I Love My Shu Shu Palette

This is a 2015 limited edition palette from Shu Uemura. It cost Us$69, so it’s rather pricey. I was given this and kept this in the box until a month a guy. So I’ve been playing with it for awhile now and it’s not something I would use. It’s just too colourful for me. I like the pigments on the shadows, but the colour is just not me. It has 2 great purple shadows, and a gorgeous deep forest shade but I feel that you still need a nuetral palette to complete a look. And there’s a light pink highlight, which is darker on the pan. 

The blush is a nice pink. Very pigmented too. It’s wearable so that’s good. It’s a fun palette. Definitely good to bring out for summer fun. Plus they do last well on the face. But yah, it’s just not my cup of tea. 

28 Colour Eyeshadows

I bought this cause why not. It’s not too expensive. With coupons and stuff, this cost me about $10. I think so. There is no brand. It’s just a plain plastic packaging with 28 shades. It ranges from shimmer to matte. This is a waste of money. Some shades are better than others. Some pigmentation is a bit patchy. Some pigmentation is alright. Some is quite good. 

The first 3 rows are quite weak. Sure the colour get washed out by the camera, but it’s just so bleh. The shades all look similar. Sort of. The shadows themself are quite ok. It’s smooth to the touch, but it’s not fine. It doesn’t feel as nice. Row 1 shadow 4 is like very powdery. 

The middle rows, the 4th and 5th are better. The colours are quite good. I mean they’re nicer than the first 3 rows. And it is quite nice to have a purple I guess. Even though it looks much lighter in the pan. Row 4, the second colour is my skin tone shade. Beside it, is the same except it’s glittery. 

The last 2 rows are the most pigmented ones. I especially love the last row first shade. It’s a deep brown with a hint of purple. It actually look more purple here. But this one the pigmentation is superb. Below it, it’s also very pretty. I should depot all these shadows and choose the ones I like. 

I think now there are a whole better shadows out there. So this is not a good buy. There are a lot of these 28 shadows pan that are better in quality. Some are branded and some is just an OEM. I feel most of them come from the same factory anyway. But ya, it’s still fun to play with makeup. I just wish I have little kids to play with these shadows. Cause I think this will be a great palette for them to play. 

Bobbi Brown Scotch & Soda Palette

This is a pass on palette given by a makeup artist. I just had to take the opportunity to play with it. It’s a warm palette filled with a mixture of matte, shimmery and slightly frosty shades. They are all quite neutral with gorgeous highlight shades and a deep matte brown. I’m not a fan of black shadows, so dark brown is the perfect replacement shade for me. So this is an ideal eyeshadow palette for me. I love all the shades. I don’t like the packaging though. I’m not a big fan of crocodile skin pattern kind of things. But I guess that is what it gives character to this palette. The mirror is a good size mirror. This is a good traveling palette. 

Shadows are smooth, buttery. Easy to apply. Colours blend effortlessly. As always, end of day, the colours all seem to merge into one. Despite using primer, most of the time the shadows all look the same on my eyes. But if I just use a lid colour and a transition colour, it will not be so muted. So no complain. I think Bobbi Brown shadows are good for beginners and artists alike. 

Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette 

I got this ages ago. Basically to compare the difference between this and MUA palette. But this is the dupe for Naked 3. I don’t have Naked 3 so I can’t compare them. But I’m loving the shades enough as they are very rosey and golden. It’s a good combination of matte and shimmer shade. A good balance of warm and cool tone. The shadows are pigmented, and not much fallouts. 

Now I’m not a big fan of the layout of shadows. It’s long and narrow and I find that it’s so hard to use your finger to get the shadow. It’s hard to tell if the shadows are soft or smooth. But really for £4, I don’t have the right to complaint. 

So in term of the way the shadows are layout, I still prefer MUA. But I find that MUR are a bit more “clean”. Like after using, the shadows are all still in tact. Unlike MUA palette, where I found that the shadows after you use them, will not be as even on the pan. I don’t know how describe it, but MUR is slightly better. I wish I had a better comparison in term of the actual shades, but I rather not have so much of the same shades in my collection. 

But yea, if you are in the UK, should grab some of this. 

Instant Pretty Eye & Cheek Palette

I wanted to try Bobbi Brown and this is just the perfect palette to get. It’s perfect for traveling. I don’t know why I always say good for traveling, but I never bring any when I go oversea. This comes with a 4 eye shades and a pink blush. It’s compact and they even throw in a mini eye brush. Brush is soft and good enough for a base and crease. 

The shadows are not the best in pigmentation. It’s also not the softest. It’s alright I guess, but not my first choice if I were to choose all over again. The lightest shade is a creamy off white, almost beige. Doesn’t show on my kid, cause it’s just too light. There is a shiny pink shade. It’s a frost light pink. It’s good for inner corner or just to add a bit of shine on the lid. The taupe light brown shade is very light. It doesn’t swatch well. The dark brown is the only one that you can really see. This one is really good for shadow lining. Regardless, I still feel it’s something that I can use on a daily basis. Cause I don’t really put on shadows. So light non pigmented shadows like these are actually perfect. It’s light, but it’s not bad. There is not much fall out. So it’s really precise application. 

The blush is a very pretty matte pink. It can be layered creating a more pigmented colour. But basically it’s a really good everyday blush. It just flush your cheek so nicely. For a deeper look, apply more layers. 

So this is a really basic palette that is good for everyday when you go oversea and don’t want to use a lot of makeup. If there is a party, then this will not be enough. If I can go back in time, I will not buy this. But now I have it, I will still use it on those days I want no fuss. Just so I won’t regret this purchase. 

HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette

It’s a gift with purchase. It’s HD Brows, which sadly I never heard before. All I can think about is that it should be a good brow product kind of brand. So an eyeshadow palette is not so interesting to me. This is the shade 002 Foxy. It’s a very pretty neutral palette with 5 shadows and a dual ended brush. The brush is not bad. 

Bare – a base peachy white. Very smooth, a reflective colour. It’s a satin finish. 

Golden – a bronze gold. Glittery, pretty for all over lid. I like to use it on its own. 

Honey – a light ashy warm brown. A slight satin. 

Bronze – metallic glittery bronze. Real pretty. 

Truffle – deep glittery brown. Pretty for outer corner. Pretty for lid too. 

I do love the colours. They are all wearable. Doesn’t swatch as wow as others, it’s quite hard to get the colour capture right, but on the eyes is superb. It just blend well. The colour will show through. With primer, it will last. Can be use for day or night. It’s basically my kind of palette. 

Maybelline Eye Quad


It’s neutral. It’s a quad. Some people think that is underrated. But personally it’s just an average eyeshadow to me. It may seem like it swatch very well, but on the eyes is quite bla. The colours blended all together making it one shade. I don’t know, it just seems like a good quad for beginners but I don’t really see how it is work for the newbie. Even with eye primer, the colours still doesn’t show up on me. 

Naked Basics 2

I wanted the Naked palette, just like most girls. I don’t even care which one. But there are many dupes of them in the market. So I was thinking, maybe I should just get the basics as I do want a matte palette. So I finally cave and bought one. Was contemplating between the 1 and 2. Finally I bought 2 cause I don’t really use black as much. 2, the darkest shade is just dark grey, which not as dark as the 1. Even though this is a cool palette, I still feel that I will use more of all these shadows as compare to the basics 1. 


The colors are:

  • Skimp – pale nude satin
  • Stark – nude-pink matte, not much pink
  • Frisk – warm gray matte
  • Cover – muted red-brown matte
  • Primal – muted brown matte
  • Undone – deep, smoky charcoal matte 

Frontcover Party Queen

I got this for Christmas. I love makeup, so I love receiving makeup kits. This is something I never really heard people talk about. I know they sell this in Sephora, but I just don’t see anyone ever mentioning it.

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Best of ’14: Eyeshadow – Chocolate Bar

The one eyeshadow I feel deserve a big shout out is this Chocolate Bar palette. I am just so in love with it. Not only it is the palette I used the most, it is also the one thing I buy without waiting for a sale. Usually when I shop, I buy things on impulse. If not, it will be a sale that drives me to purchase the stuff. So this is not an impulse purchase, that’s why I treasured it so much.

I do wish the palette is a bit thinner, but that is my only complain about it.
Just look at the design – a chocolate bar – you’ll love it already. Next, the scent. Mama Mia, it smells like chocolate. Well like cocoa powder, but it smells so yummy. The colors are neutral with a couple shades for a pop of color. There are a blend of matte and shimmer. Pigmentation is good. Shadows smooth to the touch, easy to blend and overall a good quality product.

I bought this for $69 at Sephora. I like the outer packaging, which is the only cardboard box I kept ever. It also comes with 3 how-to which is nice. The palette itself has a magnetic closure. There are 16 eyeshadows that are good for daily or smokey eyes. The names of each shadow correspond with chocolate, so adorable.

Gilded Ganache – dark khaki with gold glitters
White Chocolate – matte light skin tone color, like a powder
Milk Chocolate – matte light brown, like a bronzer shade
Black Forest truffle – dark brown with a hint of lilac pink and magenta and glitters.
Triple Fudge – matte dark brown

Salted Caramel – matte tan color
Marzipan – shimmery metallic creamy neutral slight pinkish thingy (my fav all over lid color)
Semi-Sweet – matte mid tone brown
Strawberry Bon Bon – matte soft pink (love it, but can’t see the pink on my lid)
Candied Violet – purple with magenta glitter
Amaretto – metallic reddish golden bronze

Hazelnut – shimmery dark brown (my daily outer v color)
Creme Brûlée – metallic gold
Haute Chocolate – shimmery redder tone brown
Cherry Cordial – dark, purple, red tone brown tone, burgundy, slight glitter
Champagne Truffle – shimmery light pinkish color

Those are how I would describe each shade once swatch on my hand. I don’t think it is right, but that’s how it appear to me.

If I break this or it got stolen, I wouldn’t repurchase it again. Yes I love it, but I wouldn’t buy it as there are just so many palettes in the market. I will want to try others. However I will gladly take it if it is gifted to me.