Urban Decay: Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection

Urban Decay Basquiat CollectionOn a rainy Saturday afternoon in Bolton the lovely girls at Urban Decay put on a bit of a party. What for? To celebrate the release of the Jean-Michel Basquiat collection.

There was food and drink, make-overs, glitter, a DJ, a raffle and of course a demonstration showing talking through who Jean-Michel was, the collection and demonstrating it in use.

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Max Factor Masterpiece Nudes

These are the three great little Max Factor palettes that I mentioned in my Younique review a few days ago I wanted to show you.
I got the Rose Nudes palette first having been very impressed with the in store tester, the shades on the far right of that palette in particular really sealed the deal! I liked it so much I slowly collected all three colour options:

Max Factor Masterpiece Nudes

The three palettes are 01 Cappuccino Nudes, 02 Golden Nudes, and 03 Rose Nudes. The first two are both in the more expected brown neutral range while the second really runs with the rose idea – this is the palette Maybelline wish they had produced when they made their ‘Blushed Nudes’ palette and completely failed!

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Ciaté x Olivia Palermo Smokey Suedes Palette Review

Ciate/OP Palette

24498937436_821c6e374c_z.jpgThis palette (and the lipstick you can see in one of the pictures for scale) is from Ciaté London’s collaboration with American socialite and model Olivia Palermo.

I’m going to be upfront, my initial reaction to this palette was that it was incredibly small for the price tag – it comes in at a whopping £35 if you aren’t lucky enough to find one on sale or in TK Maxx. It’s about the size of an Urban Decay Naked Basics palette BUT the pans seem bigger (the whole area is filled with pan) and there are more of them. This palette has nine shades while a UD Basics has six.

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The shades are mostly metallic-y shimmers with four mattes (‘Whoopie Pie’, ‘Macchiato’, ‘Plumberry’ & ‘Butler’, and one satin, ‘Cocoa’). I’ve swatched them below in the same order they appear in the palette its self:

24524685315_593698a354_zTop row from left: ‘Shaken’, ‘Verde’, ‘Whoopie Pie’ & ‘Glazed’.
Centre highlight shade: ‘Butler’
Bottom row from left: ‘Prosecco’, ‘Cocoa’, ‘Macchiato’ & ‘Plumberry’ (‘Plumberry’ is referred to as ‘Macchiata’ on the Ciaté website but not on any of the packaging and it is definitely a plum shade rather than a brown,)
Off to the right I also swatched the lipstick for you as well, it’s the shade ‘Velveteen’ and is my favourite of the Olivia Palermo ‘Satin Kiss Collection’ lipsticks. It’s quite a pinkish red, bordering on raspberry.

As you can see the shadows are generally very pigmented (there’s no primer on my arm!), the only exception to this would be ‘Whoopie Pie’ but I’m sure a good primer or white cream shadow or even pencil liner would would sort that out in a jiffy.
The shadows are creamy soft to the fingers, not as soft as Charlotte Tilbury’s (I’ve never felt anything else like her products!) but very nice. No noticeable fragrance which is good – I hate it when companies fragrance eye-shadows (Too Faced I’m looking at you here, I do not wish to eat eye-shadows or get sugar cravings at 7.30am while I’m getting ready for the day, they do not need to smell like chocolate! Not to mention the vast amount of people out there with fragrance allergies.)
All seems great, until the brushes come out. The shadows suddenly seem very powdery and produce a lot of fall out and wastage. A lot, I’m not joking. This is a palette where I would recommend doing your eye make-up before your foundation or using some of those Shadow Shield thingies. The intensity of the shades is still pretty good if you have good application skills but the sparkle of the shimmers/glitters is much more subdued which some people will like and others will not.

I still think I would have much preferred a slightly larger palette, mostly because I would have liked all of the pans to have been equal in size. It’s a shame that four of the most, in my opinion, interesting colours have sacrificed a corner each so they could fit in that fairly boring matte highlight/all over base shade in the centre which I can see being the one left after the others have been used to be honest. The two bottom middle I really would have appreciated a ‘full’ pan of. For the price I feel the quality of the shadows themselves is a bit middling, good pigmentation but oh so powdery, you’ll waste half of the contents in fallout. They really need to look at their formula. The overall size of the palette though is very handy for popping into your bag while on the go or while travelling and it’s quite solidly made too. One thing I do approve of is that they haven’t wasted space putting in a pointless sponge applicator that you’ll never use. Why do so many brands still do that? Why do sponge applicators even still exist for crying out loud?If you know the answer to that, drop me a comment or a tweet!
Overall I’d say give it a miss unless you really really love the shades or find it in a sale and get the lipstick instead.

Maybelline ‘The Blushed Nudes’ Review

Maybelline Palette

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I have to say that this palette was a massive disappointment! Given how good the 24hr Tattoo cream shadows are I really expected a lot more from this product!
The top row of shades really take the word ‘nude’ seriously! They have so little pigment you cannot even see them on my skin – either on their own or with a basic primer. You can see the darker bottom row but I had to really layer them up even just for swatches. Pigmentation is really just not there with this palette.
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But don’t be tempted to throw it out just yet if you have one lurking in the bottom of your make-up drawer given up on – the darker shades can be saved! I put them over a white cream shadow (I used Rimmel Scandaleyes) and  lo they were viable! Some good primers are pretty similar to cream shadow and may do the same thing.
The pale shades were still pretty much indistinguishable from one another and just took the crisp bright edge off the white cream but that’s just over 50% of the palette now usable, a win if I do say so.
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If you’re looking to buy this type of palette I would give this one a pass though. I’d suggest trying out the Make-Up Revolution ‘Neutrals Vs New-Trals’ or the BH Cosmetics ‘Blushed Neutrals’ instead. If anyone wants to see pics or swatches of either of these do let me know in the comments below.