and the two palettes side-by-side (SWOON)
Here is Metal post-swatch…
The Metal palette is not good. There are a few shades that are and I was dying over the shade second from the right but overall these guys are glittery, flaky and seal after just one finger pass. No good. This puppy went back to Ulta!
The Fire palette is sooooooo gooooooooooooooooood. If you’re going to get some of these palettes, the Fire palette needs to be one. The first yellow shimmer (far right) is a bit lacking and the dark shade four from the left isn’t as exciting as I expected it would be but the rest are buttery and beautiful.
I’m also interested in the Earth palette but it seemed too similar to Fire to make sense enough for me to purchase it. I bought these two palettes when Ulta was having a 30% off NYX sale so the price tags weren’t too out of bounds for my wallet!
New and exciting release alert!!!!
I have TRIED Fenty Beauty— Rihanna’s makeup line that released a couple of weeks ago. I LIKE it!
For someone who considers themselves in tune with the beauty community, this release came and went without me knowing anything of it. It wasn’t until I kept seeing Instagram stories… and posts… and blog posts… and articles on the products did I quite literally get up and run out of the door. To Sephora I went!
I tried four of her products— her face primer, foundation (I know), and two “Match Stix”.. one for contouring, the other for highlighting.
|Fenty Beauty Match Stix in ‘Amber’ (top) and ‘Porcelain’ (bottom)|
As someone who is not afraid to take advantage of Sephora’s incredible return policy, I am proud to announce that I only returned one of these products. And it wasn’t even because of the product, really but here I am getting ahead of myself…
Let’s start off with the fact that I don’t really need to introduce the brand. Everyone else has and if you don’t know about Fenty Beauty, just give it a Google 🙂 As for the products, I will begin with the moisturizing primer. As a “no foundation” kinda gal, I appreciate this primer because it preps my skin for foundation in ways that I didn’t know it needed. It makes your face slightly tacky and ready to layer while moisturizes so you aren’t scaly or flaky underneath that MATTE FOUNDATION!!!!
Woo hoo! I love Fenty’s foundation! First off, I’m not the lightest shade. I am not even the SECOND lightest shade. I wear 120— the third lightest. How amazing is that?! The formula of this foundation is light coverage with a matte finish so my frecks get their time to shine while my oil stays under control. I have found that dotting the foundation around your face with your finger and then following up with a Beauty Blender is the best way to apply this product because if you go in with a sponge from the get-go, the sponge will absorb most of this watery foundation.
The foundation has a liquid-to-powder feel and is marketed to not need setting powders so you’re able to go right in with Fenty’s Match Stix. These multipurpose cream sticks come in many colors to be used as a contour, bronzer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow and lipstick. I purchased ‘Amber’ to contour with because it is unbelievably cool-toned. It’s similar but slightly darker, cooler and much easier to blend out than Colourpop’s ‘Dove’ Sculpting Stick. The second shade I bought was ‘Porcelain’, which appears darker than it applies. The matte shades that are meant for concealing/highlighting are pretty natural looking so if you like a super highlighted undereye, this is not the product for you. I really liked Porcelain but I felt my spending was getting a little crazy and Porcelain wasn’t a drop-dead unique kinda deal so I let it go over the others.
I did not buy any of the shimmery highlighter sticks or powders because they were all intensely glittery and I just know I would have hated them on my face. When it comes to the ones I did try, they’re great. I’m excited to see the future of Fenty Beauty (although the sneak peek of the Holiday collection looks…….. ehhhh….. but we will hold out to truly form an opinion).
I grabbed four of Makeup Geek’s newest lip products— their Showstopper Creme Stains in various different shades the day that they dropped. The packaging is so sleek and beautiful that I couldn’t stay away! Unfortunately, I don’t like the product inside of the packaging 🙁
But let’s get some photos out of the way first…
and here are my four shades swatched on the lips:
There are lots of reddish peach shades in the Royal Peach palette. Thankfully, there are also some solid transition shades. ‘Sorbet’ is a pale orange, very similar to Makeup Geek’s ‘Peach Smoothie’ and ‘Sandy’ is a warm mid-toned tan very similar to Urban Decay’s ‘Beware’. The poppy shades in this palette are ‘Royal’ a matte, bright blue, ‘Mojito’, a metallic yellow-green and ‘North Star’ which is a metallic lilac that is very close to Anastasia Beverly Hill’s ‘Macaroon’. There’s enough excitement in this shade range to create many different looks without getting bored.
Here are two looks that I’ve created with (almost) all of the shades in the Royal Peach Palette.
Sorbet and Sandy thru the crease with Mojito on the inner/lid — Duke and Crush on the lower lash line blended out with Cinnamon
The packaging is great. I’m not too big on packaging and I will most likely depot these from the packaging eventually but it is very pretty. The white triangular palette has a slight holo reflect on the front and although it looks like plastic in photos, the body of the palette is paper-based. Think back to the original Naked palette to understand what I mean.
There were more complaints about the pans being round instead of triangular and while triangular pans would be soooooo cool, round pans work for me since again, I will eventually depot these.
The Alchemist palette is a buttery, smooth collection of four shades that are meant to be used as highlighters, eyeshadows, lip toppers and anything else you can think up for them. Without killing the “vs. Moonchild” topic, I think this palette took the four best shades from ABH, perfected them and released them.
I have been wanting to get into Jouer liquid lipsticks for so long. My fire has been fueled solely by Mariah Leonard. I finally bit the bullet and nabbed Payaye and their beautiful lip topper, Skinny Dip. What’s crazy about this purchase is that the same day I bought them off of Nordstrom’s website, I saw that they were releasing mini lipsticks in a Holiday Set that included Papaye and Skinny Dip! I decided I would try the two out and then most likely return them and purchase the holiday kit.