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Mu-Lac Cosmetics Swatches and first impressions

   Mu-Lac Cosmetics Swatches and First impressions

http://www.mulaccosmetics.com/
Mu-Lac is an Italian brand who has a wide range of make up ranging from every day glam to fun and edgy, upon reading up about them I came across this quote on their site, and I love it

“If we were all the same, where would the fun be?”

First Impressions will be included under each swatch below.

I wanted to try and show the detail of each swatch, so instead of covering my arm and getting everything confusing I separated them into categories. All swatches are directly from my camera, no filter no editing, in natural lighting to try and show best what they look like in the flesh

Cream highlighters

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(01 Flash, 02 Gleam, 02 Spark)

*Angel chorus* These are absolutely stunning, buttery, creamy and very pigmented. There is a scent to all of the products, but it is not unpleasant, kind of a sweet smell. I feel these will be gorgeous applied with a damp sponge for a subtle glow, or as a base for the powder highlights, for a intense glowing goddess look

Powder highlighters

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(06 Eros, 07 Apollo)

Also, very gorgeous. I feel like I’d have to be VERY light handed with Apollo to pull it off being so pale but I’m determined to make it work.

Cream contour and highlight

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(01 Eos, 08 Era, 05 Artemide)

These suprised me so much. At first glance the texture looks rough and at very first touch of the cream it feels that way too. but the second the warmth of your skin mixes with it, it’s very creamy. What i like about these is they do have a bit of sticking power, by that i mean when you place it down, it doesnt budge all that much, which is great for contouring so you can keep everything where you want it to be, but at the same time, blending out beautifully. These do remind me of the Anastasia cream contours, but a bit creamier.

Powder contour

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(01 Ipno (bottom), 08 Ares (top))

HELLO perfect contour shade for ghosties, Ipno I’m talking to you. For the longest time I’ve used NYX Taupe Blush for contouring, I don’t like to contour with harsh warm tones (but thats just me, you do whatever makes you feel good) so upon finding this I was very excited. The darker warmer one Ares probably isn’t for me, I think it would work on someone more tanned but i’m a ghost, so nope. But Ipno… i think there is a beautiful love story in our future

Powder blush
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(04 Scar, 06 Ariel)

These scare me. But only because I dont wear blush very often. But i’ve been trying to get out my comfort zone alot more and I’ll definitely be giving these a try with a very light hand. If I can’t get these to sit right on my ghost face I’ll use them as eyeshadows 😉 The colours are so beautiful though, makes me wish I wasn’t so pale so i’d at least have a shot with these

Lipsticks

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(02 Mou, 08 Shock, 10 Pulp, 05 Pretty Woman)

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I love the names of these, especially Pretty Woman. Such beautiful shades, wearable, fun and egdy, can’t wait to wear these. They are very creamy to swatch but they dry and mattify more after a while, and VERY pigmented. When I came to wiping these off after I took a picture I found they all left a stain that was quite hard to get off. I don’t know about you but to me thats a good thing! I’ll update with more indepth review once Ive had a good play which all the products properly. I was extremely fortunate enough to be sent these, however, as always the opinion is my own and reviews are 100% honest.

Mulac –

http://www.mulaccosmetics.com/

All the Love

Lois

xoxox

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My September/October favourites!

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First of all I wanna just apologise for the lack of my posts lately! Iv been on a family holiday so have been super busy but I promise from now on I’m all yours!!

So let’s move on to some of my favourites of late!
First up is the mac 130 stippling brush I it’s a smaller version of the popular 187 brush that personally I don’t like to apply foundation with so I was sceptical, HOWEVER this brush really does give you a flawless look! I find I use half the foundation i normally would and it just sits beautifully! Blends like a dream and has little to no shedding! It does take a lil longer to apply foundation with as it’s so little, however defiantly worth the extra few minutes in my opinion! In fact I switched back to my sigma f80 the other day as I was in a hurry and wanted a quick face, And omg my face looked so cakey! I had to wipe it all off and start again with the 130, I was so surprised in how much difference it actually made!!!
So concluding on that I rate this 10/10! It’s really transformed my foundation and for that I’m forever greatful 🙏 😂

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(Google image as my brush was a lil dirty for an up close shot sorry!)

Next up is a lipstick that Iv posted about so much lately and even been featured afew times! and that’s Posture by Illamasqua it’s a cool toned lilac/grey and AHHHH I’m obsessed it’s so long lasting, not to drying and a true matte finish. I wear it paired with macs stone liner which is a cool grey and compliments it so well!👌 I get so many lovely compliments when I wear it ☺️ I think any pale skinned girl NEEDS this in their life!!

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My last favourite of the bunch is actually a limited edition blush by Mac, I hate to post LE Favourites as I know they can be super hard to get hold of after release but I couldn’t leave this out I love it so much! (And I believe it’s still available on Selfridges online & some Mac counters)
It is the Blush in “fun ending” from the A novel romance collection, a pale pinky peach blush with a satin finish, its gives such a gorgeous sheen with no actual shimmer! It’s pretty perfect for the lighter skintones as it is gorgeously subtle unlike most blushes I find I can be a little more heavy handed without looking like a clown! I think Iv worn it pretty much every day since finding it at a random mac counter in Scotland! And it’s a total love of mine! Infact I may be getting a backup because I’m weird like that and fear running out of my favourite LE products🙈

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(Sorry about the awful lighting the weather was so miserable and dark outside I was struggling!)

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So there we go my 3 faves of the month! I have afew other fave lippies that I’ll be swatching an posting about soon but couldn’t wait to share these babies with you! So please feel free to like & comment and let me know what you think! Also follow me on Instagram @ElarnerDawn for lots more makeup looks!!

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(Wearing fun ending in pic^👌)
LOVE YA DOLLS ✌️❤️
ElarnerDawn 😘

Elarner’s August favourites!!!

So today I’ll be telling you my favourite products of the month!!!

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It’s safe to say one of the products I will forever be addicted to is lipstick!!! So no surprise that 2 of my new ones have made it into this months fave!!!

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The first is M.A.C Ruby woo (£15.50) it’s just the most stunning matte red! I know a lot of people complain it’s drying but I think with a good lipliner (I like a Barry M one) and moisturised lips you really shouldn’t have any problems, I find this one of the most versatile reds out there, it suits every skintone and doesn’t travel at all, with it’s matte formula you can get a extremely long wear out of just one application!

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Next on to Faux by M.A.C (£15.50) I loveeeee any lipstick of this colour! a pretty nude pink with a satin finish, I wore this all day yesterday over a liner (whirl by mac) i ate twice and drank throughout the day, and I think I re applied 3 maybe 4 times the entire day which I was very impressed with!!! I love lipsticks like this for every day wear I think this will be a forever repurchase of mine.

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Swatches of both in natural light

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My next fave product combo is the ZOEVA fine liner brush 315 (£5.95) & Rhimmel Kate black gel liner (£4.99 reduced from £6.99 at superdrug) As we all know I’m a total winged liner girl, Iv been doing it for aslong as Iv been doing makeup, Iv been in search of a nice gel liner & brush combo for a while since my benefit push up liner was such a fail I wanted something I can really get a clean sharp line and these are the two products Iv been loving!
The gel liner itself is super creamy and dries a matte black, extremely pigmented & easy to work with! Also no transfer at all once it dries it’s not budging anywhere!
The ZOEVA fine liner brush is one of the angled tip brushes so you can apply the liner from any angle with great ease and precision! It’s actually the first time Iv used a brush like this and it’s just perfect Iv already ordered another for my kit!

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A next love of the month is my Red cherry 43 lashes! 100% human hair lashes for £2.60! Can you seriously beat that price??? They have soooo many to chose from but I just love the 43’s so much I always go back to them and have atleast 5 at a time stocked up! I would recommend them to anyone!

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My last HG product of the month is my hourglass Ambient lightning powder, which I reviewed on my last post so please check that out to see how amazing it is!

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So that’s my top 5 for this month what products are you loving right now! Please comment and let us know so we can check them out!!!

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Love ya dolls!
Elarner xoxoxo

Hourglass Ambient Lightning Powder

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So just a quick review from me today!! After hearing about this for months and all it’s amazing reviews I just couldn’t help myself and had to jump on the bandwagon! I was slightly sceptical at first, how can this powder transform my makeup so dramatically???? But it’s safe to say it is incredible!!!

At £38 I really wanted to get my perfect shade the first time round, so I got diffused light a yellow based cream powder and with the recommendation of Wayne Goss, saying it’s the shade for all us pale skinned girls!

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Diffused Light is supposed to “reduce redness and give skin clarity.” Like all of the shades within the new range, it is supposed to be suitable for all skin tones. The larger idea behind the Ambient Lighting Powders is that they help to make your skin look like it’s been lit by soft, diffused light; think having a bit of a photographer and his lighting crew follow you around, except in powder form.

Some people mistake these powders for highlighters but they aren’t at all, they are finishing powders that can be applied to different parts of the face to create the perfect light effect on your face at all times!

I like to apply mine after all my face makeup is finished, using a real techniques blush brush I lightly dust under my eyes on my forehead and down my nose, it just gives you that healthy glow but no way is it shimmery!

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Overall Must say this is a 10 out of 10 for me! I most certainly will be wearing this on my wedding day it really does create such a flattering finish, it’s hard to describe just quite what it does for your think but just think flawless!

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This is incredibly hard to swatch but this is it dusted over my hand you can see the gorgeous sheen it gives! Ahhhhh I love it!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Much love
Elarner XOXOXO

My go to palette! Too Faced à la mode review

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So afew weeks ago I asked what kind of things people want to see reviewed and my go to eyeshadow palette came up a number of times! In all honestly I have so many eyeshadows I mix and match on the daily but I decided to talk about this one as I find it the most versatile and has some of my most reached for shades. Anyone that follows me will know I love a neutral brown smokey eye I’m not really big on colours for my everyday look, but with this palette it does have the right amount of colour & neutral shade balance it’s perfect for that simple smokey eye of if you want to mix it up with a pop of colour you have that option aswell!

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So let’s start by what too faced describe this palette as:

Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Sexy St Tropez Eye Shadow Collection is a gorgeous collection of summery shades to create bright and fresh eye makeup looks.
Capture a summer sunset in St. Tropez and say Ooh La La to this sensational collaboration of coral, golden pink and fiery copper hues. This indulgent eye shadow palette utilises Too Faced’s revolutionary silky smooth eye shadow formula which blends seamlessly and delivers vibrant colour with pure pigments for true colour payoff with an airbrushed effect.

First of all I will say this is a summer palette but as I understand it will be permanent for the time being so don’t worry you can still pick it up!

So let’s jump in with the shades
Described below
St. Tropez – Soft beige shimmer.
Cannes – Fiery copper.
Soleil – Rich chocolate shimmer.
Riviera – Pale peachy nude.
Jardin – Golden coral shimmer.
Cote D’Azur – Shimmering pewter.
La Croisette – Matte ivory.
Monaco – Fuchsia pink shimmer.
De La Mer – Deep navy blue.

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I find I reach for riviera for my lid and Soleil for my outer v the most out of all the sades in the palette, however i’ll also use Cote D’Azur as a transition shade or for a more subtle smokey eye, and De La Mer for a real intense smokey eye normally if I’m going out or just feeling extra vampy that day, one of the things I love also about this palette is with a light hand you can use any of the lighter shades as a highlight even Jardin looks gorgeous swept over your cheekbone blended into blush 👌

This palette retails for £28.48 on beautybay.com I love to purchase my high end makeup from there as there is always a sale on or a free sample thrown in with a order!

My final thoughts
The only thing missing from this palette in my opinion is a good matte brown shade for transition! So if you are travelling or on the go you will need to grab one from your collection to go along with it but that is just my personal preference, it is also a very shimmer heavy palette so if you are more the matte shade lover it may not be for you but the shadows are of such a high quality, smooth & blendable I just can’t fault it! Like I said before u tend to mix and match with other shadows but you can quite easily create loads so many looks with this I will defiantly be repurchasing in the future!!!

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Let me know what you think? Do you love it aswell? Leave your comment below!!

Much love
Elarner XOXOXO

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Contour Palette

As I’m sure you know by now, I’m pretty damn pale! And being pale I have 2 struggles that are REAL. Finding a matching foundation and finding highlight/contour shades that work for me. I saw an ad while browsing the interwebs for blank canvas and decided to check them out, and came across this palette.
Blank Canvas Cosmetics Contour Palette  (http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com £8.76)

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Apologies for the markings on the palette, it’s used daily and is also that material that LOVES to grab finger marks and hold them dearly forever, no matter how much you wipe it down!

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You get 6 shades. Highlight, Contour and a blush. I am a huge fan of the blush as it really suits my skin tone. A lovely corally pink!

I use the white shade as an under eye highlight, which would possibly be extreme on anyone with a normal skin colour, so the next one up would be a better fit as a highlight for a darker skin tone. I also use the white as an eyeshadow base, it’s fairly close to my skin colour when applied (yes, I really am that pale)

The second darkest contour shade is absolutely perfect for fair skinned girls, it’s not muddy, orange or too brown, and applies beautifully. This is my go to contour shade.

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Left with flash right without.

The pigmentation isn’t amazing but I honestly prefer it that way for contour and blush as it’s not as easy to over do it. To me the white, yellow, lighter contour and blush are all PERFECT for my pale complexion. The powders blend lovely and gives a natural but visible finish and lasts all day. I will repurchase this palette forever!

Much love
Lois Xoxoxo

Bobbi Brown Day To Night Palette Review

First off. Let me remind you all, I’m all about the drugstore life. ALL ABOUT IT. But I do own some high end, but they pretty much live in my kit.

Today I reached for an oldie but a goodie, my Bobbi Brown day to night shadow palette. Sadly you can’t find this on the website anymore, but there are places online you can get this.

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Now this palette is pretty small. Fits in the palm of my hand in fact. So its IDEAL for travelling. The packaging is a sleek compact, inside you will find your 5 shadows, a mirror and a little blending brush. I have tried the brush and as far as the brushes that come with palettes go (usually a foam applicator I find) it’s quite nice.

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The colours included in this palette are PERFECT for exactly what the palette is called… day to night! You can achieve a neutral eye, or a dramatic shimmery smokey eye.

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The lightest shade would probably be a lot more visible on most people so please bare in mind I’m a ghost!

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Navajo, Slate, Heather Mauve, Steel, Caviar)

Verdict
All in all its a nice palette. It’s very travel friendly and if a neutral look is something you like than this is a great palette for you. The shadows are pigmented without fall out and easily blend able and long lasting.

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Bobbi Brown Day to night eye palette worn in photo.

Much Love
Lois Xoxoxo

The Kylie lip!

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So unless you live under a rock you will know that the latest lip craze is a mauve nude colour aka the Kylie lip! A gorgeous everyday colour that I must say Iv been wearing for the longest time! it’s no magical new colour 😂 but hey anything the Kardashian/Jenner clan touch seems to blow up right???

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So basically these are the 3 colours that apparently Kylie wears, along with whirl lip liner as a base… Please don’t shoot me down if it’s not an exact match we all have different lip pigmentation at the end of the day!!

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MAC Brave a gorgeous pink-beige with white pearl and Satin finish

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MAC Velvet Teddy This is a medium-dark beige colour with a rather prominent greyish undertone and Matte finish

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MAC Cosmo a rosey-mauve colour with a amplified finish

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In conclusion I really think they all give the same ish pay of as what Kylie wears, I’d reach for “Brave” or “cosmo” if you are wanting a pretty close match to hers and “velvet teddy” if you want something that pulls more nude than mauve, but overall these are some of my personal favourite lipsticks! cosmo was the very first lipstick that I used up in less than a year! I will forever repurchase it!! 🙈❤️

Love you all!!!!
Elarner XOXOXOX

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Elarner’s Top 3 Highlighters!!!

So one of the biggest craze in beauty these days is contour & highlight right? I know I jumped on the band wagon and now I can’t leave the house without it!!!

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So today I will be reviewing my three favourite highlighters ranging from high end, to very affordable and in three different shades, and let me say I believe any skintone can use any shade of highlighter! A lot of people worry that if it is to silver toned it won’t show up or if it is to bronze they will look over the top (I used worry the same!) however with a light hand and the right tool (I find a fan brush best) you really can use whatever tickles your fancy!!

Let me start buy giving the run down of what highlighters are used for, there are afew different types of highlighters out there and they have different purposes, today we are looking at shimmer highlighter powders. You apply these along the top of cheek bone, cuspids bow, brow bone and I also like to pop a little on the tip of my nose all to give that illusion of a youthful, fresh complexion, but of course you can use it in other areas this is just my personal preference.

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So let’s get started with the best value of the three
ELF Baked Blush “Pinktastic”
and as you may have guessed it’s actually not a highlighter at all, it’s a baked blush! However this IS a highlighter you just couldn’t use this as a blush unless you are trying to look like a fairy princess in that case knock yourself out 😜

This highlighter is pink based, however the veins that run through give it that gorgeous mix of pink & beige and they create the most gorgeous colour together! I find it’s not the longest lasting highlighter out there but for £3 I’m happy to retouch it after afew hours!

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Next we move on to my personal holy grail
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize skin finish “lightscpade”
Anyone that follows me on Instagram will know I’m a total M.A.C addict and can do little wrong in my eyes, but they really did create a wonderful product here!

This is the most beautiful yet subtle highlighter, no chunky glitter just the a smooth blendable shimmery silver! This also has gorgeous veins of blues & yellows running through it and oh my it really is perfect! It truly is one of them products I will always reach for and lasts a good 6-8hours! And for £23 it’s actually very good value for money because of the sheer amount of product you get!

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Last but not least we have my high end pick
Bobbi brown shimmer brick “bronze”
Let me start by saying the is quite pricey even for me coming in at £32.50, so I really did have to take time to decide what shade I wanted as I won’t be getting another anytime soon! After researching for a while I settled on the shade “Bronze”, and gosh I’m so glad I did! I never used to reach for a bronze highlight purely because I’m so pale I was always worried I’d look rather strange and it would be VERY obvious that I had it on my cheeks, but Iv been pleasantly surprised!!

This has 5 shades that you mix together an results in a gorgeous light gold shimmer that like the mac is not chunky and blends like a dream! I find I can wear it all day with no touch ups and it just stays put!

So that is it my three faves!!! If you have any or try them after this l’d love to know what you think!

Much Love! Elarner XoXoXoX

SWATCHES! Left to right, MAC “Lightscapade”, Bobbibrown shimmerbrick “bronze”, ELF Baked blush “Pinktastic”
Top pic indoor light, bottom in direct sunlight

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Chanel soleil tan de Chanel VS Maybelline dream matte mousse sun bronze… DUPE ALERT!

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel vs Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse “Sun Bronze”

DUPE ALERT!

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So after trying the chanel soleil afew weeks ago on recommendation of a friend i had play with hers and OMG talk about contour heaven! 🙌 seriously it was so easy to use and blended out like a dream! So I had a hunt for one and after seeing how expensive it was I just can’t justify nearly £40 on another bronzer right now (I have a million and 1 already) so I did some serious homework trying to find a dupe yet after googling my little heart out I wasn’t having very much luck…. until I stumbled on a YouTube video with only about 4 views (I wish I knew her name to shout her out! Sorry!) and she was using the Maybelline dream matte mouse foundation as a bronzer … A foundation you say? Whatttt??? Lol but then I had an lightbulb moment! This could well be my dupe! The mousse formula is exactly the same concept, it is matte …no shimmer… Blends amazingly….I need to try this

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So I picked up the shade sun bronze from Superdrug (boots doesn’t stock this shade) and I can’t believe how much of a dupe it is! In fact it’s better as you actually have a choice of shades unlike the Chanel’s standard one, I find it works best with the real techniques contour brush it fits perfectly in the little pot and blends the product seamlessly!

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So on conclusion you need this in your life! I’m so happy I didn’t splash out on the Chanel! As a lover of high end products it’s easy to get caught up on a name and pretty packaging but why spend more if you don’t have to? You can just buy more makeup with the money you save!!!! Hehe! I hope this helps someone looking for a good contour product any questions please feel free to ask!!

Much love Larny XOXOXO