Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review

I’ve accumulated a LOT of new makeup recently, but there has been a particular addition I have really been loving. It doesn’t take a detective to work out from the title I am of course talking about the Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette. I’ll be honest, the packaging was what initially drew me in, I’m a sucker for rose gold everything but then I saw the shades. Game over, my debit card was ready and before I knew it, it was on its way home to me. Today I wanted to do a quick Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review and overview just in case you are intrigued about this special palette.

Illamasqua Rose Gold palette

Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review

So I did mention it came housed in a gorgeous rose gold packaging right? Of course clever clogs me forgot to photograph the palette with the lid closed! Believe me when I say it is pretty. It’s not heavy and luxurious but it does look really nice. It is shaped in the trademark Illamasqua curved edge shape, which always means Illamasqua to me. So the palette consists of 12 shades, ALL of them wearable and right up my street. It’s a combination of I believe 9 mattes and 3 shimmery shades, which for a matte lover like me, is great news.

The shades are:

First Row – Slink (Champagne), Stealth (Buttermilk), Servant (Eggshell), Vernau (Yellow Ochre), Bronx (Bronze Gold), Wolf (Chocolate Brown).

Second Row – Forgiveness (Chocolate Plum), Fist (Deep Plum), Rim (Black Coffee), Tango (Rich Copper Bronze), Terra (Earth Clay Red), Obsidian (Rich Black).

Let me show you how the shades perform.

illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review
illamasqua rose gold palette review

As you can see for yourself, the majority and almost all of the shades are extremely pigmented, rich and really really buttery. I couldn’t even pick a favourite shade, but if I had to, I’d say it might be one of the shades in my second swatch picture above (the brown shades). I have been wearing this palette ALL the time, no seriously, almost every time I do my makeup. It is just so well put together, you don’t need a separate palette for your under brow highlight or inner corner shimmer. You don’t need another palette for our outer smoke or your transition shade, this palette covers pretty much all bases.

I recently went to a wedding, and I thought I’d create a cut crease makeup look with this palette. I added a tiny little bit of Urban Decay Half Baked (gold shade) to make the gold pop but other than that, all the shadows I used were from this palette.

Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review
Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette Review

The palette isn’t the cheapest, it’s quite pricey I think at £44, but I do think it is worth it as pretty much every shade is useful and good quality. I wish the packaging was a little more luxurious, and weighty for £44 BUT I’d rather settle for okay packaging and amazing eye shadows than amazing packaging and okay shadows. If you are a fan of these shades, I’d definitely pick this palette up.

You can pick it up here.

I hope you liked my Illamasqua Rose Gold Palette review, and found the swatches useful. This is actually my second blog post all month, which is so so naughty but gosh guys, the pressure I’ve been under! My wedding has been bought forward, and we’re nearing the 100 days left mark, and gosh guys it has been so hectic! So please do forgive me, and I promise to be back when I can. Speak soon (hopefully), Tanzina x

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection

Hi loves, today I am really excited to share with you a collection I have been drooling over for what feels like the longest time. I’m going to keep this post quite short and sweet for you as I have a makeup looking coming up but I needed to share it with you this collection as soon as possible. As you can probably tell by the title, this beautiful colour collection is the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection which I just can’t get enough of. I want to do a quick overview of the palette and lipsticks as they’re way too pretty to not talk about.

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection
UD Alice Through The Looking Glass

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette
Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette
Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette
Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass palette

Let’s start with the main attraction, the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette. I am very fortunate as I already have the previous Alice palette from Urban Decay (Book of Shadows 3) so I knew that this one had to be a part of my collection too. I still use the previous one till this day, which says a lot about the palette and it’s quality as it came out SIX years ago! Let’s quickly talk packaging, just how stunning is the outer box? I don’t usually keep packing (anymore) as I am trying to stop being a hoarder, but I might have to keep this one as it is a beauty. The actual palettes packaging is the same as the outer box, and the rest of it is a little excess in a very beautiful way. You lift the lid up to expose a delicate butterfly, very Alice-esque, and a slide out drawer holds the 20 eyeshadow pans.

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette
Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette
Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette

The colours in the palette are a true mix of some brights and some very wearable shades. I love that there is a really good selection, there are 20 shadows in total, all of which are brand new. I hate it when I get a palette and I already have like six of the shades, luckily no chance of that happening here. I love that the colours lean towards the warm side, which is my favourite as it suits me best. The third row especially as me drooling! Some of the shadows aren’t as pigmented as others but overall the palette is a keeper. I love the hot pink Cake shade, just looking at it gets my creative juices flowing. I am trying to create more content at the moment for my Instagram page (cheeky plug: @makeupatoz) and I feel like this palate will give me tons of inspiration. This palette seems to be out of stock online, but try popping into a Urban Decay counter where you might get lucky and pick this up for £43.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick
Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick
Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipstick

The collection also comes with 5 gorgeous lipsticks, some a little wacky and some more wearable. Urban Decay say: ‘Inspired by the new fantasy-adventure film release of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, these five limited-edition shades of Lipstick pay tribute to our favorite characters: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time, a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.’ 

My favourite is definitely the matte red, Iracebeth, which is a bright pinky red matte which looks AMAZING on the lips. Crazily, this is my first time trying Urban Decay lipsticks (don’t worry, this will be remedied very soon with the new Vice lipstick release), and I cannot believe just how beautifully and easily this lipstick applies. It goes on like butter, no kidding here, it just glides on. It is so rich, so pigmented, clearly I have been missing out! The finish is called a ‘Comfort Matte’ and I get why! It is so comfortable on the lips, I’m currently taking this everywhere with me. I also really like Mirana, which is is described as a ‘matte berry with tonal shimmer.’

I hope you guys liked the quick overview of the new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass collection, I cannot believe just how quickly it sold out online! I’ve already created a look with this palette so I’ll get that up for you as soon as possible. Make sure you pop to your nearest Urban Decay counter to see if these products are available, as they’re going like hotcakes for a reason! Speak soon, Tanzina x

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

I need to compose myself before I write this post as I am so excited about the launch of the Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. Deep breaths necessary. I feel like already, this is going to be my palette of 2016 and I haven’t get even seen the palette in real life, but when you know, you know right? Too Faced are launching a limited edition Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette at the end of April – beginning of May in the UK and I had to make you guys aware before they fly off the shelves. This warm toned palette seems right up my street and you can guarantee I’ll be picking one up as soon as it becomes available.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced say ‘be sweet as a peach with these fresh-picked shades infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant- rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking summer-fresh year-round.’

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is definitely spring, summer AND autumn appropriate, it has 18 gorgeous shades inspired by the fruit peach which in turn inspired the name of the palette. This palette also has a peachy scent to it, and although this doesn’t really matter to me, it is a nice gimmick to have. The palette is a mixture of matte shades and shimmery shades, I always favour palettes that have a lot of matte shades hence why I am so excited to know more about this palette.

This palette will be launching in Debenhams around the end of April, for £39. It’s not the cheapest palette but it does have 18 shades for us to play with, so I am not complaining too much. Remember it is limited edition, so once you see it, if you want it I’d buy it there and then.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette swatches


I always turn to Temptalia for swatches and close ups of new releases, so please check out her post if you’d like to know more about the palette. I’m really excited to pick this up (if you haven’t gathered that yet) and I will definitely create looks and do swatches/review once the palette is mine. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

I recently reviewed the Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette (here), so it is only fair that I share it’s counterpart with you all today. I wanted to create a Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette review as this palette is such a perfect evening makeup find, and so affordable for what it is, it would be a bit of an injustice not to share with you all.

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

The palette is housed in the traditional Sleek packaging that we are used to, a black sturdy palette with a large mirror on the inside to help with application. It has 12 shades, consisting of 2 mattes and 10 shimmery shades. I could tell straight away that this palette was going to be the stronger of the two when it came to pigmentation and colour pay off as it had darker colours which tend to perform slightly better. I love how although this is an ‘all night long’ it hasn’t been crammed with blacks and greys, instead there are deep warm coppery shades and cool shimmery taupe brows which would flatter a whole range of skin tones.

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette Review

Again with this palette there is a wearable under brow highlight shade, Mai Tai, which is perfect for blending away harsh edges with as well. The shimmery shades especially are very buttery and easy to blend and buff away should you wish to. They apply like a dream and there is minimal fall out which is always ideal when you are working with darker shades. With the mattes there were a little more fall out, but I was expecting that as my £40+ palettes do the exact same. There are one or two that aren’t as pigmented as you’d like them to be, but the rest make up for it.

Sleek All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette

My favourites shades are Manhattan, Cosmopolitan and Mai Tai

You can pick this up here or in Boots or Superdrug for £7.99. Boots currently (at time of publishing) have a deal on where you can get 2 products for £10, so you could pick up both palettes for a tenner!

Of the two palettes, A New Day Eyeshadow Palette just pips it to the post for me as I am a huge fan of matte shades and that palette has more BUT as I love a bold warm smokey look, this palette will get a lot of love as it is perfect for creating that. However I would recommend having both in your collection, as then you’ve got all bases covered. Let me know if you would like to create a look with this palette and I’ll try do that for you. Speak soon, Tanzina x

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek palettes need no introduction, you’d have to be living under a rock to not know about these highly pigmented and affordable eyeshadow palettes. Recently they have listened to the masses, and launched TWO neutral shadow palettes with shades that are wearable every single day. I thought I would do a quick Sleek A New Day eyeshadow palette review and swatch fest for those interested in how this palette performs.

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

I promise to make this a quick one, as I do have a habit of rambling. The packaging for this palette is the traditional black Sleek palette packaging, plastic and very sturdy and travel friendly. It has a huge mirror on one side of the palette and it comes with a sponge brush. The brush I wouldn’t really use much for shadow application, however I will have to say it works quite well for inner shadow highlight. The palette has 12 colours, the same as the usual Sleek palettes, and this particular one has 4 matte shade and 8 shimmery shades.

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

The colour are really pigmented and easy to mix, I’ve applied then without primer, with primer they are a lot more intense. There are a couple that fail to hit the spot, and aren’t as pigmented as the rest, but the palette overall makes up for it. My favourites are Sun is Shining, which reminds me of sunshine, Be Happy which is the perfect under brow highlight and blending shade for me, Don’t Worry which is just beautiful and reminds me of Urban Decay Smog and Carpe Diem which I am in love with. Carpe Diem is a stunning shade, it’s like a medium brown/mauve with a rosy undertone to it and it reminds me a lot of my much loved Urban Decay Nooner eyeshadow that can only be found in the Naked 3 palette.

Sleek A New Day Eyeshadow Palette Review

I love that Sleek have incorporated a matte highlight shade, this makes all the difference, if I was to travel with this palette I will no longer need to carry a separate matte highlight shade to use under the brow.

As you can tell from the name this palette is aimed for the day, they have another palette for more evening looks (All Night Long), I shall do a review on that palette soon so make sure you follow me on Bloglovin to make sure you don’t miss that. This palette is now out in store, and you can pick it up here for £7.99. I believe Boots are currently doing a deal where you can get two products for £10, I’d pick up both palettes if I didn’t have them already!

I hope you liked my Sleek A New Day eyeshadow palette review, if you would like me to create a makeup look please let me know and I will get that done for you. Speak soon, Tanzina x