You all seemed to really enjoy the first part of my new series, Beauty on Trial, so I’m excited to bring you the next instalment! Remember, all products have been thoroughly tested over the course of a month so I can give a thorough review of them all.
RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION CONCEALER AND SCULPTING PALETTE
First up, we’ve got some products from Rimmel that I’ve heard plenty about recently. The Rimmel Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer has been shouted about quite a bit, especially by some of the more well known bloggers and youtubers. Concealer is probably one of my favourite make-up products, so I’m always interested in these new releases in particular. It features a soft brush which when you squeeze the tube, dispenses the product out of the bristles, ideal for helping you to conceal under the eye circles. I’m assuming this is what it is for specifically because apply the concealer via the brush elsewhere on your face is a bit of a pain to be massively honest!
It’s also supposedly acts as a highlighter too but to be honest I don’t really see that myself. Overall, it does the job but not long enough for me to become a loyal fan and it certainly doesn’t live up to the 13 hour wear that we’re promised. I don’t enjoy working with the brush either as once it’s coated with product, it is quite difficult to swipe with and I don’t feel as I’ve got much control as I would like.
Moving on, I absolutely loved the concept of the Rimmel London Sculpting Palette by Kate (in 002). A three-in-one palette in a handy, compact packaging? Yes please! You get a highlighter, shading powder and blush. Okay, let me just shout about the shading powder for a bit. This, I love. I use it to contour and being in such a lovely, light shade, I find it adds the perfect amount without being overbearing – something which has been my main problem with similar products. For the shading powder alone, this product is worth purchasing 100%. The blush is nice enough, quite coral toned so good for this season and it helps to add a good flush of warmth to your cheeks. While the highlighter isn’t the most exciting, it works and if you’re wanting to minimise your make-up for travel, the kit is definitely worthy to bring along.
GOT2B BEACH MATT SALT SPRAY AND REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSH CLEANSING PALETTE
Oh, how I desperately wanted to like the got2b Beach Matte Salt Spray. Realistically, given it was extremely cheap, I shouldn’t really be surprised by how things turned out but what can I say, I like to give things a chance! It basically did nothing for my hair. You essentially spray the formula and scrunch your hair. I tried this on dry hair, wet hair, half-wet hair. But no. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. You get the idea. I was dreaming of quick, beachy waves leaving me looking like a mermaid, but there was no change. I don’t know if it helps that my hair is very thick but ideally, you want a product that will work on all hair types. This is definitely one product I’ll be passing on.
Now in total contract, the Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Palette is definitely something I can get behind. Everyone will have experienced the joy (sarcasm) of washing their brushes. I used the palm of my hand to swirl my brushes in and would either end up with hot hands or numb ones. That’s where this little beauty comes in. You slip your hand round the back of the palette and then squeeze your brush cleansing gel or whatever you use, onto the palette before adding warm water and swirling your brush through the gel and water, across the various surfaces until you are happy with your brush. It’s just a small thing, but it really makes the world of difference to the process. While I’m never going to enjoy washing my brushes, this certainly helps a hell of a lot!
SOAP AND GLORY ONE HECK OF A BLOT, BROW ARCHERY AND KICK ASS ALL IS CALM ANTI-REDNESS CONCEALER
There is lots of very exciting things from Soap and Glory this month! I’ve been on the hunt for a good, high street primer for a long time now. I’ve used my MAC one ever since I brought it last year from Orlando but considering how pricey it can be (and how quickly a bottle can go), I wanted to find a cheaper alternative that I could get to easily and would y’know, actually do the job and keep my make up in place. I’d heard a lot of a good reviews about the One Heck of a Blot primer from Soap and Glory, so when a three for two came up at boots, it was the perfect excuse to get hold of it! I’m just going to say this straight away, I LOVE it. It comes in the form of a pink sort of cream that helps make your pores smaller, so your skin appeara smoother. It also absorbs oil but as someone who doesn’t suffer from oily skin, this isn’t something I can verify. What I can verify is how brilliant this product is and how much it really does work. My make-up instantly looks better and it holds in place for so much longer when I use this. This is definitely something I would recommend purchasing.
I have never ever ventured into the mysterious land of colour correction make-up. The colours have always been too daunting to me so I’ve tended to stay far away, eyeing it up every now and again with muted interest. With the three for two, I needed one more product to complete my line up and I’m not sure why, but I just grabbed the Kick Ass All is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer and hurried to the tills. When it came round to using it, I was a bit perplexed by the exterior. It was smooth, almost plasticky looking nub. There’s something really ghoulish about the colour but it’s ideal for cancelling out any angry redness you might have. You apply the product straight from the nub (I cannot think of a better name for it!) after your primer and blend the creamy texture in before buffering your foundation over the top, where the green will (obviously) no longer be seen. As someone who does suffer from redness, it’s a really useful product for me to have, especially on those days where I’m suffering particularly badly and foundation alone just won’t do. It’s a really great sized product and definitely one that is going to last a long time.
Finally, we have the Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush, which does exactly what it says on the tin. As far as brow products go, I’ve been solely dedicated to Anastasia Brow Whiz so I’ve never really needed anything else. But occasionally, I just get the itch to try something else. And realistically, my ABW will eventually run out and it’s fairly costly! The Archery 2-in-1 is super skinny which I do really like as you have maximum control with the retractable pencil end and can draw in really thin, accurate hair strokes. There’s not much to say about the brush end, it simply does the job of taming yo’ brows! My only real gripe with this product is the very little colour option. You’ve got three shades to choose from, which realistically isn’t going to suit everyone. I think I can manage to get away with ‘Hot Chocolate’ but not everyone is going to be so fortunate. Overall, if the shade is right for you, this is definitely a good, cheaper alternative to ABW.
So that marks the conclusion of the second part of Beauty on Trial. I really love putting these together for you and it makes me think really carefully about what products I select and why. Let me know any products you think I need to be looking at!
As a bit of a side note, I’m off to Orlando next week so will be taking a weeks break. I’ll soon be back with lots of adventures to tell you about I’m sure! You can catch my next post on the 26th of June! Have a good one!