Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move Review & Swatches


I've had this Intense Lipgloss in the shade Move from Illamasqua for a while now, and I think it's about time that I finally review it! Let's start with some information from Illamasqua's website:

"Come out of the shadows with high-shine, color-rich Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in a wide range of bold colors. Create lips that look full and glossy, without feeling sticky with this 'liquid lipstick'. Draw attention to your lips, and to you."
 
As for the packaging, it's very simple which I like: a clear tube so you can see the color, and a plain black cap with the brand name. The only thing I don't like is the brush applicator; the bristles are scratchy and application can get a bit streaky so it's something you want to take a little time with applying.
 
 
Move is described by Illamasqua as a 'deep purple', but I see it as more of a pinky mauve. Either way, it's a pretty color and I always get compliments when I wear it! It's a shade that's not really natural but not super bright and bold either, and I can see a variety of skin-tones rocking it. As for the pigmentation, it's opaque like a liquid lipstick and also leaves behind a bit of a stain.
 
 
Here's a (rare) picture of me wearing Move. I'd say the formula leans slightly more thick then thin, but it's not really sticky.. Personally, I find it feels similar to having applied a generous amount of Rosebud Salve or something. It's not uncomfortable to wear, but you can definitely feel that there's something on your lips. As for the wear time, I find that it starts to wear off around five hours, but as I mentioned earlier it does leave behind a slight stain. I like it a lot, but I do wish that the applicator was nicer!




Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

 
I'm a little late to the party (as usual), but today I'll be reviewing tarte's Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($53CDN). I don't have much experience with tarte products (I've only ever tried a lipstick), but when I first saw this palette I just had to get my hands on it. Twelve all matte neutrals in cute packaging? Sign me up, man.
 
 
Isn't it pretty? Although the shade range doesn't look incredibly diverse, I'm still quite happy with the selection. Quality wise I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm excited to report that I'm really impressed! The shadows are soft and smooth, easy to apply and blend, pigmented, and last all day over a primer without creasing or fading. I've tried awful matte shadows and good matte shadows and these ones are pretty fantastic.
 
 
Okay, swatch time! All twelve shades will be shown with just one swipe each and without primer so let's get right to it! Here's the first row of four, which from left to right are Free Spirit (a cream), Force of Nature (a nude), Dreamer (a warm brown), and Multi-Tasker (a chocolate). A nice, matte cream shade is one of my staples and Free Spirit has quickly become my new go-to! I'm also loving Force of Nature as a lid shade, and Dreamer is a nice option when I want to go a little bit darker with my crease then usual.
 
 
Next we have Caregiver (a pale pink), Natural Beauty (a mauve), Best Friend (a mulberry), and Bombshell (a dark plum). Aren't these four pretty? They can obviously be used any time of the year, but I'm really looking forward to using them when fall rolls around again! As for right now though, the one I find myself using the most is Natural Beauty on the lid.
 
 
And last but not least is Super Mom (an ivory), Wanderer (a light brown, but I'd call it a camel), Power Player (a taupe), and Fashionista (a black, but looks more like a per dark brown to me). Power Player is the kind of crease shade I like for a daily basis so I've been reaching for it a lot recently! Wanderer is also a nice lid shade, and Super Mom is nice when I want something brighter then a cream like Free Spirit. Overall, I'm really enjoying this palette! Not only is it a good neutral palette, but a good matte palette as well and that can be difficult to find. I'm really glad that I picked it up!




MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre Review & Swatches


I've wanted to try MAC's Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($25CDN) for a long time now, so I finally went ahead and ordered one in the shade Soft Ochre. It comes packaged in the same glass jar as MAC's Fluidlines (which contains 3g), but is just a little bit bigger (5g). Before we continue, here's the product description from MAC's website:

"A highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colorfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners."
 
 
Soft Ochre is described as a 'yellow beige', and makes the perfect eyeshadow base (which is what I purchased it for) for my skintone. If you're lighter then I am then I would suggest going for the ever popular shade Painterly, a 'nude beige'. The texture of Soft Ochre is creamy, buttery smooth, and warms up really nicely on the fingers. To apply I use either my fingers or a brush (I like Real Technique's Base Shadow Brush), and find that both methods work equally well. Some use Paint Pots as both their primer and base, so I first tried that.. It gave my shadows a boost, but started to crease around seven to eight hours. Next I tried using an actual primer underneath (I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion) and found that the combination gave my shadows an even better boost (which is what I was looking for) and kept me crease-free all day. I give it a thumbs up!