Violet Voss Flamingo Palette – swatches and first impressions

Violet Voss Flamingo Palette – swatches and first impressions

Hello to my lovely readers!

When I first saw the promo images for the new Violet Voss Flamingo eyeshadow palette I knew it had to be mine. I have heard really great things about the brand and the colours really grabbed my attention. Plus, it is flamingo themed and I LOVE flamingos – I even have a tattoo of one!

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I pre-ordered the palette from Discount Beauty Boutique on a Sunday, a few days prior to its release. I received a shipping notification the very next day. It turns out the stock had arrived early and the wonderful Samantha at DBB hustled to get all of the orders out ahead of schedule! I could hardly believe when my order arrived on the Tuesday. A huge shout out to DBB for the amazing customer service. They are a woman-owned small online business operating from the Gold Coast, and I just love supporting local and of course supporting women!  Definitely check out the site if you haven’t already as they stock a bunch of awesome brands.

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The palette retails for $69AUD, and contains 36 grams of product in total.  Violet Voss are a cruelty free brand.  The palette contains 10 matte shades (Flamingos, Oceanfront, Beach Ball, Watermelon, Lemonade, Popsicle, Sunbathe, Sand, Sandals and Sunnies), seven foil shades (Donut, Bikini, Tidal Wave, Pineapple, Surf, Island and Pinwheel), two topper shades (Flip Flops and Seashell) and one satin shade (Coral).

My first impressions upon swatching the shadow are extremely positive. The colours are very vibrant and the formula is super buttery and smooth, especially the foiled shades.  As always, swatch photos are taken in natural light on my Samsung Galaxy S8 with zero editing other than adding the shade names.

I have only had the chance to use the palette on my eyes once so far but I am really impressed with how it performed. I used a brush for the mattes and a combo of a brush and my fingers for the shimmers with great results. The shadows blended brilliantly and still looked great after 12 hours of wear.

If you are like me and love experimenting with colour and bright eye looks, this palette is definitely one I would recommend. It has a great mix of mattes and shimmers and I can see myself being able to create lots of different looks with it in the future. Make sure you are following me on Instagram, where I post makeup looks and mini reviews, because I can tell this palette will feature a lot!

Have you tried any Violet Voss palettes or any other super bright shadows? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

I will be back in the next week or so with a long-overdue update on my Project Pan. Hope to see you then!

Love,
Sarah xx

Colourpop Haul – My Little Pony Collection, brushes and more!

Colourpop Haul – My Little Pony Collection, brushes and more!

As you may have already seen on my Instagram, I recently received a big ol’ order from Colourpop, so I thought I’d put together a quick post to show you what I got!  Colourpop are one of my favourite makeup brands.  They are cruelty free and super affordable, and I’m really excited to see them branch out into a much wider range of products.  I’ve done some conversions at the time of posting from USD to AUD so Aussie visitors to my page can get a rough idea of how much these items will set you back (spoiler alert – not much!)  I love reading and watching hauls so I hope you all enjoy this one!

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My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – $16USD, approx $21AUD
I’m a recent convert to Colourpop’s powder eyeshadows and this palette offers a great selection of shades which are quite different to anything else out there at the moment.  I’ve used it a few times already and the quality is fantastic, and the packaging is completely adorable!

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Belle of the Ball Pressed Powder Shadow Palette – $12USD, approx $16AUD
I adore pink eyeshadows so this palette offered a perfect selection of the single shades.  There are a few different curated combinations of the single shadows available, so it is a great way to try out the product without becoming overewhelmed by all the different shades to choose from.  Buying in a palette is more economical, too!

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From top to bottom:
My Little Pony Pressed Powder Highlighter in Trickles – $8USD, approx $10.50AUD
Blending Brush – $6USD, approx $8AUD
Pressed Powder Shadows in Poodle and Paper Tiger – $4USD each, approx $5.30AUD
Pressed Powder Highlighters in Here Kitty Kitty and Go Honey – $8USD each, approx $10.50 AUD
You can purchase the single shadows, highlighters and other products in the pan only, or in a com;pact for an extra $1USD.  I store mine in my a2o Lab Magnetic Palette – there are a bunch of different ones available here, and they are a fraction of the cost of a Z Palette.
My Little Pony Super Shock Shadow in Sunbeam – $5USD, approx $6.50AUD
Tapered Blending Brush – $6USD, approx $8AUD

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From top to bottom:
My Little Pony Ultra Matte Lip in Pinwheel – $6USD, approx $8AUD
No Filter Concealer – $6USD, approx $8AUD
I bought shades 05 Fair and 10 Fair Neutral to try and I am really impressed so far!
Ultra Matte Lip in Bad Habit – $6USD, approx $8AUD
This is a bonus mini that was thrown in with a handwritten note apologising for the delay in delivery (which I didn’t really notice, but would have been due to the massive My Little Pony release).  How is that for customer service?
Precision Brown Pencil in Dope Taupe – $5USD, approx $6.50AUD

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Crystal Setting Spray in Aventurine – $6USD, approx $8AUD
I haven’t actually heard a lot about this range of primer and setting sprays, but at such a good price I’m really looking forward to trying it out.  It also came in a glass bottle which was a nice, fancy surprise!

So there you have it for the haul!  Please let me know in the comments if you would like more detailed reviews on any of the products.  Keep an eye on my Instagram for some swatches coming up too (if the sun ever comes out and gives me some decent lighting!)

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you back here very soon

Sarah xx

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

I am the first to admit that I know next to nothing about the Instagram institution that is Huda Kattan, but as soon as I laid eyes on this palette I knew it had to be mine.

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The Desert Dusk palette is the second eyeshadow palette released by Huda’s brand, Huda Beauty, following on from the hugely successful Rose Gold palette that was released last year.  I don’t own the Rose Gold palette because it didn’t particularly stand out to me at the time (but as I’m looking at it again now I don’t really know why – it’s stunning!).  Both of Huda’s palettes are available from Sephora here in Australia and Sephora online.  At $95, the Desert Dusk palette was quite a splurge, but based on my initial impressions alone, it has been worth every cent!

The palette consists of 18 shades inspired by “the soft warmth of the desert, rays of sunset light washing the sky and dunes”.  This includes eight mattes, six pearl/shimmers, three duo-chrome toppers and one glitter.  The toppers can be used alone or on top of other shades, and they catch the light and reflect beautifully.  One minor gripe I have is that the glitter shade is literally just a pan of glitter, so will require the use of a glitter glue, and the pan has gotten quite messy already.  In my opinion, the palette has every shade and finish you need for a complete eye look, with options for neutral base colours and warmer crease colours.  “Desert Sand” is a beautiful buttery neutral shade that I have been using as a base over primer, and “Musk”, “Eden” and “Amber” all work well in crease as transition shades.  The other more vibrant shades can be used to create depth, add a pop of colour or to highlight.

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All of the shadows (bar the glitter) swatched well and are a lovely smooth texture.  The shades that I have used on my eyes (which I can’t actually remember at this point – forgive me!) applied easily and blended out well.  There was a little bit of fall out, but this will always happen when you’re dealing with super pigmented shadows.

The packaging is simple slimline sturdy cardboard which will make it great for travelling.  While some cardboard packaging can get a bit dirty and banged up, I don’t think it will be a big problem with this palette due to the dark colour theme and high-quality feel to it.  The front of the packaging features an absolutely STUNNING photo of Huda wearing shades from the palette and her signature lush lashes, and embossed gold text.  Some may be put off by Huda’s branding, but hey, I say work it girl!  Probably my favourite part of the packaging is the shield that protects the mirror from the shadows (if there is a correct name for this thing, please do let me know!)  Instead of a flimsy piece of plastic that you get in most palettes, it is very thick and sturdy, and again features Huda’s gorgeous eyes.

Now for the swatches!  The photos below were taken in natural light on my Samsung Galaxy S7, with the only editing to the background and of course adding the shade names.  The colours haven’t been altered at all.

As I have said, the palette was on the pricey side for me, but I have absolutely no regrets.  The shades are ones that I normally gravitate towards, and while I do have similar palettes and single shadows in my collection (like the BYS Peach Palette from my last blog post), the quality of the Desert Dusk palette is outstanding, and I can easily see this becoming my new favourite.

Have you tried this palette or any other Huda Beauty products?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks you all so much, as always, for following my little beauty project, and I will have some more content coming very soon!

Until next time,

Sarah xx