Saturday, 18 November 2017

New to My Makeup Collection

My makeup collection always gets significantly bigger around this time of year. For one thing, my birthday is in October and my loved ones are kind enough to feed my makeup addiction. For another, the run-up to Christmas brings with it an abundance of exciting beauty releases, and a parade of increasingly enticing sales and special offers from my favourite retailers. So over the last month or so I've been gifted a few things, and I've picked up a few things, and here they are... Some of them I've tested and some I haven't. Just let me know if there's anything you'd like a future update on.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette (£34)
This was the very definition of a thoughtless, impulse buy. I have wanted it for ages and I was always planning on picking it up eventually, but I have no idea why I decided to take the plunge in October, when it's not at all seasonally-fitting and I'm unlikely to get much use out of it any time soon. I was in Debenhams, and there was birthday money in my purse and a line of pretty swatches on my hand... Before I knew it, I was back home gleefully unboxing my new face palette and having a good sniff of its peachy-scented powders. There's a warm glowy bronzer, a peppy peach blush and a golden-peach highlighter. I'm yet to properly test them, but all three look lovely.

Becca Sunlit Bronzer in 'Bali Sands' (£32)
I'm always on the lookout for good fair-skin-friendly bronzers, and Becca's 'Bali Sands' is as pale as they come. It's even lighter than my beloved Body Shop Honey Bronzer, which I was sure was the palest bronzer known to man. Only the fairest of the fair will get any kind of noticeable effect out of 'Bali Sands'; it gives a very subtle hint of colour on even my borderline-translucent complexion. It's laced with tiny shimmer particles but the shimmer isn't at all visible on the face - the effect is matte, but not powdery. This one's an instant love for me - it gives just the touch of warmth I want in my everyday makeup routine.

NARS Overexposed Glow Highlighter in 'Double Take' (£28)
Christmas beauty releases usually send me into a bit of a shopping frenzy, but so far this year, I've been good and only picked up one: this beautiful highlighter. It's part of the NARS Man Ray holiday collection, which includes so many interesting products, I'm not quite sure where I found the restraint it took to purchase just the one. 'Double Take' is a gorgeous warm, coppery gold - so gorgeous, I decided to ignore the fact that it's clearly intended for darker skin tones than mine. I can and will make it work.

Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Dusk' (£15)
I've already sung this blush's praises in my last post, and I'm going to go ahead and do it again: this is a fab everyday blush. I can't get enough of nude shades like this, that just give a subtle bit of colour and definition to the face. 'Dusk' is a true nude shade - basically brown, but there are soft rosy and peachy tones in there too. Sheered out on the cheeks, the effect is about as close to a (flattering) natural flush as you're going to get from makeup.

Glossier Boy Brow in 'Brown' (£14)
My one other Glossier makeup purchase has also been a success. I've been getting a lot of use out of Boy Brow! It's a tinted brow gel that fills in the gaps, gives the brows a little more volume and texture, and holds the hairs in place. It's an easy one-stop-shop for anyone who wants their eyebrows to look a tad more groomed, but still natural. It's very similar to Benefit Gimme Brow, so if you like that, you're bound to be a fan of this.

Zoeva Strobe Gel in 'Corona' (£11)
I've been curious about the Zoeva Strobe Gels for a while because they're unlike anything else I own. The 'memory gel' formula feels quite bouncy to the touch in the pot, but thin and watery when you actually pick up some product on your fingers. The shade 'Corona' is a soft rose gold, which sheers out a lot on the cheeks, so the effect is mostly just a bit of dewiness and a bit of shimmer. So far, the product's standout feature is that it's fun to poke and prod.

Zoeva Graphic Eyes+ in 'Mute' (£7)
It's been an age since I last used a gel-pencil liner like this. This one was gifted to me on my birthday and hasn't yet made it anywhere near my eyes because I'm almost unsure what to do with it... I've swatched it on the back of my hand, and it's very creamy and pigmented. That swatch was pretty damn difficult to wash off, so I gather it'll be long-wearing too. 'Mute' is a charcoal grey shade with a bit of a brown undertone - a very dark taupe, I guess. Perfect for a sultry, smokey eye look!

Zoeva Pure Velours Lips in 'Matte Chat' (£9.75)
This is a liquid lipstick for those of you who dislike liquid lipsticks. It looks and feels more like a traditional lipstick - it doesn't fully set and it isn't transfer-proof. It's moussey but light, stays creamy enough during wear for you to be able to rub your lips together with ease, and it's very comfortable. You don't get a fully flat matte finish - more a soft, velvety matte. It's a really nice formula. The shade 'Matte Chat' is gorgeous - like a cross between a dark red and a deep, muted rose.

KIKO Water Eyeshadow in '200 Champagne' (£8.90)
I never buy single powder eyeshadows, but I had a bit of credit left on a KIKO gift card, and this one caught my eye. It can be used dry or wet, but I've only included a dry swatch below (I've just realised - sorry!) I haven't yet used it on the eyes at all so I'm afraid I can't tell you anything about how it performs either way just now. What I can tell you is that it's a lovely shade and it swatches nicely. It's quite a complex colour - a pink-champagne with a hint of taupiness to it. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks when used wet; I imagine the water will bring out a strong metallic shine.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in 'Burgundy' (£24)
I bought this lipstick solely because I saw Jamie Paige wearing it in this video, and it looked so beautiful on her, I HAD TO HAVE IT. It's a burgundy shade, as the name would indicate, but it's a little different from your typical burgundy. It's more muted and a little more rosy. This, combined with the uber-matte finish, gives it a very retro vibe. Warning: if you don't like fully flat mattes and/or dry formulas, this is not the one for you. This is pretty much a liquid lipstick in pencil form. Fortunately for me, that's all right up my alley.

So... I've got a lot of playing about with new makeup to be getting on with! Do you own any of these products? If so, let me know your thoughts!
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