My main reason for buying the Illustrated Face Kit was for a holiday, as it can be difficult sometimes to find a robust, compact set that contains lip, eyes and cheeks.
Though I preferred the look of
the eyes and lips from the cooler toned plum set, the blush just
made me envisage bright ruddy cheeks on my pale skin, so I opted
for the warmer brown palette (£39.50).
The majority of colours are permanent with the exception of Smoked Sepia and Showstopper.
The blush, Melba, is a matte dusky orange/peach, pigment is very high so I apply with a very light hand. It applies a tad patchy but has a good wear time.
The shadows are Orb (matte cream peach), All that Glitters (shimmy golden peach), Smoked Sepia (Satin finish, warm chestnut brown) and Showstopper (matte dark brown).
All shades, apart from all that glitters, are on the dry side, most noticeably showstopper. Overall pigment is quite good, apart from Showstopper which I feel needs to be applied wet to get anything close to the colour in the pan.
The lipsticks are housed with a plastic lid which is a great addition as stops them being interfered with from fall out from the powder products.
Ravishing is a coral in the Cremesheen formula and Myth is a pale, slightly warm nude in a satin formula. I find Myth unwearable on its own as it really does give the look of a bad colour matched concealer, as such I only use a touch over Ravishing should I want to lighten the colour.
Swatched below L-R:Melba, Ravishing, Myth.
The brush included is a Dual-Ended Brush 275SE / 316SE the lip brush end has a firm texture and applies product well, the brush end it too floppy and slightly scratchy.
Its difficult for me to fully recommend this even though I have found it useful and like the look it creates, as whilst there are good elements to this (such as the overall colour coordination, generous amount of product and portable, sturdy design), I think the quality of the brush and Showstopper are disappointing and I question the inclusion of Myth (which I think a very hard to pull off colour.)
I bought this from maccosmetics.co.uk