Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows (Review & Swatches)

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on some very exciting eyeshadows that are totally great.  I've seen a few videos on youtube raving about them but when I swatched them myself, I was blown away. They look so good in videos and photos but in person, they're much more intense.

The ten new foiled eyeshadows are available individually for $9.99 (in pan form) or as a bundle set of all ten for $89. You save a little bit of money by buying the bundle set instead of getting each individually. Either way you choose to go, you won't be disappointed. The price point is a bit higher than the traditional Makeup Geek eyeshadows but the formula is completely different which is why there's a higher price.

Let's dive into these beauties::

All ten foiled eyeshadows
L to R:
Mesmerized, Caitlin Rose, Jester, Houdini, Flame Thrower
Center Stage, Showtime, Grandstand, Magic Act, In the Spotlight
Another look :) 

Swatches & Color Descriptions::

Mesmerized~ a gorgeous taupe with a slight purple undertone. This one would be a perfect everyday color.

Caitlin Rose
Caitlin Rose
Caitlin Rose~ an iridescent purple. This shade is special because the proceeds of this eyeshadow goes to Batten Disease. If you want to know more about this generosity then head on over to the Makeup Geek youtube channel or website.

Jester~ a spring green shade that would be perfect as a pop of color to many looks. 

Houdini~ a deep emerald green color. This would make for a gorgeous smokey eye or even as eyeliner. 

Flame Thrower
Flame Thrower
Flame Thrower~ a stunning bold copper. I love this one so much because it intensifies my brown eyes. This color is super gorgeous smudged in the lower lash line!

Center Stage
Center Stage
Center Stage~ a deep blue with a slight purple tone. It's so beautiful but it's also not as super metallic  as the others. 

Showtime~ a burgundy with a touch of copper. It's a great color for smokey eyes and so perfect for the fall/winter season.

Grandstand~ a taupe-y rose gold. It looks more orange in the pan photograph but in person it looks like the swatch. 

Magic Act
Magic Act
Magic Act~ an intense champagne gold. I've worn this softly as a brow/inner corner highlight and on the center of the lid with darker colors.

In the Spotlight
In the Spotlight
In the Spotlight~ a metallic golden pinky peach. This color is gorgeous all over the lid with soft neutrals in the crease. 

As you can see, these eyeshadows are incredible. Makeup Geek did a great job formulating them and I certainly hope more colors are released soon. The claims for these is that you don't need a primer to prevent creasing nor do you need a mixing medium to intensify "foil" the finishes. All the work has been done for you! I have oily lids and wore a few of the lighter colors without primer (which I never go without) for about 3 hours and noticed creasing. I always get creasing when I don't use a primer because of my oily lids, so I wasn't surprised when these creased. If you have oily lids, I recommend using a primer to keep them looking just as intense all day long. 

Other than that, I totally love them and will continue using them day to day and in tutorials. I would definitely recommend all of them to those who love intense metallic finishes. 

I hope this post was helpful to you. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below :) You can also connect with me on Twitter & Instagram @GlamourbyLexi

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Review & Swatches

Hello all!'s been a while since I've posted anything on this blog. I skipped last week because I had just returned from vacation but I'm back in the saddle :) Today's post is all about chocolate.....semi sweet chocolate bar palette of course! Too Faced first launched this palette back in mid December through the Sephora website and was only available to VIB and VIB Rouge members before the general public. During this time, I snagged mine on a total impulse. The semi sweet chocolate bar palette containing 16 coco powder infused eyeshadows is currently available (here and here) for $49.

I took this palette with me on my two week vacation and used it every single day. I feel like I can do a somewhat thorough review because I've used it so much. I like the color ranges available and the smell....well it's just divine. It smells just like chocolate and makes me want to eat it every time I open this bad boy! There is a mixture of textures within the eyeshadows and they range from warm to cool to a few pops of color. The mattes (7 total) are very creamy, smooth and very pigmented. The shimmers (8 total) are also pigmented and soft. The one glitter eyeshadow is just a complete dud for me.

Let's talk packaging.....

So the exterior packaging is metal and has a magnetic closure. My palette doesn't close very well, almost like the magnet isn't strong enough. Due to this small mishap, I wouldn't put this into a travel suitcase that's going to be checked in. I took this with me in my carry-on because I was afraid it would get damaged with the flight. Now, this could totally be a bad one and not that all are like this. 

Inside goodness

16 coco powder infused eyeshadows
matte and shimmer finishes
one glitter eyeshadow
First half of palette

L to R:
Caramel, Mousse, Rum Raisin, Puddin'
Pink Sugar, Cocoa Chili, Coconut Creme & Licorice

Color Descriptions (order is as they appear in palette):

Licorice~ an intense matte black
Coconut Creme~ a matte cream
Cocoa Chili~ medium brown with greenish orange sparkle----ultra fine not glitter/chunky
Pink Sugar~ an iridescent glitter pink---no pigmentation at all!
Puddin'~ a matte cool toned gray
Rum Raisin~ a shimmery taupe
Mousse~ a matte cool toned tan
Caramel~ a shimmery gold

In the first half of the palette, the only one that is just bad is Pink Sugar. The only use would be as a glitter topper for the other eyeshadows. There literally isn't any pigmentation to this one so unfortunately, I won't be using it much. 

Second half of palette

L to R:
Butter Pecan, Bon Bon, Frosting, Peanut Butter
Blueberry Swirl, Hot Fudge, Truffled & Nougat

Color Descriptions (order is as they appear in palette): 

Nougat~ a matte muted rose
Truffled~ a matte medium brown
Hot Fudge~ a shimmery rich brown with a slight coppery sparkle
Blueberry Swirl~ a shimmery blue
Peanut Butter~ a matte warm tan
Frosting~ a shimmery bronze
Bon Bon~ a shimmery rose gold
Butter Pecan~ a shimmery champagne

In the second half, the only one that was disappointing was Blueberry Swirl. When I first saw the photos on Sephora's website, I thought "wow, if this blue is as it looks, I'd be super happy". I actually wanted this blue to be intense but it's really not. I think when people see the photos, they'll think it's a random pop of color and not an everyday type of shade like the rest of the palette. It seems a bit odd for this color to be added but it can work with a little help. 

Overall, I think the palette is good. I wouldn't say it's a must have staple item. I think if you are looking for a palette that has some warm and cool toned neutral shades, then you'll enjoy it. I wish the two of the "dud" shades would have been better formulated for a much more well-rounded awesome palette. 

Have you tried the Semi Sweet Chocolate bar palette? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

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