Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette

Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches:

“Thank you for loving me when I still tasted of heartache and war.”

  • Nikita Gill

Oh my lawd…. Hello! It has been so very long. Too long. And I’ve missed you all more than I could possibly say.

On a positive note, being away for so long means I have been trying a crapload of products so… I’ll be doing a favorites for sure soon and all kinds of thangs. As always, leave me recommendations on products you’d like reviews or looks on!

Sedona Lace was gracious enough to send me their Mermaids Palette when it was first released and I’ve been playing with it for months!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette

Sedona Lace Mermaids Eyeshadow Palette

The shades are SO beautiful!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 1

Here is the first row:

Nixie is a beautiful peach shade with a slight sheen to it.

Sybil is a gorgeous midtoned pink. It’s more on the satin side than a matte.

Beatrice is a satin pink.

Azalea is a matte red. You know I’m all about this shade! It’s so rich.

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 2

Pearl is a really beautiful pastel blueish almost purple. It’s very unique to my collection. Also more on the satin side.

Mishell looks much darker in the pan than it does swatched. A purple satin.

Melody is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Lola is a deep purple that looks more navy on my skin tone.

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette swatches 3

Madison is a pastel green.

Diana is a matte ocean blue.

Ariel is a matte green.

Zale is a beautiful turquoise. Definitely one of my favorites in the palette!

Sedona Lace Mermaids Palette 4

Meryl is a satin white shade with a beautiful sheen, perfect for highlighting the inner corner or brow bone.

Sedna… Oh how beautiful is this one?! Quite possibly the prettiest in the palette. A turquoise packed with pigment. Matte!

Andrina is a matte rich blue.

Oona is a classic matte black. It takes a bit of building up to get it richly black.

This palette is a stunner. The shades are all consistent throughout. Some can be slightly powdery but that’s expected for the pigment.

I love this palette and I find myself reaching for it often. If I’m looking for a specific random shade that isn’t in any of my other palettes, I can almost always find it in here. Whether it’s a natural look using Nixie (a recent favorite lately – all over the lid?! Gorgeous.) or a dramatic look using the blues and greens, it always comes out beautiful.

The Mermaids Palette is $29.95 and be sure to use the coupon code: themakeupaffair for a few dollars off!

This palette was sent to me by the company but I receive no other compensation and you guys know you will always get my honest opinion on all products.

If you’d like a look using this palette, let me know!

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DIY Face Mask - easy, affordable - honey and tumeric

DIY Face Mask for Beautiful, Glowing Skin:

“Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”

– Leila Sales, “This Song Will Save Your Life”

Hey beauties! Today I have a DIY face mask for you that I’ve been absolutely loving! It’s affordable and makes a genuine difference in your skin. This basic mask uses only TWO ingredients but you can add a bunch of other things to target your skin concerns. I’ll throw in additional ingredient options for different skin types.

This post centers around Turmeric Powder.

Turmeric has been used for hundreds of years – widely used in the West as a spice and to add color to Indian dishes; it’s a big part of Indian culture and tradition. It has also been used in Chinese medicine. Over the years it has grown rapidly to be known as a fantastic ingredient for skin health as well! Whether you take it internally or like we’ll be using today, on the skin as a mask – the benefits are endless!

Turmeric Benefits for the skin:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibacterial
  • Fantastic exfoliant
  • Treatment for acne, eczema, rosacea, burns, aging, dandruff, hair loss
  • Can be used as a cosmetic & hair dye/stain

Turmeric Benefits for the body:

  • Detoxifies the liver
  • Aids in metabolism
  • Healing agent due to anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
  • Boosts immunity
  • Moderates insulin levels
  • Helps with menstrual cramps
  • Fights free radicals
  • Aids in reducing joint pain

….. and more!! This is a jewel to have in your home.

Turmeric and Honey face mask:

This is so easy! I use local raw honey – you’ll find more benefits when you buy local versus store brands. And I found my turmeric powder at Marshall’s for $5.99.

Benefits of Honey for the skin:

  • Antibacterial
  • Full of antioxidants
  • Moisturizing
  • Soothing

DIY Face Mask - easy, affordable - honey and tumeric

I take a spoonful of honey and about half a spoonful of turmeric powder. I’m not precise with it, just eye how much I think I need. The goal is to make a thick paste out of it!

Cleanse and tone your face first. You always want a fresh, clean face before you apply any mask.

Apply with clean fingers. When you first start applying, it may feel a bit stiff but the heat of your fingers will warm up the honey a little bit and make applying much easier.

Leave on for 20 minutes. I like to lay down, watch a movie or youtube for a while. The mask warms up while on the face and may drip a little bit so keep an eye on it if you’ll be walking around the house!:)

Tumeric face mask benefits diy

20 to 30 minutes later, it’s time to rinse! I’ll add a little bit of water to my hands at a time and rub the mask off. This will exfoliate the skin beautifully! Work it into the skin and slowly wash it all off. Once your face is clean, pat dry and follow through with the rest of your skincare! Eye cream, serum, moisturizer!

One thing to keep in mind for my pale beauties, Turmeric is used as a dying agent – it stains! You’ll need to really wash it off well to keep your skin from having a slight yellow tinge. If any area on your face does stain slightly (my eyebrows usually do a tiny bit), go in with a cotton ball and a little bit of toner. It’ll take that stain right off!

This mask is so easy and quick but it makes your skin look and feel so healthy and beautiful afterwards! I’ve seen a definite glow since I’ve added this to my weekly regimen. It also helps a ton with my acne. My hormonal breakouts this month lasted less than half the usual time and I know it’s thanks to this mask!

Additional ingredients you can add:

For acne prone skin:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Milk
  • Lemon Juice

For Oily Skin:

  • Gram Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Egg Whites

For Dry Skin:

  • Rose Water
  • Milk
  • Avocado or Avocado Oil
  • Almond Oil

For Eczema or Rosacea:

  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Raw Manuka Honey

These are only some examples! The combinations for this DIY mask are endless!

If you try this mask, take a picture and tag me in it! #themakeupaffair

I hope you found this helpful. Any questions, leave them below or contact via my social media! xoxo.

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How to apply false lashes 3

Tips & Tricks For Applying False Lashes – Featuring Esqido:

“I would like to say to people, open your eyes and find beauty where you don’t normally expect it.”

– Jean Paul Gaultier

Hello gorgeous!

One of the most common questions I get asked, both from my readers and students is: “Can you show me how to apply false lashes?”

To anyone starting out in makeup all the way to the more experienced, and even for many makeup artists, applying lashes – whether to yourself or someone else – can be the trickiest and most difficult skill to master. (aside from winged liner but that’s for another day):)

I’ll start by saying it takes a lot of practice. Don’t expect to read this, go sit in the mirror and pop them on in a minute. You’ll need to practice to get your hand-eye coordination down and to get comfortable with applying them. It took me over a year to get to the point where I could put them on within a few seconds and even still some days, it takes me some time to get them on perfectly. Practice makes perfect!

I’ll share my tips for applying lashes on yourself and also throw in a few tips for applying to other people.

First comes first, the supplies! You need a good set of lashes, EYELASH adhesive (please do not use anything other than glue meant for your eyes), a tiltable mirror, tweezers (optional) and small manicure scissors.

When you are first learning, I highly recommend you choose lashes with a very thin lash band. The thicker the band, the more difficult they can be to apply. Lashes with a thin band will be easier to mold to the shape of your eye and they also don’t lift from the inner corners as much as a thicker band will, as long as you apply it properly!

I’ll be using my Esqido lashes in Unforgettable:

Esqido Lashes in Unforgettable

These are mink lashes and a bit more on the pricey side so if you’re looking for drugstore, I’d recommend Ardell or Kiss lashes! You can find affordable lashes with very thin, some invisible, bands and they are super easy to work with!

These lashes in Unforgettable have the perfect lash band for beginners. It’s not so thin that it’s flimsy but not too thick to where it doesn’t mold and bend to fit your lids.

Your first step is to gently take the lashes out of the packaging. Set one of the lashes on your eye, as close to your lash line as possible – without applying any glue – to size them and see how much/if you need to trim them. ALWAYS trim the outer corner and never from the inner corner to keep them looking as natural and realistic as possible!

I always have to trim my lashes because I have little baby eyes LOL so I trimmed a fair amount off these with small manicure scissors.

How to trim false lashes

Trim a little bit at a time, you can always take off more but there’s no going back if you take off too much!

Once you trimmed the lash, set it back on your eye to make sure it will fit your eye perfectly.

Once your lashes are the right size, I like to bend them between my fingers a little bit to get more of a curve to the band. This will help with application!

How to apply false lashes

Next, you’ll want to apply mascara. I prefer to apply it before lashes because piling it on once the falsies are on can wear them down much faster and cut down the amount of times you can reuse them. If you apply the lashes properly, you won’t need to blend them into your natural lashes with any additional mascara.

Your next step is to apply lash adhesive. The glue I’ve been using religiously is Esqido’s Companion Long Lasting Bond.

Esqido companion lash glue review

This glue keeps your lashes on through anything but somehow is still easy to remove at the end of the night. I never have issues with my lashes falling out as I have with other lash glues with a long lasting power. How Esqido created a glue with the best of both worlds is beyond me but you won’t hear me complaining.

I like to add a tiny bit more glue to both the inner and outer corners to make sure they don’t lift throughout the day.

Applying lash glue to lash how to

Let the glue get tacky before applying! This is a must. If you put glue on a lash and immediately try to apply it, it will flop all over the place and you’ll end up with a mess.

Let the glue sit for a minute or two, usually most brands will change color slightly so you know when the right time is! Once it’s tacky, it will stick right to your lash line but still give enough time to get them placed right where you want them.

When you are applying lashes to a client, DO NOT blow on the glue!!!!! Shake it around little or set it down to get tacky while you throw on a blush or something but never blow on the glue. This will spread bacteria and germs and your client will not be happy with you!

One of my biggest pieces of advice that may seem silly but makes a HUGE difference, look down in the mirror while you are applying. When I was first starting out, I would look almost straight ahead into a mirror and couldn’t figure out why I could not get the lash right on my lash line. Looking down into a mirror lets you see right to the base of your lashes and makes it SO much easier to place it right exactly where you want it.How to apply false lashes 3

I prefer to use pointed tweezers but try a few different styles out to see what works best for you.

I personally find it the most easiest on myself, and when applying on clients, to place the lash band in the center of the eye first. Once you have that placed as close to the lash line as possible, I grab the outer corner and get that on, followed by the inner corner.

Once the band is on, when applying lashes on myself – I wouldn’t do this with a client – I like to turn my tweezers to the side and squeeze the lash band and my lashes together. I’ll do this from the outer corner to the center and then flip the tweezers and do the inner corners as well. This will ensure that your falsies are as close to the lash line as possible and they will blend beautifully with your natural lashes.

This photo is from a different makeup look because I forgot to take photos while applying the Unforgettable style! This is what happens when you have only a few hours a week to work on blog posts LOL:

How to apply false lashes 1

Squeezing the lashes together not only helps them to look seamless with your natural lashes, blends in perfectly but it also keeps them on even longer!

And your lashes are on! Let the glue dry down and depending on what look I’m doing and if it’s needed, mask any glue that is still showing with some liner or eyeshadow.

Esqido lashes in unforgettable how to apply lashes

Here is the final look using the Esqido lashes.

My last bit of advice, please remove your lashes gently. I always put a little bit of makeup remove on a q-tip and rub gently at the base of my lashes to loosen up the band. I cringe when I see people just rip of lashes! Be gentle!

I hope these tips helped you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via the comment section below or on any of my social media – links below.

*Some products have been sent to me by the company. All opinions are my own.*

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Affordable brush cleanser review and demo

A Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner Dupe?!

“You know how every once in a while you do something and the little voice  inside says, “There. That’s it. That’s why you’re here.”…. and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it’s true? Do more of that.”

– Jacob Nordby

Hello my beautiful loves!!! Oh, I’ve missed you!! It feels so good to be back to blogging.

I have a fun post for you today… A possible Cinema Secrets dupe! If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Cinema Secrets, it is a professional cosmetics company that makes a brush cleaner that has absolutely blown up in the beauty community this past year. It’s known for the bright blue tone to the cleanser, pretty hard to miss!

It’s available on their website, Amazon as well as on Sephora’s now but it’s pretty pricey and almost always sold out now with its growing popularity.

In short, this cleanser is a NO shampoo/no water needed cleanser – although you should still deep clean your makeup brushes once a week – and has been used by makeup artists for many years. You simply dip the tip of your makeup brush into the cleanser and then wipe it down on a paper towel until it wipes clean. It takes a few seconds to do and only a few seconds more for your brush to be completely dry! It’s a breeze compared to deep cleansing and having to leave all your brushes laying to dry for a day or two. This is why it’s so popular for makeup artists!

Cinema Secrets is quite pricey so I was dying to find one that did the same thing at an affordable price and easier to find…. It has been near impossible to find an exact dupe for this product, especially one that is more affordable. And then in Sally’s Beauty one day, I stumbled upon Face Secrets… A cosmetic brush cleaner with that same beautiful blue liquid inside…… Could it be?!?

Cinema Secrets Dupe affordable

It looks the same….. I ran home with it and tried it right away….

Affordable brush cleanser review and demo

Face Secrets cosmetic brush cleanser review

I like to pour the product into a small bowl and dip my brushes in. You only need to dip the tip of the brush in slightly and the product sucks right up to the ferrule of the brush.

Makeup brush cleaner demo

I like to rub the brush in circular motions into the paper towel. You’ll see the product come right off!

No shampoo brush cleaner

You usually only have to dip the brush once and rub until clean but sometimes if it’s a more bright/stubborn color, I’ll do it twice to really make sure the brush is clean….. Spotless!!!!

Fast makeup brush cleaner

This works with eyeshadow, glitter, cream products, gel liners… Whatever product is on that brush, Face Secrets will get it out.

Makeup brush cleaning tutorial

A little bit goes a very long way so you can easily get through cleaning all your brushes with just a little bit of product at a time.

Face Secrets brush cleanser

THIS IS A DUPE! It works exactly the same.

One thing I do want to mention, this smells a little bit more like alcohol than Cinema Secrets does (both have a high alcohol content). It doesn’t have as heavy of a fragrance masking that smell, which I suppose could be a plus for some who dislike fragranced products. That alcohol smell dissipates after the brush dries and you no longer smell anything after that.

Despite the alcohol smell, this definitely has the same conditioning products so don’t worry that this one will dry out bristles. I haven’t had that issue at all and I’ve used it tons! My brushes still feel brand new.

My only major complaint, this cleanser only comes in this small 4oz bottle… So purchasing the more pricey, larger Cinema Secrets bottle may make more sense for a busy makeup artist who will be washing brushes much more often than the regular makeup lover.

This product is phenomenal. It is $5.99 for a 4oz bottle, I’m halfway through and it has lasted me months! If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Cinema Secrets brush cleanser, I HIGHLY recommend you try Face Secrets! Run to Sally’s right now!!!

You can also purchase Face Secrets on Amazon.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

*I purchased this product with my own money. All reviews are – and ALWAYS will be – my own*

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Taking a break:

Hello loves,

If you don’t follow my social media, I’ve decided to take a slight break from blogging for a little while. My grandfather had a heart attack and unfortunately, things have gone downhill the past few days. There are a lot of questions that need answering and we don’t know whether he’ll come out of this or not to be totally honest. I’d just like to spend as much time with family as possible as well as trying my best to keep my head on straight enough to function at work. I will be back as soon as possible, but I’m not quite sure what direction this will go. Literally every day is different with new worries and struggles and I’m sure you all know how nerve-racking situations like this are.

I just wanted to come on here quickly to update and let you all know what’s going on. I have been working on a bunch of things but it’s hard to focus enough right now to finish any one of them. Bear with me, I know I’ve been saying this so much lately. There’s a lot on my plate and this is just tipping me off the edge right now.

I wanted to thank everyone that has sent well wishes and to everyone who has said a prayer or two for my grampa. It’s so appreciated. I can’t thank everyone who supports me enough. I have the most amazing “followers” and friends thanks to this blog and I just love and appreciate you all so much. Before I start crying, I’ll end this here:)

Thank you for your love, patience and prayers.

xoxo.

Marie❤

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2016

Sephora VIB Rouge Sale & Ulta Haul:

“It’s amazing how much you can learn if your intentions are truly earnest.”

– Chuck Berry

Hello beauties!! Do you guys love seeing hauls as much as I do? Like we need any more shopping ideas, right? I did a little bit of damage for the Sephora VIB Rouge 20% off sale, not too bad… Not nearly as bad as I had wanted to. And also figured I’d throw in a little haul from Ulta as well.

I’ve been trying to behave myself with shopping lately, despite all the makeup and skincare I’ve been dying to pick up. House hunting is on my mind and that is definitely taking priority (as it should) with any extra funds I have. But… Of course I couldn’t go totally without:)

We’ll start with the Sephora haul!

Sephora VIB Sale Haul 2016

I’ve already played with all of these so I’ll give little mini reviews for some, but if you want an in depth review for anything mentioned, let me know!

Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Sephora Haul

I picked up a roller ball of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White… I wanted the Black scent as well but I like this one a tiny bit better. I wanted to make sure I really loved it before I bought a large version. I enjoy this scent although it ends up smelling like a D&G perfume on me, it doesn’t last as long as my other perfumes so I’m a little disappointed. But I do love the scent. I want to try the dry shampoos as well!

Estee Lauder Double Wear 1C1 Cool Bone Sephora Haul

I finished a bottle of Estee Lauder Double wear so I had to pick up another! I wear 1C1 Cool Bone when I’m at my normal shade, I’d go a step up in the summer. I’ve mentioned this foundation in many previous posts, it’s a holy grail for me.

Bobbi Brown Toast eyeshadow review

Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadow in Toast.

Bobbi Brown Toast eyeshadow swatches

This is a perfect transition shade. If you own and love Makeup Geek’s Peach Smoothie, this shade is pretty unnecessary.. It’s a tiny bit darker but very similar…. But I love it. It’s so creamy and pigmented, it blends like a DREAM.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Camel review

The other Bobbi Brown eyeshadow I’ve been absolutely dying to own! Camel.

Bobbi Brown Camel eyeshadow swatches

It’s super pigmented and a gorgeous shade for the crease. I’ve been using this in almost every makeup look lately.

Makeup Forever MUFE Artist eyeshadows M844 and M846

I picked up two Makeup Forever eyeshadows…. that are pretty darn similar to each other. The swatches online made them look different! You definitely don’t need both.

Makeup Forever Eyeshadows M844 & M846 Swatches

M846 on the right and M844 on the right. You can see when they are blended out, you really can’t tell the difference. They are matte, stunning shades and super pigmented. I love the MUFE shadow formulas!

Sephora Lip Cream Stain Blackberry Sorbet swatch review

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that Sephora’s Lip Cream’s are some of my favorite liquid lipsticks so I just had to get the shade Blackberry Sorbet next.

Sephora Blackberry Sorbet lip stain

Here it is on the lips, also the Bobbi Brown shadows are on my lid and those two MUFE shadows are on my lower lashline!

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo Sephora Haul

Lastly, I got the Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo.

Kat Von D Liquid lipsticks Lolita and Lolita 2 swatches

In this duo you get Lolita, a pre-existing shade and Lolita 2.

Sephora Lolita Lip Duo swatches and old Lolita comparison

If you aren’t familiar with the Lolita liquid lipstick, the original formula sold out and when it was back in stock, many people complained that the shade was totally different. Eventually Kat Von D Beauty said it was a bad batch and that the old formula would be released later on. So I purchased this duo hoping that the original shade would be in here. Unfortunately, this is also the bad batch. Some people liked it but it is a very odd shade on my skin tone so I’m not a huge fan. I also dislike the Lolita 2 shade on my skin tone as well so I may give this to a friend😦

Next is Ulta!

Ulta Haul

I picked up a two pack of the Real Technique sponges. I originally wasn’t a fan of these but I feel like the newer ones are much more like Beauty Blenders so I’m loving them now!

I also picked up another Anastasia Brow Wiz in the shade Soft Brown.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength Ulta Haul

The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, this is the full strength version. I think I may be allergic to this! I need to use it a few more times to find out for sure.

NYX Angel Veil Primer

NYX’s Angel Veil Primer! I’ve been wanting to try this for so long!

NYX Angel Viel Primer swatches ulta haul

I am LOVING this primer!!!! More than any of my high end face primers. It holds my oils and keeps my makeup looking nice all day long.

Benefit Gimmie Brow ulta haul

Lastly, I picked up Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I’ve had this in the darker shade but I needed the light/medium one now that my hair is red.

Benefit Gimmie Brow Light:Medium review

This is a brow gel with fibers that help to fill in any sparse areas. I absolutely love this! Especially for lazy days when I don’t want to take the time to fill in my brows, you comb this through super quick and it helps to keep your brows looking nice and filled in.

So that’s it! I’m pretty happy with my recent purchases although of course there’s a lot more I’ve got my eye on! Did you pick anything up from the Sephora sales? Let us know what you got in the comments below!

Also, if you’d like an in depth review on anything, let me know! xoxo.

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Sedona Lace 15 Color Concealer Palette review and swatches

Affordable Concealer Palette! Featuring Sedona Lace:

“Do not let anyone drag you down with their insecurities. You know your truth and intentions. Whether others know it or not isn’t your battle.”

– Alex Elle

Hello loves!

You all know my love for Sedona Lace. How many times can I mention it? Whether you are a beginner when it comes to makeup or an experienced MUA, there is always something Sedona Lace has to offer at an affordable price.

Building your makeup kit, especially when you are first starting out, can be intimidating, stressful and EXPENSIVE! It’s hard to know what to purchase, especially when you’ll be catering to a wide variety of skin tones.

I recommend investing in palettes! Foundations, concealers, blush, shadows, lips, etc. These will give you a wide variety of choices that will typically work for any of your clients. These also save you a bit of space in your kit versus having a ton of compacts you’ll have to dig through.

I love keeping concealer palettes in my kit. They typically contain a ton of different shades and tones and in the case of this one we’ll be talking about today, also different corrective shades too!

Sedona Lace has a few concealer palettes: a 10, 12, 15 and 20 color! Today we’ll be reviewing the 15 color palette.

Sedona Lace Concealer review

It’s super small and perfect for traveling! Hard to believe there are 15 concealers in here.

Sedona Lace 15 Color Concealer Palette review and swatches

These are all creams. You get a highlight as well as a green and lilac shade – these are corrective concealers. Green will counteract redness and the lilac shade will counteract yellow/sallowness in the skin!

Along with those shades you get concealers of all different shades and undertones.

Let’s get into the swatches!

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 1

This is the top row of the palette!

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 2

Second row.

Sedona Lace Concealer Swatches 3

And the third row.

I was blown away at how creamy and pigmented these were. The lightest touch into these and they applied beautifully and blended out with ease. There is no chalkiness or heaviness to them. Although they are creams, they feel light on the skin!

I get so many questions comparing SL to Coastal Scents or BH Cosmetics.

Coastal Scents and Sedona Lace have the exact same 15 color concealer palette…. But are they really identical?

Sedona Lace compared to Coastal Scents review

On the left is the Coastal Scents and on the right is Sedona Lace.

Coastal Scents Concealer Palette

Here is the Coastal Scents palette up close. The shades are a bit muddy looking because I’ve used it on many clients! But can you see how crusty and gross these look? I’m sure you’re thinking they are just dried up, it happens with creams… But these were dry and chalky from DAY 1!

Coastal Scents Concealer Palette swatches

The consistency of these are nothing compared to the Sedona Lace palette. They are rough feeling, chalky, nowhere near as pigmented and not creamy or blendable at all.

So don’t let looks fool you. They may look exactly the same but the quality is not even close to similar.

Because of this Coastal Scents palette, my expectations weren’t very high. I was worried when I received this palette that I wouldn’t be able to use it in my kit but I was floored at how creamy and pigmented these are! Honestly, I haven’t even put it in my kit… I’ve been using it for myself!:)

This isn’t only for makeup artists! You can absolutely keep this for personal use. You can even use the darker shades to bronze/contour!

The Sedona Lace 15 Color Camouflage Concealer Palette is $15.95!

Use the code ‘ themakeupaffair ‘ for $4 off your purchase! Also check their social media for deals, they have 20% off the site all the time!

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