Hello, everyone! I know it`s been a while since our last talk (AGAIN), but this time, it`s not my fault. So, when I moved into my new flat, I had free Wi-Fi, but because everyone was using it the speed was incredibly slow, so we decided to install our own line. However, it`s not working, so even though we are paying for it, we still use the free one. (which is so bad, every 5 minutes the signal drops) We called the company and for 2 weeks now they`re trying to ”solve” the problem. I mean, I`m no expert, but shouldn`t someone come and check the router? So yeah, this is the crisis I`ve been dealing with the past days and I know I shouldn`t be dramatic, but it`s so stupid paying for something that`s not working! And we work, so I can`t spend all my days off yelling at them on the phone…
Moving on, because I have no internet (blogging from Costa atm) I am quite bored, therefore, I clean and reorganize every space in the flat. That led me to find these, which were supposed to be reviewed sometime around Christmas, as they were a gift from me to me. Oh well, better late than never! The reason I bought them was because they came in a gorgeous box, which I still use for my necklaces. (find it in a haul here)
While they looked gorgeous, I was a bit worried about the quality. This is my opinion, so I might be wrong, but I think that most of the time when a clothing company releases cosmetics they are not that good. I base this statement on my experiences with Forever 21, Primark and H&M cosmetics, which were not that impressive. The only exception I can think of is Topshop, where the quality is insane. And of course, the big names like Chanel or YSL, but truth be told, while their cosmetics are good, I also think you pay a lot more just for the name.
My favourite were the eyeshadow crayon sticks, they had good pigmentation and they were easy to blend. The colours were gorgeous, one being a shimmery light gold and the other a shimmery grey, perfect for a smoky eye look. However, after a couple of hours, they started to crease and later even fade away a bit. When I applied primer, though, I had no problems, so overall I was really impressed with the quality.
The other products that I liked were the highlighters. Pearly Pink is a lot like High Beam from Benefit and like the name would suggest, it`s a subtle illuminator. Golden Glow is a bit darker and would go perfectly with a tan. We all know everyone is talking about strobing right know and these would be perfect for that as they are so pigmented. If we are talking about highlighting, then I would mention the bronzing compact. To be honest, it added more shine than colour, so I that`s why I`m putting this in the highlighters department.
In the set, I also got an eyeliner and a mascara, one being a big winner and the other a big disappointment. I absolutely loved the eyeliner, it was an intense black, with a felt tip applicator, which made it really easy to use. The mascara on the other side was not good at all. It did not do a lot for me, it looked like I had nothing on and even after the second coat, I was not impressed. I prefer bigger brushes, so maybe that`s why I did not like this one.
The nail polishes were decent, I liked the colours and the finish, but they chipped too soon for my liking. The red lasted longer than the shimmery grey, around 5 days? With a base and top coat they would surely last a lot longer, so I would still consider getting more shades. And last but not least there`s this lip crayon, in a dark berry shade. This is perfect for Autumn and has a lovely hydrating formula. It`s not that long lasting, but that`s usually the case with these type of shiny balmy crayons.
Overall, I was really impressed with the quality of these products. And if I think about it, it`s not a bad thing I`m reviewing these products now, because Boots will soon bring back the Christmas stuff and they would make a lovely gift for someone you love. Or just treat yourself, like I did.
P.S. Sorry for the quality of the picture, my camera is slowly dying. I want to buy a DSLR, so hopefully next month things will get better.