I ran out of eyeliner and primer at the same time and went shopping for a few things and came back with more I expected. I went to Meadowhall, which is a massive shopping centre with an enormous Boots and a Superdrug so I may have gone a tiny bit crazy. Now a couple of the items I got are actually samples from Smashbox.
A lot of people don’t realise but you can request for samples from the more premium brands in Boots, like Smashbox, Benefit, Clinique etc. They may not always say yes, but it never hurts to ask. I was lucky enough to have a friend behind the Smashbox counters so she gave me a couple of things to take home.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Smashbox’s primers are unrivaled, they are simply the most amazing primers in the world in terms of functionality and how they feel. This is a premium sample which I was lucky enough to get. I’ve used the ‘Light’ version of this before for really oily skin but having used these, I have no bad words to say at all.
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation – I already have this foundation in the shade 3.4 which I absolutely love. However, I didn’t think the shade was the best shade possible for me. My friend managed to re-match me and picked the shade 3.3. This shade isn’t lighter, but it’s a different tone which suits me a lot more. It’s perfectly matte, and stays for ages, literally 15 hours. It creates a very flawless face over all. I got a sample pot and it’s lasted me well over a week now.
Make Up Academy Flawless Skin Primer – While I love the Smashbox primers, not everyone has £25 to fork out on a primer of all things. If you are looking for the perfect budget primer, then this is the one! For £4, I am terribly impressed with this Make Up Academy primer. It’s clear like the Smashbox one but it’s wetter. It still has a similar velvety finish. I normally like wearing primer by itself and this does a perfect pore minimising job. In terms of how long it lasts, it’s a bit less than Smashbox but for a sixth of the price, you really can’t complain.
Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner – Blackest of the black, for under a fiver, this eyeliner has definitely impressed me. It has a matte black almost crayon like finish which I love. I either love a crayon or a wet look finish. It is very simple to apply, fast drying and mattifying, it’s simply the perfect bargain buy. The only drawback is that it stings a bit sometimes, but that probably has to do with my make-up wipe usage.
17 Smoulder Gel Eyeliner – Again, if you are looking for a budget gel eyeliner, this is a good buy. But compared to the Seventeen liquid eyeliner, that is definitely superior to the gel eyeliner. It does a good job overall, maybe smudges a bit but it’s good to wear over eye shadow. One drawback is that the brush that comes with it is minuscule. If you were to pick one eyeliner, go with the Seventeen liquid one, I’ve been smitten!
Revlon Colourburst Matte in ‘Sultry’ – I am a big fan of Revlon’s lip products, and having seen a lot of their ‘laquer balms’ I wasn’t too excited about them for some reason. As a matte lover, when I found out these balms existed, I needed one immediately. In the swatches below, this looks like a very pinky-pink. When it’s on though, it’s a very understated pink. It’s certainly a bit on the brighter side but it has a very beautiful tone to it. It’s a beautiful spring shade for all skin tones. The matte balm itself is very velvety and applies on so smoothly. It stays on for quite a while before reapplying. It’s maybe a tad dehydrating at times but if you moisturise with lip balm sufficiently beforehand, it should be okay. I really want more colours in this range, especially more natural toned ones for all year round.
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo in ‘On and On Bronze’ – After all the hype about this product, I can honestly say, I regret not trying this out for myself earlier! Maybelline claims it lasts 24 hours – I promise you, it definitely lasts as I slept in it over night and woke up to it a bit smudged but still on. It’s a perfect primer eyeshadow base. The colour is this golden/bronze base which works well for me because I normally tend to go for more bronze colours for eyeshadow. These come in a range of colours if you are interested in purchasing one yourself.
From L – R :
Smashbox Foundation / Revlon Matte Balm / Seventeen liquid eyeliner / Seventeen gel eyeliner / Maybelline Colour Tattoo / Smashbox Primer / Make Up Academy Primer