I picked up a few makeup bits and bobs recently, I thought you might like to see*.
This is the Maybelline "Sexy Look in the City" collection, and a Victoria's Secret Sultry Neutrals palette.
The Maybellline kit contains:
Falsies mascara, black eyeliner, a beige lipgloss, and - what I mainly bought it for (okay, what I actually bought it for is the cute pink mock-croc makeup back, but bear with me) - is the eyeshadow palette, which has shades of chocolate and purple, which struck me as very flattering for hazel eyes:
And oh look, taupe! This is the Eye Studio palette in Intense Chic. It has a muted beige, coppered brown (which is a surprisingly complex shade on the skin, having purple tones as well as brown), a soft pink, with a hint of shimmer, and a matte taupe, which again has hints of purple.
Purple and taupe. It's like it was made for me. But it wasn't, so forget I said it, mmkay?
And onto the Victoria's Secret palette, which, I've been amazed by the quality of, especially considering the price point of £12.50. It contains 8 products, three lip colours, three eyeshadows, a bronzer and a blusher:
The lipshades are soft and creamy - if a little on the sheer side - and they eyecolours are extremely smooth and silky, colour me a little astonished. I'd always thought of Victoria's Secret (not Sekkrit, as I keep wanting to type) cosmetics as being on the cheap and nasty side, but this is definitely punching above it's weight in the value stakes.
Hard to see, as the colours are close to my skintone, but they're all there, I swatched the powders on paper too, as this makes the shades easier to see:
Shades are sheer on the first pass, but they are buildable, I can see me getting lots of use out of this palette, and the size is perfect for travel. I'm not normally a fan of "mixed" palettes, hating the way lipglosses usually end up covered in eyeshadow fallout, but the stepped palette - and having the glosses at the top - bypasses that.
What are your best purchases lately?
* Everyone knows stuff bought at the airport with leftover foreign currency counts as free, right?**
**Yup, I bought these.
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