I was sooooo excited when I went into Superdrug the other day to find out they had completely redone all of the makeup stands, shiny and brand new with additional brands too! I really had to contain myself. So inevitably I picked up a few bits (I thought only a few bits was quite good) so I’m going to share those with you along with a first impressions. Enjoy!
The first makeup stand I came across was Barry M. Barry M (shop Barry M here!) has been one of my all time favourites for so long, it was the first brand I ever bought when I started to get into makeup and even way way before that, their nail polishes were my jam!! (Still are!) so when I saw they had bought out loads of new stuff (new for me anyway) I had to try some stuff. I was first attracted to their new liquid highlights. The Liquid Chrome Highlighting drops collection is so beautiful. As soon as I swatched them on my hand I was blown away. It immediately reminded me off the Nars liquid illuminator in ‘Copacabana’ but for 1/5 of the price…it was a good start. All of the colours were so nice, and plenty for every skin tone. For me, I got ‘Beam Me Up’ a very light gold glow is perfect for my skin tone. I would say just slightly darker than The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer. When I first applied it to my face I was albeit a bit worried, I never really use liquid highlight. 1) because I always forget to put it on before I powder 2) I never know how to apply it to get the best natural look! So I went in with a bit on the back of my hand and I used me fingers to gently tap it onto the top of my cheekbones. The look it gave was amazing, it made my cheeks look wet, so so glowly!! I’m looking forward to using it different ways and it’s such a versatile product.
The next thing that caught my eye was the lip kits. Now…everyone is doing lip kits, like everyone right? Walking in Kylie Jenner’s steps and pairing together a lip liner and a liquid lipstick in a little kit. I haven’t tried the Kylie ones, but I have found so many good ones on the high street, that I don’t think I’ll get round to getting them anytime soon. So, already with a few good ones in my mind, I didn’t think Barry M would stand a chance. How wrong I was. I purchased 3 different shades of the ‘Matte me up Lip Kits’. I wanted to use ‘Runaway berry’ first as the colour just completely had my heart- my perfect dark pink. I started with liner and applied it all over my lips. I’m not usually the biggest fan of pencil liners, but this one was so creamy and soft that it didn’t dry out my lips at all. The colour was a bit lighter than I expected but that was no bigger. I then went in with the liquid lipstick. First impression it applied like a mousse lip product but the colour payoff and how matte it was, was 100% like a liquid lipstick. It’s the perfect combo. Less drying out, cracking, thick formula. Just a nice light application with great, opaque colour. Throughout the day it faded a little around the inside of my lips but that’s nothing a little reapplication wouldn’t fix.
I also picked up colours ‘Crush’ (I couldn’t find a link for ‘Crush anywhere!!) and one of the metallic ones ‘Prestige’. ‘Crush’ is a vampy muted purple. It reminds me of Kat Von D ‘Lolita but with more purple. The liner matched the liquid lipstick perfectly. The one I was most excited for was ‘prestige’ as it was one of the metallic ones in the range. The colour is a metallic dark red. So beautiful for winter and christmas time. I found the formulas for all 3 shades incredibly similar. It definitely doesn’t dry the lips out, the colour is very opaque. It might fade a little the longer you wear it but nothing that noticeable. I will for sure be buying some more shades in the range. On that note- all the shades in the range are so nice! There isn’t one that I wouldn’t want to wear.
I next stand I came across was a new brand to me. It was called ‘Bleach London’. Their main sector is hair dyers mainly so I was surprised to see they have branched out to makeup. The first thing that caught my eye was the single pan eyeshadow line- ‘Bleach London Louder Powder’ (love the name). I was soon excited! Finally you can buy single eyeshadows in order to create your own palette, without paying £15 each one! These from Bleach were only £3 each. And to be honest when I used them they felt like luxury, buttery soft powder with lots of pigment. They blended so nicely, so even though some of the colours in the range were very bright and loud, you could easily apply them gently, blend them out just to get a nice soft colour. I got 3 different colours but I will definitely be going back to get more, I just knew I didn’t have a lot of space left in my existing palette. One slight annoyance to me was the colours didn’t have names on them, maybe I just couldn’t find them but I’ve thrown the packaging now so I can’t even check, please let me know if you’ve bought any and found names! Anyway, I’ll do my best at describing the colours to you guys. (I have discovered when finding the links for you guys that the colours have a little code on them to identify them, I had no idea sorry!).
The first one I got was a bright dark ‘orange’ orange. I love really warm colours as I think they are the most flattering on my eyes, but even this one was bit different for me. But I just loved the colour and thought it would work really nice as a transition shade. The second one was a slightly muted hot pink with some darker berry tones. This is the kind of colour that would be my perfect lipstick, so I thought I would give it a go on the eyes, I think it could look really cool. And the last one I picked up but was lighter version of the first shade, a softer light orange. I already had a shade similar to this in my collection and I knew I loved it so I wanted to buy a new one as my old one was a super old kiko one. I’m very impressed with the quality of these shadows, all the shades I got were matte so I would be interested to try out their shimmer/glitter shades to see if they stand up to these excellent matte ones. Such a bargain for the price point and the quality. I will 100% be buying so so so many more.
That is everything that I got on my little min haul, I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you guys like these kind of blogs, I love writing them! Or another type of haul….skincare, clothes..? Let’s talk about it!
Let me know if you’ve tried anything new recently.
Thanks for reading x