Category: Palettes and Shadows

First Impressions: Ben Nye matte HD foundation

Hello everyone!!

I am back, it has been too long but I have recently got some new goodies to start up my freelancing within the next year.

So first thing I bought is the Ben Nye matte HD foundation palette of olive-brown skin. They also offer it in an essential palette (color range from fair to light, ordered also will discuss in a separate post once I receive it!)


  • I purchased this from Camera Ready Cosmetics for $60.00 (USD). Click here to see the site
  • Fast 3 day shipping (for $2.00)
  • This palette is refillable and they retail for $8.00 (USD) a pieces
  • Product size of each pot is .14 oz/ 4gm
  • The product comes in a silver tin, has a thick plastic sheet that goes on top of the foundation, plus a foam piece that goes on top of the plastic sheet so the founation is constantly protected.
  • Coverage can range from full to sheer depending on application method.
  • Great for combination and oily skin. Dry skin users can use this palette as along as they use a hydrating moisturizer and primer.


As you see from the swatches, this will work on those who have olive undertones and women of color with golden undertones also.

I have tested this foundation out for myself and I absolutely love it. It lasted all day, I did have to touch up because I have really oily skin but it lasted all the way until 1:30 am when I got off work. I received tons of compliments on this foundations and it photographs amazingly!

Ben Nye offers this foundation in a bigger size, 0.5oz/14gm, yielding 35-60 applications for $12.00 a piece. 86 shades. Literally from the fairest of skin to the deepest of skin. They have available. Check it out here. Also you can order samples from Camera Ready Cosmetics for $2.99 (USD) if you are unsure of what shade you would be. To see the samples click here

Here is a look I did using the Ben Nye Olive-Brown Matte HD palette


See how amazing this is!!!!

Face: Coca Sorbet + Mojave Bronze

Highlight: Golden Spice

Contour: Semi-Sweet + Espresso Bean


Let me know in the comments below what you think of this foundation palette! If you want more details on the look, let me know and I will do a whole post with the break down of everything I used for this look.



Until next time!!

xo Myschel

Best Everyday Eye Palette ever!!


I am back with another post and this time I would like to talk about my favorite everyday eye palette. Now I love bright color just as much as the next person but some days you just want to look as effortless as possible.

That’s where a neutral eye palette come in handy and the best one ever to be made (in my opinion of course!) is the:

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

There is a shade + light eye brush that can be purchased separately ($29 at Sephora). The brush is double ended. The dome side helps apply shadows to the contour of the eye (inner corner, crease, or even all over the lid), where as at the pointed end is to add shadows to defined areas of the eye (upper and lower lash line). The brush is made of ultra soft synthetic bristles, that have a white tip that fades into black.

Yes the case is shaped like a coffin, true Kat Von D style.


Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette with matching brush

Look how beautiful it is!!!IMG_0925

The palette is essentially divided into three separate quads that contains a base shade, contour shade, define shade, and highlight shade. You can use the quads as one of separately among each other.

Best thing about this palette is that all the color are matte! Yes, matte, no shimmer nor shine will be found in this palette. Perfect if you’re looking to perfect your no ‘makeup’ makeup look.

The one thing that I love about the shadows is that they are very finely milled, I mean finely milled, with that said, you have to be careful not to drop the palette too often because the shadows will break on you.

The first quad is the “cool” quad

  • Laetus (creamy nude) – base shade
  • Samael (dusty fawn) – contour shade
  • Solas (espresso brown) – definer shade
  • Lucius (soft beige) – highlight shade

Cool Quad taken with iPhone 6S with flash, indoor light


Cool Quad taken with iPhone 6S no flash, indoor light

The second quad is the “neutral” quad

  • Lazarus (cool taupe) – base shade
  • Saleos (smokey brown) – contour shade (NOTE: I’ve had this palette, literally since it came out last year and a few months ago my son dropped my palette and ‘Saleos’ popped out and broke :(, the only thing left is an empty pan)
  • Shax (jet black) – definer shade
  • Liberatus (pinkish ivory) – highlight shade

Neutral Quad, taken with iPhone 6S, indoor light, with flash


Neutral Quad, taken with iPhone 6S, indoor light, no flash

The third quad is the “warm” quad

  • Ludwig (peachy bronze) – base shade
  • Succubus (rich rust) – contour shade
  • Sytry (chocolate brown) – definer shade
  • Latinus (golden bisque) – highlight shade

Warm Quad, taken with iPhone 6S, indoor light, with flash


Warm Quad, taken with iPhone 6S, indoor light, without flash


Assembling the quads into tones, helps the artist understand which shadows would be awesome for someone with that undertone. Personally I always use the warm quad the most, especially the shade ‘Succubus’ because of the richness of color it gives to my eyelids.

Here is a look I did with the warm quad and a bit of ‘Shax’ (because I love deep black and to smoke out the liner a bit).


Taken with iPhone 6S no flash, natural light, back camera


Taken with iPhone 6S no flash, natural light, back camera


Look details:

Kat Von D Beauty lock it foundation (D72 + 74) | Lock it concealer (Deep 38) | Tattoo liner (trooper) | Everlasting liquid lipstick (double dare) | autograph pencil liner (immortal love)

Benefit Cosmetics roller lash + they’re real mascara

Sephora Collection colorful blush in ‘flirt it up’ + ‘hot flush’

Sephora + Pantone Universe correct + conceal palette (medium-deep tone; I will discuss color correcting in another post)

NARS radiant creamy concealer (caramel) | bronzer (casino) (all over face powder)

Anastasia Beverly Hills  brow definer (ebony)

Guerlain terra cotta bronzer (8 ebony) (for contouring)

OCC Makeup color pencil (sybil – used as lip liner)


The palette can be found on Sephora (online and in store) and Kat Von D Beauty


Until next time my dears!!

xoxo Myschel