Halloween Edition - Cruelty-Free Special Effects Makeup Brands | Life Of Dahlia

Halloween – Cruelty-Free Special Effects Makeup Brands | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, Its October Yay, I’m super excited not only does that mean its acceptable to wear dark and spooky attire it’s also my birthday month. I’ll be turning 31 this year kinda scary, the last year had gone so fast. I just wanted to note it actually spring here in Australia but that doesn’t matter I’ll for sure be rocking my skeleton leggings and pieces from the recent Blackmilk ‘Immortal Beauty’ collection which I’ll be posting about soon.

With Halloween being only a couple of weeks away, I thought that I would share with you a list of Cruelty-Free Special Effects Makeup Brands. I’ve been using Tag body art paints, unfortunately, these aren’t CF but I did not know that at the time of purchase I’ve had them for a while, however, some of the brands I have listed below should have some great CF alternatives.

Cruelty-Free Special Effects Makeup Brands

All the brands listed below are cruelty-free, it is either stated on their website or they have a cruelty-free certification but I also recommend doing your own research for your own benefits & beliefs. These brands may not be 100% vegan, I’ll include information on certifications and whether they are also 100% Vegan if I can find that information.

* Glitter Girl’s glitter is a bio glitter (“Our Glitter products are made from plant-based film (cellulose). The material is derived from the fibres of eucalyptus trees, one of the most widely available and fastest growing trees on the planet.” – from the Glitter Girl Website) Which means that it’s also friendly for the planet.

Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands

Some of these beauty brands are great for creating spooky makeup looks, Manic Panic and Lunatick Labs specialise in alternative and spooky themed makeup products.

Australian Special Effects Stockists

(that stock some CF SFX brands.)

These are some Australian Stockist that stock cruelty-free brands including some of the ones above.


I hope that this post has been helpful for you. Since choosing to go cruelty-free I’m definitely learning a lot and I’m trying my best to stay on top of researching brands to check their cruelty-free status. I do find that its all up to personal opinion on what you are okay with purchasing. When brands have a certification from Peta, Leaping Bunny or Choose Cruelty-free it makes it a lot easier to know that they are doing the right things.

For whatever reason, not all brands have done that, so I also like to check out what other cruelty-free bloggers or influencers are using when I’m deciding, especially when a brand that doesn’t have a certification. But It’s all personal preference.

I hope this post will be a good resource for those wanting to get some cruelty-free makeup for Halloween or just to do special effects makeup.

I hope to see you in my next Halloween post,

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Seasonal Project Pan 2 Update | Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers & project panners, today I’m coming to you with an update on my Seasonal project pan, this is the second one I’ve done. I quite like doing these because it gives me a chance to use up some products and show some love to others.

If you haven’t seen my introduction for this project pan you can find it here. My whole idea of this rolling project pan was from Kitsch Snitch who has been doing a seasonal project pan this year and I just loved that. I started off this year doing a traditional one and I found it really hard to do so I think this style suits me better.

As usual, I’m going to be doing this post in two parts an Update and Introduction post for my new project pan, in this one I will talk about all the products from my this project pan.

Product Progress

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Innoxa: Colour Correcting Concealer Palette

I’ve been trying to use this up since the start of the year and progress has been slow going, I will often forget to use it so that’s why. I wanted to focus on using up the peach, green and yellow shades but I find these aren’t great around my eyes and they are hard to set without pulling product away. I am considering this done, I have tried my hardest to finish up this product, while there could be better progress, I’m just over it and I will be decluttering this.

I’m going to depot the rest of the product and recycling the packaging.

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Non-Cruelty Free Products

I still had some non-cruelty free products left over and my aim was to use them up, I’m almost finished my last two face powders and a liquid foundation so I’ll be happy to see these go and I can move on to some cruelty-free products. I’ve already purchased a Nyx Cosmetic setting powder and I’m quite enjoying it.

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Finished Products & Possible Declutter

I have used up another of my Australis ‘Bye-bye blemish‘ concealer from my backups so I’m really proud of that, I think this is my third so that’s pretty awesome. I have been trying to finish up an Essense ‘brow’ pencil this year and I think I have made decent progress considering I was also using other products of and on, I could still get a little more out of this but I’m happy to get rid of it now and use something else.

The Nyx ‘Vivid Brights’ liquid liners, I loved these when I first got them but they are hard to work with and my liquid liner game has been off lately so I didn’t use these much at all. I’m still deciding if I’m going to just put them back in my collection or declutter them and find something else that works better.’

Related Article: Nyx Vivid Brights Eyeliner Review

Products I wanted to show some love

BYS Cosmetics ‘Contour’ palettes

I wanted to give some love to these BYS Cosmetics ‘Contour’ palettes that I have, my hope was to use them in conjunction with each other, that didn’t happen exactly as planned because I kept forgetting to add the cream before setting my base. I didn’t use up as much as I had hoped, but I’m still happy with my progress.

I’ve decided to continue the cream one on in my next project pan, I would love to use up as much as possible because cream products have a shorter shelve life than powders so I don’t want this to go to waste.

My powder contour palette will be going back into my collection, I really enjoyed this product, sometimes it looked a little muddy when first applied but I was able to work with it and make it look okay so I’m happy to keep this in my collection for another day.

Related Article: Affordable Contour Palette’s Review Featuring BYS Cosmetics

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Tarte Blush Bazaar 2017 Holiday Collection

This is a product I picked up earlier this year, after the holidays and I really enjoy it. I found myself really gravitating to the two more neutral blushes ‘Angelic’ & ‘Fortune’ I liked pairing them together. I haven’t picked up any new blushes since purchasing this I don’t think and you know what why would I the formula is nice, they look nice on the skin and you have a variety of shades in here for different seasons or to pair with different looks.

This will be staying in my collection for quite a while, but for my next project pan I will be moving on to something else.

Related Article: Tarte Blush Bazaar Holiday Palette Review

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Products Continuing On Into My Next Project Pan

As well as the previously mentioned BYS ‘Cream Contour’ palette, I will also be including a few products that I want to continue to use up. Including the Innoxa ‘Hydrating Primer’ which I hardly used at all because I had more primer left over from the previous one that I thought and I also had a few more makeup-free days than I thought I would due to being sick, so I wanted to continue this on in my next one.

I will also be continuing on my Australis ‘Lightening Drops’ (this is my second bottle for the year these things take a long time to use up) & ‘Strobe’ Drops (I like mixing this with my foundation to give it a subtle glowy appearance.) As well as my Kat Von D concealer which I’ve been trying to finish & my Nutrimetics ‘eyeshadow primer‘, this has lasted me almost all year which is great you know that it’s going to be worth it.

And the last few things that are continuing on is my brow highlight pencil, I really enjoy using this so I want to use it all up before moving on to something else & my Nyx ‘Jumbo Pencil in Milk’ (not pictured) which will take me a long while to finish but I’m not in a hurry. And also my Toofaced Cosmetics mascara mini (not pictured).


How is your project pan going? let me know

To check out my part two of this post where I introduce my new Project Pan products you can find it here, go check it out.

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Seasonal Project Pan 3 Introduction | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Beauty Lovers, welcome to my seasonal project pan 3 introduction. If you didn’t see my conclusion of my previous project pan you can check that out here. I also let you know what items I’m carrying on over from my previous project pan, in this post I’ll just be focusing on new items that are going into my spring/summer project pan.

Unlike my last project pan which I decided to do for only 2 months this project pan will be for 3 months, I think that will give me more time to finish things or make good progress on.

Whats going into my Spring/Summer Project Pan

Makeup Products

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I picked a bunch of products to go into this project pan from my makeup stash, some of these I want to use up and others I just want to give some love.

Makeup Mini’s

I have collected quite a few mini lipsticks and liquid lipsticks over the last couple of years, I wanted to try and use up some lip products this time so I decided to pick a few mini’s to work on. These may not be at all spring or summer colours but I still wanted to give it a go I think I can work with them. Three of these are over a year old so I wanted to try and use them up.

I’ll be working on a Kat Von D lipstick in Cathedral (I want to use up some of my products from her brand), a Toofaced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Perla (this may not work well with summer so I’m still undecided, it may end up back in next year though) and a Marc Jacobs mini in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I’m not putting huge pressure on myself with these the colours may not work at all so I’ll just see how I go.

Lipgloss

I had this gloss in my project pan and I didn’t give it much love but I do love it and its quite old so I wanted to try my best to use some of it up before deciding to move it on.

Nutrimetics Brown Mascara

I am continuing over my Toofaced mini mascara but I also wanted to use up my Nutrimetics brown mascara it’s getting older and needs to be used up before it goes off. Apologies some of my photos turned out a little dark so it’s hard to see it in the picture it kind of blends in.

I like to use this on more natural days it just coats my lashes to define them but it’s not volumizing or anything like that so that’s why I prefer it on more natural makeup days. I may try to use this even on no makeup days as well.

Chi Chi Cosmetics Translucent Loose Powder

This is one of my favourite face powders, I have almost used this up but there is still a good amount in there, I wanted to focus on using this up so that I can try some newer things in my collection.

Australis Bye-Bye Blemish Concealer

If you have seen some of my other projects pans you may have seen that I was trying to use some backups of these up, I ended up with quite a few. This is my third and I think I have one more in my collection, I really like this concealer actually it’s a setting concealer so its easy to put under the eyes and its somewhat peachy tone helps block out my under eye darkness.

I would love to branch out and try some new concealers so I want to get these finished so that I can do that.

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Toofaced Sweet Peach Face Palette

Now, this is one of those products I just want to show some love, I purchased this palette early last year along with the eyeshadow palette and I thought this would be great for the warmer months, I also hadn’t played with it for a while so I wanted to put it in to show it some love. I really like the fact that I have a bronzer, blush and highlight in here so I don’t need multiple products to do my face.

In saying that though I will be also continuing on with my BYS cream contour palette as well but I think these will work nicely together.

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DB Cosmetics Matte Velvet Foundation

I’m almost finished with my foundation from my previous project pan so I thought that I would put a new one in, I don’t like having heaps of foundations at one time because I know that they will probably just go off which I don’t want. I currently have three in my collection including this one, the DB hydrating foundation and a Chi Chi cc cream and I’m happy with that ratio. I would be happy with maybe one more but I wouldn’t want any more than that.

A matte foundation will be great for the warmer months as well which is why I decided on this one. I can’t wait to get started on this one.

Modelsprefer Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve had these a while and I want to use them up, I have almost finished on I’ve been using and them I’ll be focusing on these. One of these is almost finished and the other one if full, I used to use these all the time and I think they are a nice finishing and setting spray so I’m happy to get back into using these.

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Hair & Body Project Pan

I did a project pan earlier this year which I completely forgot to update on but I decided to add some new products in for this project pan to work on using up. I’m so lazy with my hair so I hardly ever use dry shampoo and heat protectants because I never straighten or curl my hair.

I’m trying my best to use up all my non-cf products so that I can support brands that are, some of these products aren’t cruelty-free but a couple are.

Batiste (not CF)

Somehow I ended up with three dry shampoos, I have given two away that were still full but I thought I would use this one because there isn’t much left in it.

Cedel Hair Spray

Turns out Cedel are cruelty-free or so it appears from a quick check, I don’t often use hairsprays but having on is always handy because you never know when you might need one. I’ve had this one for a long while probably got it in a subscription box back in the day, It doesn’t have much left so I want to try and use it up before the end of the year.

OGX Hair Oil (not CF)

I have had this for a while, I like hair oils to help add some oil back into my hair when it feels dry, I want to finish this one up to get it out of my collection and purchase a cruelty-free hair oil.

John Frieda Frizz Ease (not CF)

Another product that I’ve had for way too long, this is a heat protectant and anti-frizz product. I just want to use as much up as possible before getting rid of it.

Nutrimetics Sun Days

This is an after sun body moisturizer, I’ve had this for a while and it needs to be used up, this will come in handy for the warmer weather. I always try to protect my skin as best as possible in summer but there are those odd days I forget. I will just use this as a night time body moisturizer because I’m still working on a couple of other body lotions.

Solace Mineral Spa (unsure of CF status)

This was something that I was given in a gift set a long time ago, It’s been sitting in my cupboard for a long time, I thought this will be good to use up in this project pan because I’ll be going with more open toed shoes so I have to keep those feet in good condition lol.


I’m definitely learning a lot from doing project pans, I no longer have the desire to have lots of backups, I’m happy to go purchase new products when I’m close to finishing something up rather than having a back up of something.

I have so many things that I need to finish up still like primers, I have way too many for one person’s use, I still have at least three in my draw that I need to use up.

It will be great once I’ve used some of these things up because I can them try new things which is exciting.

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon's Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon’s Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers, I can’t believe its almost the end of the month already, September has gone so fast, I’m already starting to think about October’s posts. But, today I’m here to chat with you about my ‘Palette of the Month’ for September, which was the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ eyeshadow palette.

I’ve had this palette for a couple of years now, so It may not be in its best quality because of its age, I just wanted to note this before going on with my review. If you’re a Toofaced Cosmetics fan you will probably know that the chocolate bar palettes are some of their best and most loved products. The Bon Bons palette is cooler toned than the Original Chocolate Bar palette which I feel is more neutral.

Related Article – Too Faced Cosmetics “Smelly” Palettes Showdown Review

What’s included in the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette.

This palette includes three possible matte transition shades which is great, my personal favourite is ‘Almond Truffle’, but there is also ‘Mocha‘ which is a muted medium brown and also a cool toned taupe called ‘Pecan Praline‘. From appearance, it looks like this has three deeping shades ‘Bordeaux’ which is a red-brown matte, ‘Malted’ which is a chocolate brown matte with glitter (but it doesn’t really show up when you are applying it) & ‘Dark Truffle‘ which is actually a satin but you could use this to deepen thing up if you wish.

There are five shimmer shades in this palette ‘Satin Sheets’ which is a pink with champagne/golden shift but looks more champagne in the pan, ‘Cotton Candy‘ which is a light pink with a sliver frost, ‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ which is a taupe brown with a metallic finish & also one of my favourites,‘Sprinkles’ which is a peachy-pink with a gold reflect, and ‘Molasses Chip’ which is coppery bronze.

There are also what I would call pops of colour in this palette, ‘Totally Fetch’ which is a bright fuchsia pink with shimmer, ‘Earl Grey’ which is a blackened teal with a satin shimmer and ‘Black Currant’ which is Deep Plum shade with a frost finish.

This palette also includes a massive pan of a cream matte shade called ‘Divinity’ and ‘Cashew Chew’ which is described as a muted light peachy pink with a satin shimmer though I would have to disagree with that to me I can’t see any shimmer in it and I would say it looked more like a muted light warm taupe shade, but that’s just my opinion.

For more detailed descriptions check out Temptalia’s review, she goes into a lot of detail about shade descriptions and dupes for shades.

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What are my thoughts on the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ Eyeshadow Palette?

Okay so now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how I feel about this palette, I’m just jumping right in. I think this palette has some great things going for it but it definitely has its flaws and I’ll get into that in a second.

When I first started playing with this palette for this review I was thinking about what made me buy this and I honestly think its the pops of pink which is super interesting because back then I never wore pink eyeshadow, like ever so it’s interesting that that’s what drew me in. I also think the cocoa smell had a lot to do with it as well I’m not going to lie its huge factor of why I purchase these palettes that smell every time I open the palette is amazing.

I think this palette has a great variety of shades to work with but I do think there are a some redundant shades in here, for example I think I used ‘Cashew Chew’ once, Its really light and very sheer other than using all over the lid before applying other shadows on top I don’t know why its in the palette. I guess it could also be used as a brow highlight or on the inner corner but I honestly feel like they could have added something different in there instead because it just doesn’t really show up very well, I tried to build it up but it left much to be desired.

Look 1:  Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle(transition), Mocha(crease & to blend out lower lash line), Malted (deepen up outer corner, crease & lower lash line), Cafe’ Au Lait (inner part of my lid, inner corner, brow bone highlight)


Things I love about this palette

I love that they have included a huge pan of a base shade (Divinity) But that would only work for someone with a lighter skin tone, I do think that having a huge pan of this type of matte shade is great though because I’m sure like me, most people with lighter skin tones would get a lot of use out of an eyeshadow like this.

While ‘Satin Sheets’ is a gorgeous shade I would have loved if they had added two eyeshadows in this space instead of one huge pan, that would have been great, but the large pan does have a great purpose too because this shade makes a beautiful face highlight as well so smaller pans would make this harder so its not all bad.

Look 2: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle (transition), Black Currant (outer corner, in the crease & lower lash line), Totally Fetch (outer part of the lid and blended into blackcurrant), Cotton Candy (inner portion of the lid & blended into  Totally Fetch) and Sprinkles (inner corner.)


‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ has to be one of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a taupe brown metallic which I honestly wouldn’t have thought when I purchased this that a colour like this would end up being my most loved shade in this palette.

My next most loved shimmer or metallic shade in this palette would have to be ‘Molasses Chip’ which is a gorgeous coppery bronze bordering on vintage gold/bronze kind of shade, its just stunning and I think would look beautiful on anyone.

‘Almond Truffle‘ is probably my favourite transition shade, but ‘Mocha’ & ‘Pecan Praline‘ are fantastic as well. I love pairing ‘Mocha’ with ‘Bordeaux’ to deepen it just is a great combo especially if I say put ‘Molasses Chip’ on my lid.

look 3: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Mocha (transition), Bordeaux (crease to deepen), Malted (crease & outer corner to deepen even more), Dark Truffle (deepen the outer corner more & lower lash line), Molasses Chip (center to inner part of the lid) & Satin Sheets (inner corner & brow bone highlight.)


Shades I wanted to love

I know I only mentioned a few of the eyeshadows in the previous section and that’s not to say I didn’t love the other shades it’s more than some I wanted to love and some that I’m more impartial about.

Interestingly enough those pops of pinks I mentioned earlier that I came to the conclusion that they were what drew me to this palette are not my faves, I could work with them but ‘Totally Fetch‘ has always given me trouble, its a very dry formula for something that’s supposed to be a shimmer, It takes a lot to build up and just looks average overall. I tried my best to work with this shade I scraped the top layer of to see if I could get a better pay off (because like I said my palette is a bit older), but that didn’t really help much, I was expecting this to look much brighter than it did.

‘Cotton Candy’ is a nice shade and looks nice with ‘Totally Fetch’ or another pink toned eyeshadow, but I just don’t reach for it, I want to love it but I just don’t know if it doesn’t look good on me or what. I think I prefer ‘Sprinkles’ to ‘Cotton Candy‘ which has a beautiful shift to it and looks great on the inner corner or on the lid.

look 4: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Earl Grey (all over the lid & lower lash line), Pecan Praline (transition and to blend out Earl Grey) & Cafe Au Lait (inner corner and brow bone highlight.)


Black Currant’ I used this shade a couple of times when I did a look with ‘Cotton Candy’ &‘Totally Fetch’ in the outer corner and lower lash line, this was another shade that I think is just okay, its also very dry like ‘Totally Fetch’, I tried it once all over the lid but I just didn’t love the way it looked.

‘Earl Grey’ I used a few times as an all over lid colour and blended it out with ‘Pecan Praline’ which didn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look as teal on the lid as in the pan, it more looks like a charcoal or deep grey-black colour. It’s also a really dry formula as well, so I found that this and ‘Black Currant’ had a bit of fall out on my face.

Final Thoughts

I think this palette has some great shades, there are quite a few gems in here but there are also some shades that I think could have been much nicer, mainly the ones I just mentioned. I wish that that ‘Totally Fetch’, ‘Earl Grey’ and  ‘Black Currant’ had a less dry formula it makes them hard to work with.

I also think they could have done without ‘Cashew Chew’ and put something else in there, I also think they probably didn’t need to have both ‘Cotton Candy‘ & ‘Sprinkles‘ while the finish is somewhat different they still look really similar. I wish ‘Dark Truffle‘ was a matte finish because I feel like this desperately needs a really deep brown, ‘Malted‘ just isn’t deep enough for me personally.

Saying all that I would recommend this palette because I think it has some gems in there and for me there really only a few eyeshadow shades that I think are average. I think this has some great wearable cool tones and overall most of the eyeshadows are really nice and easy to work with.

Have you tried the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette? What are your thoughts? Did you love it or hate it? let me know in the comments.


October ‘Palette of the Month’ is…

The Morphe ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette.

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Next month I decided to actually go with something new to my collection, the Morphe Brushes ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette. At the end of June or was it July I can’t remember which but I do remember saying at that time I was happy with my collection, that was at the time, but in the last couple of months I’ve seen quite a few things that have really inspired me so I decided to pick some up, including this beauty.

I originally saw this used by Atleeeey she is one of my favourite creators to watch on youtube especially for tutorials her creativity when it comes to makeup is amazing, if you’re looking for makeup look inspiration I would go check her out (she’s not a cf creator so keep that in mind & if you see her use something, do your own research on its status).

Now for those that don’t know Morphe states on their website that they are cruelty-free & it is also confirmed by Cruelty-free Kitty which is one of a few places I go to check out information on brands cruelty-free status. Morphe do not have a cruelty-free certification (PETA, leaping bunny, etc) at this time and their brand isn’t entirely vegan, They probably use carmine in some of their eyeshadows and they do have animal hair brushes (as well as synthetic brushes) so its up to you whether you want to purchase from them.

I do have some thoughts on their brushes I may decide to do a post on a brush set I picked up in the near future, I haven’t decided yet.

I’m really excited to use this palette for the next month some of those shades are really calling to me. Its actually spring here in Australia, I wouldn’t say this is a spring palette at all it’s more jewel tones to me which are an autumn-winter thing right but I’m dying to play with it. I was actually thinking about using the Toofaced ‘Lifes A Festival’ palette but I decided not to do two Toofaced reviews in a row, but you bet I’ll be bringing that and the ‘Sweet Peach‘ out sometime in the next few months, they will look amazing for summer vibes. Not that I really care about pairing colours with seasons I just do whatever I want but you know we will just go with that.

So keep an eye out on my Instagram & Facebook over the next month I will for sure be featuring some looks using this beautiful eyeshadow palette.


If you got this far congratulation and thank you for reading my post I hope you enjoyed my review and I can’t wait to see you in my next post.

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Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne Kaleidoscope Dreams Palette – Review + 4 looks

Palette Of The Month – Chi Chi Cosmetics – Romantic Eyeshadow Palette


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Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Chi Chi Cosmetics – Romantic Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, it’s time for my first ‘Palette Of The Month’ Review, I was excited about this one when I started, but I wasn’t able to get a month worth of use out of this because I was sick for a couple of weeks, so I didn’t get to wear too much makeup during that time. However, I do think I have played with it enough to give a review.

The idea for these reviews is that I focus on using one particular palette a month, I have to use it at least two to three days a week still giving me time to play with other things if I want to. If you didn’t see my intro post you can find it here, I give credit to Kat Wilson for inspiring me to want to devel into my collection and play and give reviews with my thoughts on the palette in my collection.

My Thoughts On The Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Romantic’ Palette

This palette is a more cool toned version of warmed toned berry trends that we have seen around for a couple of years now. It has a range of tones which is great including at least 3 transition shades and 4 deeper shades. This palette also has a nice portion of mattes to shimmers with 5 mattes, 5 shimmers, a satin and a matte with glitter (I never get why this is a thing that needs to exist but okay.)

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The colour range in this palette like I said leans more on the cooler end of the spectrum with cool-toned browns, pinks, berries and champagnes.

The formula’s of these shadows are okay but not great, I felt like I was able to get a few looks I didn’t mind out of them but the mattes were probably the ones I had the most trouble with. I had to build the darker shades up quite a lot and they did blend okay but I was constantly going back and forth with blending and building up to get the desired look.

I don’t know if it was just me because for some reason lately, I’ve just been struggling with eyeshadow and winged liner, I just feel like I don’t have a lot of patients at the moment and I keep having to start over again because I’m not liking what the end result looks like.

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The hero in this palette is actually the shimmers I think they are really nice and they pick up really well on a brush and stick okay on the eye without any help of a glitter glue or setting spray though I do think this helps add an extra pop. I really enjoyed using 4 out of the 5 shimmers in here particularly the ‘Deep Brown’ shade and ‘Light Champagne’ shade in the top row and the ‘Peachy Pink’ and ‘Rosy Pink’ in the bottom row. The other one I didn’t get as much chance to use as much as I would have liked, but its okay its more of a darker champagne than the lighter one.

Looks I created with this palette

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner (I didn’t build this up I just wanted to deepen the Peach shade a little bit.)
  4. Peach shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne shimmer inner corner.
  6. I used number 2 and 4 on the lower lash line for a little bit of colour

I recreated variations of this look a couple of times, you will see another one if you scroll down, where I added a winged liner.

I found the lighter matte shades much easier to work with but I did create a couple of look’s focusing on using some of the deeper shades.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Taupe matte shade in the crease as my transition
  2. Deep brown matte in the outer corner and crease, I winged it out a bit on the outer corner of my eye.
  3. Deep brown shimmer shade on my lid.
  4. Light champagne shade on my inner corner.
  5. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lash line.

I really loved this brown smokey eye more than I thought I would, however, I do feel like the darker mattes can be harder to work with and look a bit muddy if you’re not careful.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Peach matte as my transition shade (though it got a bit lost in the photos.)
  2. Berry matte shade all over the lid, in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Deep brown shade to deepen up the look (It didn’t really work that great.)
  4. Berry matte with glitter just to try it out. (the glitter doesn’t show up and that’s why I get confused by these types of eyeshadow whats the point of them.)
  5. Light champagne on my inner corner.
  6. I used 2 & 3 on my lower lashline.
  7. Black gel liner to finish it off.

This look didn’t turn out that great, but it was a good representation of the darker mattes, they just don’t perform that well I found it hard to layer them to build up colour which is really disappointing. I wanted to do a gradual smokey look where I used the deeper shades along the lash line and then used the lighter shade to blend it out.

I may have just done it wrong but I wanted to see if I could layer the shades so I did do the berry shade first and then built it up which didn’t work. I also tried blending out the edges but it would just blend out and then I would have to build up what I lost again.

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What I used to create this look (as shown in the picture above):

  1. Caramel matte shade in the crease as a transition shade.
  2. Peach matte shade in the crease and outer corner.
  3. Berry matte shade crease and outer corner.
  4. Rosey Pink shimmer on my lid from centre to inner corner.
  5. Light Champagne inner corner
  6. I used number 3 lower lash line for a little bit of colour

* picture has been edited slightly


I was actually really self-conscious about posting this, I really suck at applying mascara and the Nyx Vivid Brights liner I used just got all over my lashes. I’m also really bad at applying eyeshadow under my eyes, its an area I’m trying to improve.

These photos weren’t the best, I don’t know if It was just me or the palette I was working with but I just haven’t been liking any of the look’s I’ve been creating lately, It’s been a real struggle. This look was a slight variation on look 1 I just used the rosy pink shade and built up the berry matte a little bit for more colour.

Having deep-set and hooded eyes makes it really difficult sometimes to apply eyeshadow I often have to go further up my eyelid so that it doesn’t get lost when my eye is open. Which is why it often looks quite dramatic.

Final Thoughts

So what do I actually think about this palette, I think its okay but not great, I think the mattes leave much to be desired, the lighter shades work much better than the darker ones. The pigmentation in the darker shades is average they take a lot of work.

I think the shimmers are probably the best thing out of this palette, the formula is nice and has pretty nice pigmentation. The pink satin could be better it takes a lot to build up and its hard to pick up out of the pan.

Chi Chi is still a great affordable brand and I quite enjoy some of their products just this particular one I felt could have been better and even for the only $25 AUS I don’t know if I would personally recommend it. Will I be decluttering this out of my collection I don’t know I still enjoy the shimmers so I may dip in for those in particular but if something better comes along I may pass this on the someone else.

Have you tried this particular palette from Chi Chi Cosmetics? or What’s your favourite Chi Chi product that you have tried? let me know in the comments

 


Next Months Palette Of The Month Is…

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The TooFaced Cosmetics – Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

I thought this would be a great palette to play with next month as you may know I’m doing Liptember so I’ll be focusing on bold lip colours, I think a more neutral palette will pair great with this. I’m aiming to try and use every colour at least once, I’ll try to use this at least three times a week over the whole of September.

It’s going to be fun to delve into one of my older palettes, I’ve actually had this since about 2016 I think and while it’s not in its prime anymore it still works great.

Thank you for checking out my first post in my ‘Palette Of The Month’ series, I hope enjoyed it and I can’t wait to get started for the next one.

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