I love a beauty bargain, but sometimes cheaper products are just too good to be true. There is nothing worse that the disappointment of your drugstore product not living up to its promises. So in the name of science (errrr not really but we can pretend…) I am putting two similar products to the test to find out if high end or high street comes out on top.Continue Reading . . .
With summer well and truly here now, it is about time that I start thinking about saying goodbye to full coverage foundation and berry lipsticks and hello to dewy sun kissed skin. So when I was asked if I’d like to get involved with New Look’s beauty on a shoestring campaign I jumped at the chance to update my makeup bag for a summer look.
The challenge involves spending just £25 (or less) on the beauty goodies from New Look Pure Colour collection and creating a whole makeup look using just these products. I had a good look through the beauty section on the New Look website and decided to go for:
- Pure Colour Porcelain 01 Liquid Foundation* – £4.99
- Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer* – £6.99
- Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher Powder* – £6.99
- Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner* – £1.99
- Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow* – £3.99
The Pure Colour Foundation pleasantly surprised me. Typically I am not a fan of drugstore and high street foundations because I feel I need a bit more coverage and longevity, so I was a little skeptical of New Look’s offering. However I was having a really good skin day with no blemishes (woohoo!) and so the light to medium coverage of this foundation was just perfect! In lieu of a concealer, I built up the foundation more on my weak spots – under my eyes, around my nose and my chin for a more even coverage.
The Pure Colour Foundation is quite dewy which is ideal for summer, but I have quite oily skin so like to set my foundation to prevent a makeup moving around my face situation – not a good look! So I used a powder brush to swish a small amount of the bronzer over my face for a more sun kissed look and mattify the foundation.
I love the Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer, it isn’t too dark for those who have paler skin and it also has a small amount of shimmer to give your skin a youthful and radiant boost. The powder is picked up very easily by the brush, so make sure you gently dab and tap off any excess because a little goes a long way! The bronzer helped to give my pasty skin a little more colour so I felt less like a ghost, and ready to head out into the sunshine.
Then using my Real Techniques blush brush I picked up some product from the Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher, again, a little goes a long way! And I buffed as small amount into my cheekbones. I love the shade of the blusher, it is really natural looking and so I think it would suit most skin tones. I only used a small amount of the blusher to avoid my base being overpowering next to my eyes and lips.
For the eyes I used a delicate wash of the bronzer across the lids and built it up more in the middle of the eyelid which really brought out the shimmer. Then I used the Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow to create some definition in the crease for a bronzed summery look. The eye shadow is really pigmented and lasted all day, which for a budget product is very good in my books! I’d definitely try out some other shades and I hope they widen the product line.
Now I did cheat a little bit here because I added a little mascara! My lashes are really blonde, so without it they look see through. However when I go on holiday later in the year I am planning to get my lashes tinted, so as this would be a great holiday look I definitely haven’t cheated…. right?!
Last but not least, I used the Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner to carefully line my lips and then I filled them in. I normally find liners quite drying, but this was pretty good! Staying power wasn’t amazing, but I typically do touch up my lips throughout the day so this didn’t bother me at all. Again, I hope they bring out more shades as for just £1.99 they are a bargain.
Overall I am really impressed with the New Look beauty range because of the good quality of the products for such a great price. I really recommend the Pure Colour products that I tried out, particularly if your makeup needs to be pocket money friendly. I have my eye on a few more of their products, including the highlighter and the eye shadows palettes.
What do you think of the New Look beauty range?