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Colourpop KaePop Collection

I have NO self control when it comes to neutral/earthy/brown colors with makeup so when Colourpop Cosmetics launched their new KaePop Collection, I couldn’t place my order fast enough.

Featuring an eyeshadow quad, blush, bronzer, highlighter and 3x lip liners with 3x corresponding liquid lipsticks, I selected a range of products that I was personally drawn to – but scroll down to see the full collection at the end of the post.

Colourpop KaePop Collection

Colourpop KaePop Collection

This latest collaboration from Colourpop is with Karrueche Tran, who’s a model and face of many other brand collabs. Her flawless skin and amazing skin tone transcends into this collection with a color family which would look amazing on especially deeper/darker skin tones.

I picked up the eyeshadow quad, Chi – the lightest of the liquid lipsticks and Flush’d – the blush.

Colourpop KaePop Collection

Colourpop KaePop eyeshadow quad, Flush’d Blush, Chi Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

The formula of the products is exactly the same as Colourpop’s permanent line. Better applied with fingers, the eyeshadows and the blush are that creamy/mousse consistency and have great color payoff. The liquid lipstick applies quite opaque and dries to a matte finish.

Check out my Colourpop Eyeshadow collection/review here; Cheek Collection here and Liquid Lipstick Collection here

Colourpop KaePop Collection

Colourpop KaePop Eyeshadow Quad, Flush’d Blush, Chi Liquid Lipstick

The eyeshadow quad is stunning! It features a soft champagne shimmer (Sunset Blvd), a matte base/transition color (Wilshire), a gorgeous milk chocolate matte shade (Crenshaw) and the red/wine shade (Beverly) which is perfect for a pop of color. *Beverly looks almost like a dark burgundy/brown in the pot but applies quite red. The quad is $20 but you can also purchase these shadows individually at $5 each.

The blush named Flush’d is that perfect peach to compliment many skin tones. It’s a flat/matte finish so you can apply highlighter over it for that added glow. Colourpop blushes are $8 each.

The liquid lipstick named Chi is the lightest of the lip colors and comes with a corresponding lip liner but I find Colourpop’s liquid lipstick wands are quite precise so I don’t use lipliners with them. This color looks much lighter in the tube – I’d say almost like a caramel/nude. But as seen in the swatch too, it turns much darker with a cooler undertone when it fully dries. I would have loved the color to apply same as what it looks like in the tube but I’ll still make use of this to define the outer perimeter of my lips and apply a lighter shade to achieve a more ombre/nude lip. Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks are $6 each.

Here’s the rest of the Colourpop KaePop Collection which is now available to purchase on their site here

Colourpop KaePop Collection

Colourpop KaePop Collection

 

What do you beauties think of this collection? Any favorites?

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Just to set the tone for this post: I absolutely love Nudestix products! So you can imagine my excitement when they announced the launch of their new Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Fuss free, innovative and travel friendly, the quality and longevity of Nudestix products make them an all-round essential in any makeup kit. Lets have a look at the Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils which have just joined the Nudestix range…

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

Pic credits: Nudestix

The concept behind Nudestix is that all products come in a chubby pencil form whether it’d be eyeshadows, concealers and the multi-purpose lip & cheek colors. Every single pencil comes in a chic black matte tin and a sharpener so you can store all your favorites in the same container; which also makes travelling with these babies an absolute breeze.

With liquid matte lipsticks being all the rage, I’m so happy that Nudestix have released their own version of matte lip/cheek colors. Providing rich, opaque and long lasting coverage – without the dry, chalky, chapped feeling liquid matte formulas can have, there’s 5 nude and 3 red shades to choose from:

Shop Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils here

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek PencilsNudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils – Nudes and Reds

Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils

How gorgeous are these colors!! Beautiful earthy nudes and stunning rich reds, there’s a color to suit every skin tone – or like me, you can put the whole lot on your shopping list :) The formula is long wearing, water and smudge proof. As a side note, all Nudestix products are free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

Along with the amazing eyeshadow sticks, I’m particularly a big fan of the lip & cheek pencils as the formula is perfection. I have a more in-depth review/swatch post of my favorite Nudestix lip & cheek pencil duo here, if you’d like more information.

The Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencils retail at $24 each, including the tin and sharpener.

Check out the full range of Nudestix products, including the Intense Matte Lip & Cheek range here

 

What’s your favorite color(s) from this Intense Matte range?

 

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Aaahh the partner in crime to highlighting: the good old contouring. It’s like hearing these terms together is almost as iconic as Bonnie & Clyde,  peanut butter & jelly, sun & sunscreen (OK, added that as a skincare reminder) but you catch my drift :)

Now, you all know how picky, and at times critical I can be about contour products so if I’m making a post about contour powders, there must be something that ticked all the right boxes for me. I’m talking about the newly released Makeup Geek contour powders…

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

For those of you who may not be familiar with Makeup Geek Cosmetics, they started off with a capsule collection of eyeshadows which were comparable to the very popular MAC eyeshadows at the time – but at a fraction of the cost and without compromising the quality. The rest is pretty much history, as today, Makeup Geek features a full range of eyeshadows from matte, shimmer, foil finishes to glitter, blush, bronzers and of course now contour powders.

The carefully thought out color range was the first thing that caught my attention about these powders. You may have heard many makeup artists, including yours truly, talk about true contour products being “cool” toned as we’re trying to sculpt and shape the features by mimicking shadows – and natural shadows are typically gray/cool undertones. A lot of popular brands who have released contour products have missed the mark on this fine detail, which is why we’ve all seen many makeup lovers sporting orange streaks all over their faces at some point.

What I love about Marlena, the founder of Makeup Geek Cosmetics, is that she’s always hands on with the research and development of all their products and she’s pretty good at it. She’s come up with 8 colors for this contour powder line, not only catering for both warm and cool “under tones” but also all skin tones which I think is absolute genius.

The range is divided into 2 sections: 4x Warm and 4x Cool undertones; and types of skin tones: Porcelain, Fair, Medium and Deep

Makeup Geek COntour Powders

Top Row: WARM: Love Triangle, Bad Habit, Half Hearted, Deal Breaker

Bottom Row: COOL: Breakup, Infidelity, Complicated, Scandal

I must however clarify, the Warm shades don’t mean orange/bronze colors, it simply means they’re designed for skin colors that have warmer undertones versus cooler undertones so they’re more complimentary – but of course you can choose whatever color you feel comfortable with from the softest contour to the more intense sculpted looks.

Makeup Geek have prepared the following color charts to help you decide which color(s) are the most suitable for your preference:

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

Makeup Geek Contour Powders

As an example: I’m typically MAC NC30-35 in foundations which is a warm undertone and considered fair-medium color. I personally prefer cool toned contour products so from this range I would go for both Infidelity and Complicated depending on the intensity of contour I want. To take it a step further, I would also keep Bad Habit or Half Hearted at hand to add a touch of warmth/softness to my looks in summer months if I’m a bit more bronzed. 

Makeup Geek products usually come in single pans as do these contour powders and you can buy magnetic palettes from the site to build your own personal collections. The contour powders are $10 each or you can purchase all 8 colors at $65 which is a steal if you’re a makeup artist and need such a palette in your kit.

Makeup Geek and Marlena (who’s the model on the Bad Habit color in the above picture btw) did an amazing job in collating these colors with every skin color/tone in mind which I really appreciate about companies. I can finally confidently recommend contouring products knowing colors, quality and the price are all on point. Makeup Geek products are also paraben, talc and cruelty free and made in the US.

Shop Makeup Geek products HERE

Do you have any Makeup Geek Products? What do you think of these Contour Powders?