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Sugarpill cosmetics review: Loose shadow trio + Lumi

If you’ve never heard of Sugarpill cosmetics, I genuinely feel for you.

Not only are their products amazingly pigmented, long lasting and cheerful (both in packaging and in the rainbow spectrum of colours available)… they’re also an independent brand and almost all their products are 100% vegan!

Sugarpill is owned by the rainbow haired cutie Amy Doan (aka Shrinkle). Launched in 2005, this brand is hugely popular with those looking for great quality, cruelty free products at an affordable price.

Sugarpill was chosen as the official makeup brand for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary. They’ve toured with Japanese Harajuku fashion brands 6%DOKIDOKI and Spank! Clothing and have been featured in Italian Vogue, Nylon Singapore, InStyle, xoJane, Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, OnSugar, Gothic Beauty, Gala Darling, and Apparel News.

Whew! that’s a huge achievement for an independent brand. Based in Berkley California, they post internationally with reasonably priced postage and even their boxes feature their adorable “pill-kitty” mascot/logo and makes your heart sing when it arrives in the mail.

Now on to the fun stuff.

Some time late last year, I purchased the “Zillionaire” loose shadow trio and a single loose shadow in “lumi”.

ImageAbove is the Zillionaire trio, picture from the official sugarpill website.

May I first start off by saying how amazed I was with the colour payoff from these shadows. Goldilux is the first “true gold” colour I’ve seen in any cosmetics. It literally looks like tiny flakes of real gold. The loose pigments are fantastic because they can be used wet or dry, meaning mixing it with a little mixing medium, water or cream pigments will achieve a colour burst without a gross flaky texture. It’s also great to turn their products into liquid liner, mascara or lipstick. If you were to buy only one product from sugarpill, buy Goldilux. It is a STAR product and, being gold, is highly complimentary to every skintone and hair colour combination imagineable. It’s also safe for those who are not quite ready to step into the world of bold colours but loud and sparkly enough for any hyper-colour fanatic.

Next onto Hysteric. Hysteric is an interesting medium, cool (blueish toned) purple. A tiny amount blended out makes an almost pinky shade, a regular amount creates a metallic purple and a large amount makes a deep yet incredibly vibrant purple. Perfect for creasework.

Finally, Junebug is a deep purple which instantly reminds me of peacocks and Christmas beatles. It’s got a slight turquoise tone to it which changes depending on where the light hits it. Over a mint green cream pigment, it has an almost radioactive glow and still keeps its alluring tone. Definitely not a boring or gross shade of green, it compliments every skintone I apply it to.


As mentioned, I also bought Lumi. This was separate from the pack, but a product I’ve been lusting after for ages. At first glance, it is a pure snow white. On application, however, you notice it has a slight blue tone to it. Applied over a nude, white, mint, or silver shadow it turns a startling shade of ice blue. It’s incredibly glitzy, but without the ouch-factor of actual glitter. I use this product so much that I’m about to buy five more. Not only great for eyeshadows, this it the world’s greatest highlighter. The cool tone is not too dramatic for highlighting on any skintone, in fact I use this on every face for photo shoots or film. It makes the inner corners pop, the brow bones gleam and your cheekbones look like you’re the long lost sister of Kate Moss. It’s also fantastic to accentuate your cupid’s bow (simply put a tiny amount around your cupid’s bow to make your lipstick look dramatic and immaculate).

The best thing is that all of these products are a beautiful consistency. They feel like velvet and blend so beautifully you can almost hear choirs of angels sing the second the brush hits your face. All the sugarpill shadows are smooth and pigmented, so a little goes a long way… but don’t let the word “eyeshadow” limit your usage. Great for contours, blush, as a pat on colour to create interesting matte lipsticks… the combinations are as endless are your creativity allows.

As you can guess, this is one of my favourite brands of cosmetics. I highly recommend you take the time to check out the sugarpill website.

You can also follow sugarpill cosmetics on: Facebook, twitter and instagram.
Shrinkle is also on instagram and her posts are definitely worth checking out.

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Choosing the right makeup brushes for you


When it comes to applying makeup, the most important tools are your brushes. A good foundation brush will stop even the thickest formula from looking cakey or streaky, a well shaped blush brush will blend your blush in seamlessly to make you look like you’re glowing (and have great cheekbones to boot) and a well designed angle brush will make filling in your brows a breeze.

There are a few factors to consider when buying brushes. Many people will go for quantity rather than quality and buy an enormous set of brushes at a price they can afford, yet most people don’t need 72 brushes for the applications they do at home.

Here’s a quick guide to set you on the right track to having the best brushes for your budget.

1. Only buy the brushes you need.
We’ve all looked at the pro brush rolls and salivated over the sheer beauty of them all, but realistically most people need less than ten brushes unless they work in the industry. For self application, you need a foundation brush, large powder brush, blush brush, a large eyeshadow brush, a small eyeshadow brush, a blending brush, angle brush and a lip brush. That’s it. Keep them clean between uses and they’ll last a long time. Angle brushes are versatile because they can be used for liner and brows and lip brushes are also great for concealing, just clean with brush cleaner when changing the kind of product or colour you’re using. Too easy.

2. Repeat after me: it’s not all about the brand.
A lot of high end makeup brands have a cult following. A popular opinion is that certain brands are the only brand worth buying. This isn’t true at all! Don’t go out and spend $1000+ on a MAC brush roll just because they are a coveted brand, there are many brands that create quality products and MAC is just one of them. Do your research and buy the best quality you can afford.

3. Check the quality before you buy.
Go to a department store or beauty supplier and take a look at the brushes. Feel the bristles. Natural fibres should be soft and glossy. All the hair follicles should face the same direction. They shouldn’t scratch against your skin. Synthetic fibres should be soft, yet firm enough to apply the product you’re using. All brushes should be tightly packed with bristles and shouldn’t shed hairs if you gently rub then between your fingers or in a circular motion against your hand. If it sheds, put it down. Check the prices and move on to another counter. Repeat this until you’ve found your favourites, then buy them.

5. Consider what you’re using them for.
Synthetic fibre brushes are often cheaper, but unless you’re after vegan brushes for ethical reasons, you’ll be making powder product applications pointlessly difficult. Natural hair brushes are fantastic for powders, but not the best choice for liquid or cream products as they’ll absorb too much of the product (with the exception of eyeliner brushes, which are designed for this purpose).

6. Try as many as you can before committing to a purchase.
Brushes aren’t cheap. If you’re going to commit to this kind of investment, always make sure you’re 100% happy with what you’re looking for before going in for the buy. If a particular brush you like isn’t in stock, wait for it to come in, don’t settle for a product you don’t really want.

My picks:

Their number 2 brush (pictured above) is the only brush I swear by. It seamlessly blends foundation for an airbrushed look. It’s quite pricey, but worth every cent. Laser cut for precision application and blending, this is a true investment.

Sigma brushes have a cult following with beauty bloggers due to their quality and affordable price tag. Many people compare their products to MAC in terms of design and quality. They’re long lasting and have every kind of brush imaginable. I personally like their blending brushes and dual fibre brushes. They even have a range for HD makeup!

Crown brushes were actually the brand of the first brush roll I received at one of the makeup colleges I attended. I still have and use all of them, years later, with no problems. They’re affordable, maintain their softness and keep their shape beautifully.

All those vegans out there, don’t think I’ve forgotten you! I love illamasqua’s products and their brush range is exceptional because they are all 100% vegan and possibly the best quality synthetic brushes I have ever had the pleasures of using. Worth every cent.

What are your favourite kinds of brushes? Let me know how you found this guide!

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