Current Faves // December
It’s been a loooong time since I did a Current Faves posts so one was long over due. Today is a bit different as I am dedicating it entirely to Topshop.
I admit, I haven't shopped in Topshop in years. I feel like it's one of those shops you naturally drift away from as you get older, not in any conscious way, it just seems to happen.
However the other week there I was having to kill some time in town whilst waiting for a train so I wandered in to get out of the rain. I sauntered over to their makeup counter and was immediately struck by the array of mega metallic shadows they had. I tested some on my hand and was really impressed by the depth of the pigmentation. I recall when Topshop launched their makeup and I was not especially impressed by their formulations, however this seemed like a cut above and everything has been repackaged and the price points are higher than before.
I tested a few other things and again their formulations seemed far better than they used to be. I was so impressed I ended up buying a powder highlighter, a metallic shadow and a blush.
I find too many highlighters are tinted much strongly with colour such as pink. I wanted one which leaned a little more towards gold or neutral as it’s more flattering on my pale but warm skintone. Since I have oily skin, cream highlighters are no use to me but this powder one goes on perfectly pigmented but still gives a buildable highlight. I lightly dust it onto the highest part of my cheekbones and eyebrow bones for a little shimmer, or apply it with my finger if I want a more exaggerated highlight. It stays put all day long. It costs £15 and comes in a mirrored compact.
I have a terrible weakness for full on metallic shadows so I’m always searching for the best ones and this one does not disappoint. I simply use my finger to dab it on top of whatever eyeshadow I’m wearing to give it a little extra glimmer. Reverse is a pinky peach colour but somehow seems to flatter whatever colour of shadow you put it on.
Blush is something I only bother with occasionally. I’ll take a notion to wear it for a while then stop wearing it for ages again. Currently I’m enjoying having a little pink flush to my cheeks. I own two blushes by Nars but neither shade was hitting the spot of me. I actually want a candy pink blush but haven’t found the right one yet. This Topshop one is pinker on than it looks in the packaging but it’s highly pigmented so does not require anything more than the lightest dusting but is layerable if you want a stronger look or have darker skin.
I’m definitely going to explore other products in the range. The only things I’d probably avoid would be foundation and concealer as I tend to have to spend a lot of money of those things due to my very oily skin, however if you have normal skin then I suspect their formulations for both would be suitable for you. Overall, I’m pretty impressed by the items in the range I’ve tried so far. It’s more expensive than brands such as NYX, and budget brands like Revolution, but the difference in quality is clear.