Review | NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

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This is what it says on the NYX website:
We named this collection the Ultimate Shadow Palette because that’s exactly what it is–a pro-level palette packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades. Available in four striking color combinations–Neutral-Cool, Neutral-Warm, Bright and Smokey/Highlight–each se.t features a vivid mix of velvety-rich textures and mesmerizing finishes that range from mattes and satins to shimmers and metallics.

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(Swatches: Left-Right , Top-Bottom)

So, I’ve been really into those warm-orange/red/copper shades lately, so when I saw this palette I just had to get it, but I’m not really that impressed with it so far.
Now, as you can see in the photo, these are very uneven in pigmentation, and they’re also very chalky and powdery, so you can get alot of fall out with these.

Now, when you actually go to apply them on your eyes they are alot easier to work with than I originally thought by swatching them on my arm, so I do think that they blend nicely, and they’re not as uneven on the eyes.
However, when it comes to the darker shades, especially the darker mattes, I do find that you have to build up the color quite a bit before they look like they do in the pans, and I also find that if you use several of the darker shades together, they do sort of blend into each other, so they basicly end up looking the same, which is something to keep in mind.

When it comes to the lighter shades, both the matte and the shimmer,I find that they are alot more pigmented, they’re much more even in application and they don’t blend into each other like the darker ones, so I do really like those.
But when I basicly only like half the palette I’m not sure that I could recommend it, at least not the neutral-warm palette (I haven’t tried any of the others, so I don’t know if those are better or worse), even though I do think that you can make it work if you build up the color, and if you stick to one, maybe two of the darker shades, so they don’t end up looking ‘muddy’.
However, if you’re just starting out with makeup, or you’re just starting to dip your toe into these type of shades, I do think that this could be something to try, since it won’t be as intimidating as some other, highly pigmented palettes can be.

I got mine from Eleven for 199nok.

Review | NEW Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighter Stick

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This is what it says on the Revlon website:
Highlight instantly with this mistake-proof stick. In two gorgeous shades, perfect for highlighting on virtually any skin tone. Formula with light filtering technology delivers a professionally re-touched look. Use with PhotoReady Insta-Fix™ Makeup to get a mistake-proof contoured look.
• Easy to apply one swipe for a subtle look or build for a more dramatic, ‘strobed’ look
• To highlight, apply in center of forehead, on cheekbones and chin
• Makeup stick allows for perfectly precise application – even on the go!
• For light to medium skin tones, use Pink Light
• For medium to deep skin tones, use Gold Light

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So, Revlon just came out with these highlighter sticks, and since I haven’t really tried any cream/stick highlighters before, I got curious to try them, and so far, I’m not quite sure if these are something I’ll reach for on a daily basis.

Now, the reason I’m not thrilled about these is mostly because they’re very subtle on the skin, and I’m not that happy about the shades, because I do prefer more of a champagne toned highlight, and with these you either get a pink one, or a gold one, and the gold shade is a bit dark on me, so I’m a bit bummed about that.

However, I do find that these are very easy to apply, and they don’t disturb the make-up underneath it if you pat it on top of foundation or even powder, so you don’t have to worry about it removing what you’ve already done.
It also doesn’t look chunky or patchy, so if you’re into “natural/subtle”-looking highlighters, or if you’re just starting out, I do think that these would work nicely for you.
I basicly feel like it all comes down to your personal preferences, because I don’t think that these are bad, I just prefer powders rather than creams, and I do wish that they would come out with a few more shade-opptions.

Now, as far as the staying power goes, I do find that they stay on for around 5hours, and I also noticed that the pink one stayed on for around 1hour longer than the gold one, but since these are in a stick form, they are very easy to throw in your purse so you could easily touch them up abit throughout the day if you feel like you need to do that.

So overall I do like these, and I do think they are great on those days when you’re going for a no make-up make-up look, but if you want something that’s visible from space I don’t think that these are for you.

I got mine from Eleven for 123nok a piece.

Review | NYX Lip Lingerie

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This is what it says on the NYX website:
Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes—from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown, to warm mahogany red and classic nude beige—each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.

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So, I’ve never really gotten into the whole matte-lip trend untill now, mostly because I just can’t stand the feeling of dry lips, but I do love the way matte lips look, so I figured I’d try these out and see if they would work for me or not.

Now, out of the 4 shades I got, there’s only one that I feel is very different from the others and that is “Satin Ribbon”.
This shade is quite hard to apply, it goes on super streaky and it’s not as pigmented as the other ones. Plus the shade is too light for me, so I can’t wear it without looking very sick.
I might be able to put in the center of my lips for a bit of highlight, but overall I just don’t like that one at all.

Now, when it comes to the other shades I do find that they’re alot easier to work with, but you do have to apply 2 layers before you get them to their full opacity, or you could use a lipliner underneath if you’d rather do that, but as far as the layering goes I haven’t had any issues.

When it comes to the lasting power on these I do find that they stay on for around 4 hours before they start to fade, but they are quite easy to re-apply.
However, I do find that they can get a bit crumbly when they start to fade after that, and I also find that these start to transfer a tiny little bit as well when they start to wear off, so that’s something to keep in mind.
I also have to mention that, even though they drown completly, they do stay quite sticky, but you won’t really notice that unless you rub your lips together.

Other than that I don’t think that these are too bad at all.
They are of course a bit drying on the lips since they do dry down to a matte finish, but they aren’t as bad as I thought they would be, so I do think that these are worth it for the price.

I got mine from Kicks for 89 nok.

Review | Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

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This is what it says on the Bobbi Brown website:
Finally—a natural-looking and long-wearing foundation with SPF. Comfortable and hydrating, this medium to full coverage oil-free formula never looks cakey or masky.
Glycerin and shea butter keep skin feeling moisturized while a gel base creates a lightweight finish that stays color-true. Lasts for up to 12 hours even in the most humid conditions. Protects skin from future damage thanks to broad spectrum SPF 15 with antioxidant vitamins C and E.
For normal to oily skin types.

 So, I’ve been testing out this foundation for the last couple of months, and so far I’m very impressed with it.
This foundation blends into the skin so nicely, and it is very easy to work with, even though it is a thicker foundation, which I can appreciate.
And it does have a very beautiful, natural finish to it, and I quite like that, especially in the colder months.

Now, when it comes to coverage I find that this is very easy to costumize, depending on how much foundation you use, so if I want a sheer application I’ll use 1-2 pumps, but if I want more coverage I’ll use a bit more. And it is easily buildable without looking cakey, or heavy.
With that said, I wouldn’t say that a little goes a long way with this, especially if you want alot of coverage, and since it is such an expencive foundation that is something to keep in mind, but I do still think that this is one foundation that is worth it either way.

When it comes to lastingpower I find that it does stay on for around 7-9hours before it starts to fade, but it does fade very evenly so it’s not too noticable.
And it does also get ‘glowy/dewy’ look throughout the day, but it doesn’t look oily or greasy, at least not on my skin, and since foundations usually starts to look a bit oily on me after about 4hours, I am very pleasantly surprised by that.

The only couple of things that I don’t like about this is the fact that this doesn’t really dry down, so you do need to set it with powder, because this will transfer if you don’t.
And it does also have a very strong scent of lavender to it, so if you don’t like that, or don’t want to use a heavily fragranced foundation, I don’t think that you’ll like this one.
But if you can look past that I do think that this would work beautifully for you, and I do recommend it if you want a natural finish foundation, but if you’re on a budget I wouldn’t say that you need this because I do think that you could find similar foundations in the drugstore.

I got mine from Kicks for 420nok.