Saturday, 15 July 2017

What's in My Make-Up Obsession Custom Palette?

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The tail end of 2016 saw the release of Tam Beauty's latest brand launch 'Makeup Obsession'. The whole basis around this new label was the idea of custom built palettes, with everything being interchangeable, and it included lots of eyeshadow, blush, highlight and contouring options, and even lipsticks in a pan, strobe creams and setting powders. I saw loads of good things about them over the coming months, and eventually I decided to go ahead and build my own custom palette a few months before we headed out to Amsterdam - the idea of taking one palette with the bulk of my make-up in appealed to me very much! Though I will say I don't think the lipstick pans were out when I built mine, but that's OK as I've never been much of a fan of lip colours being in a palette formula anyway.

I opted for a few highlight options and a contour, before carefully planning what eyeshadow shades I wanted to use, basing most of my choices on the swatches I found online and on the Makeup Obsession Instagram. Today I thought I'd show you what options I decided to include in my rose gold palette (I'm such a cliché!). I chose the 12 pan palette so that I could give myself plenty of options - something that I always crave, especially when faced with the idea of having to go on holiday without being able to take masses of makeup. 

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The first vertical column of my palette contains all of my highlighting shades - I chose two strobe balms, as I generally adore cream highlights, especially those I've tried from Tam Beauty in the past -, and I chose one powder highlight. In recent years I've become seriously attached to my highlighting products, and pre-makeup declutter I was sitting at owning almost 20 highlight products, and I tend to like to have a bit of choice depending on my mood.

The two strobe balms I chose are called Precious, a white pearly highlight with a blue shift, and Radiance, a pinky shade that has a touch of metallic to it. I can't complain about either of these creams as they are both easy to use, buildable and blendable, melding perfectly with my liquid foundations. I always like creamier formulas as they wear, as they blend so well in with the skin. I find these products are best applied with fingers, as the heat helps to blend, rather than brushes or sponges. Precious does sit a little thin but it's easily built up, and the blue shift makes it more interesting than your standard white or ivory highlighters in the drugstore. I wore this in one of my vlogs back in April - skip to around 23:11 to hear me start talking about my FOTD. 

For powder highlight, I opted to go with Moon, a shimmery lilac shade. At the time I didn't own any purple or lavender highlights, so this was a really unique one to my collection. It's a very pale, silvery lilac and definitely has more shimmer than glow, but I really love it on the cheekbones, especially for something so affordable. It's pigmented and looks beautiful, so if you want to try purple highlight without splashing out, this might be the one to ease you in.

I feel like the camera doesn't capture Moon and Precious as well as I'd like it to!


At the top of the next vertical column is my only contour. I only picked up one contour colour as I very rarely use bronzer these days, and most of the time I end up being too lazy to even use contour! I chose the shade Light/Medium - it was actually kind of hard to tell which one would suit me best, so I just kinda gambled (I ordered all these online) and hoped for the best. It worked out well though as I think this is a nice contouring shade. It's a little warm but that prevents it from looking too muddy on my fair skin. It's blendable and buildable, and very nicely pigmented. There are a whole host of contour shades and several pressed banana powders, so you're sure to find something to suit your needs.

From the second pan down in the second column is the beginning of my eyeshadows. I've organised my palette in a way that makes sense to me, with the first column being highlights, and the second being not just my contour colour but also my two 'basic' eyeshadows.

The Lucky Charm eyeshadow is a pale, shimmery champagne shade. It's pretty standard and nothing out of the ordinary, but I am a sucker for these tones - especially applied under the arches of my brows, and to the inner corners of my eyes. While Lucky Charm boasts nothing different, it's definitely beautiful and is a staple for me in my collection for highlighting the eye area.

Next up is the shade Alba, a creamy mid-brown that can be built up. It's the perfect, complimentary transition shade for my eye looks, being very buildable so it can be layered up in the crease to create my desired look.

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The third column shows of my three 'everyday' eyeshadows, Cosmo, Bullet and Rare. Bullet is used to create depth and dimension into the crease and outer corners, or to define my lower lashline, whilst Cosmo and Rare are used separately for lid shades. Cosmo is more of a rusty copper orange, whilst Rare is much more red and gives more depth to my eye look. All three shades perform well - they're beautifully pigmented and apply well, and staying put with a good primer underneath. I tend to favour Maybelline Color Tattoos and Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion for base options. Do expect fall out from these shadows upon application, and a little bit afterwards too, but it's nothing that can't be tidied up with a fan brush and a dab of concealer.

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The last column hosts my 'night time' shades. I wanted options for day and night, and with this last column I feel like I can work a very smoky purple-plum eye look. I'm an absolute sucker for New York, it's easily my favourite eyeshadow of the whole palette, and even though I feel like the colour isn't super unique, it's actually something I don't have in my collection. It's a beautiful pinky purple shade, coming off more pink on the lids. It seriously packs a punch and looks amazing smoked out - I wore these last 3 shadows for my birthday drinks night in Amsterdam, paired with Jeffree Star's Pussy Whipped metallic liquid lipstick, and it looked absolutely stunning. Chocolate Cream and Rapture are quite similar, the only real differences being that Chocolate Cream is softer and more matte, while Rapture has a bit of a shimmer/metallic edge, and to me looks a little more plum than brown. They work together to make one hell of a smoky eye, and it looks divine. 

Overall, I have no bad words to say about my MUO custom palette - obviously I'd love for more shades to be released, particularly in terms of eyeshadows. If we had a whole rainbow, as opposed to a lot of similar-looking neutrals, it would make me very happy and make bright colours so much more accessible. Although it does add up in costs, I think this palette is well worth the money as you are choosing a mix of shades and formulas that YOU enjoy, rather than using just a few and negating the others, which I find can happen in pre-made palettes. The colour payoff and lasting power is fantastic, and there are endless ways to customise your palette and hundreds of combinations for you to choose - plus you can chop and change your mind at any time by just popping out the pan you don't want and clicking into place one that you will use. Don't forget that there are 3 different size options available too. If you don't know where to start, it would be worth looking at MUO's pre-made palettes on the Tam Beauty website, and if you don't want a whole palette, the pigmentation and product range available is worth looking into. 

What do you guys think? Have you tried the Makeup Obsession line yet?


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