So far 2016 has been a crazy flurry of new beauty launches. You may have caught my Skincare: Fresh Out the Mailbag post last month (read here). This month’s launches are fully makeup related. From the good the bad and the down right terrible, February has seen me sifting through the years most recent makeup mail like a prospector sifting for gold. So grab a beverage and let’s get started…
MAC x Ellie Goulding Halcyon Nights Palette
The start of this year MAC did one of their famous (infamous?) celeb/musician collaborations. Although these tend to pass me by in waft of insouciance, I always have a fleeting look in. Surprisingly the Ellie Goulding collection showcases a very wearable and on-trend selection of colour cosmetics.
The most noteworthy piece? The Halcyon Night Palette: a gorgeous mini compact that has a quad of warm neutral shades: a mid-tone matte peach, muted plum-brown, golden-orange matte brown and a high pearl frost. Slide the quad to the right and it reveals a pinky-orange pearl creme highlighter (I figured this out 5 days after first using it :/). This is a good investment piece and the colours are 100% transeasonal. Ellie, you done good.
Revlon Ultra HD Liquid Matte Lipcolor
Revlon have joined the matte lipstick brigade with a not very matte liquid lipstick. Although the formula is beautiful, in my opinion it could be matte-er. If you aren’t after that ultra matte, powdery finish then maybe these are a good alternative. More of a velvety creme consistency, the formula does dry out a little after application but is nothing like an Anastasia/Kat von D liquid matte does.
The coverage is spot on, and the formula is a wax free gel which keeps it lightweight and non-drying. The colour way is pretty for summer, I especially like the look of the rosy nude HD Seduction, which I didn’t receive as a sample so I will be picking one of these up in store in March.
Available March 2016 at Boots, Superdrug & Amazon.
Nars Velvet Matte Broad Spectrum Skin Tint
Marketed as a treatment & protection foundation I would say NARS’ most recent base launch is targeted at combi or oily skin sufferers. The effect on skin is a soft velvet matte coverage. There are blurring powders to create a soft focus, soft-touch feel on the skin and rose fruit extract helps refines the appearance of pores and control shine. The effect is smooth flawless loveliness.
This is certainly a product that dry skin sufferers should stay clear of as the formula works to keep oil at bay/under control. I’d compare this to the most recent La Roche Posay BB Blur (review here) but with less medicinal properties and more of a focus on broad spectrum protection. This is the first matte foundation from NARS with SPF (30) built in.
Available in Space NK now and Nationwide from March 1st.
RMK UV Liquid Foundation
For the drier skinned folks Japanese cult beauty brand RMK have released a super lightweight foundation also with a broad spectrum high coverage protection. This base has factor 50 SPF in it and still remains a beautifully fluid and buildable formula that is a delight to apply to my skin. Shade 2.5** that i tried is an exact match to Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation in 3. In fact it may be my favourite foundation launch this year, so far.
If you haven’t heard of RMK then their skincare and base products are a great place to start. I love the Makeup Base primer also which wears so well with this product. The Asian beauty market has a massive focus on barrier skincare as well as the tradition for coveting a perfect complexion. RMK’s UV base range is a lightweight, second skin style foundation with a hefty dose of protection without the white tackiness sunscreen in products leaves behind. I’m seriously impressed with this and I think it will be a firm favourite this spring.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara and Liquid Liner with Widelash
Eyeko are releasing their new Black Magic Mascara and liquid liner combo this spring. The Black Magic Mascara certainly interests me with its guitar inspired wand shape used to create drama, volume and curl with a super sooty carbon black finish. 10/10 for the really cool packaging. The brush is designed to lift lashes for a 90 degree curl with 12 hour hold whilst remaining conditioned, supple and defined with colour. The formula is lash friendly and offers strengthening benefits Keratin and Shea Butter. The release says it’s removable with warm water which makes me dubious about its staying power but after testing I can’t see that this makes the staying power any worse. I can also vouch that like it promises, this is a crumble free formula also.
The Black Magic Liner promises fluid application and intense black pigment as well as non fade stay all day colour, something I find liquid liner rarely offers. There is Widelash tripeptide in it to enhance lash growth (up to 3x) also, results are said to be visible form 15 days. I’m guessing you’d have to wear this liner daily to see these results though? I’ve worn this a couple of times and I would say it’s a pretty decent liner that delivers a good inky swipe of product with precision. The brush is also really nice and flexible. As far as staying power goes I’d rate it a 7/10 as by 5pm it had started to fade a little.
Both products are paraben free and available now.
Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette
Urban decay have launched their second palette in collab with Gwen Stefani. The Ultra blush and highlighter palette is a gorgeous bit of kit, just like the eyeshadow palette I reviewed in December (read here). Like the shadow formulas, Urban Decay blush formulas are also buttery and smooth on application and pack a super powerful punch of pigment. So much so that I wondered if the shades would work on my pale skin. The heavy dose of pigment means that this palette works a wide variety of skintones. The highlighters are beautiful too and with a combo of about three colours you can sculpt, add a flush of colour and highlight the face. The packaging is also worth a shout out and again, that blessed large mirror inside. Sweet
Butter London Sheer Wisdom Nail Tinted Moisturiser
When I opened this packaged my first thought was how utterly pointless a Nail Tinted Moisturizer sounded. Where exactly does a nail bb sit? Somewhere between a base coat and a nail colour I presumed. Anyway, there are 6 shades to match several skin tones, mine being Light. I pop on two layers and the effect is actually lovely. A subtle tint of nude to the nail makes my naked and lacklustre nails looks fresh, healthy and glossy. I actually think it’s sort of genius in a gimmicky way, but still I love the idea.
Why is it good for my nails? It hasVitamin E provides antioxidant protection o Tea Tree Oil works to revitalise brittle nails o Arginine prevents nail breakage to help nails look their best o Keratin helps to promote stronger nails. I guess it’s sort of similar to Nails Inc’s Nail Kale line where benefits are the primary purpose of the polish, colour secondary. It’s like the saving grace a pair of sheer flesh coloured tights when your legs aren’t tanned/toned/ready to be exposed. The perfect no makeup makeup for nails.
Launching February 2016 in Fair Light Neutral Medium Tan and Deep.
Suqqu Dual Lip Colour Pots
I properly coo’ed when I first saw these but I fear that pretty is all these little pots of gloss/balm may be. The Dual Lip colour pots are part of SUQQU’s new collection that is inspired by Tokyo in the spring; think Cherry Blossoms and pastels hue. Not amazingly original but it definitely paints a pretty picture. At £20 a pot you get two complimentary colours; one light natural hue then another with a punchier tint of colour. Once warmed beneath the fingers these balms have a high shine finish like a gloss and are moisturizing too. I’m not entirely sure where these would fit into my beauty regime as they aren’t a lip balm yet the idea of applying a gloss with my fingers seems too messy. But like I said, how cute are they?
Shades shown: EX-01 Mitsuhare – Clear Beige and Coral Orange blend together to replicate the shades of fresh cherry blossom EX-03 Benishizuku – Clear Pink and Rose Red are vibrant like roses speckled with morning dew
MAC Fairies Whispers Collection Eyeshadow Foil in Fly by Twilight
In the pan this looks like one beauty of a molten eyeshadow so how disappointing when I swiped my brush over the product and there was any transfer. These can used wet and colour pay off is better but still not great. In general this is a weak shadow and you should expect only a wash of colour, if using dry. The shades from the the Fairies Whispers collection range are all gorgeous coppery metallics but I was disappointed by the performance of these.
Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks – Chocolate Collection
I was SO excited to get my hands on these! I am a big fan of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks and an ever growing fan on the brand in general. The Chocolate collection looks like a 90’s, All Saints girl band, Drew Barrymore dream all rolled into one. I have sampled two shades Metallic Chocolate Diamonds and Chocolate Honey which are both pretty similar to be honest (see my post on frosted lipsticks here). I have stalked the Chocolate Cherries shade on the too face website several times already.
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