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February 2017

Peachy Blues: The New Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows

Reviews, Tutorials

Product Details

The bulk of this post will be about the actual experience I had when I purchased the new Colourpop pressed eyeshadows. For those of you less interested in that, I’ll mention all of the product details first.

The recent launch of their pressed eyeshadows came with a huge variety of matte, metallic and satin finished shadows. Unlike their super shock shadows, these work exactly like any other standard eyeshadow, having no issues with how you apply them. (Super shock mostly work with your fingers only.)

They’re $5 each like the rest of their individual items. The shades I bought were “Wait for it“, “Making Moves” “Lost and Found” and “Piece of Cake“. These are all matte shades and they were very pigmented, blendable and didn’t have any fallout. The texture has a creamy texture but in a way that reminds me of pastel sticks.  I really loved them, especially for the price point. If they were available in store somewhere, I’d definitely go out and purchase more. Unfortunately because of my experience with them after ordering these online, I won’t be.

My issue…

I really hesitated on mentioning this because I don’t want to come off like I’m bashing Colourpop. They have a lot of great products and I was planning on continuing to purchase more to share. I recently had a really bad experience with their customer service that has made me reconsider shopping with them. While my blog is mostly designated for product reviews, the overall shopping experience is also just as important. I am definitely not saying that Colourpop is so bad that you shouldn’t shop with them anymore. I’m simply trying to make you more aware of how they handle issues. I’m sure you work hard for your money and want to know if  a company is willing to help you if something happens to the product.

As I mention in the video, I ordered the pressed eyeshadows when they first launched (mid-January). My order was lost, so from looking at the FAQ page, I found that it was best to reach out to the post office. I still thought it would be a good idea to be proactive and contact Colourpop anyway so I knew how to get this sorted out ahead of time. My biggest issue with this situation was  how they communicated. While I appreciated how quickly they responded (within 24 hours) via email, they were horrible about actually answering my questions to get it resolved. It caused a lot more back and forth and waiting it out.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll include screenshots.

My first reaction was that they clearly hadn’t paid attention to anything I said which was really annoying. Cool… I guess I’ll just email them again since that didn’t do anything.

Again, they didn’t fully answer my question. I had already looked at the USPS site and in order to file a claim online. The package has to have insurance or else it gives you an error message stating that its ineligible to be filed. Colourpop knows their packages aren’t insured so they also have to know that this wouldn’t work. I even tried talking to my local post office about filing a claim in person but because the service is offered online now, they don’t carry the forms anymore. I’m not sure if this is true for everywhere in the country, but I assume so.

I emailed them again explaining the entire situation, which is when they finally agreed to ship out a new one. It really bothered me that they said they’d “make a one time exception”.

 

I work in customer service so to an extent, I understand their choice in verbiage. The reason why I didn’t like it is because they didn’t seem very willing to work with me from the beginning. I felt like given all of the information, it should be replaced, not out of exception. What happens if this were to ever happen again? Maybe thats just my interpretation but I provided proof that I clearly didn’t have it. If they just looked at the tracking number, they’d also see that it lost. To this day, it still says that the package is processing toward my house.

All in all…

I understand their concern over trying to prevent someone from stealing or taking advantage but they could’ve handled this a lot better. They also failed to mention a sorry until the very last email at the end, but by then it seemed more than afterthought than a sincere apology. Granted it wasn’t their fault, but they could’ve pretended to care a little more by throwing in an extra sentence acknowledging the frustration. For now, I’m taking a break from buying from them. Packages getting lost isn’t super common but I don’t want to buy from someone that I have no confidence in.

What do you think? Am I overreacting? Did they handle it well?

The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation Review

Reviews

I’ve been on quite the foundation hunt lately which is not fun for me at all. I hate trying to look for a new foundation. Have you ever gotten excited to shop for something because its going to be new and then hate that you even tried? So far the things that fall on that list are bras, swim suits and foundations. I have really yellow undertones and it turns out that drugstore brands hardly cater to that. I’ve tried several drugstore brands and they’re either too orange or too pink on my skin. This has left me with having to shop for higher end foundations which really makes me resent trying new ones. The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation was released recently and it turns out they have a really wide range with lots of yellow shades. My favorite drugstore brand comes through for me again! 

The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is $14.00 and can be found on the NYX website or at Ulta. At first, I wasn’t too thrilled because matte foundations and I don’t get along so I was ready to pass. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one day and the Dupethat girls mentioned in a post that if you have dry skin, then this would actually work. WHAT?! In case you don’t know who Dupethat is, they’re a duo who run a blog providing you with the latest beauty news & swatch comparisons for a ton of products. I love them because a lot of their reviews align with how I feel about a product.

Since I’m still a college student tryna make it, I don’t have the luxury of buying every shade for swatches so I checked with them and they were totally cool with allowing me to use their picture to show you guys all of the shades. <33

I’m in the shade “true beige” and if you watched my previous video, you’ll see that I made the mistake of ordering “beige”. I specifically told myself not to get the two mixed up and did it anyway. (oh, Britney. Smh.) Don’t be like me if you need one of those two shades!

Like the Dupethat girls mentioned, it is definitely sheer to full coverage & feels very weightless. I had a slightly different experience in terms of how it laid on my skin which I’ll break down for you guys below.

So how did the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation hold up?

  

The first picture is of me bare face, besides the really dark brows. The second one is with the foundation on. It does a good job evening everything out with just a light layer. I like my freckles to still show through but cover up the redness.

(Do you also see the mild resemblance to Lord Voldemort in the picture with foundation? 😂 This is why highlighting and contouring is so important to me!)

Using a beauty sponge:

This is my favorite way to apply foundation.  I don’t like a lot of coverage so its the easiest way to make sure I have the thinnest layer while preventing cakeyness. It turns out that this method didn’t work out for me at all. It left me looking patchy so a lot of my redness was peaking through. I had to keep trying to reapply but the sponge would just soak it back up. I could see why the brush is always mentioned with this product.

Using the Total Control Drop Foundation Brush:

This is a synthetic angled brush which helps with reaching around all of the natural curves of your face. This method worked out much better for me. I used the dropper to put only a few drops at a time to make sure I didn’t apply too much. Somehow I still managed to put way too much around my mouth the first time so it got very cakey. I grabbed my Real Techniques Sponge , blotted that extra foundation and picked up just the right amount without getting patchy!

Hydrating Primer:

In this case I used the Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Primer. It works more like a moisturizer without really altering the finish of a foundation. I really wanted to see how a matte foundation would hold up on my dry skin which is why I chose this one. After I applied the foundation, I noticed that there was a very slight tackiness that never quite went away.

After about an hour and half to two hours of wear I noticed that it started settling into my lines. This is a big no-no for me. I have very pronounced smile lines which is where I noticed it first. About a half hour after that, I started noticing that it also started to do the same on my forehead. I don’t have noticeable lines on my forehead at all. I just make a lot of facial expression so imagine how cute it was to see lines of foundation collected in areas across my forehead when I was expressionless. 😒 However, it didn’t accentuate the large pores I have around my cheeks which will also make or break if I like a foundation. It was a little weird to see myself looking so matte since I live for being so glowy, but I did like the velvety finish.

Luminous Primer

Ahh, my ride or die — the Becca Backlight Filter Primer. This gives me the perfect glow and prevents foundation from settling into lines and pores. It basically makes being critical of a foundation a little more difficult. Don’t get me wrong though, I have tried foundations with this primer that still clung to my dry spots and accentuated my pores. Luckily I didn’t have this problem at all with the Total Control Drop foundation. I just couldn’t handle looking so flat from the matteness. I needed that extra luminosity added back to my face & I’m so glad it was. This held up for me all day without settling into any lines.

All in all…

Everyone’s skin is different so products work differently for everyone. I found that as long as I used a brush and my Becca primer that I can wear this and it’ll work out wonderfully. I’m really pleased with this find and getting the super yellow shade wasn’t a total loss. Now I can probably buy foundations that are a little more pink and mix it. I also ended up picking up the NYX Pro foundation Mixer in white so I’ll be testing that out to see how well it makes my perfect shade. Let me know if you want to know how that turns out! I’d be happy to talk about it.

Have you tried the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation yet? If so, how did it work out for ya?

Valentine’s Day Inspired Makeup Look

Tutorials

Hey Loves!

I know I’ve been MIA but I needed some time to get adjusted with my new school schedule. Im not 100% there yet, but I am feeling a bit more on track. Now that I’m back, I thought I’d hit you guys with something within the pink and red family since Valentine’s Day is almost here. While my boyfriend and I don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, I know that many others love getting all dolled & going out. As for us, we’ll be at home in our sweats, catching up on all of our shows.

This look is perfect if you’re looking for something a little extra but isn’t too glam. (If such a thing exists.) When Valentine’s Day comes around, I know that some tend to feel excluded but don’t be! This can be worn any time, plus Valentine’s Day is a little overrated, if you ask me. I wanted to create something wearable for whenever you’re in the mood for something pink and shimmery. If you prefer something a little more dramatic, this would also pair really nicely with a dark red vampy lip.

Either way, I hope you enjoy this tutorial and I’d love to see it if you recreate the look. Tag me on Instagram @hellahighlight if you do!

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

 Products Used:

Brows:

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Eyes:

Forever21 eye shadow primer

Makeup Geek eyeshadow in “Wildfire”

KathleenlightsxMorphe Palette

**I prefer to use colors that I already have within a palette rather than buying a single shadow for a tutorial. In case you aren’t interest in this palette you can also check out other individual Morphe eye shadows here. They’re so affordable! “Secretive” seems like a good dupe for the darker pink, but is slightly redder. There doesn’t appear to be an individual shadow for the lighter pink but Makeup Geek has a shade sorta similar, but not quite in “Petal Pusher” .

Sugarpill eyeshadow in “love+

Nyx Epic Ink Liner

Mascara: Blinc Black lash primer & Doucce Maxlash Volumizer

Face:

Becca Backlight Primer Filter

NYX Total Coverage foundation

Tarte Shape Tape concealer in “light neutral”

RCMA No Color Powder

PUR Mineral Glow Bronzer

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

Makeup Geek Blush in “XOXO

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in “Supernova

Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

Lips:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stila Liquid Lipstick in “Patina