Strapped for time? I hear ya: I’ve been up since the crack of dawn and have only just found the time to sit down and pen a little something on these newbies. I won’t keep you for long with this one – it’s more ‘flash reviews’ than meaty in-depth stuff. As always, if you need more info just let me know in the below comments box/on twitter/facebook/e-mail etc…
Tell Me More… / Nothing new about this formula – it’s already out in clear and a raspberry-scented/hued version. This red-stained version is slightly less sweet then raspberry but every bit as moisturising.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / Yes: these are bloody brilliant. The first lip oil was a limited edition that joined the permanent collection after clamours from those who’d used it. Raspberry then joined the fray and now Red Berry – fingers crossed for more.
The Newbie / Benefit Life’s Little Correctors, £19.50 due out here on the 28th of May
Tell Me More… / This kit contains three separate travel-sized duos: Boi-ing 01 with Lemon Aid, Boi-ing 02 with Lemon Aid, and Erase Paste 02 with Eye Bright. No mirrors/prettiness in the plastic pot – this is a function over form affair.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / How to use them would probably help, wouldn’t it? Boi-ing is an overall concealer (spots/undereyes), Lemon Aid brightens and primes eyelids by neutralising redness (go easy; it’s pretty highly-pigmented), Eye Bright is good on red patches around the eyes (I use it on my lower waterline) and Erase Paste is a hardcore pre-concealer that ‘resets’ skin.
The Newbie / Suqqu Colour Balm Crayon in Suzubeni, £22 due out here tomorrow
Tell Me More… / Part of the Suqqu Summer Colour Collection, think of this crayon as being a glassy film on the lips – neither a full lipstick, nor a flat tint, it gives the appearance of a juicy wash of red that’s foolproof.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / Pack this in your travel bag – it makes for the easiest ‘I’m not tired in the slightest’ make-up magic I’ve ever seen.
The Newbie / MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks, £16
Tell Me More… / These are brilliantly chunky pencils and come a huge variety of shades. Slide them on for a little – or a lot – of eyeshadow/liner that won’t go anywhere in a hurry.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / Don’t be afraid of the brights – Frisky Blue, for example, makes brown eyes pop if a little is smudged into black around eyelids. Also: they’re limited edition so don’t dither if you like the look of them.
Tell Me More… / Not one for a neutral fan, this palette of 20 eyeshadows contains everything from terracotta to grassy green. Surprisingly, I found the colours wearable – even raspberry Cake looked good on the centre of my eyelid. Curiouser and curiouser…
Anything Else I Need To Know? / There’s a huge butterfly hidden in the lid. Well, it’s a Disney collaboration after all. Oh, and this is another limited edition so if you’re fond of playing with daring shadows or have a youngster in your life who likes make-up chop chop…
The Newbie / Revlon Brush Collection, from £6.99
Tell Me More… / Affordable brushes have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. These eight cover base really well (in the mix: foundation, blending, blush, contour and a powder brush) but only have a single eyeshadow brush as well as a lip and lash & brow brush. Here’s hoping they redress the balance.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / The brush handles are pretty nifty – with diamond patterns all over them, they make it easy to grip the brush and stop them from rolling off your desk.
The Newbie / MAC Caitlin Jenner Finally Free Lipstick, £15.50
Tell Me More… / You all know I don’t do Kardashian by now, but Caitlin is another story for me. This lipstick collaboration is perfection – the rosy nude has a creamy finish that is ‘your lips but a hundred zillion times better.’ It does what red does for lips (makes them stand out, enlivens the face), without requiring quite so much daring on the part of the wearer. It’s brilliant. Buy it.
Anything Else I Need To Know? / MAC have promised the full RRP (minus VAT) will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. As if you needed further incentive to snap this one up…