Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Swatches!

Hi readers and friends! I was going to wait until a lot of drama subsided with this palette but I wanted to show swatches for it. We all know this palette and we all know that a lot of people hate it, love it or are on the fence about it. This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. As we all know, this palette was marketed as the sultry and night-loving sister palette to Modern Renaissance. For some awkward reason, when I saw the marketing for these two palettes, I immediately thought of Daria and Quinn.

This is just how my mind works, I suppose. Anyways, I purchased this palette right off of Anastasia’s website before it glitched out and I snagged a P7 batch which I hear is the better performing palette. Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 Let’s check out the pictures and swatches I took for you all!

This is the palette in the box. I apologize how this box looks but because of the felt on the palette, I tend to keep it in the box for storage. I also have used this palette religiously for the last two weeks just to check out pigmentation and how each shade performs.

The back of the box has the batch code which is P7F2O. From what I watched and read online, the P7 batch performs better than the others that were originally launched. The box also has the main ingredients, distribution information, cruelty-free bunny, the layout of the shadows, and it shows a six month shelf life. Don’t get it twisted. All of ABH’s eyeshadow palettes have a six month life, while their glow kits have a 12 month shelf life. Please check my other posts for my verification on this.

Here is my actual palette. I love how it is a darker color than the Modern Renaissance palette. It will still get dirty but I don’t think it would be as noticeable.

The back of the actual palette has the same information as the back of the box. It has a note that says the eyeshadows were made in the United States. The brush includes in the palette was manufactured in China. Please note that these shadows have talc as the main ingredient instead of mica. I’m describing a lot of the details because there are dupes of this palette all over Wish and eBay already. *sigh*

Here’s the inside of the palette. It has a mirror that comes with a peel-off sticker and two rows of shades. There are eleven ultra-matte shades, two duochrome shades, and one shimmer shade. As you can see, I have used this palette a little bit.

Here is a close-up of all the shades in the palette. Since this palette is more of a pigment palette than an eyeshadow palette, please use these colors with caution and just dab a bit on each application and don’t be scared to build up color. 🙂 A little of this guy goes a long way.

Here is a picture of the brush included with the palette. It does have nice blendability and the bristles were soft. I used this brush for all the brush swatches today.

Okay, it’s swatch time! Please note how much pigment are in these swatches. I promise that I haven’t hit pan yet on any of these shades and I have used all of them in my two week use experiment. I swatched these in quads. Also, the quads are shades that would compliment each other to make eye looks.

The first four shades being swatched are Cube, Dawn, Roxy, and Electric. Cube reminds me of the Pink Heart highlighter from their Moonchild Glow Kit. You do need to work this shade but it adds a beautiful inner corner tone. Dawn is a peachy beige matte that works as a great base shade. Roxy is a pastel orange-pink shade. I love this shade and how pigmented it is. Electric is a pretty duochrome that is a brownish green that is super pretty.

The next four reminds me of camo colors. Destiny is a matte olive green that is lighter wirh brush application but can be built up. Adorn is that token copper shimmer shade that has been in every palette for the past two years. It blends well but nothing new. Fudge is a matte chocolate brown. New Wave is one of my favorite shades in this palette. This is a matte light-orange yellow and so pretty. This shade is highly blendable.

This third swatch set starts off with All Star. I love this shade but it lacked in pigment with both application techniques. This shade can be built up into something beautiful. Mercury is a dark beige-gray matte shade. Untamed is a dark bluish-green that needs to be built up when using a brush. Edge is a matte mustard shade that can be found in Lime Crime’s Venus 2 palette.

The last two shades are Axis and Rowdy. Axis is a dark matte blue. It looks nicer muted with the brush technique, in my opinion. Rowdy is a matte browinsh-burgundy shade. Please take note, while pretty, use lightly because it takes over a look quickly.

There is the overview of the palette for you. I’m happy with this purchase, but everyone is different with their preferences. If you are unsure, wait until Sephora carries it to swatch and check the shadows out on your own 🙂 xo

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SauceBox Cosmetics Mermaid Life Eyeshadow Palette!

Hi friends! Today I’m going to show you this beauty of a palette. To be honest, I was sitting on purchasing this beauty for a while because it is normally $75. Seventy-five dollars. I had no idea how their shadows performed or if the price point was way too high (which is thought it was for nine eyeshadows). On Instagram, SauceBox Cosmetics had a bunch of damaged palettes and discounted them significantly. I purchased mine for $45 dollars (the price includes shipping and a 10% off discount code). I checked for damage and there wasn’t any to the actual palette. There was only a ding in the one eyeshadow. Basically, my face looked like this:

I’m going to show you all some pretty palette pictures and finger and brush swatches of all the shadows. Let’s begin!

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Ta-da! This is the front of the Mermaid Life palette. I love the design of the mermaid and how the palette its self is shaped like a clam shell. Adorable. ❤❤❤ By the way, this palette is huge. You’ll see what I mean.

The back of palette mentions that all of these shadows are vegan and cruelty-free. All the shadow names are located in illustrated pearls and it was made entirely in the United States. Each eyeshadow is four grams so there is a total of 36 grams of shadows. This side has the ingredient list and distribution information.

Check out how big this palette is! There’s a decent sized mirror with a very subtle underwater design around the mirror that consists of coral, seaweed, and seahorses. The bottom of the palette has the clam shell design.

Here’s a close-up shot of the mirror for you to check out. Look at all the pretty design detail.

For this part of the palette, I wanted to show you all the shades included. I labeled them all with the appropriate name for you.

Another fun feature of the palette is that it is magnetic and each shade is labeled by the name and the lot number. This is important because duped palettes will not have that information on the bottom of the metal pans. The majority of the time the pans are glued in and not magnetized.

Next up, we have all the pretty swatches of all these shades. All of these shades swatched beautifully and I had no issue with dryness or crumbly eyeshadow.

The top row of shadows had three shimmery and colored shades. La Sirena is a frosted lilac shade that had the same intensity with the finger and brush swatches. Seaside is a pretty sea blue frosted shade that reminds me of the ocean with the sun shining off of it. This shade was more pigmented with the finger swatch than the brush swatch but not by much. Kelp It Real is a very pigmented frosted emerald green shade that has a gorgeous shimmer. This shade applies better with your finger.

The middle row of the palette featured four shades that varied in shimmers and intensity. Pirates Gold is one of the best gold shades that I’ve ever used and swatched before. The good news is that it swatched beautifully using both techniques. Treasure Chest is an awesome frosted copper-orange shade that is very pigmented and swatched beautifully using both techniques. Merman is a dark-beige shade with a subtle silver shimmer. Shell We Dance is supposed to mimic the inside of seashells and is a light-beige with a gold and silver shimmer.

The last row had two shades in it. Warm Sand is a light peach shade and it is the only matte shadow. I was impressed with how pigmented this shade was for a light matte shade. Moonshadows is a light beige that has a frosted silver look. This shade fully describes how pretty the moonlight looks.

Overall, I believe that this palette is one of my new favorites. However, I still believe that $75 is a bit expensive. For the price that I paid, this was a great price for a sturdy palette that excelled in design, layout, and pigmentation. Grab this while you can! Xo

Apocalyptic Beauty Blogger Package!

Hi loves! I just got home from vacation and I finally updated by blog! I’ve been creeping on Etsy recently for eyeshadows and fun beauty products that are affordable and also deserve recognition for awesome homemade products. My creeping led me to Apocalyptic Beauty’s store and she offered a Blogger package that I ordered that came with six sample bags and one full-size eyeshadow of your choice! 

Aren’t the shades beautiful?! I was so excited when this package arrived! Yay!

Here store has a lot of affordable and pigmented beauty products. She also offers blushes, highlighters and perfumes. I will be a repeat customer after this. One thing I also liked is how each product is named after fun pop culture and horror references. It makes it more fun for me 🙂

I chose Horrorshow as my full-size product. This is close-up shot of the product in the pan. It is a light pumpkin orange with gold amd silver sparkles in it.

I have included swatches of each shade and they are labeled by name, finger swatch and brush swatch. Enjoy!

The first set of swatches are these three. Horrorshow is a light orange-peach with gold and silver sparkles. It swatched nicely on both tests and has a lot of pigment. The next shade is They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara. This shade is a violet that has an emerald green shift that when swatched, has dark red pigments. It reminds me of My Pretty Zombie’s Everything Looks Better on a Meat Hook. The third shade is Vogon Poetry. I love this shade so much. This is a nicely pigmented and swatchable bright green that has a lot of shimmer and almost a yellow tint to it. I’m so impressed! 
This last row has four shades in it. The first shade is Polly Plague. This a bright violet shade that has a subtle sparkle to it. The Amber of the Moment is the next shade. This shade is a very light beige that has a lot of gold shimmer to it. It would make a lovely lid shade or an inner corner shade. Thoroughly Spoiled is a dark purple mixed with a light gray shimmer. This shade has so many fun color shifting properties, I could cry. The last shade, Planet Queen is a teal matte shade that has teal sparkles for an extra kick. Love.

To be honest, I was not disappointed with anything in this blogger package. Please PLEASE support this wonderful etsy user! Xo

Looxi Beauty Charmed Swatch!

Hi readers! This is going to be a quick post today because I finally hit 30! Happy birthday to me! I managed to grab Charmed when it was back in stock last week! This pan only cost $5 and is so versatile. Most people use this as a highlighter also! 

This is a pretty purple and duochrome into a greenish blue tint. This shade is super pretty and with it being vegan, it definitely appeals to me!

This is the card that came with the pan. The shade is in the middle of the card acting like one of the Os.
This is a beautiful closeup shot of Charmed. I really wanted to capture the shimmer and different colors in this pan.

For the swatch of this pretty shade, I did a finger and brush swatch! Enjoy!

I took the swatch with flash enabled so you can see the color shift. You can see how pretty the shift is with this eyeshadow.

There you guys go! I hope you love it as much as I have! Xo!

Juvia’s Place The Zulu Palette Swatches!

Hi friends! Sorry I updated so late today! My birthday was on Thursday and my mom wanted to take my daughter and I out for the day. It was a blast 🙂 we just got back a bit ago and I made dinner and completely realized that I didn’t update this awesome palette on here today! This is the new Juvia’s Place The Zulu Eyeshadow palette. This palette was on sale for $17.99 which is a steal for these limited edition colors. Let’s have a closer look.

These palettes always have such a celebration of heritage and lovely design. The palette is pretty compact. 

The back of the palette is always blank and the information is on the boxes. This box has a small blurb celebrating the Ndebele people, the ingredients, company information and that this product is cruelty-free.

These are the shades! There are six bright matte shades and three shimmer shades. I am such a fan of bright colors I needed this in my collection. The one reason I didn’t jump on the Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay is because they didn’t include a yellow. I just wish the shades impressed me more.

For the swatches, I did them by row so there are three shades in each row.

This first row is all matte shades that are very pigmented. They didn’t have names so I’ll just describe them by sjade. The bright orange reminds me of Sugarpill’s Flamepoint but you can’t go wrong with so many oranges. The yellow is very vibrant and pigmented. Yet again, it reminds me of Buttercupcake by Sugarpill. This last shade is a burnt orange that is very pigmented and a nice shade to work wirh.

The middle row is my favorite in this palette. The first shade is a bright almost matte turquoise shade with a green tint to it. It blends very well and used it in a look on Saturday. The middle is a shimmery lime green with sparkle. As always, Juvia’s Place has amazing shimmer shades. The last shade reminds me of the ocean. It is a bright blue with silver sparkle. This is so bright and pretty. 

The last row has beautiful shades in it. The first one is a shimmer shade. It has a rose base with a lot of gold sparkle in it. The next shade is a bright matte red shade. I really enjoy the texture and shade of this usual red. It is bright. The last shade is a pretty matte purple that blends quite well. 

This palette is a steal for the price and the color pay out. The pans are a decent size and Juvia’s always delivers a decent product. Xo

Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow and Blush!

Hi friends! For an early birthday present I bought myself Kat Von D’s super limited Lolita eyeshadow and blush. I bought it for $19 and cashed in some points and picked out the birthday gift. This eyeshadow single doubles as a blush that I’ve swatched for you and took a bunch of pictures. This is vegan and cruelty-free. 

Here is the product in the box. It is a small cardboard box that has a pretty silver lettering on it. 

The back of the box has a more detailed description of what the product is in different languages and ingredients listed. 

The bottom of the box has the barcode and has the vegan stamp of approval! Yay! There are symbols showing that it is eye and face safe and also recyclable.

I was feeling pretty artsy with this so I added my O2 plant and my Cthulhu pop figure. The product is a beautiful dusty chestnut rose type of shade. 

These are the swatches of Lolita. It blends out so well! I’m excited to use it today! I’m not too sure how much to use for blush so that will have to be played around with a bit. 

There you have it, the beautiful eyeshadow single, Lolita. I’m pretty sure they are going to release it again in the future but only time will tell. Xo

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book Swatches!

Hi friends! Today this post is kind of a long one. This palette by Kat Von D was a holiday limited edition back in 2013. It retailed for $55 and is no longer manufactured. This palette includes 24 shadows that vary between matte, shimmer, and sparkle. Another really neat feature is that you can mix two shades to make another. There are going to be a bunch of photos today because I swatched two adjacent shades and what their mix will look like. 

For some reason, WordPress isn’t letting me edit descriptions for my pictures or letting me use the tinier fonts for each picture. I apologize for how this looks in advance because this isn’t okay and isn’t my usual format. This is what the box looks like that the palette fits in. It is a beautiful illustration by Kat Von D with a pretty pattern surrounding it.

Here is what the back of the box looks like. It gives a quick preview of all the shades and their names in the palette. Any shade with a ☆ next to it is a brand new shade.

Here is the palette out of the box. It has the same drawing with just a black background. I like how thin this palette is because you could travel with it and it not be too much of an issue.

Here is the back of the actual palette. It shows you which two shades go together and how to use it. You can also see that there is a serial code on the back. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a duplicate of this palette but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here is a close-up of the how to use portion of the back. You can alternate which way you put them on but in my experience, I found more luck by putting the darker shade down first then following with the lighter shade.

I did the shots of the inside of the palette separate because the top is where Kat describes how to make three different looks with the shadows. Sadly, No mirror.

Here is the bottom of the palette on the inside. It has that sleeve of plastic that I wasn’t a fan of in the Star Studded book. It has all the names of the shadows on it so it is useful bit could have been printed on the actual palette.

And here is just a quick shot of all the pretty shades without the plastic on it. 

I did all the swatches the usual way, with a brush and a finger. I did the two shades mixed with a brush because it made the most logical sense. 

The first two are Dark Throne which is a very nice gray matte which is so dark it is almost black. It is paired with Precious, which is a nice white shimmer shade. As you can see when they’re mixed together, the shades make a gray with a silver and white shimmer. It reminds me of Sugarpill’s Soot and Stars shade.

The next two are Babe which is a bright lavender pink shade and Piaf which looks like the first two mixed. The texture on these are lovely and very blendable. When these two mixed together, it made a very nice shimmery purple shade that has hints of pink in it.

The next two are Sunset Blvd. and 8 Bit. Sunset Blvd. is a shimmery yellow and gold shade that is a bit stiff but still blends well out of the pan. 8 Bit is a shimmery frosted blue with some silver. Mixed together, it creates a fun golden blue green shade. It reminds me almost of an oil slick. 

Holy Bible is the first shade in this duo. This one is a very soft and buttery light blueish white with some shimmer. Oddfellow is a very matte black with green and blue glitter in it. Mixed together, it creates an almost cobalt blue with glitter in it.

Birdcage is a very pretty golden bright green that has a bit of shimmer to it. Gunner is a matte forest green that has a bunch of silver glitter in it. When you mix these together, it makes this really rad frosted green shade and please remember to use primer for these shades!

Both of these two are brand new shades! Instaglam is a frosted white shade and Stupid Autocorrect is a frosted reddish orange. They both blend great and the pigment is definitely there. Mixed together, it makes a frosted grape shade.

These two shades, Galore and Hexagram are stunning. Galore is a very light yellow shimmer shade and Hexagram is my fsvorite shade in the palette. It has so many color notes. It has undertones of dark red and the shimmer is mixed with a golden green. Love. So much love. When they’re mixed together, more of the reddish warm notes come out. 

Smile Now and Cry Later are also two brand new shades! Smile Now is a very light peach shadow with a bit of a pink shift to it. Cry Later is a chocolate brown with light silver sparkles in it. When mixed together it makes a muted brown with a pretty light shift. 

These next two are very pigmented. Arcadia is a shimmery purple and pink that has bright silver shimmer to it. Wonderland reminds me of dried blood. Creepy but a beautiful rusty reddish brown is a necessity in my collection. Mixed together, it makes this fun purple shimmer on top of the red. 

We are almost done! I swear! Queen is a pretty color shift of reddish brown to a green shimmer. Bukowski is a very bright blue that has a tiny shine to it. When these mix together it makes a dark shimmery green and the shimmers come to light more. 

Last but not least we have Countess and WTF. Countless is a very light matte beige shade. WTF is a shimmery bright red. When mixed together, the red gets really muted down and makes an interesting yet subtle color.

This post was a complete swatch fest today! I apologize for the fact that I wouldn’t edit the captions to my photos and the font is very large. Hopefully it will be fixed sometime soon! Xo