Color Edition 24h Eyeshadow. Since I'm trying a few new things with my makeup this season I didn't want to be predictable and go for the usual taupes and bronzes and instead went for Khaki Cheri, which is a gorgeous warm golden bronzed green. I haven't even tried it yet, but I already love it and really hope that the wear is as great as what you get from Maybelline. I also picked up a few classical Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadow to use for a quick and simple day wear, all across the lid with eyeliner. I chose the shades 16 Orange Epice, a warm golden cinnamon and 54 Marron Glace a genuine chocolate brown with some faint shimmer.
This year I'm really trying to be more seasonal with the colors I use in my makeup, introducing some berry shades and purples. The L'Oréal Colour Riche Quad is perfect for that with its four perfectly matched, tonal mauves which I think will work well with blue eyes. I have tried a few other palettes this year and while I've liked most of them, there's almost always been pigmentation issues with the lighter shades, so fingers crossed that all four will work for me.
Still on the purple theme - I also got the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Paranoid Purple. I've only tried this on very quickly and a more detailed review will follow later on, but it feels very soft and should glide on without too much tear, and the purple shade certainly is a bold statement - wow is all I say for now.
This is the bit I'm slightly embarrassed about. As you may know I have recently suffered a loss of a much loved lipstick, and I can only blame grief for the ridiculous amount of lip products I managed to buy in one go. I'm clearly looking for a substitute... but in my defense I did get them in a variety of shades and types.
The first one is one from the the collection Kate Moss created for Rimmel - Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipsticks which I have heard so many great things about. It's not a huge range of colors available, but they are all very wearable and I decided on shade 16, which is a light and creamy coral pink that's supposed to last up to 8 hrs.
A while back I did a review of the YSL Glossy Stain which is a firm favourite of mine now, and at the time I got a few recommendations to try the L'Oréal Glamshine Stain Splash which is a High Street dupe for it. Again there aren't very many shades to choose from in this range, so I went for shade 200 Princess, which is a lively glossy coral and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it measures up against YSL.
Having indulged in a few coral shades which I'm always most naturally drawn to, I thought I would also get some autumn colors. The first two are both Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons. Ever since I first tried these earlier this year I've worn the Spring & Summer shades a lot and I really like the formula combining shine and moisture and find them great to wear. When I saw the new shades of the season of course I had to get them as well. Rouge is a lovely soft and creamy red with a blue undertone that I think I'll get a lot of wear out of. The other one is more of a gamble for me - Prune, is a gorgeous deep mauve berry shade, a little darker than I usually go for, but since I'm really trying to mix it up, I'm determined to give it a go.
I haven't tried any of the lip products from 17 for a very long time, but it's another brand that has really stepped up its game this year. Based on the description this seems to be very similar to the Bourjois Lip Crayons, so I couldn't resist getting the 17 Lip Crayon in Heartbreaker, a lovely burgundy shade to compare them.
Having got quite a wide range of shades, all I was missing really was a good nude which I never seem to get right. To make it easy for myself I turned to the L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée. and eventually settled on Barely Peach by Julianne Moore. It's not at all what I had expected - I had almost decided to go for the Doutzen Kroes shade since we have similar colouring, but there was something about it that didn't quite click for me. When I've tested it I'll let you know if I should have stuck to the expert matching, or if I was right to follow my makeup gut.
The other one is the paired down, Matte Nail Paint in Vanilla, which I think makes a very sleek, stylish and strict statement. So keep an eye out and I'm sure you'll see them appearing in Manic.Monday posts in the near future!