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FLOWER BEAUTY SHIMMER & STROBE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE REVIEW

flower beauty shimmer and strobe highlighting palette I’ve been a fan of Drew Barrymore’s makeup line Flower Beauty for a while now, but the new Spring 2017 collection has taken me straight from like to looove in one fell swoop. They are stepping up their game in a major way and kudos to Drew for creating affordable makeup that performs like high-end! I recently reviewed the new Flower Pots blushes (see that post here) so today I wanted to talk about the new Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette ($12.98). It’s an amazing quality palette at such an inexpensive price. Let’s take a look! Description/Details:Shine on, Flower Girl! Master strobing, the new face sculpting technique, with our Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette. Dab on the soft, shimmery shades, and sculpt your face with light for a refined, natural-looking glow. The soft-focus, silky powders deliver a multi-dimensional radiance for a luminous complexion. Our three universal strobing shades are ideal to make any skin tone beam with radiance. Made in Canada, Cruelty-FreeWhere to Buy: Select Walmart stores and Flowerbeauty.com Price: $12.98 flower highlight palette review Packaging:The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette comes in a sleek white compact with rose gold accents. Inside, there are three large pans of highlighter and a small flat highlighting brush. I absolutely love the brush…it’s really high-quality, especially for a brush that’s included in a drugstore palette. Most of the time I just throw them away but I actually use this one to apply the highlighter and it works great. The bristles are very soft and the shape is perfect for dusting the powder along your cheekbones. flower beauty highlighting palette Formula/Swatches: The three shades in this palette are supposed to be universal to all skin tones (based on the description on the packaging) and I can definitely see that being true for the most part. I have really light skin so it’s usually difficult to find highlighters that are light enough to show up…but these are all gorgeous! The powder is so super soft and silky and so finely milled that you don’t see any sparkle or chunky glitter…they’re some of the smoothest highlighters I’ve ever used (at any price point!). They’re easy to pick up with a brush and show up intensely on the skin at first swipe. My swatches are below, but if you’d like to see them in action, check out my video on Instagram here…you can see that I don’t have to swirl my finger around in the pan, just swipe once and it picks up a ton of pigment. There is definitely fallout as is the case with powders that are this soft but I don’t mind at all to get this kind of color payoff! flower highlighting palette swatches Here I am wearing the first shade in the palette (the beige champagne color). It’s always difficult to get highlighter to show up on my skin in person, but in photos it’s even harder! The fact that this shows up in a photo at all tells you that it looks much brighter in person. Final Thoughts:Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up! It’s a gorgeous palette that could easily cost a few times more than what they’re charging. It’s definitely going to be a go-to palette for me!

LORAC PRO PALETTE 3 REVIEW & SWATCHES

The Lorac PRO 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($44) is brand new for Summer and will be available online at Ulta.com on June 12th and Ulta stores on June 26th (I got mine over Memorial Day weekend when they offered it to Platinum Members early). Other stores (Kohls, Nordstrom, etc. will be getting it sometime in July). If you’re a fan of Lorac’s eyeshadows like I am, then keep reading for my review…I’ll also compare this to a few other Lorac palettes I have later on in the post.

Packaging: 
Like the other Lorac PRO Palettes, PRO 3 comes in a box with a mini tube Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer. The palette itself is identical to PRO 1 & 2 except for its color which is a beautiful creamy shade. Like the others, it’s very lightweight and travel-friendly with a magnetic closure. The soft, rubbery outside is a fingerprint magnet but this one doesn’t seem to show them as badly as the darker-colored previous versions.

Formula: 
The formula is gorgeous, as always…smooth, buttery and highly pigmented. These shadows blend like a dream and go on vibrantly, even without primer. The only shade I had a little trouble with in terms of patchiness was Truffle, which is a deep gray shimmer. The lighter matte shades like Blanc and Canvas didn’t show up well on my skin, but I’m not sure if it’s because they’re sheerer, or because they’re so close to my own skin color that there’s no contrast.
Also, they do kick up quite a bit of fallout, as Lorac’s super soft formula tends to do, but it doesn’t mean that they feel dry or chalky…quite the opposite! They actually go on very silky, just make sure you tap your brush well before applying to prevent them from falling down onto your cheeks.

Regardless, if you’re familiar with and like Lorac’s formula, you definitely won’t be disappointed in this one.

Color Selection: 
This is very much a Nude palette and is a gorgeous option for those of you who prefer an “everyday” look over bolder shades. I know that Nude palettes have already had their moment, but I’m still glad that Lorac finally made a PRO version because these are my favorite eyeshadows to work with and this palette is full of shades I will wear every day. There isn’t one in this entire palette that I won’t use and I’m rarely able to say that.
Like the other PRO palettes, this one has 8 matte and 8 shimmer shades in both cool and warm tones so you have a lot of versatility here!

Cons: There’s only one con with this palette, and it goes for all of the PRO palettes, not just this one. The pans are on the smaller side and the formula does kick up a bit when you dip your brush in, resulting in a very messy-looking interior. In the photo below, I only swatched the top row and you can see how the color smears all around each pan. I’ll be honest, it’s a pain in the neck to keep clean, especially since it’s such a light color. So if that’s your pet peeve, I just wanted to warn you ahead of time! 

Swatches: 
You can really see how pigmented this palette is here, especially since I didn’t use any primer!

Top Row- Mattes
Bottom Row: Shimmer

PRO 3 vs. Unzipped Gold: The overall shade range in the PRO 3 reminded me a bit of Unzipped Gold, so I wanted to photograph them side-by-side and swatch them to see if there were any dupes. I swatched the shades I thought looked very close in the pan but as you’ll see below in the swatches, there are no 100% dupes here. 

Unzipped Gold Comparison

PRO 3 vs. PRO 2 & PRO Matte: 
I didn’t find any similar shades in the PRO Matte palette, but there were a few in the PRO 2 palette that looked like they were close. Once again, no true dupes!

PRO Matte Palette, PRO 2 Palette, PRO 3 Palette

Overall, whether you’re a LORAC fan or a fan of everyday nude eyeshadows, I think you’ll love the PRO 3 palette! I’m a fan of both and I know I’ll use this palette all the time.

Grab yours on Sunday, June 12th at Ulta.com

BECCA CHAMPAGNE POP DUPE!

Who would have thought that a recent ELF haul would lead me to a Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop dupe?! I purchased a bunch of ELF baked products last week (you’ll be seeing some reviews soon) and I couldn’t help but notice that their Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted looked a lot like Champagne Pop in the pan. So I did what any makeup lover would do and swatched them side by side…and I could hardly believe my eyes! 

champagne pop dupe

These are so close, it’s just crazy. Enchanted might have the slightest bit more pink or peach in it, but when they’re sheered out on the cheeks, you can’t tell the difference at all. I realize that Enchanted is an eyeshadow, but who says you can’t use it someplace else, right? It’s only $3 and Champagne Pop is $38, so it’s a total steal if you want the same effect.

champagne pop dupe

I’ll be posting this to my dupes board on Pinterest. Have you found any great dupes lately? Do share!