As the SPF 15 lipstick in shade Mulberry was not available on the Selfridges website I decided to console myself with this little beauty instead. The Portable Beauty romance collection (£60) is presented in a chic little red case complete with a bow.
It has a fitted mirror and a click shut feature. Inside you get a portable beauty card, two tiny brushes, an instant eye lift under eye brightener and beauty booster lip gloss (both deluxe travel size).
Beauty Emergence Card Romance: A slimline mirrored compact, measuring roughly 3.4 inches by 2 inches .
It contains eyeshadows in Romance (frosty slightly silvered lilac), Shell (matte pinked cream), Antique Rose (matte dusty pink), Eye Definer Deep Aubergine (matte deep blackened purple).
When I initially swatched these the frostiness of the Romance shade and the pinkness of Antique Rose gave me hesitation. On the eyes, I really like these, Romance has a lively twinkle to it and though Antique Rose is indeed pink, it works surprising well against the coolness of Romance.
The card also contains the Bronzer Golden, I already have this in the full size, its a medium bronze with a golden glow and very subtle shimmer, the more I use the bronzer the more I like it and its become a staple product for me. I think its a good one for those who are cool toned and fair, as its not too dark, not too warm and doesn't go on with a red or orange tone.
Swatches of the eyeshadows and bronzer (please note I don't do heavy swatches as I try to swatch as per what I would put on, as in this case, just two soft swipes of each product)
Instant Eye Lift under–eye brightener: This comes with a doe foot applicator. Its a matte peachy beige nude shade. It doesn't emphasis lines, nor does it go on cakey. It does give a subtle brightening effect, I like this but think I need something a bit more heavy duty.
Beauty Booster Lip Gloss SPF 15 Sexy Petal. This is a very sheer pink (you just get a whisper of colour) that contains micro glitter.
It has quite a thick texture and does feel quite balm like, yet it is a bit tacky/sticky which I am not a fan of, though to be fair there are only a handful of brand's glosses I like.
Swatches of the lip gloss and instant eye lift
Dual Ended Eye Brush Brush 50 Angled Eye Lining/Brush 23 Angled Crease Contour and Brush 48 Blending.
The #48 brush feels soft and is quite versatile, I can use it for Blush, bronzer, highlighter and precise application of loose powder. I was very surprised how well this worked with bronzer as I was assuming that due to its small size I'd just got a splodge of concentrated colour on my face but it applies a sheer application of colour and blends in the edges really well. The #50 brush has a thinner brush head compared to a MAC 266, and is slightly stiffer (though not uncomfortable) as a result of this its much more precise. The 23 has a surprisingly large brush head so I was pleased that it worked nicely, it picks up quite a bit of colour but deposits its evenly, I'd say it gives a more natural crease definition that you don't have to worry about blending.
I think they have chosen the colours really well, its touted as being universally flattering and I do think that a fair assertion, I think this would be a safe present option (though you'd probably want to keep it for yourself). The stand out for me has to be the beauty emergency card as I really like the look it creates, its soft, natural, defined with a little bit of twinkle.
I bought this from Selfridges