REVIEW & SWATCHES │Wet’n’Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone

wet n wild comfort zone

Hello lovelies,

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a bit of an eyeshadow snob. My experience with drugstore eyeshadows haven’t been as good – Catrice is hit or miss, Essence (the ones I’ve tried) is miss – the only nice affordable eyeshadows were Artdeco and Inglot. I’ve heard a lot about Wet’n’Wild eyeshadows – some reviews said they were horrible, some raved about them. With such a varied reviews, I needed to try the eyeshadows to make the decision.

While browsing Wet’n’Wild stand I noticed a nice green duochrome eyeshadow which was a part of Comfort Zone palette. The rest of the shades seemed nice, so I decided to pick the palette. The palette retails for 49,90 kunas (around $9) in Croatia.

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SWATCH & REVIEW│ Dior Mono Eyeshadow in It-Purple

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Hello lovelies,

recently Dior have launched a new collection which features a new mascara in 4 shades, a new eyeliner and 4 new shades of their mono eyeshadow. I was slightly intrigued by the sparkly black but it was out of stock (and I’m glad, because I saw it later in store and it wasn’t anything special) so I only got the purple.

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REVIEW │ Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Eyeshadow Trio in Viridian Bloom

elizabeth arden eyeshadow trio viridian bloom 2

Hello lovelies,

how often do you buy product just because you like the packaging?

I am a total sucker for pretty packaging so I couldn’t miss this beautiful Elizabeth Arden eyeshadow trio. Even though it is a part of last year’s spring collection I decided to review it since it is still available on feelunique.

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New In: Dior, Caudalie, Clarins, L’Oreal

dior clarins caudalie haul

Hello lovelies,

my no-buy is still going strong, but I have finally received my feelunique and echemist orders.

Recently Dior have launched their It Line which features 4 shades of new Addict It Lash Mascara (black, pink, purple and blue), 4 shades of liquid Addict It-Line eyeliner (black, pink, purple and blue) and 4 new shades of mono eyeshadow (yellow, black, pink and purple) (you can get them all at feelunique). I’ve been toying with an idea to get a coloured mascara, so this was the perfect chance and I bought Addict It Lash mascara in blue. I considered getting an eyeliner, but I’m not a fan of liquid eyeliners, so I passed them.

For years I’ve been trying to find a dupe of my perfect purple eyeshadow: Urban Decay Ecstasy (which I got in Book of Shadows 2 palette) and Dior Mono eyeshadow in It-Purple looked like a pretty decent match.

dior clarins caudalie haul 1

Then I was feeling a bit in a citrusy mood so I decided to use a discount and get Caudalie Zeste de Vigne shower gel. I enjoyed The de Vigne gel, so I hope this one won’t disappoint. I also received several samples with my order: La Roche Possay Redermic R anti wrinkle treatment and Decleor Aroma Lisse Energizing Smoothing Cream SPF 15. It’s been awhile since I last used Decleor, so I’m looking forward to trying it.

dior clarins caudalie haul 2

Ever since I’ve started to shop on-line, I was looking for an eu-based store with reasonable or no shipping which has Clarins products and I finally discovered There I have found Clarins Everlasting foundation for mere GBP20, which is over 30% cheaper than its retail price in Croatia. While I do not need a foundation at the moment (I’m currently using a BB cream), it was too good a deal to miss out. I like the Clarins foundation – this is the second time I’ve repurchased it – and it will be good to have a heavier coverage foundation in the arsenal. Another bonus it that this foundation can be diluted with moisturizer for a lighter coverage.

I’ve also repurchased another product of which I only have fond memories – L’Oreal Voluminous x5 Carbon Black Mascara. It’s been my HG, but I never dared to purchased it in Croatia as the products in Croatian drugstores aren’t sealed, so you often end up with buying a dried out or damaged product.

Well, this is it. My sister told me to expect some Nuxe – I can’t wait to see what did she get me. I also hope that my iHerb package will be here soon.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara



theBalm Shady Lady Special Edition palette swatch & review

Hello lovelies,

how often do you buy make-up based on the packaging?

I have to admit that the packaging is important to me and it certainly influences my impulse purchases. One of such was theBalm Shady Lady Special Edition palette. As a reptile lover, I couldn’t resist the snakeskin print packaging. The palette is available at for GBP26.

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This palette comes in a cardboard packaging with magnetic closure and a mirror on the flip top. It contains 9 pretty big eyeshadows, each containing 2,2 grams of product. All the eyeshadows belong to the neutral color family and even though it contains cool toned eyeshadows, the overall tone of the palette leans to the warm side.

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The eyeshadows are dry and very powdery – even a light touch of brush kicks up a lot of powder. I had a bit of fallout during the application. The lighter shades are very pigmented, but two of the darkest shades leave a lot to be desired. All the shades are shimmery and some contain microglitter. The swatches are made on bare skin without the primer.

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The eyeshadows wear well even without a primer (I have oily lids) – up to six hours. With primer, they stay on until you decide to remove them.

Three shades are eyeshadow/eyeliner shades, while the rest is just the eyeshadow. I didn’t notice any difference in formula.

Let’s go through all the eyeshadows:

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Envious Erin is a pigmented pale shimmery ivory.

Devilish Danielle is a pigmented shimmery champagne.

Luscious Lani is a pigmented shimmery pink which looks very peachy on the skin.


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Insane Jane is a shimmery medium dark taupe eyeshadow/eyeliner (tbh, it is a bit light for an eyeliner). It is one of my favourite shade – both color-wise and formula-wise. I’m considering getting a single (if it exists; I can’t find it on feelunique).

Mischievous Marissa is a shimmery copper orange-gold eyeshadow. It has a great pigmentation.

Just This Once Jamie is a shimmery grayish lavender purple eyeshadow. It is the second favourite, although the pigmentation could be a bit better


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Feisty Felicia is a shimmery dark, almost black, purple with bright purple and golden microglitter eyeshadow/eyeliner and it is the biggest disappointment in the palette. It looks so pretty in the pan, but the amazingness doesn’t show up on the skin. The base colour isn’t very pigmented – it a splotchy, uneven dark grey. The microglitter doesn’t translate well on the skin – you just get a grey splotch with a sparkle here and there. The colour payoff is too weak for it to work as an eyeliner (unless you use Inglot Duraline or other sealing gel).

Caught in the Act Courtney is a shimmery bronzy brown eyeshadow/eyeliner with golden and bronze sparkly microshimmer. It is another disappointment, albeit not such as Feisty Felicia. The pigmentation is slightly better, although it doesn’t apply super evenly. The glitter is more apparent.

Shameless Shana is another shimmery copper shade, although it looks browner compared to Mischievous Marissa. It has a great colour-payoff.

In spite of the two bad-performing shades, I think it is a great palette. I would like the eyeshadow formula to be closer to the one of Urban Decay, but I can work with it. You just need a super soft brush to apply them. The shades in the palette offer a numerous combinations – from super natural neutral looks to smoky eye.

xoxo Tamara

New In: Sisley, Guerlain, Treasures by Tan

sisley guerlain haul

Hello lovelies,

here are several other items I’ve bought this May. First there is Sisley L’Orchidee Rose blush which I ordered from Liberty London. They had some promo going on and I ended up paying it only GBP12. I wanted to get a bronze version too, but it was out of stock.

Then I accidentally entered one perfumery and found that they have some Guerlain 50% off. I wanted to try the new style of quads forever, so this was the perfect chance. I got Les Gris and Les Tendres. I also bought two nail polishes: Madame Batifole and Star Dust.


treasures by tan haul

While I was browsing Etsy looking for stainless steel balls for nail polish, I found an interesting new indie seller: Treasures by Tan. I saw that they carried a whole collection of interesting shades of holo nail polishes. I wasn’t sure about paying $95 for a whole collection, so I waited for a discount.

treasures by tan

These aren’t the strongest holos there – some shades are rather subtle and they require at least 3 coats for opaqueness. I have yet to test them and I plan to post a review soon.

treasures by tan haul 1

Being in a periwinkle phase, I couldn’t resist another nail polish: Love Spell – a periwinkle holo (sadly, rather subtle). I also received two cute minis as a GWP: Holo can you go and Little Bo Peep.

Well, this would be all (until my Dior Addict It and Real Techniques stuff arrive).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

bareMinerals Shine On Set Review and Swatches

bareminerals palette holiday

Hello lovelies,

I know this palette has been a part of Holiday 2012 collection, but I decided to review it as it sometimes pops up on feelunique and lookfantastic. The full price of the set was 24 GBP, but I got it on sale for 50%off.

The set comes in a bulky, flimsy plastic box which is a magnet for fingerprints. You also get a golden clutch, but I didn’t snap the picture of it.

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The set contains everything you need: 2 eyeshadows (Glitterati and Center Stage), a blush (The Big Break), an eye primer, an eyeliner (4PM), a lip gloss (A Lister), blush and eyeshadow applicators. The blush applicator can work on the go, but the sponge tip applicator is nothing special

bareminerals palette holiday 1

A blush is a pale peachy pink – a perfect everyday blush. Its lightness and satin finish can also make it a great highlighter for darker skin. On my NC15-20 skin it shows like a subtle blush. I definitely plan to use it (and possibly repurchase full size) on days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have the time to blend brighter blushes.

Center Stage is a satin dark purple, almost black eyeshadow. It swatched patchy, but it goes on evenly and blends easily.

Glitterati is a pale shimmery pink. It is very pigmented.

I don’t like the huge contrast between the eyeshadows – I would prefer a bit lighter shade instead of Center stage.

Round the Clock eyeliner in 4PM is an eggplant purple eyeliner. It is super creamy and soft – perfect for eyes and waterline. It sets quickly after application and stays on. I tried on my waterline and it left a pretty nice colour there and stayed on for over 4 hours without fading.

Primetime eyelid primer is very close to becoming a holy grail. It is a pale shimmery gold primer- It works great under the eyeshadow – it makes the eyeshadow last for the whole day without creasing or fading. Another bonus is that you can use the primer on its own as an eyeshadow. The primer sets quickly and, once it is set, it won’t budge.

The photo below shows what happens to the swatches of 4PM eyeliner and primer after scrubbing them with soap – the eyeliner faded a bit, but the primer is still there.

bareminerals palette holiday after cleansing

The last item is Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in A Lister. It is a shimmery nude peachy gloss – pretty pigmented and almost non-sticky. I’m not a fan of the fact that it contains mint – it unnecessarily irritates my lips – but other than this, the gloss is great.

I like that you can create a whole(albeit a bit shimmery) look with this palette only. The items you get complement each other, but even though the overall quality of the products is great and you get very generous amount of products, I would not pay the full price for it.


blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner:

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blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner, lipgloss, primer:

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eyeliner, lipgloss, primer (not blended), primer (blended):

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara



URBAN DECAY Naked 3 Palette Swatch & Review

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Hello lovelies,

it is finally mine :) After getting Naked, I wasn’t really into Naked 2 (although I plan to get it one day), but Naked 3 is really right up my alley.

Naked 3 comes in a metal case with mirror. It doesn’t feel as sturdy as I though it will, but it is a definite improvement over the packaging of the original Naked. I have to admit that I hope they repackage all the palettes into a rubbery packaging like Naked Basics.

The palette contains 12 full sized rosy toned eyeshadows – 3 matte, 8 shimmer and 1 glitter. It retails for GBP37. The palette comes with a slightly scratchy dual ended brush. The brush isn’t the best, but it will do.

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URBAN DECAY Naked Basics Palette Swatch and Review

naked basics

Hello lovelies,

I have finally found some time to write down my review of my Naked Basics palette. I took these photos ages ago and they’ve been sitting in my computer folder. I’ve worn the shadows several times to see how they act.

As you probably know, Naked Basics is a 6-shade all matte palette from Urban Decay’s Naked range. If you are from Croatia, you can get Naked Basics (as well as other Urban Decay products) at Beautybay, HqHair or Lookfantastic (if they have it in stock) and it usually retails for 20 GBP.

It comes in a rubberized plastic compact which I find a bit difficult to open. In my case, opening it often includes broken nails. The compact includes the mirror, but you don’t get any other extra freebie like a brush or a mini sized product. Below are two photos for size reference:

As you can see, the Naked Basics is approximately half the size of the original Naked and a bit bigger than a Chanel nail polish bottle.

It contains six shades – 5 are real matte finish while one has satin finish. The shades are: Venus (satin ivory white), Foxy (matte yellow based beige), Walk of Shame (W.O.S. – matte champagne based beige), Naked 2 (matte light taupey brown), Faint (matte dark brown with taupe undertone) and Crave (matte blackened brown). Venus is the satin ivory shade. All shades perform well – they all have an excellent colour payoff, feel buttery smooth, apply and blend easily.

Below are closer photos of the shadows, as well as the swatches:

naked basics swatch

Quality-wise, I cannot find any fault in this palette (other than the packaging which is not easy to open). The eyeshadows are great (like all other Urban Decay shadows). They wear well without a primer, although with my super oily lids I prefer to use a base under the shadows.

However, I have issues with color selection. While I usually prefer to have more lighter than dark colours, I feel as if this palette is not well balanced. The main reason is probably the fact that they decided to limit it to six shades – I think 10 or even 12 shades all matte palette would be more versatile.

Basically, in Naked Basics you get a highlighting colour (Venus), yellow (Foxy) and champagne (Walk of Shame) toned lid colour, one light (Naked 2) and one darker (Faint) crease colour and a dark, almost black shade which you can use instead of an eyeliner (Crave). I can understand having more lid colours to cater warm and cold undertones, but I feel that the palette is missing at least one medium brown – darker than Naked 2, but lighter than Faint which looks darker on the skin than in the pan.

While I would like to see (and buy) a matte palette with versatile colour choice, I still like Naked Basics. Its size make it extremely compact and portable – it fits even the smallest bag. The color selection is very work appropriate, so this might be a great staple if you travel on a lot of business trips.

Do you own any of the Nakeds and how do you like them?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

MAKE UP FACTORY Mat Eyeshadow #08 Swatch & Review (Perfect for contouring on pale skin)

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve already mentioned that I have found the best contouring product ever. I am very pale (NC15) and it is hard to find a good product which won’t look too orange or too dirty. Currently I’m using Guerlain blush or YSL bronzer, but they are a bit too warm for my skin. I’ve actually planned to get MAC blush in Harmony, but I have found my HG before I got the chance to visit MAC.

Već sam spomenula da sam pronašla savršeni proizvod za konturiranje. Koža mi je veoma svijetla (NC15) i jako je teško pronaći proizvod koji neće biti pretaman, izgledati prljavo ili narančasto. Trenutno koristim Guerlain rumenilo ili YSL bronzer, ali ipak su pretople nijanse za moju kožu. Namjeravala sam kupit MAC rumenilo u nijansi Harmony, ali sam srećom pronašla HG prije nego što sam išla do MAC-a.

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URBAN DECAY Naked Palette Swatch and Review (En attendant Naked 3 :) )


Hello lovelies,

as you know, Urban Decay is launching Naked 3 palette. From the Naked 3 review and swatches on Temptalia, it is considerably more pink toned than the two previous and it will be available in the States in November. I’m glad I found out about it because I was debating getting Naked 2 which was, luckily, out of stock and which is very similar to original Naked palette which I have (plus it contains black eyeshadow which I rarely use). When I pay for a palette, I expect to use every shade and this wouldn’t be the case with Naked 2.

naked closed

Okay, back to original Naked palette. It is a very warm toned palette. It comes with a mini version of Urban Decay Primer Potion and an eyeshadow brush.

The brush is okay – it is very soft and applies the makeup well. The palette is made of cardboard wrapped in brown velvet which gets dirty easily and it is hard to clean later. It has magnetic closure.

The palette retails for 37GBP on hqhair, but I got a great deal – Naked and Naked Basic for 56GBP plus 20% off which means I got both palettes for around 45GBP. Unfortunately, such sets aren’t currently available, but feel free to stalk hqhair – they’ll probably restock soon.

Still, even at the full price, it is a great value. The palette contains twelve full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadows in the following shades:

naked back

It is very travel friendly and has a good variety of shades. I’d probably add another lighter eyeshadow and more satin or matte ones, but this palette is appropriate for a variety of looks – from neutral work appropriate look to sexy smokey eye. Here are all the shadows swatched:

naked swatch all

The quality of the eyeshadows is amazing – they are buttery soft and apply like a dream. All the shades are pigmented, although some are more than the other. The shadows wear well with the primer – over 12 hours. It is important to mention that I have super oily lids and without a primer nothing lasts for more than half an hour. With primer, I can get approximately 6-8 hours of wear from other eyeshadows.

The finish of the eyeshadow varies – some are matte, some are pearl, some are shimmer and some have glitter finish. I have separate the shadows in groups of three and I’ll talk more about each eyeshadow.

Virgin, Sin, Naked:

VIRGIN is a satiny light beige. Although it looks like, it is not completely matte. I like to use this shade in the inner corners of my eyes to highlight.

SIN is a pearly champagne with a hint of pink. It is a great highlighting shade.

NAKED is dark beige matte shade. I had no issues with applying it – mattes sometimes can be powdery, but this is not the case with naked.

Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked:

SIDECAR is a shimmery medium bronze brown. Quality wise this is one of my favourite shades. It is so pigmented and easy to apply.

BUCK is a medium dark matte brown. Again no complaints -perfect application and texture.

HALF BAKED is my all-time favourite summer eyeshadow. It is a pearly coppery bronze. I already have this shade in my BOS2, but I’m coming very close to hitting a pan, so it’s great to have a back-up.

Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted

SMOG is a medium dark bronze.

DARKHORSE is a brownish bronze with a bit of shimmer. It is slightly less pigmented than previously mentioned shades, but still very good

TOASTED is a shimmery pinky brown.

Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal

HUSTLE is a shimmery mocha

CREEP shimmery dark grey. This is probably the sheerest eyeshadow in the palette.

GUNMETAL slivery grey with glitter. It has a bit of fall out, but it is great for smokey eye.

Overall, I love this palette, although I’d prefer maybe more not so shimmery/pearly shades and more lighter eyeshadows, since those are the shadows I use the most. It is still a great value and a definite must-have.

Do you own any Naked and are you looking forward to Naked 3?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

ORIFLAME Preppy Chic Eyeshadow in Brown Swatch and Review

oriflame preppy

Hello lovelies,

here’s another non-nail polish related post. I’m searching for a neutral, not too shimmery and travel friendly neutral eyeshadow palette. My main candidate is Urban Decay Naked Basic, but I haven’t purchased it yet because overall it is too light – four light shades, one medium dark brown and one black (which I probably wouldn’t wear). When I saw Oriflame eyeshadow trio I thought that this might be a good replacement, but unfortunately it isn’t.

Oriflame Peppy Chic eyeshadow trio in Brown features three neutral, slightly shimmery shades: a champagne beige, medium dark bronze brown and medium dark taupe brown. All shades contain shimmer, but it is not too visible once applied.

oriflame preppy closeup

All three shades are buttery smooth, but the pigmentation isn’t consistent. The least pigmented is a champagne shade – as you can see on the swatch, it is barely visible and I had a lot of trouble getting anything to show on the skin. The shadow is definitely a disappointment – it doesn’t sit on the skin nicely and has a fallout.

On the other hand, two other shades are perfect – pigmented, smooth and no fallout. They are the complete opposite to the champagne shades. I simply love them :)

I have oily lids, so nothing stays on without a primer, but with the primer all shades wore for over 10 hours.

Overall, if it weren’t for the champagne shade, it would not be a bad eyeshadow for the price (cca $6).

Here are the swatches, made without the primer:

oriflame preppy brown swatch

oriflame preppy chic brown eyeshadow

Thank you for reading.

xoxo Tamara

SISLEY Phyto Ombre Eclat in #9 Garden Rose Review and Swatch

Hello everybody,

this eyeshadow was purchased several months ago, because I wanted something pink that I could use as a blush and this was the perfect shade.

Sisley eyeshadow contain 1,5grams and retail for around $50 (very pricey). It comes in a matte plastic black box which catches fingerprints quickly. The mirror and the spoonge tip applicator are included.

Garden rose is a warm pink with peachy gold shimmer. The shimmer is not very noticeable – it is here to give an extra dimension, rather than in-your-face sparkle.

The texture is soft and buttery. There is no fall-out or chalkiness. The pigmentation is just right and it is easy to blend. It is very longlasting, both as a blush and as an eyeshadow.

Although I intended to use it as a blush, I prefer to use it as an eyeshadow because this shade perfectly emphasizes the blueness of my eyes.

As a blush, it gives a light, healthy looking flush. When I wore it, I got instant compliments (and I don’t usually get them). I really hope that in Sisley, they will make a blush similar to this. If they don’t, I know that this will be the shade I’ll repurchase a lot

In spite of its extravagant price, I’m a huge fan of Sisley eyeshadow and I recommend them.

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SISLEY Phyto Ombre Eclat #17 Stardust Review and Swatch

This eyeshadow was love (more like obsession) at the first sight. I’ve had it on my wishlist for ages and this spring I have caved in and finally bought it.

Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat eyeshadow contains 1,5 grams and retails for around $50. Definitely pricey, but in my opinion, worth it.

It comes in a compact with mirror and sponge tip applicator. On the outside, the compact is matte and holds the finger-prints. Inside, the compact is shiny black.

Stardust is a very complex colour – medium dark shimmery silvery-greyish-olive green. There is one similar shade: Lancôme Erika F (which is repromoted in the newest Lancôme Ombre Hypnose mono eyeshadow collection).

It could be a bit more pigmented, but it is possible to layer it to get the full intensity.

The shimmer stays put, so there is no fallout.

The texture of the eyeshadow, especially when compared to my other Sisley eyeshadows, is a bit on the drier side (probably because of the shimmer). However, once I pick it with a brush, it goes on smoothly and evenly.

As with all other Sisley eyeshadows, I cannot complain on the wear – with the primer on my super oily lids lasts for well over 10 hours without creasing.

The shade is definitely unique one, but depending on the price of Lancôme, Lancôme might be the first choice for many.

I only have one objection to Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat Eyeshadows in general. The pan does not stick well to the compact. At first I though that this was the problem with only one eyeshadow, but I have 5 Sisley eyeshadows and in each the pan moves slightly when lightly prodded. The pan didn’t fall out, but I don’t think this is acceptable for $50 eyeshadow.

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INGLOT Matte Eyeshadow M352 Review and Swatch

This is the second eyeshadow from my palette.

M352 is a matte light pink. It is very pigmented and the colour in the pan is true to the colour on the skin. I use it mostly on the browbone as a highlight.

The texture is a bit on the drier side (this is typical for matte eyeshadows), especially compared to P393, but it doesn’t affect the application. There is no fallout.

The wear of the eyeshadow is very good, too. It lasts for 10 hours without creasing (with the primer).

So far, I’m happy with every single Inglot eyeshadow I have and I’d definitely recommend them.

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INGLOT Pearl Eyeshadow P393 Review and Swatch

Several months ago, I have picked my first Inglot shadows for a palette. I’ve bought 3-shadows square palette and got 2 light shadows to use all-over-the-lid or like a highlighter.

P393 looks like the pearly peach in the pan. The eyeshadow goes on pigmented, but the problem is that on the skin it looks more like a frosty white with a hint of peach. While this is not quite what I was looking for, I’m still satisfied since now I finally have a pearly eyeshadow to use in the inner corners of the eyes.

The texture of the eyeshadow is buttery soft, there is no fallout.

As for the wear – I’m happy with it. I have very oily lids, so I didn’t test it without a primer, but when worn with the primer (Essence), I got 10 hours of wear without creasing. For me, it’s more than enough.

In general, I’m very happy with Inglot eyeshadows and I hope my collection of that brand will grow.

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L’OREAL Color Infallible in All Night Blue Review and Swatch

Even though I’m on “no eyeshadows” project, I couldn’t resist this shade. I’ve heard a lot about these eyeshadows and I have found the perfect opportunity to try it for minimal price when I found one on the super sale (around $3) in my local drugstore. I think this shade will be discontinued, though.

The consistency is like a pressed pigment. It comes in a small jar and has additional black plastic cover. Do not throw it away, because it helps preserve the product.

The colour is a vibrant shimmery royal blue. I’m going to primarily use it as an eyeliner – I wanted a blue eyeliner for ages, but majority was either too dark, almost black looking, or too bright. This shadow is perfect.

As you can see from the swatch, it is super-pigmented. I was afraid that it will be more black than blue (a common problem with some eyeshadows), but it remains true to pan even applied in a thin layer.

And finally, the staying power is amazing. I have tested it on the probably hottest day in Croatia (the coldest room in my house was 31 degrees Celsius) and outside was 40 Celsius. I have extremely oily lids, and the heat certainly didn’t help.

However, L’Oreal Color Infallible has an amazing wear. I have tested it with a primer (Essence I Love Stage) on one eye and without a primer on the other. The results were excellent. After 10 hours there was just a slight creasing, but no fading on the eye without a primer. Over the primer, the eyeshadow looked as good as it did the moment I applied it. There was no creasing and the colour hasn’t faded a bit.

I am very impressed and I recommend those if you are on a hunt for affordable, longwearing eyeshadows.

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CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre in Abstraction and Vision Swatch

Here is the last part of Chanel’s Les Expressions de Chanel collection swatches.

You can find the swatches of the quads by clicking on the name of the each quad: Eclosion, Intuition, Variation.

Abstraction is a rich pomegranate red with a metallic sheen.

Vision is shimmery gold.

Out of these two shades I prefer abstraction – it is pigmented and can be applied in even, thin layers. If Vision is applied a thin layer, it becomes almost tranparent and all you get is gold shimmer.

Also, Abstraction feels more creamier and smoother.

Now, onto the bad (even thought this might not be the issue with these, but I feel that I should mention it).

As you know, I have Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique (shimmery black) and not even a year later, it is almost completely dry. I really take care for my make-up and I have never left it sit open. Whenever I use it, I dip the brush in and firmly close the jar. I keep it in cold and dry place. However, It is practically dry. I can get a bit of usage if I really dig the brush in, but even then, the majority of the product simply falls off the brush when I try to apply it. Currently, I’m using it with Inglot Duraline, which facilitates the application, but I don’t think that Chanel product should last for less than a year.

This is just my experience with Illusion d’Ombre. I have bought it the moment they came out and maybe they have changed the formulation, so the new one won’t have that problem.

I, however, am weary of purchasing any more Illusion d’Ombre eyeshadows.

CHANEL Les 4 Ombres #37 Variation Eyeshadow Palette Swatch




Chanel has recently launced a sort of collection with three quads and two new shades of Illusion d’Ombre.


I admit that I’m not a fan of Chanel eyeshadows – the packaging is gorgeous and the shade selection amazing, but every time I swatch it, they are powdery nad not very pigmented. I have never been even tempted to purchase it (an I’m an eyeshadow freak). This palette has just firmed up my opinion.


I have swatched the European version of the quad (the one with only 1,2 grams of eyeshadow) which is baked. Such palette can be used both wet or dry. If used wet, the eyeshadows are supposed to be better pigmented.


At first, the Variation quad seemed the best of the bunch, but at closer look it’s very far from it. My opinion might modified because of the fact that I like this colour scheme the best, plus this is the only palette which contains the perfectly pigmented eyeshadow. However, other shades in this palette doesn’t measure.


The top left shade is a shimmery white with pearly base. It has more pigmentation than the top right shade in the Eclosion quad, but less than the top right shade in the Intuition quad.


The top right shade is shimmering lavender grey. Quality wise, it is the same as the top left shade.


The bottom left shade is supposed to be the medium dark lavender. However, it is the shade with the worst pigmentation overall. It has no pigment at all (I have applied around 5 to 6 layers) and it applies unevenly.


The bottom right shade is perfection. I don’t understand why they couldn’t make all the shades this way. It is smooth, rich aubergine. I have swatched this one with just a light swipe over the eyeshadow.


The shadows are swatched on NC20 skin.


CHANEL Les 4 Ombres #36 Intuition Eyeshadow Palette Swatch


Chanel has recently launced a sort of collection with three quads and two new shades of Illusion d’Ombre.

I admit that I’m not a fan of Chanel eyeshadows – the packaging is gorgeous and the shade selection amazing, but every time I swatch it, they are powdery nad not very pigmented. I have never been even tempted to purchase it (an I’m an eyeshadow freak). This palette has just firmed up my opinion.

I have swatched the European version of the quad (the one with only 1,2 grams of eyeshadow) which is baked. Such palette can be used both wet or dry. If used wet, the eyeshadows are supposed to be better pigmented.

Intuition is much, much better than Eclosion, even though eith this palette I also had to apply multiple coats to get a decent payoff. If you are pale, you might like it as the soft neutral palette, but if you are darker, I don’t think you’ll be happy with it.

The top left shade is a pearly champagne. Its pigemntation is ok, although I applied two coats, because it is too similar to my skin.

The top right is shimmering gold. This time, even with all the shimmer, there is enough golden base to give some color payoff.

The bottom left shade applies unevenly and I had to use several layers to get it to show up.

The bottom right is a warm brown with decent pigmentation.

The shadows are swatched on NC20 skin.

If I had to buy one palette from this collection, I’d pick this one.