Thursday, September 12, 2013

LORAC Pro To Go Palette Swatches and Review

Today I have a review of the LORAC Pro To Go palette. This was a total impulse purchase. I have to be honest...I'm not a huge fan of the LORAC Pro palette.  I know, I know. Most everyone loves the Pro palette. For me, I just find that the shadows are too soft and blend too easily and too much. I just have a hard time working with them. But I LOVE my Unzipped palette, and in reading other reviews about the Pro To Go palette, it sounded like the shadows weren't quite like that....or maybe I was just hoping they wouldn't be... ;-) 

The packaging is really beautiful! The only downside is that it is made of the same material as the Pro palette which collects makeup on it and just looks dirty eventually. 

Here you can see the thickness comparison between the two palettes. The Pro To Go is over twice as thick, because it folds over onto itself. 

Here you can see the basic layout of the palette. I cut off the mirror at the top because it was reflecting my bathroom light. The palette comes with three shimmery eyeshadows, one satin shadow, two matte shadows, one shimmery blush, one matte blush, one bronzer, and two eyeshadow brushes. 

Here are the shadows. I love the collection of colors they decided to include. I love that they gave us an assortment of finishes but still kept the colors neutral. There are a ton of different looks you could get from using this palette, from a light, classic pin up eye to a neutral bronzey eye to a dark smokey eye. I can't wait to create lots of looks with this palette! And now onto swatches! 

Left to right: Pearl, Chai, Mink (all shimmery)

Left to right: Shell (satin), Cafe, Black (mattes)

Again, I really love the shades and finishes they chose to include. The shadows are buttery but not to soft from what I can tell from swatches. Now onto the blushes and bronzer...

Left to right: Coral, Pink, Bronzer

I was a ting disappointed but overall happy with this part of the palette. Coral is gorgeous! It is a bright and beautiful pinky toned coral. I love it!! Pink is a bit underwhelming, only because it's not super pigmented. But I was able to build it up after a little work. The bronzer is too warm from just swatching it. Maybe it will perform better on the face...I hope! It just has a strange almost mustardy undertone to it. But I will say, in the picture it is coming off much more yellow than it actually is in real life. It does have a bit of that cast, but not nearly as prominently as it's coming across in the pictures. 

Overall I'm really pleased with this palette! I think it's amazing for travel, has a perfect mix of products, finishes, and colors, and is great quality and a nice value. I'm excited to play with it more! The LORAC Pro To Go palette is exclusive to Sephora and can be purchased on their website for $38. I read rumors that it's been found at Sephoras inside JCPenneys, but I can't verify that. I'd say if you're looking for a versatile palette, you travel occasionally (or often), or you are looking for an easy all-in-one palette....and you're a neutral girl, the LORAC Pro To Go palette is definitely something worth checking out! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NEW Loreal LaLaque and LeMatte Lipcolours Review and Swatches

Whyyyy do companies make great products limited edition?? Well, realistically we probably all know why - so beauty junkies like me (and possibly you too if you're reading this review ;-)) will rush out and buy them immediately before they're all gone! 

Today I have a review for you guys on the new and limited edition Loreal LaLaque and LeMatte Lipcolours. After a wild and crazy (and unproductive) goose chase to every Target around our area, my overly patient and kind husband took me to the closest Bed Bath & Beyond with a Harmon in it....that's quite a ways from our area! :-/ But sure enough, that's where we came across an almost full display of these goodies! 

Here they are! 

LaLaques
Left to right: 411 Never Lacque-ing, 412 Lacquer-ized, 414 I Lacquer You A Lot

Loreal describes the LaLaques as shiny full coverage lipcolours, and boy are they! These babies are NO joke. They are highly saturated and pigmented, extremely glossy, and have a very thick, borderline goopy texture to them. But it surprisingly doesn't bother me. Lacquer is a good explanation for these, because they truly have some of the most intense pigmentation I've seen from a lip product. Something to note about the LaLaques - if you are looking for a light, easy breezy lip product, these are not for you. These are thick, pretty sticky, with intense color payoff and a super shiny finish. Also, I did find they they transferred to my teeth very easily, so keep that in mind and be sure to wipe off the inner part of your lips! 

As far as wear time on these, I find that they started to wear off on the inner portion of my lips first, which was a bit strange. But again, this doesn't seem to bother me much. I just kept having to rub my lips together to redistribute the product that was left.  The LaLaques lasted around 3-4 hours on my lips from what I can remember. I didn't measure exactly. 

LeMattes
Left to right: 408 She's So Matte, 409 Matte For Me

Loreal then describes the LeMattes as velvety full coverage Lipcolours, which I think is a good description of these too. These are very silky feeling lipcolours.  They are not a typical dry matte.  They have much more of a slickness to them. I found that the lasted a decent amount of time on my lips - I did a little test one night and applied one around 9pm. It was still going strong on my lips when I wiped it off around 11:30pm. So I think you could probably get a safe 3-4 hours of wear out of the LeMattes.

Now onto the swatches already!! 
Left to right: Never Lacque-ing, Lacquer-ized, I Lacquer You A Lot, She's So Matte, Matte For Me

I really enjoy these products! Loreal says these are limited edition. Why?? I hope Loreal decides to make these permanent and also decides to add more pinks and berries to the range. That's the one thing I would change about this collection of products. It's very heavy on the reds side of the color spectrum. Adding a few more pinks and some berries to the mix would really round out the collection I think! 

As stated earlier, I found these at Bed Bath & Beyond Harmon for $5.99. I have seen online that many people are finding these at their local Targets for $7.99 each. I'd highly recommend that you go out and nab a few of these before they're gone! 

To see a more in depth review with lip swatches, check out my YouTube video on them here! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette Review and Swatches

Today I have a review of the new Cold Chemistry Palette from  Sugarpill.  This palette has been talked about for quite a while now, and it was finally
released a few weeks ago. I ordered it shortly after it was released and couldn't wait for it to come in! 

First off, starting with the packaging, it's adorable! Both the outside packaging and actual palette feature the same shattered glass logo look. I think Sugarpill did a great job with the branding on this palette! 

Here is a shot showing the back of the box (top) and the actual palette (bottom). These are different but still have the same shattered diamonds look and feel. 

Inside of palette: 
I couldn't get a good shot of the inside mirror because I kept getting a glare from the lights, but it has a very cool mirror inside that looks like a shard of shattered glass. I love that they didn't just go with a traditional mirror! 

And now for the shadows! First is Soot & Stars. This is a very dark blackish gray with silver sparkle.
Next is Diamond Eyes. This is a beautiful white with a pinkish hue. I really love the unique quality of this color. It's not your run-of-the-mill shiny white. The pinkish tone to it really gives it something special. 
Then there's Elemental Chaos. This is a beautiful deep, shiny purple. This is one of my favorites from the palette! 
And then my surprise favorite of the palette, Subterranean! At first glance, I thought this would be a more basic forest green. But it has a gorgeous tealish tint to it that's beautiful! I love it!! 

And now swatches! 
Left to right: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean
As you can see, each of the shadows is really beautiful. Diamond Eyes doesn't show up in the swatch as pretty as it is in person. 

And now for the bad news......
These shadows are difficult to blend.  They blend out TOO much. What I found when I went to make a look with all of them together is that they seemed to immediately blend together and become one strange grayish color together.  I actually had to completely remove all of my eye makeup and start over completely one day when I tried making a look using all the colors together. I feel like this palette has some great colors that work much better when paired with other, more "sticky" type shadows that won't blend away as easily. I was able to create the looks below by using this palette paired with other shadows from other companies. 




Overall, I do like this palette, but I don't LOVE it because I just could not make an entire look using it alone. But I know I will still get a lot of use out of the individual shadows with other things I have in my collection! 

You can purchase the Cold Chemistry palette from Sugarpill's website for $34.