URBAN DECAY – Blush, Bronzer and Highlight Palette – Sin Afterglow Palette

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A sparkly collection of blusher, bronzer and highlights!

So I got this recently as I wanted an all in one palette to take on my travels to save me carrying a load of compacts/kits in my makeup bag. The colours weren’t anything special, which is sad from a brand as innovative as Urban Decay. I feel they played it safe with the release of this palette – but by doing so it creates an everyday staple.

In this palette you get six shades; A matte rose pink – Kiss Off, a sparkly peach pink – Score, a matte universal tan brown – Paranoid, a glittery rose-gold/brown –PSA, a peach gold highlight – Spotlight, and finally a champagne highlight – Sin.

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Although the colours are run of the mill standard blushes, bronzers and highlights – I have to commend them on their formula. They’re easy to use, blend and apply – no fallout and easy to build up colour to create the look that you want. I wouldn’t say they’re a buttery powder, they’re as Urban Decay say – ultra-lightweight due to their afterglow formula.

A little goes a long way so I’m very glad from a value for money side of things. They’re also very long lasting. Urban Decay say they should last up to 8 hours. I’ve worn them for 6 hours without a primer or setting spray and not seen them wear off!

Bottom Line: If you want to have a blush, highlight and contour palette in one and love Urban Decay formula – this is for you, but the shades aren’t revolutionary!

Price: £30 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***

URBAN DECAY – UDXKL – KRISTEN LEANNE COLLABORATION – KALEIDOSCOPE EYESHADOW PALETTE

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Oh my, such an electric collection of glittery stunning shades!

As you’ve seen from my Beauty Beam palette and Daydream palette – I am completely obsessed with this Kristen Leanne and Urban Decay collaboration!

I decided I had to complete my palette collection and splash out on something outside of my usual, neutral, not too flashy palettes – so I decided to grab this beauty! This palette contains a wide range of shimmering, rainbow colours to create a magnitude of looks!

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In this palette you get a creamy collection which boasts a vibrant pink, an electrifying purple and a stunning gold to name a few. The shades are names after Kristen’s favourite things such as Corona, Tajin and Dye – the latter being a homage to her Arctic Fox company that specialises in Vegan hair dye!

This palette is the complete opposite of her Daydream collection as it’s for more glam looks as it’s vibrant shades are jammed packed with shimmer and glitter. The shades build beautifully, allowing you to create beautiful and unique looks to which you’re able to customise the colour payoff.

As with the other eyeshadow palette, you get a vegan brush included that has a fluffy, blending end and then a stubby, compacted end to help create your looks!

Bottom Line: Oh my god, I am in love with the bright striking shades!

Price: £28 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

URBAN DECAY – UDXKL – Kristen Leanne Collaboration – Daydream Eyeshadow Palette

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A stunning collection of five shades to create dreamy day looks!

As you know from my Beauty Beam highlighter palette review from the new Urban Decay and Kristen Leanne collaboration, I was very excited for these palettes! I snapped up this Daydream palette so I had a one stop palette for day looks, as the neutral and muted tones are perfect for pretty, subtle day looks.

The packaging on this palette is adorable, with the front looking like pink frosting. The inside is a beautiful baby blue and teal, with pink roses – painting an adorable rose garden imagery.

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The shades in this palette are all matte, and come in a variety of neutral base and transition shades with a lovely dark shade, Eight, that makes a wonderful eyeliner for days when I’m not wanting a dark cat eyeliner look.

Lucy is a beautiful, bright white shade for highlighting the brow bone and laying a foundation to make the other colours pop! Daydream is a stunning, all over base for eyelids to create definition. 12/12 is a stunning salmon pink matte shadow that is easy to build pigmentation on, whereas Subscribe is a light brown with yellow tone, that is perfect for defining your crease.

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The other three shades are perfect for creating your own unique take with the shades – you can go pretty in pink with 12/12, bronzed goddess with Subscribe, or smokey siren with Eight. You can also use Eight to turn your day look into a night look.

With this palette you also get an adorable mini blue double ended brush to help you create your looks! One end is a fluffy, pointed blending brush whereas the other end is a stubby, fluffy brush to pack on the colour and blend it out.

Bottom Line: A quintet of beautiful, matte eye shadows to create dreamy, day ready looks.

Price: £28 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

Urban Decay – UDxKL – Kristen Leanne Collaboration – Beauty Beam Highlighter Palette

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This was the collaboration I was looking forward to the most this year!

Everyone who follows me on my social media will know I love Kristen Leanne – I even lost it when she liked my photos on Instagram.  So when this collaboration was announced on Kristen’s social media – I knew I had to own these. I was so, so psyched for this collaboration. As soon as these items hit the Urban Decay UK website, I placed my order – and I am so glad I did.

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The first two items I ordered were this Beauty Beam highlighter palette and her Day Dream eyeshadow palette – I will be reviewing the latter soon. I am eager to get my hands on the Kaleidoscope palette but there has been a supply issue in the UK.

This palette is amazing as it is an all in one highlighter palette with three shades; a dark bronze highlight, a light gold highlight and a champagne gold highlight. Each shade is as shimmery as the next, and the colour payoff is immense. The bronze shade is perfect to define and contour and the light gold is perfect to highlight your cheekbones where as the softer nude champagne highlight is perfect for a subtler glow.

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Bottom Line: A trio of creamy, shimmering highlights that will suit everyone’s look.

Price: £22 at Urban Decay

Rating: ***** 

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – Blush Kit Palette – Radiant

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Anastasia’s beautiful foursome of stunning blusher shades.

After falling in love with Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance and their contour palette, I decided to snap this palette up when I bought their Sugar Glow Kit. I’m so glad I did! I was umm-ing and arr-ing about which one to get seeings as they have a large amount of shades of blush to choose from in their triplet sets, but I decided to grab this Blush Kit to get the quad of colours.

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This kit boasts an array of pink and coral hues with added shimmer! The best thing about these shades is the fact you can mix them together to create your own peachy summer glow, or your own Barbie Pink blush.

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The powdered blush are so easy to blend and apply, you can really customise your shade by layering the different blushes or use them stand-alone. They’re also very pigmented, as with most of the Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics!

Bottom Line: The colours are gorgeous and the powder formula is so easy to use and blend!

Price: £31 at BeautyBay.com & Cult Beauty.

Rating: *****

 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Glow Kit – Nicole Guerriero

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The ultimate summer glow kit is here! And it’s Limited Edition! 

Wow! This is by far my favourite highlighting palette at the moment. The colours and glow are perfect for hot summery days at the beach!

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This kit boasts an array of golden browns and cute pink sand shades, as well as a piercing white with blue reflect! The best thing about these shades is the fact you can mix them together to create your own peachy summer highlight, or your golden goddess glow! Forever Young and Kitty Kat are my favourites to mix at the moment!

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Bottom Line: Amazing quality and value – a little highlight goes a long way!

Price: £44 at BeautyBay.com.

Rating: *****

Clionadh Cosmetics – Retina Highlighter

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This highlighter is like Unicorn essence! I’m in love with it!

The ladies at Clionadh Cosmetics have done it again with their Raidiants highlighter collection. I decided to snap them all up on Black Friday and I am loving them!

This one is called Retina, it is in a bigger pan (57mm) than their usual highlighters – and I am so glad about that! It is a beautiful mix of yellow, pink, green, blue and purple with multicoloured small shimmer.  As with their other highlighters, this one is vegan and cruelty free!

It creates a light base in the glow that reflects all the colours in the shimmer. You can find a swatch of this on my Instagram. This highlighter reflects beautifully in natural and artificial light. Below is a photo of it in natural sun light.

It makes me feel like a unicorn when I wear it!

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Bottom Line: Holy Moly it makes me feel like a unicorn! This is one of the best highlighters I have used – and I have used a lot!

Price: £15 @ Clionadh Cosmetics.

Rating: *****

theBalm – The Manizer Sisters – Luminizing Collection Palette

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A beautiful highlight and contouring palette for luscious glow and deep bronzing.

Wow! This palette is insane! That Mary-Lou highlight, the pretty pink blush of Cindy-Lou and the deep bronzer of Betty-Lou – what’s not to love?!

Mary-Lou Manizer is a beautiful gold shimmering highlighter which is perfect for accentuating your eyebrow and cheek bones. Cindy-Lou Manizer is the perfect blusher with a lovely, soft pink shade and slight hint of shimmer to create a beautiful natural glow! Betty-Lou Manizer bronzer is a lovely, not too dark, shade that gives a subtle contour which is perfect for daily contouring goals!

This palette is travel friendly, and the ultimate trio for daily, natural looks!

Bottom Line:  The cutest, trio of contour/highlighting/blush shades in one travel size palette!

Price: £24.00 at Debenhams 

Rating: *****

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Clionadh Cosmetics – Slaine Highlighter

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My first Clionadh order – Slaine (L) & Llyr (R)

Incredibly pigmented, great glow pay off!

I ordered two of the Deity Series highlighters from Clionadh Cosmetics, after eyeing the bad boys up on Instagram for far too long! I decided to go for Slaine and Llyr from their Deity Series, and both highlighters – along with their entire collection – are Vegan and Cruelty Free!!

My order came extremely quickly – I live in the UK and it turned up a few days after dispatching from Canada. It came incredibly packed in coordinating packaging and with a lot of protective wrap, and a lovely handwritten thank you.

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Slaine is a beautiful rose gold highlighter that is a blushed pink base with gold flecks, whereas, Llyr is a gorgeous split pan of a light pink and pale blue.

This highlighter, as with their others, is highly pigmented – offering a brilliant glow even from using just a light dusting of the highlighter. This makes it extremely easy to build up the glow you want to achieve.

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Slaine in all it’s glory!

Bottom Line: INCREDIBLE! These are the best highlighters I have used – and I have used a lot!

Price: £10 @ Clionadh Cosmetics on Etsy

Rating: *****

Sleek Highlighting Palette – Solstice

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Clockwise from Top; Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Equinox and Subsolar.

There is a reason you can find this highlighter palette all over Instagram! 

I was first intrigued by this highlighter when I saw it on my Instagram feed daily, and though – I must give it a go! Everyone who knows me already knows I never miss highlighting when it comes to my makeup, and this palette truly is a highlighting force to be reckoned with.

There are four shades, each with its own finish – there are two baked powders (Hemisphere and Equinox), one cream highlighter (Ecliptic) and one silky powder (Subsolar).

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Swatches!! L to R : Subsolar, Equinox, Hemisphere, Ecliptic.

The palette comes with it’s own brush applicator – which is handy for on the go application, but can apply the highlighters a bit too thickly for me. When applied using my fan brush these highlighters were more to my liking.

These highlighters are very glittery, so really do glow in light and may be a put off for others! My favourite shades from this palette have to be Ecliptic and Hemisphere. I really love Ecliptic’s cream texture as its easy to blend!

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and very sleek, with an inbuilt mirror and a rose gold finish:

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Bottom Line: Truly pigmented, high colour pay off highlighters! A drugstore must have.

Price: £9.99 at Boots.com.
It’s currently part of a gift set so for an extra penny you get a Matte Me lipstick – find it here!!

Rating: *****