Hey FAM! Today I’m reviewing the Models Own Blaze Eyeshadow Palette! This product is sold exclusively at Ulta & offers that ultimate trendy sunset summer vibe for only $15. I’m giving the best advice on how to obtain the most pigment & bang for your buck! Not sure if it’s the right palette for you? Watch and find out!
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Blends out the foundation beautifully – no streaks. Finished look is very natural
Tapered @ the end – helps you to get in to tight spaces like the sides of the nose, corners of the eyes
So big! Covers a lot of surface area in a short amount of time
Feels very high end
Stipples very nicely and evenly
Would be great for foundation – not awesome for cream contouring because it’s so large and not very dense
Angled brush head is pretty large – covers brows quickly & fills in well
I would recommend this for girls with bigger brows, not thin brows! Might be hard to be precise on smaller brows.
Blends out color beautifully
Doesn’t pull on the skin of the eye (yay! No wrinkles!)
No muddy or skipping effect – Distributes product out evenly
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Bristles do not pick up good amount of product
Not enough fluff to move the product or blend it once applied
AMAZING – creates a tight line to get the perfect wing
Keeps product exactly where you want it
Picks up the right amount of makeup. Doesn’t hold product in bristles
Tapered end helps to get the product right where you want it
Very tapered – helps
Gives a beautiful natural glow
Disperses product beautifully – put my highlight where I wanted it but not exactly where I put it – ya feel me?
Tarte Cosmetics – First Impressions
If you know me, you know I’ve never been a die-hard fan of Tarte Cosmetics. I love certain products (listed in video) but I can’t say Tarte has ever been a brand I’ve had faith in when purchasing new products…
For that reason – I thought I would give the brand a shot at redemption by purchasing & reviewing some products I’ve never used or worn before.
WATCH MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS VIDEO BELOW or SCROLL TO READ MY REVIEWS
Tarte Products Featured:
Light-medium coverage (leaning more towards light)
Not very buildable. Applied two coats yet didn’t cover my imperfections well
I would not recommend this or personally repurchase
It seemed to make the foundation sheerer – absorbing some of the foundation from my face
I would use a different foundation brush or a damp beauty blender instead
Dried out on the inner corners where highlight shade was applied
Doesn’t cover my dark circles & I do not have dramatic circles
Overall light coverage – Shape Tape is better IMO!
Such a bright color & very pigmented
The formula is hydrating & feels very nice on the lid
For a powerful affect, apply with a damp flat-shadow brush
Looks like a highlighter when swatched but applies like a subtle shadow on face
Perfect for the summer – would pair well with a light-makeup look for summer
Very youthful & definitely brightens the face
Very pretty peachy-nude shade
Super convenient – can grab & go without having to figure out which liner matches which lipstick & takes up less space in your bag!
It is a hydrating lipstick & lasted for about two hours before I needed to reapply
Beautiful color with powerful pigment! You do not need a lot of product
Blends beautifully – is not chalky or streaky. No shine
Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette
First thing’s first; I love the packaging. It screams summer & lemonade & anything happy, bright & light. Please note: I tested this palette out twice before this review/filming of my YouTube video. You can purchase your own palette, here.
I started off my Lemonade journey by swatching each color on my bare arm. Hardly any color appeared so I primed my arm with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. I’ve included a Maybelline campaign photo (source: Amazon) and my photo (sorry it’s awful LOL) for reference, below:
The shadows appeared after application, however, I could tell each varied in formula as some swatched chalkier/lighter/less pigmented than others. This may sound bad off the bat but I’ve found a lot of palettes have different consistencies in their shadows & not all of the colors were chalky so I was confident I could find a way to make this palette work! Plus, a swatch is usually helpful in identifying quality but is not always accurate as shadows may apply better on the eye with the use of a brush.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Colors are fun! This is a beautiful palette for anyone looking to test out the colorful waters.
- Shadows are buildable & blendable as long as you have patience & are willing to put in the work!
- There was minimum to no fallout on my face after shadow application
- There is a good balance of matte and shimmer shades – perfect in achieving multiple looks!
- Shadow pans are a nice size – perfect for any size brush/finger/etc.
- Shadows lasted 10 hours and did not fade or crease! (be sure to set w/ setting spray)
- Shadows are chalky and dry – left my eyelids feeling tight HOWEVER this could be useful for people who have oily eyelids
- Shadows can blend into almost nothing if not enough product is used/blended too hard
- Significant fallout in the pan – could cause you to go through shades faster
- You get 12 shadows for only $13.99!
- If you have dryer skin make sure to moisturize your eyes before any application
- Be sure to prime your eyes! Use an eyeshadow primer – concealer works but not as well IMO! This will help bring out the pigmentation of each shadow
- Craving more pigment? Apply shadows with a damp shadow brush
Overall: I don’t absolutely love this palette but I’m excited to see a new, fun palette available in the drugstore! I will totally use this palette until there is nothing left of it, however, it is not a low-maintenance palette by any means – you need to put in work to blend out each shadow so that your completed look is not chalky or dusty. The colors are so fun & in the end, I really love the look I created.
Do you own this palette or plan on buying it? Let me know in the comment section below ❤
I have quite the collection of MAC lipsticks & while they are all the same brand, they are definitely not all the same formula or finish.
Here is a quick breakdown of the MAC finishes I have (shown left -> right):
Amplified; shade: Saint Germain $17.50
Super creamy formula with a smooth glide, bold colour payoff & full coverage finish.
Matte; shade: Candy Yum Yum $17.50
Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.
Cremesheen; shade: Speak Louder $17.50
A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.
Satin; shade: Faux $17.50
My all-time favorite formula AND shade. A creamy formula with a soft-heavenly-feel. This formula provides medium-to-full build-able coverage with a satin finish. It has low shine w/ no shimmer & no drying effect.
Cremesheen; LIMITED EDITION shade: Among the Fireflies $17.50
(shown above) A creamy, balmy lipstick formula with a very comfortable feel, medium build-able coverage with a semi-glossy finish. This formula is not super pigmented but is not sheer. These are very hydrating, but not that long-wearing.
Matte; shade: Russian Red $17.50
(shown above) Very high color payoff. There is absolutely no shine to these. They are a bit harder to work with but this formula lasts the longest. They are typically very drying, showing off any imperfection your lips may have & are the hardest to remove.