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IsaDora Face Sculptor Nude review + tutorial (and a rant about contouring palettes)

Let’s prata lite om contouringpaletter innan vi börjar!

I allmänhet är jag ju så kräkless på hypen kring alla dessa stora dyra paletter med 6+ nyanser i olika undertoner och djuphetsgrader (jag tittar på er Anastasia), de är fullständigt överflödiga för normalkonsumentens bruk! Du behöööver inte fyra nyanser av snickersbrun contouring och fyra färger från panggult till glittervitt för highlighting, det är till för makeupartister som behöver flexibla paletter som ska fungera på så många kunder som möjligt, och produkterna är i sin tur formulerade för att applicera tungt så ansiktena inte tvättas ur på bild och film. Med andra ord produkter som sällan ser riktigt kloka ut i vanligt dagsljus. Om vi då säger att två pannor ur paletten är optimala för dig färgmässigt, varför betala för och släpa på resten?

Är du sugen på sculpting så skulle jag råda dig att hitta ett tightare litet kit om två eller tre produkter, eller kanske till och med en askig ögonskugga som fungerar mot din hudton. Gärna skira formulas som är lätthanterade på huden! Då kommer du både spara pengar, tid framför spegeln och utrymme i sminkväskan. För ärligt, den typ av ansiktsskulptering som sprider sig från Instagram idag är drag-makeup (bokstavligen, det är dragmakeuptekniker!) som har letat sig hem till vardagskonsumenten. Alla ska givetvis se ut och göra vad än de vill med sina ansikten men att vi ska måla ett brunt U runt näsan innan vi går ut på morgonen för att göra rätt och vara snygga är bara bullshite. Punkt. Det är just på grund av ovanstående jag är glad att se contouringpaletter lika den jag tänker visa nu.

 

Let’s talk a little about contouring palettes before we start!

Overall I’m so tired I could puke from all the hype around these large expensive palettes with 6+ shades in different undertones and depths (I’m looking at you Anastasia), they are way too much for regular consumer use! You don’t neeeed four shades of snickers brown contouring and four shades between bright yellow and sparkly white for highlighting, those are for makeup artists that need flexible palettes that work on as many customers as possible, and the products are formulated to go on heavily so that the faces won’t look washed out in pictures and on film. In other words products that probably won’t look that good in regular daylight. Then let’s say two pans from the palettes are your optimal colour choices, why pay for and carry around the rest of them?

If you feel like going at it with the sculpting I would advice you to find a tighter little kit or even just an ashy eyeshadow that works against your skintone, preferrably sheer formulas that are easy to work with on the skin. You will save both money, time in front of the mirror and space in your makeup bag. Because honestly, the type of face scupting that seeps from Instagram today is pure drag makeup (literally, it’s drag makeup techniques!) that has found its way to the average consumer. Everyone should of course wear and do whatever they want to their faces but needing to paint a brown U around our noses before leaving the house in the morning to be on trend and look good is pure bullshit. Period. Because of all this I’m happy when I see contouring palettes like the one I’m going to show you right now.

 

isadora face sculptor nude

IsaDora Face Sculptor Nude is so slim and the products are easy to decode.

IsaDora Face Sculptor Nude är en ny variant av IsaDoras tidigare mer rougefokuserade kindpaletter, denna gång i tre nyanser av mjukt beige. Face Sculptor-paletterna är ett slimmat litet kit som ska vara allt du behöver för kindmakeupen, här med ett matt contouringpuder att framhäva skuggor i ansiktet med, en matt bronzer för att värma upp huden och en mild highlighter med lätt lyster. Helt klart riktad mot de ljusaste av hudtoner (vithetsnormen inom nude-konceptet kan påpekas i evighet) så för oss som har svårt för att hitta sculptingprodukter som är ljusa/ickeorange nog så är detta guld värt. Kom igen IsaDora, släpp en mörkare också för detta är BRA grejer! Ute i butik nu, kostar 199 kr (skippa borsten som också lanserats, du kan hitta mycket bättre för samma peng).

IsaDora Face Sculptor Nude is a new addition to IsaDoras already existing but more blush focused cheek palettes, this time with three shades of soft beige. The Face Sculptor palettes are slim kits that should be everything you need for your cheek makeup, here with a matte contouring powder to enhance the shadows of the face, a matte bronzer to warm up the skin and a mild highlighter with a soft sheen. Definitely aimed towards the lightest of skintones (I could talk about the white norm within the nude concept forever) so for us who have a problem finding sculpting products that are light/non orange enough this is wonderful. Come on IsaDora, release a darker one too because this is GOOD stuff! In stores now (skip the brush that was also released, you can find much better for the same sum of money).

isadora face sculptor nude

I love how you don’t get any excess packaging with this format, this is just exactly what you need an nothing else. No stupid brushes, extra compartments or whatever. Love it!

The contouring powder is an ashy beige with a rosy tint, perrrrfect for contouring fair skin as it doesn’t make the skin look dead.

The bronzer is a bit warmer in tone but when the bronzer is dusted on top of the contour it only gives a soft warmth, not even sunkissed looking. Great shade.

The highlighter at the bottom is a pale beige with a little bit of glow. It’s great to have a highlighter that doesn’t look whitened and frosted, but I wish this one was just a taaaad creamier in texture, now I need to pack it on a bit. Looks pretty when it’s on though!

isadora face sculptor nude swatches

Contour, bronzer, highlighter. As you can see none of them are deadly greyish, but the contouring is definitely cool toned and ashy. I can’t stress enough how perfect this shade is for contouring fair skin, holy jebus! Also the textures are very thin and smooth, see how they don’t look chalky at all?

Now, let’s see what it does to my face!

isadora face sculptor nude

Step 1: My regular everyday foundation + concealer + powder.

isadora face sculptor nude

Step 2: Contour. Applied with the quite stiff and precise Real Techniques Cheek Brush (Nic’s Picks set exclusive) to the lower part of my cheekbone sweeping forward, on my temples sweeping up towards the hairline and in my eye sockets. I keep away from the center of the face (nose/lip/chin contouring), those areas capture too much light so a brown shadow on the nose for example would stand out and look dirty unless you’re in perfect lighting allllll day. And honestly, who is?

isadora face sculptor nude

Step 3: Bronzer. Applied with the large fluffy Real Techniques Blush Brush. Dusted on the entire “light” part of the cheek so on top and above of the cheek contour. A good dusting on the temples and what is left goes on the nose, forehead and chin because that’s where the sun would naturally hit.

isadora face sculptor nude

Step 4: Highlighter. Applied with Everyday Minerals Itahake Brush. Basically everywhere I applied bronzer, but more on the exact high points. So top of the cheekbone, browbone, temple right above the brow, bridge of the nose and upper lip. This highlighter is very subtle so you won’t be able to overdo it.

isadora face sculptor nude

Step 5: A ton of face mist on top. I’m a bit too dry to wear this much powder on my face without rehydrating afterwards, so this is the final step that ties my face together and gives it a nice dimensional finish! A very mild effect but this is exactly what a user friendly contouring palette should be!

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Zoya “Aphrodite”

About two weeks ago my nails reacted really badly to something, not sure what yet but I’ll let them rest for a month or so before I slap some nail polish on there again. Feels like SHIT (when did I last go two weeks without nail polish, seriously? Fourth grade maybe?) but what to do. I’m too in love with nail polish to terrorize my nails so bad that I can’t wear it in the future..

I ended on top though! The last polish I wore before deciding to pause was this, Aphrodite from this years summer collection by Zoya! A BEAUTIFUL warm toned red jelly with red/pink/gold sparkle. So so so intense, the perfect summer red in all ways. Three coats was needed because of the sheerness of the jelly finish but it dried fast so no problem. I can’t wait to wear this again.

zoya aphrodite

In soft daylight. Here you can see the yummy shimmer, but the colour is not quite as intense as in real life.

zoya aphrodite

Outside on a cloudy day, quick iphone snapshot. Here you can see the intensity of the colour but not the shimmer. Ha!

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Lace

I do love pink, but usually either Barbie coloured on my nails or a rich jewel tone on my lips. Recently I’ve really liked sheer pinks on.. everything? Cheeks, lips, eyelids, clothes, whaeva. In other words: I’ve managed to like the colour that everyone else loves. Late to the party much?

Here I’m wearing two pink products that I’ve reviewed in detail recently! One is the Cailyn Hydro Plumping Gloss in Pink Lady, my absolute favourite lip product this past month, and the second one is TheBalm Instain Blush in Lace which is an AMAZING matte hot pink.

lace

Face:

  • Vita Liberata Capture the Light Opaque – Latte Light
  • Lumene Longwear Blur Foundation – 1 Classic Beige
  • By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer – 1 Fresh Fair
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder – Diaphanous
  • TheBalm Instain Blush – Lace

Brows:

  • Viseart Neutral Matte Eye Palette 01 – 11, 12
  • Illamasqua Brow & Lash Gel

Eyes:

  • IsaDora Grand Volume Lash Styler Mascara

Lips:

  • Cailyn 3 in 1 Hydro Plumping Gloss – Pink Lady (04)
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IsaDora Grand Volume Lash Styler Mascara review

IsaDora Grand Volume Lash Styler är en ny mascara som med sin pussmunsformade borste ska ge mängder av volym och solfjädersformade fransar. Den bågformade sidan av borsten består av mjukare strån som ska fånga upp fransarna och fördela mascaran. Den vågiga ögonlocksformade delen har hårdare strån och är till för att definiera och separera med. På sidorna, i “smilet” på pussmunnen, har borsten plana ytor som ger reservoareffekt. Mascaran ska vara fukttålig. I butik denna vecka, kostar 189 kronor.

IsaDora Grand Volume Lash Styler is a new mascara that with its lip shaped brush is supposed to give loads of volume and fanned out lashes. The rounded side of the brush has softer britles that should catch the lashes and distribute product. The wavy eyelid shaped side has firmer britles and is for defining and separating. On the sides, the “smile” of the puckered lips, the brush has flat surfaces that works as a reservoir. The mascara is supposed to be humidity resistant. Out in stores this week.

isadora grand volume lash styler mascara

The mascara comes in a thick golden tube. And that lip shaped brush makes me frickin happy!

isadora grand volume lash styler mascara

No mascara, 1 coat of Grand Volume Lash Styler Mascara.

isadora grand volume lash styler mascara

One coat after 10 hours sitting in an office.

So what does it do?


Length: 3.5/5

It gives length, but it doesn’t add that extra half a millimeter at the ends of the lashes that some mascaras manage to do.

Volume: 5/5
Thick and lovely! Barely needs any work, just make sure not to go too hard with the reservoir sides or apply multiple coats, it will gunk up if you do. That much volume!

Definition: 2/5
This is definitely more of a spiky lash effect on me than a defined lash. Not heavy and “wet” on the lashes though! To get good definition I would need to follow up with a separate spoolie without any product on. I love it when lashes clump up a bit so not a problem for me.

Precision: 2/5
The brush is a bit messy as it’s so wonky and quite large, it’s very easy to smudge along the lower lashes for example.

Effectivity: 5/5
Wham bam thank you ma’am. This is definitely a swish-swoosh-done mascara.

Colour: 3.5/5
It’s black. Not greyish, not I’mma eat your miserable soul and spit out your eyeballs kind of black.

Water resistance: 4/5
I haven’t had a problem with it breaking down with water. It’s actually bordering waterproof without having that waxy sticky feeling that waterproof mascaras so often have.

Longevity: 0/5
Haha holy shite.. I rarely have a problem with mascaras getting screwed up during the day, but every time I wore this mascara it basically fell off my lashes within three hours and kept getting worse as time passed. It crumbles and falls off! Just look at the picture above where I’ve been sitting still at work for 10 hours. No sweating, no excessive eye rubbing, no sobbing, nothing. Lol.

 

Conclusion: 25/40

Wild dark lashes, a nice look with very little work! Minus: makes me look like a drug addict in only a few hours. I really want to like it becuse of the initial effect but it’s totally not worth it.

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Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow in Peppered & Polilla

One of my happiest makeup related moments lately (shared first place with the fact that Sephora opens its first store here in Gothenburg this month, YAY!) was to see that one of my absolute favourite beauty bloggers released her own hand pressed mineral eyeshadows. Of course I’m talking about lovely Phee’s Makeup Tips! Smart and talented with a personal yet sophisticated way of expressing her creativity. Love her to pieces!

The three eyeshadows she released are called Sphinx (bright foiled copper), Peppered (pale foiled gold taupe) and Polilla (warm brown with turquoise duochrome). I couldn’t really allow myself to buy another copper eyeshadow, so I went for the last two! The eyeshadows come in pan form so no outer packaging, great for makeup hoarders who prefer storing eyeshadows in magnetic palettes like the Z palette instead of taking up a lot of space with empty plastic. For as little as £6.50 a pop plus 25% off your first order if you sign up to her newsletter these shadows are a true steal.

The shadows are available at pheesmakeupshop.com.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered & polilla

Phee’s Makeup Tips Mineral Eyeshadow Peppered & Polilla.The pans are a bit bigger than your average eyeshadow pans.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered, polilla swatch

Peppered is a high shine warm taupe, great for a mega sparkly neutral eyelid. The texture is a bit gritty and has some fallout but it’s still very creamy. Polilla has the same kind of creamy grittiness but it’s more of a classic shimmer. I love how it has that “Blue Brown on crack” look without being too saturated. I often find that shadows like this one are too red toned in the base and the shimmer is too colourful. This one is still a bit “dirty” and feels like the perfect balance between crazy and neutral.

phee's makeup tips mineral eyeshadow peppered & polilla swatch

In softer light where the bright metallic sheen is more visible. Can you believe that these are swatched on bare, dry skin?

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Glossy claws, purrty lips, serious eyebrows and a passion for beauty with brains. Beauty blogger and MUA from Gothenburg, Sweden.

My name is Viola Holmgren and I've been representing Swedish beauty bloggerism (yes. we're a cult) since 2008. I focus on cruelty free beauty and I love the feeling of finding cool products that have gone under the radar.

Makeup doesn't have rules. The only person who decides what's right or wrong and if you're wearing it or not is you, and that's where my job as a blogger comes in handy. Use my experience as a guide or an inspiration towards finding your own way.

And just to clarify, all reviews and opinions are my own, there is no evil baby demon on my left shoulder who is bribing, forcing or possessing me to write. Reviews are best written in honesty!