Colourpop Yes, Please! Eyeshadow palette – $16

The Yes, Please! palette is Colourpop’s first ever 12 pan eyeshadow palette. Colourpop are known and loved for their high quality makeup for low prices, and I can’t argue with that. It’s only recently colourpop have released powder products. Before that they only had their super shock shadows which are a cream to powder type formula.

When I received this palette the first thing I noticed is that it was way smaller than I was expecting. This looks to be an average size palette online, but it’s actually around the size of my hand. This also means the eyeshadow pans are smaller than most. For $16 though I do still think it’s worth it.

The quality of these shadows is seriously amazing. They’re extremely pigmented with one swatch and blend in effortlessly. The shimmer shadows are the real stand out, they’re extremely buttery and creamy. The mattes feel a bit dry to the touch but they still perform great.

The colours in this palette are perfectly on trend. Everyone is lusting after these warm tones at the moment and it great that there’s finally and affordable palette for those of you on a lower budget.

As you can see from the swatches the shades are extremely pigmented. The only swatch I had to build up slightly was the bright yellow as this was a bit washy with one light swatch. The shimmer shades swatched effortlessly and are definitely my favourites in the palette.

Overall I highly recommend this palette for warm toned lovers. At only $16 I don’t think you will find another palette with the high quality that colourpop are offering. Let me know if you’ve tried this palette and what you think ! 

Flower beauty highlighting palette – $14

Flower beauty is the makeup brand of Hollywood star Drew Barrymore. If I’m completely honest, that made me skeptical. Celebrity makeup is often bad quality and you’re actually paying for the name, this palette however took me by surprise. The first thing to mention is that flower beauty is cruelty free which is brilliant for a smaller, mid price range brand.

The back of the palette claims these highlighters are long-lasting, provide a natural luminous glow, and sheer coverage. I completely agree these are long lasting, however I actually think these have a strong coverage for a highlighter. These shades are so blinding and are going to be perfect for those of you that love an intense glow.

As you can see the shades are extremely bright. What I love about them is that you get such an amazing glow, but they are shimmery and have absolutely no glitter in them. The texture of these highlighters is extremely soft and smooth. Every time I wear these people compliment my highlight. I also love that even though I’m extremely pale I can actually pull off all three of these shades, even the gold because it’s not too yellow ! Overall I highly recommend this palette, it’s one of my favourites, and for $14 you really can’t complain.

My favourite high end foundations (dry, sensitive skin)

So for my first post I thought I’d review my favourite high end foundation. I have dry and extremely sensitive skin and these foundations work wonders for me. For comparison my skin is mac NC15 – meaning I’m pretty pale !

Nars luminous weightless foundation – £35 :

So I actually picked this foundation up after a makeup artist used this on me in Selfridges in Birmingham. Nars describe this foundation as a natural, weightless coverage and claim it will last for 16 hours of wear. The first thing I noticed about this foundation is how runny it is. It’s a very watery so make sure you give it a good shake before use. The formula does however make it feel extremely weightless when applied to the skin, this didn’t feel cakey at all ! I find this foundation extremely full coverage, it gives me that look of airbrushed skin. As for 16 hours of wear, I never leave my makeup on that long. I did find this lasted through an 8 hour work day pretty well, however some of my oils did come through during the day so I had to powder my skin. The only con to this is that when my skin is severely dry and flakey it can cling to those areas, but nothing too awful. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves full coverage without that heavy feeling.

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation – £40 :

This is definitely the most expensive foundation I own, but I truly believe this was worth every penny. Armani claim this foundation has a buildable coverage and provides a lit from within glow. There is no claim on the wear time for this foundation. I definitely agree with both of those claims. This definitely doesn’t have as much coverage as the Nars foundation, but as claimed this can be built up. I would say this has a light-medium coverage, and I definitely prefer to use it when im having a good skin day. I find this gives me such a natural glow and it really enhances my natural skin rather than completely masking it. This foundation is perfect for those of you who love a natural medium coverage and a glowy coverage.