[Gifted items from Very.co.uk] I remember when Topshop makeup first launched, it was what the high street needed at the time and it bought fun packaged but good quality makeup to the market. The line over the past year or so disappeared off shelves in a very low key way and for good reason, it was undergoing a big makeover. It’s now back and chicer than ever and I was kindly sent a huge package of many of their items from very.co.uk where you can currently get the whole line on 3 for 2 until the end of October.
Topshop Makeup’s old white and grey, slightly quirky packaging is out and gorgeously finished deep pewter chrome and matte soft touch black packaging is in (I think there’s also gold in the range but it just so happens none of the items I have are in that packaging). As over the past few years there’s been a real twist in the the market for simple, yet insta-ready packaging you can see how and why the packaging has had a makeover in itself. Overall it feels more grown up and more luxe than it’s price tag lends itself too, especially as you can pick it up on 3 for 2.
I thought we’d start with a brief glance at the products that I was sent, followed by some autumn winter makeup looks using Topshop Makeup’s new range to refresh my makeup arsenal for the new season ahead.
Let’s talk eyes, this was the biggest selection that I had been sent, there is a kit of three of their pressed glitter shadows, these are available individually but also as a trio, they also have different colour ways available. This kit contained a black, bronze and champagne shade. The bronze shade was immediately drawn to, giving me the autumnal vibes I was hoping for it had a really nice microglitter effect, the black and champagne aren’t quite as glittery when applied taking on more of a shimmery foil, however both are still really pretty. These applied best with a finger on top of a glitter primer.
I was also sent the kajal liner, liquid liner and mascara. First impressions of the intense mascara are good, it has a nice deep black pigment, the brush is long and skinny and is easy to manoeuvre, it has a lengthening and separating effect whilst also making the lashes not too spidery, I’m hoping once it’s been open a bit longer it will become a bit more volumising as that’s what I prefer, but it wears all day and adds nice definition to the eyes, so it’s a win for me. The two liners I’ve played with a couple of times so far – the liquid liner is a dip pot style and contains quite a firm brush, it’s not the easiest I’ve tried for getting a flick as it’s fairly solid, but I’d prefer that to what that is very bendy – it seems to last well on the eyes too. The kajal liner is an interesting shape coming as one large nib, I’ve used this smudged into my top lashes in place of a liquid liner for a more grungy look and found it lasted well, on my water line, which I do very rarely as my eyes do water a lot, it faired fairly well. It has a good black pigment and glides on fairly easily, on the top lids I found I was able to smudge it a little before it set into place.
I was sent two products from their lip lines in two differing shades. First up two matte lip crayons – one in a gorgeous neutral shade ‘Feather’ (which is a very close dupe to my indupable original MAC Brave) and one in a mid-berry red ‘Impressive’, these apply really nicely and a quick and easy for on the go, they do have quite a matte effect when worn without the glosses. They have a nice wear time but don’t last all day – personally I quite like this as matte lipsticks often start looking crusty when they lock into place, this gives you that velvet matte effect, without the dryness which particularly as we’re heading into autumn is preferred for me.
Next the Topshop Chameleon Glosses – if you’d asked me two months ago, I’d have turned by nose up somewhat, I’ve not been a gloss girl since my teens, but I have well and truly fell back into them! These are both semi-sheer and packed with sparkle which makes them great for layering onto lipsticks and pencils. The shade ‘Epaulette; has a bronzey hue in the tube but looks more pink once on the lips whilst the shade ‘Charm School’ is a lovely pale pink which is ultra glittery. The formula of these are high gloss but not too sticky and comfortable to wear.
In addition to these lip products there are 3 different finishes of lipstick, a liquid lipstick, non-shimmer glosses and lip liners.
Lastly, let’s talk base products. First off the Longwear Illuminating Primer, I like illuminating primers but as someone who has oily skin I use them very infrequently as I find they don’t help makeup stay, so I was intrigued by the Longwear claims this one gave. The primer has a nice sheen when applied to the skin and if you like the look it would make a nice makeup free glow, I found it settled on the skin nicely and felt quite matte once it was rubbed in, Makeup applied nicely on top and have been trialling it against a new foundation (review pending!) and my old favourite Jouer. In both cases it adds a nice glow to full coverage foundations giving the skin a more natural finish, I have found it fairly long-wearing too and whilst it doesn’t keep oil at bay fully, I don’t find my makeup has slid around either. I’ve given this full day wear tests and it’s performed well so far and I imagine this would suit most skintypes.
The Makeup Fixing mist is a nice large bottle which has light packaging (great for travel), the mister on it is fine and it has a light cucumber scent that’s very fresh. I don’t fully know how I feel about this yet as I’ve not used it every time I’ve done my makeup thanks to testing new foundations and primers, I like to see how they last on their own, but first impressions are good and I will continue to use it.
Last but by no means least is the Chameleon highlighter, I tend to stick to highlighters which are fairly champagne, but this colourful duo-chrome might well have converted me. This isn’t one for if you want a natural glow, it does give a blinding highlight with a kiss of coppery-peach to pink depending on the angle that light is hitting you, it’s not a highlight for the faint hearted, but the colour isn’t so intense that it gives warpaint like stripes across the cheekbones either. I’ve also used this on the inner corner on the eyes and it’s added a nice glow with a hint of colour. The wear on this is good through the day, it stays quite intense but the colour does seem to fade a little as it almost gets more wearable through the day. They have liquid highlighters and a more neutral shade range of highlighters available too.
The Range Applied
Topshop Makeup used; Illuminating Primer, Glitter shadow in ‘Bandstand’, Liquid Liner, Intense Mascara, Chameleon Highlight in the inner corner and on cheekbones, ‘Feather’ Matte Lip Pencil with ‘Charm School’ layered over.
Complimenting Makeup used (where I did not have Topshop available); Jouer High Coverage Foundation, Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Palette and Colourpop California Love eyeshadow palette in crease/outer corners etc.
Topshop Makeup used; Glitter shadow in ‘Trip’, Kajal Liner, Intense Mascara, Chameleon Highlight on cheekbones, ‘Impressive’ Matte Lip Pencil with ‘Charm School’ layered over.
Complimenting Makeup used (where I did not have Topshop available); CYO Matte Primer, Smashbox Full Coverage Foundation, Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Palette and Colourpop California Love eyeshadow palette in crease/outer corners etc.
Topshop Makeup used; Illuminating Primer, Glitter shadow in ‘Pageant’, Liquid Liner, Intense Mascara, Chameleon Highlight and ‘Epaulette’ Gloss .
Complimenting Makeup used (where I did not have Topshop available); Smashbox High Coverage Foundation, Urban Decay Shapeshifter Contour Palette and Colourpop California Love eyeshadow palette in crease/outer corners etc.
For me, the stars of the show are Glitter eyeshadows, the chameleon glosses and the illuminating primer. I am really intrigued to try some of the other products within the range having had a good experience with everything here, so I will be keeping my eye out to get myself colour matched with their foundation and concealer when I see a counter. Topshop makeup comes in at a mid price point with most items ranging from £10-15 per item. Very do have sets available which makes things a little cheaper too which are still included within the current 3 for 2 offer. Within what I’ve initially got I can already see some firm favourites that are perfect for the changing season and I think there’s a chance some may even feature within my yearly favourites, I’m that impressed already!
You can find Topshop’s New Beauty line available now on Very.co.uk and it’s on 3 for 2 until the 28th October. As a sidenote for anyone who starts their Christmas shopping early, these products would make a lovely gift for a lucky recipient!
Have you tried Topshop Makeup’s new line yet?
Products sent to me by very.co.uk in exchange for an honest review and feature. Thoughts are based on my experience with the products after a week of use.