Monday 21 December 2015

First Impressions | Smoky Eyes & Glowy Skin

 My makeup first thing in the morning

My makeup 7 hours later

As I mentioned in my previous post, a couple of weekends ago I visited Clothes Show Live, where I picked up so many beauty items and a couple of clothing pieces; you can see HERE what I bought, as this post doesn't cover every item.
I've been really wanting to do a tutorial using new products that I can review with my first impressions, but I've never accumulated such an amount of makeup in one go before, so I thought now would be the perfect time, so if you want to see yesterday's haul put into action, please keep reading!

After priming my face with a not new product, I moved on to foundation. For this, I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation which I got from Clothes Show, and right off the bat, I can easily say that I love this foundation. 
I have mine in the shade 51 light vanilla, which is the lightest shade. I have a really pale complexion, and I'm so thrilled that it's not too dark. If you're pale skinned too, then you should be fine with this foundation. If you're suuuper pale, however, it could still be a tad dark. It's also a slightly yellow based foundation, but not enough to look wrong on pink toned skin, which I'm fairly certain I have. 
I would say it's of a medium coverage, perfect for everyday natural wear, but still thick enough to cover discolouration and the appearance of spots. The consistency is also quite runny, compared to say,  Rimmel's Match Perfection, and fairly buildable without looking cakey. 
On a downside, I find the lid doesn't click into place as well as could. I'm being reaaally picky, but if the lid were to come off in your makeup bag during travel, it could end really badly should the pump be pressed. Also, I don't believe in the 'flawless complexion' claim on the front of the bottle. This suggests an air-brushed, high coverage result, but as I previously mentioned, it's more of a medium coverage. I don't actually mind this anyway, because it feels light and almost unnoticeable, more of a second skin than a thick layer of product. Similarly, the bottle claims to have 16hr wear, but I would still call it long wearing, roughly 9hrs. That's a day at work/school, and in my opinion, that's a really decent amount of wear time. It faded first on my around my nose and on my cheeks, which are always the first places to fade on my face.
Despite the few negative points, I couldn't recommend this product enough - I just want to be completely honest in my in-depth reviews. This leaves my face with a healthy glow just like the bottle says, which I love. I also love how the foundation applies; I use it with the Real Techniques buffing brush, and am always impressed with the result. Finally, the smell is so good, really fruity, and just very pleasant to apply. I would definitely repurchase!

Next, I bought the W7 Light Diffusing concealer as part of a 5 products for £10 deal. I'm going to start with the negative points. This concealer is a clicking, wind up brightening pen concealer, as the name would suggest, in the style of the famous YSL Touche Eclat. It took several clicks to get the first lot of product out, and my first thoughts when I applied it under my eyes were 'eeurrgh', because the pen applies it quite unevenly. It's of a similar thickness to the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, and so as you can imagine, it looked like a thick and blobby streak. However, when blended with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, damp, it works sooo much better. 
This concealer comes in just one shade purely because it is a brightening rather than concealing product, and because of that, it's quite light coverage. I did make the mistake of not applying a corrector or real concealer under my foundation first, so my dark circles weren't covered all that well (but I used it the next day and I made sure I followed that step; the end result of the concealer was so much better, and it did do the desired job of brightening when applied in a triangle under my eyes). 
It also didn't crease as much as I thought it would; Lasting Perfection creases more on me, but Lasting Perfection does wear for longer. The W7 wear was decent, but I would want it to be longer. 
I wouldn't make an effort to repurchase this; I do like it, but I wouldn't be lost without it. I would maybe pick it up if I saw it, as it's so cheap. I'll see how I continue to get on with it, and how long the one pen will last me.

Then I quickly powdered and filled in my brows, as I had no new products for those areas.
One of my favourite parts of doing my makeup each day is experimenting with my eyeshadow. At the W7 counter, they were selling their 12 pan palettes at 3 for £10, rather than £10 each, so naturally, I caved in and bought the three I didn't have. One of them was their Up In Smoke palette, which I think is a response to Urban Decay's Naked Smoky palette which was new out this year. W7 have changed their packaging to mimic Urban Decay's with the less bulky style of palette, now made of plastic rather than tin. The lid also has a large mirror, and the brush and click shut is more like Urban Decay, too. I much prefer this new packaging and brush!
I don't own Naked Smoky myself, but from photos and videos, it does appear more wearable than Up In Smoke; Up In Smoke doesn't have a suitable crease or transition colour, and the only matte is black, meaning it would be difficult to travel with that only. Around two thirds of the W7 palette is made up of blue/grey/smoky shades with four other similar, light, champagne neutral shades, whereas there is more diversity in the shades of Urban Decay's. Naked Smoky is roughly one third blue/silver, with browns, a gold, and some champagne colours as well as pinky/purple neutrals, which includes matte crease colours. However, you would expect that with the price tag of Urban Decay, and I thoroughly enjoyed playing with Up In Smoke, nonetheless. I came out with a really nice look in the end!
I began this smoky look using limit from the Naked 3 palette purely because Up In Smoke doesn't have a crease colour as I mentioned. Limit is a cool toned mauvey pink, and I just buffed it into my crease. Then I used, from now on the W7 palette only, bunny all over my lid for a shimmery, neutral base. Now, straight in with the dark colours, I mixed the shades diesel and arty and applied them to the outer third of my eye. With a fluffy brush, I blended the shadows in the direction of the middle of my eye and with limit so there were no patches or strong lines. To add a bit more of a blue tone to the grey, I applied a small amount of another mix of colours, thunder and Barry M 10, to the middle of my lid. To highlight my tear duct and brighten my eyes, I used jive, a shimmery champagne shade.
I was really impressed with the quality of these shadows! They're not as pigmented as I would like, but for the price, you can't really complain. However, they are buildable and blendable, and definitely not chalky! All I noticed after a seven hour wear was that there was a bit of fading, and some of the colours had 'merged' a little.
The Barry M 10 eyeshadow is fairly pigmented and a gorgeous shimmery blue/grey colour. It was really lovely to apply as it's so smooth, but unfortunately it didn't last as long as I would like. However, that definitely won't stop me from wearing it.

I decided to pair this look with a winged eyeliner, and for this I used the L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim in intense black, which isn't a new product, but definitely one I would recommend. And for the best part, I drew a thin line of silvery blue Metallic Liquid Liner in the shade 2 by Barry M over the top of the black. It was an experiment that turned out SO well! It was so easy to use the product as the nib is quite thin and pointed. It wasn't streaky or patchy; the colour payoff was excellent and complimented the eyeshadow so well. Plus, it lasted for as long as I took my makeup off, so I would really recommend it for a fun twist to your everyday liner.

I used a different mascara on my bottom lashes, but for my top lashes I used the Rimmel 24hr Supercurler mascara, which claims that it will replace your lash curlers as it's designed to create a 'lasting perm effect'. I don't know if this really does work, because my lashes are naturally curled, but I can imagine that it would from the results it gave me. After the Benefit Rollerlash hype, loads of brands have released a curling mascara of some sort, with a curved wand. Unlike Rollerlash, the brush isn't a plastic applicator, and the brush is also much thicker and fatter, and the curve doesn't 'happen' till the end of the brush, as it's meant to fit perfectly the shape of your eye - yesterday's photos will show it better. To see that, click HERE. I love, love, love this mascara! The 'fixing polymer' formulation is quite wet, and super black, and really long wearing. It's decently voluminising, but even better, my lashes stayed curled and lengthened throughout the day, and there was no clumping, no transferring to my brow bone, and no crumbling away. I would seriously recommend this product!

Next I used the Natural Bronzer by Rimmel to warm up and add a glow to my face. (In the 7 hours later photo, you can't really see it, but I promise you the bronzer was there; for some reason the bright lights meant the camera didn't pick the colour up very well). It's very warm toned and ever so slightly shimmery, so it's not meant for contouring or chiseling your face. I dusted this product around my temples and over my cheeks, and I was really impressed with the final result, and the wear is honestly incredible. I don't know if that's because it claims to be waterproof, but it didn't go patchy, it pretty much lasted the whole day and was just lovely. I also think the sun print adds to the loveliness! I just hope the packaging doesn't break; it's the same as the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, and mine always seems to crack. Apart from that, I have nothing negative to say.

Finally, I was going to try out the Barry M lipgloss, which doesn't actually have a shade name on it. It's a bright, corally pink colour, and smells strongly of pineapples. I took this off pretty much as soon as I put it on - it felt heavy and sticky, and I just didn't really like the colour. I do need to find the 'right' gloss. I changed my lip colour to Rimmel Kate lipstick in 03, a beautiful light pinky nude shade, which flattered the eye makeup so much more.

For photographs of the products themselves, see my Clothes Show Live haul post HERE

I hope you enjoyed this very in depth, first impressions tutorial - see you tomorrow!


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