Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Review

You probably won’t believe me when I say I don’t actually wear a lot of metallic or shimmery eyeshadows. As much as I love them, and believe me I do, my go-to are mattes.  And scorched, deliciously rich warm toned mattes, now that is what my dreams are made of. I know the market is over-saturated with warm tones, and people may be beginning to tire of the same concept over and over. But there are no complaints here. Oranges, peaches and reds really play up my blue eyes and I am not even close to getting bored of these hot fire shades.

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The Naked Heat palette caught my eye as soon as it was released and boy did it deliver. Creamy, pigmented mattes that translate on the eye and simply stunning shimmers that deliver the most beautiful looks. To this day it is one of my favourite palettes. But, having said that the shimmers just don’t get the love that they deserve from me and because my life is a little unpredictable at the moment, I find myself being drawn to more user friendly, practical and purse sized products.

Enter the Naked Petite Heat palette –  cue angelic singing.

This little pocket rocket is seriously the answer to my prayers. It boasts 6 new shades in one palm-sized little palette. But the question is, does it live up to the hype? Are the shades and formula up to the usual Urban Decay high standard? Let’s see.

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The packaging is a hard sturdy plastic with a clip closure. The front is emblazoned with flames and roses. The pan sizes are quite generous for the size of the overall product (They’re actually the same size as the naked palettes) and the mirror is really decent. tick, tick, tick.

Now, on to the important bits. There are 5 complete matte shades and one demi-matte highlight, which I think is a really clever inclusion in the palette. As expected the Naked Petite Heat is a bevy of warm shades that would compliment any eye colour.

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There is a decent amount of functionality; There are beautiful muted transition shades and rich crease colours. The darkest shade works well to create depth and is great as a liner or to smoke out your look. You may not be able to create a huge range of eye looks, but honestly, what 6 pan matte palette would give you crazy versatility with never-ending looks? Yeah, not many at all.

The formula is gorgeous. These are damn good mattes. They are smooth, buttery, pigmented and not in the slightest bit chalky. They apply really well and blend out even better.  These shadows are really fuss free, you don’t have to work to hard to get your desired effect, plus they have minimal fall out.

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The only partially negative I can mention is that it is quite possible that you may already own similar shades within your collection. I mean, they aren’t ground-breaking colours. But having said that, I think the appeal of the product is its size and having all those complimentary shades right there in your hand, in one tidy little high-quality palette.

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These days I am mostly applying my makeup in a rush so this palette is absolutely perfect for me, I cannot fault it. I think this is a great little palette for the beginner, or someone starting out with their warm-toned looks. Or, of course, someone like me, who loves warm-toned mattes and stick to the same kind of looks.

 

This smoking hot little number drops at Mecca Maxima on May 1st.

Does this tickle your fancy? Will you be adding this to your cart?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided 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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Juvia’s Place Masquerade Palette – Swatches and Review

Hello!

You may recall a little time ago, me falling head over heels for the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette? If not you can read my cheeky little blog post here.

Well, I need to have a chat to you about the Nubian’s much bigger sister, The Masquerade Palette. This is seriously the queen of palettes.

“This product was inspired by African Festivities filled with enormous joy and spiritual activities. The Bold Colours represent costumes used in festivals. The nude and browns represent the African soil and environments. The perfect balance of bolds and neutrals”

How fabulous does that sound? l  adore hearing about the inspiration and creative process behind products. This big mumma sure does have it all.

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Packaging

In true Juvia’s Place style, the packaging is brightly coloured cardboard. This one in particular is magenta and yellow. It is sturdy and protective but rather large. It does not contain a mirror, which is a little unfortunate. However, the artwork on the packaging is just stunning. The pans are set out perfectly and the pan-sizes are HUGE. Extremely generous. Definitely a show stopping piece of makeup.

Formula

The formulas in this palette are just beautiful. The shimmers are soft and insanely pigmented. They deliver a stunning shimmer and sheen that is unmistakable. The majority of the mattes aren’t true matte, but have more of a satin finish, which I prefer. They are soft, buttery and so easy to blend out. The colours all perform well, not a disappointing shade among the bunch. The formulas are VERY comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills and Morphe shadows, which for the price is incredible.

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Shades

Where to begin with the shade range?  This almost contains everything you could ever want. Starting off with a range of delectable shimmery bright jewel tones – A deep sapphire, emerald green, electric blue, an aquamarine and a stunning deep purple. I love that these shades are included. Although I probably won’t get as much wear out of them as the other shades, I will use them for a pop of colour on the lower lash line. They look absolutely stunning in the palette, and really are a welcome addition for something a little different.

Next up is a beautiful matte plum shade that it the definition of a satin finish. Just gorgeous. It works so damn well on my blue/green eyes. If I do say so myself. Calabar is a stunning shimmer garnet shade, with a sight pink reflect . The next is a bright fuchsia, which is a bit of weird kind of shade; The base is a highly pigmented true matte, however there are obvious gold glitters within it. Really unusual, but simply stunning – one of my favourite shades to swatch. But I haven’t been game enough to use it just yet.

The last two rows are gorgeous red/orange based tones that you’d expect in any warm neutrals palette. There’s a typical champagne shimmer, that doubles as a crazy pigmented highlighter, and I mean crazy. There are four red based brown mattes, a gold/bronze and a copper shimmer that are just divine. And similar to the fuchsia shade, there is a matte burnt orange with a subtle gold glitter throughout.

I think the selection of shades are really complimentary to each other and really work well within this palette. I would like to see a matte black or deeper brown in the palette just to give depth to makeup looks, but that would be my only negative.

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Overall

Nothing about this palette is for the faint hearted; it really stands out among my masses of warm neutrals, and not only because of it’s large size and bright packaging. The range of shades is just gorgeous and I honestly have nothing like it. While it won’t be an every day palette for me, I am glad I have it for weekend and party glam. The Nubian Palette is a great alternative if you are just after neutrals.  The Masquerade is great value at $35 (there is also a smaller version available for $30), but the shipping is exy. I was lucky enough to come across a coupon code that made a huge difference. So if you want this in your hot little hands, I would hold out for free -shipping or a discount. I am super happy the Masquerade Palette is part of my collection.

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What do you think? Does it tickle your fancy?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

Too Faced Sweet Peach

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She is finally mine and what a peach she is. I have been lusting over this palette since it was revealed in December. I love anything peach and anything Too Faced, so Sweet Peach and I were a match made in heaven. Although actually getting the palette was a bit of a challenge, it was all worth it in the long run. Just look at this deliciousness…

 

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First off the packaging is amazing. The colours are beautiful and really standout amongst my other palettes. It is the same style as the Chocolate Bar palettes. It is strong, sturdy and so pretty to look at. Sweet Peach smells deliciously like peaches, it is subtle and not too overwhelming. The palette contains 18 shades with salmon, gold and bronze hues, which are both matte and shimmers. True to form the formula of the shadows are amazing. They’re rich, pigmented and buttery. The salmon tones are the real highlight of the palette, they’re so unique and will suit all eye colours and most skin tones.

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Unfortunately Sweet Peach is limited edition (seriously limited) at the minute and has just been released in Australia by Mecca Maxima, both online and in store. So if this bad boy is right up your alley, you had better move fast to get your mitts on it.

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Camille x

 

 

Violet Voss – Holy Grail Palette

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I fell in love with this palette the second I saw a photo of it, I mean how could you not?! I had never heard of Violet Voss, had no idea about the quality but I knew I had to have it. But like I need anymore warm toned palette , or any more palettes for that manner.  I would spend so long looking at the holygrail palette hashtag on Instagram, drooling over these rich warm tones. I looked at swatches and read reviews which made me want it even more. But true to style, it was sold out.  I continued lusting over it, waiting for a restock and then finally there was a pre-order and I broke my spending ban and secured one.

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Seriously, have a look at these colours! They are just stunning. They are so pigmented and buttery soft. The shades blend perfectly into eachother and are really long-lasting.There is 20 shades and they are perfect mixture of matte and crazy shimmery metallic colours. Toffee, On Fleek, Glamping, Crandberry Splash and Wine N Dine give me life. The mattes are lovely and soft – not chalky at all. I can already tell that Bestie, R U Kitten Me and Teddy Bear are going to get a daily workout.The pans are generous and laid out perfectly.

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Holy Grail is super comparable to the Morphe 35O palette, but this bad boy contains beautiful red and burgundy tones aswell orange and bronze. HEAVEN for blue eyes! The packaging is sleek, thin and practical. It is black with silver embossing and the closure is magnetic. It also has a huge mirror. I wouldn’t say the names of the shadows are my favourite but I can definitely over look that for the high quality of the palette. Holy Grail is seriously holy grail status… I may just have to update my favourite 5 palettes.

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I am officially obsessed.

 

Until next time,

The warm tone junkie – Camille x

Lorac Eyeshadow Palettes – Pictures

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I love eyeshadow palettes. They’re such great value for money, they are practical and so nice to look at. Doing my eyes has got to be my favourite part of my makeup routine, so I am a little bit of a palette junkie. I recently wrote about my top 5 palettes here and in this post I mentioned the Lorac Pro palette. I obviously adore this palette but I find that all of the Lorac palettes that I own are amazingly good. Lorac create incredibly high quality eyeshadows. The pigment is unreal, they are so soft and velvety, and blend to absolute perfection. The pan layout of each palette is perfect, along with the pan sizes and packaging.   So let’s not let the Original Pro palette get all the limelight and have a little look at the others in my collection.

 

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The Lorac Unzipped palettes are so so so stunning. Originally I went to purchase the gold edition but after tossing up between the two, I ended up purchasing both (Oops!). But you know what, I am so glad I did. The pans are huge and the colours are just beautiful. They both contain a great mix of both mattes and metallics and boy do they pack a punch. The original is full of beautiful warm, bronze shades that are offset by an incredible burgundy, which is deffinitely my favourite. The Unzipped Gold is obviously full of incredible gold shimmers and warm browns. I cannot stress to you enough how insanely beautiful these palettes are. They are heaven.

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Swatches of the Original Unzipped palette.
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Swatches of the Unzipped Gold palette.

Next up is some adorable travel size palettes. These little guys came in limited edition packs (I’ve forgotten the names, sorry!). I love these little trios, they are great for your handbag and travel kit. They are the same incredible quality, same sleek packaging and a great mix of everyday practical shades.

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My 5 Lorac palettes are favourites among my palette collection. The quality is second to none. If you are ever undecided between palettes, I really recommend Lorac. Do you own any of these? What are your favourites?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x