Sunday, 26 April 2015

Trish McEvoy’s Power of Makeup Planner Collection Perfect Nude

I always take note when a new Trish McEvoy planner collection comes along as they are very well coordinated and provide a hassle free option to have all the products you need at your figure tips.


The Perfect Nude Planner Collection (£130) contains the following:

  • A Turquoise Croc Makeup planner
  • Petite Makeup Wardrobing Page
  • Medium Refillable Double Decker Compact
  • Glaze Eye Shadow Golden Peach: slightly shimmery soft peach
  • Glaze Eye Shadow Vanilla: slightly shimmery soft cream with a hint of pink
  • Eye Shadow Smokey Taupe: pigmented matte medium taupe
  • Eye Definer Bark: pigmented matte golden deep brown with subtle golden sparkle.
  • Intense Gel Eye Liner Black: An  intense black (though on swatching it has a bit of sparkle but I cannot detect it on application) applies smoothly and is long wearing
  • Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner Pen: this is a very inky black, not too watery, it applies nicely and has a very good wear time.
  • High Volume Mascara: this has a very small brush head, it allows for a well define, non clumpy natural look.

  • Instant Eye Lift: I've bought this quite a few times, it has medium coverage and gives a really flattering brightening lift to the skin.
  • Limited-edition Eye Base Essentials Pink Bare: This matte warm pink primer has a smooth, albeit slightly dry, texture and provides high coverage. It works well to prevent creasing and fading
  • Eye Brightener Pencil Shell: I love this, it outperforms the equivalent products from other brands, it applies beautifully, blends with no patchiness or dryness and really adds a natural looking brightening effect.

  • Bronzer Weekend: this looks very dark in the pan but goes on surprisingly natural and along with my Tom Ford Terra is one of my favourite bronzers
  • Blush Peony Pink: this looks very bright but applies as a nice pop of cool toned pink.
  • Translucent Finishing Powder: This is non cakey and sets makeup for a long lasting wear.

  • Long-Wear Lip Liner Barely Nude: This is a matte warm rosewood. Its really creamy, not too drying, pigmented and extremely long-lasting.
  • Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Colour Perfect Rose: unlike a lot of dual purpose products this works really well on both lips and cheeks. Its not got too much slip and blends seamlessly with a good wear time.
  • Irresistible Lip Gloss Petal : Its a sheer light pink with very subtle sparkle. Slightly tacky in texture and with a minty smell, this is quite long wearing and has a intense glossy finish that makes lips look fuller.

All are full size apart from the Gel Eye Liner and Translucent Finishing Powder which are deluxe travel size.


All the products perform well, I think Trish McEvoy is quite an underrated line considering it supplies many hard working products that you know you can rely on. Overall this is a really well put together collection that succeeds in creating an effortless natural healthy look.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Burberry Kisses Nude Pink, Wet & Dry Glow Shadow in Shell

Reformulations are taking place at Burberry, all their single sheer eye shadows have been replaced by two new formulas (Wet & Dry Silk and Wet & Dry Glow), the Lipcover lipsticks have been replaced by the Kisses formula and apparently more products are being updated (with the exclusion of fragrance which will be a welcomed attribute to many). With the upcoming new cream blushers and cream eyeshadows from the brand its looking like a very exciting year for Burberry makeup fans.

I bought the shadow in Shell #003 Wet & Dry Glow (£23). Its a shimmery/metallic golden peach. The warmth of this looks at odds on my complexion so I tend to use this as a topper shade.

The finish is along the lines of NARS’ Dual Intensity eyeshadows, however I find the Burberry version is smoother and more creamy. Though the product is quite dense it doesn't feel heavy. It adheres really well and is easy to blend with no fallout. The shadow layers really well and as you can use it wet to intensify the colour it makes it quite versatile, lasting power is also extremely good.
Swatched dry then damp,

Overall the formula is lovely to use but I can't help feeling like this high sheen/metallic finish seems out of place with the more sedate offerings we normally receive from Burberry.


From the new Burberry Kisses lipstick formula I opted for Nude Pink #05 (£25). True to its name it really is the perfect neutral toned satin finish nude pink which is easily built up.

I was really expecting to love this new formula and there are certainly many positives. It feels comfortable and hydrating, it does cling to the lips somewhat but as it does not have too much slip it has a good wear time (about 4 hours). It's nearly ticking all the boxes but there is one flaw in that it accentuates lip lines. To be fair its not terrible and its lessened the more you layer, but lipsticks that sink into lines is a bugbear of mine and as there are so many good lipsticks on the market these days I have high expectations when I try a new formula. I was hoping it was just this shade but I have since read reviews for other shades with the same performance.
Swatched below once then four times,

Ingredients (I detect no fragrance):

Though there is a lot to like, I'm not completely smitten with these, the finish of the shadow is slightly too intense for me and I prefer the finished look of the lip mists and lip glow balms compared to the kisses formula.

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