Hi, My name is Jennifer and I'm the editor of Mrs Q Beauty. I started this blog as a creative outlet to talk about all things beauty and my love for makeup. I've been lurking in the background reading beauty blogs and watching YouTube for years now, and I decided to start my own beauty blog to connect with fellow makeup lovers.
"Inspired by the warm glow of a morning sunrise, this impeccable palette contains Shades of warm sunny yellows, crimson corals, earthy browns and powerful pinks and fuchsias, all made to melt together in perfect harmony." This colour story really caught my attention when I saw sneak peaks and while the Natasha Denona Sunset palette has been on my wishlist since it launched in 2017, I'm glad I waited because this Sunrise palette is warmer and more versatile. The Sunset palette is much more neutral.
Sunset Palette Launched in 2017
The Natasha Denona Sunrise palette is the first product I've purchased from the brand. While I've been interested in the brand for a while, the cost always seemed high to me. The Sunrise palette really caught my attention with the shade selection and the lower cost of the palette. The brand reduced the pan sizes and the overall palette size which allowed for the lowering of the price, and as a consumer, it was easier to justify the price. The larger palettes are beautiful but I would never be able to finish an entire palette. This smaller palette is still quite big and I prefer this palette size overall. I hope this continues going forward.
Let's talk about the formula on this palette. I finally saw what everyone was talking about because these palettes do blend and build so easily. The pigmentation is excellent, the shimmers are gorgeous and they last all day on my eyes. The yellows are so vibrant, I was very pleased. Often I find myself wondering why I don't see the hype on higher-end brands when it seems like everyone else is raving about them, but this palette really lived up to the hype. When I swatched this palette, I realized they were the softest, most buttery shadows I've ever felt. I was so gentle with my swatches and they showed up very pigmented. The duochrome shades are so stunning.
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My Boxycharm box arrived and I always feel like a kid receiving a surprise bag. June offered an upgrade luxe box and I decided to opt in. As a Canadian subscriber, I really do feel like this is a great way to try products for a great price. I paid about 80$ for the entire box, shipping included and the total value is worth much more. I will break it down as I explain what I received. This month Boxycharm sent out a form that you can customize a few details to add on your wishlist, I remember asking for the Tarte Blush palette over the eyeshadow palette but I don't remember what other customization were offered. It was sent out at the beginning of May. I did see some spoilers around social media, but you never know exactly what's in your box until you open it, since there's a lot of variations to the box.
Let's get into the box:
Tarte | Tarteist Pro GLow Cheek Palette V3 (MSPR 45$)
This palette was much prettier than I expected and the shades will work really for me. I'm not sure if this is a new version, but I don't remember seeing this palette at Sephora. The one I remember seeing was much more vibrant and dark. The front packaging also had flowers and this doesn't. I like this palette much better.
Touch In Sol | No Poreblem Prime Essence (MSPR 23$)
This is a prime essence, which is new to me. It claims to tighten your pores and keep your skin silky soft. I've heard of their other primer, but this will be the first time I'm trying this brand.
I love lipgloss and I was really excited to see this in the box. Dominique Cosmetics is on my wishlist to try. The eyeshadow palettes look so pretty but I haven't purchased one yet. My lipgloss was the Strawberry Lemonade shade.
PYT | Mini Turbo On-The-Go Dryer (MSPR 85$) Coral
When I saw this as a spoiler I was really hoping to get the coral shade, and I was so happy to see that's what I got. This little dryer seems to be very well made, and it has a diffuser and a nozzle. I'll be taking this on my vacation and really testing this out.
I love receiving skincare in a subscription box. I'm not someone who goes out looking for skincare, it intimidates me a bit but through these boxes, I get to learn and test out products and not have to pay full price. It claims to keep skin hydrated and melt away the makeup which sounds good to me.
Farmacy | Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum (MSPR 58$)
Again, another skincare product that I'm excited to try out. I've read a lot of positive reviews when it comes to the brand and I do enjoy serums. I've been curious about their makeup remover cleansing balm. The box does say this product was exclusive to Boxycharm. Living Proof | Full Dry Volume Blast (MSPR 29$)
This spray is supposed to create volume and texture and had UV protection. I've never tried this brand but I've heard that this is a great product. I have long hair, and I'd like to really give this a try. Trestique | Good Vibes Mascara (MSPR 25$)
This mascara has impressive packaging, it includes a lash curler tool and mascara. I have no idea how it works, but I'm excited to give it a try.
Dew + Mist= Sign me up! I was really hoping this would be in my box and it was. I love face mists and I love dewy looks so this sounds perfect for me. I'll give it a try and let you know what I think.
Overall thoughts: I was really impressed with this box. Totally up this box was 352 US dollars, in Canadian that's a value of 467$ and I paid 80 dollars Canadian. As a Canadian, I would most likely be paying shipping fees if I bought these items separately. I really enjoy Boxycharm and my first Luxe box was a hit. As a blogger, I also love that I can review items that wouldn't necessarily be something that I would go out and buy. It helps to add variety to my posts.
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Wet N Wild's My Glamour Squad palette without a doubt resembles the Anastasia Beverly Hill Soft Glam Palette. It has those same warm rusty shades and very similar shimmer shades. If you're looking for a palette that's more affordable this might be one for you. Going into this palette I was hoping to like it more than my "Not a Basic Peach" palette which I didn't like as much as I wanted to. This palette has six matte shades, and 4 shimmers. If I'm comparing it to the previous Wet n Wild palette that I didn't like, I will say this one was better.
I'm a huge eyeshadow palette lover that's not a secret. I have a mix of affordable and high-end palettes and I went into this one not sure what I would think. The colour story is very pretty, and I love those tones on me. The performance of these shadows was good, but not fantastic. I do think they've improved the formula but it still feels very dry. I won't say Wet N Wild has my favourite affordable formula because they don't. They blended well, but I did have to work to blend them. It wasn't effortless like some other palettes, the shimmers were pretty but not as metallic as I would have liked.
Overall thoughts; I do like this palette but that's because I like the colour story. I'm actually considering buying the actual Soft Glam palette because I know it will blend much easier and now I know I love the shade selection. I think this is a great inexpensive palette to have in a work bag or when travelling but I wouldn't go out and repurchase it if I lost it. If Wet N Wild was a little easier for me to get my hands on in Canada I might recommend them more. Shipping to Canada from their site was very expensive and we don't have many retailers that carry their stock. This particular palette seems to be out of stock frequently.
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The NYX Lid Lingerie was a recent find at my local drug store. I really wanted to find a bronze "one and done" cream shadow that I could wear during the summer and have it long wearing throughout the heat. This shadow claims to be a "weightless eye tint with a delicate pearl finish" and I highly recommend this particular shade. The line does have 12 shades and I would love to try some of the others, at this time I've only tried the Bronze Mirage.
I really like this shadow because it's opaque when I apply it to the lids, it blends out very easily and it lasts all day. If I'm in a hurry, I apply this shadow on my lid, up to my crease and then blend a matte brown to quickly blend the edges. Applying the Lid Lingerie is very easy with the doe foot applicator. It picks up a nice amount of product and I can be very specific about where I want to apply it on my lid. While the eye look is so simple it looks like I tried much harder. The pearlized finish is really pretty and catches the light really well.
Overall thoughts: Cream shadows are really fun to play with, and this Bronze Mirage has been a shadow that I've been choosing at least once a week. I haven't an extensive eye shadow collection and this stands out to me. It's so creamy and easy to use that I recommend this to any bronze lover. In summer I think bronze looks are a "go to" for me. I really do what to try some of the other shades.
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I've enjoyed Real Techniques for many years and I recently picked up the Enhanced Eye set. An affordable brush set is great for building your brush collection and I always try to keep in mind makeup beginners. When I first started buying brushes as a beginner I was very imitated by all the shapes and sizes and wondering what to do with each brush. In my opinion this set and great for beginners and experienced makeup enthusiasts alike. It comes with four brushes, a mascara comb and a clear brush holder. These synthetic brushes can be used for powder or cream shadow.
I really like this set because it has a nice variety of brushes. A big fluffy blender brush (Medium shadow brush) that can easily set you eye primer and blend a transition into your crease. The tapered bristles allow you to have nice control and lay down the product where you need. The second smaller brush is the essential crease brush and I love this brush! It's a smaller crease brush which I really like. Often when you have too many bigger brushes, you can't create that gradient effect and your shadow starts to look muddy when you're layering them. This smaller brush allows you to lay down the product exactly where you want. It also makes building up your colour very easy. The Shading brush is nice for picking up shimmer shadows or smoking out your lower lash line. It's soft and fluffy and you can also use it to lay down shadow in your outer V before blending. The fine liner brush is perfect for gel liner, it's not flimsy at all. I really feel like I have a lot of control when using this brush. The mascara comb is great to have in your collection, clumpy mascara can quickly and easily be brushed out. It helps to separate lashes and since its metal- it's very easy to clean. The brush cup helps to keep the brushes organized. Since Real Technique brushes are shorter than some of my other brushes, I do like to keep them separate in this brush cup. They don't get lost between my other brushes.
Final thoughts; these tools really are useful for any makeup lover. I find myself grabbing them quite often, especially the essential crease brush. I have hooded lids and I think this brush is very useful. If you're new to makeup, this brush set is easy to find and very affordable. Since they are great quality and wash so well, you can have them for years to come.
* This brush set was purchased by me. This post does contain affiliate links. I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting Mrs Q Beauty.
The Kaja Eyeshadow Trio in Sparkling Rose was a trio I thought I would love. They're described as "a stacked, creamy, powdered eyeshadow in curated trios of shimmer or combinations of matte and shimmer." I picked up this one which had all shimmers. Typically, I love wine coloured eyeshadows and I really thought these would be really sparkly but they really fell short for me.
This little trio comes stacked with three shades, and it includes a small mirror. Looking at my swatches you can see that they are very similar; when wearing them on the eyes they're even more similar. I applied with my fingers and they showed up but they weren't as sparkly or pigmented as I would have liked. I don't think they are horrible by any means, I think my expectations were too high for them. I've noticed that Wine metallic shades are often a little muted and I'm wondering if this is the case. Perhaps the other trios would have been better suited for me. These glitters are not chunky or anything, I just prefer glitter infused cream eyeshadows.
Overall thoughts; I returned them and I would like to try another trio at some point. I'm really thinking it had more to do with the shades of these. I liked they eyeshadow trios but didn't feel like it was worth the 26$ Canadian. Kaja has some cream shadows that I really want to try, I think I would like them a lot more. I have them on my wishlist. If you've tried this brand, let me know what you think. I haven't given up on the brand, I really do want to try more. (Purchase)
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Dewy, glowy skin is what I'm always looking for; summer or winter. I picked up the L'Oreal Lumi Shake & Glow Dew mist at my local drugstore and was a bit skeptical. This cost 20$ which I thought was a little high for drugstore but I did take note on the amount of product and thought it would last awhile. I had also seen a few reviews online and this mist seemed to be getting good reviews which prompted me to give it a try myself. This product claims to "prime, set and refresh makeup for a natural, healthy glow." When applying this product you have to shake it up, and I was really surprised by how even the mister was. The nozzle on a mist is really important, and this onen is great. It's one of those fine mists that make you want to keep on spraying. I really do like the finish that I get from this. I look radiant and glowy, and it lasts all day. My makeup also looks good at the end of the day. I can't say for sure that this helps to extend the wear because I don't normally have issues with my makeup fading. If you have oily skin, I don't think you would like this much but their site does claim that it's good for all skin types.
Overall thoughts, I do recommend this product. It's not the most dewy facial mist that I've tried from the drugstore but it is really nice. It reminded me of the Pixi Glow Mist. It does not have any shimmery particles, it is more oil based. It does sell in 2 sizes, I've only seen the 3oz bottle at my drugstores. I would repuchase this, and I will also keep an eye out for a sale.
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This Ace Beaute Grandiose palette is stunning and I was so excited to get it through a recent Boxycharm box. It's not exclusive to Boxycharm, you can also purchase it through Ace Beaute, if you're interested. The warm colours in this palette are what I'm constantly drawn to and I was so happy to add this to my collection. Ace Beaute is a brand that I've seen around but never tried any products. They do have a nice variety of palettes, lashes and brushes. The newest palette in their line up is the Oceanic palette that has blues and greens.
When looking at this palette, you'll see it has 8 large pans; 4 matte and 4 metallics shades. It's housed in cardboard packaging without a mirror. It does have a protective sleeve that you can keep and would come in handy when travelling. I really like this palette because it is compact and has everything I need for a look. Clove and Poppy are my favourite matte shades and Myrtle and Primerose are stunning lid shades. We all have those palettes that give us consistent looks that we enjoy, and this palette has been that for me. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it.
If you haven't tried Ace Beaute, they're an Indie brand that I would like to explore more and would encourage you to do the same. The formula in this palette was very easy to work with and lasted all day. The shimmer shades really stand out. They're also cruelty-free which I think is fantastic. Price range is mid-range, this palette sells for 25$.
The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil is part of a new collection. The collection tag line is "Feels Like Nothing, and Looks Like Nothing" which was intriguing to me since I've been loving sheer coverage products. In this collection, there is also a multitasking spray, hydrating jelly primer, and cheek tints. I was sent a few of these products to review, and I'll start with the skin veil. If you're wondering if it's a BB Cream, I would say it's more of a tinted moisturizer. It is available in twelve shades, vegan, and delivers up to 8 hrs of hydration. As a person with dry skin, I'm always looking for hydrating. This product has a satin finish which looks very natural and healthy on the skin.
The Tinted Skin Veil has quickly become a product that I look forward to using. While it has a satin finish, and I prefer a dewy look; I can adjust this by the primer or products I add with it. A glowy primer or a setting spray will amp up the radiance to this product which I love. The squeeze tube is also great for travel and throwing into a makeup bag. I apply this product directly on my sponge and blend in, you can build it up a little bit but it is still sheer. You do forget that you have a base product applied to your face because it is so weightless. It does provide enough hydration throughout the day.
Overall I really love this product and will continue to use it and will repurchase. I love that I can still get a dewy look while using this. During the summer months, this will also be great. If you have oily skin, I don't think this would be for you. I'm excited to try the other products in this collection and review those as well.
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When Makeup Revolution released the new Deep Dive palette, I had to pick it up. The Reloaded palettes are some of their most popular palettes and they've been mostly a hit for me. I don't own many blue eyeshadows and really wanted to try the blue eyeshadow trend on myself and finding an affordable palette is a great way to experiment with an eye look. In full disclosure, I like the palette but I do not like all blue eyeshadow looks on myself. I'm going to have to find a way to make this palette more wearable for myself.
Playing with colour requires patience and some technique. Blending colourful eyeshadows are not the same as blending neutrals. While I don't find this palette patchy, it does require more blending. I have the same thoughts on other colourful palettes. The shimmers are really nice in this palette, and the mattes are more darker in tone. Again, this makes it a bit harder since you don't have a variation of light to dark to help slowly build the crease. You have to go in right away with that darker matte.
One of the ways I like to play with colour is to keep the crease neutral and then add colour to the lid and bottom lash line. I'm going to explore a bit more and find some other ways to make colour more appealing to me. While I do recommend this palette, it's not a favorite of mine. I see it as a challenge and want to figure out how I can wear it. Those mattes intimidate me a bit, and I'm not grabbing for this palette. If you are looking to try blues and greens, go ahead an give this a try. When I saw this palette, it reminded me of the Jeffree Star Blue Blood palette.