Hi there! I’m Kaitlyn Delano and currently live in one of my most favourite places, Toronto. I created this blog to share my thoughts on products, my nail art designs and all things beauty. Welcome to Kaitlyn Elisabeth Beauty! The thoughts and reviews from a beauty and science obsessed mind.
I may have a ton of eyeshadow palettes but sometimes you see one that you just need to have. The new Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette was definitely a must buy for me.
Why? I loved the array of colours. I don’t have a ton of palettes with bright colours but always wanted to find a colourful palette that would also work for me and my love of neutrals. An added bonus was a very smart array of matte and shimmer shadows so you can create a lot of different looks without the need of grabbing another palette.
I’ve only used this palette once thus far (and was very happy with the results) but wanted to share swatches in case you were thinking of picking it up for yourself.
You can purchase the Kat Von D 10th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette in store (starting May 21st) or online at Sephora. It retails for $62 CDN ($52 USD) and has 16 eyeshadows in it.
Also I have to add that the packaging is absolutely stunning (and kind of heavy!). It is mainly gold packaging with a gorgeous print on the top that was drawn by Kat Von D for this collection.
(Psst! I’m obsessed with this picture above)
I’ve included two swatch posts (one with the names and one without). What shades are you loving in this palette?
When I heard that Jennifer Lopez and Inglot were collaborating on a new collection, I immediately started freaking out. I love JLo and think Inglot is such an underrated brand so I think this is such a great partnership.
JLo worked with Inglot for 2 years to develop the line and created over 70 new products for the brand. Now typically in the past, when people have collaborated with Inglot, they simply pick out already existing items from the brand. This is more of a person’s favourites of the brand rather than a collab. So to have JLo personally involved in the creation of new products is amazing for the Inglot brand.
The collection launched on April 26th and is available in stores and online. I checked out the preview event the night before and even scored a gift bag with some of the products. I have swatched all of these products below so you can see what some of them look like. I will definitely be heading down to the Inglot store in Toronto to pick up a few more products as well!
First up are the lip products. Most of the shades for both are neutrals with a couple pops of colour. There are two types of lipsticks, a matte and satin finish. I received both a lip gloss and lipstick in the gift bag. The lip gloss shade is Soft Rose and the lipstick shade is Mauve and is a matte finish. Soft Rose is a bit more peach toned than you would think with the name but it’s still really pretty. It warms up the lipstick shade Mauve very nicely to make it a bit more wearable against my pale skin. The lipstick is a bit more cool toned on the actual lips and is a bit stiff but it is a matte finish.
The lipsticks feature a JL on the bullet and the packaging (like the entire line) is all black and rose gold. The lip gloss wand has a doe foot applicator and is pretty firm. But this doesn’t create an uneven application of gloss rather it helps apply the product precisely.
There is also a Brow Liner Gel in the collection and it comes in 2 shades, Truffle (shown above) and Taupe.
One of the most beautiful products in the line, next to the loose highlighters, are the Pure Pigment Eyeshadows. There are 5 shades and they are all stunning. I received the shade Silver Dollar and it while it has a pink base to it, once it is swatched that kind of disappears and the silver takes over. I can’t wait to try this out and see what it’s like when used wet or with a glitter glue as a base.
And lastly, there are single eyeshadows that you can put in your Freedom System or in a magnetic palette. All of the 20 shades have the JL logo debossed on them and most of the finishes are shimmery/satin. There are a few mattes in the 20 shades. I received Pink Satin and Olive in my gift bag. Pink Satin is a perfect lid shade and gives such a pretty shimmery finish to the eye. Again, I’d love to see what this shade is like when used wet. Olive is a great brown based khaki/olive green shade. Less of a shimmery finish but definitely a satin rather than a matte shadow.
The pigmentation is great for both of these shadows and I am very interested in a few other shades.
Have you heard about the JLo x Inglot collection? What’s your favourite celebrity collaboration line in beauty?
One of the most buzzed about beauty launches happened a few weeks ago and after waiting for it to arrive (plus paying duties…sigh), I finally have the KKW x Mario Collection in my possession.
Now I am a Kardashian fan (judge me if you want, I don’t really care) but I had never taken the plunge when it came to buying from Kim or Kylie’s brands. A lot of it had to do with the dollar and shipping fees but some of it was a hesitation about the quality. But along came this collaboration between Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty line and her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. I knew that if Mario signed off on these products, then they had to be good. I love the Anastasia x Mario palette and was hoping for another eyeshadow palette to fall in love with.
I planned on buying just the eyeshadow palette but when shipping was a flat rate of $14.95 to Canada, I figured I’d just pick everything up which they had bundled on the site for $85 USD.
I’ve only swatched the products and used the eyeshadow palette once this morning. Keep an eye out for my thoughts on the products in the coming weeks, probably in the form of a video.
But for now here are the swatches (and a few initial thoughts)!
The highlight of the collection for sure is the eyeshadow palette. It contains 10 shades (4 mattes, 6 shimmers) and it’s a great mix of neutrals and colours (THAT BLUE!).
Only two shades gave me a bit of problems with swatching and it was the icy metallic silver shade ‘2008’ and the deepest matte shade ‘Loyalty’. I used both this morning and didn’t have as many issues when actually applying the shadows.
There are two lip glosses in the line, in the shades Juicy and Super Nude. Juicy is a neutral peach with a hint of pearl finish and Super Nude is a very pale nude shade with a touch of shimmer. Both have good pigmentation and have a light sweet scent.
The last item is the lipstick in Classic K which is a peach nude shade with a creamy satin finish. Now when I say creamy…I mean it. When I went to swatch this lipstick, the very tip of the lipstick broke off. The pigmentation is great and I find it pairs really well with the Juicy lip gloss.
I don’t love the packaging for this lipstick though. I find it to look cheap and I don’t like seeing the bottom of the lipstick bullet through the clear plastic. For $20, I would just expect more from the packaging.
Keep an eye out for lip swatches on my Instagram account as I start posting those again after my vacation in NYC.
Have you tried out the KKW x Mario Collection yet?
A new natural makeup line has landed in Canada (its North American debut, actually) and I couldn’t wait to dig into all of the products from Nude by Nature!
I’ve posted a Get Ready With Me video trying out a bunch of the products but also wanted to post some swatches of some of the products that I think will really interest people.
Today I have the swatches of the Nude by Nature Natural Wonders Eye Palette which retails for $49 CDN (£36/$49.95 AUD). You can purchase Nude by Nature at Shoppers Drug Mart along with the Nude by Nature website.
The palette features neutrals with a double pop of blue. There are 5 shimmer shades and 5 matte shades. When I tried out the palette, a lot of the shades were hit or miss. The brown shades were the best (swatches 1, 4, 6, and 9) with the peachy neutral shimmer (swatch #7) was the best of the shimmers by far. The blues were the most disappointing with the black being a bit patchy in the swatch. The white applied so much better than the swatch shows so it’s great for the inner corner.
Have you tried natural eyeshadows before? Do you find that they are hit or miss?