I've been meaning to try the Aerin range for a while, the products seem well regarded by many bloggers and the line looks well edited and very appropriate for a minimalist, effortless look.
The Fall collection contains two lipstick, a deeper merlot shade called
Mercer and the lighter one I bought called Madison (£24) which is a
cream finished berry.
Its a great shade for giving that typical fall lip
look without veering too dark, bright or cool. It feels very creamy, has
good coverage and an average wear time. It does have a old
fashioned rose scent which I find quite noticeable.
The fall colour palette (£45) contains three eyes shadows; a warm, yellow toned
cream with a matte finish, medium navy with midnight blue
shimmer and a matte deep navy. There is also a blusher which
is a soft, hazy beige/peach.
All the products are a good size and the
compact is sturdy with a large mirror.
The blusher feels quite smooth and the colour is very buildable, it blends in well and has an average wear time. The
colour adds a warm natural healthy look and coordinates
well with the smoky look of the shadows.
Onto the eyeshadows and one thing they all share is a very dry texture. Swatched below are all the shades dry and then the darker shades used wet,
The deepest shade,
whilst it has good pigment, is impossible for me to use other than a
liner as over a larger area its extremely patchy and unblendable. The
middle shade, is where it really falls apart for me, first off this does
not apply how it looks in the palette, instead I get a much murkier
version as shown below.
It has a very patchy texture and flaky finish and I find it
impossible to get an even application, it just looks messy. Used wet and
the colour is noticeably better, though still difficult to use, as such
I can only use this as a liner.
Used wet below,
So I have trio of a base shade that makes my lids look crinkly
and two liners, certainty not what I was expecting from the brand, which
to my mind should be on par with the Estee Lauder shadow formula, not
so far below it as these are.
If anyone else has Aerin shadows and has bought the fall palette, I
would love to know if you have noticed a discrepancy of quality, as I
would not like to think that this is representative of the brand.
A mixed bag but I feel so disappointed by the shadows that it has made
me reconsider buying anything more from Aerin.
I bought these from Harrods.com