An Idiot’s Guide to Make-up: Part 2
I’m back, guys. I think I’m getting slightly better at this make-up malarkey. One thing I am finding interesting is that I am willing to spend more money on make-up than I had previously thought. I can’t decide whether this is because it’s genuinely better, or because make-up costs more than I thought it did…possibly a bit of both? But, I have found some areas to save.
Clinique Chubby Stick
So I had heard an awful lot about these, and when shopping with my make-up savvy sister she persuaded me to give one a go because of my dry looking lips. I was very daunted by the price (£13.95), but the colour is bold and it goes on nicely. It can get a little sticky, and the colour doesn’t last as long as I would like for a product of this price, but it’s nice enough. It did make my lips nice and soft. I have number 05 in Plushiest Punch, however I think if I was going to buy another I would use a darker or more subtle shade.
My Score: 5/10
Verdict: Nice enough, but I wonder if a cheaper product would have the same effect as this did.
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher
At £7.99, this was a similar price as the Bronzer I reviewed last time (see here), and so I thought was probably a reasonable spend. Like the bronzer, it smells really good, however this was much less daunting to apply. It’s easy to put on too little, but with this if you accidentally put on a bit too much the worst it does is make you look a little rosy from the wind (think the romantic lead in a Jane Austen novel). The brush it comes with is pretty useless, but if you use a different one it looks great. Very wearable and very reasonable. I have number 34 in Rose D’or.
My Score: 8/10
Verdict: A great first buy.
Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Eye Liner
So, I have a confession to make. I am terrified of liquid eyeliner. I do not have a steady hand, I am not good at drawing in any way, and I always look lopsided. So I bit the bullet, and decided I had to get a grip. I chose this one because it’s only a fiver, and it’s cute and tiny so it looked less intimidating than all those others on the shelf (yeah what’s good Max Factor?). With this I find that the drawing is not the hard bit. It’s actually pretty easy. The problem is that it takes forever to dry so it smudges ridiculously quickly and getting it in your eye is not fun. NOT FUN. It is waterproof, though, and looks great when you get it good.
My Score: 6/10
Verdict: Do not use when in a rush. It will smudge and you will die of eye pain.
Miss Sporty Lash Millionaire
Miss Sporty was the brand of choice during my high school years. It was cheap, it did the job, and at that age I didn’t particularly care what was going on my face. I have avoided Miss Sporty like the plague since then, but I have come to the conclusion that if I’m going to save money anywhere, it should be on mascara. Mascaras all claim to do different things (with their fake eyelashes in their advertising. Seriously, at the bottom of all lash adverts look for the small print that says ‘inserts were used’ or ‘enhanced during pre production’). In my opinion, all mascara does the same thing. Make your lashes a bit dark. So I bought this Miss Sporty all in one, that claims to lengthen, define, and add volume to your lashes. You know what? It’s really good. It’s £3.50 of simple, easy to use mascara, that makes your lashes a bit dark. Job’s a good’un I say.
My Score: 7/10
Verdict: I finally found somewhere to save all the money!
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay is the brand that I look longingly at wishing I could buy it all. The prices intimidate me but it’s all so beautiful. For my birthday, my mum bought me this eyeliner in ‘Spandex’ (which is the name of the blue colour, not what she wrapped it in), and it cost her about £14, which I thought wasn’t too horrendous a price tag. I have to say, I use it nearly every time I go somewhere that isn’t college or work. It lasts forever. The applicator is super thin, and it’s very subtle. It does mean that you have to put a few coats on if you want to really sparkle, but you can also opt for something a bit less dramatic for a date or something. It’s lasted me ages, and I will almost certainly be buying it again when it does run out. Maybe I’ll try the purple? Who knows.
My Score: 9/10
Verdict: Just so worth the money, on every level.
So here’s everything I’ve tested so far in a neat little ranking for you:
1. Neil’s Yard Remedies: 9/10
2. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner: 9/10
3. Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher: 8/10
4. Miss Sporty Lash Millionaire: 7/10
5. Bourjois Poudre Bronzante Bronzing Powder 6.5/10
6. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner 6/10
7. Clinique Chubby Stick 5/10
8. Tesco’s Cleansing Facial Wipes 3/10
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