e.l.f. Contour Palette Review + Swatches

e.l.f. Contour Palette

Hello again,

I’ve been looking for a good contour palette for a while now and after reading some good reviews on this I was really excited to try it out.

e.l.f. Contour Palette

I really like the packaging of the e.l.f. blush, contour and highlight palette because you can remove a pan from one palette and switch it with another. They are fairly lightweight and sturdy – good for travelling.

The formula is not the best; it is powdery and not very pigmented. They do feel buttery and honestly, I don’t mind that the contour shade (bottom right) isn’t pigmented because I can slowly build it up and it doesn’t look too intense but I wish that the bronzer (bottom left) had more pigmentation. The highlight shade is very light  – almost white and it has a slight glow but is very subtle. I’m not exactly sure what the top right side is suppose to be – a bronzer/powder? but it isn’t useful at all for me because it’s too light to be a bronzer and too dark to be a face powder.

Swatched multiple times to build up color (shade light/medium). Left to right: highlight, powder?, bronzer and contour.

e.l.f. Contour Palette

Overall, I’m not impressed with this contour palette and my search will continue. If you want to check out a contour palette that I would recommend click here.

Which contour palette would you recommend?

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Youngblood Contour Palette (New!) Review + Swatches

Youngblood Contour Palette

Hi everyone!

Since the highlighting and contouring ‘trend’ isn’t dying down anytime soon, I thought I would review this new contour palette by Youngblood.

I like the packaging because it is compact and looks luxurious with the faux leather exterior. It has a strong magnetic closure so it won’t be opening up if you decide to travel with it. It does not contain a mirror.

Youngblood Contour Palette

The formula is amazing; they are very buttery and blendable, similar to their Natural Mineral Foundations which you can find my review on here. This allows me to blend the contour shades without it looking too harsh if I happen to apply too much. The wear time is amazing as well; on my oily skin type these last the entire day with some fading after about 7+ hours.

The shades are all matte, which is why I like using the highlight shades to brighten my under eyes in a triangular shape, lighten the center of my forehead and to clean up under my cheekbone contour.

Swatched in order from left to right.

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

I can see these shades being suitable for a wide range of skintones except for deep. While the contour shades are not grey/ashy in tone, they somehow work on my fair neutral skintone and look natural, even during the day.

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood products do not contain paraben, talc, oil, and fragrance and are cruelty free.

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me. 

Younique Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer Review + Swatches

Younique Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer

Hi everyone!

I have been trying out new concealers lately since I realized that I’m reaching for the same few on a daily basis. This review is on the shade “Scarlet”, which is the lightest shade.

I thought that this concealer had a pump but the top twists open and the product is housed in a squeeze tube. I actually prefer this over a pump for concealer, since you get to control the amount you want to use. It is very light weight and travel-friendly.

This concealer is extremely pigmented and so the tiniest amount of product spreads and covers very well. It covers everything; dark circles, veins, blemishes, spots, etc. I sometimes use this as a primer on my eyelids as well since it covers the tiny veins. This concealer, like most concealers, will crease if not set properly. I always set it with a translucent powder that is finely milled and by the end of the day I notice some light creasing on my eye folds under my eyes. With this product, I noticed that it works better when less product is used, it won’t settle into eye folds/wrinkles and does not look cake-y.

Product spread out on top and squeezed out of the tube on the bottom.

Younique Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer

Younique Mineral Touch Skin Perfecting Concealer

This shade has a neutral/cool undertone which is great for brightening. It has a satin finish.

What is your favourite concealer?

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me. The link is the Younique presenter that provided me with this product to review. 

TYRA Beauty Light & Sculpt in a Stick Review + Swatches

TYRA Light in a Stick Sculpt in a Stick

Hi everyone!

These two sticks are amazing for a natural glow/contour. Since they are both a cream formula, they melt into the skin. This review is on the contour and highlight duo in “light”.

The packaging of these creams are very convenient as you can literally draw on your highlight and contour and blend out with a brush or sponge. They twist up and the plastic packaging is very light; great for travel.

Both the contour and highlight stick have a very creamy formula that blends out extremely well. The lasting powder is amazing especially when set with a powder; it will easily last the entire day; even on oily skin types.

TYRA Light in a Stick Sculpt in a Stick

TYRA Light in a Stick Sculpt in a Stick

The shades are very flattering on lighter skin tones. The contour shade is not too warm or cool and can be used as bronzer and/or contour. The highlight shade is gorgeous; it has very fine shimmer in it and is very reflective. I really like how they have this duo in “deep” as well.

What are your favourite cream contour/highlight products?

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Review + Swatches

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo

Hi everyone!

This was the first lotion highlighter that I have ever tried! It is subtle and perfect for a natural undetectable glow. This review is on the shade “Birchbox Love” and it is a deluxe sample size.

This has a thick liquid formula which is not runny but thin and light-weight. You can mix this in with your foundation for an all-over glow/dew or just pat it on your cheekbones, bridge of nose, etc. It glides on well because of the texture and sets/dries in about 1 minute. Because I have combination oily skin, I do not like an all over dewy look and so I like to pat this on my cheekbones. When I want to prolong and intensify my highlight I like to layer a powder highlight over a liquid or cream highlight.

The shade is a blush tone and can be a bit dark or too pink for super fair skin tones. I can pull it off when I sheer it out but I think this would look amazing on medium to dark skin tones. It has micro glitter in it but you can’t feel it at all because it is so fine and it doesn’t look chunky whatsoever.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Birchbox Love

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Birchbox Love

Have you tried Manna Kadar’s Sheer Glo?

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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.   

 

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter Review + Swatches

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter Fair

Hello again!

This is a two-in-one product which contains a concealer on one side and a highlighter on the other side. Both sides have a doe-foot applicator which is my favourite for concealer since you can place it exactly where you want it and control the amount of product. This review is on the shade Fair/Glow.

The concealer has a very thin consistency; almost a liquid but not quite. It blends out very easily and provides little coverage. It doesn’t crease much throughout the day if set with powder right after application. This is the lightest shade and it is a good color for porcelain-light skin tones. (Swatches below)

The highlight end is a white shade with the same consistency as the concealer. It contains very fine silver shimmer which can only be seen if you are looking at it up close. The highlight end confuses me since I would not put a glittery, stark white shade under my eyes. Even when it is blended out, it remains white; leaving a white cast so I would not apply it to my cheekbones either.

The highlight is on the top and concealer on the bottom swiped with the applicator twice.

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter Fair

This is after blending it out completely. (enlarge pic to see shimmer)

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter Fair

Overall, I would not recommend this because the highlighter end is unusable for most and there are so many other concealers that work better than this.

Have you tried this concealer? Also, Click here to see my review on the e.l.f. Maximum Coverage Concealer!

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Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 (Reserve Your Cabana) Review + Swatches

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

Hello again!

I have seen and heard many people comparing this highlighter to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Dim Light” and so I had to pick it up. This is labelled as a bronzer but it is definitely a highlighter even for extremely fair skin tones. There are 2 other shades which are much darker and can be used as a bronzer. This review is on the shade “Reserve Your Cabana”.

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer Reserve Your Cabana

The formula is very smooth, buttery, and very pigmented. It does not contain glitter or shimmer but gives a beautiful glow and reflects light which instantly brightens. It has an average wear time, it will last a whole school/work day. It also contains SPF 15 but I don’t think that is effective against sunburn.

I love using this for highlighting my nose and cupid’s bow because it is so subtle. This can be used all over the face, even under the eyes however, this powder can tend to settle into fine lines so it is not suitable for everyone. It can be used as an eyeshadow, it actually makes a nice subtle under brow highlight. I would describe this as a brightening powder rather than a highlight.

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer SPF 15 Reserve Your Cabana

This is a great powder overall for brightening and for a natural highlight which I prefer on a daily basis. I highly recommend this, especially since it is only a couple dollars.

Have you tried this highlighter?

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