The first is a review of a couple of cheap products I picked up. I love my Armani lipsticks and Urban Decay shadows as much as the next girl, but sometimes I am tempted by those super cheap products, with an "it's only a pound, not much lost if it's rubbish" attitude.
That was exactly my train of thought when I passed the clearance bucket in Tesco. A lot of the products weren't sealed, so we a bit minging after having fingers shoved in them, but all of the Barbara Daley products were sealed. The Barbara Daley range is exclusive to Tesco, and I can honestly say I've never given them a second thought. I've also not seen the line mentioned in many other blogs. With the an eyeshadow pen at only 69p, and a powder highlighter at £1.20, I couldn't really say no. And I've got to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
|Eyeshadow pen in Airforce, Shimmering Highligter unblended, then blended|
The eyeshadow pencil is where I was really blown away though. They only had one shade, Airforce, which is a blue toned grey. It comes in a clickable pen form, with a brush.
Usually I hate this as the clicks give you far more product than you need, but I didn't have that problem. A couple of clicks was just right for me. I didn't have high hopes for this. Cream shadows usually only last about 30min to an hour on my eyelids before creasing, and that's after using a primer. Only Maybelline's Colour Tattoos last 4 or 5 hours. This cream shadow lasted (on top of Two Face Shadow Insurance) 9 hours! The only reason it didn't last longer is because I had to take it off for bed!
I didn't set it with shadow, and there wasn't even the slightest crease mark. Totally amazed!
My other bargain buy isn't such a surprise. Readers of my blog will probably have noticed that I usually use Boots Natural Collection in Sea Shell as my highlight colour. Their eyeshadows are totally under-rated. Every colour I've tried has great pigmentation and is easy to blend. The fact that they're £1.79 makes them a great choice if it's a colour you're going to be using on a regular basis. So when I noticed that I've almost scraped my MAC Yogurt eyeshadow pan clean I decided to check out the Natural Collection eyeshadows, and picked up Soft Pink.
Once I got it home and swatched it next to Yogurt, I found that the two shades are very different. Soft Pink is much lighter. Yogurt is so close to my skin tone that you can barely see it in the comparison swatch. Oh well. It's still a great colour that I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of. It's a little powdery, but it doesn't affect the application or wear time. And at least it was only £1.79 I spent!
|A rather empty MAC Yogurt, and Natural Collection Soft Pink|
|MAC Yogurt (it's there, honest!) and Natural Collection Soft Pink|