Latest Makeup Empties with Mini Reviews

I am back with another makeup empties post! I never know how popular these are but I personally find it really interesting to see what people think once they’ve finished a product. Finding out whether they would buy it again, or not, is surely one of the most indicative pieces of info to help you decide whether something is worth buying.

First up is a trio of base products.

Let’s start with the Essence Stay All Day 16h Concealer (£2.50). I was hoping this would be an affordable gem but I did not get on with this. In fact, I didn’t even finish it because I found it did nothing, but I did give it to my sister to try to see if she likes it; we all have different preferences so who knows, it might work for her. I used it under my eyes and I personally found it to have very poor coverage! It was quite a liquidy, watery formula and I do tend to prefer concealers that are quite creamy and thick. It was a fail for me.

Next up, the bareMinerals Illuminating Mineral Veil (£21). I bought this to use as an all-over setting powder and I actually quite liked it! However, if I were to buy it again I think I would get the non ‘illuminating’ version. I didn’t find it ridiculously ‘sparkly’ or anything, but it was just a little bit too much for me. However, the formula is great and it helped my makeup to last all day and it didn’t look cakey. I also like the packaging, which has a twist closure to keep the product locked in so it doesn’t go everywhere like many loose powder products are prone to.

Something I was very sad to find in my empties was the eye wateringly expensive Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£40) in the shade Diffused Light. These are truly gorgeous powders and I used it all over my face as a setting powder, similarly to the bareMinerals one I spoke about above. It ensured I never looked too matte or powdery but it helped my makeup to last. It did give a luminous effect, I won’t go too crazy with hyperbole because it’s not a complete miracle worker, but it does give you a pretty, natural looking glow and doesn’t look too ‘made up’. If I was feeling flush I would buy again but I would probably try a different shade, just because I love trying new stuff! If you saw my recent Space NK Haul you’ll see I bought the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette which has a new shade of the Ambient Lighting Powder, so I’m covered for the time being. 🙂

I think I discussed this NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (£7) in a previous post I did on my NYX Collection, so I’ll keep it fairly brief. I did really like this setting spray. I haven’t tried loads of others so can’t say it’s the best in the whole world but for the price it does pretty much everything I would want it to. The main thing for me is to keep my face looking as fresh as possible and not too powdery which I felt this did. It helped my makeup to all mesh together. I probably would repurchase!

Onto mascaras I’ve finished and I’ll begin with the best – the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (£19. I’m not one to venture frequently into high end mascaras as I don’t think it’s a product you need to spend loads of money on for results. However, I will definitely buy a full size of this in the future! It is a brilliant mascara that makes your lashes so thick and full! The brush is pretty big and it took me a while to get to grips with, but once I learned to apply it and not get it all over my eyelids I fell in love. If you love big lashes then I definitely recommend trying this.

An affordable mascara that unfortunately did not impress me and I would not repurchase was the SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara (£6.99). I like big lashes and this didn’t give me them. I feel like the brush just doesn’t pack enough product onto the lashes and the plastic bristles are quite short and insubstantial.

I bought this Kiko Unforgettable Mascara (£7.20) last year when they had a deal on their website. It was okay. I had high hopes for it as the brush looked promising however it didn’t wow me and I wouldn’t repurchase. I think the brush was maybe a little too dense so that it couldn’t quite grab and completely envelope the lashes to make them reach their full potential.

I’m pretty sure I’ve raved about this next product before on my blog. NYX Micro Brow Pencil (£7) is an excellent, fuss-free eye brow pencil. It’s twist up so no need to sharpen (perfect for the lazy among us, *guilty*) and has a brush on the other end to tame your brows. I had the shade Ash Brown which was a pretty perfect match for me and I have already bought another one.

The next product is very similar and equally as good. The Soap & Glory™ Archery™ 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush (£8) is likewise a twist up pencil with a brush on the other end. The application and formula is just as good as NYX’s. The only downside is that there is only two shades so unless one of these suits you, you’d be stuck.

Last up, I’m afraid it’s another Seventeen product that I really thoroughly disliked and didn’t actually finish because I just couldn’t bare to use it. The SEVENTEEN Make Your Mark Soft Eyeliner Pen (£3.99) is just not comfortable to use at all! The tip of the pen is just far too stiff and rigid and scrapes against your eye! Eyes are sensitive things and I don’t want to feel like I’m scratching my eye out, it was genuinely painful at times! Additionally, it was not super black either and I couldn’t bare to press any harder to see if I could get better colour pay-off. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again, but I do actually like Seventeen as a brand so despite having a bad experience with two of their products I’ve talked about in this post I will continue to keep up to date with things they release and try new things.

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Kiko Makeup Haul

When I saw some of the Rebel Romantic limited edition collection from Kiko on a few others’ blogs I fell in LOVE. It is so beautiful. I had been waiting for a while to find an excuse to purchase some more Kiko goodies since I bought an awesome lipstick from them whilst I was on holiday in Barcelona (I did a post on that here). Unfortunately when I placed my order I was gutted to find that the two lipstick shades I would have bought were out of stock 🙁 The lipsticks were probably the thing I was most excited about, however I’m hoping that I’ll be able to buy them in store as Kiko have recently opened a store in Bath, which is near my hometown! Their stores are heavily concentrated in the South East so far, so for one to pop up in Bath is brilliant! Hopefully they will expand further (Bournemouth please Kiko!)
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This product looks stunning, and that along with the fact I don’t actually own a single bronzing powder, I felt justified in getting this. It comes in lovely rose gold packaging and the powder is embossed with a pretty print. The colour is a fairly subtle, terracotta shade (I have the light to medium shade); I think you possibly could go overboard with it and end up looking a bit orange, but you’d have to apply a fair bit! I’ve just read in the description on their website that it is slightly scented with wild rose, so I just sniffed it and it smells divine! Overall I really like it, it gives a light tan to your face where it’s lacking and is beautiful to look at!
 I got this blush in the shade Velvety Peach. I wouldn’t really consider it that peach-y, it’s still very pink to me but it does have that coral-ly accent that makes it very wearable and ‘comfort zone‘ for me. I didn’t realise that this would be a cream blush, when I first went to use it I got my blusher brush out and was disappointed when there was virtually no colour pay off on my cheeks lol! I then stuck my finger in and realised my mistake. When applied with your finger it is very pigmented but can be blended nicely into the skin. I’m not one for cream blushers generally, but I hope using this will convert me because again, it comes in the beautiful packaging, and is a lovely colour.
I really wanted a muted grey/green nail colour in my life, and whilst Jade Green is not quite perfect in that it’s not quite grey enough for what I wanted, it’s still a beautiful muted minty green. I haven’t tried the other one yet, it’s supposed to be for a French Manicure but I’m hoping it’ll be quite opaque and I can wear it on its own. I’m happy to have some brilliant nail polishes from a brand that doesn’t test on animals and has a fantastic shade range! I’ll definitely pick up some more in the Bath store whenever I eventually visit.
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I haven’t tried this yet as I only keep 1-2 mascaras in use at a time, but I think one of my current one’s will be all dried out soon so I have this is stock ready to go! I got it at a super discounted price too which made it even better. The reviews on the Kiko website are all positive so I hope its a good one. I chose it from Kiko’s vast array of different mascaras because I liked the look of the brush! It’s curved and has bristles as opposed to a plastic wand.
 
I bought this in the shade 901 Natural Neige, which is a pinky/brown nude. This was great value and I love the simple, sleek packaging. The formula is quite matte, but it does have a sheen which makes it more satin. I find it comparable to the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks, so these are a lovely cruelty free (and better value) alternative to those. I have loved the two different lipstick formulas I have tried from Kiko, so I think they may become a go-to for when I’m in need of a lipstick.
My experience with the Kiko website was a good one. I think I got a better deal as I was a first time customer on the website which gave me free delivery, or £2.00 express delivery, which is what I opted for. This meant my package should arrive within 3-5 days from me placing the order, which it did! I think it arrived on the third day… So it was a good experience. However I would definitely prefer to buy instore in future if I’d have to pay £7.90 for this service; I don’t like waiting 🙁 I’ll have to stock up every time I go to Bath ha 🙂
Nicole

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