ColourPop Love A Flare Set Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Love A Flare Set Swatches & Review

Here's another gem that's currently on ColourPop's chopping block, the Love A Flare set! All six eyeshadows in this collection are still available separately for $5USD each but if you love them all, the discounted set of 6 for $20USD is too good a deal to pass up. 

ColourPop Love A Flare Set Swatches & Review

This set is presented in a beautiful and sturdy box with magnetic closure and a mirror inside. The shadows fit snugly into a foam insert that is glued in place, so it's a fairly good option for travelling - they don't have much room to move around and break.

ColourPop Love A Flare Set Swatches & Review

ColourPop Love A Flare Set Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows have a malleable consistency like wet clay - should you press a finger into the eyeshadow you'll leave a hollow, it doesn't spring back or cling like a mousse, nor does it resist like a cream or powder. And of course, it's endlessly amusing to prod at! Because of the wetness of the formula, it is important to keep the lid tightly shut to prevent the product drying out. Even so, they have a fairly short official shelf life, with ColourPop advising that their eyeshadows will last three years unopened and a year after being opened. I've now had these for over a year and there appears to be no difference in quality than when I first got them, so it seems ColourPop are being pretty conservative.

There are eight different finishes in the SuperShock range: Ultra-Glitter, Glitter Sheer, Satin, Matte, Metallic, Ultra-Metallic, Pearlized and Pressed Pigments; I have a mixture of Pearlized and Matte shades to show you today. The Pearlized shades have varying degrees of shimmer and it's finer than in the Metallics or Ultra-Metallics.  The Mattes are my new love; they blend incredibly well and true to the Super Shock formula, they last forever on me. I've found the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush to be excellent for working with these, it blends them out seamlessly. Oddly, I didn't like ColourPop's own blending brush so much for the task!

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I Spy

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - I Spy Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - I Spy Swatches & Review

I Spy is described as a 'dusty peach' in a Matte finish. This makes an excellent transition shade on my skintone (NC15 in MAC, for reference) and I can't fault the application or colour payoff. I've been reaching for this often. 

Melrose

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Melrose Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Melrose Swatches & Review

Melrose is described as 'true rust' and has a Matte finish. It's the perfect shade for a 90s inspired grungey eye and again, the formula is superb. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - I Spy, Melrose Swatches & Review

For this look, I used Crimper on the inner corner, Arrow on the inner half of the lid, Babykins on the outer half of the lid, Melrose on the crease and lower lashline and I Spy for the transition. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store. I'm also wearing Frenchie Lippie Stix.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - I Spy, Melrose Swatches & Review

Moonwalk

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Moonwalk Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Moonwalk Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Moonwalk Swatches & Review

Moonwalk is described as a 'rusty orange with a yellow-green duo chrome flip' and has a Pearlized finish. If you love duochromes, you absolutely must grab Moonwalk, the green-gold shift is gorgeous! It's very similar to MAC Old Gold pigment, but ColourPop's Super Shock Shadow formula performs much better for me. One of my favourites in this set.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Moonwalk Swatches & Review

Here, I've used Bandit and High Rise on the crease with Cornelious as a transition shade. I also used 8 Track on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline, Moonwalk on the inner half of the lid and Jinxie on the inner corner. The lashes are these Red Cherry 217 dupes from Ebay. I'm also wearing Tuesday Ultra Matte Lip in the full face pic.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Moonwalk Swatches & Review

By My Side

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - By My Side Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - By My Side Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - By My Side Swatches & Review

By My Side is described as a 'yellow peach with a pink duo chrome flip' and has a Pearlized finish. Two duochromes in one set? Be still, my beating heart! By My Side has a much more subtle colour shift than Moonwalk but it's no less pretty for it. I really like using it for an inner corner highlight or an all over lid wash. Impeccable formula. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - By My Side Swatches & Review

I've used Just For Fun on the inner half of the lid here, with By My Side on the outer half and inner corner, Boyband on the outer V and lower lashline, Seeker on the crease and I Spy for the transition. The lashes are these ones from Ebay in style 523. I'm also wearing Dopey Ultra Satin Lip in the pic below.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - By My Side Swatches & Review

High Rise

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - High Rise Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - High Rise Swatches & Review

High Rise is described as a 'deepened olive' in a Matte finish. Truth be told, as someone who isn't mad on olive shades, I wasn't too excited about this or Head Rush when I ordered. I'd justified ordering the set during one of the pre-Christmas 20% off sales because I loved the other shades enough to still make it worthwhile and figured I'd give them a try and then probably destash them. But I love them both! They're just what I needed in my stash to add some variety to my crease shades and as I've mentioned, I can't get enough of ColourPop's matte formula.

Head Rush

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Head Rush Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Head Rush Swatches & Review

Head Rush is described as a 'khaki olive' and has a Matte finish. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Head Rush Swatches & Review

I used Donna on the outer third of the lid for this look, with Partridge in the centre of the lid and along the lower lashline, Sleigh on the inner third of the lid and Valley Girl on the inner corner. I also used Head Rush on the crease and Cornelious for the transition. The false eyelashes are from Born Pretty Store.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Head Rush Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Excellent colour payoff
  • They last all day on me, without creasing or fading
  • Smooth, easy application, no fallout
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
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Have you bought this set, or any of the shades from it? Which is your favourite?

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My Beauty Picks For Summer | RY Summer Edit

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Summer has been playing rather coy in New Zealand lately. After a cluster of storms and cold snaps, we've finally had some scorchingly hot sunny days alternating with muggy, overcast ones - it's altogether rather dizzying trying to keep track of what the weather's doing, but at least I can find some consistency in my beauty routine! 
Aussie website RY (Recreate Yourself) have put together a comprehensive edit of beauty must haves for summer that will have you covered from top to toe and they were kind enough to let me pick out some of my favourites to share with you. 

Lulu & Lipstick Lash Curlers review

These Lulu & Lipstick Eyelash Curlers ($29.95AUD) leave my old unbranded curlers in the dust, both in the style stakes and functionality. Decked out in gold crystals, they look pretty luxe and they do a great job of curling my lashes effectively. Often in the summer months, I like to stick to light foundation, a cream blush and mascara on just my top lashes for a polished, pretty school-run-friendly look. This lash curler will be great to give my lashes a little more oomph!

Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator, Pixi by Petra Glow Mist Review

Starting a summer's day with a freshly cleansed and exfoliated face is always invigorating but the Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator ($42AUD) makes it even more so with its light orange and cedarwood scent. It uses jojoba beads to provide a gentle but effective scrub (so no need to worry about plastic microbeads clogging up the environment for the sake of your scrub!) and is incredibly creamy and luxurious feeling. My skin feels so soft and hydrated after using this!

I've heard so many great things about Pixi by Petra from UK beauty bloggers, plus I love a good hydrating mist so I couldn't have been more excited to try the Pixi by Petra Glow Mist ($30AUD). It contains argan oil and propolis, both skin-loving ingredients and is incredibly refreshing to spritz on throughout the day. I use mists like this to take any powdery appearance away from my makeup and add a bit of dewiness, or just to cool down and hydrate my skin any old time. 

Moroccanoil review

Moroccanoil Treatment Oil and Hydrating Styling Cream Pack ($49.50)
I've been using and loving argan oil for several years but I'd never tried the OG brand before - and boy, I can see what the fuss is about now! Moroccanoil smells incredible, it's really lightweight and is easily absorbed into my thick, medium-length hair. As I regularly colour and heat-style my hair which leads to some inevitable damage, I use it to restore shine and softness to my hair without weighing it down. If you have finer hair, there's a Light version of the oil which may suit you better. 
In this pack, you'll find a full-size original Moroccanoil Treatment, two sample vials (one of the original and one of the Light), a headband and a Hydrating Styling Cream, all housed in a generously sized travel bag. Pretty darn good for the price and definitely a set I'll be using a lot to keep my hair smooth and sleek in all this humidity!

I also received some handy free samples in my order, including Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover, Model Co Double Sided Facial Wipes, both of which I'm really looking forward to trying, and a mini nail file. RY send free samples with every order and ship internationally; express shipping to New Zealand starts at $9.95AUD which isn't too shabby at all! I'm definitely going to have to place another order soon, the TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes mini liquid lipstick set is calling my name.

What are your summer beauty must haves?

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Time to unearth some more ColourPop lippies from my drafts folder! Two of these beauties come from the discontinued Karreuche Tran collaboration, which I bought during the Last Call for that collection, while Love Bug is part of the permanent range. These three are a great example of why I have a love/hate relationship with the Ultra Matte Lips - read on to find out why!

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Ultra Mattes come boxed (with names on the boxes, perfect for my preferred storage!) and usually have clear packaging with silver caps and trim, although the Karreuche Tran collaboration shades have copper trim and labelling to set them apart. They have a slim angled doefoot applicator that I find easy to work with for outlining lips and distributing the product evenly.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips - Love Bug, Saigon and Rooch Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
All of ColourPop's liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented and have a slightly chemical scent although it's not strong or offensive.
The Ultra Matte range dries down to a flat matte finish quickly and tends to be more hit or miss than their other formulas. When it's good, it's really bloody good and when it's bad, it's a flakey, shrivelled, drying mess. I fervently wish they'd land on something more consistent but at least at $6USD a pop they're not going to break the bank. Saigon and Rooch are both really good formula-wise; they don't flake, streak or cake up during application but Love Bug didn't fare so well, as I'll talk about shortly.

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Love Bug

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

Love Bug is described as a 'rich mahogany'. The colour is divine, but the formula sadly leaves much to be desired! It cakes up on the lips and turns into a shrivelled mess that has my lips looking rich mahogany raisins. During its eight-hour wear time, it flakes away instead of fading evenly and it's become notorious for these issues in the ColourPop Fanatics group. Apparently adding a drop of cosmetic grade oil, such as argan oil, will fix the issue and make it more like the Ultra Satin formula, but why should you need to? ColourPop have released a Lippie Stix dupe called Secret Stash and Ziggie Lippie Stix is a close match too.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug Swatches & Review

Saigon

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

Saigon (discontinued) is described as a 'vibrant warm-toned true red'. Application and opacity were both fantastic and I LOVE the colour but I wasn't thrilled to experience feathering with Saigon - actually the first time I've ever experienced this with a liquid matte! The feathering was more pronounced with oily food, so that's something I'll keep in mind next time I wear it. All up, it lasted eight hours on me.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Saigon Swatches & Review

Rooch

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

Rooch (discontinued) is described as a 'deepened russet wine'. It dries down a little unevenly (you can see a few shinier sections in the swatch where this occurred) but overall the colour payoff and intensity are more than enough to make up for this in my books. Rooch wore for a whopping eight hours on me without being drying. Dark liquid mattes can so often be patchy and frustrating to work with, so I'm thrilled with Rooch's performance - wish I'd bought a backup! 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Rooch Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Great colour payoff
  • They last for eight hours on me
  • Saigon and Rooch had smooth, easy application
  • Rooch wasn't drying
What I didn't like:
  • Saigon feathered and was clingy
  • Rooch dried unevenly
  • Love Bug cakes up and flakes
Where to buy:

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tati-Too, Turning Japanese, Ginger, Honey Pot and Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too, Turning Japanese, Ginger, Honey Pot and Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Here's the next batch of Darling Girl eyeshadows to share with you! Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent, while others are discontinued or past COTM (colour of the month) shades, so I'll note their availability with each review.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($7USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($3.25USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 4 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $5USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

Formula overview:
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range; they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left-hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Tati-Too

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Tati-Too (discontinued/seasonal?) is a rich copper with pink sparkles. It doesn't matter how many shades of copper Susan makes, I need them all. Tati-Too works best over a sticky base as it's on the sheer side on its own, but check out how metallic and gorgeous it becomes over the Pixie Epoxy! It blends out beautifully. This was part of the Darling Whos Christmas collection, which Susan has mentioned may return during holiday seasons. 

Ginger

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Ginger Swatches & Review

Ginger (permanent) is described as a 'light peachy tan with soft pink undertones'. A permanent-range gem that I really need to show some more love to! It's a versatile, easy to wear shade with an excellent, silky formula. The satin pink sheen shows up more when applied over a sticky base but it doesn't rely on one to shine.

Turning Japanese

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Turning Japanese Swatches & Review

Turning Japanese (discontinued) is described as a 'golden champagne with pink to green shift and green and gold iridescence'. The pink sheen in this really comes out to play the more it's buffed out, I wish I'd discovered this eyeshadow before it was discontinued! The formula is once again, excellent.

Trek the Halls

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls Swatches & Review

Trek the Halls (discontinued December 2015 COTM) is a matte-based warm russet brown with gold & green sparkles. This Star Trek themed eyeshadow was created in honour of all the red shirts lost - you're never in for a good time if you're wearing a red shirt on Star Trek! Colour payoff is lovely and I found it really easy to work with. It wound up becoming part of one of my favourite Darling Girl looks ever!

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

For this look I used Tati-Too on the centre of the lid, Trek the Halls on the outer third, Ginger on the inner third, Turning Japenese on the inner corner, #breaktheinternet as the transition and Heroes on the lower lashline. I also used the Lorac Pro palette for the crease and the false eyelashes are from Born Pretty Store.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Trek the Halls, Ginger, Tatti-Too Swatches & Review

Honey Pot

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

Honey Pot (permanent) is described as a 'loud metallic orange-y gold'. Susan wasn't kidding with that description, Honey Pot is positively molten! I wasn't 100% happy with the look below so I'll have to use Honey Pot again soon, probably as the star of the show as I think it demands nothing less. Perfect colour payoff and application with or without a base. Definitely one to add to your collection if you love golds.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review

I've used Prom Queen on the outer half of the lid here, with Honey Pot on the inner half of the lid and Princess Conseula Bananahammock just above the inner corner. April Showers Spectral Shift was used on the inner corner, Kilt-y Pleasures and Between the Sheets on the crease, #breaktheinternet for the transition, Ginger to blend out and Could I Be Wearing Anymore Clothes? on the lower lashline. The lashes are from QVS.

Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Honey Pot Swatches & Review


Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.
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