Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette


Today I have a palette to share with you all. This is from an indie company called Coloured Raine, it is the Queen of Hearts palette and it just released on Black Friday. It is a black-owned business.

So, as for reviewing ordering from Coloured Raine, it went alright. My dad actually purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. Black Friday was supposed to be 25% off but the sale did not go live at midnight EST like it was supposed to, I was afraid the things that I wanted might sell out so he put the order through anyway. The shipping label was printed next day, TAT was 5 Days (it was Black Friday so I assume TAT is usually quicker) and Shipping from Southern California to Ontario, Canada took 8 days which is SUPER fast for international mail.

Shipping to Canada was only $8 which is very reasonable. Now, before I say this next thing I have to say that there was a warning before you order that international customers are responsible for duties and taxes so they were up front that this could happen. I got a bill for $22.32 duties/customs/handling. That was a surprise because usually when you order from these smaller companies they undervalue the items, unfortunately the full price was put down. The duties weren't too bad, it was only $13.27 but the Handling fee was $9.95, so that was some bullshit. Thanks so much, customs <.<.

So, if you take into account the shit exchange rate, This palette costs $66 + $11 Shipping + $10 Handling + $13 Customs/Taxes, That equals... $100 and holy fuck I would be broke if this wasn't a gift. Thanks, dad!

So, unfortunately, I don't think I will be ordering from Coloured Raine again just because the customs fees were too much which I can't fault them for, that's Canada's fault. The ordering, TAT and shipping were great though, just be ready for that customs fee if you order international because they do not fudge that sheet.

On to the products! I also got two liquid lipsticks as well which I will review in an upcoming post which will feature a ton of liquid lipsticks.

I LOVED the design on the sleeve that the palette slides into, the foil on the inside of the palette was a bit scratched up and probably won't age well but I really couldn't give a shit about that as long as the shadows are nice and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. They will probably be depotted in the future anyway. You do not need the sleeve to hold it together, it has a magnetic closure and a mirror inside.

This is the Queen of Hearts palettes, everyone has been going nuts for these purple/pink/red palettes lately. I think it all started with ABH Modern Renaissance, however, I wasn't feeling the ABH palette. When I saw this on Instagram, I had to have it. I don't have a palette like this, I tend to buy cool toned palettes because they go well on my skin but, I loved these colors.

There are 6 mattes and 6 foils in this palette. I am not sure how deep the pans are without tearing up with packaging but, I can tell you they are 26mm pans and some of them, particularly the matte are nearly full and the foils are just a bit under filled thought they are all different, I would assume they are filled by weight.

I usually apply shadows with a damp brush to increase opacity and vibrancy, even when swatching and I can safely tell you that I used completely dry brushes both to swatch and to apply so these are very pigmented. The foils are really soft and easy to blend and apply, I didn't have to wet them or use any special primers. The mattes don't finger swatch well (especially Ladyship) and they feel chalky to the touch but I promise you I had 0 problems applying them with a brush which is why the brush swatches look much better. They picked up fine and blended well.

So, very soft, very pigmented, very blendable. I would give them an A+. I would recommend Coloured Raine to a friend, just friends in the US. I like the quality of the mattes and foils in this palette much better than my Smashbox Full Exposure palette.

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts: $50 USD
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette L-R
Top: Crown, Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
Bottom: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Noblewoman, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Palette in Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Without Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Crown (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Royal Highness (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Your Majesty (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Princess (Matte)
Coloured Raine -Empress (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Queen Mother (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Heir (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Royal Prerogative (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Noblewoman (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Ladyship (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Duchess (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Dethrone (Foil)
L-R: Crown, Your Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

L-R: Crown,  Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

Look:  I started out with Princess to contour the hollow of my eye and then deepened the crease with Ladyship. I used Royal Highness all over the lid. In the outer corner of the lid, I added Queen Mother. I used Empress on the lower lash line and Crown to highlight under my brow arch. I finished with tight lining my eyes with black gel liner, patting a matte black eye shadow over it and then curled my lashes and applied mascara. I filled in my brows with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Colourpop - Porter, Weenie, Moonwalk & Lunch Money - A fun Christmas Look for Hooded Eyes


Today I am sharing a Colourpop order that I placed back in October that I am just getting around to reviewing. This is my second order from Colourpop. So far, no complaints, TAT was decent, shipping was quick and nothing was damaged. Colourpop has a no return policy, however, I recently found out that if you receive a damaged item, all you have to do is send them a photo and they will send out a replacement.

For those unfamiliar with Colourpop, they have a pretty wide range of products. However, they are most well known for their affordability, liquid lipsticks and cream to powder products (eyeshadows, blush, highlighters, contour).

The cream to powder formula is really cool, it glides on heavily pigmented and it sort of "dries" into a powder so you don't get all the greasy texture, slipping and creasing that are usually prevalent in cream products. Cream products also tend to feel a bit heavy on your lids and the ones that dry properly feel stiff. That is not the case with these, they feel just as light as powder.

However, since they are a cream in the jar, picking it up with a brush is really difficult, they blend just fine once they are on your lid but getting it on the lid is much easier without a brush. For this, most people use their fingers but if you're concerned with contamination you can use those little sponge applicators that come in your drugstore palettes and they work really well (finally, they are good for something!)

So, here we go!
I was aiming to reach outside of my comfort zone with this order, I generally use cool toned colors (I have cool-toned skin) but, warm tones are really trendy this fall with the ABH Modern Renaissance palette becoming so popular. I really loved the way they looked on everyone else so I decided to try it out.

I was not disappointed, they look just fine on me, I still used cool toned colors for my eye contour, check out the look and near the bottom. I do have hooded eyes so that is why I do my makeup a bit differently than other people.

The shadows were great, as usual. However, I did not like the highlighter. It wasn't pale enough for me, it matched my skin tone so it didn't highlight, the shimmer also wasn't very apparent. I'll probably just use it as an eye shadow base or for a highlight base under my brow instead of concealer.

I probably won't try a cream highlighter again, I should have known better because cream products don't work very well on my oily skin, they kind of separate and I just get this greasy film that sits on top of my pores which was the case with this highlighter.

If you're planning to order from Colourpop, I highly recommend you follow their Instagram because they have sales pretty frequently, they are usually sales where you spend $25+ and you get one or two products free for whatever product they are promoting at the time. The first time I got an eyeshadow and the second time I got the highlighter.

For international orders, orders $50 or more ship free until the end of the year or there is a flat rate for $9.99 for orders under $50.

Colourpop - Weenie: $5 USD, - Metallic rose gold.
Colourpop - Porter: $5 USD, - Burgundy/Wine with gold shimmer. Pulls more of a brick/brown on me unless it's over a base/primer.
Colourpop - Moonwalk: $5 USD, - Metallic green/gold that shifts into a warm reddish-brown in indirect light.  
Colourpop - Lunch Money: $8 USD, - Pale neutral gold, champagne-ish?.

Colourpop - L to R, Top: Weenie, Porter, Bottom: Moonwalk, Lunch Money
Colourpop - Weenie, Porter, Moonwalk, Lunch Money
Colourpop - Porter - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Weenie - - Eyeshadow
Colorpop - Lunch Money - Highlighter
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow

For this look I started with a powder shadow that matched my skintone (Urban Decay - Foxy) over primer. I then swept a beige color slightly darker than my skintone (Urban Decay - Tease) all over my crease and the hollow of my eye, anywhere that was sunken in (on the top lid). Then I defined the crease with a much darker brown (Urban Decay - Snakebite). and blended it into the beige.

I filled in my brows with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in Grey Khaki and a bit of Urban Decay - Tease and blended it with a spoolie.

Then, I covered my lid and outer third of my lower lash line with Porter using an eyeshadow sponge and blended it out and added a bit more after blending to bring back the color. I added Weenie on the inner 2/3 of my eye and the middle third of my lower lash line, blending it over Porter.

I then used a black gel liner and tightlined my whole upper lash line and the outer half of my lower lash line and smudged it with the sponge end of a kohl liner pencil. I patted a matte black eyeshadow (Urban Decay - Blackout) over the gel liner to make it darker and more matte as well as to increase wear time.

I then took an angled eyeliner brush and dampened it with a wet wipe and applied Moonwalk in a slight wing, pulling it only halfway across my eyelid so that when my hooded eyes are all the way open you can still see Porter and Weenie on the inner half or else you would only see Moonwalk.

I then used Lunch Money to highlight under the arch of my brow, though in retrospect, I would use my Covergirl Roses palette in Champagne for a stronger highlight.

I then finished by curling my lashes and applying CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara for Hazel Eyes in Black/Gold which is just a black mascara with gold shimmer in it.

Christmas Look - Partially Closed eye so you can see the lid

Christmas Look - Fully Closed eye so you can see the lid

Christmas Look - Open a Normal amount, this is how much of my lid actually shows