Say hello to one of the cutest and most well laid out palettes around. This is the Lancome My French Palette which is new for Spring only (limited edition). This slim, metal palette opens up to reveal six pink and bronze shades, underneath a hidden metal cover/flap are three blue shades. Immediately, this palette gets a massive thumbs up as the metal cover limits the brighter, darker shades from mixing into the lighter shades in the palette. The palette also contains a leaflet demonstration and a brush. The brush... I like it but it isn't the best brush around, however it does pack on colour nicely and the angled side is quite thin and sharp so you can create a precise liner look with this brush.

The colours in this palette contain a mix of matte and shimmery shadows. Both the shimmery and matte shades are easy to blend, however the darkest blue shades in the palette are ever so slightly chalky and more difficult to blend out. I assume this is because the blue shades are to be used as more of an accent or a liner, so a drier texture works well for this purpose. Some people have critiqued the colour pay off in this palette and I must say that no, it isn't the most pigmented palette out there. However, I think that it works. I enjoy a palette that isn't heavy on pigment because it allows for a quick and simple eye look without the need for constant caution. Plus, it makes using shadows easier for even the most novice out there. The shimmers in this palette are amazing, they aren't glittery or chunky but so smooth and sheeny. They look great on the eyes and apply so easily, plus the champagne, rose and brown shimmer can be used for any day or night look.

Overall, I love this palette, the shades are soft and beautiful shades which will see you right through until Autumn/Winter. The texture is smooth, the darker shades are a little more stiff however, this does work as it means that there will be minimal, if any, fall out with the deeper colours. I really do think that this is an essentials palette as it can create soft looks or something a lot more dramatic. So if you don't have a great, essential palette, don't like anything too glittery and don't want to spend hours blending out densely pigmented shadows, this is most certainly one to check out (and quickly!)

Have you tried the Lancome My Little French Palette? 

The Nars St-Paul-de-Vence contains a peachy orange frosted shadow and a warm brown satin shadow. The shades are interesting and wear beautifully on the eye. It gives a girly take on a grunge look. The shadows aren't a bad quality but aren't excellent either, both blend well but they are on the drier side. Should you get this? If you loved the Rodarte look, warm eyeshadows or grunge make-up then yes you need this. If the shades interest you then I recommend you swatch them in person as they are subtle in their uniqueness which make them all the more wonderful and will compliment any eyeshadow collection.

What are your thoughts on St-Paul-de-Vence?
The Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara has quite the reputation on the blogosphere. When I tried it, it didn't quite work for me, it wasn't bad but I had other mascaras I preferred. However, when I passed it on to my mother, she loved it. When I opened the Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara, I immediately though that the spikey plastic brush was similar to the Clinique mascara, but did it work the same?

My suspicions were correct, the Max Factor mascara gave the same full and voluminous effect that the Clinique did. However, as somebody who didn't love the Clinique, again, I handed this over to my mother and the mascara performed just as well as the Clinique. These mascaras are quite thick and coat every single lash, resulting in a very full yet defined look. I look for some length alongside volume in my mascaras however if you loved the Clinique mascara and were searching for a cheaper alternative, I would definitely recommend this mascara from Max Factor.


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