Accessorize beauty c/o Accessorize
I attended an Accessorize event last week as part of the #BristolFashionWeek warm up (there's still time to pick up tickets for the show here) and as part of the event I was given a lovely goodie bag of treats to take home. I was thrilled to find a lot of the new Accessorize beauty range in my loot, as I have heard about this but haven't actually found time to make any purchases or try any of the bits and pieces out.
Firstly, I absolutely love the pretty packaging. I know it doesn't really add anything to the product, but when a cosmetic looks lovely in your makeup bag, that's pretty darn satisfying. Cute polka dots and florals sit nicely with rose gold finishes and crystalline cases.
Secondly, I am sure this goody bag must have been packed with me in mind as all of the products are colours that I love and would actually use. Part of the reason I cancelled my Glossybox subscription was because I kept getting hopeless electric blue eye pencils and purple eyeshadows which would just go straight in the bin; while it's nice to change up your makeup, I know what I like and I don't tend to stray from that. So I was thrilled to see a muted palette of totally wearable shades!
The first thing I tried was the 'Prime Time' primer. Retailing at £9, this is the most expensive item but the 30ml size is generous for a primer, and the product inside is just lovely. A pale peachy nude, it's a fairly thick consistency but blends into the skin easily to provide a soft and flawless base for foundation. It blends out colourlessly and only a small amount is needed.
Next up was a blusher, the 'Make Me Blush' in pink (01). This is actually a more peach toned pink, with warming flecks of gold shot through the palette. I have just hit pan on my most loved Dr. Hauschka blusher so this is going to come in very handy; and the warming flush it give to cheeks is perfect for the colder months. This retails at £5 which for the quality is, I feel, great value for money.
An eyeliner is something I use on the daily but I have to be honest, I've never got on with dippy ones, preferring to stick with the ease of a felt tip style. I like the look of this 'Eye Lover' one, though, as it has an almost felt tip nib, as opposed to a brush which is too hard to control. At £5, it's almost twice the price of the Collection one I swear by so I'm not sure if I would have picked this up, but it's great to be able to try it out. It's a very dark, inky black with a precise finish so who knows, it might become a new favourite!
Highlighter is something I don't wear but with all of the trends for contouring and strobing showing no signs of abating, perhaps I should give it a go. This 'Highlight Me' pan costs £7 and comes with a mirror in the lid for touch ups on the go. The highlighter is a pale toned gold with quite a substantial amount of shimmer, so perhaps this one will be best left for nights out.
A nude lip is a trend that is also set to stay for autumn and provides the perfect foil to the 60's smoky eye. The 'Retro Lip Duo' in nude (06) combines a matte nude lipstick with a nude gloss, for £7. They can be worn together or apart and the lipstick has a slightly darker, 'Kylie Jenner' lip style colour to it; no 'foundation lips' here! The gloss is very subtle on its own and does have a very artificial, sweet flavour. I'm not a huge fan of lip gloss as I prefer lipstick so I expect I'll get more use from the lippy in this case!
Finally, my favourite piece from the collection; this 'Metallic Shadow' in copper (04) A sheerer version of my everyday staple, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in on and on bronze, this light, creamy shadow takes on a powdery finish on the skin and has remarkable staying power, and all for £5.
The Accessorize beauty range is available from Accessorize stores and online here.