Clarins Ombre Iridescente Eyeshadow in Silver Plum [Review & Swatches]


The new Clarins Ombre Iridescente Cream-to-Powder Iridescent Eyeshadow in Silver Plum (no. 07) was released earlier this year as a part of the Spring 2016 Collection. This is a gorgeous purple taupe, a deep smokey lavender with a silver undertone.

Clarins have blended iridescent, soft-focus pigments with bamboo powder for stay-true brilliance and long-lasting wear. A Vitamin E derivative keeps lids comfortable. Casts a soft, pearlescent glow during the day; a stylized, high-voltage iridescence at night.

This shadow combines the ease and comfort of a cream with the long wear if a powder. It’s gives a sparkling not glittery finish. It is very smooth and the texture in the little pot is a cross between the Chanel Ombres and the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. This shadow does hold up on for at least 8hrs with or without a cream base with minimal creasing.  I do however always use an eyeshadow primer due to my oily lids. 

These shadows are gentle enough for sensitive eyes and are dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.


PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.  A portion of the description was courtesy of 

Color Pop SuperShock Shadow Haul, Review & Swatches

20150510_183006~2[1]In addition to the two ColorPop blushes I picked recently (see review here), I  also got 4 of the shadows. I looked at swatches online before making my seelction (with one wild card). Unlike the blushes, I like this texture for formulation for the shadows. The colors I got were just lovely except for Sunnies, this one looked nice in the pot but applied were patchy to to the lid and the color payoff was a huge disappointment. I got this one as my wildcard and intended to pair it with my MAC Coral Crepe paintpot. It failed by itself and with the base. 

The others I got were So Quiche, Smash and Drift. I have no complaints and love how smooth they applied (best with ones finger). Each shadow retails for $5.





Coastal Scents Revealed 2 – Review & Swatches

The Coastal Scents REVEALED 2 eyeshadow palette contains 20 highly pigmented shadows. It is a bit richer and warmer than the original REVEALED palette (reviewed here). Unlike the first, R2 has more rose and pink tones shades with a good mix of mattes and shimmers. The quality is just as good, smooth, blendable. pigmented except for one (row 1, shade 4) which was a bit chunky and hard to swatch and pick up with a brush. I swatched the shadows with and without flash. Each palette retails for $19.95 and could be less (they have sales a few times a year).



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Coastal Scents “Revealed 3” has been Unveiled



Coastal Scents revealed their third ‘neutral’ palette yesterday (03.06.15). The REVEAL3D is said to be the a combo of REVEALED 1 & 2.  I have the first two and most likely will purchase this one to complete my collection. At least until they come out with the next one. I have used these more than my NAKED 1 palette from Urban Decay and technically all three Revealed Palettes combined cost the same a just one of the Naked palettes. The shadows are of comparable quality both in longevity and blendability. R1 is similar and can be duped for N1 and the same for R2 for N2. R3 seems to have a bit more color than the previous 2, it has more purple and yellow based shadows.
I have previously reviewed and swatched R1 here and may do the same for R2 in the coming weeks and follow up with 3 later.

R- Revealed, N- Naked

The above image was taken from CoastalScents.


I have been looking for a black stay all day eyeshadow base and decided to try Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream  Black (no.27) . This ultra pigmented waterproof cream product can be used as either an eyeshadow base or long-lasting stand alone shadow.  No 27 gives a rich black finish that is buildable, transform shadows placed on top, lasts all day and can be applied with the fingertip or a synthetic brush.


This product was purchased with my own funds.

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream #22 – Swatch/Review

Here is a glimpse of Make Up Forever’s Aqua Cream Emerald Green (no.22) . This ultra pigmented waterproof cream product can be used as either an eye shadow base or long-lasting stand alone shadow.  No 22 gives a gorgeous golden green sheen that is buildable,  lasts all day and can be applied with the fingertip or a synthetic brush.

MUFE Green


This product was purchased with my own funds.

Makeup By One Direction 4+1 Eye shadow palette – review & swatches

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 The first shadow is a satin matte sand color.

“Save You Tonight” – a shimmering turquoise blue. Although this shadow is soft and  smooth it took a few swipes to get the payoff seen below.

“Gotta be You” – a silvery taupe with a shimmer finish. Gorgeous for everyday[neutral]  looks.

“Another World” –  a Royal Blue. The glitter sits right on top and

“Up All Night” – a sapphire glitter cream (the middle shade). Not the best, its very patchy and the glitter clumps. Also there is no color payoff.


 Overall this is a decent palette.


TARTE Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette – Review & Swatches

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This limited edition palette has been inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control and specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns.  
Color Clays: rose – soothes skin around the eye area makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff, vanilla – helps control oil to keep pigment in place, gold – maintains gentle skin balance and moisture. Tarte’s innovative technologies is sourced from the Brazil and glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

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                                             From left to right: Champagne (highlighter), Park Ave Princess (bronzer) & Unleashed (blush).
The highlighter is very pretty and can work as a shadow too. The bronzer a lot lighter and way more matte than the one I already have and its online description of a highly pearled light yellow gold. It will work perfectly as a transitional crease color. The blush is described as a nude rose. This was a very hard to swatch and does not seem pigmented.



The shadows from left to right: Bare to Explore (pink beige – a bit difficult to pick up the color), Make a Mauve (plum mauve – not seeing this color on my skin tone), Plum Away With Me (dark plum- very smooth and pigmented), Up to No Gold (gold – also well pigmented and very blendable), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown – also difficult to swatch but is a nice multi purpose color).

Overall I am quite please with this palette and rewarded myself with it after purging quite a bit of un-used makeup from my collection. 

BA*STAR Midnight Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the BA Star Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette and Eyeshadow base. The BA Star was developed by makeup professionals who believe in building confidence, inner beauty and strength. The brand targets its high performance products primarily to  cheerleaders and dancers. They offer a number of these 5-pan shadow palettes with Midnight Smoky Eye and Spicy Natural being the two most recent additions. Each palette retails for $8.75.

Also included for review was a sample of the Body Shimmer Base which I think is the same as the Glue. Eye Shadow & Glitter Base (retails for $8.75) that is easy to use with no mess, is long lasting and sweat resistant. It comes in a cylindrical tube with a doe foot applicator. The ‘glue’ appears opaque in the tube but applies clear and is slightly tacky once on but dries matte.

20140426_231951-1 20140426_232012-1Packaging – The shadows are in sturdy plastic compact with a clear top and colored base. The pans are secured in their wells with no gaps on the sides. Included in the palette is a dual ended applicator with a sponge on one end and a not so useful brush on the other.

20140426_232645-1Quality – The shadows are well pigmented, smooth, not chalky and has a creamy appearance and feel. This palette contains shimmery, sparkly shadows in the grey/blue color range and a matte almost satin black. There is some fall out with the first two – the white and silver. The middle color is a gorgeous blue black that looks amazing on the lids and is actually very work appropriate. The black requires some work and needs to be built up.


20140505_070512-1Longevity – I wore two looks from this palette using the blues and blacks. This is just one of the looks. This shadows lasted all day long I applied them from 6 am and got home around 7:30pm. There was no creasing or fading.

Overall I am please with this palette.

BA STAR Makeup Builds Confidence, Stays On, Stands Out, Creates Winners!


Disclaimer: The product has been received from BA*Star and their representatives through BrandBacker for review considerations. This does not  influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product.