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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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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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.

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

Brand Spotlight: Red Earth Beauty

Red Earth. Now that is a name I haven’t heard in well over 10 years! I remember being a snooty pre-teen and only wanting the best, and that was Red Earth cosmetics. I remember them having a stand-alone  store at my local shopping centre, Carindale and being overcome with equal parts awe, amazement and lust.  But all of a sudden Red Earth ceased to exsit, well at least to me. There was no more stores or word of my beloved Red Earth. Until now.

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Red Earth are back, baby! Big time. Being inspired by their Australian home, Red Earth have created a range with quality and practicality having the utmost importance when developing their brand. Not only are Red Earth back with what they do best, cosmetics. But they also have a skincare range available. I have been trialling three products and I cannot wait to share them with you.

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First off the bat, is the absolutely gorgeous Earth Colour Eyeshadow Palette* in Warm Glow. I have been absolutely blown away with the quality of this little beauty. At first glance, the mirrored bronze packaging is sleek, sexy, and right on trend. It is really compact and sturdy. On the inside, there is a large mirror and 10 pans. Although the palette is small, the pan sizes are really decent and a crease brush fits in there with ease.

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There is a really good selection of colours, although they do lean more to the lighter side. I am not sure if they would suit someone with a darker skin tone, but I couldn’t be certain. There are 4 mattes that are balanced out nicely with 6 shimmer shades. On the light end of the scale there is icy white shade that delivers a lovely sheen, there is also a creamy matte that is great as a base or transition colour. The next three colours are quite similar, just with differing undertones. They are shimmery, without being glittery or chunky. The rest of the shades in the palette are definitely my favourites. The matte pale pink and beige are just gorgeous, and are my most used. Then to finish off the shades there is a lovely goldy-bronze and a shimmer and matte brown.  The formula is  creamy and pigmented, and blends out really easily. I think this is a great little palette, perfect for travel and everyday looks. For the price, you really can’t go wrong.

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The next item I have been playing with is the Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid* in Magician. Again, the packaging is sleek and very luxe. It is a beautiful glass bottle, with that same shiny bronze lid. The Skin Fluid is delivered through a pump and it quite thin in consistency. It is the most flattering peachy bronze shade and spreads out like a dream. I have mixed this in with foundation, as a liquid highlight and also added a touch to moisturiser for an all-over body glow. What a multi-tasker. The Skin Fluid adds a beautiful touch of glow, without being too much. It smells similar to Guerlain meteorites, which is a scent that I adore – very violet-y.  It is a great dupe for Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminator but much more affordable for the amount of product you get. I love.

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Lastly, I have been playing with the Facial Tanning Serum* with argan oil and organic fig. There is one thing that makes me feel more confident than anything else and that is a tan. I especially love a tanned face. I am not one of those people that can tan their body and have a super pale face. Having a tan makes me feel super confident to go without makeup. But normal body tans just do not cut it. They go patchy and block your pores, big time. For a while I have been looking for a facial tanner that doesn’t contain any nasties. I have found it. Red Earth’s Facial Tanning serum is a lightweight hydrating gradual self tanner. It contains argan oil, sweet almond oil, fig and pomegranate. It is absorbed quickly and doesn’t smell offensive in the slightest. I like to add a few squirts to a cotton round and lightly swipe over my face before bed. I do this to ensure it is even, but I haven’t had any issues yet. I do this a couple of times a week and it leaves me looking bronzed and glowy minus the sun damage.  It is even really good a touching up fake tan on the body, in case I’ve been my usual lazy self and missed a few spots.

This re-introduction with Red Earth has been great, and I have found some winners, that is for sure. I look forward to discovering more of their home-grown products.

Red Earth can be purchased from Active Skin, and they regularly have great deals and promos going. So you may even get some more bang for your buck.

 

Do you remember Red Earth? Have you used any of their new range?

 

All the best,

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.

 

 

 

Pretty, Fun and Fearless – Ciate x Chloe Morello Palette

I was so so so fortunate to receive a highly sought after Pretty, Fun and Fearless palette that Chloe Morello created with Ciate. Having quite a few requests for swatches and a review, I thought I would quickly bang one up – Hence why the photos aren’t my best and it’s not my usual in-depth ramblings.

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Straight off the bat, the packaging is gorgeous. It is adorned with rose gold flamingos, flowers and silver writing. This palette sure does stand out among my palette collection.  It is a slim cardboard design with a magnetic closure, and a really good size for the 15 pans inside.  The palette contains a lovely big mirror and more flamingos. Anything with birds on the packaging shoots straight up the top of my list. The pans are quite large and are set out perfectly.  There are beautiful neutrals and a couple of pops of purple for good measure. There are 6 shimmers and 9 mattes, which I think is a really good balance – I do love my matte eyeshadows.

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Now on to the formula. Having never used any Ciate products before, I didn’t know what to expect. But man, am I impressed! These shadows, especially the mattes, are so very buttery and soft.The formula is easy to blend and very pigmented. I would even go as far as saying that they may be my favourite matte formula.  Some of the shimmers let me down a little, and don’t give me that punchy disco ball shimmer that I  am used to in other palettes. But, they are still super velvety and apply like a dream. They are really perfect for a subtle shimmer eye. The three matte shades called’my tribe’, ‘be sassy’ and ‘jet setter’ don’t really hit the mark either. Even though they are not even close to being chalky, I find the pigment is quite poor. The photo below shows this. The first line in the palette gives me life and I am so happy I have the palette just for these shades alone.

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Purple eye shadows are not usually my style, but ‘fierce, flirt and day dream’ are really stunning, versatile shades. ‘Day Dream’ adds depth and more dimension to looks and is a great alternative to my usual go-to warm brown.

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These shades are just stunning – Those mattes, though!

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Overall, I am really impressed with the quality of this palette. Seriously, these mattes are just gorgeous and I would buy the palette just for those. While a few things didn’t quite blow me away, I still really like this palette. It is lovely to look at and the range of colours are really different to most of my other palettes. The palette also comes with a great little pouch bag, a mini Lip Velvet and Mascara – Which is a great touch.  I am super happy that this beauty is in my collection.

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You can find Pretty,Fun and Fearless at Mecca for $70 – But be quick! It is limited edition.

Told you it’d be a quick one 😉

Did you get your hot little mitts on this palette? Do you agree with my thought?

Speak to you 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.