Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Barry M Wink Black Marker Pen for Eyes Review.

What they say: “Barry M’s Wink is a liquid eyeliner pen that is set to revolutionise your makeup routine. The thick felt tip nib enables you to achieve varying thickness by adjusting the pressure and the angle of the pen, giving you a professional look".

I have been wearing this eyeliner daily for the last few days and I love it. Here’s the breakdown:

Texture, Opacity & Application: This marker has quite a thin consistency which allows for an incredibly smooth line to be drawn. This is the easiest eyeliner I have ever used; the only thing that comes close is the Bourjois Liner Feutre. Some eyeliner pens run out of ink halfway along the eye and need shaking before continuing but this one doesn’t do that. I find the nib makes it really easy to draw thick or thin lines depending on how hard you press. I was really very impressed by how well this eyeliner pen performed – I really recommend this to people who are new to liquid liner.

Colour: The thin consistency means two coats are probably needed if applying over eyeshadow especially shimmery ones. This doesn’t bother me at all because it is so easy to use. The colour left behind is a soft classic matte black. Once on, the colour stays true all day.

Packaging: I think the pen itself looks pretty awful and very 1980s. This is definitely a product that shouldn’t be judged by its cover. The plastic is very high quality and the lid ‘clicks’ securely into place meaning no chance of the product drying out or leaking everywhere.

Price & Availability: This is so cheap at £4.59 and I prefer it to my MAC Blacktrack Fluidline. Incredible.

This gets a huge 8/10. I would get a 10/10 if it was waterproof; I have noticed a very small amount of smudging when my eyes stream from waiting for my train in the freezing cold wind we seem to be having so much of. I love London but I hate the weather!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Sleek New Skin Revive Foundation Review.

What they say: “A light to medium coverage, silicone-based oil-free liquid foundation. The weightless formula creates a naked feel to the skin, good coverage and a natural flawless finish.
Apply a small amount then blend with a sponge or use a professional brush for a flawless look."

Texture & Coverage: The texture of this is really unique; when it comes out of the pump it almost holds its shape on the back of my hand. It feels more like a gel than a normal liquid foundation and blends really easily. I applied this with my Real Techniques slanted foundation brush and it left no streaks at all. It’s a light formula whilst giving quite a medium coverage. I would say this is comparable to MAC Face & Body in texture but with more coverage. As it is quite a hydrating foundation it feels really nice to wear all day especially in the cold weather we are having. A bit of powdering under the eyes and down the nose is probably needed depending on skin-type (mine is normal/dry).

Colour: This comes in a massive 30 shades which is amazing for any brand let alone a drugstore brand. I got mine in the lightest which is ‘Shell’ and it matches to my yellow-based pale skin really well. The 30 shades cover different undertones too so everyone from the palest to the darkest should have no problem finding a match to suit them.

Packaging: This comes in a glass bottle with a plastic pump. The packaging looks a bit cheap and tacky because the pump is in a horrible silvery-grey colour. Personally I think they should have designed it with a black pump in keeping with the rest of the brand’s packaging. The pump itself works brilliantly though, I use two pumps for my whole face.

Price & Availability: This is about £7 for 35ml which is amazing value. Sleek have done it again. I got mine from Superdrug and it’s available online here and in the US.

I give this a 7/10 – I prefer foundations to have slightly more coverage but that’s just a personal opinion and I wish the bottle’s looks lived up to the actual product inside.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Sleek Berry Collection: Mossberry Kohl Pencil Review.

What they say: “Sleek MakeUP’s gift to you this party season is the limited edition Berry collection! Get berrylicious this Christmas with this three piece collection featuring rich, sultry berry tones. Add a flush of warmth to your cheeks with Fenberry blush, for the perfect wash of crimson rose. Flattering festive eyes will be yours with Kohl Pencil in Mossberry, a deep burgundy chunky liner that is easily smudged for a cloud of berry-hued smokiness around the eye. Finally finish the look with True Colour lipstick in Cranberry, a matte mulled wine toned shade that will add a kick of spiciness to your party look!”

Texture: This is quite a hard pencil so I recommend warming it slightly with a hair dryer before trying to use on the eyes. I actually prefer to use this as a lipliner with the Cranberry Lipstick in the collection. As a lipliner I think the texture works really well – as an eyeliner I’m not too convinced.

Colour & Opacity: The colour is a beautiful purply wine colour, I’m not sure I can pull it off around the eyes though. As I said before the colour is perfect for the lips and blends in well with the colour of the Cranberry Lipstick.

Packaging: I love the chunkiness of this pencil, it’s the same size as the Mr Frosty pencil from Benefit. I find the size makes it surprisingly easy to line and define the lips. You will need a dual sharpener with this though.

Price & Availability: This comes with the rest of the collection for £9.99 from Superdrug.

This gets a 6/10 from me. It’s my least favourite piece from the collection but being good on the lips has saved it from being confined to the bottom of my makeup draw. Check out my reviews of the Cranberry Lipstick and the Fenberry Blush!