Thursday

Paul & Joe Beaute Spring 2014 Partial Collection Review & #FOTD - Color Powder, Face Powder, Face Brush

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paul and joe beaute spring 2014 review

Paul & Joe Beaute Profile

Founded in Paris in 1967, Paul & Joe launched its whimsical beauty line--Paul & Joe Beaute--in 2002. Perhaps best known for their beyond adorable cat shaped blushers, Paul & Joe Beaute offers a wide variety of themed cosmetics that are the epitome of dainty girlishness.

Paul & Joe has released its spring collection and it includes a number of fantastic products including multi-dimensional face powder, blushes and a new face brush--polishes and lippies were also released, but I have not reviewed any of them. I have several of these items to share with you! I've also created a look below using the products I reviewed from this collection.

Where to Buy

These products are available at B-Glowing.com 

Prices

Paul & Joe Beaute Face Powder retails for $45

Paul & Joe Beaute Face Brush retails for $30

Paul & Joe Beaute Color Powder retails for $28


Paul & Joe Beaute Spring 2014 Face Powder Review


paul and joe beaute spring 2014 face powder review

Product Type

These are multicolored pearls meant to give your complexion a more even, radiant appearance. They come in a small cylindrical cardboard container with a dense, plush puff to be used for application.

On the Face

This is a really interesting face powder. When patted over my foundation it actually lightened it a tad, but not significantly--it may simply be its reflective quality or the fact that I'm medium complected. While it does not appear powdery per say on the skin and it is very light and finely milled, it leaves teeny flecks of reflective sparks all over the face. They are not noticeable from a distance, but easily noticeable up close. They're not glittery. This was very lightweight on the skin. I have dry skin naturally and did find that my face felt a little bit dryer after 4-5 hours of wear, but it wasn't uncomfortable. I think this would be better suited to someone with normal or oily skin (which is often the case with face powders), but someone with dry, sensitive skin like mine could certainly get away with wearing this if desired. It did not dry out my foundation, cause cracking or anything of that nature. 

paul and joe beaute spring 2014 face powder review


Price

This retails for $45

Where to Buy

This is available on B-Glowing.com


Paul & Joe Beaute Spring 2014 Color Powder Azalea Review


paul and joe beaute spring 2014 color powder azalea blush review

Product Type

This is a powder blush with a printed design on the top. 

Shade

Azalea looks like a gorgeous fuchsia with a blue design around the edges and white Paul & Joe logo in the center. The printed design on top does not go all the way through the product. When I first swiped this blush I found I only picked up the colors of the design, but it quickly swiped away and left the color underneath. The shade is almost a delicate Radiant Orchid on the skin.

paul and joe beaute spring 2014 color powder azalea blush review

paul and joe beaute spring 2014 color powder azalea blush swatch
Paul & Joe Beaute Color Powder in Azalea - swatched it changes to a delicate Radiant Orchid

On the Cheek

This is a really lovely, soft shade and it applies beautifully. I actually used the Face Brush below to apply it and found it blended out nicely. On my medium complexion I did not find this to be super obvious, but it was pigmented enough to provide a natural flush. Obviously this would be more noticeable on fairer complexions, but I still think with a light hand and gradually building color that it could be a very natural shade.

Price

This retails for $28

Where to Buy

This is available on B-Glowing.com


Paul & Joe Beaute Spring 2014 Face Brush Review


paul and joe spring 2014 powder brush review

Product Type

This is a synthetic multipurpose face brush meant to pick up and disperse powder products well.

Brush Head

This brush is incredibly dense and soft. The bristles have a decent amount of flex to them.

paul and joe spring 2014 powder brush review
The bristles on this brush are pure white, but the light and shadows make it look a bit ivory here

Using with Powder

This can be used with the Face Powder above, but as I prefer to apply all-over powder over my foundation using a puff, I actually tried this brush out with the Azalea Color Powder instead. I found this picked up powder well and applied it beautifully. Because it is such a dense, domed brush with a moderately small head, I would recommend using it for powders you're hoping to achieve a more concentrated application with versus a light dusting all over the face. I think brushes are often very personal so you may find you like it for all-over application, but personally I like it for other purposes such as blush or bronzer around the edges of the face with a light hand. This did not shed for me during use.

Price

This retails for $30

Where to Buy

This is available on B-Glowing.com 


Paul & Joe Beaute Spring 2014 Inspired #FOTD


I absolutely adore Paul & Joe Beaute and find their products and packaging so inspiring! I created the following look using the products above along with some other fabulous products.

What you'll need to recreate this look...


For the Eyes:

  • NARS Budge Proof Eyeshadow Base (primed lids)
  • MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium (mixed with Pink Pearl)
  • MAC Pink Pearl pigment (foiled on upper lids with mixing medium)
  • Make Up For Ever eyeshadow #172 (crease)
  • Inglot #351 (blended under brown and into edges of MUFE #172)
  • Inglot #342 (blended into outer edges of #172 to create more gradual crease)
  • Sugarpill 2AM (swept under lower lash line)
  • Sugarpill Diamond Eyes (patted into inner corners)
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L liner (tightlined upper lash line and lined lower waterline)
  • Duo lash glue (for falsies)
  • FavULash El Nido falsies

For the Face:
  • Whip Hand Cosmetics Set the Stage Primer (all over face)
  • Youngblood Cosmetics Pebble & Golden Tan mixed (all over face)
  • MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt (contouring)
  • Paul & Joe Beaute Face Powder (patted over foundation)
  • Paul & Joe Beaute Color Powder in Azalea (on cheeks)
  • MAC Shaping Powder in Accentuate (highlighting)

For the Lips
  • OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anime (line and fill outer portion of lips)
  • OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Feathered (fill inner portion of lips and blend into Anime for gradient)
  • OCC lip tar in Narcissus (applied over liner)

paul and joe beaute spring 2014 makeup tutorial using sugarpill, mac, make up for ever, inglot
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paul and joe beaute spring 2014 makeup tutorial using sugarpill, mac, make up for ever, inglot
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paul and joe beaute spring 2014 makeup tutorial using sugarpill, mac, make up for ever, inglot
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paul and joe beaute spring 2014 makeup tutorial using sugarpill, mac, make up for ever, inglot
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paul and joe beaute spring 2014 makeup tutorial using sugarpill, mac, make up for ever, inglot
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What do you think? Did any of these Paul & Joe Beaute products catch your eye?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Tuesday

Limited Edition Anna Sui Spring 2014 Magic Trick Collection Partial Review and Anna Sui Inspired Makeup Tutorial

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anna sui cosmeic spring 2014 review pore smoothing primer and loose cosmetic powder

Anna Sui Profile

Detroit-native Anna Sui is the beautiful mind behind the gorgeously feminine Anna Sui brand. Determined by the age of 4 to become a designer, Anna has built an international brand that is widely recognized and loved for its whimsical mix of vintage and modern themes. Anna Sui (the brand) produces fashion, cosmetics and fragrance. 

I absolutely adore Anna Sui and find the cosmetics in particular to be incredibly lust-worthy. This Spring (March 2014) Anna Sui is releasing several new, limited edition products including a Pore Smoothing Primer and Loose Compact Powder--available in several shades. I have 2 of these items to share with you today! I have also created a quick tutorial below for a look inspired by Anna Sui's spring launch, which I shared a sneak peek for earlier today on Instagram.

Enjoy!


Limited Edition Anna Sui Pore Smoothing Primer Review


anna sui pore smoothing primer reivew spring 2014

Product Type

This is a face primer meant to blur pores and provide a smoother appearance when applied under foundation. This is also meant to absorb oil and prolong the wear of makeup. This can be used over foundation for touch ups.

Scent

This has a light floral scent that is detectable in the jar, but not noticeable once applied.

On the Face

This had a firm, waxy texture that melted easily with warmth into the skin. It blurred pores slightly upon immediate application and provided a more even appearance underneath foundation. This provided a great surface for foundation application and full-day wear once foundation was set with the Loose Compact Powder mentioned below. I did not find this irritated my sensitive skin. 

anna sui limited edition pore smoothing primer review
Although this has a slight pink color in the jar, it is invisible on the skin

Price

This will retail for $25 (5g)

Where to Buy

This will be available through Anna Sui's site in March

My Thoughts

I think this is a great primer. While I don't personally have oily skin, I think it could potentially be a great option for someone interested in finding an oil-reducing primer as it provides a nearly matte finish. I love that it comes as a solid product that melts into the skin--which is potentially easier for travel (especially if you're going on a plane). I found it provided great wear time and did a good job blurring pores. I'm not sure how much it would smooth away significant texture on the skin as my face is fairly smooth, but given its texture it feels like the type of product that could be built up a bit if needed. 


Limited Edition Anna Sui Loose Compact Powder in #301 Apricot Pink Review


limited edition anna sui loose compact powder in 301 apricot pink review

Product Type

This is a finely milled, loose face powder that can be used to set foundation. It is meant to blur imperfections for a "soft focus" effect and absorb oil to prevent shine. It offers light UV protection of SPF 18.

Scent

This has a light floral scent in the compact, but is not noticeable once applied.

Packaging

This compact is adorable! Anna Sui always makes my heart go pitter-patter with her fabulous packaging. The compact and powder come together in one box, but you have to place the cylinder of powder in the compact prior to using it (found separate from the compact within the same box). Sticky adhesives on the bottom of the powder cylinder fix it to the inside of the compact, but it is replaceable. The top of the powder has a rubbery, perforated membrane that allows some powder to be released with pressure from the puff (which also comes with the compact). 

limited edition anna sui loose compact powder in 301 apricot pink review

On the Face

Shade #301 (pictured above) is a light apricot color that is basically translucent once applied on my medium complexion. While it does have what looks like visual shimmer on the puff, it is not shimmery once applied, though it does impart a subtle life-like glow. I personally do not like putting illuminating products all over my face and this was subtle enough to leave skin looking fairly matte, yet healthy. The puff is plush and applies the powder well with a light rolling motion. I did not find this irritated my skin. Because my skin is dry I cannot wear face powders that are heavier, but this was fine for me with all-day wear. This definitely lengthened the wear of my cream foundation without the addition of finishing spray.

Price

This will retail for $49 (3g)

Where to Buy

This will be available on Anna Sui's site March of 2014

My Thoughts

I love this compact! Not only is it too adorable for words, but the loose powder itself works very well. There was nothing chalky or heavy about it and it worked well over my cream foundation. It did not leave skin looking super flat, yet wasn't noticeably shimmery. This photographs beautifully as you'll see below.


Anna Sui Spring Collection Inspired Tutorial


I wanted to create a makeup tutorial inspired by Anna Sui's Spring collection that used both products above along with other complementary products--I always think of pretty purples when I think of Anna Sui. Here's what I came up with!

You will need the following eye products:
  • NARS Budge Proof Eyeshadow Primer
  • Make Up For Ever eyeshadow #172
  • MAC eyeshadow in Indian Ink
  • MAC Water-Based Mixing Medium
  • Sugarpill Chromalust in Paperdoll
  • Sugarpill Chromalust in Lumi
  • Urban Decay 24/7 shadow pencil in Delinquent
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes liner in 0L
  • Inglot shadow #351
  • Faux Lash in Collete (with duo lash glue)

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using make up for ever 172
Step 1 - map out crease with make up for ever #172 on lids primed with NARS Budget Proof Eyeshadow Base

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using mac mixing medium and sugarpill paperdoll chromalust
Step 2 - foil Sugarpill Paperdoll onto lids by mixing it with MAC water-based mixing medium and patting it on

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using mac indian ink and make up for ever #172
Step 3 - blend out crease with MAC Indian Ink, deepen outer "v" with MUFE #172 and sweep it under lower lashline

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using mufe aqua eyes 0l and urban decay shadow pencil in delinquent
Step 4 - tightline upper lashline with MUFE Aqua Eyes 0L and line lower lashline with Urban Decay shadow pencil in Delinquent, blending it a little below lower lash line

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using sugarpill lumi chromalust
Step 5 - pat Sugarpill Lumi onto center of lid, blend Inglot #351 under lashline and into edges of crease color

anna sui spring makeup tutorial using faux lash colette false lashes
Step 6 - apply Faux lash Colette falsies with duo lash glue, using a thin push liner brush, press MUFE #172 alone upper lash line, fill brows with Inglot #565

anna sui makeup tutorial spring 2014 using sugarpill paperdoll and lumi
The finished look!
Artificial daylight bulb

anna sui makeup tutorial spring 2014 using sugarpill paperdoll and lumi
Natural (wintry) lighting


For the Face

I wanted to create a nice spring-appropriate face to complement the eyes. To keep it light and wearable, I chose not to do a pigmented lip. I did toy with the idea of a radiant orchid ombre lip like the one I'll be sharing a tutorial for soon and posted a sneak peek on Instagram for, but in the end I liked this particular look best with a natural lip because Anna Sui's spring collection is so delicate and light. 

You'll need the following face products:
  • Anna Sui Pore Smoothing Primer
  • Graftobian HD Creme Palette Cool #2
  • Anna Sui Loose Powder Compact in #301 Apricot Pink
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Radiant Magenta
  • MAC Contouring Powder in Sculpt
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Palette
  • Skindinavia Bridal formula finishing spray
You'll need the following lip products:

  • Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Nude Nectarine

Step 1 

Apply Anna Sui Pore Smoothing Primer to your face beginning with areas with the most noticeable pores.

Step 2

With a damp sponge or makeup brush, apply Graftobian foundation all over the face and blending down into the neck.

Step 3

Using a rolling motion, apply Anna Sui Loose Compact Powder over foundation.

Step 4

Contour face using MAC Sculpt (I will be doing a feature on contouring and highlight soon so stay tuned!)

Step 5

Apply Hourglass Radiant Magenta to the cheeks

Step 6

Highlight using Hourglass Ambient Light in Incandescent Light (or its equivalent as this is from the limited edition palette released over the holidays)

Step 7

Apply Origins Drink Up Hydrating lip balm to lips.

Step 8 

Apply Skindinavia Bridal formula finishing spray to the entire face. Normally I would do this, but didn't for the shots below as I wanted to test out the Anna Sui products without the help of my favorite finishing spray. 

And here's the finished look (pictures have not been edited to smooth the appearance of my skin, that's the effect of the primer and loose powder)...




What do you think? Will you be snatching up any of Anna Sui's spring 2014 limited edition releases?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions state above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Monday

Sneak Peak: Radiant Orchid Gradient Lip Using OCC Colour Cosmetic Pencils & MAC Lipstick

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I posted this lip look on instagram earlier and wanted to make sure you guys got to see it as well (in case you don't follow me on there). I'll list what I used below to create this fun radiant orchid ombre. If you want a full tutorial I can do a step-by-step  if that's helpful for those interested or curious about how to create a gradient lip look like this!


What I Used...

  • OCC Colour Cosmetic Pencil in Anime
  • OCC Colour Cosmetic Pencil in Feathered
  • MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick (limited edition)

What do you think? Should I do a step-by-step tutorial?

Friday

Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust and Pressed Shadow Swatches Part 2 - Diamond Eyes, Soot and Stars, @#$%!, 2AM, Paperdoll, Stella

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Sugarpill Cosmetics Profile

Sugarpill, one of my all-time favorite indie cosmetic brands, sells an amazing array of loose and pressed shadows. I first came across Sugarpill in their first year and I'm so glad I did. They instantly became one of my favorite bright shadow brands and have maintained this position ever since--you've probably noticed I regularly use Sugarpill in tutorials.

I recently swatched 21 of the Sugarpill Chromalusts and pressed shadows I own, but after Sugarpill's recent sale I purchased 6 more shadows, which I've swatched below. I had been after @#$%! ever since it was released at IMATS a while back. I hadn't purchased full palettes for either Cold Chemistry or Heart Breaker as I had heard mixed reviews on the textures and felt I probably had dupes for many of them. The sale (and a lot of requests from you guys for swatches of additional colors) finally wore me down and I grabbed a few colors from both collections! Paperdoll and Stella were the last Chromalusts on my wishlist I had yet to purchase, so I scooped those up as well. 

Price

Sugarpill shadows individually retail for $12 each (pressed and loose)

Where to Buy

Sugarpill shadows are available directly through Sugarpill's site


Sugarpill Chromalusts Swatches - Paperdoll, Stella


Sugarpill Chromalusts are gorgeous, multidimensional loose shadows that I personally think work best when foiled (I usually use a mixing medium like MAC's water-based mixing medium). 

sugarpill paperdoll chromalusts loose shadow swatch
Sugarpill Paperdoll - vibrant lavender with micro sparks

sugarpill stella chromalusts loose shadow swatch
Sugarpill Stella - black base with multicolored sparks


Sugarpill Pressed Shadow Swatches - @#$%!, 2AM, Diamond Eyes, Soot and Stars


Sugarpill's pressed shadows are fantastic! The majority of them are completely matte and some are somewhat satin-y. They blend well, are extremely pigmented and the range of colors is amazing. I absolutely adore these!

sugarpill @#$%! limited edition shadow swatch
Sugarpill @#$%! - vibrant blue-based red with micro sparks

sugarpill 2am pressed shadow swatch
Sugarpill 2AM - bright plum with light lavender sparks

sugarpill diamond eyes pressed shadow swatch
Sugarpill Diamond Eyes - buttery, pearly white
This is more brilliantly white in person, but swatched against my skin it looks a bit duller than it is in person. It actually has a super slight pink tone to it that reminds me of a whiter MAC Phloof!.

sugarpill soot and stars pressed shadow swatch
Sugarpill Soot and Stars - pearly graphite black with micro sparks
The sparks are more noticeable in person, but they are not as obvious on the skin as they are in the pan.


Final Re-cap


Price

Sugarpill shadows individually retail for $12 each (pressed and loose)

Where to Buy

Sugarpill shadows are available directly through Sugarpill's site

Final Thoughts

I love all 6 of these shades and even if I own somewhat similar base colors compared to a few, Sugarpill has a way of adding a little extra something (like the gorgeous micro sparks) that makes their shadows a bit more unique compared to many run-of-the-mill shadows. 

I highly recommend giving these or any of the 21 other shadows I previously swatched a try! It seems no matter what I've purchased over the years, Sugarpill has yet to really disappoint me once I get their shadows in my hands!

What do you think? Will you be purchasing any of these shades?

Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome Palette and Limited Edition Crocodile Burgundy 4U Z Palette Review

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sephora collection dome z palette and limited edition crocodile 4u z palette review

Z Palette Profile

For those of you unfamiliar with Z Palette, they produce magnetized palettes that allow you to customize and depot your existing palettes, compacts, pans, etc. They offer a variety of sizes (Pro, Dome, Large, 4U, Small) and a number of patterns/colors (black, hot pink, leopard, zebra). They also occasionally put out limited edition designs which are so fun! The interior of the bottom of these palettes are magnetic and work with most pans from my experience. For pans that do not stick to these palettes (such as MAC), you can use the magnetic stickers that come with these palettes or purchase them separately if you need more. 

Sephora released their limited edition Crocodile line over the holidays (still available on Z Palette's site) and recently collaborated with Sephora to create an exclusive line of Sephora Collection Z Palettes! I have one of each to share with you today.

Price

Crocodile Z Palette 4U retails for $18.50 (additional sizes available)

Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome retails for $28 (additional size available)

Where to Buy

Crocodile Z Palettes are available directly through Z Palette's site.

Sephora Collection Z Palettes are available through Sephora/Sephora.com


Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome Review


sephora collection z palette dome review
Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome

Product Type

This is an exclusive Dome Z Palette that was created exclusively for Sephora as part of their Sephora Collection by Z Palette. It includes a set of small rectangle and circle sticky magnets to be used with pans that don't naturally stick to Z Palette's magnetic base (such as MAC). Additionally, it comes with a small metal spatula!

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Each Sephora Collection Z Palette includes a set of sticky magnets and a metal spatula

Exterior Design

This magnetic palette comes sporting Sephora's recognizable black and white striping--love it!

Size

Z Palette's Dome palette for Sephora comes in the following dimensions: 8'' X 5 6/16'' X 3/4''

Z Palette Dome Depth vs Standard Z Palette Depth

The Z Palette Dome is extra deep to allow you to organize and store even raised, rounded pans such as baked blushes, bronzers, etc. Here you can see how much deeper it really is!

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Z Palette Large (left) vs Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome (right)

Z Palette Large v Z Palette Dome

The Z Palette Dome is not just deeper than standard Z Palettes, it's also wider!

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Z Palette Large (left) vs Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome (right)

How do various pans fit in the Extra Large Z Palette?

Z Palette does a great job of telling you how many of certain pan sizes released by different brands fit in each palette. I strongly recommend referring to this page to learn more

My Thoughts

I absolutely love the Z Palette Dome (it's large enough to fit even your tallest dome pans of product) and as a long-time Sephora fan, I can't help but adore this palette! I think it's super cute, extremely functional and I love the addition of the metal spatula! You can never have too many in my opinion. The price is reasonable as the standard Z Palette Dome retails for $25--for only $3 more you can this exclusive design with the metal spatula. I love that these will be even more accessible now that Sephora is carrying both the exclusive Sephora Collection Dome and a Small (which also includes a small spatula and sticky magnets). Definitely worth it if you're looking for cute new ways to organize and transport your makeup--especially rounded, raised pans of product!


Limited Edition Z Palette 4U Crocodile Burgundy Review


limited edition z palette crocodile 4u magnetic palette review

Product Type

This is a limited edition Z Palette 4U design that was released over the holidays and which is still currently available--though I'm not sure for how much longer! It comes with 8 sticky magnets to be used with pans that don't naturally stick to the Z Palette's magnetic base (such as MAC). 

Exterior Design

This line of Z palettes come with faux crocodile in both burgundy (seen here) and oak (a blond version of this design). Burgundy is definitely a nice deep burgundy purple that's actually prettier in person than it is online! The exterior isn't cheap looking, but actually very classy and very unique from what we usually see from Z Palette. While I'm not typically a big faux animal skin fan, I'm surprised by how much I genuinely like the look of this palette! 

Dimensions

This palette comes in the standard Z Palette 4U dimensions: 

Outside 6.25″L x 4″W x 0.625″D
Inside 5.5″L x 3.18″W x 0.25″D

How do various pans fit in the Z Palette 4U?

I did an extensive review of the Z Palette 4U in a previous post and included a tutorial on how to create your own custom lipstick palette, which you can refer to if you're curious about this particular size!

My Thoughts

The 4U is a great size for creating small on-the-go palettes. It's small enough it could easily fit into a handbag, but large enough to fit a decent amount of products for personal use. I am surprised by how much I like the Crocodile Burgundy line. I think it's attractive and unique and certainly something that could appeal to those looking for a palette with more aesthetic appeal than your average palette. 


Final Re-cap


Price

Crocodile Z Palette 4U retails for $18.50 (additional sizes available)

Sephora Collection Z Palette Dome retails for $28 (additional size available)

Where to Buy

Crocodile Z Palettes are available directly through Z Palette's site.

Sephora Collection Z Palettes are available through Sephora/Sephora.com

Final Thoughts

I've been a long-time Z Palette fan so it came as no surprise that I enjoyed both of these palettes. I love that Sephora is now carrying Z Palettes and I think that they'll reach an even broader audience of makeup lovers as a result. I'm surprised by how much I actually like the Crocodile Burgundy 4U, but it really is a chic looking little palette. 

I have been using Z palettes for years to organize some of my makeup. I've always loved that the magnetic bases are extremely strong and things don't budge while traveling. I did notice while organizing these that I could detect a slight difference in strength between my newer and older Z Palettes. I also noticed that my sticky magnets in my more recent palettes seemed a tad weaker than ones I received in older palettes. Older Z Palettes came with magnets with yellow backings you pulled off. Newer ones seem to all come with white peel-off backings. I went to organize some MAC pans in a newer palette the other day (with the sticky magnets from Z Palette on the bottom) and found that they moved around with little effort with the white-backed magnets, but they seemed slightly sturdier with the yellow-backed magnets. I'm not sure if it's me or if they have actually changed, but my gut is telling me they seem different. I'll play around a bit more and share what I find. Obviously this won't affect those that don't travel with their makeup.

All in all I'm still a Z Palette fan for organizing pans and love what they've recently put out, though I may not travel much with newer palettes if I find they cannot keep shadows from shifting around. I look forward to seeing what else they come up with for 2014 and perhaps they'll put out stronger magnetic palettes for those of us that have to worry about pans sliding about!

What do you think? Will you be snapping up either of these newer Z Palettes?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Thursday

New Extra Large Z Palette - Available on LeCosmetique.com

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Extra Large Z Palette magnetic palette

Z Palette Profile

For those of you unfamiliar with Z Palette, they produce magnetized palettes that allow you to customize and depot your existing palettes, compacts, pans, etc. They offer a variety of sizes (Pro, Dome, Large, 4U, Small) and a number of patterns/colors (black, hot pink, leopard, zebra). They also occasionally put out limited edition designs which are so fun! The interior of the bottom of these palettes are magnetic and work with most pans from my experience. For pans that do not stick to these palettes (such as MAC), you can use the magnetic stickers that come with these palettes or purchase them separately if you need more. 

Z Palette recently released their "Extra Large" size which is a super-sized version of their original Z Palette. LeCosmetique.com, a fabulous pro beauty retailer, was kind enough to offer to send one to me to share with you!

Price

This palette retails for $28

Where to Buy

This palette is available through LeCosmetics.com as well as through Z Palette


Extra Large Z Palette Review


Product Type

This is a super large empty magnetic palette meant to store and organize individual makeup pans. This comes with a set of 20 sticky magnets that come in both small rectangle and circle shapes meant to be used with makeup pans that do not stick to Z Palettes on their own (such as MAC pans). 

Size

This palette measures as follows:

Outside dimensions: 8.25"L x 6.19"W x .56"D
Inside dimensions: 7.38"L x 5.25"W x .25"D
 

Extra Large Z Palette vs Large Z Palette

If you're already a Z Palette owner you're probably wondering how much larger the Extra Large is compared to the Large. Here's a few shots to give you an idea...

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Extra Large Z Palette compared to Large Z Palette

As you can see, the Extra Large is a bit longer and significantly wider than the Large.

Extra Large Z Palette vs Z Palette 4U

I love the Z Palette 4U for creating a small on-the-go palette traveling palette for personal use. I wanted to show you just how much bigger the Extra Large is compared to the 4U, too.

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Extra Large Z Palette compared to Z Palette 4U

Obviously the Z Palette 4U is quite a good deal smaller than the Extra Large.

How do various pans fit in the Extra Large Z Palette?

Z Palette does a great job of telling you how many of certain pan sizes released by different brands fit in each palette. I strongly recommend referring to this page to learn more. However, if you're like me and you simply want to see how a few of the more popular size pans fit in the palette you're considering, I've taken a shot with a few different styles for reference.

zpalette extra large magnetic palette review
The first column are Inglot shadows stacked horizontally length-wise, the second column are a typical small round pan, the third column are square pans I purchased directly from Z Palette. Their pans are great and I highly recommend them--they fit beautifully in their palettes.

As you can see, you can comfortably fit 4 Inglot square pans in each column. You can also fit 5 small round pans, though it is a teeny bit snug, but doable. And if you want an absolutely perfect fit, 5 square Z Palette pans does the trick! 


Final Re-Cap


Price

This palette retails for $28

Where to Buy

This palette is available through LeCosmetiques.com as well as through Z Palette

My Thoughts

I really love the Extra Large! You guys know I'm a makeup storage junkie and my stacks of palettes can attest to the fact that I love and regularly use magnetic palettes to store and transport my products--including Z Palettes. The Extra Large is a great addition to the Z Palette family. I'm interested to see if they make a Domed version of this palette in the future--the existing Dome palette is slightly smaller width- and length-wise. I highly recommend giving this size a try if you're looking for a large palette to organize your pans. While Z Palette's pans are always a perfect fit, as you can see a variety of brands and sizes also fit well into their palettes--especially this one. This would easily house larger pans such as face powders, too. 

Don't forget! LeCosmetique.com offers free shipping on all U.S. orders. They also offer a fantastic pro discount to pros at various levels. 

What do you think? Will you be grabbing an Extra Large Z Palette to organize your makeup? Time to de-pot!

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Wednesday

Make Up For Ever Limited Edition Spring 2014 Arty Blossom Palette and New HD Blush 410 - Review and Tutorial

Press Sample

make up for ever arty blossom palette limited edition spring 2014 review

Make Up For Ever Profile

Make Up For Ever is known around the globe for its extensive line of pro and consumer beauty products. This spring, Make Up For Ever has released a new line of HD blushes replacing the old line of HD blushes (the ones in the pump) along with a gorgeous limited edition spring palette named the Arty Blossom palette. 

I'm excited to share my thoughts on both along with swatches of MUFE HD Blush #410 and a tutorial for the new Arty Blossom palette!

Where to Buy

The Arty Blossom palette is available at Make Up For Ever Boutiques in February 2014 - to order call 877-757-5175

The HD Blushes are available at Sephora.com and Make Up For Ever Boutiques in February 2014 - to order call 877-757-5175

Price

The Arty Blossom palette retails for $42 (8 x 1g)

The HD Blushes retail for $26 (.09 oz)


Limited Edition Make Up For Ever Arty Blossom Palette Spring 2014


make up for ever arty blossom palette limited edition spring 2014 swatches
MUFE Arty Blossom Palette L to R - Gold Plum, Metallic Copper, Gold Beige, Fresh Peach, Fresh Pink, Turquoise Blue, Gold Green, Pearly White

Product Type

This is a limited edition spring palette that consists of 2 permanent shades and 6 limited edition shades. The colors were chosen to be worn either independently or together. The palette has a mirror inside along with a mini $226 shader brush and mini #214 precision crease brush. As you guys know I never review the brushes within the palettes as I personally prefer my usual brushes, but if you need these on-the-go they're not bad. 

Shades

As you can see above the shades range from deep plum to bright white. All of the shades have shimmer, though Gold Plum has a more satin base with shimmer over it. The brighter shades are super pretty and offer more of a decent wash of color than complete opacity when jut used over primer. Rather than swipe these I thought it would be more fun for you to see them in action so please refer to the tutorial below to see how they translate on the lid.

Here's my interpretation of each color (ordered from left to right in the palette):
  • Gold Plum - satin plum with gold shimmer
  • Metallic Copper - metallic penny
  • Gold Beige - slightly peachy metallic golden beige
  • Fresh Peach - sheer tangerine
  • Fresh Pink - satin medium pink-magenta (reminds me of radiant orchid) with tiny flecks
  • Turquoise Blue - shimmery light sky blue
  • Gold Green - olive green with gold shimmer
  • Pearly White - bright pearly white

My Thoughts

I have always been a MUFE palette fan. I think they do a fantastic job assembling a group of complementary colors that have plenty to offer individually as well. This is a perfect example of a fantastic spring palette for those that want some fun colors, but aren't super comfortable with incredibly opaque brights. I highly recommend grabbing this before it's sold out!


New Make Up For Ever HD Blush #410 Coral Swatch and Review


new make up for ever hd blush 410 coral swatch and review
MUFE HD Blush 410 coral

Product Type

MUFE has released a new line of HD blushes to replace the old line. These are super pigmented cream blushes that offer a natural finish--developed specifically to work well with HD technology. 

Shade

The range is pretty extensive (I have a list of 3 or 4 more I need to grab). I have #410 coral for you today which is a pretty guava-coral. I've swatched it fairly heavily below so you can really see the color. 

new make up for ever hd blush 410 coral swatch and review
MUFE HD Blush 410 heavily swatched on bare skin

On the Cheek

I found this incredibly easy to work with. With a light hand it was easy to achieve a light wash of color, but I found it just as easy to build it up in color and blend out. The finish was lovely--not flat but not waxy looking. This also offered great wear throughout the day. 

My Thoughts

I was a big fan of the original HD blushes (in the pump), but I have to say I may like this new formula even more! It's convenient (I'm a big cream fan) and so easy to work with. The pigmentation is outstanding and it looks absolutely lovely on the cheek. I often find with my complexion that blushes can be frustratingly lacking in pigment, but that was not the case with this at all. I'd love to try some of the lighter shades to see how they work on my complexion. This blush is a must in my book and I have 3 or 4 more on my list of must-haves, though I think with the broad spectrum MUFE has rolled out there are plenty of shades to appeal to everyone!


Make Up For Ever Arty Blossom Palette & HD Blush Tutorial 


I absolutely fell in love with this palette the moment I saw it, so I wanted to make sure I created a tutorial for those interested to see how well the shadows played together. Obviously you can either use the shadows together or separately, but I personally think they're very complementary. Even those who typically prefer more subdued looks may find this palette irresistible given its mix of soft, spring-appropriate colors.

While I typically only use matte colors in my crease by preference, I did find that Gold Plum worked well as you'll see below.

What you'll need...

Eyes
  • NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
  • Make Up For Ever Arty Blossom Palette (you can try using the blushes in the palette--I always prefer to use my regular favorite brushes)
  • Make Up For Ever HD Blush #410
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 0L liner
  • Inglot brow powder in #565
  • Inglot shadow in #351
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash
  • Red Cherry Lashes #1

Face

  • Whip Hand Cosmetics Set the Stage Primer
  • Graftobian HD Creme Palette Cool #2
  • Make UP For Ever HD Blush #410
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 
  • MAC Contour Powder in Sculpt

Lips
  • EOS lip balm (I wanted my lips to remain fresh and light looking)

Here we go...

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 1 - map out your crease using Gold Plum -doesn't have to be perfect, this is just a guideline

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 2 - pat Turquoise Blue into the outer 2/3 of your upper lid

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 3 - pat Fresh Pink into the inner 1/3 of the upper lid and blend into Turquoise Blue

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 4 - blend Gold Plum into crease to deepen it and sweep under lower lash line.
Gold Plum was actually blended into my entire crease growing more gradual as I approached my inner corner, but because of the shimmer the light makes it look lighter in the center than it was in person.

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 5 - pat Gold Green under lower lash line on top of Gold Plum and lightly blend Pearly White into inner corner. Tightline upper lash line and liner lower waterline with Aqua Eyes 0L. 

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
Step 6 - blend Inglot #351 under brow and pull down, blending into edge of Gold Plum in crease. Curl lashes and apply Aqua Smoky Lash. Apply Red Cherry #1 false lashes. 

make up for ever limited edition arty blossom palette and hd blush tutorial
The final eye look! This is in artificial light.

make up for ever arty blossom palette makeup tutorial
In natural (snowy wintry) light

make up for ever arty blossom palette makeup tutorial
In natural (snowy wintry) light


To complete the look, apply your face products (primer, foundation, highlight, contour, etc.) as you normally would. 

If using the MUFE HD Blush I recommend using the same brush you used to apply your foundation to blend your cream product into your cheeks (using a small spatula to scoop some out so that you aren't mixing the foundation left on your brush with your blush in the compact). Kevin James Bennett (who has an incredible wealth of makeup knowledge which he kindly shares) gave me this tip and it works beautifully to assist your blush in adjusting to your skin tone!

Make Up For Ever Arty Blossom Palette & HD Blush Tutorial Final Look

Our light has been so off because of all the storms (3 giant snowstorms in 2 weeks - help!) so all of my face shots are a few shades lighter than my actual skin tone, but there isn't too much I can do about our natural light at the moment and I don't like to photoshop the heck out of my pictures :) You can still see below that that it was easy to create a natural looking flush with the MUFE HD Blush in #410. 

And excuse my wet hair! We had to rush out the door after I was done to meet up with family from out of state before the storm pounded us with its craziness. Nutty weather!

make up for ever arty blossom palette and hd blush makeup tutorial
Natural (snowy wintry) light

make up for ever arty blossom palette and hd blush makeup tutorial
Natural (snowy wintry) light

make up for ever arty blossom palette and hd blush makeup tutorial
Natural (snowy wintry) lighting

Final Re-Cap



Where to Buy

The Arty Blossom palette is available at Make Up For Ever Boutiques in February 2014 - to order call 877-757-5175

The HD Blushes are available at Sephora.com and Make Up For Ever Boutiques in February 2014 - to order call 877-757-5175

Price

The Arty Blossom palette retails for $42 (8 x 1g)

The HD Blushes retail for $26 (.09 oz)

Final Thoughts

I honestly love both! While I'm a big fan of super vibrant, bright shadows, it's nice to have a happy medium like this palette where the colors are fairly bright yet soft and subdued once applied. I think the palette will appeal to a wide variety of people and I highly recommend scooping it up before it's gone since it's limited edition!

The HD Blush is amazing! The new formula exceeded my expectations and I absolutely need a few more shades ( #210 cool pink, #215 flamingo pink, #320 english rose and maybe #225 peachy pink). The finish is beautiful and natural looking and #410 was extremely well-pigmented. Definitely give these a try if you can!


What do you think? Did either the MUFE Arty Blossom palette or HD Blush #410 catch your eye?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.