Monday, March 24, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches!

This is another product that I reached into the shelf and clutched to my heart once it was in my hands. I’ve never reached for something in a store so quickly! This is the Tarte Be MATTEnificent CC Eyeshadow Palette. I had this baby in my basket on the Sephora website for weeks, and was waiting for payday (and my birthday) to finally check out. The morning of the day I was supposed to get it, it sold out online. I wasn’t able to even look at it on the website anymore, so I couldn’t look up if any Sephora near me still had it in stock. 

That same weekend, having accepted defeat, I headed into Georgetown, Texas (about an hour drive from my university) to visit the Wolf-Ranch Sephora. I was at the door at eleven on the dot (the exact time they open), grabbed a basket, and got going. As I was walking through the little aisles, I thought I’d swing by the Tarte aisle to look at some blushes. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that this glorious little palette was there. There were two left, and one of them was in my basket in the blink of an eye.

My point was, check your local Sephora before you give up on this baby :)

This palette contains six matte shades, two eyeliner shades, and a blush color. This palette is definitely purple in its theme, so if you don’t like wearing purple shades, this is not for you. I just so happen to be a purple shadow junkie, which is why I was pining over this in the first place.

The names of the shades are in a plastic cover inside the palette, but that is now long gone. They are nowhere else on the palette, so once you throw that out, the colors are name-less. Honestly, this doesn’t bother me at all, but I’d thought I’d mention it since I keep seeing people who are bothered by a lack of names on their shadows.

Here are the swatches!

The square shadows all have great pigmentation, and I didn’t find them chalky on my ligtht/medium skintone at all. You might want to check it out in person (if you can) first if you have darker skin, to make sure they show up well. They can get a bit powdery, but it’s not something that has made my use of it messy or bothersome.

The eyeliner shades are a bit dry, but seeing as I think they’re meant to be used wet, this isn’t a huge deal. I have yet to try them on the lid, but I’ll let you know how that goes!

The blush is a pink mauve. It’s very neutral, and it goes with virtually anything. It’s got the usual quality of Tarte’s blushes (which never wear the full twelve hours they claim on me).

What do you guys think? Are you sprinting to your nearest Sephora to find it?

xoxo Fanii

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NARS Matte Multiple in Siam: Swatches and Review!

This is another one of the things that I picked up around the time of my birthday, and it had spent quite a few weeks in my wishlist on the Sephora website. This is the shade Siam in NARS’ new range of Matte Multiples, which launched not too long ago. These are supposed to be multipurpose products, and are meant for the cheeks and lips. Now, this is kind of a crazy color to wear on your cheeks, but on the lips it would look like a very modern orange red.

I wanted this for the summer because there’s noting that looks prettier to me than a brightly flushed look on the cheeks. Most of the blushes I own are on the pink, peach, or berry side, and I really wanted something red for summer. Boy, did I get it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette: Swatches and Review!


I don't think I've ever bought a product with as mixed reviews as the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. Seriously. Google this baby and you'll get a ton of people who swear by it and just as many who absolutely hate it. This past week, I had a birthday to celebrate and a paycheck to spend, so I stepped into a Sephora and decided to take one for the team and try this out.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Top Spring Lip Products: Drugstore!

Hey, guys!

I don't know about y'all, but Texas has been having some pretty ugly weather lately. I swear last week felt like spring and then it snowed and hailed and now we're in some sort of foggy nastiness. With that in mind, I decided to do a post on my favorite spring lip colors! What better way to cheer up than with cheerful lip colors? I was originally going to make this a drugstore edition (it still kind of is), but I decided to throw in MAC's new Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick because it benefits charity!