Clionadh Cosmetics: Perfect Neutrals Collection

Make up your face with purpose! Today I am sharing photos of the newest charity bundle, the Perfect Neutrals Collection, from one of my favorite brands, Clionadh Cosmetics. One unfamiliar with the indie world might expect a collection of “perfect neutrals” to be filled with browns, beiges, champagnes, and ivories, but one would be surely … Read more

Jior Couture: 6 and a Possible

6 and a Possible is Jior Couture’s contribution to Polish Pickup’s November theme, Game Night. The polish is inspired by Spades which, in Jior’s words, is “a classic cookout game where you’re either victorious or come out with hurt feelings. Spades is not for the weak!”

Nomad Cosmetics: Haunted Europe

One of the most interesting features of Haunted Europe is

Sydney Grace – Temptalia Collection

I’ve never been more excited about an eyeshadow collaboration! It is finally time for Sydney Grace and Christine of Temptalia to bless us with their new highly-anticipated collection! I may be a bit biased as I look up to Christine immensely as a long-time creator in the beauty world, but this is such a thoughtful … Read more

Glaminatrix Cosmetics: You Beauty!

Hey friends! Remember me? It’s been a crazy year and I just hope that I can get back to creating and sharing content regularly with y’all. Please don’t cancel me for these unintended hiatuses. Cancel my job…and student loan debt while you’re at it. *Hint, hint, Biden.*

Jior Couture: It’s a Different World

It’s a Different World from Jior Couture a polished inspired by the ’80-’90s sitcom “A Different World.” The polish has a pink to purple subtle thermal with a bold multichrome that shifts pink-purple-gold-copper and has a scattered magnetic effect.

Kaleidos Makeup: Club Nebula

Happy Hump Day! Today, I’m bringing y’all swatches of the Club Nebula palette from Kaleidos Makeup. Kaleidos created the palette in collaboration with Angelica Nyqvist. This is the earliest I’ve ever reviewed a Kaleidos collection, but there’s a reason. The palette restocks today, February 17, 2021, at 11 pm PST. This is supposedly the last restock and the palette will only be available in limited quantities.

If you can’t get your hands on this palette, please don’t be too disappointed. I know Kaleidos typically means business when they discontinue a product, so the chances that this palette will come back are low. But you can always dupe out colors with other brands. If you feel pressure to support the creator, remember financial support is just one way to do so. If it’s not in your budget this month, you and everyone else will be fine without it. Supporting yourself is more important that supporting your favorite creators.

Bonus points if you catch the easter egg in the swatch photos. This post was supposed to go up a bit earlier so those were intended to be a helpful reminder of the restock date. And, also, I’m particularly drawn to the date because it’s my birthday. 🙂 

About Club Nebula

I think Kaleidos and Angelica did a fantastic job creating this palette. The color story immediately spoke to me, which makes perfect sense given how much I love greens, blues, and purples.

I love the depth of this palette. Naaru is the only light matte, and one light matte in a palette is definitely a welcome change for me. While it looked decent swatched, it did have a light, almost white cast when applied to my eye. I don’t think it is too light to use, but it is a shadow I would use primarily to blend out other shadows. 

Gravity stood out to me the most out of all of the mattes. It swatched as I would expect a neon matte to swatch, with slight separation of pigment/patchiness and trouble consistently adhering to skin after a certain amount of powder is used. It blends out well, although there can be a small yellow halo around the primary bright green pigment.

The other mattes are beautiful and rich. I noticed Queen of Blades looks best over primer. Without primer, it can easily venture into patchy territory. With primer, it is perfectly pigmented.

You’re My Only Hope is a beautiful lavender in the pan, but it reads as a silver or pale blue on my skin. I would have loved to get more of that purple to show up on my skin.

I was surprised that the two multichromes, Astro and Celestial, were labeled as such. They aren’t quite as shifty as some of the shadows labeled as duochromes, Nova in particular. All of the shifty shadows in Club Nebula are soft and light, which is interesting when you consider how deep the mattes go.

I’m not sure if the formulas in the palette are unique compared to other brands. Everything performs well, for the most part, but nothing stands out to me as exceptional. I know this statement stands in stark contrast with some of the earlier praises of Kaleidos (circa 2019), but a formula being good does not elevate a palette to must-have status for me. If you’re interested in the palette, consider whether the combination of the formulas and the colors intrigues you, as well as your motivations for buying it.

I don’t quite understand the theme of this palette, but I do appreciate the packaging and the beautiful deck of cards. As soon as this pandemic is over, I’m busting those out for some spades or King’s Cup. I love a good card game, don’t judge me.

Jior Couture: How You Dune?

It was so fun swatching a polish for Jior this month. For those of you who haven’t heard me obsess over this brand before, Jior Couture is a Black-owned brand owned by an Atlanta-based mother and daughter pair. Jior’s polishes come in so many fun finishes, so I always love shopping with them and appreciate … Read more

Devinah Cosmetics: Star Chasers Collection

Devinah had a busy fall! In addition to the Aurorae Flares, they also released their Star Chasers collection. In Devinah’s own words, the Star Chasers are “color bursting pan[s] of shifty sparklies.” I don’t know about y’all, but that description alone is all I need to know that I’m in!

Devinah Cosmetics: Aurorae Flares

Devinah may have discontinued their Butterfly Kaleidoscope collection, but they made sure to replace those with even shiftier and shinier multichromes. I’ll take it! The Aurorae Flares, which were added to Devinah’s catalog in the fall of 2020, are bright and beautiful multichromes. They aren’t as flaky or textured as some of Devinah’s older multichromes. … Read more