Cover FX Glitter drops in mirage review and swatches

Cover FX Glitter Drops in Mirage – Review and Swatches


The Story

So I was at my local Sephora, browsing around, when I came across the Cover FX Glitter Drops. I swatched all three shades on my hands, was absolutely mesmerized by the glitter, and stared at it for a long time before coming to my senses. Then I mixed the swatches together, died, and went to heaven.

I came back to earth quickly when I noticed the price of these glitter drops – $44 each. 😳😳😳

Anyway, I didn’t get them. I came out of the store, still staring at my shimmering, glimmering hand. I showed it to my husband who told me he’d get the product for me if I wanted it. And I wanted it. So he got it for me, bless his sweet, caring heart. ❤️

Says Sephora:

What it is:
A multidimensional glitter highlighter that imparts a high impact, light-reflective finish.

What it does:
Ultra-concentrated and customizable, these liquid glitters can be used alone, under or over makeup, or mixed into your favorite beauty product for an incredibly luxe glitter effect on the cheeks, eyes, lips, and body.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
This product is cruelty-free and vegan. It is also free of gluten, mineral oil, parabens, fragrance, and talc.

You get 15 ml for $44 and it comes in 3 shades: Aurora, Mirage, and Lunar. I got the shade Mirage, which is accurately described as a golden champagne glitter

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huda beauty obsessions eyeshadow palettes review and swatches

Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes – Review, Swatches, and Makeup Looks (Warm Brown Obsessions and Smokey Obsessions)

The Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes are four teeny-tiny eyeshadow palettes which contain full sized pans of eye shadows in various ranges. I recall hearing Huda say in one of her snaps that these are basically full-sized eyeshadows housed in small, compact palettes. She basically said something to that effect.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A range of compact eyeshadow palettes, expertly curated by Huda herself, offering beauty lovers a complete day-to-night eye color wardrobe.

What it does:
Each Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette is packed with a selection of nine highly pigmented mattes and striking shimmers, all with a smooth and blendable texture. Available in four color themes—Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey, and Electric Obsessions—the palettes are super compact and lightweight, making them a must-have for your handbag. The large mirror, conveniently-sized palette, and versatile shade collection allow you to create both classic and playful looks that are easy to apply on-the-go.

– Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions—Instantly bring light and warmth to your look with Huda’s go-to palette. Packed with eight mattes and one shimmer in heated tones of browns, reds, oranges, and copper, the color range flatters any skin tone and eye color.

– Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions—Six pigmented mattes and three gorgeous shimmers in dusty rose and plummy hues create a soft, natural finish for a smoky, sultry effect.

– Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions—Master the ultimate smoky eye or staple nude look with this range of four mattes and five metallic shimmers—including an intense black, warm shades of dark brown, champagne, gold, and silver.

– Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions—The electric palette offers six bold mattes and three shimmers in bright blues, electric yellows, and neon pinks. Creating dramatic, show-stopping looks is now effortlessly achievable with just one palette.

This set contains:
– 9 x Eyeshadows

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
“These are really condensed eyeshadow palettes but you get so much product. I am obsessed with the Warm Brown and Smokey Palettes. They’re both full of the most gorgeous, buildable colors that take your look from day to night easily. The Mauve Obsessions Palette is the makeup essential that everyone needs to create everyday looks with a sultry edge. The Electric palette features super bold colors that are still really wearable so you can create amazing, understated looks. I really wanted to give people the option to have fun with as many colors as possible without having to invest in individual shades. It was all about giving color junkies everything they need, in a compact way.”—Huda Kattan, Brand Founder

SIZE 9 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g for $27 each

There are 4 versions:

  • Warm Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Electric Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
  • Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

I have the former two and will be reviewing them jointly.

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil - Review and Swatches

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil – Review and Swatches


Says Sephora about the ~ holographic ~ Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Get a holographic moonlit glow with Josie’s weightless moonstone potion that highlights, primes, hydrates, and smooths. Argan-powered essential nutrients nourish and treat the skin while multicolored coated priming pearls illuminate and awaken your complexion. Easily transform any look with these iridescent drops: mix with your foundation for a perfectly dewy look, add a few to your lips for a glowing pout, or bring extra light to cheekbones with one single drop. The 100% Pure Argan Oil Light nourishes and hydrates while PhytoVie Defense®, a plant-based antioxidant, helps fight against skin-aging free radical damage and extends makeup wear. Lemongrass lavender essential oils enhance your mood and calm redness. Skin is left juicy, glowing, protected, and smooth. Let’s glow to the moon.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

You get a nice 50 ml bottle for a not-so-nice $48.

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Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder review and swatches

Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder Review and Swatches

The Story

The Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder is part of Sephora’s Holiday 2017 release. It contains 8 g of sparkly body powder for the affordable price of $13.

Now, I have no use for this in all honesty. There’s nowhere I’m going or nothing I wear which will be the perfect reason to pull out this product and puff it all over my being.

I got this, because ages ago, Yves Saint Laurent released their Baby Doll Perfume, and perfumed body powder to go along with it. I was enamored with that body powder, after I saw it in a magazine, and have since been looking for something similar to it. Enter the Sephora Collection Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder.

Says Sephora:

What it is:
A loose, shimmery powder for body, face, and hair.

What it does:
This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

This set contains:
– 0.28 oz/ 8 g Loose powder

$13 for 8 g is a good price.

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Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Radiance Drops - Review & LOTS OF Swatches

Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest Of The Sea Radiance Drops – Review & LOTS OF Swatches

Sephora describes this product as:

What it is:
A multitasking elixir with brightening pearls and Rainforest of the Sea™ complex for a healthy-looking glow.

What it does:
These non-greasy, multitasking, four-in-one, mermaid-like radiance drops effortlessly go on skin as a highlighting primer, coat lips in moisture, infuse foundation with instant radiance, and impart a pearlescent, all-over glow. The hypoallergenic formula completely absorbs into all skin types—even oily skin—without clogging pores, while the antioxidant Rainforest of the Sea complex, coconut, jojoba oil, and vitamin E help hydrate and nourish your skin. Wear it alone as a highlighting base or dropped onto tarte’s clay stick foundation for dewy coverage with extra skincare benefits.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested.

I was so excited…

Tarte is arguably my favorite makeup brand. I love their shadows, their palettes, their liners, their lip products. If you check out my makeup drawers, I have a ton of stuff from Tarte.

Which is why I was so excited about these Radiance “Mermaid” Drops when Youtubers and Tarte began posting about them on social media. I couldn’t wait to place my order when the item arrived online and I couldn’t wait to receive it, OMG, you guys, I was so excited!


Sigh. It’s always better to have zero expectations, isn’t it?

The yays

I won’t do The Yays as bullet points, like I normally do. I’ll simply talk about this product. Now, listen. I want to make it very clear that this is not a highlighter. These Radiance Drops are not a highlighter. They are more of a serum/dewy makeup base. Kind of similar in purpose to the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir.

You get 30 ml of product with these, and for $32, I think it is a good deal. I had a coupon at which meant I got this for around $25. Yay.

These drops are like a non-greasy “oil” which absorbs into the skin very quickly, and makes my dry skin look visibly more hydrated, and softer to the touch. My skin feels nice after I apply these, and it isn’t sticky at all.

I have sensitive skin and I didn’t experience any breakouts with this product.

The bottle is quite beautiful also.

The mehs

WHYYYY did Tarte have to stuff so much visible gold shimmer into these?!

I hate when shimmer from a product is visible on my face. Hate it.

And this product is guilty of exactly that. After I massage the drops into my skin, they leave behind loads of small but clearly visible shimmer particles that make you look like Edward Cullen.

Not a good look. (Sorry, Twilight fans.)

Even under foundation and powder, those pesky shimmer particles make their way up to the top to look like that^. And the shimmer is gold, which makes my Simpson-yellow skin tone even more pronounced.

Plus the dropper has very little control, and the product flows out of it more freely than I would like it to.

I’ve tried as best as I can to show the shimmer in these drops in the pictures and videos below. You can open them in a separate tab and zoom in to view the details.

In conclusion…

I wish Tarte had altogether omitted any shimmer (mica) from these Radiance Drops. I think the “oil” (or whatever this formulation is) does a good job of making the skin look hydrated and plump on its own. It is actually a good primer for makeup, though I did not notice that my makeup lasts longer with this product under it.

Or I wish the shimmer was more finely-milled than it is. I don’t like the disco-ball look.

The Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest Of The Sea Radiance Drops are good for anyone who has zero expectations from them. This product is good for anyone who doesn’t mind visible shimmer on their face, and it is good for someone who wants a shimmery dry oil for the body, as it actually looks quite nice on the body compared to the face. I think in my swatches above, it looks quite decent on my arm, though I tried very hard to capture the shimmer in this.

Personally, I am disappointed with it. The hype with this one really was not backed up. I got these drops hoping they would be similar to my beloved Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. They don’t even come close.

Available at

tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea radiance drops • Tarte
Tarte Radiance Drops - Rainforest of the SeaTM Collection • Tarte


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Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face + Body Shimmer in Powder #01 Light – Review & Swatches

Sephora says:

What it is:

A hydrating shimmer powder that brings a glowing, healthy-looking texture to the face and body.

What it does:

Specially formulated for a long lasting finish, All Over Face & Body Shimmer in Powder glides across the skin for a gentle and natural-looking radiance. Perfect for creating a Hollywood glow, it’s easy to apply, light and comfortable, and long-lasting to ensure that skin is left with a gentle shimmer and glowing finish for hours.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

– Parabens

– Sulfates

– Phthalates

What else you need to know:

“This is my bestselling product! I was eager to create a highlighter than doesn’t have a sparkling glitter effect. Once I achieved this formula, which gives the skin a dewy and radiant glow like never seen before in any other highlighter, I decided to add moisturizing benefits because most powder products tend to dry out the skin.”—Natasha Denona

This product is cruelty-free and free of allergens.

10 g for $38

You don’t always get (exactly) what you want

Oh, how badly I wanted this. Did it live up to me expectations though? Let’s see. The product itself, the shade i.e. and the formula, are gorgeous. The packaging? Sigh.

The Yay

  • This shade 01 Light is what dreams are made of. If gold, champagne, beige, and nude all came together and made the perfect baby, this would be it. It is best for light to light-medium skin tones.
  • This highlight is the definition of lit from within glow and natural radiance. It can easily be buffed out to achieve skin that is dewy and glowing from within. It can also be layered on for a stronger effect and doesn’t really emphasise flaws.
  • The formula is somewhat powdery, but very soft. It doesn’t kick up much product at all.
  • The day I tried this, the product stayed on my face for about 5 hours before fading slightly. (I’d been indoors and outdoors quite a lot, and I blended out the product until it was a sheer glow, so my application was very light to begin with.) If I wear it again for a full day, I will update this to include any changes.
  • You get 10 g of product, albeit for a hefty price tag.
  • The packing. Ahh, the packaging. If you don’t get a defective product like I did (more on this in a bit), it is quite lovely to behold and has a mirror included.
  • Three shades available to suit (pretty much) all skin tones.

The Meh

  • MY PRODUCT PAN WAS NOT EVEN GLUED TO THE COMPACT ITSELF! I MEAN, COME ON! If I pay $38 for something, especially from an upscale brand, I expect quality that backs it up.
  • The compact, while pretty, is dust-prone and fingerprint-prone (is that a term?).
  • Pricey.
  • Available online only.


A fan brush or dome shaped/ tapered highlight brush both work with this and give subtle or strobed effects respectively.

Do I recommend this?

The product itself is beautiful, but the packaging was such a let down. I guess I had really high hopes about this. I haven’t read any other reviews criticising the packaging so I guess I was the sole honouree of this dud, in which case, I suppose I could say go for it if you want a beautiful I-sit-by-romantic-candlelight-all-day effect on your skin.



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