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Friday, 17 April 2015

I ♡ Makeup I Heart Chocolate palette & I ♡ Makeup Naked Chocolate palette: Review & Swatches


Hello chocolate lovers! Today’s post is about the two most coveted eye shadow palettes from the I Heart Makeup range of Makeup Revolution London namely,  I Makeup I Heart Chocolate palette and I Makeup Naked Chocolate palette. These combine the two greatest loves of ours-chocolate and makeup! There is another palette in this range but it is sadly not available in Pakistan at the moment. Read on to learn of our experiences with these delectable products. 

I Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette



Product Claims

Naked Chocolate contains 16 stunning eye shadows for perfect bare to smokey eyes, mixture of shimmer and matte shades. 3D chocolate palette with full size mirror and applicator.

What Do We Think?

This has become our favourite eye shadow palette for a multitude of reasons, which are all justified completely. It comes in a cardboard box with white chocolate printed on the front and back and purple text embossed over it. The front presents a mouth watering view of a delicious melting white chocolate bar. On sliding the bar out, the plastic feels quite sturdy so travelling with it shouldn’t be an issue considering it comes with a full sized mirror inside. The names of the individual shades have been printed on a clear plastic sheet that covers the rectangular pans, two of which are longer than the others (Smoothly and Way). The names all go brilliantly with the chocolate theme and the palette gives off a seductive cocoa scent. It comes with a two sided white sponge applicator, which is nice and firm. The quality is the best we have tried so far with amazing pigmentation.  The texture is superb as each shade glides on effortlessly and blends like a dream. Wearing them over the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix eye primer, they still looked freshly applied after six hours on a summer’s day so I am certain their lasting power is pretty good. We adore this unique collection of mattes and shimmers.




Smoothly – Pale beige (matte)
Divine – Soft copper (shimmer)
Mocha Lover – Medium cool brown with pink tones (shimmer)
Dipped  Pale brown with mauve tones (shimmer)
Choc-fest – Deep burgundy (matte)
Adorable – Cream (shimmer)
Buttons – Chocolate brown (shimmer)
Frosted Choc – Golden brown/ caramel (shimmer)
Delight – Dark grey (shimmer)
Sweet Shop – Dark red toned brown (matte)
Sugar – Dark brown with a hint of plum (shimmer)
Double-dip – Mango gold (shimmer)
Tob-le-rone – Deep mauve-brown (matte)
White – Very deep chocolate brown (matte)
Milky – Medium mauve (matte)
Way – Pale gold (shimmer)

Pros

Superb quality
Stunning pigmentation
Excellent texture
Easy blending
Superb lasting power
Comes with a mirror
Attractive package
Travel friendly
Smells like cocoa
Affordable

Cons

None

Rating

5/5

Price

PKR 1500

I Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette



Product Claims

Pick and mix for your eyes. You will want to try EVERY chocolate in the box! Mixture of mattes and shimmers.

What Do We Think?

This is rumoured to be a perfect dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. The packaging is exactly like the Naked Chocolate palette except for the colour, which represents an irresistible melting milk chocolate that looks good enough to eat! The sponge applicator is black in colour but the arrangement of the mirror and pans does not deviate from its sister palette. The quality of all the shades is not consistent but the majority of them perform really well. The pigmentation is really good except for Meet Chocolate. The names are pretty interesting and follow the romantic chocolate theme as well to enhance the chocolate-y experience. Using the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix eye primer, they looked perfect even after six hours on a summer’s day. The lasting power actually depends on the individual performance of each shade and how oily your lids are. It offers a nice variety of matte and shimmer shades for day and night looks both.




You Need Love – Cream (matte).  It’s a bit chalky.
Piece Me Together – Dark grey-brown with gold shimmer (shimmer). It has some fall out due to its crumbly texture and a bit hard to blend.
One More Piece – Dull mid-tone brown (matte). It’s a bit chalky.
Love Torn – Deep plum with gold shimmer. It has slight fall out and is a little hard to blend.
Stolen Chocolate – Deep cool toned brown (matte). It’s a bit chalky.
Thank Friday – Dull coral-brown (matte). The texture is a slightly chalky.
More! – Pale gold (shimmer). It has great texture.
Pleasure Girl – Dark chocolate brown (matte). It performs superbly.
Meet Chocolate – Pale pink (matte). It is a little chalky.
Unforgivable – Indigo (shimmer). It has some fallout.
Love Divine – Dark red toned brown (shimmer). It performs well.
Smooth Criminal – Medium warm caramel brown (shimmer). It has amazing texture.
Chocolate Love – Pale golden brown (shimmer). It works wonderfully.
You Need More – Deep cool brown (shimmer). It has brilliant texture.
What a Way to Go – Deep plum (shimmer). It’s a bit hard to blend.
Endorphins Ready! – Cream (shimmer). It has wonderful texture. 

Pros

Good quality for the price
Mostly good pigmentation
Most have good texture
Blending is wonderful for the most part
Good lasting power
Attractive packaging
Comes with a mirror
Travel friendly
Affordable

Cons

Mattes are a slightly chalky
Some shades are a bit difficult to blend
Some shimmers have fall out

Rating

4/5

Price

PKR 1500

In conclusion, we feel the Naked Chocolate palette definitely wins in terms of quality but it really depends on what your priorities are. The problematic shades in the I Heart Chocolate palette are not hopeless and can be made to work with a little effort. The fact that it is an extremely affordable dupe for Too Faced Chocolate Bar tilts the scales in its favour for those who find the Chocolate Bar too expensive. It offers a splendid variety of plums, chocolate browns, golds, grey-browns, some pretty highlight options and a gorgeous shimmery indigo. It presents a few nice matte brown crease choices too.  The Naked Chocolate palette revolves around soft browns, chocolate browns, golds, golden browns, plums and mauve hues. It has excellent mid-tone and deep matte crease shades and delicate shimmers including a copper. Both palettes are remarkable for the price tag and a must have for chocolate lovers!

Here is an EOTD done with I Heart Chocolate palette. Check out our Instagram for EOTD done with Naked Chocolate palette and more looks!


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Have you tried any of the I Heart Makeup Chocolate palettes? What do you think?

Love,
Sadaf


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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Makeup Academy Smokin Eye Shadow Palette – Review & Swatches


Hello lovely ladies! Today I will be reviewing the Makeup Academy Smokin eye shadow palette, which is rumored to be a close dupe of the Urban Decay Smoked eye shadow palette. Comparing the two by online swatches and reviews, I have come to the conclusion that the only difference is the absence of a mini eye primer in the MUA one. Read on to find out why this is my go-to palette for dramatic smokey looks.

Product Claims

The brand new Smokin Palette is the ultimate travel friendly kit featuring ten stunning eye shades in a mix of matte nudes and shimmering jewel tones complete with an intense smoky black kohl pencil.


What Do I Think?

The packaging is sturdy for the price but still there will be major damage if you drop it. The eye shadows are pressed into rectangular pans and the case also houses a smokey eye pencil going with the theme. I love this pencil because it is super black, creamy and extremely easy to blend for any kind of smokey eye. Don’t ever use it as a kohl pencil though because it will give you panda eyes. The shades are all smooth and buttery and I am impressed with their high quality at such an affordable price. There are really easy to apply and blend. They last well depending on the weather, primer application and how oily your lids are. I wore then on my non-oily lids with Essence I Love Stage eye primer for around 5-6 hours on a pleasant winter’s day and there was no creasing. Keep in mind, when you are using this creamy pencil it may feel like the shimmery shadows are creasing because of it. A good idea would be to use an eye pencil/base of a similar colour before applying the shimmer shadows.

Moving onto the colours, they are a fabulous collection of irresistible jewel tones, seductive earthy and ashy hues along with two highlight options and an essential matte black. So, there are three mattes and the rest are fine shimmers.



Glory - Matte cream
Boudoir - Matte light beige
Ghost - Shimmery chameleon grey-brown
Fantasy - Matte deep grey-brown
Mythical - Matte carbon black
Broken - Shimmery warm dark brown
Icon - Shimmery cool deep purple
Unleash - Shimmery intense deep blue
Chaos - Shimmery deep emerald green
Wicked - Shimmery dark grey

I highly recommend this palette to anyone who loves adding colourful twists to their smokey eye looks or are lovers of jewel tones. For those of you wishing to save money on the UD Smoked palette, this is a great alternative.

Here is an EOTD I created using this palette.


Price

£6

Availability

From MUA Official website or Just4girls.pk

Pros

Great texture
Affordable
Good lasting power
Smooth application
Easy blending
Comes with a smokey pencil

Cons

I didn’t find any cons

My Rating

5/5

Have you tried any of the MUA eye shadow palettes? What did you think?

Love,
Sadaf


Disclaimer: This is a personal blog edited by its owners and the opinions expressed here belong solely to its owner's. For questions and queries please email at thepoutpainter@gmail.com
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