Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sleek Powder Blush in Mirrored Pink...

Hello Dears,

I was in Superdrug recently and had myself a little swatch-a-thon. One of the things that caught my eye was this little beauty from Sleek.

I have a couple of Sleek blushes and I love them (one of which is reviewed here). The pigmentation is outstanding and I generally love the finishes and lasting power. This is no exception.

Mirrored Pink is part of the Aqua Collection which was recently released which takes its inspiration from all things aquatic. The one thing that really caught my eye was this blush and i'm so glad I picked it up.

This is a gorgeous cool toned rosy pink. If you like Rose Gold blush, you'll more than likely love this. On my pale skin, I find the colour of this suits me more than Rose Gold which is much more warm toned.

Its the finish of this that makes it really outstanding. It's shot through with a silver shimmer. It's not glittery though, it just gives a really lovely sheen. I love highlighters with a passion and usually always wear one...not with this blush though, I just dont need it, the sheen from this is enough.

This blush is extremely pigmented as well. A very VERY light hand is needed with this. I think it would be quite easy to go overboard with this one but if used lightly, its really gorgeous.

I can also get 7-8 hours wear time from it and I have combo/oily skin. The fact that this only costs £4.49 is also amazing. Its just such a great price for such an outstanding product. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Tea Rose...

Hello Dears,

I recently picked up a few things from NYX Cosmetics. I love NYX, I'm always impressed with the quality of the products as, lets be honest, quite often, when products dont cost much, the quality isnt that great. Thats not the case with NYX though.

I picked up a few of their their Mega Shine Lip Glosses, one of which is in the shade Tea Rose

Let me start by saying, I have quite a few of these glosses and I LOVE them. I love everything about them. I love the fake cherry sweetie smell, I love the glossy formula, I love the wear time. The packaging. EVERYTHING.

Quite often I find the names of NYX products dont really fit with the colour of the product (their Beige Mega Shine Lip Gloss thats anything but beige coloured is a quite famous example) but in this case, Tea Rose is quite an appropriate name. This is a lovely, easy to wear rosy pink. Unlike some of the other NYX lip glosses that I have (one of which is reviewed here), it doesn't have any shimmer, making it a good option of you want to try one of these glosses but aren't a fan of glitter.

I find that while its not the most opaque lipgloss, its still got quite a lot of pigmentation, making it easy to wear on its own without a lipstick and still get a nice amount of colour.

This is just a great, every day pink colour. I think it suits my Snow White pale skin and doesnt wash me out or make me look like a clown. 

I also get about 4 hours wear time from this. It will survive a cup of tea but not an apple. The formula is lovely, its not sticky at all but doesn't slide around on the lips. It's just lovely.

If you live in the UK, you can get these here and they only cost £7. Bargain for such a great product!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sigma Eyeshadow Base Kit in Flare...

Hello Dears,

If you're anything like me and you watch a lot of American beauty YouTubers, you'll no doubt have seen all the positive reviews for Sigma makeup brushes. 

Unfortunately, Sigma isn't a brand we can get in shops in the UK, actually, I wasn't sure we could get them in the uk at all, without inflated shipping prices that is. Well, I recently found them on Beauty Chamber and I was so beyond pleased that, naturally, I picked up one or two things (or three or four things...). 

One thing I picked up was this eyeshadow base kit in Flare

I had seen a few youtube videos about Sigmas cream eyeshadow bases and I was intrigued. You can buy these separately or as a part of kits, each of which contains 3 cream eyeshadow bases and one base shadow brush.

The little brush that comes with the kit is excellent for applying the shadows. Its a nice shape and very soft against the eye.

The shadows themselves are housed in round plastic containers. Upon first looking, I thought they were glass. The plastic doesn't feel cheap and also feels quite sturdy.

One thing I really like about these is that, unlike other cream shadows i've tried, these each have a stopper on them which should (hopefully) prevent them from drying out quite as quickly as some other creams do.

The 3 colours that come with the Flare pack are Provoke, Pursue and Spy

Provoke is a peachy flesh toned colour that acts brilliantly as a neutral base for any eyeshadow colour. I was looking for a new eyeshadow base and I like this so much, it may actually take over from my Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base as my absolute favourite.

(please excuse the big finger mark in this, I couldnt wait to play!)

Pursue is a gorgeous plummy purple colour. I've really been loving using purple on the eyes recently and this is no exception. It can easily be sheered out to give more of a wash of colour and is so easily buildable to a more intense finish

Spy is what really drew me to this palette. This colour is a pretty good dupe for Mac Club eyeshadow. Its a gorgeous khaki green brown with a green duo chrome look to it. I've also been obsessing over green eyes, particularly the more dark, khaki colours. I think its lovely for something different.

The pictures above show Spy on the left and Club swatched on the right. You can see, they're pretty close.

The overall quality of these is outstanding. They are very creamy and extremely pigmented. I've found I hardly have to use any product to get a very pigmented look. They dry quite quickly on the eye but i've not found this an issue when trying to blend. Once these babys set, they're set for the whole day.

Left to Right - Provoke, Pursue & Spy

As the name suggests, these are eyeshadow bases, designed to be used under eyeshadow and for this purpose, they work extremely well. My shadow grips on to them and I can honestly say that after having my makeup on at work for over 12 hours, I had absolutely no creasing, which, on my sensitive, watery eyes, is damn close to a miracle. The colours were also just as vibrant at the end of the day as they were when I put them on in the morning.

On their own, these fare just as well. I find they have slightly started to crease at the 12 hour wear mark if not set by a shadow, but its only slight and again, the colours were just as vibrant as they were when first applied.

All in all, 10 out of 10 for these shadows from Sigma. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who is looking for new eyeshadow bases or cream shadows or even people who have issues with their eyeshadow creasing. 

This kit cost me £31.50 which isn't cheap but these are a definite winner for me and worth every penny.