Review: Covershot Petal Metal Palette (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

Smashbox is a brand that I’d seen a lot but hadn’t actually tried until I came across their collaboration with Vlada. I previous wrote my review on their Petal Metal Highlighter, which completely won me over as a collector’s piece and is actually a good product in itself too, so I wanted to finish up with my review of their Covershot Petal Metal Palette. I bought this from Sephora while I was in the US and it is available at Mecca in Australia (though it has since disappeared from the website and is likely only available in limited stocks). For people in the States, I’ve also heard that some of this range is starting to get discounted (which means that it will be discontinued soon), so it’s time to check it out before it’s gone!

This eye palette is limited edition and was created in collaboration with artist Vlada Haggerty. It’s actually part of a larger range of Covershot Eye Palettes and there are eight others that are currently available on the Smashbox website: Pinks + Palms, Punked, Smoky, Softlight, Golden Hour, Metallic, Matte and Ablaze (all with varying colour schemes and textures). They’re selling for USD$29 or AUD$49 at Mecca. They all feature eight complementary shades, with two larger ‘base’ shades to create varying eye looks.

For this special Petal Metal variation, the shades are all rose gold themed with a range of intense metallic shades and two mattes (one medium toned and one darker) for a palette that is easy to use for all skin types and skill levels.

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Review: Eye Magazine – Sweet Sunday (16 Brand)

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This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

I’ve used one of these one swipe eyeshadows one other time in the past and, to be honest, the experience was rather terrible. I have a strange eyeshadow where I have multiple eyelids – most Asian people either have monolids or double, but a few of us seem to have been blessed with a hundred and two. I’ve been told that this makes our eyes look rounded and larger but, really, all I’ve noticed is that it makes eye make up rather difficult. Because of these folds, which are also uneven on both eyes, I have difficulty doing winged eyeliner. Another problem I have tends to be with these one swipe shadows because the product applicator is designed for a flatter and more even surface.

Still, when I came across these Sixteen Brand 16 Eye Magazine shadows, I wanted to try them out at least once. The packaging is really cute and, since it’s a powder form, I was also more confident that it wouldn’t blend out into nothing like the Laneige Two Tone Eye Bars. This also has a brush applicator and the ratio of the two colours can be customised to your own preferences. so I liked that these are more flexible. Even if I was unable to use them as intended, I knew that they would work as a standard shadow duo.

So, StyleKorean sent me over one of these to try out. I chose the Sweet Sunday variation, which is a combination between a warm dark brown and gold shimmer. These Eye Magazine shadows come in four variations (Every Day, Hello Monday, Sweet Sunday and Hey My Day). They usually sell for USD$19.23 but are currently on sale for USD$11.99.

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Review: Glossy Play Palette (Holika Holika)

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This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

One of the favourite colour schemes of 2017 – and with that trend still continuing this year, especially in kbeauty – is peach! Although this trend is slowly fading out, it is such a easy to wear and flattering colour scheme that I think it’ll stick around through it all. It’s a very pretty and youthful twist on a neutral eyeshadow look, which is why you will find a lot of peach tones in Korean beauty trends. So, since I don’t try out a lot of Asian eyeshadows, I thought that I would try out this new, limited edition palette from Holika Holika. This is the Glossy Play palette which is part of their Spring/Summer collection, the entire range which includes lip tints, lip sticks, eye liners, highlighters and blushes and even single eyeshadows. I love the packaging of these so much but, personally, I haven’t used much from the brand. It isn’t because I don’t like Holika Holika, but rather that I’ve had bad experiences with their retail stores in Korea and so I never go into them anymore.

The holographic and bright packaging definitely caught my eye first, but – colour wise – I want to try and compare this to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I know that a lot of these Western brands can be difficult to access in some countries, or that they may be substantially more expensive than Korean alternatives, so I’d really like to continue exploring some of these ‘dupes’ in the future. There are certainly differences in the shade range (the Too Faced palette has more variation in darker shades and a greater variety of formula/textures) but I personally think that this Glossy Play Palette is still a very great option for those who prefer a lighter, Asian inspired make up style.

I had this palette gifted to me by StyleKorean to review but it’s unfortunate that they seem to be out of stock now! Hopefully, they will bring in a few more before it completely disappears (since it is a seasonal collection). You can still go to check out other items from the Glossy Play range though.

And, here’s on with the review! I have a lot of photos!

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Official image taken from the Holika Holika facebook page
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Review: Offline Palette (Zoeva)

Offline Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review

I have an addiction – I admit it – and with over fifty of these, I really think that I should be admitted into some sort of rehabilitation centre. The thing is that a lot of people are weak when it comes to shoes and clothes (and I am too) but my ultimate kryptonite… palettes. In my defence, that fifty-four also includes quads, highlighters/cheeks and magnetic palettes which I kind of consider a different category but the main point is that I really love palettes and hoard a lot of them.

I have a lot of Korean brands as well, but anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I much prefer Western eyeshadow palettes – the formulation of them, as well as the colour range and layout, tends to better suit the style of make up that I do. The downside is that they are generally a lot more expensive, especially when you consider the mark ups that we have here in Australia. Luckily though, there is a brand that I love and can afford more easily. It isn’t as affordable as Korean brands but these Zoeva palettes retail for around AUD$39 at Sephora Australia – and that’s about as good as we get without going drugstore!

This is their Offline palette and I’ve actually had it for a long time; I’ve just been holding off on this review for some reason. Although it was fresh when I first bought it, Zoeva has since released a handful of other palettes which – although I haven’t tried them yet – look just as good! This is one that really pulled me in though because I loved the cooler toned neutrals and the row of colours – it’s perfect now that the trend is shifting towards cool shades!

And so, I’m going to keep this brief but read on for my review!

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Review: Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow (Stila)

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Beauty Review

Every time that I try to tell someone about how much I love the Stila Magnificent Metals, I always get frustrated that photos can’t capture the real beauty of these. I have three at the moment – only two of which are photographed here because I took these photos ages ago and just haven’t gotten around to writing this post – but I’m really wanting to get more of them. They’re a liquid eyeshadow, a formula that I don’t usually reach for, but they’re also super easy to work to, dries down well and have a great range of colours and finishes. They have the Shimmer & Glow, which is more of a metallic satin but I’ve been leaning towards the Glitter & Glow because they’re packed full of glitter and duo-chrome beauty.

In Australia, these are selling at Mecca for AUD$35, or if you’re living elsewhere, they are available on the Stila website for USD$24. As with the Mecca Price Promise (though I know there are certain brands that set their own RRP and aren’t under this) the pricing here is actually very close to the American when you take into account tax and exchange rates. That being said, AUD$35 is still quite a lot of money to spend on a single liquid eyeshadow but I just want to share a quick review on why I love these, why I’ll continue to invest in them and who I would recommend to also check them out.

And… here’s for the review!

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Review: Mood Recipe Multi Eye Color Palette #Plot Twist (3CE)

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This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

For quite a while, I’ve been focussing my attention onto Western eyeshadows and while I have tried out a few Korean palettes lately, most of them have been a bit disappointing for me. Rather than the formulas being bad, I actually think that it’s because the products are catered to a different look to what I usually do now.

I prefer blendable and highly pigmented colours, with a variety of formulas and shades. Typically, I would use a minimum of three shades on my eyes and I find it a bit difficult to build full eye looks that I’m satisfied with with smaller palettes. However, since Korean beauty trends favour light washes of colour and natural looks, I find that their eyeshadows tend to be softer and generally stay within a more easy to use colour spectrum. Personally, I prefer to use Western eye shadows but there are some Korean brands that do really great colour eye products – my favourite of which is 3CE!

3CE recently expanded their popular Mood Recipe line with more lipsticks, blushers and also an eyeshadow palette! This isn’t the first one that they’ve done, but they really don’t do them often and it is the first time that they’ve had this 3×3 format. They’re called the Mood Recipe Multi Eye Color Palette and I have it in Plot Twist – there are three in total: this one, an all matte palette and also a more rose toned palette. This was sent to me for review by StyleKorean and you can get this, as well as a really good range of other 3CE products, from their website where it sells for USD$50.40

Before you do that though, let’s get into this review where I want to talk about the product, show you the shades as well as share my personal experiences and recommendations about this.

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Review: Heavy Metals Palette (Urban Decay)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette Review

I am a sucker for Urban Decay and I have been for so many years, ever since I got the Naked2 palette (one of my first higher end palettes every). Personally, I love their brand image – strong, bold and daring – and I am, of course, also a big fan of their new model Ruby Rose and so I’ve basically fawned over every release. This is a palette that isn’t yet available in Australia but will be selling at Mecca from the 26th of December (or so I’ve been told), otherwise you can also get them online.

This is their Heavy Metals palette and it is a limited edition release for the holidays. It is absolutely my favourite release this holiday and, if you were only to buy one product, I would highly recommend to check this out. It is an all metallic palette and actually conceptually reminds me a little of the Moondust palette – only these work really well without a wet brush too and there is much less fall out and glitter. The idea of this palette is that it has some bold, party shades but also neutrals that are suitable for every day wear. A lot of people tend to keep metallics and shimmers only for special occasions, but this palette plays on the idea that ‘heavy metal’ colours are for every one and every day.

So, let’s finish with me talking about this and go right into the palette! 

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Review: Prism Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette Review Prism

I’ve been so excited for this holiday season (and spending a crazy, stupid amount of money) because there have been almost endless limited edition products being released – from the Fenty Galaxy Launch, the Urban Decay (which is my favourite holiday release) and then now this… I need to relearn how to exist. Anyway, before I get carried away with my little antics, let’s get into it.

So Anastasia Beverly Hills is based out of – you guessed it – Beverly Hills and they’re especially known for their brow products (their pomade is one of my favourites and daily essentials). They have also become really popular for their Modern Renaissance palette and… well, also went viral for the Subculture palette which was much less well recieved. Their next release was one that a lot of people have been anticipating – how would it compare to their original, cult classic and would this be a repeat of the ‘Subculture disaster’?

This is the Prism Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which is their limited edition (at the moment) holiday release for 2017. This is available online at Cult Beauty and from Sephora US – unfortunately, it has yet to hit Australian shores and I’m not sure if it will or when. I got this from overseas and it is currently selling for USD$42 – which is the standard price for their eyeshadow palettes. Compared to Korean beauty brands, these luxury Western brands are definitely a lot more expensive but I really think that these eyeshadows are so much better quality and easier to work with that it’s incomparable. Personally, I usually reach for these palettes over Korean eyeshadows because I’m a fan of bold colours and super pigmentation – both of which this palette delivers!

Let’s get right into it because I want to show you all these colours!

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Review: Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes Palette (The Face Shop)

The Face Shop Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes Kbeauty Review

I bought this product with my own money from the official store. However, this post also contains affiliate links to BeautyTap as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

I am very aware that this is one of the cutest palettes to come out of Kbeauty 2017, which is why I really had to get it even though I’ve had a bit of a hit-or-miss situation with most roadshop branded eyeshadows. This is the Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes palette, which is part of a larger collection from The Face Shop. They collaborated with Kakaotalk to do a range of Ryan packaged products; from eyeshadows to body wash! This isn’t the first time that they’ve collaborated either, and a lot of people get really excited about these. Everything looked so cute but, in lieu of picking up a bunch of items that I may not use, I decided just to grab this palette.

The range has two different colour options – number 1 has all matte shades, mostly in neutrals and browns. The second one had brighter colours with some shimmer shades. Although the second palette was pretty, I decided to get number 1 because I’ve been really into matte shadows lately and I felt like I was lacking them in my collection (if I can possibly be lacking anything with how many palettes I buy).

I got this from The Face Shop in Edae for around 20,000won and I’m not sure where it’s available online – maybe you can check out a few stores? Let me know where you find it so I can update this, of course, but otherwise this is a good idea of the other Monopop Eyeshadows (which sell as singles and in different collaboration palettes).

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Review: Universe Multi Palette (Etude House)

Etude House My Universe Holiday Collection Kbeauty Review

I don’t review Etude House products very often on my blog, mostly because I find their brand a bit of a hit-or-miss. Some things work really well for me and others leave me rather disappointed. One thing that I have to say though, is that they’re really great at the packaging game and so all of their limited edition collections and special releases are something to anticipate. I was really excited when I went into a store in Seoul and, not only did I get to check out the collection, but they were also having a sale where the whole Universe Holiday Collection was on sale! Of course, I wanted to grab everything but, in lieu of going totally crazy, I got one of the palettes (which I was already eying) and two of the lipsticks (which I’ll talk about at a later date).

The following is called the Multi Palette and contains six shadows (both matte and glitters) and a highlighter. It comes in two different collections – Pinky Galaxy (cool toned) and Golden Galaxy (warm toned). As most people are aware, I usually gravitate heavily towards the more cool toned palettes and I did check it out first, but I ended up getting Golden Galaxy instead because the colours seemed to swatch more pigmented and creamy.

From my previous experience, Etude House eyeshadows can also be a hit-or-miss. Some of them are pretty decent! In fact, there used to be this one pink single shadow from them that I used daily and stocked up on too. However, their formulas seem to lack consistency and so there are some shadows that are really lacking in pigmentation (and by that, I mean that I have some pans where I can’t even pick up any colour).

So, let me talk about this product in depth and give you my thoughts of every individual shade.

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