ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

March 18, 2019 | Beauty, ColourPop | 29 Comments »


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ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Swatches: Champagne Toast, Pancakes Please, French Toast, Skinny Latte, Cinnamon Sugar, Mimosa

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Swatches: Maple Syrup, Sundae Funday, Sunny Side Up, Americano, Brunch Club, Extra Slice

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Swatches: @ Me, Swipe Right, Soul Mate

If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that I’m at war with ColourPop again. Their products aren’t the issue. Like with most brands they have their hits and misses. I personally think they have more hits than misses which is why I’m such a fan. However, their customer service is by far the worst I’ve ever had to deal with. I won’t bore you with details, but I will say that I’m tired of their crap. In the past I’ve had to deal with receiving broken products. Trying to get a replacement was like walking through a maze with no end in sight. They keep asking for photos despite the many I had already sent. When you start showing signs of irritation they rudely tell you that they will send you a replacement ‘this time’ as if they are doing you some huge favor. It really rubbed me the wrong way. Shortly after those days they introduced their pressed products. I caved and started to order again thinking their Super Shock products were the problem. Maybe they just didn’t ship well? I still had issues with their pressed products, but it wasn’t as bad.

My problem this time? Well, when their newest collection launched I decided to place an order. The ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection looked so cute! Especially the Pressed Powder Blush in Soul Mate. I saw so many swatches and just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Once it arrived I swatched it and it was a huge powdery mess. This couldn’t be right! Yet somehow it was. I would swipe and the product would just clump up and fall off. It wouldn’t blend out or stick to my skin. In fact in my swatch that’s several swipes going back and forth just to get the color to even show. I reached out to ColourPop to see if maybe I had received a bad batch. After days of back and forth they refused to answer my question and refused to replace my blush because to them nothing was wrong with it. Um… ok? This was even after sending them a video of me live swatching the blush. I was left feeling disappointed and angry.

Ok so I guess this was rather detailed. I guess I needed to vent? I get that not every product can be a winner. I’ve dealt with quite a few duds in my time. And for the price you really can’t complain much. However, something just didn’t add up here. Mine is nothing like any of the others I’ve seen. Obviously some people have received this blush in perfectly swatchable condition. All I wanted was a replacement. I wasn’t looking for a handout or even a refund. I just wanted what I paid for. Simple as that. Yet instead of trying to keep one of their biggest customers happy they go and insult me. I wish I could say I’ve sworn them off yet again and I probably should especially after telling their customer service right where they can stick their useless $5.00 promo code, but I’ll probably order from them again.

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Anyway, onto the review.

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Brunch Date
I probably didn’t need the Pressed Powder Shadow Palette in Brunch Date, but it was too cute to pass up. Brunch Date contains 12 shadows in both matte and metallic finishes. I don’t think any of the shades really stand out, but like I said it is a cute palette. They are nicely pigmented and blended beautifully. Brunch Club is the beautiful cobalt blue shade. That’s the shade that really stands out in the palette. It did need to be built up a bit.

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Ultra Matte Lip in @ Me
The Ultra Matte Lip in @ Me is described as a dusty pink mauve. It’s the most gorgeous nude and paired really well with some of the bolder shades in the Brunch Date Palette. It applied nicely and lasted quite a while. It was still going strong at the end of the day. It was a little drying, but it wasn’t bothersome.

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection
ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Pressed Powder Highlighter in Swipe Right
The Pressed Powder Highlighter in Swipe Right is described as a soft peach with a pink duochrome flip. Swipe Right was indeed silky soft and glided onto my skin. It gives off such a nice glow. It’s easily one of the more unique highlighters in my collection. It’s very pretty and a fun shade to work with.

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Pressed Powder Blush in Soul Mate
The Pressed Powder Blush in Soul Mate is described as a petal pink. I was so looking forward to this blush because it looked like the most perfect Spring shade. However, once my brush touches the blush it turns to powder. If I tap off any excess I’m not left with much on my brush. It literally just falls off. I have scraped off a hefty layer and was able to get a really beautiful application. But it faded within the hour. The next time I went to use the blush I had the same problem. A huge powder fest! If I don’t tap off any excess I at least get some color payoff. But it’s patchy and doesn’t blend out easily. It definitely does not make for a good look.

You can see a look I created with all of these products below.

ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection

Overall, I do think it was a really cute collection. I wish I could be more excited about it, but honestly ColourPop ruined the experience for me.

Have you tried anything from the ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection? Also, if you purchased the Soul Mate Blush, how was it?

Info

Product: ColourPop X Zoella Brunch Date Collection
Price: $5.00 – $89.00
Purchase: colourpop.com

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

March 7, 2019 | Beauty, e.l.f. | 8 Comments »


Purchased By Me

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

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e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer

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I really try not to fall into the hype surrounding new products, but I admit that sometimes I do get sucked in. When I heard everyone raving about the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer and saw that it was sold out everywhere online, I started my hunt. I finally tracked them down at a Walmart.

So what’s the big deal about this primer? It’s said to be a dupe for the Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I haven’t tried the Tatcha primer, but I assure you that it’s on my wishlist. I was able to test it out in person at Sephora, but unfortunately they were sold out. Let me tell you, it smelled amazing! The e.l.f. primer doesn’t smell like much of anything.

The e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer is infused with squalane that they claim helps grip makeup for all-day wear while protecting the skin from moisture loss. It’s very soft and creamy and just melts into the skin. A little goes a long way, but I didn’t feel like it gave me trouble while trying to spread it out. It spread out nicely and evenly. It did help my makeup to go on nicely, but that’s pretty much where the pros end. My makeup started to break up after only a few short hours. I always get a full days wear with my go-to primers. I guess you can’t complain much over an $8.00 primer, but it kind of makes you wonder about all of the hype. Maybe I’m missing something?

Overall, I’d have to say that the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer was just ok. I do love the idea of it and it did apply nicely. But I’m going to need a primer to last more than a few hours. I suppose it’s ok if you’re running out to the store real quick, but if you’re planning to wear this to work you might be disappointed. And I shudder to think of how this will hold up in the Summer.

Have you tried the e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer or the Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer? What are your thoughts?

Info

Product: e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer
Price: $8.00
Purchase: elfcosmetics.com

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

March 4, 2019 | Beauty, Pixi Beauty | 4 Comments »


PR Sample

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Swatches: Sheer Sand, Metal Mauve, Petal, Antique Rose, Rose Clay, Metallic Rose

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

Swatches: Deep Taupe, Foiled Bronze, Soft Brown, Chocolate Brown, Cocoa Shimmer, Bronze Gleam

My friend and I do this thing where she will suggest different looks for me to try. Usually it’s something I wouldn’t do on my own. I think it’s a fun way to try something different. And I’m always up for a challenge. Last week she suggested I try a nude eye look with a bold wing and bold lip. Since I had just received 2 of the new Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palettes I figured it was the perfect time to break them in. The Natural Beauty Palette was my first choice.

The Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty contains 12 eyeshadows in both matte and metallic finishes. For a nude palette these shadows are incredibly pigmented! The metallics are so creamy they just glide onto your skin. The mattes are on the soft side and needed to be built up a bit, but they applied and blended beautifully. I love how they also included a nice brow bone shade. There’s no need to reach for another palette.

Even though this is a neutral palette there are a few beautiful rose gold shades and even a really nice bronze shade. I really wanted to try out that Metallic Rose, but my friend did say nude so I decided to hold off. For now. You can see my neutral look below.

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty

For this look I used Rose Clay and Soft Brown in my crease, Petal on my lid and inner corner of my eye, Sheer Sand on my brow bone and Chocolate Brown on my lower lash line. While this isn’t something I would normally wear, I do love how it turned out. I think it’s a really nice change. And it’s definitely wearable.

Overall, I’d have to say I love the Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty. It’s a gorgeous neutral palette that contains a few metallics that can take your look from simple neutral to full on glam.

Have you tried any of Pixi Beauty’s eyeshadow palettes? Which one is your favorite?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty
Price: $24.00
Purchase: pixibeauty.com

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