Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

I don’t usually associate Revlon with eye make-up products, but I recently tried out their new ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows and the Exactify Liquid Liners and I was super impressed! Here’s my review and some swatches of the products…

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow Review

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows ($14.95 AUD for 5.2 g) are little glass cream pots reminiscent of Maybelline’s Color Tattoos that I reviewed before.

Related post: Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather swatches and comparison

I have super oily eyelids, so it’s almost impossible for a cream eyeshadow to stay uncreased on them after about an hour of wear – Maybelline’s Color Tattoos creased after a while, even after setting with translucent powder. But surprisingly, Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows have managed it! These last a whole day on my eyelids without budging once they’re dried, and they don’t even need powder. They also come off very easily with a two-phase eye make-up remover.

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L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude eyeshadow palettes are two sets of 10 neutral shadows that come in Rose and Beige, and I’ve totally fallen in love with them. These drugstore palettes have the same the universally useful neutral colour scheme of Urban Decay’s Naked line, but present them at a more budget-friendly price point. They also lean towards away from the heavy shimmer that made some of the Naked shadows a bit too much for everyday wear. These palettes were released last year in the US, but they’ve updated some shades and changed the packaging.

Here are the shades – these swatches are with primer.

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude in Beige

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

L’Oréal Paris La Palette Nude in Rose

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather swatches and comparison

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There are 4 new shades joining the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo range in Australia in February. 3 of these are matte, and the final shade is a satin with subtle shimmer. They’re neutral colours which will be fantastic for everyday wear. I’ve swatched these next to similar shades in the permanent range, so you can work out if they’re worth adding to your collection (my vote is yes – I love these colours and can see myself getting lots of use out of them!).

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The 4 shades are:

Creamy Beige – matte beige-brown
Vintage Plum – matte grey-purple
Chocolate Suede – satin chocolate brown
Dramatic Black – matte black

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Like the other Color Tattoos, the texture is creamy smooth, and they slide on oily eyelids a bit unless you set them with powder (eyeshadow or translucent powder both work). I like using these as bases under similar coloured shadows, or by themselves on lazy days.

Here are some comparisons with the permanent shades in the Color Tattoo line:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Eyeshadow Review

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XOVain said these Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic Waterproof Glide-On Eye Shadow would change my life, and while they’re not exactly life-changing, I can see where they’re coming from!

I’m a big fan of cream eyeshadows for a quick and simple everyday eye look, but they can get messy, and some of them crease if you don’t have a primer underneath. Aqua Matic pencils though – they’re super convenient and don’t budge until you actually want to take them off. The pencils are also narrow enough that you can easily get into tricky areas like around the inner eye, but wide enough that it’s easy to colour in your entire lid. There’s also a nifty sharpener in the end so you can keep the tip fresh!

I tried Diamond Golden Grey, Satiny Flesh-colored Pink, Iridescent Pop Purple and Iridescent Electric Blue. The pigmentation is fantastic! They also blend out nicely before they set – I’ve found it easiest to use my fingers.

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Crop Natural Skincare Cosmetics Review

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Crop Natural Skincare launched their skincare range in Coles late last year, and now they’re launching a cosmetics range. It’s surprisingly comprehensive, with 28 new products (including a brush).

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Natural Mineral Pressed Blush ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Bouquet, in a black compact with a clear window

Natural Mineral Pressed Bronzer ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Solaire, in the same packaging

Natural Mineral Pressed Highlighter ($24 for 10 g) – One quad, Aura, in the same packaging

2 in 1 Folding Mineral Kabuki Brush ($20) – Slanted synthetic fibre brush that folds together with a magnetic closure, or folds out into a flat fan shape for contouring.

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Natural Tinted Lip Balm ($16 for 2.49 g) – Comes in  Tulip (pale pink) and Berry (mauve pink), in wooden pencil form

Natural Lipstick ($18 for 3 g) – Comes in Spice (orange pink) and Plum (mauve pink), comes in black bullet packaging with Crop symbol in a matching colour

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette swatches and review

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Since Sephora opened in Australia, I’ve finally been able to see so many fabled products in person, including the Kat Von D range. I’m reviewing the new Shade + Light Eye Palette today – it’s $46 USD in the US and $65 AUD here, which isn’t much of a mark-up at all ($46 USD = $58.8 AUD at the moment). Well done Sephora!

The concept of the palette is that you can use the colours to create highlights and shadows to contour your eyes – like face contouring gone hardcore. There’s a handy step-by-step guide included with the palette which shows you how to define and lift your eyes for natural and smoky looks, as well as narrow and widen your eyes. In theory this sounds great, but in practice I found it tricky to keep my eyes looking natural, and when I did get them kind of right it just looked weird at the wrong angles (much like normal contouring!) so I’ve just been using them as regular eyeshadows.

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The Shade + Light Eye palette consists of three quads: a neutral, a cool and a warm quad. Each quad has two light shades (with names that start with “L”) and two dark shades (with names that start with “S”). One light shade in each palette is designed to be used as a base, so it’s twice the size of the others (0.08 oz vs 0.04 oz) – which is a fantastic idea, because there are way too many palettes in my hoard where I’ve plowed through the medium colour while barely touching the dark and light shades. Under the base shade in each quad, there’s a contouring, defining and highlighting shades. The arrangement is handy, although most of the shades are versatile enough that they can be used on cool and warm toned people.

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ulta3 Eye Shadow & Blush Palette review

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I’ve been really impressed with ulta3’s new products lately – ulta3 Eye and Cheek palette is my new favourite! I’ve been meaning to review this for ages, and only got around to it now.

It’s housed in an elegant-looking, glossy black square palette with a satisfying heaviness, and a deep solid click when it closes. I think packaging is really important for how “cheap” or “expensive” a product feels, and this palette really nails it in the luxe department – it feels like one of the better Australis palettes.

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The entire inside lid is covered by a large mirror, which also adds to the upmarket feel of the palette. The powders are pressed into little bumps. The presentation is just so spot on for such a budget-friendly product. Well done ulta3!

(By the way, it’s $10. I couldn’t believe it! It would still be a bargain at double the price.)

Onto the actual products! The palette has two rows of eyeshadows, one brown/nude and one monochrome, separated by two blushes.

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October Favourites

I’ve been trying out a lot of products lately – these are some of the ones I’m really loving that I thought I’d give some mini reviews for. Face of Australia Gentle Make-up Remover* – This make-up remover is everything I want in a make-up remover – gentle, efficient, doesn’t leave an oily residue. Mary Kay Cream Eye Colour in …

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