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Makeup Reviews …The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Makeup reviews : The Good,The Bad and the Ugly

A few months ago, I fell off my chair when I read Stashy’s (Stash Matters) anticipated review of Becca’s Ombre Rouge eyeshadow palette. Truth be told, I kept telling poor Stashy over and over again that she would 100% love this palette, that the shades were unique, the packaging was sleek, etc… In summary, she just needed it, “period”!!! My passion for this palette made me shout my love from rooftops, telling the world repeatedly about this perfect product and then, there it was, her critique! Maybe I rather should say « Judgement Day », because in her own word, this perfect palette is a mere 4/10 !!! Say what???

Note: You can read my review on the Ombre Rouge palette HERE


This post is not about Becca’s Ombre Rouge but more on different points of views in the makeup world and how to interpret reviews on a specific product. I was telling Stashy that someone who is interested in buying this specific palette would be really confused after only reading our two evaluations, and with good reasons… To make matters worse, I think that we are both very credible and honest in our criticism since we are NOT sponsored (something, I wish I would though after my last post!) and we did buy this particular item with our own money … so we speak the truth, with no hidden agenda. Furthermore, Stash and I have about the same substantial collection and we like to think that we know our stuff (in the beauty department, anyway!).

So, this discrepancy got me thinking: what should I add to my reviews so girls (or boys) all over the world would better interpret my assessments. Maybe by adding other palettes that I love to compare would be a good start! For example, if you hate KVD Shade + Light palette while I praised this palette, you would know that we may have different tastes! In each review, I always try to define my skin type or add other informations that could be really important to give my readers every possible reasons to love/hate the featured product; maybe I should add more… I could add what am I looking for in a specific product? When do I use it?


Another point that got me thinking was, should I write about products that didn’t work for me? When I first started blogging, I was really harsh towards some products, and I remembered someone telling me that the product I crushed was her Holy Grail concealer. I felt really bad about my critique and tried to find some positive about it. The reality is that I don’t like everything!  Even though it’s always heartbreaking to write bad reviews, maybe I should write about these too! Sometimes you learn more from bad experiences… For example, last year I bought Too Faced Born This Way foundation, raved by everyone and their mothers, and for me, it’s by far the worst foundation I ever used. It would have been a 1/10, 1 being for the shade alone!!!

So again, what about the reviews that we read? How much are they crucial in our decision to buy a product or not? I would like to say that I’m not influenced by them, but I’m guilty of wanting a lot of products that my fav Blogger/YouTuber are reviewing and loving! To be honest, when I really want a product, I tend to read only good reviews!!! So, it’s the chicken or the egg dilemma….

I want to hear your thoughts on this one

Note: Stashy and I, are really good friends… This was not towards her in anyway!!!

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DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.

Top 3 MATTE Eyeshadow palettes ⎟Great for Hooded Eyes

Matte Eyeshadow palette great for Hooded Eyes

Eyeshadow palettes!!! What a beautiful invention. I love having those super sultry shimmery eyeshadows and heck! I’m all about glitters 365 days per year …. Awwwwww! I wish!!!! But with my damned hooded eyes, I can’t let myself go crazy! How ironic that a girl who loves shadows so much has to miss out on a lot of looks because of the genetic shape of her eyes? 😪 Well, thankfully for you, my hooded eyes girlfriends, the matte look is super trendy right now, so let’s rock our matte eyeshadows. Here are my top 3 matte eyeshadow palettes that are perfect for beginners and  flawless for the pros out there (+2 affordable options).


Becca Ombre Rouge

Becca Ombre Rouge

Such a beautiful day to day palette that makes redishhhh/pinkisssh shades, so ideal for fall and why not, all year long. The five colors included go so well together & the formula is ridiculously exquisite. Becca also makes an Ombre Nudes that is more on the Nude side (*I’m so funny*) that is also to consider. Why is this palette not more hyped is beyond me. (You can read my full review HERE)


Tarte Tartelette

Tarte Tartelette

If you haven’t already heard the merit of this palette, heu! maybe you were hiding under a rock somewhere, or unfortunately fell into a profound coma for awhile :). Seriously, this “Tartelette” deserves all the praise and more. It’s such a well formulated and well color coordinated ensemble. This beauty will never be obsolete! Years from now, this one will still be as trendy. Daytime to nighttime, no problem, this little number has it all. (You can read my full review HERE)


Kat Von D Shade + Light

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye contour palette

A hooded eyes dream palette. This palette contains every neutral matte shades that you possibly need. Blendability A+, Pigmentation A+, Versatility A+, Affordability A+ (considering everything you get). Not more to say than it’s a sure winner. (My full review HERE)

On a budget? Here are some other good matte palette, well worth your buck ! 


Stila In The Know

This was my first totally matte eyeshadow palette and to this day still one of my favourite. In Canada, I see it often at less than 20$ at Winners.

Stila In The Know

Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Neutral 02

At Target for less than 20$, this palette stands out and is tantamount to a lot of higher brands. If you never tried Sonia Kashuk eyeshadows, you are missing out… They are great.

Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Neutral 02

Note: It’s my personal opinion, but drugstores’ eyeshadows, with the exception of NYX singles & Sonia Kashuk, are not sure bets, especially the mattes. If you want real quality, it’s well worth spending a little more $$$.

Thanks a lot for stopping by my beauties


Ingrid (Really Hooded !!!) xxx

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