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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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Swatch Sunday: Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey

It’s here! It’s here! The sister palette to the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette is here! Say hello to the beauty that is the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey palette!

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

This limited edition palette is currently only available at Ulta.com and TooFaced.com (my wonderful friend Sara picked it up and shipped it up to me from the US!).

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Swatches

Too Faced - Creamed Honey
Too Faced – Creamed Honey
Too Faced - Peanut Butter
Too Faced – Peanut Butter
Too Faced - Going Nuts
Too Faced – Going Nuts

 

Too Faced - Bee Sweet
Too Faced – Bee Sweet
Too Faced - Honey Brittle
Too Faced – Honey Brittle
Too Faced - Bee's Knees
Too Faced – Bee’s Knees
Too Faced - Queen Bee
Too Faced – Queen Bee
Too Faced - Honey Buns
Too Faced – Honey Buns
Too Faced - Feelin' Nutty
Too Faced – Feelin’ Nutty

The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey palette retails for $36 USD and can be purchased at Ulta.com.

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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.

Swatch Sunday: Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

If you don’t recognize this palette, don’t get too excited because it was the 2014 holiday release for Kat Von D. This is the Star Studded Eyeshadow Book and, like most of KVD‘s holiday releases, it’s fairly enormous! I didn’t buy it at the time, but I picked it up at a swap a long while ago and I’m only getting around to swatching it now. (Because let’s face it, this palette isn’t especially relevant at the moment!) Enjoy the swatches from this older palette!

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book
Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches

Kat Von D - Solar
Kat Von D – Solar
Kat Von D - Nephilim
Kat Von D – Nephilim
Kat Von D - Damned
Kat Von D – Damned
Kat Von D - Division
Kat Von D – Division
Kat Von D - Platonic
Kat Von D – Platonic
Kat Von D - Mandala
Kat Von D – Mandala
Kat Von D - Depeche
Kat Von D – Depeche
Kat Von D - Brass Knuckles
Kat Von D – Brass Knuckles
Kat Von D - Anti-Star
Kat Von D – Anti-Star
Kat Von D - Estrella
Kat Von D – Estrella
Kat Von D - Banshee
Kat Von D – Banshee
Kat Von D - Violator
Kat Von D – Violator
Kat Von D - Black Star
Kat Von D – Black Star
Kat Von D - Starflyer
Kat Von D – Starflyer
Kat Von D - Gothica
Kat Von D – Gothica
Kat Von D - Fascination Street
Kat Von D – Fascination Street
Kat Von D - Moz
Kat Von D – Moz
Kat Von D - Heaven Knows
Kat Von D – Heaven Knows
Kat Von D - Crosses
Kat Von D – Crosses
Kat Von D - Covenant
Kat Von D – Covenant
Kat Von D - Smiths
Kat Von D – Smiths
Kat Von D - Smiths
Kat Von D – Smiths
Kat Von D - Leather
Kat Von D – Leather
Kat Von D - Craft
Kat Von D – Craft
Kat Von D - Cult
Kat Von D – Cult

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.