I know that there are lots of concealers on the market and the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer definitely has a bit of a write up, but I have to be honest and say that my best experience of concealers have been with budget version. First with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and now the Wake Me Up Concealer which is a fantastic product. I started using my Wake Me Up concealer in Ivory primarily under my eyes because of the lovely illuminating effect, but I'm now using it on other areas of my face as well now since my tan has gradually faded and she Ivory shade just works super at the moment. It's a great product that gives full seamless coverage but also brightens at the same time, so it gives a very dewy impression without being shiny in any way. It feels so light and lovely on your skin and it lasts all day long without having to correct it. So why spend a fortune when you can get an amazing product like this from Rimmel?
Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. I don't need or use a lot of powder so I'm definitely not a powder expert, but for me this is an excellent product that does exactly what it says on the tin. It mattifies the skin and controls any shine, and it gives a flawless finish that isn't cakey or sits heavy on the skin. It's wonderful to wear, and easy to touch up without any strong scent. The product does claim to control shine up to 5 hrs, but on my skin it's more like 3, although I have no problems to touch up during the day when necessary.
One of my most loved looks is the winged liner and despite having practised how to apply it for years - I'm still rubbish at it. One product that makes it a little bit easier to get that feline look is the Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Liner in black. The reason it's one of my favourite Rimmel products is that it gives a highly pigmented and intense thin or thick line depending on how you use it, that simply will not budge for anything. It's waterproof, sweat proof, flake proof - you name it and I'm sure it will resist it. It's a felt tip format with a very slight slant to it, that is so easy to use and I've been very happy with the results. Even though it lasts all day it's still easy to remove in the evening without having to special products for waterproof make up.
I've been a little bit old fashioned when it comes to eye shadows and have up until now always preferred to work with powder shadows, but there are so many other formats to dabble with and I've even surprised myself with how much I've enjoyed working with the Scandaleyes Shadow Paint. It's a wonderful cream shadow formula with a little bit of shimmer to it. I've been using Golden Bronze and Rich Russet and since the range of shades at the moment is very limited, these are my favourite ones. They are easy to apply, blend in beautifully and give a nice coverage. I like to apply and blend in 2 coats of the shade I'm using, particularly if I want it to have more of an impact and for it to last longer. The description says that they last all day, but to be honest I don't agree with that and I find that it creases (despite using primer) and at least on me it definitely doesn't last flawlessly all day. This doesn't take away from the fact that it's a lovely product to use and I will definitely get more shades eventually.
From top to bottom:
Scandaleyes Shadow Paint - Golden Bronze
Scandaleyes Shadow Paint - Rich Russet
Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Liner - Black
Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Aurora
One of my favourite lip products this year has been Apocalips Lip Lacquers. They have been on the market for quite a while now, but if you haven't tried them yet, you simply HAVE TO. They give such an intense dash of color and sleek satin finish at the same time - they are absolutely amazing. The lovely creamy formula means that it feels as if the lip lacquer hydrates and conditions your lips throughout the day and it's so pleasant to wear. For me some shades don't wear as well as others throughout the day, but my all time favourite Celestial and this new shade Aurora that I have started using for autumn, both fade in an even way without leaving a horrible, dried lip contour. The newbie of my Apocalips family - Aurora is a gorgeous rosy mauve pink with a very subtle blue undertone and it looks beautiful with a neutral or metallic eye.
Are any of these Rimmel products also your favourites? Which brand would you like to see in the next Fave 5 post?