Isadora – Spring Atelier Spring Makeup Collection 2018

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Official picture from Isadora.

I’m so sorry guys! I feel like I’m spamming you with Isadora reviews for such a long time now but I always get excited with their new releases.

From Isadora’s website:

Inspiration/Colours

Our inspiration is taken from an atelier located in a pulsating city, spring is in the air and light comes in with pulsating colours which sets the standard for this seasons colour palette. We work with sculpting, highlighting with light and shades.

Highlight the contours of the face with soft peach and pink tones and dress the lips with soft nude pink. The highlighter and light tones reflects the eyes and your best traits.

Top it off with the roll-on eyeliner to give the last finish which will give a sophisticated and gorgeous look.

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As with all the other reviews I’ve had on Isadora’s collections this one will also follow my principle to only buy the products that I feel I need.

My point has also been that one of the reasons why I love Isadora’s collections so much is that they always expand their existing product lines and add some few new products within these collections.

I feel very strongly that this is a more consumer friendly way for a makeup brand to do business. Instead of releasing an endless line of limited editions or releasing new products that end up being half hacked because brands just want them to get out on the market as quick as possible.

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Eyeshadow quad in 14 Peach Avenue

 

  • Silky and creamy texture
  • Extra long wearing + 12 hours
  • Intense colour
  • Melts into skin
  • Weight: 5.0 g/ .17 oz.
    Clinically tested and contains no perfume

This was one of my must have items from this collection as I’m in need for some easy ready to wear eyeshadows that are suitable for work.

I’ve also missed having quads in my makeup bag as palettes have dominated the makeup scene for quite some time now. Which is something I honestly don’t quite understand as quads are much easier to deal with and you don’t end up with shadows you don’t use or are incapable/unsure of combining.

Peach Avenue is not the most creative or original release but I love these shades and their finish.

These eyeshadows have a very silky matte finish that never looks dry on the eye and it does actually both look and feel like they melt into the skin.

It is a really enjoyable formula as I sometimes find matte eyeshadows to sometimes be dry-looking on the eyes or even difficult to blend out evenly. These eyeshadows on the other hand blend easily with each other and with other eyeshadow formulas.

One thing I have to say about these are that they work best without a primer. They are not as smooth or creamy on top of primer and they become very textured aswell.

Now onto the colours.

Like mentioned earlier this quad is not revolutionary but I really enjoy the shades here as I find this quad really easy for everyday use and when I need to be quick about my makeup.

From top left to bottom right.

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

The first shade is the essential highlighting/browbone shade. It is a soft cream colour with a neutral undertone, I have two other similar shades in my collection but I really love how soft this shade translates on my eyes.

As previously mentioned these don’t work well with a primer. With this shade the primer makes the shadow darker but also uneven.

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

 

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

The second has started to become one of my new favourites. It is a greyish taupe which has started to become my go to transition shade as it is not overpowering in my crease like a lot of other eyeshadows have a habit of being. It is gorgeous in combination with a  shimmer packed shade aswell.

This one darkens with a primer and also becomes a bit difficult to blend.

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

 

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

The third shade is really the star of this quad. It is a lovely peachy shade that goes on more bright on the eyelid than it looks like it would. I really love how much this makes my eyes pop especially in combination with the rest of the shades in this quad. It is gorgeous and makes the blue in my eyes pop out.

Of all the shades in the quad this one has least difficulties with primer.

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

 

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Without primer at top and with primer at bottom.

The last shade is a chocolate-brown. I currently don’t own a shade like this in my makeup collection which might sound wierd to a lot of people as it is one of those fundamental shades. I’ve used this as a soft eyeliner aswell as a lid colour and it is absolutely beautiful, especially with the finish this quad has.

This one is the most powdery of the shadows and it performs like the cream colour when applied to primer.

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Blush & Glow Draping Wheel in  57 Peach Me

Blush & Glow Draping Wheel is perfect for the draping trend.

Draping is a type of contouring  where you accentuate the cheek bones with blush and highlighter.

The palette contains four blushes, both shimmer and matte shades, along with one highlighter.

The shades have a silky finish, are easy to apply and gives a lovely glow to the skin.

Contains

  • Includes four blushes and one highlighter.
  • Silky finish.
  • Richly pigmented colours.
  • Matte and shimmer shades.
  • Easy to apply and soften out.
  • Multi-use as both blush and eyeshadow.
  • Comes with illustrations on the back of the packaging that explains how to apply.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

Fragrance free and clinically tested.

Contains Net wt. 18 gram / .63 oz. of product.

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One thing I have to say is that I really love the colour palette of this as these sort of shades work really well on my complexion as they manage to make me look healthy by adding a bit of warmth to my face.

Some people may react to the scent of this but I need to remind people that this is how makeup smells when there is no added perfume. What you smell is the scent of the ingredients.

With that disclaimer gone let’s get down to it.

I’m starting with the orange shade and continue clockwise.

 

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The orange shade has a slight golden sheen to it. It does give a very fresh look and a true glow from within effect which I always love in a blush. It is the standout shade of this wheel but I also think that it is a very wearable shade at the same time and one that will suit very many since it is neither overly warm or bright.

 

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20180328_121305.jpgThe second shade is a slightly cool toned berry shade with golden shimmer in it. I’ll be honest and say that this is a shade I have to be a bit careful with since if I’m too heavy-handed this can easily make me look as if I have a bruise on my cheek, but it is a gorgeous colour and I love sporting it when I’m doing a more cool toned look. I think this is a shade that will look better on people with medium neutral/cool toned skin.

 

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The third shade is somewhat similar to the second one but it is brighter and more of a coral shade. It also features the golden sheen that dominates the wheel, it is also a shade I have to be light handed with but it does give a very beautiful effect when applied but I strongly feel that this shade is better for people with a medium skin tone.

 

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Here’s a photo that shows the difference between the two shades. With the second shade being on the left and the third shade on the right.

 

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The last blush shade is a matte muted peachy shade. This one is a really typical blush shade that suits well for pale skin and I do find myself wearing this a lot lately since it is fool-proof and easy to apply when I need to be quick about my makeup. The effect it gives is a subtle one but it looks very fresh and natural on the cheeks.

 

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There is one highlighter shade in this wheel and it is a subtle light golden shade. It is light enough to look great on my skin which usually golden highlighters rarely do. It will look good on most people but it is very subtle and that might not be what everyone likes but I do prefer it this way. What surprises me the most is that I am capable of using this to highlight my nose and cupids bow without it making me look odd.

 

In the end I absolutely love this wheel, not only are the shades beyond gorgeous but the formula is super silky and easy to apply. I also love that I can use these as eyeshadows as these are pigmented but still buildable.

 

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Precise roll-on Eyeliner in 20 Black

This is a completely new product from Isadora which features the “pizza wheel” applicator.

Contains 1 ml of product and is clinically tested aswell as unperfumed.

Claims

  • Super easy and quick application.
  • Easily rolls on an even line.
  • Perfect for creating a winged eyeliner look.
  • For a thicker line, roll the wheel back and forth.
  • High coverage.
  • Water proof.
  • Dries fast.

 

How to use

  • Shake well before use and roll the wheel along the lash line for the wished effect.

 

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The first time I used this I did not have the highest hopes but I was surprisingly taken aback at how clean I managed to get my first attempt at a cat eye with this product. Obviously you need to make sure that the wheel is completely aligned the way you want it to be but it isn’t that difficult if you don’t rush it.

This is also thanks to the packaging, the handle is shaped to be comfortable to hold, making it easier to steady the hand to create the perfect line. I like the fact that the handle is also quite long as it helps steadying the hand even more.

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The formula is ink black and there is no grey or brown undertone that some black eyeliners have. It applies very wet something I prefer in a eyeliner as it makes it easier for me to clean up a line with the applicator. The only con I have of the formula is that it dries very quickly and it can be difficult to properly fill in whatever needs to be filled in.

But those cons are small in my opinion when this has proven itself to be very hardy on the eye, it is extremely waterproof and I did test this during a heavy snowstorm and while my mascara was ruined the eyeliner was looking as perfect as when I applied it.

Another thing to mention is that I do find the applicator difficult for my inner corners but again it is for me a minor complaint when I compare it to what I like about it.

The finish it leaves is a semi-matte and I do prefer matte finishes to my eyeliners but I find myself loving this.

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

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The Body Shop: Lip and Cheek Velvet Stick #Universal Poppy

This product to me is like a remnant of the chubby stick trend that was everywhere a couple of years ago. I don’t know about you but I was never a huge fan of the trend and I’m happy of its declination in popularity even though they sometimes pop up occasionally.

Which is why its strange that I like this product so much that I’ve gone through three of these in two years.

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Packaging

The packaging is made of black but sturdy plastic. It feels a little bit heavier than what you might initially expect.

I really like that they have used the Poppy flower in the logo, its elegant and also gives this product an identity.

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This contains 4 grams of product.

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Formula

This is where this product really stands out since I love anything with a velvety texture when it comes to makeup.

What i love about this product is that it has that lovely matte velvety finish that evens out the texture of my lips, making them look fuller and healthier with the added bonus of not drying my lips out as much as regular mattes do.

Thanks to this, it keeps this PH product from falling into the tacky and cheap connotation these products have garnered in people’s consciousness.

I also love the scent this has, which is honestly a little bit difficult for me to pin down but I would describe it as being smoky with a hint of spices.

 

Colour

In the tube it looks like a purplish black but when you first apply this it gives your lips a grayish cast, but after a few seconds the PH effect starts to work and it changes into a lovely dark pink with a strong undertone of purple.

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I have not tried this product on my cheeks as I feel this shade, no matter how much I blended it out, would not look good on me+since it has a staining effect it scares me from using this product on my cheeks.

I also don’t think it would work well combined with foundations or other base products.

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When first applied.

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After a minute.

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How it looks in daylight.

 

Wear

I love this products wear time. It lasts longer than most lip products and its partly because it also tint your lips the longer you have it on.

At most I can get a five-six hour wear with the actual product but the stain it leaves can last the day after.

 

Conclusion

This particular shade might not be to everyone’s taste but there are other shades in this range that might be more tempting.

If you like a nice velvet texture, non drying formula and lovely colour, easy on the go product then this might become a nice addition in your makeup collection.

I hope this shade never gets discontinued.

 

Lunatick cosmetic labs: Elvira Mistress of the Dark eyeshadow and blush makeup palette

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Official pic from Lunatick Cosmetics labs.

This is a limited edition palette released to celebrate Elvira’s 35th anniversary.

It is both vegan and cruelty free.

This palette contains one blush and five eyeshadows.

It is also the first product I’ve tried from this brand.

 

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Packaging

The packaging is incredible. It is sturdy despite being made of card board and shaped into a coffin shape, it has a nice magnetic closing which secures the content inside and the palette is quite heavier than I initially thought it would be.

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When you open it up there is pop ups, which I actually think the palette would have been better without but that’s just my opinion. The mirror is in the shape of a dagger blade and it is too small to be used when applying makeup but nice when you are going to do a touch up.

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I do love that the ingredients list on the backside of the palette which i easy to read and also shows which shade is named what. It is easy and organised, making it easier to use this palette.

I love all the details and thought that went into this such as the names of all the shades. If you have watched Elvira:Mistress of the Dark you will get the references throughout this palette.

Of course the image of Elvira on the front rounds the palette up and just makes this palette glorious beyond belief.

 

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Eyeshadows

One quick note about these shades is that they might not seem like they would work together the first time you look at them, but actually this palette is just composed in a way that makes it possible to create different looks.

Of course this palette depends quite a lot on your personal taste.

I can see a couple of combinations that would look great together.

Such as the combination of Macabre-Bone-Unpleasant Dreams or Aunt Morgana-Battitude-Unpleasant Dreams. Those two combinations are the ones that jump at me from this palette but I do see other variations aswell.

Which makes this a very exciting palette since I feel that to create a nice eyeshadow look I don’t need to rummage through my collection to find complimentary shadows. Besides that there are a couple of shades within this palette that I have been on the lookout for.

 

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Aunt Morgana

In the pan: This is a nice shimmery berry shade with no large shimmer specks.

When I was applying this it turned warmer and lost some of its berry tones and showed up a little more like a copper with some purple in it. But the copper does not arrive from the shimmer which still remains in the subtle territory.

It is also packs up a lot of pigment which is something I know a lot of people don’t like but it is smooth on the lid and I enjoy this shade. It is the most subtle and neutral of all the eyeshadows in this palette.

Comparing how it looks like in the pan and how it looks like applied is like night and day. I’m not complaining as the shade really emphasizes my light eyes.

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Primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Battitude

In the pan: Lovely matte sky blue shade.

Applying this is not as smooth as Aunt Morgana and it kicks up product from the pan and takes a little bit of work to blend properly on the lid.

Make no mistake I love this shade since I currently don’t have any matte blue in my collection and this is actually in my opinion a very flattering blue.

It is what I would call a super matte and they do tend to be a little less agreeable than regular mattes with a more sheen to them and they also have a tendency to hate primers.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Unpleasant Dreams

In the pan: Purest of matte black.

I use black eyeshadows to achieve a soft kohl rim around my eyes and I find myself primarily using this for that purpose. I have another matte black, but that one does have a slight sheen to it so I do find this one stiffer which also gives off a better kohl effect than the other one.

In other words I really like this one, it is a nice standard matte black which anyone need in their collection.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Macabre

In the pan: Shimmery rusty bright red with no large shimmer specks.

This is a very gorgeous vegan red.

Vegan reds are notoriously difficult to get right but Lunatick cosmetic labs managed to create a great one.

Macabre is different from my other reds since it is more of a rusty-red. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I find that very wierd since it is a very flattering shade. I like the fact that it avoids becoming an orange-red as those shades don’t flatter my complexion.

This one has the same texture as Aunt Morgana but I find this to be much smoother and easier to work with.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

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Bone

In the pan: Is a matte pure white.

This one was one I had high hopes for since I do miss a great nice opaque white.

I found this one more difficult to work with and being more patchy than Battitude or Unpleasant Dreams even though they are the same formula and finish. It could be that I am using an eyeshadow primer, which is known to not always mesh well with mattes, especially not extreme mattes like this one.

Other than that there is not that much to say about this one as it is a pure white.

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With primer on the right and wihtout on the left.

Blush

This palette contains only one blush which is a fairly neutral one. It makes sense when you  compare it to the rest of the palette since this will make it easy to include in a look without having to make backflips to have something that looks nice.

 

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Superunleaded

In the pan: This is a muted apricot shade which probably gives a very natural looking flush.

WOW!! This one is super pigmented!

Rarely do i feel that i need to be careful with these sort of shades and it is not as muted as it looks like in the pan when you apply this on your cheeks.

It is very similar to my H&M Pure radiance powder blusher in #Apricot only that Superunleaded seems to have a stronger orange undertone while #Apricot has more pink in it.

Anyway I am impressed by this one and I feel that it brings a nice warmth to my face without making me look ruddy as warm blushes has a tendency to do. It does avoid falling into the bronzer category aswell and I do think that this will suit a wide range of skin tones.

It is beautiful.

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The blush is sheered out on the right to give an impression of how it looks like as a blush. The sheered out part came out lighter than I wanted it to be and it looks less pigmented than it really is applied.

 

All in all

This is a great palette and I’d really wish it was permanent and/or possible to buy certain shades individually.

I know that there will be people who will find some of these shades too dry to work with and/or find the shades themselves hard to combine. But for my taste this palette is just perfect despite the shadows being a little bit powdery and some being a bit difficult to blend.

There’s not much with this palette I find worthy of criticism other than the things I’ve already mentioned in this review.

For me this has become one of my favourite palettes lately.

 

 

Aromaleigh Vault: Hydra Menagerie

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was released in May 2015 as this month’s menagerie. This mini collection featured three eyeshadows and one blush inspired by the myth of the Hydra.

A very gorgeous collection indeed.

 

Hydra

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Official description:

The daughter of Ekhidna and Typhon, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with reptilian traits. It possessed many heads, and for each head cut off it grew two more. It had poisonous breath and blood so virulent that even its scent was deadly. The Hydra was conquered by the heroic Herakles while Karkinos, the crab, bit at his feet…Herakles dipped his arrows into the Hydra’s blood after vanquishing it, and used those poison arrows to conquer the Stymphalian Birds and the giant Geryon.

This shade is part of the Hydra Menagerie. The Menagerie is a new Aromaleigh project, where I’ll be formulating other shades and products to go with each month’s mythical creature. The Hydra Menagerie features three eyeshadow colors (“Hydra”, “Ekhidna” and “Karkinos”, and a purple blush (“Pharmakon”).

Color Description: A rich deep blue-violet base with an incredible color traveling duochrome that ranges from gold to green to teal as you move it under a light source.. Shown swatched over NYX cream eyeshadow base in skintone, photographed under a daylight lamp.

 

My opinion:

Not among my favourites but I like this one more than Ravenstag, which is the only Aromaleigh eyeshadow I’ve felt did not suit me at all.

My description of this shade will be the same as Aromaleigh with the exception that I feel that the base has a slight hint of green to it. This is one of those eyeshadows that really changes depending on light source and what you combine it with I feel.

The truth is that I don’t use this as often as I would like to.

But I’ve found out is a type of shade Aromaleigh do that often pops up in collections. Take the fact that it is quite similar to Ravenstag and I’ve seen others aswell.

These types of shades do not work that well with my complexion, but they are gorgeous on the right person and I do believe this one is going to be given away to someone who will cherish it.

I did my best trying to capture Hydra but the pictures came out grainy.

 

Pharmakon

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Official description:

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My opinion:

This is for me the perfect blush. It is a lovely  lavender with beautiful green shift that gives this an ethereal glow on skin.

I love it and I’m saddened that this has been disontinued since it is one of my favourite blushes and is really wearable for us with pale skin as it does soften to a bit more pink on skin depending on how much you sheer it out. In other words this might look like it a “scary” blush but it really isn’t depending on how you use it.

I do prefer this applied in a way that makes the lavender pop and the green shift with it.

Really saddened by the disconinuation but I’ve stocked up.

The swatch photos does not showcase the green shift as much and I did take them at different light sources. The sheered part does not showcase how it looks like on skin entirely, it came out too muddied.

 

Aromaleigh Vault: Brilliant Deductions rouge

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued product.
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This blush collection was released early in 2014 to accompany the Brilliant Deductions eyeshadow collection released september 2013 and were inspired by Sherlock.

These blushes had a soft duochrome effect which was supposed to give the “Glow from within” effect on your cheek.

All of these 5 shades were vegan, cruelty free and lip safe.

 

I only bought one shade from this collection and actually I’d wish I had bought some of the others since the formula was great and the other shades seems like they would have worked well with my skintone.

 

Purple shirt of sex

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Official swatch picture from Aromaleigh.

 

Official Description: First up, is the much-requested “Purple Shirt of Sex”, a rich purple blush  with copper/green soft duochrome, styled after Sherlock’s tightly-fitted D&G purple shirt, summed up HERE. We tend to stay “tame” with our names and not venture into color names that are this blatant, but we couldn’t keep ignoring your requests in our inbox and tumblr message box! Enjoy this awesome blush color, and wear with pride!

 

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Sheered out on the left and more pigmented swatch on the right

My opinion: I would not classifiy this as a purple blush but rather place it as a more full bodied and rich mauve with a lovely subtle green /copper duochrome.

It is a lovely shade but I do find myself not picking this up as much as I would have liked to. It is a bit difficult of a shade for me as I really need to sheer it out in order for not looking like a clown which actually can take me an extra minute to do properly.

The reason is that this blush is very pigmented and also quite a deep shade for someone of my skin colour. If it had been formulated a bit more sheer then it would have been easier to pick up.

It is the type of shade I feel will look better on people with tan to deep skintones. Honestly in my opinion, mauve blush is so so flattering on people with darker skintones.

As of 26.1.2016 this is still available in the clearance section.