Sunday, 22 March 2015

BareMinerals Modern Pop Spring 2015

I don't really consider BareMinerals a "me" type of cosmetic brand, nonetheless I feel victim to the cute polka dot design of the limited edition Modern Pop collection.

The collection takes inspiration from the Sixties with a fluttery lash and nude lip. First up I bought READY Eyeshadow 4.0 The Modern Icon (£29).

The palette contains a satin cream with hint of pink, satin peach, semi-matte mauve and a matte deep taupe. All shades have good colour payoff, with a soft smooth texture that blends well (though the deepest shade is not creamy like the others).

The combination of the peach with smokiness works really well, a lovely composition to bring us into the Spring season without going too light and pastel.

If I had one gripe about this (which you know I do) its that the shades look a tad dry on, now I do have dry lids to begin with and they were not to the extent of looking crepey but nonetheless I do notice it.


Of the three Marvelous Moxie lipsticks I bought the lightest shade, Dream Big (£18). Its a nude peach that gives a subtle touch of warmth and surprisingly does not wash me out.

Whilst I like this shade I am not liking how it applies. Its quite clingy and shows up dryness and lip lines. As much as I like the shade I want a lipstick I can just throw on rather than having to faff about prepping the lips first.


Certainly not total fails by any means but there is something to be said about sticking to your tried and tested brands.

I bought these from Debenhams

Sunday, 15 March 2015

By Terry New Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude

By Terry has recently released two limited Eye Designer Palettes. There is the more natural toned palette called Smoky Nude or the brighter more colourful option called Color Design. I bought the sedate Smoky Nude (£69).

The palette contains 10 eyeshadows that can be applied wet or dry with a mix of finishes. The palette comes in the signature purple By Terry design and the lid has a rubberised finish (pretty but a magnet for finger prints). It feels sturdy whilst still retaining a luxurious look.


It has a good sized mirror and a brush. The brush is disappointing as it feels and performs like I'd expect from a drugstore brand. Its dual ended, one side for application/blending, the other for lining. The fluffy side is too soft and long and the eye liner side is not firm enough to draw a clean line
The first row of shades are (L-R): matte black, shimmery copper, satin grey, shimmery taupe and matte deep cool toned brown.
 
The bottom row of shades are (L-R):matte mauve grey, matte pink, matte yellow peach, matte beige and matte tan.
 
 
The majority of shades (apart from the black and deep brown which has a dryer feel and do not apply as smoothly) are smooth and silky with a fine texture, the shimmer shades are my favourite as they have a creamier texture. Mattes are always a tricky formula but these are of a very good quality. Pigment is a slight issues when using them dry due to the softness and lightweight texture, colour is very quick to dissipate if you do any type of blending/sweeping motion. If you want the colour that you see in the pan you are best to use a more dense brush and press these onto the lid or use them wet.
Used with a dampened brush, pigment/vibrancy is increased and they all apply smoothly and blend well (without going thick and patchy as some shadows do when you use them damp).

Swatched below dry then damp.
 
 
 
 
I can't say that I find the shadows unique or exciting, and do pair this palette with other shades, as on its own I find the looks it creates are rather drab. Nonetheless this is very much a workhorse palette that will get a lot of use. The shades are great staples to help create a soft everyday eye or a more intense smoky eye.

Whilst I quite like this formula it doesn't supersede my favourite eye shadow brands so if you have similar shades I wouldn't suggest this is a must have.
 
Ingredients:
 
I bought this from http://uk.spacenk.com

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Suqqu Spring 2015: Blend Colour Eye Shadow #19 Awafujisukashi

The Suqqu Spring 2015 collection is inspired by the delicate texture and translucent colour of chiffon. I bought the eye quad that was used in the beautiful promotional image for the collection, #19 Awafujisukashi (£45). The quad contains a white with pink opalescence, lavender/periwinkle with satin finish, copper with a shimmer finish and neutral to cool toned satin brown.

 
 
These are not pigment heavy shadows but I don't find them lacking in showing up true to pan once applied. With a lightweight, silky feel, I find the application and performance the normal high quality from Suqqu.
 
Swatched below, try as I might I couldn't capture the pink opalescence of the white so you will just have to trust me that its a beautiful shade.
 
Its an interesting mix of shades, it works as the lavender/periwinkle does not scream pastel due to its more hazy tone and the inclusion of the copper gives balance to the cooler tones.The overall look is soft, with the copper and lavender adding an interest to the look and the pink opalescence of the white shade imparting a beautiful sheen.
 
I'm really enjoying this so I'm glad its not limited edition as I can see myself hitting pan on this.

Ingredients:


I bought this from http://www.selfridges.com

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Givenchy: The New Prisme Quatuor Frisson #05

The Givenchy Prisme Quatuor palettes have recently had a makeover, the packaging looks more sleek and the shadows have been reformulated.

I've found Givenchy shadows in the past often poorly pigmented and slightly dry in texture, so was intrigued what improvements this new formulation would offer. The new formula is meant to be an "extremely innovative texture that is long wearing, compact and very buildable. Coverage is instant, intense and even".
The palettes are available in eight harmonies, containing satin, matte, shimmer and glitter finishes. The four shades include a liner, contour, base and highlighter. I felt that a lot of the colours looked a bit dull/drab, and Frisson #05 (£37) was the only one that appealed to me.

Frisson contains a satin smoky purple, gunmetal grey with fine silver glitter, iridescence pink and shimmery copper. The combination of three cool toned shades and one warm really works and the finishes of the two lighter shades add an interesting dimension.
I swatched all the palettes and felt that quite a few shades were on the dry/patchy side, however as this went against all the positive feedback I'd read I still went ahead and bought one as I'm all too aware that shades can apply to the lid much better than they swatch.

All the shades have a dry texture and the two darker shades are the worse and unfortunately apply patchy and do not blend well. The lighter two shades perform better, blending nicely and are good layering shades.

The main issue I have with this palette is pigment, the brand states that the colour payoff is intense, however I find that used dry the payoff is extremely poor. Though the shades are much better when used wet, I don't expect shadows that are marketed as being intense to be unable to be used dry to achieve this effect.
Swatched below dry then wet,

 
The shadows are very prone to fading so a primer is a must for me and even then I do still get some fading.
I'm quite perplexed over the positive reviews for these palettes and can only assume that the other colour ways perform much better than Frisson. Whilst I like the combination of colours, the two darker shades perform so poorly that I cannot recommend this, I would expect a much better texture and application for a palette of this price.


I bought this from Debenhams

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Personal update

After a difficult pregnancy I gave birth to my second child this January, a beautiful girl. I've been rather immobile recovering from a 3rd degree tear (with all its fun accompanying problems) and I must say that I am having a blast with all these sleepless nights....
A new little one around equates to less time, which will naturally have an impact on my blogging so I just wanted to let you know that I'll likely not be able to post every week.
As always a big thanks to everyone who has followed, read and commented on my blog.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Blush in Platinum Blonde

Whats better than having one Terrybly Densiliss Blush? Having two of course!
As I was really pleased with the blush in Sexy Pink, I bought Platinum Blonde (£52).

I was expecting it to be more of a beige peach going by what I'd seen online but its actually more of a tangerine, luckily its not got that noticeable yellow tone like a lot of warmer blushers do.

As long as I use a light hand (its very pigmented) it doesn't look off on my cool toned skin and instead adds a healthy looking warmth to the complexion.

I've found the Terrybly Densiliss Blushers to be incredible smooth, silky and lightweight. Application is a complete breeze, they apply effortlessly, never looking powdery or unblended. In terms of finish they give a soft focused glow that makes the skin look smooth and brightens the complexion with a long wear time.
These are very expensive blushers, so they have to deliver and though I would prefer the packaging to be more streamlined and less heavy, there are no flaws with the application/performance.
Ingredients:

By Terry is a luxury, indulgent brand, and though not everything is always a success for me (you know how picky I am) I really think the line has some stand out products.
I've noticed they have new eye palettes, (link here http://uk.spacenk.com/eye-designer-palette/MUK200014452.html) for pre-sale on SpaceNK and would you know it I just had to add one to my cart :)
 

I bought this from http://uk.spacenk.com/women/ 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

GUERLAIN Les Tendres Spring 2015: Clair (02) Meteorites Compact & Les Nuees Eyeshadow Palette

There have been quite a few Spring releases of finishing powders this year, I finally got round to testing them in store and found the Yves Saint Laurent Palette Collector Lumiere De Jour was very sheer and subtle and contained glitter (which I am not a fan of) and the Givenchy Le Prisme Visage Colour Confetti, whilst it had a pretty, albeit subtle glow, the actual base colour of the product was too dark for my pale skin (being a noticeable peach). I settled on the lightest shade of the Guerlain Météorites Compact, Clair #02 (£40).

The powder is said to blur imperfections and provide illumination and radiance. Clair #02 is meant to even the skin with the champagne colour, illuminate with the white and hide any redness with the green.

I don't feel that the powder evens out or reduces any discolouration on my skin, what it does succeed in doing is adding a subtle brightening to the skin, making the complexion look a tad smoother. The difference it makes to my overall complexion is rather subtle so I do question the necessity of this.
Whilst the powder has a smooth texture, it feels rather dry, however it applies quite nicely on the skin but I could see it accentuating very dry patches. 
Swatched below: Diorblush in Starlight, Guerlain Météorites Compact, Clair #02 and Burberry Nude Radiance Fresh Glow Powder.


Ingredients below (this is heavily scented).

The limited edition Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 18 Les Nuees (£41) contains a deep navy blue with fine sparkle, white with frosty finish, a pale baby blue with slight lavender iridescence and a white with a hint of pink with frosty finish.


What became apparent when I first used this is the formula is not the same as in the other Ombre Eclat 4 Shade Eyeshadow palettes I've had. There is a noticeable decrease in performance, the three lighter shades have quite a smooth texture but are not as soft and do not apply as evenly and the deeper blue has an even dryer texture and is crumbly and overall colour payoff of all shades is not as good as the regular palettes. As long as I wear a primer I do not get colour fade or creasing and do find the shades blend ok.

In terms of the array of shades a mid toned shade would have allowed for more contrast and therefore variety of looks, and its a shame the pink shadow does not actually go on as pink as it looks in the pan. The saving grace is that I like the finished look of this but I would not recommend due to the dip in quality and work required to get the shadows to work.


I bought these from John Lewis.
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