Beauty on Trial #2

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.


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.



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!


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!

Emily x

  • I really want to pick up the Rimmel Sculpting Palette!! I just can't find it! Its still sold out everywhere!! Lovely post <3

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  • I've been eyeing up the Rimmel contour palette for a few weeks now so its fab its a winner – must buy for my holidays, and I've never come across a brush cleaning palette before but that is such a good idea (thats a job that is ultimately the bane of my life!) x

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  • All those great products are fantastic.
    I've used to dedicate myself to Anastasia Brow Whiz as well but not until I've found Stilla All Day Waterproof Brow Color 🙂
    Anyway, thanks for the review, love your blog!


  • I feel the exact same way about the concealer – I am not a fan of the brush, and really don't get the hype!

    Erin xx

  • I have the concealer too and I didn't think it illuminates either!
    Ohh I will have to try the sculpting palette!

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  • That primer looks really interesting. Ulta just started selling Soap & Glory in the US and I may have to check that one out.

    Great post.


  • That Rimmel purchase is perfect match I think, I really like their products. All you need for gorgeous face 🙂
    Have fun in Orlando! <3

  • I'm gutted that salt spray didn't work, I've been looking for a good salt spray for those gorgeous beach waves hehe I guess the search continues ! However … That brush cleaning palette sounds amazing, I'm awful for not cleaning brushes I this this could really helped 🙂

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  • I hadn't seen the Rimmel sculpting palette before but it definitely sounds quite interesting! I actually came across the RT brush cleaner in TKMaxx a few weeks ago but I didn't have a good look at it as I thought it would be similar to the sigma cleaning gloves 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  • The Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer was my favourite concealer until I fell in love with the Maybelline Age Rewind, and now I can't go back to Rimmel! I love the Soap & Glory Primer and is my go to primer (after a stint of using the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm). When I swatched the Rimmel Sculpting Palette in store I was a little disappointed in the colours but I've heard such amazing reviews about it I may have to reswatch and maybe buy it to try out for myself.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  • Wow some great products there, I have been loving the Rimmel sculpting palette lately. I am always on the look out for a good primer and the S&G one sounds great.

    Nicole xx |

  • I'm curious about the concealer, one of my favourite youtuber is raving about it so I am tempted to give it a try. S&G archery is one of my favourite brow product, I wish they had more colours. Have a great time in Orlando!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I have this concealer and I can definitely agree with you. It isn't super exciting for me but it does the work. Also, I am debating if I should give a go to Kate's kit, it sure sounds very useful and good fro traveling 🙂 And have fun on your little break, also stay save. It was a very hard week for Orlando, I hope you will only experience the good side of it 🙂 x

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  • The primer sounds interesting and I also like the Real Techniques brush cleaning palette!


  • Kay

    Oh my goodness, yes to that Soap & Glory primer! I've been using it also, for the past couple of weeks, and I absolutely love it! It works wonders for my oily skin, and makes my foundation looks so much more flawless. I think I may have finally found a dupe for my beloved (but also very overpriced) Porefessional primer! <3 x Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, hun, I'm tempted to pick up that sculpting kit, it does sound pretty amazing and I like that it's so easy to use! x


  • The Rimmel sculpting palette looks really good! I want to try that 🙂

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  • I really hope you'll do a more in-depth review of the S&G products.. I've heard so much about them, but they are not available in Croatia :/ xx


  • I didn't pick up that concealer because I know I will not like the brush applicator. And I recently got a SIGMA brush washing glove that made washing makeup brushes so much easier and more enjoyable for me, if there's even such a thing. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • I've been eyeing up the Rimmel Sculpting Palette for a while so glad to know you love it. Will definitely be picking it up next time I'm in the drugstore xx

  • I hate a concealer that won't blend! HaHaHa! I've tried a couple that were so hard to smooth out. Thanks for telling us about this one. I really like that Sculpting Palette! The colors are so soft! It's different! Sometimes you don't want a hard contour. So glad you found another primer you love. It sounds great! I love that makeup brush pan! Anything to make brush cleaning easier is a plus in my book. Great post!

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  • Oh my god I want that brush cleansing palette! Seems like it would make it so much easier to clean.

    xx Yasmin

  • That cleaning palette looks incredible, i used a brush egg and i noticed a difference in my makeup brushes, the cleaning palette looks even easy to use.

  • great products 🙂
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  • Can't wait to read your thoughts on the One Heck of a Blot primer. I've been wanting to try it for ages!

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  • I really need to get my hands on the Real Techniques brush cleansing palette. Although I don't mind washing my makeup brushes anymore, I do hate using my hands as it takes me ages to clean them and my hands are all wrinkly afterwards.
    Lots of love,
    Ramsha | Rose

  • Great that the primer is a winner as it's a cheaper alternative to the expensive one you've been using. Shame about the concealer not being the best for you, especially if you've heard lots of good things about it before.

    Enjoy your holiday and blog break! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • The sculpting palette seems so, so handy for popping in your bag on long journeys and/or holiday (as you've said!) – three products in one palette 🙂 Also, thanks so much for the helpful review of the Brush Cleaner – I've been considering getting one for a while now!

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  • I need the brush cleansing palette this would make my life so much easier! Enjoy your holiday I'm off to Orlando in November I can't wait!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Beauty on Trial seems like such a great idea! Love how in depth you go into the products and how you used them. Definitely have to add a few of these to my wish list!

    Via Sora

  • The sculpting palette is right up my street, I definitely like the sound of this and will be giving it a go. Great post! x

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  • love the rimmel palette I bought it not too long ago and I'm completely obsessed with it, isn't the highlight amazing? great post x x

  • I use that Rimmel concealer and I like it but I don't looove it.
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  • This was such a good post! I really love the look of that Rimmel sculpting palette, like how easy would it be to have that in your handbag! The soap and glory products look awesome, too!


  • oooh! I want to try that cleansing palette!
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