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Physicians Formula Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing (Review & Swatches)

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing

In December 2016, Physicians Formula launched a bunch of new products that I picked up as soon as I saw them (review on the Butter Blushes is here)! The Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette in the Shimmer Strobing version (there’s a matte one too) called to me because it looked so much like the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow palette.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing

As always, the presentation of Physicians Formula‘s products is gorgeous. While the layout is identical to that BECCA product, the embossed print is new and always welcomed in a product!

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing

However, while Physicians Formula‘s presentation is always beautiful, their bulky packaging is not. Each product I’ve tried by them tries too hard to be extra helpful and in the end is only annoying. The bottom half of the packaging opens up to reveal a mirror (not helpful on the bottom) and a long brush (which I promptly threw in the garbage). The brush, by PF standards, is actually quite nice, but I really don’t find myself ever using these built-in brushes so I find the addition of it to be just cumbersome and bulky.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing - swatches
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing – swatches

Packaging aside, the product swatches out really, really well. The colours are intensely pigmented with very little effort! I was especially impressed with the copper shade, although (as you’ll see below) it’s not a shade I can really wear on my cheeks.

Physicians Formula compared to BECCA - swatches
Physicians Formula compared to BECCA – swatches

Since I own the BECCA versions of the champagne and white versions, I pulled them out for comparison swatching. The champagne shade is incredibly similar although I detect a hint more peach in the BECCA shade. The white shade is basically a dead ringer in my eyes. Worth noting however, is that the sheen on the cheeks is not quite the same. The BECCA products translates a wetter, more “in your face” shine, whereas the Physicians Formula product is a softer, more subtle version.

Physicians Formula Bronzer Booster Highlight & Contour Shimmer Strobing Face Swatches

In these shots I’m wearing only the highlighter – there’s no blush on my cheeks.

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - white shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – white shade

A very strong white with a hint of grey to it.

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - champagne shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – champagne shade

The most natural looking shade out of all three colours – very radiant!

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - copper shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – copper shade

Zero chance I could wear this shade as anything other than an eyeshadow I’m afraid! Great pigmentation overall, but I found it blended out kind of weirdly.

Final Thoughts

If you’re not willing to shell out the money for a BECCA highlighter (and I understand – they’re super freaking pricey), I think the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strobing palette is a decent dupe. It is a bit more of a softer sheen than the wet-look of the BECCA products, but that’s potentially a good thing for people who aren’t looking for in-your-face highlighting.

One thing to keep in mind is that the copper shade is pretty much unwearable as a blush on my skintone. I haven’t yet tried it as an eyeshadow, but that’s pretty much the only way I’m going to get any use out of it. If you’re a deeper skin tone than me and you’ve tried a similar colour on your cheeks, please let us know in the comments how it works on you! I’d love to know!

I also think the packaging is ridiculous. It’s too bulky and unnecessary and the top hinge actually hinders you from getting at the product which is just a damn nuisance.

Man, okay, my list of complaints about this product seems quite long, but overall, I do actually like it. I think the white and champagne shades are beautiful to wear (and I’ve worn them multiple times since I bought the palette). I like that PF put out a near-dupe for the BECCA trio and I like that the pricepoint is more reasonable than the Butter Blushes (this was $21.99 CAD whereas the Butter Blushes were $18.99 CAD). So, to end this ridiculously long summary, I do recommend the product, it’s just up to you to determine if you’ll get enough use out of the shades that are included in the trio.

The Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Shimmer Strobing palette can be purchased on ulta.com for $14.99 USD.

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essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Collection (Review & Swatches)

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks

essence has recently launched their Matt Matt Matt lipstick range which has eight shades ranging from nudes, to pinks and reds, to some purple and deep vampy shades. For a collection that is limited to only eight shades, they’ve done one heck of a job by covering all of their bases!

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipsticks

In stark contrast to their Sheer + Shine lipsticks (which I really enjoyed), the Matt Matt Matt in chockful of in your face colour with a matte finish. Each shades packs one hell of a pigment punch! But don’t take my word for it, check out these swatches:

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick Collection Swatches

essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 01 Natural Kiss
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 02 Perfect Match
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 04 Pink Up Your Life
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 05 Red-y Or Not
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 06 Kiss Me If You Can
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 07 Purple Power
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It's A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It’s A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It's A Statement
essence Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in 08 It’s A Statement

My Thoughts

There is NO denying the colour payoff in these lipsticks – the pigment is there and it’s ready to party! I found the longevity on these lipsticks to be incredible – I had no movement, no budging for 4-5 hours (which for me is really good as I don’t tend to wear lipstick for longer than that timespan). My biggest complaint is that I get a little bit of lipstick gathering on the inner rim of my mouth – just where the lipstick ends and the inside of my mouth begins. It’s not a great feeling, but I can easily blend it out with my finger if need be.

It’s worth noting that there is a bit of a plastic fruit scent to these lipsticks. The scent is identical to their long lasting lipstick range though – so if you like that scent, you’ll be fine with these.

The essence Matt Matt Matt lipsticks retail for $3.99 USD each and can be purchased on ulta.com or or for $4.49 CAD on essencemakeup.com.

The products featured in this post were given to me for consideration at a PR event. Post contains some affiliate links.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks (Review & Swatches)

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême

I don’t know what it is, but it wasn’t until I got into blogging that I started to get more and more exposed to Canadian makeup. And, having been born and raised in this country, it feels really weird to say that. Considering I can tell you a lot about brands that are available only in the UK, or only in the USA, it’s definitely strange that I can’t talk more in depth about some of my own homegrown brands. Maybe it’s because those seem foreign to me, and therefore more interesting?

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks

So since I’ve not tried a heck of a lot of Canadian cosmetics, I feel like I’m constantly having my eyes opened to what’s available to me in my own backyard! I’m not going to beat around the bush with this review – Lise Watier has totally stunned me with how good these lipsticks are, so I want to take this time to tell you why I love them so much!

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks

The Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks are touted as having rich, intense colour in one swipe (totally accurate), incredible hold (ALSO accurate) and are hydrating and nourishing (yes, and yes!). Never before have I see a brand claim something so accurately in their product description and actually hold true on all claims!

These lipsticks come housed in reflective gunmetal case with a magnetic cap. No snapping into place here, these lipstick click into place and stay put once the magnet gets a hold of the other side!

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks - swatches
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks – swatches

And these buggers are PIGMENTED AF. They glide on like a dream – creamy and moisturizing – with barely any pressure on your lips. They stay somewhat glossy, kind of like a thick cream, but settle down a bit over time.

I’ve mentioned before, but I’m not a huge fan of wearing lipstick – in practice I find it a bit of a hassle: I’m constantly worried about it getting on my teeth, bleeding outside of my lip line, or basically just smearing everywhere. While there’s no tacky quality to the Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks that I usually associate with a good stay-in-place lipstick, these actually stay hydrating but firmly in place on your lips. Every time I checked my teeth in the mirror at my desk at work, the lipstick hadn’t freaking budged from random movement (such as drinking out of a straw, or talking to people). Keep in mind though, although these stay in place, they are not transfer-proof.

Also worth mentioning is that they have a very light fruity scent in the tube, but there is no discernible taste on my lips.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks – Face Swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Arielle
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Arielle

Arielle is verging on too pale of a pink for my own tastes, but I can see how a lot of others would find this a very easy and comfortable colour to wear. It’s the kind of colour that will match practically every eye look.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Olivia
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Olivia

For me, Olivia is the kind of shade I’ll wear as an everyday shade when I don’t know what to grab for. It’s a beautiful deeper rose-pink.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Jasmine
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême in Jasmine

AND HOLY FREAKING GOD – THIS ONE IS EVERYTHING! Jasmine is everything I ever needed in a lipstick colour! I found myself in constant awe of this colour when I put it on.

Final Thoughts

I have zero negatives to say about the Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks. They are intensely pigmented and yet stay put. They are hands down one of the most comfortable lipsticks I have ever put on my lips! (They’re in the same vein as the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks which are some of my all time favourites.) At no point did my lips feel uncomfortable while wearing product (a common problem for me with lipsticks) and I actually feel like they moisturized my lips as well since I had no desire to apply balm after I removed them. In short – these are incredible!

The Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks can be purchased on beautyboutique.ca for $27 CAD each (and there are plenty of other shades as well!).

This products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit (Review & Swatches)

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

While I’m not done with highlighting as a trend, I feel like I am personally done with limited edition highlighting kits – ESPECIALLY when they sell out so damn fast and then no one has a chance to get their hands on it ever again. And let’s face it… the ABH Glow Kits fly so fast off the shelves it’s a wonder we even get to talk about them before they’re gone! However, they fly off the shelves for good reason: they’re DAMN good products!

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

So for that reason, I wasn’t going to buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – because I just didn’t need it. I’ve picked up a ton of ABH Glow Kits over the last year or so and I love them intensely – I use them constantly! But at a certain point, you’ve just had enough, you know? Like, there’s only so many shades of highlighter (especially in the champagne vein) that you can use before they all start to look the same.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

So when my dear friend Julie of Swatch and Review offered to loan me this particular Glow Kit for review, half of me was like “ugh, why bother? I don’t need more highlighters and this doesn’t look unique” and the other side of me was like “oh dear god please do not fall in love with this so much that I want to buy one for myself”.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anyway, my personal inner monologue aside, let’s take a look at the palette: the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is excessively warm, which seems to be a general trend with powdered products lately. You get six pans at 4.5 grams each – which is more than enough product, especially given the amount of variety you’re faced with!

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

One thing worth noting is that some of these pans do contain glitter in them.  143 for sure has glitter, and I think it was Daydream that had it as well. I know not everyone is a fan of glitter pieces in their highlighter, so I wanted to make sure that got mentioned.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - swatches
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – swatches

Swatched out, I was surprised how similar all the colours looked. While I was supremely enchanted by the look of Kitty Kat, it’s really not that different from Forever Young beside it. Glo Getter and 143 also look surprisingly similar in swatches as well. The most unique shade in this assortment is definitely Daydream in my eyes – I’ve been hunting for an orange-tinged highlighter to round out my collection (I swear I have every other shade of the rainbow) and I can’t think of anything that’s similar.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Face Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - Kitty Kat
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Kitty Kat
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - Forever Young
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Forever Young
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - Daydream
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Daydream
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - Forever Lit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Forever Lit
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - Glo Getter
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – Glo Getter
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit - 143
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit – 143

Final Thoughts

Some would venture to say that the ABH x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is too deep for pale folk, but I feel like each and every shade of this palette works on my NW20 skin tone. If you’re paler than me, you may struggle with Glo Getter and 143, as I feel I’m right on the verge of those shades being a touch too deep for me. However, considering that when you look at this palette the overall shade range seems deeper than normal, I’m surprised and impressed that they did work out on my skintone.

Is this palette necessary in your life? I don’t know – I’m kind of struggling with my thoughts on this one. The palette itself is beautiful, and I love how each and every shade looks on my skin. The effect is ethereal, luminous and glowing and there isn’t a shade in here I wouldn’t wear on the daily. However… I also feel like a lot of the shades are very, very similar and don’t reflect enough variety for my own tastes. I also feel like I’ve got a metric ton of highlighters in my collection that make this palette somewhat unnecessary to own in addition to what I already have.

That being said, if you like the look of this palette and/or you’re a fan of Nicole Guerriero, I don’t think you can go wrong buying this palette. The quality is excellent and the overall effect is glorious.  For me though, this didn’t fill enough gaps in my highlighter collection to necessitate buying it (although I’m damn glad I got to try it out. Thanks Julie! Sidenote, she also reviewed this palette today too, so be sure to check out her review here for her take on it!).

Let me know what your take on this palette is! I’m especially curious to hear from people who are looking to bulk up their highlighter collection – do you think this would be a great addition to your collection?

The Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is a limited edition item and can be purchased on sephora.ca for $52 CAD and on sephora.com for $40 USD.

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows (Review & Swatches)

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows

The Urban Decay Moondust shadows were introduced… oh man, how long ago was it now? Two years ago? Maybe three? Anyway, they’ve been around for a little while, but I never picked one up because the price was exorbitant (I really struggle with forking over $25 for an eyeshadow when I could get a palette with ten times the number of shadows for only double the price). BUT, I was gifted four of the Moondust shadows at the Urban Decay Square One launch party in Mississauga (vlog of that here!) and I was REALLY excited to try these out. Even cooler was these four shades were Urban Decay store/online exclusives!

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows

Sadly, upon trying them, my excitement vanished into thin air. I was so, so sad at the results I got with these shadows that I debated not even posting about them at all. But, a negative review IS helpful to consumers, even if hurts my soul to do so about a brand I’ve loved immensely over the years.

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows
I. Just. Don’t. Like. These.

I know a lot of people do, but I’m one of the unlucky few that doesn’t. The Moondust shadows I tried out are beautiful shades: Chem Trail is the kind of subtle pewter glitter that’s so fun to add to a look. Interstellar is a beautiful pale gold. Vortex is a super pigmented mossy green. And Crux is an INSANE blue-green mix that looks incredible in the pan.

Urban Decay Moondust swatches - Chem Trail, Interstellar, Vortex and Crux
Urban Decay Moondust swatches – Chem Trail, Interstellar, Vortex and Crux

On the lids… they just fall apart for me. (Apologies for the lack of eye looks, but I tried two different looks, hated them both and kind of figured I’d never post about them so I never bothered to take pictures.) They do apply decently – I had no issues with the application… but over the course of the day the glitter particles smear EVERYWHERE. Even worse is that those glitter particles are embedded with coloured pigmented which just makes a bloody mess. I ended up with silver sparkles and blue pigment all along the tops of my cheekbones as the pigment just dropped off my lids throughout the day. I freaking LOVE glitter, so it’s a bit of a struggle for me to say that I looked wretched with glitter everywhere because it’s something I never, ever thought I’d say.

It’s pretty rare for me to walk away from an eyeshadow  – usually I can make the colours or the pigment work in some way (and truthfully, the only other time I’ve really done this is with the Morphe 35B palette), but I don’t want to work with these eyeshadows anymore. It’s too much hassle and I can’t rely on them to not make me look like I doused my face in glitter.

So, sad to say, but I’m done with these – despite how beautiful they look in the pot, I know that I will 100% not be reaching for these at all. If you do decide to use these, I’d suggest trying a glitter adhesive of some sort which is not something I did (I did try them wet – which had no impact on fallout). That being said, I don’t think Urban Decay even makes a glitter adhesive, so it’s not like they thought it would be necessary to use one with these eyeshadows either. 🙁

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