So over the course of the past couple of weeks, I’ve gained a handful of new products to try, some of these I brought myself while others I was gifted at the Blogosphere Valentines Tea Party. I’ve also got a feeling I ordered some more products that I’m waiting to arrive…girls going through a breakup and using makeup shopping as retail therapy! I really don’t need to purchase any more, though, if anything I need to use up some of the stuff I have before I start shopping for more…though I have zero self-control so I’d better order some more storage before I go on my next makeup buying binge. I’m technically buying it for you guys, though, shame I don’t get paid to buy makeup, maybe one day. A girl can dream.
In order to keep this post organised, I’m going to talk about each product by brand as opposed to a random order. I’m going to start with Glo&Ray. The first product from them is the Mariposa Quartet Eye Shadow* (£12.50) in Misty Dusk, and the shades in this are stunning not only are they highly pigmented but they also feel very soft and creamy and don’t appear to have a lot of fall out. They’re all shimmery colours but they’re extremely wearable colours, you could even get away with blending the black in your crease as it doesn’t have as much shimmer as the rest of the shade. I am yet to try these on my eyes however just from swatching them I’ve fallen in love. Next up is their Longwear Precision eyeliner* (£6.90) in Black, now if you know me you’ll know I’m a fan of gel liners or liquid liners that come in a pot I tend to stay away from felt tip looking ones, however, this eyeliner has changed my entire view. It’s super easy to create a cat eye and it’s very pigmented and I didn’t find it wore or cracked throughout the day, it certainly isn’t waterproof, though. I discovered this after having a bit of a cry and discovering it had run all down my face! The final product from Glo&Ray is a La Amo-Matte lipstick* (£12.00) in Muse which is a very different colour to what I might usually wear, I’m someone that wears a dark nude or a bright red or purple. I don’t know why I don’t wear pink but it’s not a colour I reach for very often although I’m willing to give this one a try. It’s a pretty pink with a blue undertone which is something I love in a lipstick as it makes my teeth look whiter…as an avid coffee drinking that is always a good thing. It is also a matte lipstick, however, it feels nice and creamy and I think it drys my lips out that much which is always a good thing, especially at this time of year!
Next up I’m going to mention products of one of my favourite brands, that’s correct Makeup Revolution! I’m sorry but I can’t help but be drawn to these products as nothing can beat the quality of a majority of their products. The first things I purchased were two of their Retro Luxe Matte lip kits one in Nobel and the other in Echelon (£6.00 each) these products are apparently dupes of the Kylie lip kits as they come with a lip liner and a liquid lipstick. I am a massive fan of the lip liner that is included, they’re both so soft and creamy and they just glide onto the lips and aren’t drying. Despite this, I find the actual lip kit rather drying, especially after wearing it for a couple of hours my lips are drying than the Sahara desert! Also the two shades I bought look different from one enough from the boxes but are very very similar colours when swatched, to the point that I initially thought I’d been sent two of the same lip kit by mistake. I finally decided to join the hype on the MUR highlighters and picked up Golden Lights (£3.00) and holy crap I’m in love with it, it certainly is not a subtle highlight, it’s a go hard or go home kind of highlight. I’ve only recently gotten into highlight (I know I’m late to the party as always) and I’m a firm believer of you can never have too much highlight on! This is a golden highlight and yes I could do with it being lighter because it stands out on my skin but I personally like how it looks with the rest of my makeup. The final item I picked up from MUR is their brow pomade in Caramel Brown (£6.00) this is the perfect shade for me, as a red head I struggle to find the perfect brow pomade and I normally end up using a light brown that’s slightly warm toned, however, this pomade has obvious red undertones. It makes my eyebrows match my hair colour perfect, it’s also a lovely consistency and you are able to get either very bold brows or if you use a lighter hand they can look very natural.
Now onto two products I’m extremely disappointed with, the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix highlighting stick (£9.99 each) and I purchased both shades (Pink Light and Gold Light) and while they swatched beautifully on the back of my hand when it came to actually applying it to my face they pulled horribly on my skin and gave no colour payoff while also removing my foundation. I’m hoping they might work better in the summer when I have fewer products on my face and I’m applying them to bare skin, but at the moment they’re just sat in my drawers. It’s a shame because they colour they gave off on hand swatches is stunning and would make the perfect natural glow.
Now if you’d been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that my favourite foundation is the Revlon ColorStay, however, before discovering my love for that foundation I used to enjoy using the Mac Studio Fix Fluid (£22.00) in NW15. I was put off by the price of this foundation especially on a student budget, however, when I was in my favourite discount makeup shop (The Cosmetic Company) I discovered this foundation for the mere price of £12.50!! I couldn’t resist picking it up and although it doesn’t quite match my skin anymore I simply mix in a couple of Lightening Drops from The Body Shop and it’s absolutely perfect, plus it means it’ll last longer as I’m using less of the foundation! This is a very high coverage foundation and can be very scary, to begin with as it takes a little longer to blend into the skin to avoid it looking cakey. I only tend to use this foundation on a night out as I find it slightly too much coverage for a daily basis, although that may be due to the fact that I either use a BB cream or my ColorStay so if you’re looking for a high coverage foundation certainly give this one a go.
The final new product I have to try out is the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour quad* (£17.00) in Plum and holy crap I was blown away by this product. The first time I swatched it I wasn’t completely impressed but when I applied it to my eyes I severely underestimated just how pigmented the shadows were and let’s just stay I spent a lot of time trying to blend the colours out! These shadows are so soft and buttery and last all day without needing a primer underneath, and as someone that is always forgetting to prime my eyelids this is a very useful thing. This is a fully matte palette but you can create a beautiful plum eye look that just looks stunning and you can always add a shimmer on the center of the lid or on the inner corner.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what new product I’m going to spend the coming months experimenting with, and if there’s anything else you think I should purchase because you can obviously never have too much makeup, then do please let me know in the comments below!