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Makeup Revolution: I Heart Chocolate Palette Review

Sunday, April 19, 2015


I discovered the brand, Makeup Revolution through Instagram, the brand had quite few dupes (packaging wise) of some famous brands. I bought the “I Heart Chocolate” palette which is supposedly a dupe for Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and the blusher (Blushing Hearts) which is again a dupe of the same brand.

Packaging


Let's just a take a moment and admire the packaging, though I am not a chocolate fan, I am in love with the semi-melted chocolate casing. The outer cardboard packaging provides a snapshot of all the colors. The inside plastic packaging is of good quality and is slightly on the heavier side. The casing shuts tight and is travel friendly. When you open the inside case, you can find a full length mirror, a plastic over lay with the names of each shadow printed and a dual ended sponge brush. The brush is of no use, and feels rough on the skin.


Colors


Now let's get into the nitty gritty fine aspects. The palette consists of 2 highlight shade and 14 shadows, of which 5 are matte. The matte shades are more soft and buttery than the shimmery ones. Some of the matte shades like One More Piece and Thank Friday will not show up on dusky beauties. As for the shimmery shadows, there are visible gritty flakes on some of the shadows like Piece Me Together, Love Torn, and What A Way to Go. Then there is one row of awesomeness, especially the bottom row, where the shadows feel satiny soft and blends gorgeously.

Single swipe


  • You Need Love: A cool toned peach highlight that can also be used as an overall lid shade
  • Piece Me Together: Khaki with visible gritty golden flecks. On swatching, it looks more black than khaki
  • One More Piece: Cool tone matte brown for the crease
  • Love Torn: Looks deepened plum on the pan, but turn blackish-burgundy with visible gritty golden flecks on swatch
  • Stolen Chocolates: Deep ashy brown shade for darkening up the crease. You can see a hint of green




  • Thank Friday: Warm peachy matte brown
  • More!: Peachy golden shade. Will be beautiful as highlighter for dusky beauties
  • Pleasure Girl: Warm chocolate brown
  • Meet Chocolate: Odd man out, matte baby pink shade
  • Unforgivable: Purple-black with purple flecks
  • Love Divine: Warm deep copper-brown. Satin Finish



  • Smooth Criminal: Warm golden
  • Chocolate Love: Light golden
  • You Need More: Copper
  • What A Way to Go: plum
  • Endomorphins Ready!: Shimmery highlight
Eye Look

Final Verdict

I bought the product from Makeup Revolution website. All in the all, the palette has some really great shadows, but there are ones that disappoint too. This palette retails at 
Rs.748 ($12) and gets a thumps up for the cost per utilisation

Shopping from Sephora Website: Tips and tricks for international shoppers

Thursday, April 16, 2015


If you have that sweet NRI uncle who promised to get your US-makeup stuff, or that irritating aunt who gave you a nod to ship few items to her US address, you might want to head over to Sephora.com for the ultimate US makeup shopping. Lets be real, there are very few International makeup brands that sell their products in India and a whole lot less who sell it at the actual rate. Most of the items, the items are priced at 2000-3000 rps more that the price*FX rates.

I haven't shopped at Sephora India yet, but I have had my cousin say that they are very few brands available in the Sephora store. NARS, Anastasia, Urban Decay, Too Faced and so many more are yet to make their way onto the isles here in India.

If you can, get your items shipped to your relative's place and request them to bring the stuff along to India. I am very lucky wrt the shipping part. My husband's cousins split their time in India and US, 3-4 month's each. So, I always get my items in 2-3 month's time.

Here are some tips and tricks that would help you with your shopping at Sephora.com:
  • Payment through an international Credit Card: I faced issues with card authorization when the orders were valued above 100 dollars. Both the times, the orders got cancelled. I had to order in chunks (3 chunks), with each order value less than 100 dollars.
  • The exchange rate are always high, ie, on the transaction day, the FX  rate was 62.3, CITI charged me 64.2 for the transaction.
          FYI: I used CITI bank credit card. 
  • For every 15 dollar you spend, you will have to give about a dollar as tax. The tax will be added to the final payable amount. 
  • You will not be immediately charged by Sephora for the purchase. Only when the item is shipped, you will see the entry in your credit card statement.
  • Ensure you utilize your beauty insider points (subscribe to their newsletters) in exchange of good sized products. I utilized my 200 points in return of CLINIQUE Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (0.21 oz) and Lancôme Advanced GÉNIFIQUE Youth Activating Concentrate (0.27 oz).





  • Before confirming payment, check for any available offers. Click on View Current Promos link and it will display the running offers. I received a sample sized Benefit Hello foundation.



  • Apart from the above two, you can select three samples (perfume, makeup, or skin care) and add to your basket for no added cost when you shop for more that 25 dollars.

  • Shipping is free above orders worth 50 dollars.
  • Sephora has a good collection of Value Kits available from this link. If you are one of those people, who never go through the entire product, the value packs contain different travel sized products. In this way, you can try a different bunch of products. I got the Benefit Bronze Of Champions kit and Tarte Poppy Picnic LE palette.
  • Sephora runs 10% discounts on their entire line once or twice a year. This is available only to their VIB Rouge customers (the ones who spends $1000 a year). If you are or plan to be one, then shop during this time.
  • Their shipping (standard) is pretty quick and you can expect the package to arrive in 3-4 days based on the location. Apart from the standard shipping, they also have priority shipping which is costlier in comparison.
  • Sephora customer desk is not so helpful in solving your queries. The first time I saw my order was cancelled, I mailed them asking why was there a confusion when the 2nd order was already shipped, I even got manual authorization code from my bank, all their customer care replied was in standard template. I figured out myself that if order was valued less than 100 dollars, it wouldn't get cancelled because of authorization issues.
  • If you are looking for perfume, I would suggest trying their roller-ball versions. They are much cheaper, and you can try out a scent without having to commit to a bull sized bottle.
  • Ulta is a cheaper alternate for drug store+high end makeup shopping. They stock brands like Maybelline and Lorac, and the only downside is, Ulta does not allow the billing address to be different from the shipping address. If you have an option, do check out Ulta first.

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