I can be a bit of a makeup snob. I’ve never really hid this or made a big deal of it, but I can be a bit snobby when it comes to cheap makeup against premium brands. For me, Topshop Beauty has always fallen somewhere in between. I’ve never quite known how to feel about it and for that reason I’ve never really dabbled into any more of their products (you may have seen a couple of lipstick purchases pop on my blog in the past). I love Topshop as a clothing store, but when they brought out their beauty range I was kind of sceptical. Whenever I walked into a store to look at the range it was always messy and people clearly hadn’t cared when they were looking at it. I’d always found products to be opened and messed with and this is a turn off for me with anything (one of the main reasons why I don’t often venture into Primark) and in this instance it had always been the same whenever I visited my local store. After reading quite a few good reviews about other Topshop Beauty products recently, I finally decided to go all out and give it a chance; all former thoughts aside I went a bit crazy and picked up quite a few products on my latest trip.
Lets talk Eyes. When I do my makeup my eyes are the things I like to focus on most. I love a good smokey bronzed eye and how it brings out my blue eyes and whilst in Topshop I spotted a couple of colours that really took my fancy. For normal everyday use, I really enjoy using browns that compliment each other so the first shadow that I picked out was ‘Galaxy’, a gorgeous copper-toned brown which I’ve found works really well in the crease of my eye. I also picked out ‘Interstellar‘ in the same formula which is a slightly deeper (almost purple looking) brown which is perfect for an outer corner colour, I’ve used this to blend out my eye and give it the smokey finish that I love. For £5 these eye shadows are really great value and the formulation is lovely, I’d say they’re a cream to powder shadow just for the way they feel to me, however on the website they are described as powder with a ‘velvet touch’. The next shadow product that I picked up was a cream shadow in a golden bronze; I bought this in the sale and unfortunately cannot find this anywhere to link or properly describe to you. All I can say is that this is lovely and is really easy to apply with your finger (which normally I hate) and works brilliantly as a base to build on. Lastly for the eyes I picked up a standard brown Kohl liner. I’ve been trying to stray away from black recently as I think it’s a bit too harsh for me and this Kohl is looking a lot better already, for £4 it’s an absolute bargain too for how nice it is!
Topshop Highlight in Horizon took my heart in an instance and I bought it without thinking too much about the colouring against my skin. It’s such a gorgeous champagne highlight (without it being a bronzer) however I think that right now, with my skin being so fair, it’s not quite the right colour for me. It’s a really lovely formula and has a great velvety feel to it and I’m really hoping that when I’m slightly more tanned in the summer that this works a little better for me. For £10 it hasn’t broken the bank and so I’m not too bothered that it’s not right for me, but it’s a little disappointing that I’m going to have to wait a little longer to get some decent wear out of this. The next ‘facey’ product that I purchased was ‘Brighten’ , a liquid concealer in pen / brush form. I’ve never tried something like this before and I have to say I am still sceptical about what it does. I think for this product, I may have to do a ‘watch this space’ and come back to this one later on – who knows it could be in a ‘favourites’ or ‘disappointing products’, I’m just not sure how I feel about this at all!
The last two products that I picked up were of-the-moment purchases. An ‘ooh i like that’, quick, pick it up and pay for it before you realise what you’ve done. Yet again, I’ve purchased a nail polish – If you know me well, you’d know that I can never be bothered to paint my nails, yet here we are again, adding to my collection which is already a hundred strong. ‘Port De Bra’s is a muted lilac colour, which is really really pretty and I think that when I can be bothered to paint my nails, it’ll look really nice. I love how Topshop nail polishes apply, they’re nice and thick but are quick drying at the same time! Last but not least, I picked up a Lip Primer. Again, this isn’t something that I would usually pick up, but with my lips being dryer than ever at the moment and my lipsticks applying differently because of that, I thought I’d give it a go. At £8, I think it’s a bit steep for what it is, but i do find that it does moisturise my lips nicely and have seen a difference in the way my lipsticks apply. I’m gonna keep going with this one and hope that the results last out.
Have you ever tried Topshop beauty products? Let me know what you think in the comments and any products you recommend I try!
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