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theBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette caused alot of hype when it was first released. As far as I know this is the first palette in the Meet Matte collection, the second was Meet Matte Trimony which is a selection of mattes more on the burgundy side . I picked this palette up from the Makeup Forever Store here in Dublin. They had both palettes but I ended up going for Mr Nude…… 🙂

theBalm Meet Matte Nude

 theBalm say ‘You’ve met Matt(e), now it’s time to Meet Matt(e) Nude…nude eyeshadows that is. Because size matt(e)rs, there are nine larger Matt(e)s showing their true colors in nude hues. As a matt(e)r of fact, this palette is versatile enough to wear day and night, as liners and as all-over colors…the whole 9 yards! With so many guys to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect shade, no matt(e)r what!’

theBalm Meet Matte NudeThe packaging as with all theBalm products is adorable. It’s sturdy enough cardboard with a magnetic closing.

You get a really decent sized mirror too.

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There’s nine eyeshadows in the palette totally 25.5 grams of product.

theBalm irelandIn my opinion, the shades are a good mix of warm-ish and cool-ish tones, so the palette is quite versatile.

 

Onto the swatching, the bit we all come to see 🙂

 

So there you have it. theBalm Meet Matte Nude in all it’s glory. Overall, I think it’s a really nice palette. Some of the shades are a little more powdery than others, making them a bit harder to work with, bit I think I will get alot of use out of it overall.

As I said, I bought it in the Makeup Forever store in Clarendon street here in Dublin, but if you are looking to buy online, you can find it here from Cloud10beauty. It will set you back €44. theBalm is much cheaper in America unfortunately, it seems to be marked up here in Europe quite alot 🙁

Does theBalm Meet Matte Nude take your fancy?

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The Maybelline Bricks Bronzer is a new addition to the Maybelline stand. They are on fire at the minute with releases and are constantly updating which is really brilliant! So here are all the deets on this new release and my honest first impressions too!

Maybelline Bricks BronzerThe Maybelline Bricks Bronzer seems to only come is one shade 01 Blondes. You get 7 grams of product within the palette.

irish beauty blogMaybelline describe is as their ‘all in one bronzing palette’ as it has a matte bronzer on one side. And then a shimmery more colourful side on the other.

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The packaging on this palette is a bit pants in my opinion. It’s really old school hollow plastic with a clear lid and just doesn’t do anything for me really.

So let’s give both sides a swatch and see how they far on the skin, shall we? 🙂

I’m going to dig into the matte shade first.

top irish beauty bloggerHere it is swatched with my finger on one side and then blended into the skin with a brush on the other.

It’s a warm and not very pigmented bronzer. You really have to build it up.

top blogger irelandThen here’s the shimmery part of the Maybelline Bricks Bronzer.

beauty blog IrelandAnd again swatched with my finger on one side and blended with a brush on the other.

The shimmery side is kind of underwhelming too. It’s more pink than bronze which is not surprising really looking at it in the pan. Once it’s blended out on the skin, it gives very little pay off.

beauty blogger irelandBoth sides are a little powdery too. This is the pan, after I finished swatching.

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Overall, I just think it’s ok, nothing to be too excited about!

I picked up the Maybelline Bricks Bronzer in Boots, but it doesn’t seem to be listed on the website yet which is a bit of a pain! It cost me €11.49 which isn’t particularly cheap I know! Here’s a link to it on the Superdrug site in case you want to see any more information on it.

Would it float your bronzing boat? Let me know 🙂

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The Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette has been on my lust list for a long ass time. I finally bit the bullet and went in to Brown Thomas to part with the dosh. Ms Dolce Vita looks a bit like this.

charlotte tilbury dolce vita palettebrown thomas charlotte tilburyOn the back Charlotte gives a guide. The lightest shade is the prime, the coppery is the enhance, the darker brown is the smoke shade and then the glitter is the pop. Of course you can use them any way you want, ’tis up to you 😉

dolce vita swatchThey are all shimmery shades. They are buttery and full of pigment too. If you are like me and like a bit more of a matte shade in the crease though, you will obviously have to bring some other shadows into the mix, but we can live with that, right?

The eyeshadow quads feel lovely and luxurious, as does most of the Charlotte Tilbury range. Thank god because the products ain’t cheap!

I did a really quick eye look with Dolce Vita so you can see it in action.

I primed my lids and added a skin colour powder as normal to get rid of any tackiness.

I added a taupe brown shade lightly in my crease too just to give the shimmery colours something to blend into.

irish beauty bloggerI took some of the coppery shade.

irish beauty blogAnd applied this all over my lid. Be sure to tap off your brush, there will be fallout.

irish beauty blogger beautynookirish blogThen took a fluffy brush and blended into the light crease colour.

irish bloggerI then took the darkest ‘Smoke’ shade.

irish makeup bloggerI used a tapered brush and added the colour on the tip of the brush.

irish makeup blogI applied it onto the outer corner of my eye, and blended it into the crease.

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I lined my upper lid with the brown Rimmel Waterproof Eye Definer.

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I curled and added a load of mascara to my top lashes as you do. Then took the lightest shade of the Dolce Vita Palette.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette (16)I applied this to my brow bone and used it to highlight the inner corner of my eyes.

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I of course had to use the pop shade, so I just applied a light layer of it on my eyelid with my finger. I think it applies best with your fingers.

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To define the lower lash line a little bit, I just applied some of the coppery shade and blended it out.

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To finish the look, I added some mascara on my lower lashes and used the Rimmel pencil in my waterline. Dunzo 🙂

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I think the shades in the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette are really universal and will work for every eye colour. It looks particularly gorge on blue eyes though. It’s really a lovely palette, but with a €50 price tag (here), it’s definitely a treat. Maybe something to put on the Christmas list?

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Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I received this from my other half for Valentine’s Day. I am not very romantical, but who can say no to this loveliness? I am a lucky girl 🙂

This is the Nars Dual Intensity Palette in all it’s glory before I got it all grubby.

Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I bought a single Dual Intensity Shadow when they were released first exclusively to Space nk and paid €27 for it, so this palette is a pretty good deal at €55 for 8 of them AND a flat shadow number 49 brush to boot aswell as lovely packaging. The single shadows are 0.5oz and the shadows in the palette are 0.3oz. The palette is a much more practical deal to try out these shadows.

Nars Eyeshadow Brush

The Brush That Comes In The Palette

 

Close up Dual Intensity Palette

Close Up Of The Shadows Before I Dug In

 

Seven of the shades are part of the permanent range, but there is one shade called “Ursa Major” that is for now exclusive to the palette.

They are are all shimmery shadows ain’t no mattes around these parts 🙂 They are formulated to be used wet or dry. Applied dry they apply a bit more sheer and they are of course easier to blend. They are buildable though as you will see below. When you apply them wet, they become foiled and are even more metallic and magnificent. They are soft and just glide onto the lid. I feel they last better on the skin wet rather than dry.

Below, I have swatched them all so you can see them for yourself, wet and dry.

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Narsissist Dual Intensity Swatches dry

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Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Swatch Wet

Wet

Europa                                Himalia                      Ursa Major                   Subra

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Narissist Dual Intensity Palette Swatch Dry

Dry

Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Wet

Wet

Andromeda                       Lysithea                        Giove                              Sycorax

As you can see we have warmer brown tones on the top of the palette and then cooler blacker tones on the bottom. Everything you will need for a metallic smokey eye 🙂

 

If you are a makeup junkie, and have money to splurge you need the Dual Intensity Palette in your life. The colours and pigmentation within it are just beautiful. You will get alot of use out of it if you like to experiment with makeup and play with colours and textures. I am not an enabler I swear 🙂

Have you picked it up yourself?  Can you justify it?

Be sure to let me know.

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Orange Lip Products

I have already listed some favourite red lipsticks here, pink lipsticks here and even some bolder darker choices here. So I thought the natural progression would be…some oranges. I pick up an orange number more than you would think on a day to day basis, it can really brighten up a look, and make it fresh and interesting. Like any lippies you can go wild and full on or you can do it under stately. It all depends on your preference, or what mood you are in that day 🙂

I picked 5 from my collection that should cover all bases when it comes to finish, pigment, glossy and matte.

First up is an offering from Shiseido.

Shisedo OR418

This is in the Shade OR418

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Shiseido OR418

This is a glossy but pigmented lippie. I actually got this in one of my Chic Treat Club boxes and I have gotten so much use out of it. It’s a lovely true orange shade, that’s moisturising on the lips and is really easy to wear. Really need to try more Shiseido, it’s so readily available in Irish pharmacies.

Next up is more of a sheer orange gloss in the form of Revlon’s Colorstay Moisture Stain.

Revlon Moisture Stain 025 Cannes Crush

This is in the shade 025 Cannes Crush

revlon cannes crushRevlon ColorStay Moisture Stain 025 Cannes CrushThis is a more subdued peachy orange for those of you who just want a hint of a tint. The great thing about the Revlon Moisture Stains is that when the non sticky gloss wears off they still leave you with a bit of colour on your lips. They are so easy to wear too and the doe foot applicator is small and nifty so the product is really easy to apply.

I picked a peachy shade for my next choice. I know everyone doesn’t want bright shiny or orangey lips.

This is one of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 04 Peach Club

This is in the shade 04 Peach Club

04 peach clubBourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 04 Peach Club

The camera makes these come up shiny but I promise they’re matte 🙂 I’ve waffled on about these Rouge Edition Velvet’s before so I won’t bore you with the details. This colour is so wearable for all skin types. It really brightens up a look without looking like you tried too hard, and believe me these last all day too.

I choose probably one of the most infamous shades to talk about next. You cannot talk about orange lip products without having this involved.

Mac Lipstick Lady Danger

This is of course Mac’s Lady Danger

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When you want to make a statement you wear this…simple. It is a vibrant red toned orange lipstick of loveliness. If you like a bold lip, and don’t have Lady Danger, add it to your shopping list, you won’t be disappointed. Just looking at it in the bullet gets me all a flutter 🙂

My last choice here in orange heaven is of the pink toned variety for again the girls who don’t want to go full on orange.

Sleel Matte Me 434 Party Pink

This is one of the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in 434 Party Pink

434 Party PinkSleek Matte Me 434 Party Pink

When they say these are matte, they really really mean it. I had left this one until last to swatch and my lips just shrivelled up, so apologies. You can still see the colour though. It’s a gorge pinky orange shade, that would be perfect for the warmer weather. Some tinted moisturiser, mascara and Party Pink would be the perfect pool party combo. It’s such a fun colour. Just be sure to exfoliate and moisturise the lips before applying 🙂

I picked 5, but I really could have picked 10. You would have been here all night reading about orange lipsticks though and I am sure you don’t want that.

Some food for thought anyway and all of these are readily available in Boots, Brown Thomas (for Mac of course) and pharmacies nationwide.

Cheers,

Gemma

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