I’m a firm believer in consistency, and if something is efficient – why change it? Some of these products however, were trials for reviews but I’ll clear that up below.
Foundation – Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour £7.99
I’m very much a full coverage chick, and with this beauty I certainly received that. I’m in the shade 100 Ivory and it’s the perfect match! I’m always so stressed with shades in the drug store, because what if it’s completely wrong?! I’ve already repurchased this product twice and will continue to do so, I had no breakouts or creases throughout the day and the lasting strength is definitely up there with the high ends, but for the 25 hours I’m unable to comment on. The texture is rich but not suffocating, and goes on beautifully with a damp Beauty Blender.
Concealer – Collection Lasting Perfection £4.19
I will rave and dance and sing all day about this concealer (much like every other Bblogger..) and with my 7th tube down, I’m due to repurchase another soon. A really blendable, full coverage concealer that is suitable for all skin types. My shade is in Light 1 and could’t be more accurate for my colouring. I have yet to find a concealer that beats this one, but i’m open for recommendations.
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte £3.99
I’ve dabbled in and out of pressed powders like there’s no tomorrow, but always end up running back to this bad boy. Super light weight and no sign of ‘cakiness’. I pick this up in Transparent 001 to apply little to no colour, but the variety of options are semi decent for this brand. Overall, a truly excellent (and holy grail) makeup staple. My only concern is the packaging, I refuse to now take these on nights out and just deal with blotting my face throughout the night rather than hoovering my bag out the next day..
Contour – Collection Contour Kit £4.19
Currently £2.99 over at Superdrug
Having already featured this in another post, Berry Wine. Therefore, I won’t waffle on other than to say ..
Collection I ♥ You!
Highlight – MUA Undress your Skin £3.00
Another truly loved product that hasn’t left my side (or my blog posts) and will never be missed out from my makeup routine.. like ever.. Such a gorgeous glow to the cheek bones, and instantly illuminates your face and finishes off the entire look. I get complimented on this highlight continuously, and you’re literally paying pennies for this product.
Bronzer – No.7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer
My No.7, when opened, can be described as very loved.. as I’m scrimping and scraping for the last pigments to swish around my face. Apparently I have to buy a new one *rolls eyes*. This product gives a super natural holiday sun-kissed glow to my temples, neck and hollows of my cheeks. If I skipped this step, I’d definitely resemble a Zombie for sure. The texture of the powder is soft and quite cream based, so if you apply too much it’s easily blended.
Primer – Rimmel Stay Matte Primer £5.99
Not long after photographing these images, I made a firm decision to cut this out completely. Unfortunately I wasted my money with this purchase, and here’s why.. The texture feels like glue, and I almost felt like I had a gel face mask on under my makeup. It also broke me out, and within a few hours too, not just overnight. The overall lasting power wasn’t strikingly noticeable either. Such a shame.
Eyebrows – Collection Eyebrow Kit in Brunette £3.99
I use the Rimmel pencil to quickly comb through any stray hairs and then the lightest shade to fill in the sparse areas. Truly pigmented shadows, and also lovely on the lids. The gel provided is super handy as it really does keep them in place and the double ended brush is efficient too!
Mascara – Clinique High Impact Mascara £17.50 (Full size)
To clear up, I have the mini tester tube that was free in Glamour magazine but refuse to buy a new mascara just yet as 1. I’ve not seen one that takes my fancy and 2. I’ve never tried Clinique products before, so I thought I’d review it. First off, I wasn’t massively impressed. I found myself needing to curl my eyelashes each morning because this mascara just wasn’t efficient enough on it’s own. I then found that the seperation wasn’t fantastic either and needed tweezers handy to then split my lashes up myself. I can definitely say that it thickened the hairs but thinking now, maybe I should get hunting for a new mascara.. Oops..
Lip Combination – Nivea Lip Butter £2.00 / Essence Lip Pencil £1 / Revlon ColorBurst
The Nivea Lip Butter smells amazing but come to think of it, it doesn’t do a fantastic job at hydrating at all. Maybe I should search for a new balm.
I absolutely adore this ‘soft berry’ lip liner shade, personally I would state it to be more brown than berry, but any-who. I find it hard to wear colours than genuinely suit me, but from the compliments I have received, I can presume I did okay.. right? It applies so gently and the lasting power is phenomenal, you wouldn’t think it was £1!
Sometimes, I do enjoy a subtle sheen to my lips to appear more healthy. With the Revlon ColorBurst in ‘Sunbaked’ I get a tint of mauve purple and juicy looking lips, beautiful. The pigmentation of this product is stunning, and could easily wear it alone for those quick and effortless makeup days. I was so annoyed to not be able to find more online, not even the Revlon website has the option of purchasing! I brought my last ColorBurst over the Christmas period, so that’s strange and disappointing (I just hope they’re not discontinued).
So that’s everything! A lengthy post for sure, but if you managed to stick around this long I am truly grateful. Speak to you soon,
Lots of love, Chlo x