NYX Avant Pop: Nouveau Chic Palette – Review

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A few weeks ago I did a review of one of the 3 palettes from NYX’s Avant Pop line and today I have a review of the Nouveau Chic palette. I’m a huge fan of palettes with neutral and matte shades in them, so when I saw this one I proceeded to make all of my ugly-pleased faces at it through my laptop screen before promptly clicking that buy button. These retail for $17 and my review on my last Avant Pop post includes all of the information for getting a discount from the NYX website. Now the palettes are available from Ulta for $16.99 and are buy 1, get 1 50% off until June 27th.

Here are all 10 shades:

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Sadly, none of the shadows in this palette have their own names so I gave them all numbers. All 10 shades are incredibly pigmented and feel very smooth. Even the matte shades are still soft to touch, except for shade 8 which feels kind of hard but is still incredibly pigmented and blendable. I did experience some fallout during the application of these shades, but that is not a deal breaker for me.

I also am very pleased with the color selection within this palette. It has a nice combination of target spring colors with all of the purples and even some fun peach tones (shades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7) and will transfer well into the fall which are primarily concentrated on the right side of the palette (shades 5, 9, and 10). It also has a nice balance of neutral and fun shades meaning that it’s easy to turn to when you don’t have time to use 70,000 colors to make a look and you can still turn to it when you do.

Sample Look:

Overall, I think this is an accessible palette. I’m not the biggest fan of the texture and consistency of shade 8 , but all of the shades are pigmented and very blendable.There are shimmery shades, shades with more of a sheen to them, and mattes which is a combination I look for in a palette. I think it’s a good palette for people who are transitioning between completely neutral palettes, but you don’t want to go all out with crazy colors like with the Art Throb palette. The shades are fun but completely wearable.

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NYX Avant Pop: Art Throb Palette – Review

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I am huge lover of eyeshadow palettes so when I saw that NYX was releasing their Avant Pop palettes I knew that I had to get my hands on them. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should, if you don’t already), then you would have seen that I picked up 2 of the 3 including the one that I have for you right now: Art Throb. So far I have only seen them available for purchase from the NYX website, though I’d love to know if they can be picked up in store anywhere else. They are $17 each, but at the NYX site you can get 25% off your purchase of them by signing up for their mailing list and earn free shipping when you spend $25+.

Here are all 10 shades:

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Unfortunately, like most drugstore palettes, these shades don’t have individual names so I had to number them. As you can see, all 10 of them are quite pigmented upon swatching and were able to hold up that pigmentation on the actual eye. Even the black shadow was intense, which is something that I was not expecting because my past experience with drug store palettes has resulted in very wimpy shades of black. Thankfully, the black in this palette is very buildable and can easily be transferred to an intense tone.

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I have also found these shadows to be very longwearing in terms of creasing control and color payoff. With the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows, I found that if I wasn’t using my most expensive eye primer, then the color of the shadows would fade away and I would experience a lot of creasing, but so far none of these shadows have resulted in this problem. At the end of the day everything continued to look relatively close to the way the way they had during their initial application.

Sample Looks:

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1 in the lower wing to outer lower lashline, 8 blended into the entire lower lashline, and 3 in the inner corner
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3 in the inner corner, 4 on the lid, 6 on the outer corner, 10 blended out into the crease and along the lower lashline, and a tiny amount of 9 on the outer crease

Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this palette. $17 may seem like much, but it is very easy to get it at a discount and will be even more so if it shows up at more stores like Ulta. I also found shadows 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 to be the most easy to use in everyday looks. This being said, this palette is not for everyone. It’s very flashy and there are few neutrals to balance it out. This is not necessarily a huge deal breaker for me because I don’t mind working between palettes or integrating single shadows, but others might be looking for a nice balance between fun brights and easy-use neutrals. If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, then I definitely recommend it.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom – Review

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A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a lovely text message from my mother telling me that Ulta was running a 40% off sale on Maybelline products. I had actually already put in an order for some things from there the day before, but since Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands, I decided to use this sale to try out a product that’s advertisements I can’t seem to escape: the Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks. They retail for about $7.49 each, but you can pick them up from Ulta for half-price until May 10th because they are currently buy 1, get 1 50%.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:

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They all apply sheer, but can be built up to a bolder color. They have a very smooth consistency, and apply just as such. Also, they don’t dry out the lips, which is great!

Coral Burst:

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When I initially made my purchase of these online, this is the color I was most excited about. Unfortunately, it actually turned out to be my least favorite of the three that I picked up. I still love the color, but even when I started with my one swipe sheer application, I could feel the lipstick trying to cling onto all of those secret dry patches on my lips. Come 3 hours later and the lipstick had settled into a slew of fine lines that I didn’t even know that I had. The color is nice and, while it does transfer, it manages to last at 4 hours on the lips with no touch ups. I just could not get over how much this lipstick was seeping into my fine lines and clinging to my dry patches.

Orchid Ecstasy:

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This is my top shade of the bunch! When I ordered it, I thought it would appear as having more of a purple hue because in the tube it appears as a fuchsia/magenta color. You can still see that tone within it, but all of my friends thought that it was just hot pink. That being said, this color is still gorgeous, especially if you’re just starting out with bolder colors. It applies evenly, lasts 4+ hours without reapplication, and never settles in any of the cracks in my lips.

Blushing Bud:

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This lipstick is probably the most subtle when you first apply it. It did give a slight tint to my lips, but it was so natural that it almost appeared as if I wasn’t wearing any product. I think it’s a nice subtle color, particularly if you have already done a bit of a bolder eye and want to keep the lips very low-key. My only complaint is that it does settle into some of my fine lines and cling onto some of those dry patches.

Overall, I think these lipsticks are alright but they appear to be a bit of a hit or miss. I love Orchid Ecstasy and wholeheartedly recommend it, but for me Coral Burst is a hard pass and Blushing Bud is just okay.

Have any of you tried out the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks? How did they work for you?

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NYX Pore Filler Primer – Review

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up the NYX Pore Filler Primer from the brand’s website. I ordered the regular size bottle (0.67 fl oz) for $14. Like with the Prismatic Eyeshadows you can score a deal with this product by gaining free shipping for purchases of $25+ and 25% off of your first purchase when you sign up for their email list. On Ulta the primer is $13.99 and you can probably get it even cheaper if you purchase it during one of their buy 1, get 1 50% off sales.

Here is what the product looks like:

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rubs into the skin colorlessly and leaves behind a smooth finish
rubs into the skin colorlessly and leaves behind a smooth finish

As you can see, the primer comes out a bit solid and in this nice peach color. Occasionally I have an issue with air filling the bottle, so when I squeeze it, tiny clumps of primer just squirt out which can get a bit annoying. I usually break it up a bit with the pads of my fingers before applying it to different areas of the face where it blends out clear. It leaves the same blurring effect on the skin as the blur feature that I use when I edit my photos, which is something that I am a very big fan of.

The bottle claims that the primer can be used on bare skin, over makeup, and under makeup and I have tried it all 3 ways. I think it’s good for bare skin if you are in a hurry or are having a very, very minimal makeup day because it does offer a great blurring effect and will make your skin feel like doll skin for the rest of the day. I have used it over my makeup and am not the biggest fan of that because it felt like I was just messing up my foundation. The way I most enjoy using it is underneath my makeup. I apply a thin coating all over my face and then add another layer in the center most areas of my face (my nose, the skin around my nose, and the center of my forehead) and wait 3-5 minutes.

In the few weeks that I’ve been using this product, it has become a staple in my beauty routine. There was a period where I was hating every foundation I owned because I felt like it was clinging to and overemphasizing all of the small, surface level bumps and grooves that normally weren’t noticeable on my face. This primer really helped to solve that issue leaving my skin smoother and softer finish.

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NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow – Review

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A few weeks ago I was shopping online and came across these lovely Prismatic Eyeshadows from NYX. The eyeshadows retail for $6 per shadow. You can pick them up discounted at the NYX website where you can get 25% off of your first purchase and free shipping for purchases over $25 or pick them up at Ulta during one of their buy 1, get 1 50% off. There are currently 12 shades available online. I purchased 3 and have used at least one of them in nearly every makeup look I have done since they arrived in the mail.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:

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I am a very texture oriented person, so the first thing that I noticed about these shadows (well, other than the fact that one of mine had apparently gotten some rough treatment on its way to my mailbox) was that they are so incredibly smooth. When I was in the process of swatching them, I had to take a moment to simply relish in the fact that it felt like I was running my finger across velvet. Not only were they smooth to touch, but they were also smooth to apply and so incredibly pigmented.

After using these eyeshadows in actual looks, I did find that there are a few cons to the product. The most important thing I found about these shadows is that it needed a good eye primer. I usually just use my $1 elf primer, which has always held up for me, but these shadows were most long wearing with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. I also found that I got the greatest pigmentation by applying the shadows with my fingers, rather than with a brush. In fact, the only time I use a brush with these now, is if I’m placing them in my inner or outer corners of my eyes.

Sample Looks:

Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed these shadows and plan to purchase more. They blend well, apply easily, and the price is right. They are a cheap and simple way to pump up a glam, shimmery look or to bring bright colors into your spring/summer routine!

Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette – Review

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably know that I recently picked up this Lorac Unzipped palette last week. I initially went in intending to get the new Unzipped Gold, but after examining the colors in person, I actually walked away with the original Unzipped and decided to see if it lived up to all the love that it’s received these past few years. This palette was $42 dollars at Ulta, contains 10 shades, a mini bottle of Lorac’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, and taught me that the I am very much in love with rose-gold! After using solely this palette for my eye makeup for the past week, I am finally ready to share my thoughts on it with you all.

Here are all 10 shades:

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I found that they were all reasonably pigmented when I swatched them on my arm dry, especially because I do occasionally have an issue where eyeshadows really want to blend in with my skin. In my opinion, the matte shades were a little bit less intense than the shimmers. This doesn’t necessarily bother me, but is something that you may want to take into consideration if you are planning to purchase this palette. The only real complaint I have about this palette is that some of the colors are a bit too similar. I did a different eye look every day, but I found that it wasn’t always fully obvious that I was changing things up and using multiple shadows. They’re all at different intensities of gold/rose-gold, which is fun to look at in the palette, but generally will not translate over as blatantly on the eye unless you give the shadows some extra help with a colored base.

This palette was also, as expected, very long wearing. Iy came with a mini primer that I used for maybe about a day before simply swapping back to using my $1 e.l.f. primer, because there’s no use in using their expensive product when the shadows are quality enough to hold up on their own. In fact, I rinsed my arm off after doing my first set of swatches and  found that I had to actually scrub a bit (albeit, not too harshly) to get the shadows off, which was amazing.

Overall, I do feel like this palette lived up to most of the hype that it’s gotten over the years. The shadows are pigmented, long wearing, and very blendable. I believe that they are worth the price (though if you can find them at a discount, that’s even better), especially if you are a fellow lover of rose-golds!

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? I’m always down to find more, so feel free to comment your faves below!

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Miss Manga Black Angel Mascara – Review

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I recently was in the market for a new drugstore mascara and after hearing some good things about L’Oreal Paris’s Miss Manga mascara from some friends, I decided to take it from a whirl. I picked mine up from Walmart for $6.99 in the shade Extra Black. Right away, I was very pleased with the packaging of the product, as it is simultaneously cute and edgy, which does fit right into the niche of a lot of popular manga.

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The wand has a 360 degree flexor brush allowing it to bend similarly to that of the Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara. While the bending is visually fun, but I have not found it to be particularly helpful or necessary. It doesn’t harm the application and the wand stays sturdy while you’re working with it, which is a definite plus.

Application

First Coat of Mascara:

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Third Coat of Mascara:

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Final Impression

This mascara did offer volume to my lashes, but I found it difficult to add length while also battling clumping. It was do-able, but I found that I had to work for the product more than the product was working for me. The mascara also dried quite stiffly onto the lashes and within a few hours had begun to flake off onto my cheeks. That being said, I did enjoy using this product on my lower lashes, because the thin shape of the brush and shorter bristles made application in that area much easier, and it was less prone to clumping. Overall, I think that this mascara is best fit to work in conjunction with one that provides more separation rather than on its own (I like it paired with Maybelline’s The Colossal Volum’ Express).

I’m still on the hunt for a new drugstore mascara, so if any of you have any recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments.