It’s been a quite some time since I’ve been able to show you any new Estee Lauder launches but here we are back with some new bits and I’m pleased to say they are insanely good!
I was sent a few bits, what I thought were four of the New Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints, and a mascara, but it turned out to be three Shadow Paints and one Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Liner.
Left to Right we have the Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner in Extreme Emerald, and then the Stay-on Shadow Paints in Neon Fuchsia , Steel and Halo.
Swatches of all of the above:
In addition I was sent the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Emerald.
I’m going to show you how I wore all of the above and then after I’ll talk about how I found them (but I can’t resist just mentioning in passing they were all nothing short of amazing!).
Here’s Neon Fuchsia, worn as a liner:
Here’s the Extreme Emerald Eyeliner and the Extreme Emerald Mascara on the bottom lashes.
And then the Shadow Paints in Steel and Halo worn together, although they didn’t photograph well this is my favourite way to wear them, the combination of the warm and cool shades, so soft and subtle, is a really lovely day look.
Firstly the Extreme Emerald Mascara, not my first experience of a Sumptous Extreme Mascara, and I’m a big fan of the formula. Extreme Emerald is so bright and vivid I wasn’t brave enough to go with it on all my lashes, but it is fab, and looks wonderful on the bottom lashes as a pop of colour. If you like coloured mascaras, you can’t go wrong with this. Such a great mascara, £22.
The Extreme Emerald Stay-in Place Gel Eyeliner (£17) is also amazing. So vivid and does not budge. Not one little bit. Put it on first thing in the morning, it will be pristine at 10pm at night, perhaps a little faded, but still bright awesome green. I’ll be looking for more of these, I’m thinking Stay Midnight and Stay Coffee.
Finally the Shadow Paints, I’ve got to say I’m blown away by these. A cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease. Not one bit. And like the eyeliner, it stays put ALL day. When you remove your make up at the end the day, you’ll be removing immaculate make up. The colours are amazing. I found the Neon Fuchsia needed a bit of building up as on one pass it was a bit patchy, I had to go over the line a few times to get my desired depth of colour, but it took seconds, so that’s really nit picking. These are £19 each which does seem like a lot but these are the only cream shadows that don’t crease, well of all that I’ve tried, not only that but they stay where you put them all day. And the colours are beautiful. I’m thinking Pink Zinc, Sinister and Bold Cobalt today.
You have got to check these out, they are outstanding.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.
In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.
To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.
So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.
Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!
Next, the Blusher.
This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.
Then for the eye products. I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.
The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.
The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.
Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.
It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.
So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉
Swatches of everything:
Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!
Got a couple of fab 17 bits to share with you today. I’ve not really been paying enough attention to 17 in recent years but I’m glad to be aware of these bits because I’m very much in love with them.
First of all they have created a Eyeliner Studio, a collection of 8 black liners and I’ve been trying out the Tattoo Me Liquid which is a bargain £4.99.
Described as a Semi Permanent eye liner it claims to last up to 48 hours and you know what, this does live up to it’s claims… I think. I refused to not wash my face for 48 hours but I do know it didn’t budge one tiny bit all day and was stubborn to remove even with oil…
For halloween I drew stitches on my daughter’s face…. I couldn’t get them off after, and after making her face red with rubbing, I had to concede defeat and leave it there and try again the next morning, to my relief it did then come off.
The liner is blackest black and whilst I’m absolutely rubbish at liquid liner, I still managed to produce a half decent attempt. Very impressed.
Other items in the Eyeliner Studio range are a Khol pencil, a Brow Pencil, High Drama Liquid, Make Your Mark Liquid, Smoulder Gel Eyeliner, Perk and Paint Pencil and Lacquer Liner Liquid. Do check them out.
The other item I’ve worn constantly is the Mirror Shine Lipstick. There are 13 shades and they have all been repackaged in little tubes that contain a handy mirror for application. I have the shade Belle, which is a perfect sheer nude lip on me, or a my-lips-but-better shade if you’ll excuse the phrase. I love this. £4.79.
Here I am sporting both products, as I seem to be doing most days at the moment.
I’m definitely loving 17! Available now from Boots and Boots.com.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Clarins for Autumn 2012 is a subtle affair, but subtle in a really quite beautiful way. There are several stand out products and I’ve got a few things to show you today, all swatched and applied.
Don’t overlook this collection, there are some beautiful products.
I’m going to start by showing you the lipsticks. There are four new Rouge Prodige Lipsticks, Spiced orange, Fig, Orchid Pink and Dark Cherry. They retail at £17.50 each. I have Spiced Orange and Orchid Pink to show you.
I don’t know why the swatches on my hand look sheer, these lipsticks are most definitely full coverage. They are absolutely gorgeous, they last and feel super moisturising.
These are both beautiful and you can see them both being worn in the following pictures. I quite fancy Fig as well, it looks beautiful.
Next I want to show you the two new Limited Edition Eye Liners.
First up the 3-Dot Liner, which is £20 and comes only in black.
And then there is also a black Khol Eye Pencil, £15.
Okay, so the 3-Dot liner is a new thing, it allows you to sort of push the colour down between your lashes to give the impression of fuller lashes, but you can also, if careful, draw a nice line. I have found this takes a lot of practice and I perhaps should cover the dots with a liquid liner, but I have left my poor attempts undisguised. I actually rather like it, but it does take (me) some practice. The kohl is just fab. You can see both of these products in all the following face and eye pictures.
Here however are some hand swatches. Left to Right is the Khol, the 3-Dot Liner dotted (sorry it’s bled on my hand) and the 3-Dot Liner drawn as a line.
Next thing I want to show you is possibly my favourite thing, the Limited Edition Instant Definition Mascara in Intense Plum £20.
Love the brush, it’s got this little narrow tip to let you get right in close to the shortest lashes and the colour is divine, it’s an all round great mascara, you can see in this in most of the following pictures, but I’ll list each thing where they apply.
Next up is the prettiest product, Clarins Colour Accents Face & Blush Palette £30
I am, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned about a billion times, a huge huge fan of Clarins powders, they have the most incredible textures, whether translucent powder or blusher, they are just so incredibly soft and they leave the most perfect finish on your skin. This is one of those products I wasn’t quite sure what to do with… is it a blusher? is it a setting powder? is it a bronzer? Well the answer is, I think, all of the above depending on the colour of your skin. Clarins claim you can blend the four shades together or apply the pink shade as a blush, but the pink bars are too small for any blusher brush. There’s a Light-Optimizing + Complex which apparently reduced the appearance of wrinkles and imperfections. For me, the shades blended all together are not quite right, its a little too dark so I can’t really vouch for it’s imperfection concealing abilities, as a blusher or bronzer, on my pale skin, it’s just fine. You can see it in action in the following photographs.
Finally, there are the New Mineral Eyeshadows. There are 16 shades available and they cost £16 each. There are a variety of finishes, matte, satin, pearl and shimmer and they can all be used wet or dry. In all my pictures they have been used dry.
I have six shades to show you. All come in a beautiful gold compact, with a mirror inside the lid.
The texture of these is incredible. This is what you get when you use them dry, I’m sure they are incredible if used wet.
So I’m now going to show you them all on my lids and in the context of my face.
Golden Rose and Aubergine. Golden Rose is my favourite shade.
Here in addition to Golden Rose and Aubergine, I have the Intense Plum Mascara, 3-Dot liner, Khol and the Colour Accents Powder all over my face and Orchid Pink Rouge Prodige.
Then we have Auburn and Dark Chocolate.
This time I have the mascara and the two liners on, but have only applied the face powder to my cheeks, and am wearing Spiced Orange Rouge Prodige lipstick.
Finally, Black Sparkle and White Sparkle.
This time, I have the khol, the 3-Dot Liner, Orchid Pink Rouge Prodige lipstick, a black mascara and the face powder on cheeks only.
The eye shadows are beautiful and highly recommended.
My top picks from the whole collection are the eyeshadows and the mascara, but I like all of it. I’ll definitely be going to look at more of the single shadows in store soon. I’m fancying Taupe (!!)
The collection is due out in September but is now available from Escentual.com who I always recommend for Clarins as there seems to be a permanent discount on the entire range.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I’ve been waiting for this collection for quite some time and at long last, on Saturday, it launched. I’ve really been dreading doing this post though because I’m not even sure where to start, but a trip to my local Lush on Tuesday really helped, so here goes.
Emotional Brilliance is a range of liquid multi-use cosmetics, including liquid liners, lip colours and eye colours. They are all named after moods/states of mind and you can, should you wish to, pop into your local Lush, spin the wheel, pick three shades and have your colours read. Which I did today (with the lovely Bicky). I must say I really quite enjoyed the whole process, there was no hard sell, we weren’t pressured to spin the wheel, we were freely able to browse and swatch the colours and offered the choice to try the wheel should we want to. I think Bicky and I were both relieved about this as there was a fear that we might not be allowed to look at the products until we’d had our colours read. Anyway, I picked Feeling Secure, Dynamic and Believe. Feeling Secure was a stunning bright blue/purple liquid liner and represents exactly as you would imagine, feeling secure and having inner confidence. I also picked out Dynamic liquid liner, which was one I fell in love with in my swatching session, a beautiful metallic pale pinky peach, and represents the fact that I AM dynamic, or I was at that precise moment, it was such a gorgeous shade. The final shade Believe is a stunning red lip colour and represented that I believed in myself, again, at that moment.
The manager of the store made it interesting and fun and well worth doing just for the novelty of it all.
I’m loving the little glass bottles especially. I’ve heard other bloggers commenting on the fact that they suspect that the brushes won’t get out all the product when they get low, but in all honesty that doesn’t bother me, largely because I’ve never finished a product ever, except mascara, foundation, concealer and powder.
The products themselves come in the most stunning array of colours and I’ve got myself a fairly hefty shopping list that I can’t afford sadly. 🙁
But lets talk about the products I received to try out.
Starting with Fantasy Eyeliner
The most stunning gold liner. I LOVE the stumpy little brush, I find it much easier to control and this performs really well indeed. Looks striking on, is amazingly pigmented, just amazing.
Unfortunately, for the products I was sent, that’s the only one I have a positive comment about.
The most stunning orange ever in its bottle. On my lips, a little too orange, but in this case it’s not the colour I have issue with, its the finish. I applied this, and it looked perfect, then I went downstairs, changed my daughters nappy, then reached for my camera to take the following photo, probably twenty minutes after application.
Can you see how it’s started gravitating out… towards the edges of my lips? I swear to god that after an hour of wearing this shade, all the colour had gone from the middle and I was left looking like I ate spaghetti bolognaise for my breakfast, messily. It was most odd… it just gravitated outwards. So this one wasn’t for me.
Finally I was sent Confident Lipstick.
This one is horrific on me. On the plus side, it wears well, feels lovely, doesn’t gravitate to my lip line and is very comfortable. On the downside, on my lips it appears very blackened. I haven’t even taken a picture of this on me, I just had to take it off. This is so goth it’s not true, and I must say Confident is a good name for it, you’d have to be confident to wear it. So formula wise this was great which is the main thing.
The store manager today was telling me how all the products can be used anywhere and I was thinking how like the Chanel Rouge Noir mascara this is so I’ve bought home a couple of disposable mascara wands to try this out on my lashes! It could work!
Gold and Orange face…. from that bizarre angle that makes my nose look massive… you’d miss them if I started taking photos from a normal perspective!
Neither of the above have put me off, although I suspect they might have done if I’d not gone into the store and had a play and seen all the other shades first hand. I’m thinking I’d like at the very least Dynamic Eyeliner, Focus eyeshadow oh a whole host of them, some of the lip colours were incredible.
If you fancied a play with the colour wheel, you can do so on the Lush website. It’s really not the same as getting the experience in store, but equally, its nice to know you can bypass the whole colour wheel thing if you just want to go in and buy a chartreuse liquid liner! All of the Emotional Brilliance products are £14.50, not cheap, but not hideously priced either…
I must also give special mention to the supporting products, two of which were my favourites out of everything we were shown today. Firstly Feeling Younger, a lightly glowing base or highlighter. So soft, so subtle, so radiant. Use it under your eyes, on your brow bone, under your foundation, just a lovely product, and top that off with the amazing Emotional Brilliance a sheer ultra fine, light reflecting powder for all skin types, its just lovely.
All in all I’m won over, despite the colour fails above, just because the shades I received didn’t suit or work for me, doesn’t mean the others wouldn’t either, I was actually incredibly impressed and the colour wheel business, well even if its a lot of old nonsense (and I’m certainly not saying it is!) makes for a refreshing new experience which is a lot of fun. It’s great to be told you’re dynamic and they could see that the moment you walked in the store 😉
Well done Lush for just bringing some amazing colour and a whole new concept to the beauty world. It’s a lot of fun. My biggest problem is I have a HUGE wishlist.
Oh and an extra special thanks to Lush Exeter for the best customer service like ever, (except maybe Waitrose cafe!).
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well, you can see my original post on the YSL Summer Collection here. I received a few bits from the collection but also bought a few so thought I’d show you some swatches and how I put them all together in order to look like this.
I’m kidding of course, I bear absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to this stunning model but hopefully I can show you how a normal person can make some of the products work for them this Summer.
So starting with the Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Madras (£23.50)*
A truly stunning colour with a gorgeous finish. I love YSL Lipsticks, I’m not sure anyone does them better and this is no exception, its moisturising, comfortable and long wearing. I wouldn’t have picked this shade out of the four available in the collection but it would have been error not to have got it!
Then we have the Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powder in Tanned (£39.00)*
A lovely light bronzer. One of those that is so pretty to look at, it’s hard to use. There are three shades, two of which are matte, the third and largest has a light shimmer, it really is subtle on the face though imparting a soft glow rather than shimmer or glitter. In fact I’d had this for a few days before I even noticed the shimmer. It is very lovely and works very well on my pale colouring. In any pictures of my face in this blog post I am wearing it. It’s subtle and lovely.
Swatches of the Terre Saharienne and Rouge Pur Couture.
I bought a few of the eye products for myself. I couldn’t resist. First of all I got the Pure Chromatics Quad in No 7. (£39)
These wet and dry shadows are beautiful shades for Summer, or perhaps even Autumn. I wasn’t at all sure they would work for me, but with a light hand they seem to work just fine. I do just love the colours so much especially teamed with the following products.
Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeliner in Azure Blue (£19)
O.M.G. What a liner, what a colour. Intensely pigmented, smudge proof and waterproof. Apply this first thing in the morning and will look freshly applied in the evening, it’s stunning. Works on the waterline and lash line, although doesn’t last quite as long on the waterline. Swatches below. I must say I also swatched the gold version in store which is AMAZING. If I would have had the money I’d have gone back for the gold liner and the Pure Chromatics Pallet No. 9.
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Majorelle Blue (£23)
Eighties-tastic. I had an Avon mascara like this back in the 80’s and I’m totally loving this one! It’s vivid, it’s blue, it makes my lashes look great and it wears all day with no smudging, even with my watery eyes (thanks a bunch hayfever!).
Swatches of the above eye products.
Please excuse the eyebrows, not managed to get an appointment for ages!
The final item I have to show you is Dore Orfevre La Laque Couture.*
A beautiful molten gold polish that wears extremely well and applies like a dream. I love gold polish…but not on me, so this is a colour I’d recommend to others but not necessarily wear myself…I don’t know why, I’ve just never liked gold polish on me. It’s completely non-streaky, it doesn’t have a frost finish, it does however show up every flaw in your nail, so if you have ridges, fill them first!
So to finish here are just a few pictures of my complete face.
So I’m pretty happy because I love the colours so much, but the big problem is that when I went into the store I realised that I need the gold liner, the Pure Chromatics No8 palette, the golden gloss in No52 (Golden Pebble) and at least two more of the lipsticks. Alas, I’ve spent my Summer make up allowance so I’ll have to hope that they’re still around at some point in the future.
Anything take your fancy? I think that whats so fab about this collection is that there is something for everything from the shimmery, to the creamy, to the neutral to the vivid. Absolutely gorgeous and out now!
*Items marked with a * were provided to me free of charge for review purposes*
I was pleasantly surprised when this box of goodies arrived through my letter box a couple of weeks ago.
I had no idea where it came from but was in New Look packaging so guessed it was from there, a little look on the New Look site confirmed that the Gold by Giles range is indeed from New Look. I don’t know how they got my details, but am very grateful. Also, if I agreed to review these products it’s terribly embarrassing as I have no recollection whatsoever of doing so.
That’s irrelevant anyway, what is relevant is that this is a box of make up received for review. Now I think I’ve swatched everything and have taken photographs of some of the item in use. This would have been a very huge post if I’d shown everything!
So anyway, Gold by Giles for New Look. The Giles in question is in fact Giles Deacon, the designer. He’s pretty well known I think and I think putting his name to New Look cosmetics is a slightly odd combination because this make up is so incredibly cheap. Not that thats a bad thing as I think you’ll see, but in some cases it’s not a great thing either.
In terms of packaging, I like it, it looks great, it does however feel cheap. I don’t mind that too much, I find the packaging to be completely in line with the pricing, it IS cheap, so of course the packaging is cheap. It looks nice though so thats fine by me.
Let’s look at the brow and Eye Liner Set first. It’s £2.99 for both products.
The black kohl liner has a smudger on one end, it’s decently pigmented and nicely blendable without being too smeary, its decent enough and I’ve used it a few times actually, it really is quite a bargain I have to say.
It’s the Brow Pencil I’ve used a lot though. I think it does a great job, the spoolie on the end is great and the colour is perfect. In any of the following pictures where you can see my brows, I’m wearing this pencil to fill in. Excellent. I can’t decide whether I prefer pencil or powder at the moment and tend to mix and match but if I need a new pencil, I’ll get this one.
Next, The Liquid Eyeliners in Turquoise, Gold and Black. £2.99 each.
These are great for the money, they don’t last all day, but they don’t transfer to my upper lid which is great, I love the turquoise shade especially. The brush is average, its not brilliant, it’s just okay. Ignore the shoddy application of the gold there, that’s me, not the product.
Next the Scandal Eye Shadow Quad £3.99
Love the colours in this palette I have to say, I wish I’d gone a little lighter on the blue-ish shade bottom left, but they are all fab. In terms of quality, these feel cheap, they feel exactly like the MUA eyeshadows, but they are very pigmented and actually wear very well indeed. They just have this sort of wet-ish texture about them. I’ve worn this a few times lately though and I’m a big fan of the colours.
Next up the cheek products…. The Metallic Blusher Set and the Bronzer. Both £2.99. Alas my bronzer arrive a bit damaged but not too badly.
I’m not sure what to say about these, they are super pigmented and VERY metallic, both of them, the bronzer is actually very gold and not all that bronze. Thats not a criticism, these are just for evening only I think.
Here’s the blusher…
Gold. I don’t know though, I kind of like it! Like I say though, evenings only!
Finally the lip products. I was sent the Red and Pink lipsticks, £2.99 each.
Love these, gorgeous colours, nice texture. Bargain price. Would totally be happy to buy them and may indeed check out the other shades.
Then there are Three Lip Gloss Tubes £1.99 each.
All nice, all pretty shades, the first in particular. It’s an interesting method of dispensing too…you sort of pump product out onto the brush. They are all nice, nothing amazing but they are nice and as with the rest of the range an absolute bargain for the price!
Finally there are Three Lip Gloss Wands, £2.99 Each.
Love these, I don’t know if they really differ formula wise from the the tubes, but I love them, the colours are beautiful, and they wear as well as any high end gloss I own.
All in all a very cheap but cheerful range. There are some absolute gems in there, like the Brow Pencil and the Lip Gloss Wands and if budget beauty is your thing, well worth checking out.
Available from www.newlook.com
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
So in the previous three days I’ve shown you the lip and face products being released in the Clarins Summer collection which leaves the eye products.
First up the Limited edition Enchanted Colour Quartet and Liner Palette £30.
The most visually beautiful palette ever. Stunning pattern on the classic Clarins gold case and each gorgeous shadow embossed with an intricate design.
This is the second Clarins eye shadow palette I’ve tried and as with the last one I tried, soft and luminous seems to be the formula for these, it’s not in your face colour, it is gentle, glowing and pretty. What I especially like about this particular palette is the colour combination. I love anything that has a pop of something different about it so this neutral palette becomes something special with the addition of that beautiful purple.
I have to say that while I was looking at the photographs for this post I was reminded of something I couldn’t quite remember, but then it came to me, this palette reminds me both in colours and finish of the Le Metier de Beaute Le Cirque Kaleidoscope. It’s not a dupe, but it does bear a resemblance to it! Anyway, you know me by now, I don’t pack colour on and I inevitably make colours look sheerer than they actually are with my special blending technique*
So anyway, take a look.
I love this! Its right up my street. I really want to have a play using less of the purple though. The only thing I’m not so keen on is the liner colour, whilst in my swatch it is a lovely pearly bronze-y brown, on my lid I struggled to get it to show up much. I don’t mind too much though because the colours are so beautiful and give me the look I desire, soft and muted, I find there was no fall out whatsoever from these and they are really very smooth indeed. Gorgeous.
Next up the Limited Edition Kohl Kajal Long-Lasting Eyeliner £15
A revamped traditional kohl, a creamy texture. So creamy in fact that each one comes with the following enclosed…
So yes, if you buy yourself one of these, be careful how you put the lid on! Suitable for the lash line or waterline, I’m a devotee of kohl on the waterline so that’s where I headed with these. Available in two shades, Violet and Black.
I’m a devotee of Guerlain powder kohl so I was interested to see how these stood up to my high standards. In fact that isn’t such a great comparison which I’ll explain in more detail after I’ve shown you the kohls on my waterline.
First of all the formula, it’s reasonably long wearing, didn’t quite last all day, but lasted most of the day anyway so not bad at all. The pigment for me was on the low side. Now for the purple thats fine. I wouldn’t want a vivid waterline, I like just how it looks on in the picture above. The black however is fine but it’s a little softer than I’m used to. It’s not such a bold line as the Guerlain kohl, that’s not a bad thing though, it’s just different giving a softer look. So really it’s not comparable, when I want a deep heavy black waterline then I’ll reach for the Guerlain and when I want something a little softer then it’ll be the Clarins.
That purple though, its a gorgeous colour and it goes beautifully with the the Enchanted palette which is what I most excited about with the whole collection. That palette with that kohl and it is gorgeous. It’s different and its exciting.
So that’s the end of all my Clarins Summer posts. A glorious collection with high quality products in a beautiful selection of colours. I’m smitten and it goes without saying that once again from my point of view, Clarins can do no wrong.
*apply and hope for the best whilst probably over-blending….
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
If you’re a lover of Illamasqua then you can’t fail to have heard about the amazing Human Fundamentalism collection (out now). The ethos behind the collection is becoming who you are and not what society tells you to be. The fundamental human desire to express your inner beauty on the outside. Sounds to me like the ethos of Illamasqua in general! More specifically the collection is a celebration of humanity’s connection with colour both warm and bright, and contrasting finishes. The images that accompany the collection are striking, as can be seen above and below.
I received a couple of the Powder Eye Shadows (£15) from the collection, namely Pivot (yellow Green) and Sex (pure white). In addition I received the sealing Gel (£10.50), which I already own and have reviewed here (I love it).
I have to admit, when I got these shades I didn’t have a clue what to do with them. The green in particular.
Turns out though, I’ve made good use of both of them! The white I use daily under my brows. Whilst if built up it can be a stark white, when thoroughly blended it’s nice and subtle, and just adds a touch of shape where needed.
Mix them with the sealing gel and this is what you get….
So one of the items I most wanted from the collection was the Scribe Precision Ink. A pure white liquid liner…turns out if you have sealing gel or water, and the pure white Sex Powder Eye shadow, you don’t need Scribe. As for that green…here’s how I’ve been wearing it…
Whilst somewhat subtler than bright green eye shadow, trust me, you don’t have to have your eyes closed to be noticed in this as a liner. It’s fantastic. It’s a statement for the faint hearted! That’ll be me then! Perfect with a peachy cheek and a coral lip.
The rest of the collection is extensive. There are four more shades of Powder Eye shadow, two Nail Varnish, two lipsticks and two eye shadow palettes. I’ve surprised myself by finding I have a particular longing for the neutral version.
This is a truly stunning collection with something for everyone, even the neutral lovers. Bravo Illamasqua!
The collection is available from www.illamasqua.com.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well hopefully you saw my recent post featuring Pixi Fairy Face Palette in Pixi Bell I just had to buy a few more items from the Tinkerbell collection, so smitten was I.
As expected, the packaging and design is beautiful and whimsical, but what I was really interested in were the products. I loved the textures of the PixiGLOW palette so much I had high hopes for the rest of the range. The three items I bought are as follows.
Straight On Till Morning Liner
A beautiful olive green pencil with an added dimension of a touch of coppery gold shimmer. Performs amazingly well and exactly as you would expect from the name. One line lasts all day, no smudging. It’s also a beautiful colour.
The next thing is the Catching Shadows Crayon
A champagne/gold/beige creamy pencil for your lid. It promises to be non-creasing and I have to say I used it as a base for the next product and it stayed put all day, no creasing. Very very gorgeous colour too.
The final item I bought was the Fairy Dust in Moonlight Lustre
The most stunning white gold loose pigment which a sponge applicator. This is beautiful, I layered it over the Catching Shadows Pencil to help it stay put but I’ve also tried it very sparingly on my cheekbones as a highlight. What a product. So gorgeous.
Swatches, just a couple of pics in different lights. Left to Right is the Liner, pencil and pigment.
A quick eye featuring all the above…
I’m so thrilled with these buys, they confirm just what I expected, Pixi is a brand I love. The products really perform and are beautiful.
I bought all of the above items from www.asos.com.
Tinker Bell Fairy Dust £10
Straight On Till Morning Liner £9.50
Catching Shadows Crayon £12