Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Mua 5th Anniversary Birthday Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches



A few months ago Mua released a limited edition eyeshadow palette to celebrate their fifth anniversary. I'm not sure if Superdrug stores are still selling this palette but I believe it is available online on EBay. I really like this palette as almost all of the colours are intensely pigmented and striking shades. It has a mixture of browns, pinks, bronzes and purple shades. The majority of the shades have a shimmery finish but there are some matte eyeshadows in the set.

Firstly I would like to say that the quality of these eyeshadows is amazing. While all of Mua's eyeshadow palettes deliver high quality, this palette is probably their best quality yet. The eyeshadows are very velvety and are so easy to blend. They are very soft and have an almost creamy texture and the pigmentation of the shades is very impressive, particularly in the shimmery shades. 





Shade 1 is a beautiful pale pink colour with a shimmery finish. This is probably the most creamy of the eyeshadows, so much so that it is actually quite fragile so be careful not to drop the palette as it will smash. It's a very pretty, spring shade with cool undertones. 

Shade 2 is a light stone colour with a shimmery finish. It's a very useful shade for highlighting and using in the inner corner of the eye. Again, this is a very cool toned shade. 

Shade 3 is a peachy, rose gold shade. It's a light shade and is similar to Shade 1 but far warmer and with warm undertones. 

Shade 4 is an intense, matte mocha shade. It's a dark shade and is very pigmented. This shade does have some fallout so be sure to tap off any excess before applying. A little goes a long way with this shade and it is very dramatic. 

Shade 5 is the most pigmented shade of the palette and is an intensely shimmery bronze shade with strong warm undertones. It's a very bright bronze and is incredibly vibrant. This is one of my favourite colours from the palette. 

Shade 6 is a smokey violet shade with a matte finish. This shade is very cool toned and is almost a grey-violet shade. I think that this shade is very sultry and is one of the more smokey shades from the palette. 


Shade 7 is a very pale cream shade with a hint of pinkness to it. The shade has a very slight shimmery finish to it. 

Shade 8 is my favourite shade from the palette and is a gorgeous, vibrant purple shade. The colour is a metallic, shimmery mid tone violet shade and looks amazing when worn with shade 6. This colour is very pigmented and feels creamy when applied. 

Shade 9 is a mid tone matte brown shade with warm undertones. This is one of the more wearable browns of the palette as it is a far lighter and less intense colour than the others. It's a very useful shade but is not as pigmented as some of the others. 

Shade 10 is a deep, steel grey shade with blue undertones. The shade has a shimmery finish and is very pigmented. It's a very intense colour and has some fallout. Although it is quite difficult to use, it's a very nice colour and is perfect for creating a more intense, smokey look.

Shade 11 is a cool toned brown shade with a slight shimmery finish. It's very similar to Shade 4 but has more shimmer and is slightly less dark. 

Shade 12 is a matte black shade. It's very pigmented and a very intense, dark shade useful for lining the eyes or in the outer corner for definition and drama. 






Overall I am very impressed with this palette and think that it is one of Mua's best palettes yet. Every shade is pigmented and wearable and there is a good mixture of different colours


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sleek Makeup Purple Lipsticks in Exxxaggerate & Mystic Review & Swatches



Sleek Makeup are one of my favourite brands and I love their lipstick range. I've actually collected almost all of their lipsticks and their purple colours are some of my favourite shades. In this review I will be looking at Exxxagerate and Mystic, two shades which are quite similar to Mac's Heroine and Violetta but a fraction of the price. 


Sleek Makeup lipsticks are only £5 but come with a sturdy cardboard box, something that I find quite impressive. Even more expensive brands don't come with a box for their lipsticks so I think this is a major plus. The quality of the lipsticks is very high. Both of these lipsticks are from the matte range, which is slightly drying but delivers an absolutely matte finish. The lipsticks are highly pigmented and bold, unusual colours. However the finish can be slightly streaky but if you apply a lot of lipstick you can avoid this. 



Exxxagerate is a deep, intense purple shade. The lipstick is very daring and is quite similar to Mac's Heroine. I think this shade is more edgy than Mystic, which is a more wearable shade with more pinkness to it. This shade has absolutely no pink undertones and is a pure violet shade. I think this lipstick is an excellent alternative to Heroine but it is less bright and a more deep shade. 


Mystic is a very bright, pretty fuchsia shade. The shade is purple but with a strong hint of pinkness. While the shade is more bright than Exxxagerate, I feel that the shade is more flattering and wearable due to its pinkness. The shade is quite similar to Mac's Violetta but Violetta is less pink and has a metallic quality. Mystic is a very pretty colour and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a colour halfway between pink and purple. 







Mystic and Exxxagerate are both stunning colours and both colours are very unusual. I think it's worth getting both shades as they are very different and each have their own advantages. Exxxagerate is definitely more of an edgy colour and is harder to pull off but can look amazing whereas Mystic is more of a pretty colour. 

I hope you enjoyed this review and feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Collection Lasting Colour Matte Lipsticks in Red Carpet & Pink Diva Review & Swatches

Collection Matte lipsticks are really exciting as they come in a range of lovely colours. The last  time I purchased them I chose muted shades so this time I decided to get some more daring shades. The colour that really stood out to me was Red Carpet. As the name suggests, it's a glamorous, vibrant shade with a stunning matte finish. 

The packaging of the lipsticks is very good quality for the money; it is classy and looks far more expensive than it actually is. It is very sturdy and the matte case indicates that the lipstick is from the matte range.


The lipsticks are very matte and pigmented. Red Carpet appears to be more creamy and easy to apply than Pink Diva, which is slightly less pigmented. The lipsticks do have a slightly strange texture but this is worth it for the matte finish. These are some of the few cheap matte lipsticks that are actually comfortable to wear and highly pigmented. 


 Red Carpet is a vivid red shade. The colour reminds me of Mac's Ruby Woo. It is a blue toned, bright red that would suit any skin tone. I really like this colour and I think that it is a great alternative to Ruby Woo if you can't afford to pay £15 for a lipstick. 


Pink Diva is a very pretty mid pink shade. The colour has cool undertones and is fairly bright. It's a very summery shade and can be worn with muted eyes for daytime or with a smokey eye for night time looks. I'm very impressed with this lipstick as it is just the right shade of pink without being too bright. 







Overall I think that the Collection Lasting Colour lipsticks are very impressive. They are very long lasting and stay on even after eating and drinking and the matte finish is very impressive for such a low price. Red Carpet and Pink Diva are fun and pretty colours and definitely worth a try if you like bold, matte colours.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions please comment below!