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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette Review

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Today I will be talking about one of my favorite makeup brands, theBalm. From the packaging to the quality of the products, I just cannot get enough. Although this particular palette is no longer available, there is a new Meet Matt(e) Nude palette I want to get. This should show you how amazing they are.

theBalm Meet Matte Palette _ Zainey Laney

The names of the shades are apparently after our favorite Matts or Matt next door. Honestly I had a hard time finding a lot of the references from the names, although I believe the first name is a Doctor Who reference. The palette itself is a nice size to fit into your purse or makeup bag. It is cardboard packaging so it is lightweight. The shades are creamy and blendable, although a few are little powdery which you will see in a moment. It comes with a dual ended brush which I don’t really use because it is too hard and stiff. In the new palette, i believe it does not come with a brush and the shadows are larger.

theBalm Meet Matte palette Row 1 _ zainey laney

Let me start off by saying that these shadows will need a primer. I don’t do eyeshadow without a base or primer anyway so this is not a problem for me. The first row of colors are nice neutral shades. Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor???) is about as light as my skin tone so it would make a great base or foundation color. If you take all 3 colors from the top row, the look they create is very minimalist and netural. Very work appropriate. As you can see above, Matt Ramirez is a little powdery but there was not a whole bunch of fallout.

theBalm Meet Matte Row 2 _ Zainey Laney

The second row has what I consider to be the more adventurous shades for this palette. For my skin tone, Matt Chung became almost invisible but it might look great on other skin tones. Matt Horowitz is one of my favorite shades in the palette, however I had to build it up quite a lot to look so pigmented. It is probably the weakest shade in the palette. Matt McDonald would make an amazing under eye liner color.

theBalm Meet Matte Palette Row 3 _ Zainey Laney

Row three has the most gorgeous color combinations. Matt Patel is probably my most used one because it is gorgeous. It makes a great transition or base color and plays nicely with all the other colors in the palette. Matt Batali is my favorite to use as an accent color. Like Matt Horowitz, Matt Schilling does take a little bit to build up but not as much. However it goes on very well.

I used this palette in my Sound of Music Makeup and A Movie video (which was one of our first!). If you like these kind of videos, make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel. Check it out below:

Thank you for staying with us! What palette should we try next?

Until next time,
Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney


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It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Palette Review

Welcome to Palette Play! Today I want to highlight the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe palette (and that’s quite a mouthful).

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 _ Zainey Laney

I received this palette for Christmas last year, but always go back to it because it is seriously pretty. If you wanna see how I used it, watch this Makeup and a Movie for Rear Window:

Isn’t it cute? And now for some swatches!

It Cosmetics Palette _ Zainey Laney

First off can we talk about the packaging. It really looks high end and so beautiful.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Swatches _ Zainey Laney

I swatched the first four colors in the palette and I have to say that I love them. The colors are creamy, they blend amazing, and the colors are a must for any eye look.

My favorite is soulful which is swatched above. As a crease color, I find myself using it again and again. What I also love is a large transforming pearl color which is perfect as a highlight. Overall, there are 15 shades in the palette which roughly makes this palette a little under $3 a shade.

You can pick this palette up at Ulta.

Leave me a comment below and let me know what palette you want me to swatch next?


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Zozae 8 Piece Brush Set Review

Zozae Brush Set _ Zainey Laney

I had heard a lot about these brushes from other youtubers but had never tried them before. What I love about this set is that you can use the entire set to create your makeup look and it is not lacking in brushes unless you need something more specialized. But the brush set is great and has a lot of variety.

Zozae Brush Set _ Zainey Laney



It comes in a very soft leather container with a leather flap to keep it clean. I really appreciate the quality of the brushes overall. The handle is sturdy, nice to hold, and has a good quality to them. So far they do not shed at all.
This set contains 8 brushes in all.


Let’s review the specific brushes:
Powder Brush- This brush is soft with a medium density. Perfect for putting on powder.
Angled Blush/ Contour Brush- I like that this brush is also medium density because that means it is small enough to contour your cheeks but fluffy enough to put on blush.
Foundation Brush- I don’t really use a flat brush to put on foundation but if you do this is a good alternative. The brush is domed and good for applications.
Angled Eye Liner Brush- Slightly slanted and very dense, this brush is perfect for putting on gel or cream eyeliner.
Lip Brush- I don’t use a brush for the lips, but this brush is really a multitasker. Because of it’s pointy bristles, you can use this to put on eyeliner or a little shadow in your lower lash line.
Tapered Blending Brush- This is dense domed brush that does the job of blending the shadows for the most part. It felt to me like it did not blend as well as my other brushes, but it did do it.
Eye Shadow Shader Brush- This is probably my favorite brush in the bunch, because not only can you use it on your lid but also in your crease. It blends beautifully, and better than the blending brush in my opinion. I wish they had included a crease brush like this.
Flat Concealer Brush- I am blessed to not have to use much concealer so I don’t use this brush for it’s intended purposes. Instead I use it as a lid brush. It does an amazing job at packing on the shadow and is extremely dense.

I would have preferred they include a a flat top kabuki brush and a smaller crease blush to blend, but these brushes are multi-taskers so I am not complaining!


If you want to see a look I did with these brushes, here is Makeup and a Movie: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation

Specifically this set costs $40 on Amazon with Prime. That comes to  about $2 a brush which is a great value!

From the Company:

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Urban Decay Smoked Eyes Palette Review

A little while ago I did a Makeup & A Movie video about Mad Max using the Urban Decay Smoked Eyes Palette. You can view that below!

So I promised you a review of that palette, so here goes!

First off the packaging is what you would expect from Urban Decay. It is a nice fabric covering with a zipper closure. This is my first palette by Urban Decay and I am really in love with the packaging.

Inside, there is a nice mirror and it does come with a small sample of primer and a 24/7 black eye liner which I removed and am using separately.

Now it’s time for the swatches.

As you can see, Kinky basically blends right into my skin which for my light skin makes it a good highlight. I love Freestyle because it makes a good blending color.

Backdoor and Mushroom kind of swatch the same to me so I usually gravitate towards one or the other, but not both.

Blackout can be used to line your eyes, and it stays on pretty well!




For the bottom colors, there is a little more variety.

Barlust and Rockstar are my 2 favorite lid colors in the palette. Rockstar is such a nice purple color and if you layer it on, it becomes so pretty.

I am disappointed by Evidence because in the palette it looks like such an amazing blue color, but swatched it looks dark.

Loaded is green but it is very dark when swatched.

Asphalt is grey, and I would have liked it to be a little more silvery.

Overall, the quality of the shadows is there and they are blendable and wearable, as we have come to expect from Urban Decay. However, I don’t really feel like there is enough of a variety in the palette for me. Most of them swatch and apply so dark, it is like there is no way to have a gradient smoke on your lids. They just kind of muddy together until it is just all dark.

If you are experienced at using lots of dark colors or have superior application techniques, this might be the palette for you. However, I am not great at blending so I have a lot of trouble. Many times I have wondered if I should give this palette away, but the one thing that stops me is that I do not own any other Urban Decay palettes.

So until I find another UD (or someone gifts me one) I guess I will make do.

Comment below if you have a UD palette you wanna swap for this one!!!!