As soon as I saw the first image Anastasia Beverly Hills released of this palette, I literally thought it it was Modern Renaissance. They even had the same shades?

& of course, the detective-ness in me had to find out.

Firstly, 3 shades are repeated & all the other colours had similar vibes. The whole of the internet also pretty much had the same impression.

So I of course, decided to compare them.


I swatched them, side by side with the closest possible shades in each palette.


& here's my outcome:

The first three from the bottom are the colours that are repeated; Cyprus Umber, Burnt Orange & Tempera.

After that, I had trouble matching these shades. The next two are golden ochre from MR, which I had to pair with Noir from the SG and these are obviously completely different.

The only shades I found pretty similar is Buon Fresco (MR) with Dusty Rose, but Dusty rose is darker. There are a LOT more shimmery shades in the Soft Glam palette, which I love.

In my opinion, the three shades that are repeated are excellent. They're pretty popular shades, and go really well in this palette. I can understand why ABH took some well loved shades, and put it into a new palette. Most people have probably hit pan on these shades!

The other thing I've heard, is many shades aren't new and are available as singles. I find that even though available as singles, the option to have it in a palette is cheaper, and ABH have done a really good job at incorporating their already well loved shades into a palette.

Although the shades at first look the same, as both palettes are very warm toned and pink, they're most definitely not the same. I would call this, an upgraded version of the already well loved Modern Renaissance palette!



So here, I used Orange Soda in the crease, and on the outer corner, added Sienna. I was dying to use the glittery Rose Pink shade, so added that to the main part of the lid. I then put Sultry on the outer part of the lid, on top of Sienna. I used Dusty Rose on the lower lid & Fairy as the inner corner highlight.

The name Soft Glam perfectly describes the looks you can do with this palette.

Of course, ABH palettes have fall out and are quite soft. This palette has its usual amount of fall out, but nothing extreeeeme. I found that they blended really easily, and the glitter shades are so so so buttery and fabulous.

I already know that this palette is going to look just like my ABH one. Obsessed with it already.




19 February 2018

Soft Glam Vs. Modern Renaissance. Are they the same?

Who knows my obsession with Violet Voss palettes?
If you didn't, yeah.. I'm obsessed. I'm so obsessed that I've had my eye on the Violet Voss Ride or Die Palette for about a year now. I just couldn't justify the price. You can shop it on Beauty Bay here.


I managed to get the palette with 25% off on Beauty Bay. That's £52.50. Let's divide £52.50 with 42 (that's how many shadows there are) and it works out to be £1.25 per shadow which means I can definitely justify the price. Ha.

I want to start off with talking about the formula and colours, but at the end of this post, I will show you comparisons with the other Violet Voss shadows I own (including pictures). Let's just say, I was pretty surprised with the outcome.

Formula

Right, if you're new to my blog, you need to know.. Violet Voss are my favourite shadows & this palette doesn't disappoint.

Their main finishes's are:
- Matte - which are pretty pigmented, even in this palette.
- Metallic - which are amazingly buttery and creamy. They glide on really well and are VERY easy to work with.
- Shimmers - they're not as buttery and creamy as the metallics, but they do have an amazing colour quality.

The only palette I've noticed that isn't consistent with their amazing formula, is the Nicol Concillio palette. Although a great palette, I feel the formula was different.

Price
I've already addressed this above, but as much as I love Violet Voss shadows, I wouldn't spend £70 in one go on a palette. However, at the discounted rate.. it's good.

Colours 

My main concern with this palette was.. Are the colours the same as the other Violet Voss palettes I own?
This wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.. because then you can just buy this one palette and you're set for life! So I decided to compare the shades in this palette with the palettes I already own & I was pretty surprised at the results.

I'll start off with telling you about the palettes I own already:


- The Holy Grail palette (HG)
- The Laura Lee Palette (LL)
- The Nicol Concillio Palette (NC)

I know they had others such as the Drench Metals, Matte about you & a Taupe Notch palette, but I wasn't into them, however I think the palettes I own are on the same colour range so will give me a good representation on if Violet Voss just repackaged the same shadows into a huge palette..



I compared in columns, from top to bottom, and I swatched many together. The first column the only 'dupe' I thought I found was Michelle & NYC (from the NC palette).


However when swatched together, Michelle had a blue glitter and they were surprisingly very different.

Next column:

These brown shades, I thought I would definitely find a dupe. I was certain. I'm sure if I had the Taupe Notch or the Matte About You palette there would have been a dupe.

The only similar shades I could find was Skylar to Bubs in the Nicol Concillio palette.

When swatched together, they were again.. not the same at all:


Next Column:



Here's Cool Beans (from HG) Kelly, Destiny & Tickled Pink (from HG).

So here, Cool beans & Destiny were the same. Tickled Pink & Destiny weren't.

So the next column, the yellow column:




So this looks confusing. The middle row is the whole of the yellow column swatched. The swatches on the right hand side to the middle column are the colours that I found from other palettes that are similar, so..

Jessica is identical to Victoria in the NC palette.. funny how they're both names too!

I thought Jane was similar to Hissy Fit in the LL palette, but it's slightly different.. so I don't think that it counts!

The next column:


Similar shades I found were:


This is Ashley swatched next to Alabama (LL) and Hey Girl (NC) .. again I thought they were similar, but all very different.

Now from here, it starts to get really interesting.



This is Stephanie next to Bitty (LL) and they are the same..


The next is Allison next to Hey Girl (HG). This again is pretty much the same colour. Hey Girl, is just a tad darker.

But the last column yields the craziest results.



The right swatches are the last column in the Ride or Die palette, and the left are the similar shades, mostly from the HG palettes. ATTENTION BABES OF MAKEUP. THEY ARE IDENTICAL!

Amy is the same as Wine n Dine (HG)
Andrea is the same as Cranberry Splash (HG)
Holly is the same as Rammer Jammer (LL)
Scarlett is the same as On Fleek (HG)
Isabella is the same as Ploof (HG)

Shocked.

Overall
So, my detective abilities yielded some interesting results.

Overall, I found that the majority of shades on the left hand side of the ride and die palette, were pretty unique. A few shades are similar to some other palettes, but pretty unique.

However, the right side of the ride and die palette was pretty much a dupe of the Holy Grail palette.

So:

- Either just buy the Ride and Die and you're set for life.
- If you only like the berry toned shades, get the Holy Grail palette, instead of this.
- The Laura Lee palette was the most unique palette.
- The Nicol Concillio palette was quite similar to the Ride or Die (basically just buy the Ride or Die).

Overall, I'm not really fussed because the Holy Grail palette is quite literally my holy grail.. so I now have dupes of my fave shades. I kinda wish Violet Voss hinted at the fact that the berry toned shades were the same, so I would have known.. but no shade at all because I highly respect their shadow quality.

Do I recommend this palette? Yes.. I guess so.

16 February 2018

Is the Violet Voss Ride or Die palette just old shades repackaged?



Disclaimer:
- For the consistency of this experiment, every concealer in this series will be set with the ABH powder in the contour kit, AKA a somewhat decent powder. No baking or variation from powders will occur for a true review of the concealers.
- This post includes raw, unfiltered close up images of my face to show what the concealer looks like in its true form. Some were taken in a rush, so pls do not judge meh.
- I always used 1 to 2 shades lighter concealer compared to my foundation. I know some people don't, but that's my preference. Some shades were purchased online, so may be darker or lighter for my skin. I usually am pretty bad at colour matching lol.

This is the Colourpop No filter concealer in shade medium tan 35. Please refer to my Colourpop Haul.

Shade Range

There's 15 shades, and they have a good range of light to dark tones.

Price
It's $6. So it doesn't really matter if you don't get along with it right? It's also very cheap if you need to repurchase.

Application
Pretty easy application. It's a nice creamy consistency, and blends out really really well. I did think the colour matched my skin, but I like to use a lighter concealer under my eyes. So it isn't my fave shade.




It managed to stay on for the whole day, and cover my dark circles pretty well - however I do feel like it gets darker after a few hours - so oxidises? Which is interesting as I've never noticed that in a concealer before. 


I find pairing this with a light concealer, works really well! 

Verdict
So overall, I would definitely repurchase but go one shade lighter. This colour I would use as a spot concealer, to cover up dark circles. For the price, you can't really go wrong!

31 January 2018

Concealer Diaries | Part 2: Colourpop No Filter Concealer



Let's be honest. I was really sceptical when I purchased this, because of the Subculture palette. I didn't buy that. I decided I didn't want to include myself into that type of drama.. and then I didn't buy this for the longest time just in case it was similar to the Subculture palette, until of course Beauty Bay had it on sale for £33 instead for £43.. so I HAD to purchase. If you want it at the discounted price then you can purchase it here, & you may want to hurry as I'm sure it'll sell out pretty fast.

Let's start with swatches:


From Left to Right: Lucid, Eden, Unity, Sphinx, Osiris, Sphere & Obsidian.


From Left to Right: Dimension, Parallel, Pyramid, Throne, Saturn, Eternal, Lure.

Reasons why I didn't initially buy were:
- I thought the colours were all over the place, and couldn't initially work out how I would combine these shadows to make my eyes look acceptable.
- Of course, the patchiness and fall out of the Subculture palette. I was really upset about the Subculture palette, simply because I love Modern Renaissance SO much. I've hit pan on nearly all the shades. P.s. I'm totally buying the Soft Glam palette, which looks like an upgraded version of MR. I didn't like it at first, but now I'm like yaaass.
- There's way too many bright colours in here for my liking. Sphere? What you doing? You should not be allowed to be applied onto the eyes. No.
- I dislike green eyeshadow.
- I thought Lure looked exactly like Buon Fresco in the MR palette, & I didn't really need it.
- A black shadow. I feel like adding a black to a small palette of 14 colours really bugs me. I have about 20 eyeshadow palettes with a black shade in it.. if I needed a black, I could open one of them. I realise, that that is a very unpopular opinion.

Reasons why I regret not initially buying:
- Uhhhh, this palette is so unique. In fact, the colour combinations are endless. The first combination I did was Lure with pyramid & I loved it. I realised that I don't have similar shades in different palettes, even the Gold's are very unique. Lucid is a super unique colour which I really feel like I could get a lot of use out of.
I love that I can create a really dark smokey look with this palette, and also a really light look.
- Yep, its not got anything wrong with it in terms of fall out. Everyone knows these days that the more pigmented the colours are, the more fall out there is. There's nothing wrong with fall out, and there's nothing wrong with this palette.
I'm actually finding the colours super pigmented, especially the matte colours. They are really lovely and blend out really well.
The shimmer shades are super buttery. I love that in a shimmer shadow. It makes me very happy.
There are really nice colours I can see as a transition shade -  Unity, Lure & even Sphere would look really nice in the crease.
- The bright colours aren't so offensive after all. Sphere is actually really nice. As you can see by the swatch, it isn't as bright as it looks, and I am really excited to incorporate this into an eye look. When I'm feeling brave one day..
- I can actually see myself wearing this green.. lol.
- Ok, so Lure is an upgraded version of Buon Fresco. Buon Fresco is one of my fave shades. This is slightly darker, and more pigmented and as I've hit pan on Buon Fresco, it's kinda like my replacement for that.

Go. Buy. This. Palette.


30 January 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette First Impressions!

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