I’ll admit I had reservations at first, with the idea of sheer coverage absolutely terrifying me (I’m definitely more of a full coverage kinda gal) but I have been swayed and can’t wait to give the product a go myself. It’s a product described as somewhere in-between a BB creme, a CC creme and a tinted moisturiser, but with a slight twist – it’s actually formulated with the reverse technology of your typical tinted moisturiser. So basically, it has all the benefits of all of those products in one. Now what does this mean? Mineral infused water which is injected with the pigments, offering some coverage and ensuring your skin is much more hydrated (and within a week of use, you’ll notice a big difference!). It also contains Mineral Electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which will help to improve the skins texture, as well as Marine Botanicals which help to lock in moisture. With all of this in mind, I was keen to give it a swatch and the first thing I noticed is that it gives a cooling sensation after application, which leaves the skin feeling fresh and plumped for the day ahead – certainly something I personally look for in bases. You can apply the product with your fingertips or their new Smoothing Face Brush, which gives a nice airbrushed finish (trust me, it’s pretty magic!). It can be used on it’s own to balance out skin tone, or if you like a little more coverage like me, under any foundation and will leave you with a dewy finish perfect for these summer months. What more could you want? Oh, and did I forget to mention it has a mineral SPF 30, which means none of that pesky flashback and blocked pores? Perfect!
We also had a little play with their other products, such as the lipsticks (I already have a few on my wishlist… oops) and blushers. As someone relatively new to the brand having only tried their eyeshadows in the past, the staff were incredibly informative and willing to tell us all about each and every product. I learnt a lot about the brand on a whole and I can certainly see myself visiting their counter in the very near future. We were all very kindly gifted a rather generous goodie bag filled with things to try, all which I’m very excited to try out – reviews coming soon!
All in all, it was a lovely event with the staff making me and the others feel very welcomed. If you’re based in the North East (or are just visiting Newcastle), if you pop along to the counter in Fenwick Newcastle and quote my blog name, you’ll receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue Gel! Plus, they’re now offering girlfriend parties, which allow you to sit down with a member of the staff and talk through all things make-up and skincare, they’ll help direct you to which products will work best for you and your preferences. So basically, it’s just a free chance for a good pamper and hour long talk about make-up, what else could you ask for?!
Instead of piling on the foundation, I’ve been using a high-coverage concealer in favour to cover up any redness, my dark circles and some scarring. I go through concealer like there’s no tomorrow, and whilst I can find the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to be too heavy on my skin – it applies wonderfully without foundation when buffed into the skin with the Real Techniques Contour Brush.
As someone who wasn’t graced with very obvious eyebrows (I’ve never even had to use tweezers on them before…) a product to enhance these in a must for me. I normally tend to fill them in using a matte brown eyeshadow and Zoeva liner brush, with my recent choice being the Natural Collection eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut. For a mere £1.99, I find its forumla to be well pigmented for the price, and it’s a colour that doesn’t budge throughout the day. I’d certainly recommend it!
To create some definition around my eyes, the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean has done the trick. I’ve heard that this is very similar to the infamous By Terry Ombre Blackstar, but at a much more affordable price. A multi-use product, I’ve been applying it roughly along my upper lash line and blending it out – but I think the chocolate brown colour would also look incredible applied all over the lid.
Mascara-wise, I’ve mentioned this product various times on my blog so I’ll keep it short. Easily one of my favourite mascaras, the Rimmel Lash Accelerator is pretty close to perfect. Since this look doesn’t involve any heavy eye makeup, I like to make my eyelashes really stand out and this mascara certainly does the trick. It lengthens, keeps a good curl and gives that much needed volume, without going clumpy in the slightest.
And finally, what better to finish off a minimal makeup look than to add a statement lip? I’ve heard a lot of rave reviews over the Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks recently, so I decided to pick up a few shades and give these a go myself. They glide onto the lips perfectly, with a lot of colour pay-off. I don’t find them to have a matte finish so much as others I’ve tried, I’d definitely say it’s more satin – but I think that makes it much more comfortable to wear. I tend to reapply once throughout the day, but that’s about it even with meals and drinks, as its lasting power is very impressive. I’ve been wearing the shade Keep It Classy most days, which is a red-toned deep plum. And for less than a fiver, I can see myself picking up a few of the other shades… Nude Perfection, I’m looking at you!