Maybelline Burgundy Bar Review

From first glance, the range of shades in the palette are really pretty and right up my alley.  The 12 shades range from champagnes and golds to a bright cranberry and rich burgundies. The inclusion of two matte shades makes this palette really versatile and allows the user to create a complete look from the one palette.

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Hello Friends,

I’m not usually a makeup snob, meaning I like to mix both drugstore and high-end makeup into my collection.  Admittedly I do swoon over gorgeous sleek luxury packaging and products, but ultimately if the product is of high quality I want it all over my face. Having said that, when it comes to eyeshadow palettes I always lean more towards the $$$ end of the scale. I haven’t found a drug-store palette that measures up to the likes of Zoeva, Tarte or NARS, but the Burgundy Bar is certainly making me start to reconsider my stance on drug-store eyeshadows.

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From first glance, the range of shades in the palette are really pretty and right up my alley.  The 12 shades range from champagnes and golds to a bright cranberry and rich burgundies. The inclusion of two matte shades makes this palette really versatile and allows the user to create a complete look from the one palette. Without even swatching, you can see the soft formula of the shadows which does seem promising.

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As you can see, the eyeshadows swatch really well. They deliver a decent amount of pigment while remaining really soft. I did note that the dark matte brown was a little chalky and the third shade along the top didn’t perform as well as the rest – but both shadows were still workable.

Now we all know that finger swatches do deliver a more intense swatch than when applied to the lid with a brush, but this is where I felt the palette let me down a little.  The shades certainly lost their pigment once applied by a brush. I was really looking forward to creating a cranberry smokey eye, but I just couldn’t seem to get the intensity that I wanted. I lost that beautiful metallic sheen, but found when applied with a finger I could build the colour up a little more, which in theory is fine but I imagine this will prevent me from reaching for this palette over others. I also noted that at the end of the day, the shadows had faded and creased a little regardless of whether I used a primer or not.

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That being said, the eyeshadows are still really beautiful and do do the job. The formulas are buttery, smooth and blend quite well. Overall this is a good little palette and by far the best I have seen released in Priceline. I think it’d make a really good addition to a beginners collection. It would be perfect for anyone wanting to experiment with some more colour without needing to fork out too much coin. But for me personally, I have so many other warm-toned palettes that I would prefer to use over this.

Will you purchase this palette? or have you already? What are your thoughts?

 

Until next time,

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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The Perfect Palette Tag

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Anyone who knows me, know that I am a complete sucker for eyeshadow palettes. I stumbled across this tag over at The Beauty Collection and thought it would be fun to do (Although I have changed a few titles in the tag). So strap yourselves in and prepare for me to say things like shades, buttery, soft and pigment over and over again – Sorry, not sorry.

Let’s go…

 

Best Packaging

This is such a tough one. I like the packaging of many different palettes, for so many different reasons. It also depends on my mood, sometimes I like classy, sleek and black or there are other times where I like something a little more colourful and kitsch-y. My mood must be the later today because I think I like LimeCrime’s Venus’ packaging the best today. It is so unique and full of fun and colour. Although the packaging itself is cardboard, it is sturdy and has a strong magnetic closure. I adore the artwork on the front and the gold details and I love the contrast of the colour on the inside.

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Best Color Payoff

Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place. These shades, all of them, ar so so so pigmented. They apply just beautifully. They’re so velvety soft but so full of delicious colour. This palette has surprised me in terms of quality and I am so glad I purchased it. – There is a little funny story behind this purchase, that you can read here. I would like to give an honourable mention to Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance in this category as well.

 

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I almost always take Zoeva Cocoa Blend with me when I travel – It is  a really good all-rounder. The packaging is sleek and thin, perfect to slip into an overnight bag. The colour range is vast, so the look options are basically limitless.  There are mattes and shimmers in cool, neutral and warm tones, darker shades for depth,and a couple of pops of unique colours for something different. The quality and colour pay off is great. Such a versatile palette.

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Biggest Regret

This might offend some people, but I’m going to do it any. I really regret spending so much money on my Mac Warm Neutrals palette. While the packaging is stunning and shades selection is great, the colour payoff really lets me down. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t blow me away – like I expected MAC eyeshadows to. There are a couple of colours that are amazing – the bronzey copper shimmer is so pretty (second row, second from the right). But, then there are others that are chalky and give me nothing. So, the palette as a whole is quite disappointing, especially when it is the one I paid the most for.

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Best Color Names

This one goes to my Too Faced Sweet Peach – I love that the names match the theme and are even a little outside the box. Names like Candied Peach, Cobbler, Bellini and Peach Pit just remind me of lazy summer afternoons and I love this palette for that. The names, mixed with the Peach scent is just perfection.

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Least Used

Now, I firstly want to say that this isn’t because of the quality that the Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector Set (2015) is the winner of this category, It is purely because of the packaging and how it fits into my vanity – A little unfair, I know, but that’s just how it is. This set is made up of 4 smaller palettes and is in quite a large box. Granted there is a smaller box inside that fits one of the smaller palettes for travel but I just haven’t used it. The colours are beautiful and true to Tarte form, full of pigment. Each little palette includes one of their famous blushes as well. Because the housing is so large, it sits right at the back of my drawer and gets forgotten about. I am now, going to make a bigger effort to use these cute little palettes.

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Most Used

My most used would have to be Shade and Light by Kat Von D, I pretty much use this baby daily. The shades in this palette are super versatile and are perfect base, transition and depth shades. I am not a fan of all shimmer lids, so I love using these colours to make my look a little more matte. The pigment and the quality of this palette is beautiful. Matte’s can be chalky with little to no colour payoff, but that cannot be said for this entirely matte palette. I would recommned everyone have this palette in their collection.

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Most Loved

Why you do dis to me, tag?  I honestly cannot pick one. Sorry tag police.  Most loved palette would have to be a three-way tie, soz.  Firstly I adore Violet Voss’ Holy Grail. The shades and quality give me life.  Seriously, just look at it. It is just so stunning, the lay out of colours is absolute perfection. Not only are there deep burgundy and warm toned browns, but there are pinks, oranges and neutrals. Everything a blue-eyed girl needs in a palette. Secondly is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. The sheen that these shades provide is so gorgeous, I adore how these shadows look on my eyes and the way the blend into each with little to no effort, it is amazing. Lastly, is the Morphe 35O, I couldn’t possible be writing a posts about palettes and leave this guy out. There is no other palette that has so many shades in such a high-quality for the price. Morphe have the best value for money goin’. Again, the pigment in this palette is incredible. Granted, there a few shades that verge on the chalky side, but overall the quality is top-notch.  Just look at these three palettes, how could you not love them.

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Best Drugstore

This palette is only a new one to my collection, but I am so impressed with the quality. Natio have recently released a few eye shadow palettes and I got my hands on the Golden* Palette.  The colours are perfect for everyday wear and the formula is gorgeous, super soft, pigmented and buttery. I have been reaching for this quite a bit recently. I am a bit of an eyeshadow snob and don’t generally buy any drugstore palettes, because in all honesty, with the collection I already own, I don’t see the point in buying any. But I am so glad this Natio palette landed in my grubby little mitts.

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Best for Beginners

I am going to go with my first ever palette, The original Lorac Pro, because I found that it has treated me so well and taught me a lot about colour matching. The quality of this palette is second to none, so buttery and full of colour. The shades are easy to blend, with not a huge amount of fallout. Plus there are 8 mattes and 8 matching shimmers which makes it super easy to pair colours. The spectrum of the palette is amazing too, there is a shade for everything, both cool and warm toned and few neutrals for thrown in for good measure. This is a palette that is needed in every collection.

 

 

I encourage you all to have a go at this tag, I really enjoyed doing it. What answers would you change?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

Quick Review – DB Cosmetics Luminous Perfection Cushion Foundation

Hello Lovelies,

I hope your week so far has been full of love, laughter and light. I have been a long-time lover of Designer Brand’s foundations. They produce high quality products for such affordable prices. Plus, DB cosmetics are Australian owned, Vegan friendly and cruelty-free.  I have been using the 24 Hour Foundation for about 2 years and have gone through  a few bottles. The coverage is insane, easily built up and blended out. It doesn’t cake nor does it make me look like an oil-slick. So whenever DB release any new products – especially foundations – I get excited.

Enter their newest release, Luminous Perfection Cushion Foundation. You may be surprised to hear that I haven’t actually used a cushion foundation before. I found the idea gimmicky and quite expensive for the amount of product in the compact. But if anyone can sway me on the idea, it is definitely Designer Brands.  This cushion foundation retails for $19.95 as opposed to other brands which can start at $39.95 The compact is sturdy and practical, with a large mirror. It clicks shut, so there isn’t a risk of leakage. At first glance, this product seems ideal for beauty on the go. The compact has a second lid inside to ensure the product remains in the compact. The sponge is large, bouncy and full of product. I just dab my brush or Beauty Blender on the sponge and apply directly to my face – simple! There is also a small makeup pad included in the compact for application.

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The formula is really lightweight and gorgeous. It applies and blends so effortlessly. The coverage is quite sheer but is easily built up without a cakey finish. My skin is left looking glowy and fresh. I would say that the finish is slightly dewy, but I do tend to set the foundation with a light dusting of powder. The longevity is great and lasted all day on me. I think I will be reaching for this little beauty a lot over the coming warmer months. It is perfect for popping in the handbag, for dolling up on the run or for touch ups.

Have you used a cushion foundation? What are your thoughts?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.