Morphe 15T Palette Review and Swatches

A colorful, wearable palette!

This is my very first Morphe palette thanks to BookSparks! I collaborated with them on this Instagram post and have been enjoying this palette so much that I wanted to share it here too. It’s the 15T Your True Selfie palette and it has a variety of warm brown, red, and orange tones along with a purple and the bottom row is full of green options. I love the color selection! It’s unique in my collection, but I find myself reaching for it quite often.

There are shimmers and mattes in this palette; in general, the shimmers are more consistently smooth and pigmented compared to the mattes. For example, #MorpheBabe, #StrikeAPose, and #Throwback all performed beautifully – they were pigmented with just one swipe, didn’t skip at all, and weren’t chalky. However, #IWokeUpLikeDis, #SorryNotSorry, #OOTD, and #RelationshipGoals felt slightly drier and the swatches were patchy. Thankfully, you can blend them out pretty well on the eyes, but I still prefer the first three.

The shimmers on the other hand were creamy and easy to swatch, plus they apply beautifully on the eyes with no fallout. The only shade that’s a little off is #DopePic; it’s more of a matte with glitter running through it and created that same patchy swatch.

Here are the swatches from my elbow up to my wrist:

  • #MorpheBabe
  • #StrikeAPose
  • #DopePic
  • #NoFilterNeeded
  • #BlendTheRules
  • #IWokeUpLikeDis
  • #SorryNotSorry
  • #OOTD
  • #Throwback
  • #RelationshipGoal
  • #Artist
  • #Before
  • #After
  • #WerkIt
  • #Glam

Here’s the look I created inspired by The Gilded Wolves cover! It’s a subtle smoky eye – something I would definitely wear on a night out. I’m more comfortable wearing “no makeup” makeup for every day, but I love playing with color and green is one of my favorites! I used #StrikeAPose, #WerkIt, #After, and a tiny bit of #NoFilterNeeded. I also went in with a matte cream shadow single for my brow bone – I think this palette is missing that along with a pale shimmer shade.

Overall, this palette is so versatile and you can create looks for both day and night, for work or play. The warm mattes make a great, simple look to define the eye while the shimmers catch the light in a beautiful, attention-grabbing way. You can keep it neutral or add pops of colors. For $16, I would definitely recommend it!

Kaleido Cosmetics Sponge Shadow and Vacay Vibes Palette – Swatches and Review

The most beautiful shadows!

Kaleido Cosmetics is a cruelty-free, vegan, ethically-sourced line with lots of beautiful, affordable products. They recently sent me a generous package and I’ve been testing everything for a couple weeks now. The eyeshadows have turned out to be my very favorite item from their collection, so I wanted to share my thoughts and some swatches.

Here are swatches of the Vacay Vibes Palette ($14). These are highly pigmented – I simply wiggled my finger for a second and then swiped once on my arm with little to no pressure. I would say the texture is like a pressed pigment – although there is hardly any fallout, except for with the shade Plankton. Overall I am very impressed with the quality of these shadows!

From the top we have Majesty, Element, Island, Plankton, Onda, and Eco-warrior. I love the names and theme of this palette. The colors are stunning and unique to my collection as well. I have similar golds, but these two are more bronze and more orange, respectively. My greens lean more forest green with yellow undertones while this is a deeper emerald. My red shades tend to be deeper burgundies while this is closer to rust. I don’t have anything like Plankton or Eco-warrior.

The palette itself is a thick and sturdy cardboard that magnetically closes. It has a nicely sized mirror on the inside and the same cute pattern on the outside. I know some people don’t like split pans, but these are large enough to fit even a fluffy crease brush into one color without dipping into the other. I think the duos are beautifully paired as well, so I really like the set up. If they were all single circular pans, the palette would be much larger and less travel friendly. Even as half pans, these are so pigmented that they will last me a very long time.

Next we have four of the Sponge Shadows ($9). These are a cream-powder hybrid texture and they feel bouncy in the pan. The name sponge totally makes sense and they remind me of the Kaja Beauty Mochi Glow Highlighters that I reviewed here.

I really love this formula because it’s easy to work with and gives a beautiful metallic finish without any fallout. I did want to note that I wore Pink Light on its own and it creased very easily. However, Furnace didn’t crease at all on me. To make things easy, I’ve just been using my Sephora Tinted & Cooling Eye Primer and that works perfectly with any shade.

Starting at the top is Furnace, Grunge, Fantasy, and Pink Light. Furnace is my favorite color of all of these shadows. It may seem boring, but it actually has a duochrome finish that catches the light in such a gorgeous way. My eyes are somewhat deeper set, so I can’t wear super dark colors; this is a medium brown with warm undertones, but the reflect is a light, cool-toned taupe. It’s so beautiful!

As a fan of green eyeshadow, the middle two shades are right up my alley. I think I’ll wear Grunge more than Fantasy because I don’t wear pastels that often. It does make a nice pop in the center of the lid though! Pink Light is a perfect one shadow look and also has somewhat of a duochrome finish in that it looks more gold or more pink depending on the angle.

These are single shadows in white, plastic packaging with a clear snap lid. I like how you can see the color without having to open each shade or check the back. There’s also a cute interwoven hexagon shape imprinted on each shadow.

Overall, I am loving Kaleido Cosmetics and would highly recommend their shadows, especially because they’re so affordable and cruelty-free!

Vapour Beauty Review and Swatches! Illusionist Concealer, Elixir Plumping Gloss, Aura Multi-use Stain, and Siren Lipsticks

My favorite clean makeup

I love everything about Vapour Organic Beauty – from their clean ingredients and focus on sustainability to the chic packaging and beautiful formulas. I discovered their products about a year ago from Credo Beauty and have been in love ever since. I also purchased a couple things from Dermstore back in April and reviewed them here. A couple weeks ago, Vapour was so kind to send over all of these gorgeous products so I could try more of the line!

These are the Siren Lipsticks in Desire (left) and Incognito (right) and I find this formula so comfortable to wear! It lasts pretty well for a finish that’s a bit glossy too. Desire is my favorite since it’s such a wearable shade; it’s slightly more pink than my natural lip color and brightens my lips nicely. It also goes with pretty much any eye look I’ve done recently. Incognito is a pretty, deeper neutral tone; I like the brown undertones in this one. Since these reflect light well (because they’re a little glossy), they make my lips look really healthy and plump! I also love the fresh, fruity scent.

The berry swatch closest to my thumb is the Aura Multi-use Stain in Scandal. It is such a gorgeous color! On my cheeks, it looks like the perfect flush from being out in the cold. I also have the Classic version in Spark and this one does last longer throughout the day since it’s a stain; it doesn’t go on dry or chalky though thankfully and you have plenty of time to blend it. I like this best as a blush, although it’s a beautiful lip color too.

The Vapour Illusionist Concealer is my go-to for easy, natural-looking coverage. I use it under my eyes, on my cheeks and nose, and sometimes my chin as my base; I love how radiant it looks under the eyes especially. I originally reviewed shade 010 here and now I have shade 015! It’s a bit darker and more yellow; since I’m a tiny bit tan still (thanks, Mexico trip and Isle of Paradise!), this matches my skin quite well and then I use 010 to brighten under the eyes and the down the bridge of my nose (where I have a lot of redness). Here are comparison swatches using indoor lighting and my phone’s flash. 010 looks so light here that you’d think it doesn’t match my skintone, but it’s actually just on the darkest part of my arm.

The swatch closet to my wrist is the Elixir Plumping Gloss in Flirt, which is a nice peachy shade. The formula isn’t sticky, but it is hydrating and has good color payoff. These glosses aren’t tingly (which I prefer) and I think the plumping effect comes from how juicy they make your lips look. They also smell like sweet strawberries or something – I love it! I want to try the shade Tickle next because I think it will make a great lip topper.

Overall, I am so impressed with everything I tried and can’t thank Vapour enough for sending such a generous package!

Kosas and Briogeo Soho Pop-Up

Another shopping outing!

Anastasia and I finally stopped by the Kosas and Briogeo pop-up down in Soho. It’s such a pretty store with a relaxed vibe; we happily browsed and swatched products from the two lines for about 30 minutes.

It’s open until December 31st at 85 Mercer if you’d like to stop by!

Isn’t this a cool display for the Weightless Lip Color Lipsticks? I love the rainbow of colors and lip swatches. Each shade also had a description noting if it was cool or warm-toned and what color family it belonged to.

Here are swatches of my favorite shades: (from left to right) Rosewater, Stardust, Royal, and Darkroom. The first two have a bit of a glossy finish, while the darker shades looked more matte. They glide on beautifully and are nicely pigmented. This holiday trio is a great deal and has two of these shades!

Aren’t these cheek duos pretty? I love that Kosas makes each shade in cream and powder versions, so you can pick the formula you prefer. My favorite was a cool toned pink and champagne highlight called Longitude 0. The packaging is sturdy and compact too, so these would be perfect for travel.

The powders feel smooth and they’re pigmented, but they blend nicely. Some of the colors may look bright, but they have a soft finish on the skin. The creams are easily buildable and looked more dewy in swatches. The cream highlighters were more natural looking than the powders in my opinion; if you want more of that blinding look, go for the powder.

This is the Briogeo wall with so many products I’d love to try! I’m eyeing the scrub and dry shampoo especially. This cute gift set would make a great stock stuffer too!

I really like the few items I’ve tried from Briogeo so far, including their Curl Charisma Shampoo and Rosarco Milk Leave-in Conditioning Spray (quick review here!). I love that Briogeo is a clean haircare line and that their products smell great while actively improving my hair.

Have you tried anything from Briogeo or Kosas?? What would you recommend?

Happy Thanksgiving! And a Giveaway!

There are so many things I’m thankful for this year, and one of them is the beauty and blogger community! It’s been such a fun and supportive group.

I actually met my friend Jessica through the beauty community and we teamed up to host a giveaway on Instagram! Everyone deserves some pampering during the crazy, lovely, sometimes stressful holiday season, so hopefully these products do just the trick!

They include some of our favorites, like Bliss and Patchology Masks, a sugar slushie, and this delicious smelling candle. I also added a few La Mer and Jo Malone minis, which just scream luxurious pampering. The total value is over $225 dollars!

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your weekend!