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It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to makeup, because I pretty much want my makeup to not only look good and perform well, but also play Bach and do the dishes. Hey, it’s 2015!
I could bore you with all the makeup that has let me down over the years (*cough* Urban Decay Naked palettes *cough*), or I could tell you what actually works – how does that sound?
Speaking of things that work, remember the Tropical Retreat makeup I featured from Caryl Baker Visage in the spring? I’ve been using their Let’s Luau eye shadow and Xtreme Lashes Length & Volume mascara ($29*) practically every day since I got them, and they never let me down. You do have to give the mascara a few minutes to dry or it will make a mess on your eyes (it is also not such an intense black as some might wish it were), but the eye shadow blows me away each time with how easy it is to apply and how pretty it looks on the eyes. So blendable yet pigmented! I like using the e.l.f. Eye Shadow Brush ($1*) or the Sephora Collection Allover Shadow Brush from the Glitter Happy Brush Set ($106*) to apply, and the Blending Brush from the same collection to fade it in the crease.
Therefore when the holiday range, dubbed the Celestial Colour Collection, was released earlier this month I was ecstatic to test out the new Celestial Powder Eyeshadow shades and the exciting multi-color Galactic Glow Blusher. As you know, CBV is a Canadian cosmetics retailer that’s comparable to M.A.C. in price and quality. Where they used to be lacking was limited-edition collections that excite the never-satiated beauty community, but this year they’re proving that they can keep up with the trends while staying true to what makes them unique – excellent services and high quality products.
The 14-piece collection includes the aforementioned blush ($35*) and 9 paraben-free eye shadows in brand-new shades, enriched with vitamins C and E ($18 each*), a six-shade Contour Palette ($49*) that aims to go against the big players in the contouring arena, and the spanking-new Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($24 each*). Everyone knows how popular this type of formula has become in 2015, and since these high-pigment ones are also moisturizing, I think you’ll find them to be an excellent choice in colours like Euphoria (a nude peachy-pink), Amour (a rosy pink), and After Hours (a siren red).
Below are each of the eye shadows I got to test as well as the blush, along with my thoughts on each shade. My apologies in advance for the colours, my camera always gives me a hard time but the official shade photos are included in the bottom.
Midnight Sky looks really blue in the pan, but comes off as a grey denim on the lid (pretty accurate to the swatch in the photo). Equinox is a deep burgundy-brown with hints of plum (far less red than in photo). Aurora is a real stunner, a pink metallic that looks absolutely nothing like the photo. Oops!
Powder Puff is a baby pink that barely showed up on me (true to photo). Moondust is a bright silver metallic that I love, and Faux Finish is a pale white gold metallic as well. Below are the official product shots for comparison, they definitely had better lighting than me! My thoughts on the eye shadows overall are that the matte shades were pretty lacking, but the metallics look and perform exceptionally well. What I really like about these single shadows is how much easier they are to carry and use than an entire palette, even though these can be easily depotted for use in a magnetic palette if need be.
Finally, I was curious how this multi-coloured blush would turn out, and found that because of its many shades you can get different results depending on where you concentrate the brush. Sweep it all around and you get a classic bronze colour that’s great for darker complexions, but focus on the outer rim or the inner diamond and you’ve got two really pretty eye shadow colours – it’s up to you, really!
Which of these pieces is your favourite, and have you ever shopped at Caryl Baker Visage before? If not, I’d say it’s time to check it out!
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*Prices true at time of writing.
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