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Concealer Swatch-A-Thon

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I was suprised to realize that I own 15 concealers and three concealer palettes (the two L’oreal True Match concealer crayons – [review // $8.99 at Ulta] are not pictured below because they live in my desk at work; swatches are in my original review). Here’s a roundup – I’ll start with a description of each concealer, organized by type, with all swatches at the bottom.

Concealer Comparison

The lightweight, light-reflecting concealers:
Clinique Airbrush // Maybelline Lumi // Physician’s Formula Spotless // Rimmel Match Perfection

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TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

This is a scheduled post as I’m visiting family this weekend. I may be slower than usual at approving comments and responding to questions. 

A while ago, I bought a couple TheBalm products off Hautelook. I reviewed the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter a while ago, and today I (finally!) have a review of the Nude ‘Tude palette for you!

The Nude ‘Tude palette comes in either “nice” or “naughty” packaging – both have identical product.   I have the “nice” packaging,  which you can see above.  The “naughty” features naked ladies with the eyeshadows strategically placed; you can see it on TheBalm’s website, here.  Like all of TheBalm’s products, the Nude ‘Tude palette is in sturdy cardboard packaging.  I’m considering depotting mine, because the eyeshadows are small, and it would take up a lot less room in my makeup drawer if I did!

The eyeshadows are a really nice mix of finishes – there are four mattes (Sultry, Sexy, Serious, Sleek); one is a matte with sparkle (Silly), and the rest are frosts or shimmers.  They are a mix of warm and cool shades.  I found that all of them except Serious were easy to work with and had good payoff.  Serious was patchy and difficult to swatch, but it’s actually not a problem to work with on the eye.

left six
right six

 My favorite shade is Selfish, which is a cool, shimmering taupe that reminds me of Nars Lhasa.  I also really like Sleek – an very dark, matte brown – and I think it would be a great eyebrow shade for dark brunettes or those with black hair.

top row: sassy, stubborn, selfish, sophisticated, sexy, serious

bottom row: snobby, stand-offish, sultry, schitzo, silly, sleek

Overall, I really like this palette. I own the Urban Decay Naked palette as well – the first one – and I think that Nude ‘Tude compliments it well, without much shade overlap.  What neutral palettes do you own?

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TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review, Swatches, Photos

the packaging; the compact

Since I already own two perfect highlighers, I felt a little silly buying a third. But, theBalm was on Hautelook*; I was already buying the Nude ‘Tude Palette (and thus paying shipping), and the Mary-Lou Manizer was (at half-off), only another $12.  And, as it turns out, it’s really different from the two highlighters I already own.

The Mary-Lou Manizer, like most theBalm products, comes in very cute packaging. Since I prefer sleek, minimalist type packaging, this isn’t something I appreciate, though I don’t mind it either.  The compact is sturdy and functional, and has a large mirror, though I can’t see myself using the included mirror instead of a real mirror.

The powder is very soft, very blendable, and very pigmented – you only need the tiniest bit to achieve a glow.  It’s not frosty, but has a definite shimmer.  It’s a golden highlighter, which is what makes it different from my other highlighters; they’re much cooler toned.  When I first applied it to my face, I applied too much to one spot – it’s easy to overdo, because it’s so pigmented.  However, it was very easy to blend out the mistake, and it looked beautiful when I was done.

thebalm mary-lou manizer

The other two highlighers I own are MAC Lightscapade and Guerlain Parure de Nuit; here are swatches of all three together.  You can really see how the Guerlain is the most subtle – I’m surprised I got it to show up at all in the photo!

thebalm mary-lou manizer; mac lightscapade; guerlain parure de nuit

Overall, I love the Mary-Lou Manizer, and I’m really glad that I bought it.  It is a beautiful, high-quality highlighter, and different enough from what I already own to really make it worth it!

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