Until now this blog has been very much fashion focussed, but from hereon in you can expect to see a lot more beauty featuring, as, like a lot of women aged 12 – 112, I’m a bit of a product junkie.
I was recently sent some make-up to review from Make-Up Atelier Paris (available here). I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but they’ve actually been on the scene for quite a while. They market themselves as a brand for make-up professionals, with a focus on long lasting, multi-ethnic products, with a mind-boggling 50 shades of foundation available, and unlike a lot of brands, manage their own lab and manafacturing facility. This ensures the the products are unique, innnovative and, crucially for me, cruelty free.
So, without further ado, here are the products I received and my low down on each:
This eyeshadow was a lovely metallic khaki shade. It isn’t too heavily pigmented, which I like as I prefer to layer my shadow and the risk of looking like RuPaul is significantly reduced. I couldn’t find this colour on the website, so here is a photo:
I really liked the shade; a light dusting was subtle enough for daytime, but you could up the ante and use more for night-time drama. I wore it out for lunch with the girls and found the staying power pretty good; no top ups needed and my lids stayed shimmery.
I’ve been using Lancôme Hypnose for a while now, and I’ve been pretty happy with the results, though it does tend to clump if I use more than one coat. I didn’t expect this product to change my allegiance, but I’ve been really pleased with it and will definitely be buying this when I run out. It goes on smoothly, doesn’t clump and defines my lashes nicely.
It also survived the blub test when I failed my driving test (for the fifth time, FFS). For reference, it is nigh-on-impossible to take an interesting photo of a mascara, but I want to show the nice silicone-y brush. You do need make-up remover to take it off (a baby wipe won’t cut it, but what do we expect from a waterproof mascara!?) I also think the price is pretty good, at £12 it is hovering around the high-end high street mark and a good bit cheaper than Lancôme. Converted!
Now, I have to confess my ignorance as far as gel eyeliners are concerned. I am a confirmed cack-handed cretin, so I’ve stuck firmly to a nice, safe kohl pencil for my eyeliner needs (if you bodge it you can rub it a bit and call it a ‘smoky eye’), so I have no frame of reference for this one. However, I’m impressed. I’ve been wearing it daily, along with the mascara and I’ve really liked the addition of a bit of drama to my eye area.
The liner gives a lovely sharp line (if applied properly!), doesn’t bleed and has incredible staying power. How do I know? Well, let’s just say that a few beverages were consumed, and the only part of my appearance that looked as good the next morning as it did the night before was my lash line.
Well, obviously I loved the name of this one. Again, I have not historically been a great wearer of blusher. The Wednesday Addams look is more my thing, but I’m game for anything, so I thought I’d give this a crack. And guess what? I really like it.
This blush is very subtle, really just a hint of a tint, which is the dream for me, because without fail I usually apply the stuff and look like I’ve got slapped cheek disease. Again it can be layered for a more flushed look, but I’ve just been rubbing a swirl onto the apples of my cheeks, and loving the healthy, three dimensional look it gives me. Wednesday, begone!
So, to sum up, I’m so impressed with this brand. I can see why a lot of make-up artists use it; the durability of the products is absolutely phenomenal, and from what I can see the range of shades it extremely broad. I’ve now put the gel liner in bright blue on my shopping list, and I’m in the market for a new primer, so I’m going to give this a whirl, and I’m also loving the look of the highlighter. I will, of course, report back!