The Ordinary | HAUL

Before Glossier took over the beauty community (read my post about Glossier here), The Ordinary was the other big brand which seemed to be everywhere all at once. I did resist the hype for a very long time for a number of reasons.

  1. I wanted the hype to die down a bit and see what everyone was really interested in afterwards.
  2. I just didn’t know what everything was – the product names are too scientific for me which was intimidating. I said in my Glossier post that I like my skincare to look clinical but actually I kinda want the names to just tell me exactly what it’s doing. If I want to look at the ingredients, I can but just keep the names simple please!
  3. Once I did finally narrow down what I would want, most things were sold out.

So I waited, and actually forgot about it for it a bit. Until I received an email from Feel Unique to say that one of the products I’d initially wanted was back in stock so it prompted me to revisit the range.

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I think The Ordinary has been so popular because it’s stripped back, no frills skincare (and foundations) at a very low price. I picked out 3 products to try out.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml | £5 | available here

I bought this in the ever long quest for blemish-free skin. Honestly, at 32 years old, I thought I would have grown out of my teenage skin by now #thestruggleisreal. This is a high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula. “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.

The first time I used this, I noticed an immediate difference in the morning. I had some under the skin, white bumps around my jawline and they had reduced overnight. I was thrilled. But after continued use, it definitely drew out some blemishes and I’ve suffered ever since. I always expect some amount of purging with products like this, like it’ll get worse before it gets better. But continued use hasn’t done anything to reduce them unfortunately.

If anyone has tried this, please let me know your experiences with it so I know if it’s just me or not.

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The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer 30ml | £3.90 | available here

My most used primer is the Collection Primed and Ready Powered by Witch Mattifying Pore Minimiser which costs only £4.99 so I’m definitely a believer in low-cost primers. I’ve seen a lot of people loving The Ordinary one so for even less than my Collection one, I had to give it a try. It claims to be a surface smoother and primer. “This formula uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.

The primer feels lovely and smooth on application, it doesn’t feel greasy but it didn’t feel tacky either, which is what I would have expected for something claiming to be high-adherence. In terms of prolonging my foundation’s wear-time, I do think it does a really good job. It keeps my makeup coverage all day, without caking. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the best for oil control, although it does better than some of my other primers. It works nicely on top of all my moisturisers, and has never once pilled up like some do. For £3.90, I don’t really have any complaints.

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30ml | £6.30 | available here

Finally, I picked up the much hyped AHA yada yada yada Solution which is a chemical exfoliating 10-minute treatment mask. I’ve not dabbled into AHAs / BHAs and the likes, because again, I don’t know a great deal about it and find it all a bit intimidating. But I’d heard good reviews of this one so thought I’d go for it. “Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.” It is alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free.

Even after reading all the blurb, I still don’t really know what it is and must admit I was really nervous trying it out for the first time. There’s a lot of warnings such as don’t use too often, don’t leave it on too long, don’t use on wet skin, don’t use if you’re not an experienced acid exfoliator user etc. I was like, is this a Gremlin or a treatment?! I have only tried this once, and it was interesting. It’s a thin, red liquid which is easy to apply a light layer. I felt like Kim K when she had her vampire facial, as it was like smearing blood across my face. I expected it to burn or at least tingle, but it didn’t. It did dry down quite quickly and was very easy to remove. I did definitely see some brightening of my skin and reduced texture. I haven’t used it again since, due to my breakouts which I mentioned at the beginning – I didn’t want to aggravate anything. As soon as everything calms down, I’ll definitely be using it again on a weekly basis.

I’m keen to try out their foundations next as I’ve heard really good things about them. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx

Glam Glow Supermud Gift Set | REVIEW

Last week, my skin started to break out like crazy, particularly around my jawline. It didn’t feel like a reaction to anything, just my unhealthy lifestyle mixed with hormones seemed to explode on my face. This coincided with me hitting £50 in Boots Advantage Card points so I went online to find some luxurious skincare goodies to try and attack the blemishes.

I have wanted to try the Glam Glow masks for the longest time and thought now would be a good time to try the Supermud mask as it’s supposed to be very effective at clearing problem skin. I found the full size Supermud mask for £42 (available here) and popped it in my basket. Then as I scrolled down the page to the “Customers who viewed this also viewed” section and saw a Glam Glow Supermud Gift Set and clicked on.

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The gift set contains a full sized Supermud mask (50g) and 3 mini masks and costs… wait for it… £42 (available here)! How does that work? One product on its own is £42 but a gift set with three extras is also £42? That was a no brainer. I added to basket and quickly turfed out the single mask. The three freebies are Thirstymud, Gravitymud and Youthmud, and are all 15g tubes.

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As it’s the main reason I bought the set, I obviously tried out the Supermud mask first. You can definitely use this sparingly as a little goes a long way, so I think this pot will last me ages. The mask dries quite quickly and as it does you see dark spots where any gunk is basically being extracted from your pores – gross but satisfying. I did feel like my face was getting quite warm and was almost throbbing as I left the mask to dry. It wasn’t painful at all but I could tell it was pulling my blood to the skin’s surface which should in theory leave skin looking plumped.

The next one I tried was Thirstymud as all the blemish control skincare I’ve been slathering all over my face had dried my skin out a bit. First of all, I hate the scent – and let me tell you, the scent lingered on my face and hands ALL NIGHT. Anyway, you are supposed to apply a thin layer all over the face, leave for 10-20 minutes and then wipe off and / or massage in the product. I probably used a little too much as it’s clear so was difficult to see where I had already applied product. It tingled slightly after a couple of minutes and felt cooling. Then, being lazy AF, when the time was up I tried just massaging in the product instead of wiping off. In the words of Vivian in Pretty Woman… Big mistake, big, huge. It just balled up between my fingers so I had to hot foot it to the bathroom to wipe it off. After all that, you’d think I’d hate this mask but it did leave my skin feeling incredibly hydrated and silky smooth so I will use it again and maybe put a peg over my nose.

At the weekend I tried Youthmud which is an exfoliating mask. Even though it’s a gritty texture, it was very easy to spread over my face with my brush. Thankfully, this one smelled a lot nicer than the Thirstymud mask. The packaging does warn that it may tingle as it gets to work, which is did slightly. When it was time to remove, I used a muslin cloth and buffed in circles to exfoliate whilst removing. It did take a while because it’s jam packed full of exfoliating beads but man, did my skin feel amazing afterwards. It was so, so soft and looked like brand new skin. Any bits of texture I had on my face had been buffed away and I had a clear glow to my skin. Very impressed by this one. I think this and Thirstymud would make a pretty good combo if you used Youthmud first followed by Thirstymud.

The only one I’m yet to try out is Gravitymud but I will definitely give that a go one evening this week. I’ll give an update on my Instagram stories, so be sure to follow me over there if you’re not already.

Have you tried anything from Glam Glow? If so, what’s your hero product? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx

Metallic Nails | HAUL

I’ve been on a bit of a metallic nail polish mission of late, and seem to have picked up 5 different ones in the last couple of weeks. With the festive season almost upon us, which is obviously the perfect time to add some sparkle, I thought I’d share them with you.

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From left to right: Nails Inc. Rainbow Wishes, Barry M Galaxy Green, Essie Social-Lights, Barry M Mystic Purple and Nails Inc. Dream Dust

Nails Inc. Rainbow Wishes (from the Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo) | £15 | available here

Described as a ‘dreamy soft sheen rainbow’ this is a lilac / pink / blue pearlescent shade. It’s very girly and pretty, and it definitely fits in with the unicorn theme.

Barry M Galaxy Green (Boots Limited Edition) | £3.99 | available here

Described as a ‘duochrome green’ this has a green / brown shift which reminds me of eyeshadows like Makeup Geek’s Insomnia or MAC Blue Brown. I have swatched this over a white base and it took a few coats to build up but one coat over a black base gives the same effect.

Essie Social-Lights | £7.99 | available here

Described as ‘shimmer slate gray glistening with amber warmth’ which is a pretty spot on description. Just one coat of this is very opaque so good if you’re in a rush! I loved this shade as soon as I saw it, and had to have it.

Barry M Mystic Purple (Boots Limited Edition) | £3.99 | available here

Described as a ‘duochrome purple’ but I don’t think it’s duochrome as such, more a metallic shimmering purple. It didn’t take as much building up as the Galaxy Green shade though. It reminds me of the classic Cadbury’s purple which is never a bad thing.

Nails Inc. Dream Dust ((from the Sparkle Like A Unicorn Duo) | £15 | available here

Described as a ‘blinding sparkle with 3D pigment’ it’s everyone’s favourite shade of rose gold. Weirdly though, when I tried this over a black base it just looked like green / gold, with not even a hint of pink.

All swatches

Which is your favourite from my new shades? I think mine is between Social-Lights and Dream Dust. Let me know your favourite in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading,

Rhi xx

(Another) Glossier Haul | REVIEW

Another Glossier review in a sea of Glossier reviews might be superfluous (gold star for using that word please). I also did not purchase any where near as much as other hauls I’ve seen. But all that aside, I bought some stuff and I want to review it, alright?

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I have to admit, I didn’t know a great deal about Glossier until their UK launch was all anyone could talk / blog about so I went in blind. I’m much more in a skincare mood than makeup at the minute and truth be told, none of the makeup looked very exciting so I went for skincare only on this occasion. I have since seen shining reviews of Boy Brow and Wowder so I will probably get them at some point.

The main products which sparked my interest were the Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Balm Dotcoms and the Priming Moisturizer, so when I saw them all bundled together in the Phase 1 Set it went straight into my basket. In this set you get the choose which flavour balm so I went for mint as it’s my absolute favourite flavour of lip balm. The set costs £35 which gives you a cheeky saving of £8, and is available here.

My order was dispatched and delivered very quickly, and the packaging really impressed me. I love the pink bubble wrap pouch which the products came in, definitely something I’ll keep for travelling as it’s a good size and is waterproof (leak proof!). It’s nice to have something which can be reused rather than just a disposable bag.

In terms of the actually product packaging, it all looks very plain and almost clinical. Call me weird, but this is something I really love in my skincare as it tricks me into thinking it’s scientific and all the effort has gone into what’s inside rather than fancy packaging. I want my makeup to look glitzy and gorgeous, but I want my skincare to look medical! That’s what put me off the makeup to be honest, it all looked a bit basic which made me think it’d be very natural and that isn’t really my vibe.

The Milky Jelly Cleanser was the first thing I tried out. I used it as my first cleanse and I found it removed most of my makeup easily. I don’t usually remove my mascara in this way as I have very sensitive eyes but I did give it a go just for a thorough review and it definitely didn’t get it all off but made a good start, making it easier to remove the remains with my micellar water later on. It did make my eyes sting a little but, like I said, this wasn’t a deal breaker as I won’t usually use it on my eyes. It did leave my skin feeling soft and clean without feeling dry or tight.

The Balm Dotcom in Mint is everything I wanted it to be. I mean, how much can I really say in a review for a balm? I know a lot of people use these balms on a number of things, not just as a lip balm but I’ve not tried any of that just yet. It hydrates my lips really nicely, even when the change in temperature usually leaves me chapped AF. The mint is pretty strong to begin with which I personally love, but that fades after a few minutes.

The last thing I tried was the Priming Moisturizer. I wasn’t sure I’d get on with this as my skin is oily and I thought this would be too dewy for me but it’s actually not bad at all. Yes, it’s more dewy than my usual moisturisers but it feels more hydrating which is never a bad thing. I decided to use this one product in place of my usual moisturiser and primer and I expected my makeup to be sliding off my face by lunchtime but it stayed really well. It hasn’t replaced my current moisturiser altogether but it’s nice for a change every few days.

When you place an order, Glossier give you a recommend a friend 10% code so you’ll probably see a million discount codes floating around social media. But, if you haven’t seen any and would like to save some coin, feel free to use my link and head over to the Glossier website here.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the three things I’ve tried and it has whetted my appetite to try some more products. Any suggestions of your top products would be greatly appreciated, so do let me know in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx

Most Worn Liquid Lipsticks | COLLECTION

Today I’m sharing with you my most worn liquid lipsticks – I’ve gathered together the ones I seem to reach for 99% of the time. Yes, I’m sure you’ll see a theme of the type of shade I tend to go for!

Liquid Lipsticks edit

Left – Right: Jeffree Star Cosmetics – I’m Shook, Kat Von D – Bow and Arrow, Stila – Patina, Huda Beauty – Cheerleader, Anastasia Beverly Hills – Kathryn, NYX – Soft Spoken, Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Calabasas

All these liquid lipsticks have something in common – the formula. Although they’re not identical, they are all on the thinner in consistency side. I’ve grown to really dislike the more moussey formula, like NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams or Bourjois Velvet Lipsticks as I don’t find they ever really dry down and tend to smudge on me. All of theses liquid lipsticks dry right down and are pretty much transfer proof. Some can be called a little too drying – in particular, I know a lot of people say the ABH liquid lipsticks are very drying, but I actually prefer them that way. As long as I use a good balm before hand, it doesn’t cause me any issues.

Liquid Lipstick swatches edit

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – I’m Shook | £16 | available here

This one is from Jeffree and Manny MUA’s collaboration from earlier this year and is described as a burnt red toned coral. It very quickly became my favourite red lip because it just felt like the perfect shade. I’ve steered clear of reds for a while because all the ones I owned tended to run cool with too much blue in them. I wore I’m Shook A LOT over the Summer. I recently bought JSC Wifey (dark brick red) from the Star Family Collection and I already know it’s my Winter equivalent.

Kat Von D – Bow and Arrow | £17 (currently £15.30) | available here

This is the only one which doesn’t quite fit the colour scheme. It’s described as a fawn nude and in most of the swatches I’ve seen, it’s quite pink but on me it’s very beige / brown. I love pairing this with MAC’s Oak lip liner and wear it most of Autumn.

Stila – Patina | £16 | available here

The shade Patina is a cult favourite so when I was on a major shopping spree in Ulta last year in Orlando, I chucked one in the basket, thinking we couldn’t get it in the UK. I since found out that you can get the Stay All Day liquid lipsticks in Boots! But either way, I’m glad I picked it up. Patina is just the kind of pink-nude I go for all the time. I find it easy to wear and it goes with most makeup looks I go for. The formula on the Stila liquid lipsticks is really comfortable too.

Huda Beauty – Cheerleader | £18 | available here

Another red toned shade, this one is more muted. The staying power on the Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes is amazing. I have worn this all day and gone out for dinner and drinks and not had to reapply once! I’ve got quite a few other Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes, most are miniatures from collections but this is definitely my most worn shade.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Kathryn | £20 | available here

First off, it’s always annoyed me that we don’t get the full ABH liquid lipstick range in the UK but I’m super late to the party (as per usual) and found that you can buy direct from the ABH UK website. That’s dangerous, as I’ll probably have to buy a lot more of their liquid lipsticks now. As I said already, some people find these too drying but I always make sure my lips are properly hydrated before using them and they’re fine. Kathryn is described as a brown berry.

NYX – Soft Spoken | £7 | available here

This one dries down to a much darker shade than I thought it would when I first swatched it in store. It’s definitely one for Autumn / Winter. The cheapest one of the bunch, is probably the only one I’d say is aaaalllllmost too drying on me. But again, although drying, it’s very long lasting. The Liquid Suede range by NYX has some more unusual shades which is nice to see. There’s a grey called Stone Fox which I’m always drawn to but never commit to buying as I’m not brave enough!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Calabasas | £16 | limited edition, out of stock

Sorry to end on one that it doesn’t seem you can get any more but I just had to share it as it’s been another big time fave of mine over the Summer. Basically, when I wasn’t wearing I’m Shook, I was wearing Calabasas. It’s a matte rosy red but it doesn’t pull red on me, more dark pink rose. Seeing the swatches above, it definitely looks almost the same as I’m Shook – oops! I posted my collection of JSC Velour Liquid Lipsticks on Instagram the other day (head on over if you missed it) and confessed that it’s my absolute fave formula.

Which one is your favourite of my picks? And what is your fave formula and shade from your own collection? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette | REVIEW

The Kat Von D Alchemist Palette aka the ‘Looks Like Nothing in the Pan but Looks Amazing When Swatched’ palette – but I guess that’s not quite as catchy. Back in July, I was lucky enough to receive some Debenhams vouchers for my birthday and I knew there was only one thing I wanted to spend them on. I can’t see it on the Debenhams website now though, so I’ve linked the KVD website here where you can see some awesome swatches (much better than mine!).

The palette cost me £25 which I actually think is very reasonable considering you can buy one highlight from some brands for that price. For something a bit special and unique, I definitely think it’s worth the money.

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If you just saw this described as a highlighting palette you’d probably be quite disappointed when you see the pan size as they look much more like your usual eyeshadow pans. I had already seen some reviews before buying so I was expecting that anyway and to be honest, I’m not likely to use these shades for highlighting my face.

The packaging on this is beautiful, very holosexual yet gothic. I love it. It’s very dinky and compact but some might find the shape awkward for storing. It’s got a cute little mirror in too. It feels like really good quality, durable packaging and has a very satisfying magnet closure.

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I’ve mainly been using these shades to highlight my inner corner or add an additional pop of colour over other eyeshadows. I’ve seen loads of pictures of people using this over lipstick to give a duochrome metallic look, which looks incredible but that’s not really a look I’d go for personally but it’d be good for photography if that’s what you’re into. When I have used it on my eyes, it’s lasted really well. I often find that inner corner shades seem to fade really quickly on me but that wasn’t the case with these ones.

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I mean just look… how pretty?! Honestly, if I wasn’t such a hermit, I’d wear these all the time for nights out. If you’re into hitting the club you need this palette, or if you’re one of those very creative MUAs for that matter. You could create some amazing looks with this.

I did find that this is available on Sephora who do ship to the UK so if you like the look if it, definitely check it out here.

Do you like the look of this palette? Have you tried it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx

 

 

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette | REVIEW

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, in my opinion, you can’t beat Morphe for the quality vs affordability. So when their collaboration was announced with Jaclyn Hill, I knew I had to have it. After some Beauty Bay website drama on launch day, I did manage to order one. Now as you’d expect, the palette sold out straight away, hence the chaos on the BB website but I did think it was worth still sharing my review in case it comes back in stock soon.

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The palette was priced at £37 which is quite a lot more than the usual Morphe palettes which are usually £22.50. I can’t see how they can justify charging almost £15 more for it, other than the packaging being a sturdy cardboard rather than the black plastic they usually use. I think the name Jaclyn Hill has bumped up the price, which is a bit cheeky really as she’s just a YouTuber, it’s not like they collaborated with Beyoncé. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jaclyn – she’s very successful and extremely talented but still… not Beyoncé.

Jaclyn has said that the increase in price is due to Morphe using new machinery and more expensive colourants in creating this palette but as I started off by saying, Morphe are some of the best shadows I’ve ever tried so I don’t really think this investment was necessary, especially at a cost increase to the consumer.

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More on packaging… I have to say how well packaged it was to prevent damage in transit so I was quite impressed by that. Not only was there thick bubble wrap around the outer box, but also around the palette itself within the outer box. Maybe that’s where the extra £15 went, on bubble wrap?!

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Inside there’s a cute little dedication to Jaclyn’s subscribers, but I’d rather have seen either a mirror or the shade names to be honest. In fact, the shade names don’t feature anywhere on the palette, they were on an insert which I’m sure most people will just get rid of, like I did. If they’ve gone to the trouble of naming each shade, why not show them off? The shade range, as you’d expect if you know anything about Jaclyn, has a lot of warm neutrals but then also some pops of colour in purples and greens. There’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers.

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When swatching all the shadows, I don’t think any of them were any trouble to work with. I’ve also been using this palette every single day since I received it and so far, I’ve not had any problems with any shade. My favourite shades are M.F.E.O (which stands for Made For Each Other – I knew that before Jaclyn mentioned it in her video, because I am old enough and cheesy enough to remember the single that Kavana released of the same name! Anyone else?! #cringe), Sissy, Pooter, Jacz, Hustle and Cranapple. The only shades which I don’t think I’ll ever use are Royalty and Twerk because I really hate the way purples look on me.

You’ll see in the swatches that some shades are a little patchy (Hunts, Roxanne, Chip and Enchanted) but honestly this is down to my crap swatching technique, not the quality. All the ones which are patchy, do not perform that way on the eyes.

Jaclyn x Morphe row 1 swatches

Enlight – Cream. Beam – An off white. Silk Creme – Light beige. M.F.E.O –Tan.

Faint – Shimmering beige. Sissy – Salmon pink. Little Lady – A bronzed pink.

Jaclyn x Morphe row 2 swatches

Creamsicle – Bright yellow. Butter – Deep yellow. Pooter – Medium brown.

Pukey – A brown toned yellow. Hunts – Burnt orange. Firework – Shimmering orange.

Queen – Shimmering gold.

Jaclyn x Morphe row 3 swatches

Obsessed – Shimmering champagne. S.B.N – Shimmering light brown.

Hillster – Shimmering orange brown. Roxanne – Orange. Jacz – Auburn.

Buns – Pale brown. Cranapple – Shimmering brown toned orange.

Jaclyn x Morphe row 4 swatches

Royalty – Shimmering dark purple. Twerk – Dark shimmering navy.

Hustle – Shimmering beige. Meeks – Shimmering bronze. 24/7 – Shimmering brown.

Chip – Chocolate brown. Mocha – Light brown.

Jaclyn x Morphe row 5 swatches

Pool Party – Shimmering aqua. Jada – Teal. Diva – A shimmering blue grey.

Enchanted – Charcoal. Central Park – Dark brown. Soda Pop – Deep brown/black.

Abyss – Black.

 

Overall Thoughts – I absolutely adore this palette, it’s officially my new favourite. The shade selection is perfect for me, so it’ll definitely be a go to for nights away, travelling and holidays. The shadow quality is spot on, and the formula actually works better on the eye than in swatches. The only things I don’t like are the price hike, but it’s too late to complain about that now, the coin is spent, and the lack of shade names on the palette.

Did you manage to get your hands on this palette when it launched? If so, what are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section.

Thank you so much for reading

Rhi xx