Like the MAC palette it has 15 shadows, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. They are all creamy and opaque, very much comparable to any higher end palette. I was shocked at how beautifully even the matte shadows applied and although I did wear a primer (I always do), they were very creamy and pigmented. Packaging wise I actually probably prefer this one, it’s streamline and lightweight- I would love a mirror but the MAC palette doesn’t have one either.
I do believe that the MAC one has slightly better brown shades but I think that’s because the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum palette caters better to this, it house beautiful warm browns whereas this Warm Palette does have a few purples, aubergines, burn orange shades- all very wearable but ever so slightly more daring than brown. I actually love the more colourful shades in this palette, in reality they’re not really colourful but just a little more interesting than another medium brown shimmery shade. I do think this palette has one too many pale, skin colour/highlight shades but they are always useful!
I’ve now got my eye on the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum Palette, I don’t need another palette but I do really really want this one, I think it would make the ultimate travel eyeshadow palette.
I always get excited about Clinique new launches, actually new launches in general and Clinique seem to be on fire with lots of new products launching over the next few months.
Earlier this month they launched their new Sweet Pot Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm sets, which look adorable and were apparently inspired by macaroons. One half has a sugary exfoliator designed to buff away dryness and the other has a lip balm to soothe and moisturise lips. I’ve tried out the shades that I have (Pink Framboise and Orange Blossom) and I think they’re nice but nothing overly exciting; the scrub is fairly gentle and the balm is a nice everyday one as it doesn’t offer too much colour, I can barely tell the difference between the two shades once on the lips. I’d probably pass on these just because you could get a Lush Scrub (with lots more product) and a lip balm for cheaper but they are really cute and I can totally see their appeal.
They will be adding two new lip products to their Pop range the Clinique Pop Glaze sheer Lip Colour + Primer and Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer. I’m not too sure what the ‘primer’ addition is all about but I can’t see them being any different because of the added ‘Primer’. The Sheer Lip Colours comes in six shades and are an effortless, sheerer version of their original colour pop lip colours. I’m not usually a huge fan of sheer lip colours but I think these are really comfortable on the lips and would all look beautiful in the summer. The Pop Lacquers come in 10 colours but I personally much prefer the nude shades as I find bolder colours in gloss are too high maintenance and can often look dated. I have the shade Nude Pop and it’s a really beautiful colour but a little drier than I would like, application seems to pull a bit and there are better lip glosses out there.
My favourite from the new pop range are the Clinique Lid Pops, which are available in 8 shades. I think these are particularly perfect for anyone that doesn’t wear too much makeup or is a little scared of shadow as they aren’t overly pigmented which means that they are very easy to use. Most the colours are beautiful although they do have two silly blues which I think are fairly unwearable to an average makeup wearer. I wouldn’t say they’re for an eyeshadow expert as the pigmentation is on the sheer side (especially compared to MAC which are £2 cheaper!) but still really beautiful, the shade Cream Pop is a soft, pretty, everyday shade.
In April there will also be a New Chubby Nude Foundation Stick, which apparently offers a smooth, natural finish with the flexibility to build from sheer to moderate coverage throughout the day- available in 10 shades. I haven’t tried this so I can’t comment but just something else to look forward to! To coincide they’re also releasing a new Buff Brush designed to blend flawlessly.
If I get my hands on any more shades I’ll report back with swatches but until then I’ll be hoping that they announce some matte Colour Pops soon.
The last time I received something from Charlotte Tilbury in the post I didn’t even make it all the way up the stairs, I had to sit down and explore. I was so excited!
There are very few brands that can really do this to me, I am so fortunate to have more than enough makeup but there’s something about the Charlotte Tilbury range that really makes me happier than any other (along with Tom Ford and MAC). That said here’s my quick guide on what to buy and what you can possibly skip from the CT.
The first product I ever got from the range was a Colour-coded eyeshadow quad in Dolce Vita for Christmas 2014 and this palette is now my absolute favourite quad! I can’t recommend the quads highly enough, they’re beautifully packaged with a useful mirror, the colours are perfectly selected, they’re creamy and blendable- just perfect! Dolce Vita is my absolute favourite but Golden Goddess is a close second and Vintage Vamp is stunning too.
I recently added her Colour Chameleon (Bronzed Garnet), Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow (in The Huntress) and Rock ‘N’ Kohl (in Amber Moon) eyeliner to my collection. The Colour Chameleons are really lovely and creamy, with very wearable shades. I personally don’t love eyeshadow crayons but if you do these are a great option. I reach for mine on a regular basis as I use it to line my lower lash liner and it’s the perfect product to do this with. The Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow came as a duo with the Rock ‘n’ Kohl and they’re probably one of the few CT products I would skip, don’t get me wrong, they’re nice but nothing overly special. The single eyeshadow isn’t as creamy as the quads and I find that the shimmer is also a little denser, the eyeliners are nice but I think you get get some which are just as nice from the drugstore.
Onto lips, I only have two lipstick and a lip liner. The Lip Cheat (lip liner) I have is in Pillow Talk which is probably her most famous, the colour is a perfect nude and I really do think it helps give a plump look to the lips. The lipsticks are also amazing, I love their rose gold packaging and the quality of the actual product is one of the best I own. I have Red Carpet Red which is a Matte Revolution (review here), very glam, true red and Hepburn Honey which is part of the Kissing range, warm toned peachy nude.
I had the Filmstar Bronze & Glow for a really long time but it is pretty pricey at £49. When I first got it I wasn’t wow’d but the more I use it the more I love it, it’s a really easy to use, natural but still beautiful contour and highlight palette. That said it’s still almost £50 which isn’t cheap, if I were to break it I probably wouldn’t run out to replace it, despite the fact I use it almost daily. I don’t have the Powder & Sculpt brush which I have heard makes this product particularly amazing.
I hadn’t heard much about the blushers before I got the Cheek to Chic in Sex On Fire, the quality is beautiful; finely milled, as pigmented as I’d like and buttery soft but this shade just isn’t quite right for me.
I also tried the Brow Lift a while back and really loved it, the Feline Flick is also really nice but just didn’t last long enough for me to justify a repurchase.
I’m hoping to add more incredible Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to my collection over the next few months as well as try the Magic Foundation which has been top of my wishlist since it launched. Would love some CT recommendations in the comments and to hear your thoughts on the range.
Theres been so much hype surrounding the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette that I pretty much ruled it out, I thought I would be underwhelmed even though I think Urban Decay do the best palettes out there. When I first received mine I still wasn’t really wowed, it looked nice but so many palette are nice.
A month and a half on and I am head over heels in love with it, it even made it into my favourite palette video a few weeks ago, it’s a truly beautiful palette. It’s weird because it isn’t at all ground breaking, 12 or so good shades, two or three I won’t wear but still some how I have been reaching for it more than any other palette. There are some really great everyday colours, with the perfect amount of shimmer and sheen. I’ve been using this palette for both day and night- I just can’t get enough of the colours, all of which are named after something Gwen Stefani related which is really fun!
I really didn’t think I need another eyeshadow palette but this one really proved that there is always space for one as long as it is good enough.
I’m pretty sure it’s limited edition so I’d recommend picking it up soon- you won’t regret it.
Bobbi Brown is probably my biggest discovery of 2015, until the beginning of this year I had never tried a single product (crazy but true). I’ve actually really fallen for the whole range and can’t wait to discover more of it but was particularly excited with the launch of some new eye products as I have never tried a mascara from Bobbi.
The truth is that I very rarely get excited over mascara, I have a firm favourite and really don’t stray much from that (Too Faced Better Than Sex) but once I saw the results of the Eye Opening Mascara I knew I had to try it for myself.
I love the packaging, nothing too fancy or fussy but very sturdy. The brush is a traditional brush which I love but is a little larger than most. The formula is super black and designed to magnify each lash to deliver long, thick and curled lashes which I really think it does! The shape of the brush allows lashes to be pushed up and out, without the use of an eyelash curler, it adds lots of volume and good length too.
It’s not quite my favourite mascara ever but it’s one of the best I have tried for a while and particularly good if you’re looking for a lift in your lashes and add a curl.
I have also been trying out the Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner’s just in time for the party season. I have 10. Pink Oyster and 11. Goldstone both of which I love although Pink Oyster is probably my favourite. They are designed to be used as either cream shadows or liners although I do think the colours I have might be a little light as liners. In the photo above I use Pink Oyster over a shadow look I already had on to add a bit of shimmer. As you can see it’s still fairly subtle but it is quite buildable. A really great item to keep in your desk draw during December to take your makeup from Day to Night.
EDIT: Turns out it’s only out in January so still a little wait but it’ll be worth it!
Ps. I’ve clearly brushed over my skin in the above photo, I didn’t want to mislead you- my skin is truly awful at the moment.