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Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette: Huetopian Dream Review + Swatches

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette Huetopian Dream review photo

 

Here is an eyeshadow palette that deserves its own review. The Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette in Huetopian Dream is an out-of-this-world cosmic and ethereal palette that captivates you all the time. From the moment I saw and tested the palette, I noticed that there is a lot of thought and care put into it. Each shade is beautiful, and each shade’s texture feels very good to the touch. There are some creamy shades in the palette, and they are so soft and buttery. Even the shimmery shades feel very smooth and soft that they do not scratch the lid at all. Also, the shimmery and glittery shades adhere well to the lid without the need for any eyeshadow primer. There are also no fallouts noted upon testing and wearing the palette.

 

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette Huetopian Dream review

 

There are ten shades in the PMG Huetopian Dream palette, and they are all very pigmented and can be worn as is. Also, three shades in the palette are matte finish, while the rest are on the shimmery and metallic sides. On top of that, one shade is a duo-chrome, and another one is a tri-chrome. Both are really stunning shades. Moreover, two shades in this palette are very spectacular and are my top favorites. They are the last two shades on the farthest right. The lilac shade on the farthest right is very beautiful, and it gives a unicorn look on the lids. It also has a pink tone to it.

 

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette Huetopian Dream swatches

 

The shades do not bleed nor crease, and they never caused any irritation on my lids. Per Sephora, the PMG Huetopian palette is paraben-free, phthalates-free, and sulfate SLS and SLES-free.

The packaging of the palette is very impressive, like most PMG palettes — big, heavy, and feels very robust. Even the box that encases the palette is beautiful and very spring-like. Speaking of spring, I believe most of the shades can be worn in any season, but the PMG Huetopian palette might be suited best for Spring and Summer.

 

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette Huetopian Dream swatch

 

This palette has no brush, but it is expected with most PMG Mothership palettes, where quality is more emphasized than palette freebies. I still wish this palette comes with a brush, like the palettes we see from Urban Decay. However, I believe each PMG palette is created for luxury and superb performance in makeup, and this palette does not disappoint. I still love my other PMG palettes, especially the Mothership V Bronze Seduction palette (reviewed HERE). This Huetopian palette is an excellent addition to my collection of PMG palettes.

 

Pat McGrath Labs Eyeshadow Palette Huetopian Dream photo

 

Overall, if you are looking for a great palette after this Winter, you have to try this otherworldly palette and see how the unique shades blend and complement your lids. This palette is worth your time and dime.

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette Review And Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette review and swatches

 

What’s up All! The Urban Decay Naked saga continues with the latest launch of the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. There are 12 shades in this palette which costs $49 and they all range from different levels of matte nudes, metallic gold/bronze, intense mauves, and some rich browns. I was a bit surprised at the color scheme of this palette because I expected it to have more reds, plums, and even pinks, instead, the colors fall on the black cherry spectrum which gives that Fall/Winter vibe.

 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette

 

Upon initial testing, I find that each eyeshadow shade has a nice velvety smooth texture that is similar to most Urban Decay Naked palettes released in the past. The shades are easy to blend and there’s very minimal to almost no fallouts. Packaging-wise, it is just like most of the Naked palettes which have a full-size mirror and a double-sided brush, one for blending and one for a more precise application or shading. However, as much as I find the brush to be very pretty and convenient, I couldn’t seem to like the side with the blending end because it’s just too large for my eyes. Also, compared to most Naked palette brushes, especially when compared to the last Naked Heat eyeshadow (swatches HERE), the blending brush size of this Naked Cherry is just a bit too large, so it won’t work for people with small eyes.

 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette

 

This Naked Cherry Palette is long wearing even without any eyeshadow primer used and it also doesn’t smudge. I do have mixed feeling about the shades though, especially the first half with the lighter tones. On my skin, these shades are too light for me and not that pigmented. I think it would work better for those with very fair to very light skin tones. The second half of the palette that has the deeper hues of mauves and browns with some metallics work a lot better for my skin and I think they would suit really for those with medium to deep complexions as well. On the other hand, the shimmers of this palette are just gorgeous, and they range from metallic salmon to metallic gold, bronze, and even metallic dark browns, giving that overall metallic cherry colors. However, as much as I love the metallic shades of this palette, they don’t seem to be well-pigmented since they don’t show much on my lids. I would have to do a wet application of the shimmery/metallic shades in order for them to pop, which I admit is kind of a bummer. The deep shades though are truly pigmented and they’re a lot easier to work with.

 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette review

 

My favorite shades of this palette would have to be Bing which is a deep matte mauve pink, followed by Devilish which is a deep plum brown matte, then Young Love which is a metallic mauve. I also love the Drunk Dial (bronze brown), Ambitious (copper brown) and Turn On (golden shimmer) which are so versatile.

 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette swatch

 

Comparing this Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette to the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, I feel like I kinda prefer the Naked Heat palette more since the shades of that palette seem to fit more with my skin tone. I feel like I could wear any shades of the Naked Heat palette at any time of the day and at any season, but this Naked Cherry will take a bit of work and some getting used to. It’s not because they would make me look bruised (my usual reaction to most reddish/pink/plum eyeshadows), actually, it’s all the contrary. This didn’t make me look like I have hematoma at all, but I just find the lighter shades to be not that pigmented, which I guess is the goal since they’re probably meant for daytime wear, however, the shades just don’t appeal to my skin tone, and the shimmers are totally not pigmented at all no matter how much I tried to layer and build them. On the other hand, the second half portion of this palette is great in terms of pigment, but I can’t go overboard or wear two or three of them together since the color combination can me look like a member of the Addam’s family, lol. The best way to wear this palette is to basically match and blend the dark shades with the lighter ones.

 

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette

 

So yeah, I do have mixed feelings about this palette. I wish the ivories and nude shades have more pigments, and I wish the color scheme would have more reds and coppers, but I guess that’s where the Naked Heat palette comes in. So overall, I still think this palette is a keeper and it’s still a must-try for that sultry look this Fall/Winter.

 

Have you tried this palette already? What d’ya think?

 

The Urban Decay Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette is currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, QVC, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Ulta

 

Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow Review

chanel stylo fresh effect eyeshadow reviews

 

Hello November! New month, new eyeshadows! and it’s from Chanel. Today we’re gonna be talking about the Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow. I got three of them that I’ve been using lately, namely; Brun Chatain (brown), Beige Dore (Gold), and Laurier Rose (Peachy Rose).

They’re very similar to Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick and Marc Jacobs’ Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow in the sense that they’re both cream eyeshadows in a stick/pen-style applicator. But they differ a lot by their respective formulations. I have reviewed the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks HERE and the Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pops HERE. Now, it’s time to scrutinize Chanel’s Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow. 

 

chanel stylo fresh effect eyeshadow brun chatain beige dore laurier rose

 

The colors that I picked up are extremely wearable, be it by any skin tone. They have a cooling effect on the lid once applied, just like Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop, which is really awesome because they indeed give a fresh effect on the lid. Somehow, these eyeshadows are slightly easier to blend than Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop, but they’re not as super blendable as Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick. It’s gonna take a few more strokes of a blending brush to get these babies to blend, but once they’re blended, they’ll create a very natural and complementing tone on the eyes. They’re creamy, yes, but they don’t budge nor smudge. They stay put for a long time and they don’t have any scent. The Stylo way of applying these eyeshadows allow for a more precise application, although, if you have small eyes, Asian eyes, etc… you might still need to master how to apply these precisely. Using a brush won’t hurt. 🙂

 

chanel stylo fresh effect eyeshadow swatches

 

  • Brun ChatainSlightly shimmery brown. A great wearable brown for everyday eye makeup. I like this for eyelid contouring, and it’s also soft enough for a daytime wear. A basic and a must-have.
  • Beige DoreNude-Beige Gold Shimmer. Great for highlighting around the inner eye, but due to my medium-tone skin, this has the tendency to blend in with my skin. I usually just add more of it to emphasize its shade more. Still, so good for day to day looks.
  • Laurier RoseShimmery Peachy Antique Rose. Interesting shade and very beautiful in person. I thought this was gonna make me look like a crime scene victim 🙂 but nope. It looks gorge on medium skin, and it’s not that reddish. It just gives enough warmth to my skin and it looks unique. 

 

chanel stylo eyeshadow brun chatain beige dore laurier rose

 

These are really great eyeshadows, they save time, they’re easy to use and they’re more precise to apply than the usual powder ones. I love the array of shades that Chanel provided for this line, even though most of them are limited editions. But if you’d ask me whether I’d prefer these over Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eyeshadow or Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, I think Nope. I like these a lot, but if I have to choose only one, I would pick Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, because they seem to be slightly more pigmented and more blendable than the others.

 

So, which ones do you prefer among the three? Have you tried these?

 

‘Till next time…

 

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