Morphe Bronzed Mocha Palette | Review, Thoughts, Swatches

Hi guys! So this review should have gone up ages ago but here it finally is! If you read the first part of this review where I talked about the Morphe Copper Spice palette then you know that I wasn’t very impressed with the pigmentation (or lack of) of that palette.

Let’s find out what I think of the 25B Bronzed Mocha palette.

Just like the Copper Spice palette, the Bronzed Mocha palette is a neutral palette palette with pops of colour thrown into the mix. However unlike the Copper Spice palette that has a row of very beautiful foiled shades, the metallic shades in this palette swatch and apply very pitifully. Like the other palette, the Bronzed Mocha palette isn’t very pigmented, with the one saving grace being a very beautiful dark cranberry colour. I find that I have to go in several times to build up the colour but once I do, it’s such a beautiful colour.

Now let’s get into some swatches:

first row

Second row

Third row

Fourth row

Last row

Just like the Copper Spice palette I reviewed previously, I had to dig into the pans to get any sort of colour to show up. My favourite way to use the two palettes is to pop foiled shades from the Copper Spice palette on my lid and to smoke it out the cranberry shade (second from the top; last row) and deepen my outer corner the black shade (also from the Copper Spice palette) for some added drama.

I will have some looks that I created with tge two palettes up on my instagram (are you following me there? If you aren’t you totally should. It’s bisfor_beverly)

Final thoughts: Overall both palettes are a miss to me. There are too many dud shades and the palettes aren’t very pigmented. The shadows are dry and chalky and I’m pretty disappointed and definitely won’t be repurchasing these two palettes. I however am open to trying other Morphe palettes especially the uber popular 35O palette.

Thanks for staying with me through both reviews.

Where to get this in Ghana: Rouge Cosmetics

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Issa Review! Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave palette | Hot or Not 

You know how sometimes your focus changes and you’re into something totally different now than you were a few months ago? Or is it just me? Just me? Ok moving on 👀 so anyway lately I’ve been obsessed with eyeshadow palettes. I recently reviewed the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and if you checked out my review, you know I absolutely love that palette. I was recently on the Makeup Revolution site and I noticed this palette and I knew I just had to have it and I copped it recently. Enter the Fortune Favours the Brave palette… 

The palette is a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and Jane aka British Beauty Blogger. The palette comes with thirty shades – yes, THIRTY – which guarantees the versatility of the palette. 

Thirty shades of matte, glimmer and sheen combine in one golden palette for an every which way smoky eye. From the brightening base colours to the darkest, most daring shades of navy, black and green and everything in between, Fortune is the most versatile, every – age, every – tone palette yet. 

The pans are pretty small but you get a whopping 30 shades so I don’t really mind so much. 

The packaging is a golden plastic case and you get a clear, full sized mirror and a dual ended brush, and just like with the Modern Renaissance palette, you get a blending brush on one end and a flat brush on the other, which I use to pack shadows onto my lid. 

The individual shades are named but the names are printed on the plastic wrap that covers the shadows themselves. Without that, it’s nearly impossible to tell which shade is which. 

Thrown into the assortment of mattes and shimmer shades are 5 marbled shadows that swatch and apply beautifully. The palette is a mix of neutral tones with some dark purples, blues and greens. The black shade, Blacqua, is an intensely pigmented true black shade. Apply with a heavy hand and risk raccoon eyes! 

Of course like in every palette, there are a few dud shades that I will probably never use but on the whole the palette is a very versatile one that can be used to create a wide variety of looks for various occasions. 

Let’s take a look at the shades in the palette now 

First row

Even the lightest shade in this row, glimmer is so pigmented that it shows up on my darker skin, and in my opinion if a very light shade shows up on my skin tone, that shows how pigmented it is.

Second row

I haven’t gotten much use out of the first two rows because I’ve mostly been using the palette for my day to day work eyeshadow and a lot of the shades are more daring. But can we talk about how gorgeous and intensely pigmented the shades are? These were swatched without a base and they still showed up without having to go in over and over. The shade Tip Top is one of those dud shades I mentioned. It’s quite patchy, doesn’t apply very well and I will probably never get any use out of it. Yes Please swatches more golden but is leans more green when applied. 

Third row

I could not get Latte and Creme to show up on me no matter how many times I swatched them so let’s add that to the list of dud shades that are of no use to me 😂 I do use Creme to set my primer from time to time. Caffeine Fix is a beautiful dark brown shade that I like to use as a transition.  

Last row

This row is one of, if not my favourite for creating everyday wearable looks. I like to pop Sunset Hour and Super Gold on my lid and brow bone. The two shades look similar but are very different when applied. I also really like the final three shades, Winning, Brave and The Revolution. I like to deepen my outer V with either of these shades (or all 3 when I want a bit of drama). Notice how the brand managed to incorporate its name and the name of the palette into the shade names? Smart huh? 

All of the shades last all day and some. I have experienced no fading whatsoever. My one gripe about this palette is the brush!  

The flat side is not half bad, but the blending brush is so scratchy and harsh against my eyes. There is some fall out to the marble shades I’ve tried, Skylight, Golden Coins and Super Gold. Lonely Planet which is also marbled doesn’t have as much fall out and I haven’t used the last marbled shade, New World at all. Sunset Hour also has some fall out, as do quite a bit of other shades but I guess that’s to be expected from a bit of eyeshadows. When using the shimmer shadows in this palette it’s best to do your eyes first before your foundation because it gets quite messy. But the shades are so pretty that I am so willing to overlook that. 

I can’t wait to create some more looks with this palette, which I will post on my Instagram for you to check out, the possibilities are simply endless! It’s love mehn. True love, this palette is definitely a winner in my book. I love it just as much or even more than my Modern Renaissance palette, especially since this is more pocket friendly at only £10. If you can get your hands on this palette, definitely pick it up, it is frickin amazing! 

I’m sorry about the longer than usual post, I just had so much to say lol. If you made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for reading! xx 

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Say Hello to My New Fave: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Hi guys! I haven’t posted in a bit cos my WordPress app had been trippin’ 😑 I’m back with another foundation review. Now you know I’m a bit of a foundation fiend and have amassed quite a bit (see my entire here). My collection is quite large and I do have my holy grail foundation but I tried a few new foundations lately and I’m here to tell you, I’m in LOVE. This foundation has a pretty long name but for the purposes of this review, we’ll just refer to it as Makeup Forever Ultra HD. 

Shade Matching:                                             The foundation comes in 40 shades. Forty! That’s mind blowing. Matching myself was pretty easy. I was pretty sure I would be this shade because that’s the shade one of my favourite YouTubers, Ambra Emerald Eyes uses, and since we’re about the same colouring, I was convinced that would be my shade, so I picked this up in the shade Y535 which used to be 178 Chestnut in the original HD formula. 

Packaging:                                                       I’m definitely a sucker for pretty packaging, and this one hits the right points It comes in a plastic bottle. I like the pop is metal on the bottle. 

These are the claims the brand makes: Created for the very latest high definition technologies of the film and tv industry, Ultra HD advanced formulas look invisible in 4K definition and to the naked eye. The light – diffusing Ultra HD foundation looks natural, makes skin look flawless and feel moisturized. Exclusive 4K Complex guarantees invisible and comfortable coverage. 

My Thoughts:                                                 Makeup Forever got it so right with this foundation. The shade range is divided my undertones, R for Red/Pink undertones and Y for Yellow undertones; I have warmer undertones and the shade is a perfect match for me. It’s one of the most perfect matches I’ve ever had. It is literally my skin in a bottle, that’s how amazing it matches me. It does not run too red or too orange like some foundations do, but a perfect middle ground. SwatchedIt is of a thicker consistency, and blends easily. I’ve only ever applied it using a beauty blender and I love how it applies. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t cling to any patches. I was pretty apprehensive about picking this up because it claims to have a “natural finish” and I’m all about the matte life. I’m happy to report that although it doesn’t claim to be matte, it doesn’t exaggerate my oiliness either so if you’re oily and skeptical about getting this, you have nothing to worry about. The finish is absolutely beautiful; it dries to a beautiful satin-y finish, and it plays well with all of my under eye concealers. Did I mention that it comes with a pump? I really love that it does. The coverage of the Ultra HD foundation is pretty light but buildable to medium. I use 3 full pumps when I want to build to medium but about 2 when I’m keeping it at light coverage. Usually I prefer full coverage foundations, which was another reason why I held off picking this up, because of the lighter coverage but now that my skin is in a good place, I really don’t mind having a lighter coverage. I should also say that it is never cakey. 

I start to get oily around the 5/6 hour mark, which is very impressive, because I’m very oily. I feel like a broken record saying this always but it’s true. The longest I’ve worn it is 17 hours (which I know sounds really long but I went from work to a church function) and it lasted ALL DAY, and I only had to repowder once. I did have to blot twice or three times but that’s not shabby at all, because that’s usually how it is with all my foundations. It doesn’t settle into my smile lines, doesn’t exaggerate my pores and to cap it all off, it photographs absolutely beautifully, even in flash photography. Here’s a picture I took wearing the Ultra HD foundation. It matches me extremely well, which is so hard to get in a foundation. It’s an everyday foundation for me, because I don’t really need much coverage when I’m going to work but I could definitely see myself rocking this foundation when I’m going out, especially if I need to look snatched and there’s going to be flash photography. The Ultra HD foundation is was definitely not love at first sight but now I love it so much and would definitely recommend it and repurchase when I run out (although I don’t see that happening soon because I have so many foundations). 

Get it here: Your Treasure GH

Let me know if you’ve tried this foundation, and your experiences with it. 

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Buy Or Nah| NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

Hi guys! I recently picked up a bunch of NYX products, and the NYX HD Photogenic concealer was one of them. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this concealer, including that it is a dupe for the cult favourite NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Of course I haven’t tried the Radiant Creamy Concealer but I’ve always wanted to but see the way my bank account is set up… Lol well I got the more pocket friendly alternative. I really like the packaging. It’s minimalist, but still really catchy. The top closes very securely; it is travel friendly because you can throw it into your bag easily and not worry about it breaking or spilling. 

According to the brand: Now comes in 12 more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, our best – selling HD Photogenic Concealer effectively covers imperfections, discoloration and under – eye circles without ever looking cakey or obvious. The result is beautiful, natural – looking coverage you can count on. 

It comes in 23 shades, including a few colour – correcting shades, and I picked it up in the shade Nutmeg.It has a doe foot applicator which makes application pretty convenient, but also makes me wonder about cross contamination but I try not to think of that so much 😂😂 

The shade Nutmeg is a pretty medium – dark with pinky undertones. The shade is about a shade or two lighter than my skin tone and I love that it is not too yellow, which is was one problem I had with the LA Girl pro concealer in the shade Fawn. I always thought it was too yellow and to combat the extreme yellow undertones, I mix it with another LA Girl concealer in Beautiful Bronze to tone it down a little because sometimes a yellow based foundation + a yellow based concealer + a yellow based setting powder = a hot mess. The shade is pretty close to the skin of my inner arm, which is lighter than my face, and I love how natural looking it is  

The formula is lightweight and very creamy. It’s a medium coverage and you could probably build it up but I don’t need a lot of coverage under my eyes because I don’t have dark circles. I have a line under my right eye that it sinks but aside from that, there is no creasing whatsoever. It held up really well, lasting the whole working day and some, which of course is very impressive. It blends easily with both my fingers and a beauty blender but I prefer using my finger because it provides fuller coverage. Here I compared the NYX HD concealer to the two LA Girl concealers I use on the regular, and you can see how very yellow Fawn is compared to Nutmeg. Beautiful Bronze is my exact shade but has more neutral undertones so a mixture of the two (Fawn+Beautiful bronze) gives me a pretty, toned down highlight. 

I set it with my Laura Mercier translucent powder and it stays put all day. The formula is hydrating for my under eye so there is no tightness like I get from the LA Girl concealers. And it doesn’t set too fast, giving enough time to make corrections. 

My one gripe with this is that it contains so little product, only a measly 0.11oz/3g of product which I know will definitely run out soon with everyday use. Buy or nah? I say BUY! It’s amazing! If you’ve tried this concealer, let me know your thoughts. 

Thanks for reading xx