HONEST Review & Swatches | Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

abh subculture palette

There’s been quite a bit of controversy over this palette and, after testing it out myself, I’m a little confused. On the blog today, we’re going to be swatching and reviewing the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture eyeshadow palette. First off, I never really follow the “trends” when it comes to opinions unless it is that of a beauty guru that has similar makeup wants, skin type, etc. to myself and is one that I trust. So, when Laura Lee gave some sketch comments on this palette, I was weary… but even she, as well as Manny MUA, stated that this palette is pig-men-ted. That’s a sell for me so I immediately went and purchased it from Sephora.

abh subculture palette inside subculture

When I came home to this palette on my doorstep, I went inside and immediately swatched it. First off, I totally see the fallout aspect that people are getting all bent out of shape about. It does have fallout but… it’s not as bad, in my opinion, as everyone is making it out to be. Granted, I watched the videos above and it looks pretty bad but I did finger swatches (which, yes, I realize will have different results) and I really dig into the colors whenever I do this. Even digging in, I did not get as much fallout as I thought I would after watching the above videos. I don’t know if they stepped up the formula a bit after seeing all the negative comments/reviews regarding the palette and they are sending out improved versions, but that’s the only explanation that I have for this? I honestly think this is a beautiful palette. I’m obsessed with the unique color scheme and these shades are so pigmented, it’s insane.

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Now that we’ve touched on the tea, let’s get into the swatches of this bad boy.

top row subculture

Top Row (top to bottom, left to right in palette): Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn, All Star, Mercury, and Axis

bottom row subculture

Bottom Row (same order as above): Roxy, Electric, Fudge, New Wave, Untamed, Edge, and Rowdy

And that’s my review of this palette! I would definitely get this if you haven’t yet. Fallout is not something that makes me say no to a palette and it normally just means that there is a lot of pigment in the formula, which you can clearly see is true for this one.

What are your thoughts? Still not convinced? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Review & Swatches | Karrueche x ColourPop She Palette

she palette

Karrueche and ColourPop are back at it again! They have released another collaboration collection that featured several pieces, including this gorgeous palette, the She palette. This is part of the Fem Rosa collection which included three lippies, a face palette, and this eyeshadow palette.

she palette

Now, ColourPop is known for their Super Shock Shadows that come in special packaging so they do not dry out, but awhile back they released pressed eyeshadows! This palette is in that form and, let me tell you, their pressed shadows are just as amazing as their SSS.

inside she palette

This palette just screams Valentine’s Day to me. I can’t wait to break it out for some feminine looks during that time of the year. In the palette, you get 12 eyeshadows and it retails for $16.00 USD. At about $1.33 per shadow, there is no beating this quality.

top row she

This row, the top one, features three metallic shades and the one and only satin in the palette. The swatches top to bottom align with the palette from left to right: Ladylike, Babe, Dainty, and Chick. These are the much more light and soft colors if you want a very feminine look without going too dark or sultry.

middle row she

The second row features all metallic shades and it gets into more of the dark colors that I am drawn to. From top to bottom, we have Mademoiselle, Gal, Empress, and Filly.

bottom row she

The third and final row features all matte shades to help with blending and making that smokey or seamless look with the previous shadows. I have successfully created an entire look with this palette so it is definitely possible with the shades provided. This row, from top to bottom, is Dear, Missy, Damsel, and Duchess.

The pigment in these shadows is unreal and you can’t beat with a stick for that price. I highly recommend this palette to those who love the reddish, pink, and warmer shades. It is currently out of stock but be sure you get your hands on it once it comes back!

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Review & Swatches | Violet Voss x Nicol Concilio Palette

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I know you all have probably heard of Nicol Concilio! She’s an adorable New York native that has a bomb channel on YouTube. I love her videos and her accent gives me life. She recently released her palette that was created with Violet Voss Cosmetics. Now, I had high expectations for this because I have the Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette and that one is amazing.

violet voss x nicol

First off… can we talk about this packaging? I’m obsessed. This holographic goodness just makes me want to stare at it all day. Not to mention that my photos are pretty great, in my opinion. (Yes, I am patting myself on the back for these.) I just love the holographic theme that the beauty world has taken lately. (Also, she totally signed that little flyer that came with it and I kind of want to frame it. 😍)

violet voss x nicol palette inside violet voss x nicol

Looking inside the palette, you get 20 shades. They are little bigger than what I would consider “normal” size such as compared to a Mac or Makeup Geek eyeshadow. The palette retails for $45 USD and I’ll just tell you now that I believe it is 100% worth it. I know that doesn’t leave much to tell for the rest of the review but this palette is gorgeous. I’m in love. I will say, if you’re not a warm-toned lover, you won’t much like this. It has tonsss of warm shadows and few sprinkles of color within the duo-chromes (such as Palm Tree) and then that intense blue (Pingy).

Now, to what you guys really want, the swatches!

Row 1 (top to bottom, corresponding from left to right of the palette): NYC, Zo-Zo, Bruh, Pizza, Mars

Row 2: Daisy, Hangry, Blou, Hey Girl, Chawwcolate

Row 3: Glorious, Nicol, Sagittarius, GiGi, Palm Tree

Row 4: L.A., Victoria, Boop-Bop, Pingy, Retrograde

Overall, I rate this palette a 10/10! I love the shades, the pigment is unreal, and they are super creamy. I can’t wait to dig into this more. If you guys want to see any looks with specific shades, let me know in the comments.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Blown-Out Copper Eyes

copper eye profile

This one was something that really made me feel the Heat of the summer. Using the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, I created a blown-out, slightly smoky copper eye to go with my acid wash tee that I got from boohoo.

copper eye profile

This was super easy to achieve and can really just be mastered with a lot of blending. I’m always drawn to a super shimmery lid with mattes to blend it all out. I feel like I could have even went a little darker in the crease and on the outer corner to really give this a sexy feel but… for another time. 😉

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copper eye high angle

First I took Chaser and put it all over the lid to set a base shadow for the others to blend onto. Once I finished that I took Sauced and Low Blow and used them as a slightly darker version of a transition shade to get the eye look going. Sauced is like a warm cream shade and Low Blow is actually a bit cool-toned, compared to the other shades in the palette. After that I took Cayenne and started to build up the color in the crease. This is where the blending begins.

Once that was finished, I played Dirty Talk all over the lid and started to blend the harsh line between that and my crease. I slowly started working in En Fuego to help darken the crease and outer corner while doing this, as well. After I got all the colors down, just kept blending in the crease and around the corners to make the final blown-out look.

copper eye front view

If you haven’t checked out my review and swatches of the UD Naked Heat palette, you should! I really think this was an excellent addition to the Naked series and I am proud to say I am still on the streak of owning every single one.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

naked heat palette

Urban Decay is back at it again with a new addition to their Naked series. This time it is the Naked Heat palette! I was so excited to hear about a new Naked palette as the quality of them are always phenomenal and I’m a sucker for neutrals of any sort, shade, etc. I love that they are going outside of the “normal” now with the Smoky and Heat palettes. Some people don’t think that they qualify under the “Naked” status but I still think that the idea is underneath that.

naked heat palette

Right off the bat, I’m obsessed with the packaging. It’s the same as the Naked Smoky where it is a plastic type deal with a nice design that catches the eye and magnetic closure. It has the mirror inside and it comes with a total of 12 shades as well as a dual-ended brush. Normally I’m not all for brushes that come with palettes but UD’s are usually good quality and this one is no exception, though I wish it wasn’t dual-ended.

inside naked heat

I definitely think this palette could be used for a variety of different looks whether it’s something cranberry and fall or more orange and summer. There is a good balance of shimmers and mattes in my opinion. Ounce has some shimmer to it but not a lot so I think it would be great for inner corners or a browbone highlight. There is a total of 7 mattes and four shimmers/one satin. Now let’s get into the swatches.

top swatches naked heat

From top to bottom, left to right: (row one) Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, and Low Blow – (row two) Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, and Scorched

bottom swatches naked heat

Last row, left to right: Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes, Ember

Overall, as always, I am super impressive with Urban Decay’s new addition. They swatch beautifully and are super creamy to the touch. I loved playing with these and I can’t wait to see all the different looks I can come up with. It’ll probably be another go-to for me during the fall, just like the past Naked palettes have been.

What do you guys think?
Love it? Hate it? No more Naked?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: The Magic by Juvia’s

the magic by juvia's

Juvia’s Place is an amazing brand that I just recently discovered a few months ago. Their shadows are insanely pigmented and their pans are huge! The awesome part is… they are also extremely affordable! This is a newer, though pretty sure they’ve already got another out, release called The Magic.

the magic by juvia'sinside palette

The palette features a nice combination of warm and cool toned shadows, which I love! I also love that there are a lot of shimmers because those are my fav. Mattes are great for the blending but shimmers make my life, plus they have plenty of mattes for the blending needed. Now, let’s get into some swatches!

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Row 1 (from left to right): Nubia, Zakiya, Osun, Kesi

row 2

Row 2 (from left to right): Zuba, Nana, Boronu, Kogi

row 3

Row 3 (from left to right): Faso, Aja, Vai, Yemoja

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Row 4 (from left to right): Ife, Yara, Buzo, Yejide

After using these shadows, I can confirm that their quality is just as perfect as their previous palettes. Forever obsessed with Juvia’s quality and overall commitment to providing affordable cosmetics! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: Jouer Skinny Dip Collection + More

skinny dip palette

Along with the many other cosmetics that I have ordered this month (RIP my bank account), I got the new Skinny Dip collection from Jouer Cosmetics. I was super excited because I had never tried their eyeshadows or liquid lipsticks before. I have had their highlighters and they are to die for. I got two new ones of those (although that was a lot of disappointment, we’ll get to that later). I figured since this is my first go at Jouer’s other products, I’d do a little swatch fest and review for you all who are interested and trying out the brand.

lip cremes skinny dip palette skinny dip and rose gold highlighters

So, I’ll go ahead and let you guys know now that I did not swatch the highlighters. That being because mine came shattered. I know that Jouer’s highlighter formula is veryyyy soft and it crumbles easily so it probably just got tossed around too much during the shipping because it was shipped in very nice packaging and wrapped well. I did email them but have not got a response yet. Hopefully, I will get that soon so I can use these babies. Now, on to the swatches!

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skinny dip palette swatches

Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows (from left to right: Midnight Swim, Magic Hour, Tan Lines, Skinny Dip, Bikini, and Star Light

Excuse the massive amounts of glitter on my arm as I swatched the Stila Magnificent Metals glitter eyeshadows right before this and… that wasn’t my best idea. 😅 So, these are extremely pigmented and creamy shimmer shadows. I am obsessed with this formula. My favorite is probably Star Light just because it is sooo shiny. The only disappointing shade would be Bikini, which is the light, baby pink color. It’s not that it is not pretty much it feels like a much different formula than the rest of the shadows. Maybe it was packed too tightly but I couldn’t get a lot of product off when swatching it.

lip toppers and lip cremes

From left to right: Rayanne, Pamplemousse (lip crèmes), St. Tropez, Skinny Dip (lip toppers)

lip cremes

From left to right (lip crèmes): Cabernet, Brique, Lychee, Tawny Rose (my personal favorite so far and the one I tested on my lips)

Now, first impressions, I am obsessed. These are an amazing mousse-y formula that is super opaque on the lips. I tested out Tawny Rose to see how it wore and it stayed on like a dream and looked amazing on my skin tone. The only one that surprised me, though I am not disappointed, was Cabernet. Due to the color in the tub, I excited something deeper and darker than the shade after (Brique), but it was just as bright and just more violet in my opinion. Still a gorgeous color!

Overall, I am very pleased with the new products I’ve tested. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a Jouer highlighter post to make up for the lack of swatches in this one. I think I’ll have four total once I get replacements for the two that came broken. So, what are your opinions of Jouer Cosmetics? Do you use their products?

xo Kimberly Signature

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Mermaid Vibes Makeup

mermaid vibes makeup

After having this blog for so long, I finally have decided to upload a makeup look. It’s not really a step-by-step tutorial because I’m not walking you through each step with photos but I am going to tell you how I got this look using The Magic by Juvia’s palette. It’s a super gorgeous and pigmented palette, that I will have a review and swatches up for veryyy soon. The following look was inspired by the purple and blue shades in this palette. There’s only a few but I really wanted to dig into the shade Faso as it is a duo chrome purple-blue color.

mermaid vibes makeup

So this wasn’t too hard but it took a lot of blending and just building up the color rather than packing on a ton of pigment at the beginning. You can always blend away if needed, as I did at the end, but sometimes it’s hard to blend away the excess on dark colors.

mermaid vibes makeup

First, I took Kesi and put it all over the lid as a base after my primer. I then took a tiny bit of Nana and used it as a bit darker version of a transition shade. Next, I put Ife on the inner and outer corners of my lid. I blended this until it was seamless all around. After it was blended, I placed Faso on the middle of the lid and blended the shade with the inner and outer corners. I wasn’t happy with the effect just yet so I sprayed my brush with a setting spray then packed some more color on the middle and continued to blend. Once that was finished, I used Yejide to blend out the crease and the outer corner. This was the majority of the blending and took the longest. Just keep blending this out until it looks as smoky and blown out as you’d like. In the end, just fade the edges of the blend with Kesi again to make it not as harsh against the browbone. In the end, I put some of Faso in the inner part of the lower lashline and then Ife on the outer part of the lower lastline.

mermaid vibes makeup

On the face I had Too Faced Hangover primer, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick foundation in Porcelain, Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Fair Neutral and Light Neutral, Laura Mercier Transluscent setting powder, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Fox, Tarte Double Duty Beauty “Don’t Be Afraid to Dazzle” contour and highlight palette, Sleek Makeup Solstice highlighting palette, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting contour powder in Light, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and ColourPop brow pencil in Redhead.

Let me know what you guys think of this look and if you want more posts like this!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: ColourPop Birthday Collection

birthday collection

Back at it again with the ColourPop swatches! I can’t help it, ColourPop is just way too affordable and such amazing quality. I am obsessed with this collection because it was themed after holographic. I don’t know if this was on purpose but I am living for it. The birthday collection for the “Big 3” is on point! The pressed eyeshadows especially are calling my name. I can’t wait to get these on my lid (just know how much I love you guys because I’ve been saving these until I could swatch them for you all).

birthday collection

Please tell me someone noticed the awesome “birthday cake” set-up I did with the collection photo above??? I tried really hard, guys! Anyway, above are all the pieces to the amazing collection they released for their 3rd birthday. They have done a limited edition Super Shock Shadow in the past (i.e. Birthday Boy and Birthday Girl) but never a collection, to my knowledge, so this was exciting for us all. Below are swatches and the shade names for the all as well as what the product is!

pressed shadows

Top to bottom (pressed shadows): Cakewalk, Party Favors, Rager, The Big 3

collection

Top to bottom: Birthday Cake (super shock shadow), Blow Me Out (super shock cheek), RSVP, Wishes, Bash (ultra glossy lips)

Overall, I am impressed as usual with the quality that ColourPop puts out! I am super excited to play with this collection more. Did any of you get this collection? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Review & Swatches: ColourPop Summer Collection

ColourPop has been coming out with waaay too much here lately. I cannot keep up! I did, however, get a few little tidbits from collections they’ve released, the summer one being the target of this blog post. I don’t know that I have all of the products in the summer collection in here, because I only buy what I think I’d use, but they’ve got some GORGEOUS stuff in this collection and I’m obsessed. I do think a couple of these shades aren’t actually part of the collection but they were ones I didn’t think I had so I just included them in here.

summer collection

So, the first ones I swatched were my go-to Super Shock Shadows. Now, everyone who’s been using ColourPop for awhile knows that these were what basically made them huge among the beauty community. I love their SSS and they will always have a special place in my heart… but these pressed shadows, oh my gosh… they are amazing! Below are swatches of all the shadows, with captions telling you what the shades are.

super shock shadows

From left to right: Dance Party, Cusp, Ibiza, Banana Daiquiri, Sugar

pressed shadows

From left to right: Salt Water, Two Piece, Tiny Tangerines

I am beyond excited that they brought back Ibiza, after everyone and their mama was asking for it to come back. I think they were just waiting for the exact moment, knowing them and their “last call sales”. 😉 #iseeyoucolourpop

So, what do you guys think of the collection? Did I miss something you love in the collection? Let me know in the comments!

xo Kimberly Signature

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