Hello! It’s just passed mid March, can you believe it? The weather is acting suspiciously autumnal still and yesterday I spent a very chilly day in London with my niece wearing hat, scarf and gloves. Hurry up Spring! I did, however, pick up some lovely things, which I’ll talk about another time (but one of the item starts in V and ends in ICE…. UD fans will know what I’m talking about!)
Anyway, if you remember, I promised to come back and let you know what I thought of this lovely lot?
So that’s what I’m going to do! Now confession time: I haven’t tried Boing compact, Benetint or High Beam yet. I’m actually a little scared of the Benetint, so I’ll give that a try when I have time to get it wrong! This little haul was all from Boots. Each of the Benefit minis was £5 on their own, but 4 for £15 so I figured why not try some bits out before spending four times the amount on a full size. And if you can do the maths, this means that the only item I have tried so far is the It’s Potent! cream, so let’s start there.
This teeny fairy jar is filled to the brim with a vanilla coloured eye cream. It promises to fade dark circles and smooth fine lines and doesn’t really smell of anything. I was put off by the name to start with – such an odd choice for a skin care product! I’ve been using it every night for the last 3 weeks, and I have to say it might be working. I feel like the large dark areas under my eyes are paling and skin (which felt smooth anyway) is soft and plump. I am about to run out of this, and I have to decide whether I want to shell out around £20 for a full size. If I do, I like that I have this little pot that I can decant into when I travel. I don’t like the idea of carrying a large heavy glass jar in my case, so this will do perfectly.
I also picked up You Won’t Believe Your Eyes by Soap and Glory.
This is what the brand says:
Soap & Glory™ You Won’t Believe Your Eyes™ fights under-eye bags, dark circles and pigmentation, and has illuminating pigments plus anti-wrinkle actives and moisturisers to help lift, brighten and blur away flaws. Engineered with Live Yeast Cell Derivative (LYCD) – one of the best-kept secrets of the world’s top models – it helps noticeably reduce inflammation and puffiness, so you go from bloat to gloat.
The packaging states you just roll it on (under the cap are a trio of metal rollerballs to massage the product in), and pat it into the skin. They then say to carry on with your makeup “should you need it”. It was that last bit that had me sold. I assumed this would be brightening enough to mean I wouldn’t need anything on my undereyes if I was having a no make up day. I was wrong. I mean it’s possible I used too much, but once I’d patted this in and let it dry I tried to apply my normal YSL Touch Eclat and the product peeled off, leaving a lovely flakey look under my eyes. On its own I could feel the product slightly tightening the skin under my eyes, but nothing uncomfortable. I don’t have saggy or puffy skin there so it didn’t benefit me in this way. I don’t think I’ll be using this again, and will probably pass it onto one of my girl friends to see if they will get any use from it.
The next thing I tried was from Collection (how long ago did they rebrand from Collection 2000??) was the
Colour correcting is huge at the moment, and having seen this mentioned in one of Zoella’s vlogs and noting that it was only £5.99 I guessed it would be a good place to start and see if I got any benefit from it. So, the left 4 pans are all concealers, with the idea that you blend shades to get your perfect match. The top right is a yellow pan, for correcting dark circles, below that is a lavender pan to correct sallow areas. To the left of the yellow is a peachy highlighter, and below is a green pan for correcting redness.
Overall I was impressed by the concept of this palette. It’s compact, has a lovely large mirror and fabulous price. Honestly though I only really got on with the highlighter. I tried all the correctors (most often the yellow as you can see) but found that the formulas were really waxy and it was hard to get the product out of the pans and then tricky to blend, so I ended up with a generally cakey look. I found I really had to warm my fingers to get it blended. But what should I expect from a £5.99 palette? I’m glad I picked this up though, because it lead me directly into buying this:
So the Max Factor Colour Corrector crayons are the exact same concept, but they obviously come separately. They are £8.99 each and are exact colour matches for the pans in the Collection palette. But the formula is much much better and nice and creamy. Really easy to draw onto the areas you need and then blend with your finger (I find this easier because your finger warms the product) I’m so sold on this one, that I’m considering getting the green one for the redness on my cheeks and around my nose. This stick works well underneath my makeup and though I wouldn’t say it’s solved all my dark circle issues, it doesn’t crease and is the best corrector I’ve used so far.
Now, slightly off topic, I just want to mention two more products I’ve tried recently.
I saw an ad for the new Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. I was interested in the idea that it was both a foundation and concealer that I went in for a colour match and sample. I was matched to 3.5 Cream Rose which has pinky undertones.
I was impressed by the match and when I got home tried the sample for coverage. I loved the coverage and overall feel of this foundation BUT right away it settled into the lines on my forehead – massive no no for me. Like, within minutes I was finding myself trying to blend my forehead with my fingers – it looked like I’d drawn lines across my head. So I don’t think I’ll be going ahead with a full purchase for this foundation. Reviews I’ve seen show this is a bit of a Marmite foundation, you’ll either love or hate it. I wish I loved it, but I just can’t. I was able to use this sample to help me match a different foundation, though, which I’ll review at a later time… so stay tuned!!
And lastly, I want to talk about URLash.
I finally got fed up with my teeny tiny straight eyelashes that won’t hold a curl or bend. I even realised I have gaps in the lashes on one eye meaning I can never get a nice even fan when wearing mascara. So I picked this up on Amazon and have used it every evening for the last 3 weeks. I honestly think it’s starting to add length to my lashes. They’re holding a curl easier and when I apply mascara the lashes seem to behave better. I’ll update on this in a few weeks, but so far so good – maybe it’s all in my mind… we’ll see!
Let me know if you’ve used any of these products or equivalents. I love to hear what you’ve been using!!