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!
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*