On a dreary day recently, I found myself wandering round our local small Boots store, and couldn’t resist picking up a few goodies…
The above purchases were resultant of a combination of ‘oh, what a lovely lipstick’ and that ongoing quest for a perfect match foundation (this will never, ever end I’m afraid – even when I find THE ONE, I am still utterly convinced there is something better out there. Those cosmetic companies sure do know how to hook a girl).
We may as well reap the rewards here for my reluctance to save money, so if you have the time to read all this, you’ll find something resembling a review of the products.
A thing you should know about me: I don’t buy a lot of ‘drugstore’ makeup or skincare generally. But sometimes I go through phases (usually when I have Advantage Card points to use up) where I dip my toe in, and check to make sure I’m not missing out on something amazing.
The Run Down L-R
Rimmel – Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate: 107 (£5.49, Boots)
It’s red. It’s a Red Lipstick. There is no bad here. When you have a red lippy, everything is good in the world – don’t you think? It makes you feel confident, strong… makes your teeth look a bit whiter (bonus), and makes you look made-up, without having to faff around with too much else, save for a wiggle of mascara.
This is a really good matt finish (‘velvet matt’ to quote Rimmel themselves). It’s not drying, very highly pigmented and stays on for ages. You really can’t go wrong here if, like me, you’re fair skinned. In fact, I’d put a punt on this being one of those ‘suits everyone’ lippies. But you tell me.
For less than £6.00, I’ll definitely buy this again.
L’Oreal – Colour Rich Lipstick: Julianne’s Nude (£8.19, Boots)
Am I weird in that I love the smell of L’Oreal lipsticks? Yes?
They don’t taste great though. Not that I’m eating them, but you know…
I love the packaging of this lipstick – except for the gold ‘Collection PRIVEE’ writing on it.It looks fairly high-end. Not that it matters, cos as we all know it’s what’s inside that counts.
This feels a little waxy to me, but it goes on easily enough and has mid-level staying power. I love the colour however. On me, it is a near-perfect nude (ta very much Julianne!).
Maybelline – Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow: 40 Permanent Taupe (£4.99, Boots)
At first I was tempted by some of the jewel-toned colours in this range, but then ‘sensible me’ took over and went straight to the taupe. It’s quite a grey-tone, but this suits me. I like the ‘gel-cream’ texture, but bear in mind it feels gel-like in the pot but is quite dry and fairly tough to move on the skin.
I can’t fault the staying power. 24hr? I have no idea my lovelies. My days of staying up for 24hrs are long gone, and I’m very well behaved with washing my face, so you’ll have to decide. Do we need or want 24hr staying power with makeup anyway? Hmm.
I wouldn’t rush out to buy this again. It’s fine. It works well as a liner, or in the crease. I have other products I prefer though.
No7 – Instant Radiance Foundation: Calico (£12.50, Boots)
As the last person in the world to try Boots colour-matching service, I was quite excited about this.
I’m pale. Not Dita Von Teese pale, but on the way. I do, however, have quite a few freckles and high colour on my cheeks (lucky me) so sometimes this makes matching foundation a pain in the backside. This clever Boots scanny-thingy (technical name), is supposed to be able to check areas of your face to suggest the perfect match.
I’m not 100% convinced it works. Or perhaps it does, but the No7 shade range is too limited for me (not like Illamasqua. If you have trouble matching foundation, please go there. A-Mazing).
I was matched to Calico. It’s okay. It’s not orange, or too pale. But it’s a little bit darker than I am. I know some ladies out there love that (not sure why), but I prefer it to be ‘my skin but better’ – yes, doesn’t everyone love that phrase and want that, eh?
Shade aside, I am really impressed by this foundation. It’s the first No7 one I’ve ever tried, so it’s made me consider seeing what else they do. Instant Radiance well, you can tell by the name what it’s supposed to do, can’t you. As well as giving you a healthy tone, it’s good coverage (‘medium’ officially), and apparently it has vitamins that boost your skin’s vitality.
I’m never sure about those type of claims, as far as I’m concerned the only vitamins that boost you, are the ones you eat in fruit and veg, or take in tablet form.
It’s not too shiny, but it is ‘glowy’… not quite dewy, but you do need to powder it (like you should anyway!). It’s not glittery or shimmery like some radiant bases (ahem, Rimmel Wake Me Up), so you don’t look like a cast member from Twilight when the sun hits you.
It has amazing staying power. Doesn’t shift on my mainly-dry skin all day. I use it over a primer (Illamasqua Hydra Veil usually) and blend into my skin with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush.
Max Factor – Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick: 20 Subtle Coral (£4.99, Boots)
This has pretty darn good pigment. I never expect too much from these ‘stick things that aren’t sure if they’re a lipgloss or a lipstick’, but I do love a coral, and can’t resist it.
Now I know it’s autumn, and really I should have put the corals away with sunshine, but this is a very wearable tint. It’s opaque enough to give good coverage (doesn’t last long though, so top ups required), but the colour isn’t ‘waaa in your faaaace’ coral. It’s more a pinky-corally-sheen.
Not much to say about this really, other than I like it. I like it a lot.
I am doing well with these purchases so far, aren’t I?
No7 – Natural Blush Tint Powder: Honey (£8.00, Boots)
Another first for me. Never bought a No7 blusher before.
My intent for this was to use it as a contour (refer back to earlier ‘oh I AM pale’ waffle). It’s perfect. Bang on the money. Happy days, and all that.
I do find I need quite a lot to get the level of colour I’m after, but it gets there in the end. It doesn’t last long though either. It’s such a shame, as I struggle to find good contour colours (I’ve been using Nars Laguna forever, but still think it’s a bit dark for me really).
I won’t buy it again, but I’ll keep using it ’til it’s all gone. I suppose the clue is in the title ‘natural blush tint’ – more suited for actually using as a blusher, so I very well might check out the pinks and plums next time I’m in town.
Max Factor – Miracle Touch Creamy Blush: 14 Soft Pink (£4.99, Boots)
Last but not least, another blusher. I remember a friend once telling me that she thought these Miracle Touch Blushes were very similar to the Dior ones.
They’re not. Sorry.
I’m just not keen on the texture of this. It feels oily but at the time it’s a bit of a hard one to blend.
The colour is very true to what you see in the pot however, and it’s (I think) quite a strong pink -for when you want that ‘girly/dolly flush’.
I just can’t see myself using it often, owing to the texture issue. It was cheap though, so I can see myself saying (to myself?!) ‘you get what you pay for’ – in this case, that’s right.
All in all, a good shop I reckon. Made even better by the use of those good ol’ points and 3 for 2’s or buy-one-get-one-half-price on all of it. Bargainous.
It’s nice to be able to pick up things I wouldn’t normally buy.
Have you tried any of these? What do you think?
Or do any of them take your fancy? Let me know.