I was chatting to the PR girls who look after the exciting new makeup brand Smooch Cosmetics, and they asked me if I'd like to try some of the new line. The next day (amazing, I never get samples, or things I've paid for the next day!) a very exciting little package arrived in the post for me to have a play around with.
Can I first say how much I love the packaging? Very Nars-esque. It might seem superficial, but the packaging of makeup has a big effect on if I buy it or not. I use a lot of Clinique, because thats what my mother uses, but I don't think I'd buy any today if I did not already know they are great products. It was the pretty packaging that drew me to my Benefit obsession!
Also, what great boxes do they come in? I love the pink and black aesthetic... The line is inspired by lingerie, being able to wear that something special, so I love all of the lacy details!
I think this eyeshadow is great for creating the perfect smoky but sparkly evening look. I found it very messy to work with and I had to have lots of makeup removal wipes on hand to clean my face up before I continued with my makeup, but that was because even though these are pressed powders, they come up very loose and shimmery like mineral eyeshadow. The pigment is not brilliant, but by the photos from the look I created at the end of this post, they are by no means bad either.
Black Lash Mascara, £8.95
My first thought when I tried this mascara was that is was not by any means a bad mascara, but nothing to write home about either. However, once I had seen the photos, I quite liked how long and thick it made my lashes look. The formula does not clump, but the wand could do with a bit of work because it was a bit clumsy to use.
'Peachy' Duo Blush, £8.50
It took me a long time to work out how to get this blush on my cheeks without making myself look like a clown, but I managed in the end! It might just be that the darker side is much too deep for my skin tone, but it goes on very heavy and does not blend brilliantly. The lighter tone is even better, making me think that some of the lighter blushes in the range will not be bad at all.
I absolutely adore this lipstick, so much! First, the colour is absolutely amazing. Not too red and not too dark, it is the perfect fall colour. It also has a nice formula, not too thick but not too thin. It lasts really well too, and it not at all drying. The colour is also true to what it looks like in the tube. If you order anything from Smooch, order one of their lipsticks! It has instantly entered my rotation, and I think it will be my go to shade come September, if not sooner!
So you guys can get a feel for how these look on, I've put this look together using everything I recived combined with some of my everyday base products. (Also used: Witch Skincare Anti-blemish Liquid Concealer & Nars Orgasm Illuminator)
Have you tried anything from Smooch Cosmetics yet? They have 50% off of everything on their website to celebrate their launch during August - I might just have to pick myself up a couple more lipsticks!