and Superdrug for £4.19.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love comparing different products for you so let me know what other products you would like to see in another VS.! If you have used either of these products, let me know what you think of them, or if I’ve convinced you to try one or the other!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Collection Glam Crystals (Glitter Liner) in Glitz Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when using the Collection Glam Crystals in Glitz. I was very kindly gifted this by one of my best friends for Christmas and it was very much loved over that period and even now! I think glitter liner is such a gorgeous alternative to a normal smokey eye on a night out and jazzes up a look a little bit (did I really just use the phrase ‘jazzes up’?!). Anyway, how did this one treat me and my eyes, all that considered?

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I will firstly be talking to you about the packaging. Those who have been reading my blog for a while now will know how much I love a minimalist packaging! This comes in a clear plastic tube with a matching plastic lid. This does kind of emphasise how it’s a cheaper brand, but I don’t mind that too much because that means it’s really lightweight when travelling and there’s also less chance of it breaking when doing so. It’s a screw-off lid, so ensures there can’t be any leaks or spillages if it is done up correctly. The typography is in this curly, black font which I guess matches the ‘glam’ theme it’s giving, but it’s not really up my alley. Obviously it’s only typography and it doesn’t effect the product inside, but it might be important to some – you just never know! All of the important information is also clearly written around the tube. The colour name is on top of the lid on a sticker, which could come off but I think it’s pretty securely attached! Something I really like in terms of packaging with this product is the brush, which I know sounds really sad and boring but it’s important to me! This has a really fine yet flexible, bristled brush that can be used to create a really precised and gorgeous line of product. The tube is also fitted around the brush so I am reassured that the product won’t dry out too quickly (which is a massive fear because I know I won’t be using this everyday!).

There isn’t much of a noticeable scent with this product, nor would I expect one. The colour, though, is stunning! I’m quite lucky in that I have a natural skin tone so can wear gold and silver, but my everyday jewellery is silver so it matches that really nicely. I also think it looks like snow so was really fitting over the Christmas period, and it’s used a lot in pictures on Instagram of people wearing glitter cut creases (something I really want to try!). The other colours available are: turquoise, purple, blue, green, gold, navy, grey and aqua (judging by the pictures on the Superdrug website!).

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The product itself is that of a typical liquid eyeliner. It does feel quite wet when first applied and, when I put it over my normal black eyeliner, I do have to tip my head back to let it dry and not imprint in my crease. I think this is expected of a liquid eyeliner so I’m not too fussed, and obviously the thicker the layer, the longer it takes to dry. However, once dried, it is on and it stays on all day and all night! A few weeks ago I went to the theatre and wore it for 12 hours and I was walking a few miles in that time, yet it still stayed on! It was amazing! Unlike other products in which I would that then reveal to you it is the most difficult thing to remove and you need paint stripper to get it off, it actually comes off with my normal cleanser really easily without leaving glitter anywhere on my face! This is literally the most beautiful product, and there isn’t any actual coloured product, it’s just clear with silver glitter particles within it, which I much prefer to a metallic silver base colour. As it is mainly glitter based, it’s difficult to describe it as ‘pigmented’, or ‘not pigmented’, but all of the glitter remains throughout the day and doesn’t wear off or fall off at all. You also don’t find any glitter has fallen down your face throughout the day, either, and it applies easily onto any eye shadow formula. I think I’ve now covered everything on that point!

Finally, price and availability. As Collection is a drugstore brand, it is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails for £2.99. This is so easily accessible online and in-store, you can literally walk out your front door and find one! Also, that price point for such a gorgeous product is well worth it; I would actually be willing to pay more than that for a product of that quality! I think I will definitely be picking some more of these up because I just can’t argue with that price!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, absolutely! For a drugstore, very inexpensive product, I couldn’t ask for much more and I’m sure each and every one of you have the ability and accessibility to purchase one for yourself! As I mentioned earlier, they do come in a variety of colours, so if silver’s not for you, I’m sure one of their shades is!

And that’s that! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have a few other reviews in the pipeline for you, so you can watch out for those if you did like this one! Don’t forget to let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it or if I’ve now tempted you to get one for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Morphe VS. Makeup Revolution [Eye Shadow Palettes]

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be chatting you through my findings whilst using the Morphe 35K palette and the Makeup Revolution Flawless Ultra Mattes palette, and the differences I’ve found between them. As a little bit of background, the Morphe palette contains (as you may be able to tell!) 35 eye shadows, which are mainly neutral, and contain a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. The Makeup Revolution palette, however, contains 32 entirely matte eye shadows in much smaller pans. This won’t be a full review on either palette (though if you would like that, please let me know and I can write that for you), it will just be ‘VS.’ between the two of them and pointing out their obvious differences.

So the first thing I’m going to be talking to you about is the pan sizes. I know to most this won’t seem like anything that interesting, but the difference is significant! In the Makeup Revolution palette, the pans are much smaller, meaning you do get less bang for your buck (I hate that phrase, but it fits!), but there are so many colours to choose from, I don’t think you’ll be missing out too much! I’ve had this for nearly a year and use it quite a lot for school and I haven’t hit pan yet, so it does last for a while. In the Morphe palette, my brushes literally swim in the pans! They are massive and I don’t know how I’m ever going to finish one eye shadow let alone the palette! I’ve only had this since Christmas so I wouldn’t expect to hit pan on it no matter what palette it was, but this is definitely going to last me a lot longer. At the same time, though, I think you do pay for the pan sizes you are given with both palettes.

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As I’ve already mentioned, the Makeup Revolution palette I own contains only mattes (though they do offer other palettes with shimmer shades) and the Morphe one contains a pretty even mixture of mattes and shimmers. The Makeup Revolution palette is quite pigmented and can last throughout a day where you’re not doing much, but the Morphe colours can literally go through natural disasters and a world war and still look just how you applied it earlier that day! They both contain relatively neutral shades (i.e. creams, browns, blacks) with the odd exception of a few pinks or blues along the way. Although the Morphe shades win on the pigment and longevity front, the Makeup Revolution palette does come with a sheet of clear plastic which has the eye shadows names on, something I really do appreciate when I’m writing blog posts. This does depend on your wants and needs in a palette, but I find that when the eye shadows are labelled, they’re much more practical when blogging.

Onto the packaging. As you can see, both are in a very minimalist black, plastic casing. The Makeup Revolution has a much glossier effect whilst the Morphe one has a matte, wipe-down finish (the irony), both of which are easy to travel with and I can wipe any spillages off of. Both also have the names of the brands imprinted on the front; the Makeup Revolution one in a gold, which has started to chip away slightly, and the Morphe one containing it’s usual white and red logo. They’re both click shut and, despite being smaller, I actually think the Makeup Revolution palette is relatively heavier than the Morphe palette. Also, it’s quite evident the size difference of both palettes – the Makeup Revolution palette is less than half the size of the Morphe one, making it much easier to travel with. In saying this, you could get away with only taking one of these palettes with you if you were to travel because they contain practically every colour you could ever need, particularly the Morphe palette. Something else which is quite stand out is that the Makeup Revolution palette comes with a mirror whilst the Morphe one doesn’t. This isn’t great for practical reasons, but I do have loads of handheld mirrors I could use in replacement of Morphe’s lack of mirror. Neither of these palettes come with a brush.

Finally, price and availability. The Makeup Revolution palette is available from Superdrug for £8. I personally find this a really reasonable price for a palette of so many colours which are of a decent quality, particularly for beginners. It’s also really easy to get hold of because it’s available in-store and online. The Morphe palette, in the UK, is only available online at Beauty Bay as of recently and retails for £21. This is much higher in price but you do get what you pay for and if you divide that price by the amount of eye shadows, it’s still less than £1 per eye shadow.

I love both of these palettes, though, and I think it would depend on the occasion as to which palette I would opt for. I think the Makeup Revolution palette is suited more to beginners or those who don’t wear makeup very often so just want one palette with everything in, whilst the Morphe palette is for collector’s or those who wear makeup more often (like myself).

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing ‘VS.’ blog posts so let me know what else you would like to see compared! Also, don’t forget to let me know which palette you prefer out of the two if you own one, the other, or both for yourself! Or, you can tell me which palette I have now swayed you towards if you own neither of them!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Dark, Cool-Toned, Shimmery Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be talking you through a stunning makeup look I managed to create using the Morphe 35K Palette on Sunday. Since my birthday, I’ve received a fair few lip products which I’ve wanted to try out so I’ve *tried* keeping my eye makeup fairly neutral, but on this particular day I was trialing a ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade, so thought I would play around with some dark colours, once more. I love playing around with colours, mainly because you never know what you will end up producing from it, and 9 times out of 10, it tends to look stunning! This palette is available from Beauty Bay.

So here is the eye makeup:

As you can see, this is very dark but still relatively wearable. I wore it for daytime and I still didn’t look insane, let’s put it that way! This still follows very basic smokey eye steps and doesn’t use very many eye shadows, and all from the same palette (shock horror!). The cool undertones of the main eye shadow used also helps to bring out the pale blue of my eyes, also.

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Unfortunately, Morphe don’t label or name their eye shadows in their palettes so you’re going to have to judge the eye shadows by my directions! I’ll apologise in advance!

The first shade I took was on the one on the left side of the palette on the second row down. I just ran this through my crease and up slightly so that I could create a gradient, though I did end up using only this shade as a transition colour in the end! As Morphe eye shadows are such a dream to work with, it blended really easily with the original brush I was using and was super pigmented, meaning my socket would look extra defined than what it probably already does!

I then mixed this colour with the one just below it to make a much richer, darker brown (the previous one was much lighter and had an orange-y tone to it) and applied this on the outer quarter of my eye. I then blended this in towards the rest of my eye so it reached the outer third to make all the transitions seem much more seamless. I really loved how this looked because sometimes transition colours and the outer third colours just don’t seem to match but these one’s did beautifully. These are also the two colours I ran under my lower lash line.

Finally, I took the middle colour on the far right of the palette and applied it to the rest (i.e. the centre) of my lid. This is a cool-toned, dark brown with silver shimmers in which really help to lift the eye shadow and not make it look or feel as flat as it could if it was matte. I think most people would be quite intimidated by a colour like this, but it can, and does, look stunning when used appropriately. This look could be worn even darker for a night-time look, which I would definitely consider after trialing it! The last few touches would include deepening the outer third if the shimmer has covered it slightly, applying some eye liner and putting some cool-toned highlight in the inner corner/on the brow bone to lift the look even more.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing EOTD’s, so I will try to create more for you in the future! It’s just difficult to do so if I’m at school because I don’t really have the time to experiment in the morning – it’s just a case of ‘get it on’! It’s half-term at the moment, though, so expect some different looks to be featured on this blog! Don’t forget to let me know what you’re favourite eye makeup look is of the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx