Autumn Media Edit 2018

Hi everyone! I think it’s been AGES since I last did an editorial like this, so I am really eager to share what I have been watching, reading and listening to over the last few months.

Netflix

First off, I have recently gotten Netflix, and by that I mean my boyfriend’s. I had a trial a year or two ago and I watched a lot but didn’t find it necessary at the time. At the moment they do have a great selection of shows, both anime and not-anime, that I am interested in watching. I’m not a binge watcher at all so I am a few episodes into many many series at once. Of course, I started with the anime but, perhaps in the next Edit, we shall see a greater variety of shows!!

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On Netflix, I recommend Aggretsuko, a Sanrio cartoon about a sweet office worker who likes to vent her stress through raging death metal. I am also working my way through Samurai Champloo, a samurai anime with a hip-hop soundtrack. I also noticed Cowboy Bebop was on Netflix, too, which is a space action with a jazz-infused soundtrack. Both are definitely worth checking out, objectively, but perhaps didn’t hit the sweet spot for my personal taste.

Not on Netflix, we recently watched 91 Days at the University Anime Society which has been a huge hit with everyone! It’s fast-paced, dark, unexpected and a great series to watch together and talk about.

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Manga

In the same vein, I have been reading a lot of manga. I have recently binged a variety of series, and the ones I don’t write further about today are in bold in the list below.

  • Skip Beat (re-read)
  • Fruits Basket (re-read)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (re-read)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride (a quaint, British-inspired fantasy).
  • Hajime no Ippo (a boxing manga that is surprisingly gripping).
  • Real Clothes
  • Oishii Kankei (A Delicious Life)
  • Yotsuba& (laughed out loud a LOT reading this – a definite recommendation!)

Fruits Basket is probably my very first shoujo manga. No, not even Sailor Moon!! It was in the local library, as well as the school library, and I ended up finishing it online as a young teen. I didn’t fully understand the ending and perhaps even found it boring at the time.

However, reading it now, I realise that after the first five volumes of fun, it quickly becomes sadder. The plot was much less clear-cut than I thought but I did a much better job of understanding it now I am older, and these new things made me enjoy this re-read. That said, the writing is still stretched out and overly fluffy so this plot could have been finished at least a few volumes less, and I probably won’t re-read it again… at least not for a long time.

I started reading Real Clothes and Oishii Kankei, both by the same mangaka, after a long conversation at Anime Society, weeks ago, about the greatness of the shoujo (girls’) genre. I actually read more shounen (boys’) so I thought I needed to broaden my hoizons in this genre. I did start out after this discussion with After the Rain but that’s on hold for now.

Real Clothes and Oishii Kankei are what would be counted as more mature shoujo series, and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. The characters themselves are a bit less… dramatic (?) and the drama revolves around their life situations more. I preferred Real Clothes as I think the main character is more relatable – she’s simply a hard-working, career-focused woman who happens to find her calling and the manga does reflect that. It also implies that fashion both can and cannot be learned in interesting ways.

TV

Doctor Who is back on TV! The new 13th Doctor has really grown on me in just a few episodes and the writing is definitely getting there, wherever ‘there’ is. The older series are also on Netflix so I’ve been watching a bit of the Ninth Doctor here and there! There are some fantastic one-liners in those early episodes and I’ve missed them.

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As Doctor Who is now on a Sunday, I happen to flick over from watching Bradley Walsh as the new companion to Bradley Walsh as host of The Chase. I tend to only catch the final round or so, but it’s still a bit of fun.

Then I even stick around to watch the X Factor results(!) although I don’t see the live Saturday shows. I think the X Factor needs to die for a few years then come back for a reboot – as a singing show, it tends to favour the same types of contestants and it ends up predictable. I’m not saying bring Produce 101 over to the UK but… okay, maybe K-Pop has really spoiled me. I can’t watch performances in the UK and be genuinely impressed anymore.

Gaming

In terms of games, I’ve got Mario Party now but we won’t get its full use for another few months when my brother returns home for the holidays. Of course, I have preordered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and I’m insanely excited for that.

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Hidden Folks, an example of a map (taken from their website).

I’ve recently bought Hidden Folks which is a very simple, black and white interactive finding game in the vein of ‘wheres wally?’ It’s best played on the touchscreen so I’ve enjoyed cosying in bed to play this for short bursts of time and finding things in their huge maps.

I’ve also been playing Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice on the 3DS, which I’m loving but finding hard to play in long stretches with my timetable. I don’t know about other fans, but I found AA: Apollo Justice to be necessary to the series, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. Now that Apollo is teamed with Athena I definitely seem to enjoy him more as a character.

Music

I’m mildly obsessed with IZ*ONE at the moment, especially Sakura and Nako. As usual, I tend to watch a couple of episodes of the latest Produce series, pick my favourites, then drop the show until the group is formed. After I.O.I, the post-show team have certainly learnt how to launch a group to success.

Below: my fellow smol Nako and my OG stan, Sakura. Both are from J-line, i.e. the AKB quarter of the group.

I was pleasantly surprised by the more mature and elegant cute theme as I was expecting a more bubblegum pop style from the lineup, and I particularly love the choreography in their debut song, La Vie En Rose. The flower motifs stand out and although the powerful pre-chorus is hit-and miss it seems, I absolutely love it. This debut also has me sold on Wonyoung, the show winner and group center, as I was unsure about her win but she seems totally at home in that position with her obvious charm.

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The shot from the MV that sold me on Wonyoung.

Recently I’ve gotten the urge to learn kpop dances, too, which is great as I’ve got two left feet and bad stage fright(!) so I’ve been learning the choruses to La Vie En Rose and Siren by Sunmi. One day I shall slay those random dance challenges but not yet.

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Siren by Sunmi.

Here are a few more songs I have been loving:

Oh shoot, over 1400 words? I’d better wrap this up!! This is what happens when I don’t update in a while! I hope you all discover something new to watch or read through my Edit today, and keep and eye out for the next one!

Until Next Time,

X

P.S. It’s a shame blogging doesn’t count towards National Novel Writing Month, as a word count of 1400 words is really valuable! HAHA (sob)

Review: Superdrug Calm Skin 2-in-1 Serum & Moisturiser

Hello everyone!

I spotted Superdrug’s new additions to their own-brand skincare line whilst shopping around for Christmas, and thought I would pick something up to try. The Superdrug Calm Skin range aims to de-stress skin and includes an overnight mask, a cleanser, a facial spray and a facial oil. None of which break the bank at less than a fiver (or even £3) as far as I know!

The item that appealed to me the most was the Hydrating 2-in-1 Serum and Moisturiser (how does that work?) which costs £2.99 for a 50ml. It claims to instantly soothe, calm, and deeply nourish the skin as well as improving skin texture over at least 4 weeks. Well, mine has been in use for longer now, and regularly at that so I thought it was time to share my thoughts.

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The bottle is very similar to their other serums in different ranges, such as the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum which has long been a staple in my routine. The textures of the Simply Pure and Calm Skin serums are similar, too. The Simply Pure feels fractionally less greasy which is part of why I love it, but there’s nothing particularly greasy about the Calm Skin so ??? I can’t pin it down either. Something is different but not largely so. The Calm Skin serum itself is also more translucent than the Simply Pure.

One of the things that made me drop my hard earned coins (literally, considering the price) on this was the inclusion of Niacinamide which is fifth on the ingredients list. Niacinamide is touted for its help with dullness or uneven skin texture caused by acne scars. The hyaluronic acid and chamomile are much lower down so unless you’re allergic to either, neither of those two should be the deciding factor if you’re considering buying this.

I have had both this and The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% Serum in testing and therefore both will have contributed to the recent improvement in my skin texture, particularly a deeper acne scar becoming more even, and blemishes gradually matching the rest of my skin (!). However, I tended to reach for this more often The Ordinary’s option, one of the reasons being that I don’t need to dilute it for use and can just slather it on.

After using this, I realised how much I had been taking for granted the scent-less Superdrug Simply Pure hydrating serum, once again. If you recall I did not like their B.Hydrated Essence Lotion largely because of the sharp scent. The Calm Skin Serum & Moisturiser product also suffers from this but not as badly. Overall, it’s not off-putting and I got used to it.

Overall:

  • I like that it has niacinamide which actually did something.
  • It’s hella cheap.
  • Fragrance, as always, is a personal thing.
  • Does occasionally cause makeup to pill but is it just me or is it really hard to find skincare that doesn’t do that?????? I need help in that department, friends.

As a final point, I am halfway through my bottle after almost-nightly use of 2 pumps, so sticking at this rate I will take 2 months to finish this bottle (1 month if I used it both day and night). Not bad.

Take advantage of the superdrug skincare offers they often do for their own brand if you decide to pick this up! This is worth a try if you have coins to spare.

Until next time,

X

Review: Smashbox Studio To Go Lips Set

Hiya everyone!

I’ve been doing my best to consistently put money to the side and the plan was to put a little less than usual in my savings to account for things like Christmas shopping. My personal rule is only to take the money back out from the savings account if I really, really need it (often, I do not) or once I have hit my target for the big thing I am saving for.

But then I forgot about it and stuck in my regular amount into the savings (probably for the best) and so, long story short, I had less money than planned for Black Friday things, cut into my food budget, and I didn’t even spend that much overall anyway. £30 total spend is nothing compared to the stories I heard that weekend!

A lot of self-control happened which was good, and on top of that Black Friday is generally largely underwhelming in the UK anyway. I think back to the KIKO and ELF sales sometimes and maybe I should’ve bought other various things, but they’re sales and they’ll always come back around (LOL).

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Anyway, I picked up Smashbox’s Studio To Go Lips set, which includes their ‘Be Legendary’ cream lipstick in the shade ‘Legendary’ and their Insta-matte Lipstick Transformer which claims to be able to mattify cream lipsticks. They are both mini sizes, and the set was previously sold for £14.50 but were £9.66 when I purchased them. I thought it would be a good time to try out some items from the brand as I have not tried any Smashbox before.

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The colour of the lipstick looks very vibrant and pure-red from the bullet but it swatches to be a little on the pink side. I was a little disappointed with how it swatched with one swipe, although this may be personal taste more than anything. I do tend to lean more towards opaquely pigmented products and that’s what I’m used to. Luckily, it’s easy to build up with more swipes.

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On my lip, there are two dark dots that seemed to appear out of nowhere one day (as I wear lipsticks a lot it’s no surprise I missed this) but since then I’ve been using those dots as a measure of opacity. For example, you can’t see them at all under these Colourpop lipsticks.

The Be Legendary lipstick didn’t cover up those dots completely even with lots of swipes. That said, there is still plenty of pigmentation happening here, which is fine. Paired with the shiny finish it makes the red look quite soft and lush I actually felt was nice for everyday wear as it’s not too harsh.

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However, I feel that’s not what this product is meant to be as they are described as ‘pigment loaded’ with ‘brilliant colour in one swipe’. I really don’t think this is the case.

On top of that, the lipstick has a slippery formula and I had to quickly reapply whilst taking photos because my slight puckering lead to my inner lips being a little bare! I think you can also tell in the photo that it’s a little patchy just from the product moving around.

Afterwards I tried out a bit of the Insta-matte Lipstick Transformer, and patted it on top for both my arm swatch and lips. It comes out of the tube as a transparent silicone texture (sure enough the top two ingredients in this are dimethicones) and it feels just like any other silicone primer.

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Patting it on top of the lipstick essentially blurred some of the shine but I also ended up patting a way a bit of the lipstick itself. It wasn’t super mattifying either, it came down to more of a satin finish. I think it might be because the texture of the Be Legendary lipsticks is already so slippery that the mattifier does not help that much.

I do want to experiment with more lipsticks in order to get a better grasp of how it’s supposed to work so I am not ruling it out as a dud just yet.

Overall, despite the flaws, I can actually imagine myself reaching for the lipstick as a winter option, and the mattifier requires further experimentation but so far, I’m not impressed with it.

What else should I try from Smashbox?

Until next time,

X

 

 

Review: Dr Paw Paw Original Balm

Hi everyone!
So, a few weeks ago, I posted mini-reviews of the lip balms I have used before. I was pretty blunt there about how underwhelming I found this Dr PawPaw balm. However, I spotted the large sized product in TK Maxx for the same price as the small one (that I picked up at Primark) and ended up buying it. Why did I do that if I didn’t like it?
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On the left, the 10ml tube, on the right the 25ml/0.85fl.oz tube.
Here are the product details as swiped from the packaging.
Multipurpose soothing balm with natural fermented pawpaw.
For lips, skin, hair and beauty finishing, cuticles and nails. Fragrance Free.
Dr PawPaw balm provides relief for dry irritated skin, moisturises lips, nails and cuticles. Soothes dry cracked skin such as hands, heels and elbows. Use for adding finishing touched to hair and smoothing brows. Helps with insect bites and minor abrasions.
Don’t leave home without it!
First off, let me start that I absolutely did leave home without it. In fact, I’m not sure either of my tubes have left the house since I brought them home.
Ingredients:
Petrolatum, Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
What I specifically said about this product was it was essentially Vaseline (note the petrolatum at the top of the ingredients list) only with extra stuff in it. I still stand by that statement, and if you’re the type that swears by Vaseline then, well, it’s still a cheaper option than going out of your way to buy this. But if you ever get bored of the blue tub, or happen to find a large tube for £2.50 instead of its usual £6.95, there’s always this bright yellow thing.
Alternatively, decant your vaseline into a small squeezy tube from Muji.
So petrolatum/petroleum jelly is an emollient or in other words an occlusive agent, which means it covers the skin with a layer to trap moisture in. This is why it’s particularly effective for conditions like eczema where the skin sometimes cannot retain the moisture itself. Dr PawPaw is that, plus other things that I personally believe make no difference to how this product operates on my skin.
My lips have some very flaky days, and tend to do their thing mid-day, which isn’t really ideal when I want to go to university in lipstick. I can often feel it through tightness in the morning if my lips have been nice the evening before. However, with a liberal slathering of Dr PawPaw in the evenings, this doesn’t happen.
This is a very specific situation in which I use this product – if they’re already flaking away, there are other products I like to use.
I also prefer the tube packaging as opposed to a tub, but I like stick balms better for half-asleep application in the middle of the night when my lip balm has rubbed off.
Overall, I will use up my tube while continuing my search for my favourite lip balm, as this certainly has a place in my lip care routine.
Have you tried this before and is this a favourite of yours? Let me know!
Until next time,
X

Review: Vichy Capital Ideal Soleil Sunscreen SPF50+

At the moment, I am constantly on a lookout for a better sunscreen. I have my matte/long wear options sorted but I’d like more daily options for days that I don’t leave the house or when I am not wearing makeup. (Update: As this post is going out, I think I have found The One, so please anticipate a review for that!)

For an at-home sunscreen, I thought I would be more lenient on whether it dries matte, is easily absorbed or leaves a white cast. Turns out, I’m still really picky. It has to be light and comfortable to wear, take no effort to slather on so I can reach for it every day and not blanch at the idea of having to use it.

Unfortunately for me, Vichy Capital Ideal Soleil Sunscreen SPF50+ is none of those things.

I was recommended this Vichy sunscreen from a fellow skincare-loving friend and snagged it online a while ago. Now, after hesitant daily use, I am possibly a week or three from finishing it and I thought it would be a good time to review it.

Brand: Vichy Laboratoires (official product page here)
Product Name: Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid
Cost: £11 for 50ml. I purchased mine for £9.33 from ChemistDirect.
Availability: at all Boots and some other online stores like ChemistDirect which is where I got mine.
Ingredients: (from the product page)

ALCOHOL DENAT. , DIISOPROPYL SEBACATE, SILICA, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, OCTOCRYLENE, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, AQUA / WATER, ZEA MAYS STARCH / CORN STARCH, ETHYLHEXYL TRIAZONE, POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL [NANO] / METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, DISODIUM EDTA, DISODIUM ETHYLENE DICOCAMIDE PEG-15 DISULFATE, DROMETRIZOLE TRISILOXANE, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TEREPHTHALYLIDENE DICAMPHOR SULFONIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, DECYL GLUCOSIDE

As usual, the CosDNA analysis is here. You may be concerned with the denatured alcohol, fragrance or cetyl alcohol in the product. As the list below demonstrates, it contains chemical filters so be aware if you are sensitive to those.

The sunscreen filters in this product are:

  • Titanium Dioxide (Physical) – UVB and UVA2 (not the whole range of UVA)
  • Avobenzone (listed as Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) (Chemical)- UVA 1 (whole range of UVA)
  • Octocrylene (Chemical) – UVB, UVA2
  • Tinosorb M (listed as Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol) (Chemical) – UVB, UVA 1, UVA2
  • Mexoryl SX (listed as Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid) (Chemical) – UVA1, UVA2
  • Mexoryl XL (listed as Drometrizole Trisiloxane) (Chemical) – UVA2

(I referenced this list here.)

Packaging: Squeezy tube, which is sanitary and easy to use.

Despite the name, this comes out as a white, dense cream. It’s heavier compared to my other sunscreens. I’m reusing an old comparison photo from my sunscreen round-up so you can see how the texture is different.

Yay for multi-tasking photos!

Frankly, I am kinda sick of this stuff. I liked it back in December when it started to get cold and my skin was not handling the transitional weather so well, because it felt thick enough to feel substantial on my skin yet still dried down fairly matte but not drying.

These days, I have noticed that if it’s not rubbed in properly, it’ll leave quite a white, powdery/rubbery cast which I hate and that I always have to look in a mirror in natural light to notice. It can also pill if not rubbed in properly before it dries down. I had to take a break from it once every week or so and hug the last rations of my Biore Watery Essence which I have decided I may actually repurchase (in the 2017 reformulation) to try out its new properties.

I just cannot wait to be through with all of it but at the same time I don’t like having to put it on my face. It has been going on my hands recently where it seems to rub in a lot more easily and as a result, dries down less annoyingly. So it would make a fantastic overpriced body sunscreen, but on the face it’s… effort to use, and effort to muster up the determination to use it.

Finally, a reminder that whilst I am not a fan of this stuff, my friend has a drier skin type and she seems to like it a lot – she’s not on the search for a new sunscreen and has gone through multiple tubes of this! So who knows. This product just isn’t for me, though.

If you would like to see how this compares to some other sunscreens, remember to check out this round-up post.

Thanks for reading – I hope you found this helpful!

X

Rambly Review: Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Sugar & Spice Palette

Confession: after dabbling in makeup for a year and a half, I finally own my own blush palette – and a highlighter, but that’s for next time(!). At last, I have all my categories sorted when it comes to doing a face full of makeup.

Anyway… Recently I was gifted the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Sugar & Spice palette from AT. It’s a super late Christmas present as I haven’t been able to see her. She was originally planning on getting me The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and had it wrapped and all(!) but as you may have seen, Tray gifted it to me as her present. So now we are planning on reading it together and sharing our thoughts as we go along.
Anyhow, let’s get on to the palette review!

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Makeup Revolution are one of my favourite budget brands, especially for palettes, offering brilliant quality at such affordable prices. This is now the third palette I own from them – the other two are eye palettes. This costs £6 for 8 nicely sized pans of product, and is very easily found at Superdrug or Tambeauty’s website.

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box and sleek plastic casing with a large mirror in the lid and signature rose gold text. It definitely feels worth a lot more than £6!

Shades
Of course, being blush, they’re all pinkish shades. Some lean more nude and some are hotter pinks, and shimmery. It’s nice variety for blush but who am I to talk when I’ve not tried many (LOL)?

First off, I would like to humbly say that I TRIED, with these swatches. They’re not my best. Soz. This photo shows up so blue and dark on my computer monitor compared to my phone- let me know if you’re seeing the same thing for future posts. I used my finger to swatch these with two swipes.

On the top left, we have two subtle, more nude shades. These are great for washes of colour and it’s good for beginners like myself who aren’t sure about going overboard with the colour.

On the top right, we have a bright, very ‘Barbie’ pink and then a blush so pale and glittery it’s a cool-toned highlighter. I can’t see myself using those shades very much.

On the bottom left, there are two deeper, redder pink shades. Although they are similar, the left-most shade leans redder and the second shade is pinker. I have to be very careful with these, it’s so easy to go overboard with them.

On the bottom right, a light orange coral pink and a darker shimmery shade. These are like the nude shades in that they are easier to work with and not overdo it on the face, but the shades themselves are a little bolder.

They really are pigmented with high colour payoff. Especially with the deeper shades, I only needed a small tap with my brush and I worried that I had gone overboard. It’s not too chalky and there is a little fallout – but when learning to work with those darker shades, I decided that if I’m getting fallout, that’s WAY too much product on my brush. The lighter shades are easier to use for anyone who is worried about going overboard. Overall I’d say there’s a good range of ‘difficulty levels’ for anyone who is new to blush like me.

I have oily skin, and when I first apply all my makeup, it looks okay! It definitely adds some life back into my face. Even over the course of the day as I inevitably get oilier and my makeup melds together a bit more, this still holds its own and stands out. I even got a few compliments on the blush specifically during a work shift! Worked the right way, it’ll definitely draw the right attention.

(You have no idea how close I was to going to work with pink blush and green eyeliner. I’d put on the eyeliner first and didn’t expect the blush to come out so pigmented so, after failing to blend it into oblivion, I just got rid of the eyeliner and instead went for a rose-brown themed look. For a neutral yet not nude look, pink and brown are great!)

Anyway, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new palette!

Thanks for reading,

X

Review: Kat Von D Shade and Light Palettes

One of the most exciting brand launches in the UK for a while (maybe since NYX): Kat Von D has landed exclusive to Debenhams. As I type I think it has been a few months now since the launch and Kat Von D should be available both online and in Debanhams stores now.

I was able to get my hands on her Shade and Light Eye Palette on the day of the online launch. It took about 5 days to come including the 3 days it took just to ship out, which I would say is probably due to the high demand at the time. It was £36, which is practically equivalent to the US price,which is great because we often get import related price markups. You get 16 neutral, matte shades in decently sized pans, a mirror in the lid, and no brushes. So it’s £4 for each pan of product and the base shade pans are double the size, too.

The 16 pans are divided into three quads: Neutral, Cool and Warm sections based on skin undertones. I’m a sort-of neutral warm and I can work with the whole palette. The warm tones are very orange/rust brown and are great for brighter, casual looks whilst the cool quad I find great for darker, more dramatic looks. Of course, I like to mix and match them all and there’s so many combinations you can get from the palette.

The colour selection is well thought out to make a palette to suit many people. Makeup Revolution has matte palettes but they turned me off with its abundance of light shades that I simply wouldn’t use.  Kat Von D, however, has a highlight shade in each quad and base shades too. These don’t show up as well as the browns but they do actually show up and in matte form as well. I still don’t use them nearly as much as the browns, though.

(I wrote this post a while ago and as I edit now, MUR have just brought out an exact dupe for this palette! It’s even called Light and Shade, how creative.)

In this set of swatches, I’ve done them in the same order and layout of the palette, using one swipe of my fingers. As you can see, the pigmentation is generally great, but the base and highlight shades don’t really show up on my skin very much (although they do better on my eyes, funnily enough). Personally, I think the fact that they’re light colours, matte and show up at all is pretty good already. I really don’t need to swipe much with my brush to get enough pigment. In fact, I find that with the darker colours I can very easily go overboard, so I have to be careful. They’re not too powdery although I get a teeny bit of fallout if I am too heavy on them with my brushes.  I’m still heavy handed when it comes to makeup!

The black is great as a defining shade – Q has used the one in hers as eyeliner a number of times for the great pigmentation, and I am a total convert – I use it to define or line my outer corner and it doesn’t smudge onto my lower lash line!

Shade and Light [Face] Contour Palette

My mom, on a trip to the US, came back with a pretty random gift from a friend – the Kat Von D Shade and Light [Face] Contour palette. I have since taken ownership of it, although I wasn’t planning on using it for my face – facial contouring is still pretty much a terrifying notion to me. Luckily, I found that the shades also work pretty well as eyeshadow in a pinch.

What forced me to begin using the palette for its intended purposes, actually, was my purchase of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which is so high coverage it can very easily make my face look pasty and flat. With a bit of swishing with my powder brush under my sucked in cheeks I can look human again without the contour being too noticeable.

I have to say, I know nothing about the properties of contour, but this being a powder, it lasted well on my oily skin and didn’t look dodgy throughout the day even as I got shinier. The contour shades are natural and of course since I’m only using a little at a time I can probably get away with using both warm and cool, and this will last me a long time. I don’t think I would repurchase it solely because contour isn’t my thing, and certainly not the thing I’d spend £30 on.

Cardboard packaging. Matte black, with glossy black for main text. Glossy gold for the eye palette and silver for the contour palette and this is the same on the palettes themselves too.
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Both palettes have writing on the side with the palette name. Useful since I store my palettes that way now.

 

I wanted to show the nice design take for ‘Shade & Light’ on the sides too, that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise!

 

Overall, whilst I am not used to contouring yet and so probably would not have purchased the Contour Palette, I am really happy with the Eye Contour Palette. The range of everyday shades means I have been reaching for it a lot! Would I repurchase it again? We’ll see. I think I really might but that day I hit pan is still far off.

Thanks for reading!

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