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New In: Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palette – A Midsummer’s Dream

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Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palette – A Midsummer’s Dream (£10)

What Sleek says:

Eye & Cheek Palette provides all of your colour essentials in one convenient compact, this versatile palette contains four eyeshadows and two blushers.

A Midsummer’s Dream is the perfect palette for hazy summer nights and features Marsala the pantone colour of 2015, a stunning shimmery bronze eyeshadow. Along with muted tones of grey, earthy brown, white and copper, the two beautiful coral blush shades add a bronzed highlight to the skin.

These smooth eyeshadows and blushers are highly pigmented and long-lasting, making blending and defining simple

Packaged in a handy travel sized compact with a large mirror and two essential brushes for effortless application.

Multi-functional palette contains four eyeshadows and two blushers from our bestselling i-Divine and Blush range. Eye & Cheek Palette provides all of your colour essentials in one convenient compact.

What I say:

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The palette contains the Sunrise Blush and Suede Blush along with eyeshadows from the Au Naturel i-Divine Palette. The eyeshadows are really pigmented and easy to apply, particularly Conker is very smooth. I’m really happy with this palette as it includes two blushes by Sleek that I haven’t got yet and the colours are really versatile. As always, a palette like this is very handy when traveling or when you don’t want to think about matching your blush and eyeshadows in the morning.

  • Shimmery brown shade: Conker
  • Brown shade: Bark
  • Grey shade: Nubuck
  • White shade: Nougat

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Ingredients:

Mica, Talk, Paraffium Liquidum, Magnesium Stearat, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 15850, CI 16035, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499

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New In: Illamasqua Bits and Pieces

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I recently found some amazing bits and pieces by Illamasqua when I went to TK Maxx. I just couldn’t resist these lovely nail polishes although I promised myself to stick to Zoya. This might remind you of my post on cruelty free cosmetics when I said you have to try and do the best you can. This time I obviously failed, because I just wanted to get these amazing colours. At least I know they are cruelty free, so that is the most important thing!

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New In: Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette

Makeup Revolution – Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Flawless (£8.00)

What Makeup Revolution says:

ULTRA 32 Eyeshadow palettes are the perfect professional eyeshadow go to palette. All you need in one handy collection palette. 32 shades in 1 palette with a great mix of shimmer and matte wearable and experimental shades to create any look and play with, for amazing performance and value!

What I say:

Overall I like the palette. It is a very handy one for everyday looks in my opinion. I am impressed by the buttery texture of some of the shadows. I would say that the matte ones are rather chalky and not as easy to work with, but the shimmery shades glide on like a dream and are very pigmented. They remind me a bit of my Too Faced eyeshadows, which are in a lot more expensive.

When I used them with my Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer they did crease after a few hours though. With my Too Faced Shadow Insurance they seem to work a bit better, but I still had some smudging by the end of the day.

For a drugstore palette I think this is certainly a good deal, and if you are new to makeup or on a budget, keep your eyes out. They have a big range of eyeshadows for every taste, from neutral to very bright and colourful. Some of their palettes are apparently dupes for the much hyped Urban Decay Naked Series (see links below). I will add an eye makeup that I created with this palette soon as well.

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(1) Paper, (2) Almost there, (3) Smudge, (4) Pure chocolate

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(5) Soft glow, (6) Uncover, (7) Shimmer Heart, (8) Raw

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(9) Red Night, (10) Universal, (11) Barely Pink, (12) Buff

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(13) Molton Chocolate, (14) Copper Shimmer, (15) Lowlite, (16) Highlite

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(17) Burgandy Nights, (18) Medal, (19) Golden Night, (20) Angel

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(21) Greenstar, (22) Darkest Shimmer, (23) Gold Digger, (24) Unlimited

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(25) Cafe Noir, (26) Tarnish, (27) Cheerless, (28) Brew

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(29) Night, (30) Black Tie, (31) Blue, (32) Silver Smoke

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Polybutene, Paraffinum Liquidum, Tocopherol, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl, Acetate, [+/- Mica, CI 19140, 77491, 77492, 77499, Tin Oxide]

New In: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Tranquility

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Makeup Academy – Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Tranquility (£3.00/6ml)

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What MUA says:

Smooch your way to red carpet glamour with MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers. Long – lasting and kiss proof, these intense formulas come in five rich, vampy shades. Encased in chic frosted glass packaging, these lacquers glide on with the ease of a gloss, drying in seconds into a matte velvety texture. They are the ultimate make-up bag must have.

What I say:

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From left to right: Tranquility, Funk and Kooky

I really like the lip lacquers by MUA. I also have two more colours called Funk and Kooky. Yes, they are drying on the lips, but most matte lip colours are and for the price I think they are really good quality. You can buy them at Superdrug or online. Compared to the two Sleek Matte Me ones, I think the MUA ones are less drying on the lips and they do last longer. Tranquility is a great everyday shade that I like wearing to work.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Polyethylene, Polybutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ozokerite, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Silica, Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

New In: Gosh Lip Liner in Nougat Crips

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Gosh – Velvet Touch Lipliner Waterproof in Nougat Crisp (£4.99/1.2g)

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What Gosh says:

This soft and flexible Lipliner perfectly outlines lips with intense, waterproof colour pigmentation, preventing lipstick from bleeding onto the skin. Completely free from mineral oils and packed with vitamin E and Jojoba oil that keep lips in perfect kissable condition. Perfume free.

What I say:

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Left: Lip liner in Nougat Crips; Right: Lipstick in Nougat

Works perfectly with my Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick in Nougat (£6.99), which is amazing by the way. So creamy, smells sweet and yummy and is so moisturising. The Nougat Crisp lip liner is basically a matte version of the lipstick. I am pretty sure I will buy the lipstick again once it is empty and now I have the perfect companion for it. This is my second lip liner by Gosh and like both of them a lot. They are creamy enough for easy application, yet they do set well and make my lipstick last longer. Besides that the Velvet Touch Lip Liners are cruelty-free and vegan. What more do you want? 🙂

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New In: Sleek Oh so special

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Sleek – iDivine Eyeshadow Palette in Oh So Special (£7.99/12×1.1g)

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What Sleek says:

Sleek MakeUP’s legendary i-Divine eyeshadow palettes are 12 shades of super-pigmented, longlasting, mineral based eyeshadow, designed to suit all. Each i-Divine eyeshadow palette contains pearlescent shades, which contain mica particles that highlight and illuminate giving an overall radiant effect. Available in a variety of colour ways, your i-Divine is waiting for you.

Oh So Special includes ultra flattering pink and brown shades that will deliver perfect results no matter the occasion. Take your look from day time chic with matte browns and creamy beiges, through to a sultry evening look with shimmering greys and smoky plums.

OH SO SPECIAL i-Divine encapsulates everything that is fashion forward, sophisticated, and feminine. This exquisite addition to the i-Divine family has been created for all women and the OH SO SPECIAL woman is confident, on trend and courageous with her style.

What I say:

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A long time I have been eyeing this palette, but for some reason never actually bought it. Last Friday was the day I just gave in and could not resist any longer. Find below some swatches of this lovely palette and my first impressions.

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From left to right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate

The mix of matte and frosty eyeshadows is quite common in Sleek’s palettes. As per usual, the matte shades are a bit more difficult to work with, but not unworkable. I found ‘Wrapped Up’ the hardest to show up in my swatches as it took me several swipes to get the colour to show up at all. Bow is such a neutral matte colour that it barely shows in my swatch above on the very left, but it is a great blending shade. My favourite colour probably is ‘Gateau’, such a beautiful pink with golden shimmer. Although ‘Glitz’ is a nice colour, for me it is the only colour that does not really fit the rest of the palette. I would have preferred another matte purple or similar instead.

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From left to right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

Check out some makeup inspiration by Talasia, KokoRiri and Liloo, all using the Oh So Special Palette!

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

Mica, Talc, Kaolin, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propylparaben and Methylparaben, +/- [CI77510, CI 77289, CI 77491, ,CI 77492].

New In: Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit

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Barry M – Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49)

What BarryM says:

Barry M Chisel Cheeks provides the perfect tools to shape and define your natural bone structure. The travel-sized palette includes a light powder to highlight, a bronzer to warm, and a dark powder to sculpt for a perfectly enhanced appearance.

What I say:

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I think it is not easy to find a nice and matte contour or bronzer colour. Recently in Boots I came across this kit by Barry M and the swatches in store were promising.I do like the colours and I find the kit is very handy for traveling as well. Additionally the lid has some tips on how to apply the colours, which reminds me of Too Faced products and I think it is a really good idea. My first impression is that the colours can be applied easily and last a decent amount of time for the price. Overall, I am happy I picked up this kit.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ISOPROPYL ISOSTEARATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PETROLATUM, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN [+/- CI 77019, CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]

New In: Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow

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Catrice – Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in 60 Moss Wanted Colour (3,99 €)

What Catrice says:

The Velvet Matt Eyeshadows with a new premium texture contain ultra-soft shimmer pigments for a velvety matt finish. Thanks to the silky, highly pigmented formula, the Velvet Matt Eyeshadows practically melt with your skin to create a radiant look.

What I say:

I love the texture of this eyeshadow, it certainly is very smooth and easy to apply. Although I have about a million green eyeshadows, this was absolutely worth the money. 🙂 It glides on well and is easy to blend, however it does have some fall out, so just be careful when applying, e.g. by patting it on. I would love to get some more colours in the future.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

TALC, NYLON-12, MICA, DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONOL STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

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New In: Essence – Crystal Eyeliner

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What Essence says:

sparkling moments… the long-lasting, gel-based texture of the crystal eyeliner with a high pigmentation creates amazing and luxurious glittering eyeliner styles! extra tip: if you’re going for amazing wow-highlights, the eyeliner can be used as a topping on your lashes, too! the brush applicator guarantees an accurate application. available in a cool clubbing packaging.

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What I say:

I wanted these two crystal liners for so long, but was never able to find them in a drugstore when I was in Germany. Lucky me when I went to Budapest and finally could get myself some holographic goodness called 06 Opal Rosy Rush and 07 Opal Blue Heaven. On the picture above I swatched them for you on bare skin (very left) and on several eyeshadow sticks to show you their effect. From left to right I swatched it on: Bare Skin, Catrice – Eyebrow Lifter in 010 Lift Me Up, Scotty!, NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil in #604 Milk, Rimmel – Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in 008 Blackmail, NYX – Jumbo Eye Pencil in #623A Purple Velvet, Gosh – Forever Eyeshadow in 06 Plum, Catrice – Eye Shadow Pen in C04 Exotica [Coolibri LE], Catrice – Eye Shadow Pen in C02 Birds Flying High [Coolibri LE].

I love their holographic effect and think they work well on eyeshadow sticks or even other eyeliners. The only problem I have with them is the application itself. I hate these flimsy brushes they come with as it makes it quite difficult to apply a thin and even line. I tried using an angled brush to pick up the product from the liner and it works better for me. Below you find to EOTDs where I used the liners on top of eyeshadow, respectively on top of a black eyeliner.

By the way, you can by Essence in the UK at Wilko’s and they have a store finder on their website as well if you want to find out if your store stocks their products.

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Ingredients [Codecheck]:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, ACRYLATES/PALMETH-25 ACRYLATE COPOLYMER, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, ALLANTOIN, BISABOLOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, TIN OXIDE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, FARNESOL, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

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New In: Illamasqua – Face Palette in Semblance

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The face palette consists of the following Illamasqua products, which are also available separately:

  1. Gleam in Mirage
  2. Powder Blusher in Hussy
  3. Cream Pigment in Hollow
  4. Eyebrow Cake in Thunder
  5. Powder Eyeshadow in Slink
  6. Powder Eyeshadow in Dizzy
  7. Powder Eyeshadow in Tango
  8. Powder Eyeshadow in Obsidian

What Illamasqua says:

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Multi Facet Palette comes housed in a sleek, mirrored compact. Complete with a mini double ended angled and blending brush this features 8 ‘must have’ shades to complete a full variety of eye and cheek looks. Use the double ended brush for eyes and brows and fingers for cheeks. With new Gleam in Mirage, best sellers Cream Pigment in Hollow, Eyebrow Cake in Thunder, Powder Blusher in Hussy and four beautiful Powder Eyeshadows you can create a multitude of looks with just one palette.

What I say:

Overall, the palette is very compact and offers a range of products to create an (almost) full face of makeup. I think the palette will come in very handy when travelling. If you are new to Illamasqua, this is also a great way to try different products and their formula, before committing to buy the full size.

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The eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented. I tried the included brush to apply them, which did work, but will not become my preferred way of application. The colours are all blendable and work well together. I can see myself grabbing these in the morning when I want a quick makeup look. Find below two eye makeups that I created with the palette.

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Hollow is probably the product I was most excited about, as everyone and your mum have been raving about this product. Most people use it as a contour shade for pale skin, but this ‘matt and crease-resistant formula has been designed for use on the face, eyes, lips and body’. I used my finger to apply the product but am wondering if it might be easier to blend with a brush. I definitely have to try this product a couple of more times to see how well we get on, but the colour is certainly well suited for pale skin.

The eyebrow powder in Thunder luckily goes well with my skin tone and hair colour, yet I think it is very difficult to offer one shade that will suit everyone. If it doesn’t match your skin tone, you could always use it as an eyeshadow though. The product can be applied dry and wet. I prefer to use it dry with the included angled brush, but that may just be because I am not used to do my brows with a liquid/wet product.

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If you have read my post on Sleek’s palette in See You at Midnight, this might sound familiar to you… I already own the powder blush in Hussy, a beautiful bright pink shade with a matte finish. Therefore I was actually planning to pick up the palette in Aura but somehow managed to put Semblance in my basket. 😀 It took me quite a while to figure out the differences between the two palettes in the first place, because they look very similar. Aura is probably better for lighter skin tones as the blush and highlighter are paler than the ones in Semblance. The eyeshadows are also a bit more neutral. Both palettes contain Hollow, Thunder and the eyeshadow in Obsidian.

The highlighter in Gleam is quite different from any other cream highlighter I have ever tried, but I think although it looks a bit scary in the pan, the colour is a lot more sheer and neutral on the skin. I find it best applied with my fingers.

The palette is currently on sale for £13.50! I paid £22.50, which I thought was already a pretty good deal, but if you like what you see you should probably head over to the Illamasqua website right now.

Ingredients:

Gleam [Codecheck]:  ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICROCRISTALLINA CERA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE), OCTYLDODECANOL, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, MICA, HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL GLYCERIDES, HYDROGENATED PALM GLYCERIDES, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), CARMINE (CI 75470)].

Hussy [Codecheck]: TALC, DIMETHYLIMI- DAZOLIDINONE RICE STARCH, MICA, AQUA (WATER), MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-150, SILICA, RICINUS COMMUNIS OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL), CETEARYL ALCOHOL, QUATERNIUM-26, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERYL RICINOLEATE, ETHYLPARABEN,CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), CANDELILLA CERA(EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX), SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, STEARIC ACID, PROPYLPARABEN, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), TETRAHYDROXYPROPYL ETHYLENEDIAMINE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), CETYL ALCOHOL,CERA ALBA(BEESWAX), PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CARMINE CI 75470, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007, RED 36 CI 12085, YELLOW 5 LAKE CI 19140, RED 7 CI 15850, RED 21 LAKE CI 45380, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE CI 77163, YELLOW 6 LAKE CI 15985, MANGANESE VIOLET CI 77742, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE CI 77510, RED 40 LAKE CI 16035, RED 27 LAKE CI 45410] MAY CONTAIN CARMINE AS A COLOUR ADDITIVE. STOP USE IF IRRITATION OCCURS.

Hollow [Codecheck]: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PARAFFIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) AX), NYLON-12, CETYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), PETROLATUM, CERA CARNAUBA (COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX), OLETH-10, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BHT, GLYCERYL STEARATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, CITRIC ACID [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 16035 (RED 40 LAKE)] [NON-USA SHADES +/-: CI 12085, CI 45380, CI 45410].

Thunder [Codecheck]: KAOLIN, TALC, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) AND MAY CONTAIN: [+/- TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, ULTRAMARINES CI 77007].

Powder Eyeshadow [Codecheck]: Talc, Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Mica, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-150, Phenoxyethanol, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium-26, Silica, Methylparaben, Glyceryl Ricinoleate, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Ethylparaben, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Propylparaben, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Fragrance) And May Contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499, Carmine Ci 75470, Ultramarines Ci 77007, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Blue 1 Lake Ci 42090, Bismuth Oxychloride Ci 77163, Manganese Violet Ci 77742, Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci 77510, Red 40 Lake Ci 16035, Chromium Oxide Greens Ci 77288, Chromium Hydroxide Green Ci 77289] (Eu Exclusive Shades May Contain: Ci 12085, Ci 15850, Ci 45380, Ci 15985, Ci 73015, Ci 45410, Ci 77266). May contain Carmine as a colour additive.

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