First Impression: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes ‘Superb’ & ‘Glow With It’

When MAC announced the return of one of its most popular formulas, people went wild. Now as the extra dimension skinfinishes have begun a gradual re-release (slowly with Oh Darling! in 2015 and now a slew of shades in 2017), everyone is in a frenzy to get their hands on them once again. I purchased two shades, Superb (repromote) and Glow With It (new), to try out for myself. My thought? Read on below!

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Upcoming Collection: Give Me Glow Cosmetics #StaplePalette Eyeshadow Palette

 

The Give Me Glow Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette #StaplePalette will release March 31, 2017 at 10 AM CST at givemeglowcosmetics.com. The 12-pan magnetic palette contains one satin, two shimmer, and nine matte shades. Each pan holds 3.5g of product. The palette will retail for $54 (plus $5.95 shipping). This palette is permanent to the Give Me Glow Cosmetics collection.

I’ve been rocking with Give Me Glow Cosmetics since their “lip-hybrid-in-a-jar” days. I’m talking Lime Crime Cashmere dupe days! And they continue to produce some of my favorite lip products of all time. However, this Spring they are launching into the world of eyeshadow palettes and I’ve got extraordinarily high hopes for their first palette. If you are skeptical, check out the swatches below!

Give Me Glow Cosmetics Staple Palette #StaplePalette

Give Me Glow Cosmetics #StaplePalette

Instagram Credit: @givemeglowcosmetics

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Upcoming Collection: Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit ‘Aurora’

 

The Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Aurora’ Glow Kit will launch April 4, 2017 at anastasiabeverlyhills.com. Based on the $40 price tag for all the other Glow Kits, I assume that the price will be the same for Aurora. The Glow Kit will be sold at other retailers later this year.

In 2017, we are continuing the ‘Year of the Glow’ at SBD headquarters. It’s only right that all retailers do the same! Anastasia Beverly Hills clearly got the memo because the brand is about to release their second Glow Kit of the year: Aurora. This 6-pan palette is described as the Moonchild Glow Kit’s ‘sister’ due to the similar holographic shade range they share between them. I’m a fan of Moonchild, so it’s safe to say that I will be picking this one up as well. Keep scrolling for pictures!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit 'Aurora'

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit ‘Aurora’
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Get The Look: Jeffree Star Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette Dupes

After seeing @futilitiesmore Makeup Geek dupe swatches of the Jeffree Star Androgyny palette, I was inspired to look to my shadow collection to find some dupes for the ten gorgeous shades. I thought I cam pretty close on most of them. Some of the colors (like the shimmery bronze gold) are staples in most collections, so don’t be afraid to dig around in your stash to see what you’ve got. Let me know how I did down below in the comments!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Palette Dupes

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Upcoming Collection: Sola Look x Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Collection

 

The Sola Look x Dirty Dancing Collection will soft launch with a limited quantity of palettes on March 18, 2017 at Noon PST. Palettes ordered during the soft launch will ship April 12, 2017. There is a two palette limit. Official release is April 22, 2017. The collection will be available at solalook.com.

After months of teasing, Sola Look has finally released details on their much-anticipated Dirty Dancing collection. If you remember the brand’s all-matte Flashdance collab, you are in for a real treat this time. I wasn’t ready for the goodness that makes up an eye and face palette PLUS a liquid lipstick and I don’t think you will be either. This collection is a must see for all my Dirty Dancing lovers out there! Keep reading for more pictures of the palette shades and the lipstick!

Sola Look x Dirty Dancing Makeup Collection

Instagram Credit: @solalook
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First Impression: Looxi Beauty Spring 2017 Collection ‘Mattes and Metallics’

 

The Looxi Beauty Spring 2017 collection will release March 10, 2017 at 11 AM CST on looxibeauty.com.  The shadows will retail for $5 USD and the highlighters will retail for $7.50 USD (37MM pan), $12 USD (37MM with compact) or $16.50 USD (59MM with compact). Use affiliate code SPENCE10 at checkout for a 10% discount. For more on affiliate codes, read my policy here.

Spring is right around the corner and Looxi Beauty is making sure your eyelids are bright and your cheekbone highlight goes from 0 to Mariah Carey (more on that later).  Looxi Beauty’s collection of 12 matte eyeshadows and four amazing metallic highlighters are just calling your name! More on them plus swatches below!

Looxi Beauty Powder Highlighter in 'Honey'

Looxi Beauty Powder Highlighter in ‘Honey’
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Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit ‘Nicole Glow’

I must admit I went a little crazy when one of my favorite brands announced a collaboration with one of my favorite YouTubers. Excited probably isn’t even the word for my feelings around the debut of the ‘Nicole Glow’ Glow Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills and Nicole Guerriero. Now that I have my hands on the actual highlighter palette, I’m ready to give you my thoughts so you can decide if you want to purchase for yourself. Keep reading for my two cents and loads of swatches.

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Upcoming Collection: KG Beauty The Mermaid Palette

 

KG Beauty’s The Mermaid Palette will release Spring 2017. It will retail for $36 USD with $1 from every sale donated to the Marine Mammal Center in honor of the palette’s theme. The palette will be available KG Beauty’s website.

Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? Personally, I’d love to be able to have a sing-a-long with Ariel and her royalty peeps down in the deep, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be! However, with the upcoming release of KG Beauty’s The Mermaid Palette, maybe we can bring that mermaid dream to our eyelids. This upcoming nine-pan palette features a variety of shimmery shades worthy of their names. My favorite is ‘Call me on my Shell Phone’. Keep reading for product pictures and early swatches.

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KG Beauty’s The Mermaid Palette
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Upcoming Collection: Looxi Beauty Spring 2017 Matte Eyeshadows

 

The Looxi Beauty matte eyeshadow collection for Spring 2017 will release March 10, 3017. Each shadow will retail for $5 and will be available on Looxi Beauty’s website. Use affiliate code SPENCE10 at checkout for an additional 10% off. For more on affiliate codes, view my policy.

It’s time for another Looxi Beauty eyeshadow collection! But this time, Looxi is switching it up with ten brand new matte shades perfect for all your spring needs. With the last matte launch in fall 2016, Looxi revealed an amazing collection of reformulated mattes with a buttery pigmented texture. I expect nothing less than that this time and I’m excited to see how these will perform. In the meantime, let’s just all drool over preview swatches down below!

Looxi Beauty Spring 2017 Matte Eyeshadows

Looxi Beauty Spring 2017 Matte Eyeshadows
All photos credit @looxi_beauty on Instagram.
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Review: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette ‘The Saharan’

Intense pigmentation. Color diversity. Perfect formula. I’d say all this about Juvia’s Place eyeshadows. I have The Nubian, The Nubian 2, and The Masquerade palette and have come to expect nothing else from the brand. Did Juvia’s live up to the hype with the release of their latest palette – The Saharan? Keep reading to find out! (Hint: Take a peek at this look I did using the palette and decide for yourself!)

Juvias Juvia's Place The Saharan Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing ‘Kia’ (lid), ‘Chad’ (outer third), ‘Wodaabe’ (inner third), ‘Katsina’, ‘Jamila’, and ‘Sokoto’ (base & transition shades) from Juvia’s Place The Saharan eyeshadow palette.
I had INCREDIBLY high hopes for this palette when it was announced. After seeing preliminary swatches, I was positive I’d be purchasing because I couldn’t pass up some of the foiled shades Juvia’s Place included in this palette. Just looking at Kia and Wodaabe made me drool.

Honestly, truly.

I was overly thrilled, however, with some of the shades that seemed to be duplicates from other Juvia’s palettes – just renamed. Senegal heavily favors Sheba from ‘The Nubian 2’ and Jamila (although wonderful to have an orange brick transition shade, is nearly identical to Morocco, also from ‘The Nubian 2’. Finally, Bororo is a near identical dupe for Calabar in ‘The Masquerade’ palette. Just something to think about as you look for duplicate shades already in your collection. As you can see, this fact clearly didn’t deter me from purchasing. =)

The stars of this palette are really its metallic shades. This isn’t news to any Juvia’s lovers out there – Juvia’s consistently delivers amazing foiled shadows. As I said earlier, Wodaabe and Kia are drool-worthy and you can add Senegal and Iman to that category as well. The rest of the shimmer shades are lovely as well, but best applied over shadow primer as there was a lot of fall out when picking them up with a brush. To ensure the foiled and shimmer shades stay on your lid all ways, definitely use a top notch primer. I personally use Too Faced Glitter Glue primer for shadows like this. It is formulated to keep glitter on your eyeballs so it can definitely take on a shadow this pigmented!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed by the mattes in this palette as I have been with the mattes in previous palettes. I had a lot of trouble getting Jamila to swatch with my finger and even more trouble trying to get it on my brush. I felt like I was really digging just to get a tiny bit of product. I prefer Morocco from ‘The Nubian 2’ palette to Jamila. Also, for being a brand with such a reputation for pigmentation, I was disappointed with the performance of Chad. This was Juvia’s chance to make the black of all blacks, but it really fell short for me. Again, I had trouble picking this up with my finger and my brush. I’ll stick to Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Noir’ or Melt Cosmetics ‘Dark Matter’ for my smokey eye fix.

Overall, you cannot beat this palette for the price. I cannot stress that enough. For roughly $30 (use a discount code like DUPETHAT at checkout for $$ off) you get 12 shadows (8 amazing / 4 pretty darn good) and you can play around with a whole spectrum of colors and formulas till your little heart bursts. Meanwhile, I’ll just be waiting for The Saharan 2 to release so I can keep getting my Juvia’s Place fix!