Today’s swatches will mostly be on my mom, Savitry. She’s a tad darker and less yellow-toned than I am, but hopefully these swatches will still be useful. In fact, I hope they’ll be more useful as you’ll be able to see how the products look on mature skin.



Not going to lie, I originally considered this palette because of all the hype around Jaclyn Hill. I don’t follow her on Youtube but Instagram swatches can get even the best of us.

What made this trio more compelling was the results when I Google searched the ‘Blushed Copper on Dark Skin.’ Search it yourself and you will not be disappointed. It looked so good on the Black women who reviewed it that I had to see if it would work with yellower undertones.

I picked this up at Sephora for $44CAD.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Champagne Glow Palette featuring Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill

Each one of these is just under 1/3 the size of a regular Shimmering Skin Perfector. You’re not actually getting much of a value (if any) but I prefer smaller pan size with greater variation because I hardly ever finish any one product.

I was a huge fan of the BITE holiday set from a couple years ago and decided that I had waited long enough to pick up another.  Three of four of the colours work well for women of colour. And I’ve heard complaints about Café from even the fairest of people, so at least we’re all suffering with an equally useless shade together.

It seems that this is sold out online but hopefully a local store still carries it if you’d like to pick it up.

The Lolita bandwagon has been such a hit for those who have light skin that it’s stayed at the bottom of any makeup I wanted to try. I was worried it would be pasty, ashy and too drying for my lips. But having tried the duo I take back all of my reservations.

I picked mine up from Sephora online although they’re supposed to launch in-store on Nov.6, 2015.

Kat Von D Lolita Dark skin
Top: Lolita I Bottom: Lolita II

I was in Toronto this weekend and decided to pop by Holt Renfrew to check out Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. Victoria’s Secret model Jasmine Tookes raves about it and she has the most beautiful skin so I wanted to give it a try.



This is one of many happy customer service stories I’ve had recently with Holt’s.

The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is intended to contour features and mimic a sun-kissed glow using the perfect blend of pigment and pearl. It also boasts great blendability, colour uniformity and a gold base that will flatter any skin tone.

It retails for $80 in Toronto and is currently only available at Holt Renfrew – Bloor Street (which had really great service). I purchased the shade ‘Medium to Dark’ and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eyeshadow Palette was designed with a range of colours that would ‘contour’ the eye. But this choice of branding doesn’t really offer anything different to what most of us have always done with our shadows (light on the lid and dark in the crease). Part of its appeal comes from the fact that the entire palette is matte with neutral colours. I picked mine up at Sephora and it retails for $54CAD. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

This new trend known as ‘strobing’ focuses on achieving a luminescent shine. This is the most frequently cited ‘example’ image.  And you can see that there’s a very white/pearlescent highlighted look without any contouring. I also highly suspect that it takes a lot of inspiration from Korean makeup trends which focuses mostly on the skin and brightening it. I’ve done a blog post on Korean contouring in the past which is here. This ice-queen/white mascara look definitely isn’t the best for women of colour but there are so many highlighting options in both the drugstore and high end that you don’t need to worry.