NYX Matchy-Matchy Colour Palette – Review.

Blurb from their website: “Share your side of the colour story using the new Matchy-Matchy Monochromatic Colour Palette. Including six eyeshadows, one blush and one illuminator with a silky-smooth texture, each of our five meticulously curated collections features a stunning shade family as well as a variety of finishes. These stylish palettes bring the fashion world’s monochrome obsession to your makeup kit. Choose from on-trend sets of berry mauve, camel, lilac, melon, or taupe hues to create your own tonal, full-face looks. Balance and soften those features like a pro using a palette that complements your complexion beautifully.”

The top palette is “Lilac” and the bottom is “Berry”. They’re right about the variety of finishes but what’s lacking in any description on their website is which palette has which formulas. I rarely willingly buy glittery eyeshadow and the lilac palette has two shades with it in (with one not even really having pigment so more of a topper).

Swatches for the lilac palette – the missing gaps are where there’s just no pigment or straight glitter. The highlighter formula (swatch nearest wrist) is a bit chunky but works fine in place of a metallic shadow.

Swatches for the Berry palette – much nicer but only one metallic “eye” formula and a second if you use the highlighter shade.

I really like the mattes in both palettes, though the Berry one has some really similar shades so would have been better for me if they’d exchanged one for a foil. They blend nicely and last well in my crease without vanishing over the course of the day.

For the shimmers / foils / glitter pans, I’m underwhelmed – even applying with a wet brush doesn’t really make them pop. They’re just .. fine.

A look from the Lilac palette, two of the mattes in the crease and blended out and that chunky highlighter shade applied with a wet brush on my lid.

For £16 on the NYX website per palette, I won’t be picking up any other colourways and will probably re-home the Lilac one to someone who enjoys glitter far more. For the price, there’s far better out there (like the new little Elf palettes).

Revolution Pro Haul – Mini Reviews.

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I love it when Revolution Beauty release more products in the Pro brand, they’re pretty much always good quality and still within a sensible price range for what you’re getting.

The product I was most excited to get my hands on is the CC Cream Perfecting Foundation (SPF 30) as it’s targetted towards dry / combo skin and promises to leave the skin “hydrated and protected”.

It’s quite a thick formula and I tried both brush and sponge to apply it. Ultimately I prefer the finish the sponge gives as it stops those pesky brush lines – it also blended out far more easily then I though it would for the consistency of the product.

The product blurb promises “sheer to full buildable coverage” and I applied one full layer and then just added a second layer over the redness on my cheeks and was happy with the finish. I think if you went for fullest coverage with this then it would be quite heavy on the skin.

I can’t tell if the glowy finish is the foundation, the Glass Skin Primer, or the extreme overuse of highlighter. I’ll definitely (probably) remember to pay attention when I next do my makeup and add it in here. (Tried it again without primer and ended up with a very natural sheen, though I think I prefer it with.)

It wore nicely throughout the day but I don’t have any oily patches and did powder / finishing spray. The foundation does dry down nearly completely but I don’t like a tacky feeling.

For a tenner (and if you’re not oil prone) then I would wholeheartedly recommend this foundation! It’s worth noting though that you only get 26ml for that.

Next up is the Quartz Crush Eyeshadow Palette, the website unhelpfully doesn’t mention that there aren’t any mattes in this quad but does state “For a gorgeous pink toned look use dark berry pink in the crease and highlight your brow bone and inner corner with the iridescent pink shade.”

This is where I’m a bit confused / peeved because the dark berry pink is a shimmer so doesn’t lend itself naturally to being a crease shade. And I have no clue which is the iridescent pink one that would be suitable for the brow & inner corner because if it’s the one in the top left, it doesn’t show up (at all) and I wouldn’t consider it iridescent either. For the sake of being more fair then I feel I need to be, I might try applying it with a damp brush.

The shade I’m wearing in the photo is in the top right of the palette and the second from the left swatch below.

Grumps aside, the formula on the three pigmented shades is really nice and stays put pretty well over the elf Eye Primer – there’s a little fallout, however, so a good idea to do eyes before base. This quad is also a tenner but I’d not pick up any more colourways unless I was confident there was a good quality matte included as I’m just not hugely likely to reach for this one.

That’s a super heavy swatch of the Sculpting Bronzer (in Bahia) so that the finish and undertone is easy to see. In normal use, it’s really not as orange or shiny as it is on my wrist and blends out beautifully without highlighting the drier skin on my forehead.

It’s an incredibly soft powder and for only £9.00 too. I’m looking forward to using it more, I think it’ll be a great Summer bronzer with the warmer undertone (compared to the Butter Bronzer or Hoola Lite).

The swatch on the left is the Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Ignite – it’s much, much too dark for me so I won’t be using it. I noticed when I tried it out that it doesn’t seem to dry down fully so I imagine it’ll be more comfortable than most but probably won’t have the staying power.

Overall, a bit of a mixed bag – love the foundation and the bronzer, mostly love the eyeshadow quad but can’t give it top marks, and not sold on the liquid lip even if the colour had suited me.

CoverGirl Clean Fresh Foundation – Review.

Product blurb: “Show off fresh, healthy skin with CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk. Formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates and talc, this lightweight nourishing liquid foundation gives your skin the moisture boost it craves with a delicate infusion of milky coconut and soothing aloe. You’ll experience a glowing, dewy finish that lasts all day long, blurring imperfections and creating a more even skin tone.”

I swear, I do not understand how all these foundations tout themselves as a dewy or radiant finish but end up looking horrific close up! It does make me wonder if sometimes formulations are created based on how they look in photos or videos.

When first applied, be it with sponge or brush, over a full skincare routine, over a pore filling primer etc etc – it just looks like I’ve heavily, *heavily* powdered it down. Which I haven’t.

Shade wise, I went with 530 Fair/Light which is a pretty close match to MAC’s Face & Body N1. I usually pick up the palest option in any foundation so it’s nice to see that there are two lighter in the range. They do have a few deeper shades but oh surprise, things are far more heavily weighted towards the paler end of the spectrum.

After a couple of hours wear, it does lose that powdery / textured finish it starts out with and settles into looking a bit smoother. On the flip side, it suddenly starts showing pores (the curse of the dewy finish foundations.)

Again, from a distance, it looks lovely but is grabbing a bit around my nose and eventually settles into my smile lines. I find it lasts a pretty long time but your MMV since I have normal to dry skin.

The other thing to note is the inclusion of coconut, if you’re sensitive to that ingredient, give this one a hard miss.

Cover Girl isn’t available in the UK (or most of Europe I believe) but I picked this up in the States because I’m nosy and had seen a lot of YouTubers reviewing it. Usually I’d re-home a product like this but I’m thinking of hanging onto it for the warmer months since that powdery finish may work better when I’m sweaty!