Must Have Beauty Products?
I am, and have been for the last number of years, an avid fan of anything centred around the world of make-up. Like a good piece of art, I appreciate the time and effort (never mind the money) that women pour into keeping themselves looking brushed-up, so I have taken it upon myself to review beauty products that really deserve our hard earned cash and of course give you a heads up on the ones that don’t.
Here are two beauty products, currently on the scene with a huge reputation, that boast to reinvent your beauty regime.
‘Naked’ Palette by Urban Decay
The Naked palette is a product that is so popular that most of my friends have it, and the ones that don’t are lusting after it or using mine. I know that it can be quite frustrating when you spend a lot of your dinero on big brand products that you want to keep for yourselves and then your friend Sally or Yvonne conveniently forget to bring along their own eye shadow, so they MUST …and I mean MUST in turn use yours. *Sigh*
Well fear not, women of Ireland, because this previously frustrating ordeal is no more! The Naked palette is somehow a magical piece of equipment that does not wear. The little rectangles of shimmering dust appear to be infinite. My friend has been using hers daily for three whole years now and the two of them are still going strong. Not only do the shadows last in the container, they also don’t rub off or fade as easily as some other shadows. You can be confident in knowing at work, college or at home, that you look just as glamorous now as you did when you first put on your make-up this morning.
The downside to my experience of the palette was how I felt a bit robbed when I decided to purchase it, as the palettes stand at €42 in Ireland. But once I got to using the product, my financial worries disintegrated. I simply applied make-up maths to the problem in a bid to ease the niggling annoyance of how much I had paid for eyeshadow. If you find yourself in the same position, then just break the product down and allow yourself to see all of the components that you are getting for the value of your wage packet:
1 pretty, suede-covered palette + 12 quality, rich, sparkly and matte shades that last + 1 eye shadow applicator brush + 1 bottle of eye shadow primer = A BARGAIN!!!!
You can create a myriad of day and night looks with this palette that are guaranteed to suit any outfit for any occasion. Statement eyes are easily obtainable with the palette and because of its popularity across the globe, the online tutorials and step-by-step guides to creating your perfect ‘naked’ look are endless!
Rating: What the hell are you doing without one?!
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer
I have been in the market for a good primer ever since they burst onto the scene as the best thing since matte powder. I never bothered to use primer under my foundation because I really didn’t see the point. But as all marketing schemes usually creep their way in and make you BUY!BUY!BUY!, so did the marketing for primer. Now, I wouldn’t call myself naïve or susceptible to marketing techniques…I know the difference between want and need, but at the end of the day us bunch of gals are a curious kind and I really just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Irish TV seems to think us all millionaires and as usual, most of the primers that were promoted were the ones that were way out of my price range. Heck, I may have spent €42 on eyeshadow but no way was I spending near enough the same on a product that you couldn’t even see. So I scratched that idea and found myself perusing the make-up stands in my local chemist with the hope that I might find a high-street, affordable primer. And voila, I did! The primer came in at €10.49 in my local chemist which was a joyful gap from Smashbox’s much acclaimed photo finish primer (€31.50).
Affordable? Yes. Reliable brand? Yes. Worth an hour’s pay? No.
The small slim line tube that contains only 20ml of product was a little disheartening, but I was hoping that the quality of the product would overrule the frugalness of the company. I pushed the pump down for the first time and a small clump of soft glossy, white liquid sat itself on the top of my index finger. I applied the product to my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and began to massage into my face with my finger tips. Once I had finished, I must say that I was slightly impressed with how the liquid both captured and reflected the light and as a result gave me the luminous complexion that it had promised me. When I had finished admiring myself in the mirror, I applied my foundation and went about my day.
I looked no different than other day that I hadn’t applied primer and the coverage seemed to be the same (although I am sure this depends on the use of the primer with a cheap and expensive foundation). The luminous complexion had vanished. It didn’t peer through my foundation or give me a soft dewy glow; it was just like any other foundation day. I was certainly disappointed that I had wasted my money on a product that worked better as a highlighter then as a primer. I didn’t need another highlighter in my make-up kit as I already have three trusty ones and now I was left with a tube of useless primer.
The product now sits in my bag, disused and unloved and gone from its glory days of promoting itself on the make-up stand shelf in the chemist. I only ever use the product for an occasion that I am going all out for such as a wedding or a day at the races. And when I use it, I use it simply for the reason that I bought it and I want to at least pretend that it’s a good primer, not because it enhances my make-up any more so than without.
Rating: Nothing to write home about.
Photos credited to lifeofmaterials.com