Friday, 29 July 2016

BUILD YOUR OWN KYSHADOW PALETTE WITH MAKEUP GEEK DUPES

So Kylie Jenner’s Bronze Kyshadow Palette sold out in one minute, is what I am hearing, it costs $42 and has a gorgeous assortment of mattes, shimmers, cool and warm toned wearable shades. However, I would not pay $42 for a palette especially as in the UK would have to fork out a small fortune just to get it delivered to your door. Not on, mate. So let’s discuss dupes instead, although I personally do not possess any Makeup Geek shades I have it on good authority that they are of fantastic quality and a blogger favourite. So here are some Morphe dupes, which are slightly cheaper than MUG but it is my understanding that they can be quite hit and miss with their formulas and pigmentation. Without further ado, let’s build our own Kyshadow Bronze palette

These shadows are not exactly the same but they are as similar as I could get, again I am basing this on their descriptions and images I have seen online so if they swatch differently at home apologies, I am sure the blogging community will come through and point out any better alternative shadows to the ones I have suggested. So if you think any of these shadows are completely wrong don't hesitate to sound off in the comments, teach me your ways. Makeup Geek shadows are $6 and £5, I have provided links to the shadows but if you're in the UK you can find them here.

These are the nine shadows I found closest to the Kyshadow colours. Vanilla Bean is a peachy beige matte and similar to Kylie's Jasper (matte finish creamy beige). Starry Eyed is a foiled shadow ($10/£8), so more metallic than Kylie's satin finish Quartz but it was the closest to a champagne gold shimmer on the site. Next is Barcelona Beach, personally I wouldn't describe Kylie's Topaz as a "true taupe", it looks more like a medium brown, Latte from MUG is also similar. Glamorous is a shimmery bronze gold, therefore comparable to Kylie's Goldstone (satin finish bronze). Morocco a beautiful vibrant orange would make a stunning replacement for Kylie's Citrine (matte finish bright orange). Frappe is similar to Kylie's Tiger Eye (matte medium light brown). Cocoa Bear is my favourite Makeup Geek shade a reddish brown matte, similar to Kylie's Hematite (matte finish chest brown). Cherry Cola is a beautiful deep brown with red undertones, it almost looks purple and is similar to Kylie's Bronze (matte finish chocolate brown). Last but not least, Corrupt Makeup Geek's blackest black is an alternative to Kylie's Onyx.
Thank you so much for reading, hope you found this post helpful. I am almost to 500 followers on Bloglovin' so if you aren't following me already please consider it, my link is at the bottom of this post. Lately, I have been posting pretty much every day so it really is the best way to stay up to date with my new posts, I am not fast enough to do all my posts justice in terms of promotion so it would be great if you could. Hope you all have a brilliant weekend. Lots of love to you all. Take care.

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Kiran

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

FIRST EVER CULT BEAUTY HAUL FT HUDA BEAUTY AND TATA HARPER



Let me introduce you to my first Cult Beauty haul, I am pleased to say I restrained myself and managed to choose only a few items, which totalled to £88. If you spend over £50 you get free standard shipping. As you can tell from the photos I picked two Huda Beauty Lip Contours (£16 each) and a Tata Harper Daily Essentials Skincare Kit (£56), but more on that in a second. 

First, let’s discuss the website, this post is not sponsored at all in case you were wondering. I bought everything with my own money on Sunday and it arrived on Tuesday, which was significantly sooner than I expected. Everything was neatly packaged in a cardboard box and black tissue paper. The cardboard packaging of the products were intact and all items arrived in perfect condition. After placing my order I got a voucher code: YOU15 for 15% off my next order. I assume this is a generic code that most first time customers receive so please feel free to use it if you can.


Now for the fun part: let’s discuss the products I chose. First up are the Huda Beauty Lip Contours, predictably I chose the most nude, basic colours I could and picked Trendsetter and Bombshell. Now that I look at them, they both appear quite comparable, but never mind after all you can never have too many nude lip products. The limit does not exist. 


Last but not least, because I have heard so much about Tata Harper I had to choose something, is the Tata Harper Daily Essentials Skincare Kit. In this box, you get seven samples of their products so it is a great way to test out their brand, fantastic value for money. The samples are quite small but they are packaged beautifully. Stupidly, I didn’t realise that the box is a Natural Antiaging Skincare Discovery Kit. At 22, I am not all that keen on investing in products that help me reverse time but preventative measures can't hurt. The trial skincare products in here are: Regenerating Cleanser (15ml), Hydrating Floral Essence (15ml), Rejuvenating Serum (10ml), Reparative Moisturiser (10ml), Resurfacing Mask (7.5ml), Replenishing Nutrient Complex (3ml) and Restorative Eye Crème (1ml). Tata Harper is an all-natural skincare brand that is recognisable by their beautiful green packaging. I will be doing a more in depth post on this skincare kit, because I honestly don’t know what half of these products do


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you shopped at Cult Beauty, what did you get? If you have any recommendations please let me know, at first I had about twenty items in my basket but I managed to reign it in and be a bit more sensible. I am almost at 500 followers on Bloglovin' so if you haven't already I would really appreciate a follow. Take care. 

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Kiran

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

KYSHADOW | KYLIE JENNER'S NEW BRONZE EYESHADOW PALETTE FT. MAKEUP TUTORIAL SWATCHES AND PRICING



Kylie Jenner is releasing her first ever eyeshadow palette today, predictably named KYSHADOW. Her first palette, there are two more in the making that we will see before the end of this year, is the Bronze palette containing nine decently sized pans of neutral mattes and shimmers with a gorgeous warm orange in the centre to tie all the colours together. The packaging is cardboard and features a lovely sketch of her eyes. I have to admit that even though I haven't tried, or even been tempted by, any of her lip kits this palette has certainly caught my eye. It does look like the perfect neutral palette. If you have brown eyes, I think these colours have just the right amount of warmth and almost reddish undertones to really compliment them. Watch her video and makeup tutorial:



She admits that she has been working on this for a while, so fingers crossed everything will go smoothly with this launch, and has been wearing this palette on her own eyes for the past six months. The shade names are interesting, the black is called Obsidian, there is a shade called Jasper and another called Gold Stone. So overall there is no running theme with the eyeshadow names, which I have to admit is slightly disappointing. Wouldn't it be cool if all the names began with K? I don't know how much it costs at the moment, the general consensus is slightly more than her lip kits. Below are swatches of all nine shadows, I think they look beautiful but time will tell.



Thank you so much for reading, let me know in the comments what you think about Kylie's foray into the eyeshadow world. I am quite excited to hear what people think about it, I really hope it is good. I know in a previous post I critcised her business acumen and lack of care when it came to her brand, but at the same time I don't think she should be robbed a chance to redeem herself. So hopefully this will be a success for everybody. We all know it is going to sell out milliseconds. Take care.

What do you think of this new launch, will you buy it?

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Kiran

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Monday, 25 July 2016

CHARLOTTE TILBURY SCENT OF A DREAM NEW FRAGRANCE

Charlotte Tilbury is an unstoppable force and she is launching new products left right and centre. I am still reeling from the release of her Legendary Brows and Legendary Mascara so to hear she is now launching a fragrance has stopped me in my tracks. You can see the bottle of the Scent of a Dream above, and read a review of the fragrance here. The new scent will be available online and in stores from August 15th, you can sign up on Selfridges and the Charlotte Tilbury website if you want to be first in line. The uniquely shaped fragrance will be available to purchase in three sizes: 10ml (£49), 50ml (£68) and 100ml (£96). I will admit that upon first seeing the bottle, about ten minutes ago, I wasn't too impressed. It doesn't make me gasp in awe like a Marc Jacobs fragrance does, however Vogue describes it as being a "faceted, talisman-like flacon". What the hell is a flacon?
Image source: britishbeautyblogger.com
A flacon is "a small, stoppered bottle, used especially for perfume". I think the design of the bottle is supposed to immerse you back into the world of glamour and intrigue of the sixties. It is a bottle you could imagine Marilyn Monroe fondling at her vanity. Like all CT products, this fragrance is built on the secret scent she has been wearing for years. It is a sexy scent with notes of floral and sandalwood and is designed to "intice a desire you can't control". The ultimate man-catching fragrance perhaps. It certainly seems to be a conversation starter, Jane from British Beauty Blogger, when wearing the scent at dinner said her companion couldn't stop smelling her arm.
The permanently delightful Kate Moss is the face of this perfume, you can see one of the photographs above, Kate is the perfect choice in my opinion. Charlotte Tilbrury is renowned across the world but she is British, so it warms my heart to see Kate Moss representing this scent. In addition, Kate has been a muse for Charlotte for some of her lipsticks and they have a great personal relationship. Thank you so much for reading, Hope you're having a lovely Monday so far. Take care.

Do you think you'll buy Scent of a Dream?

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Kiran

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

SUNDAY SYNOPSIS | KAT VON D AND JEFFREE STAR CULT BEAUTY ORDER MOVIES MUSIC AND MAKEUP CHALLENGES

It’s Sunday which means it is time for another Synopsis. I am so glad I introduced this little segment on my website as I really look forward to writing about what I have been doing and what in the devil has been going on in the beauty world. Sorry to disappoint but no awesome bubble masks this week. Have you guys seen the 100 layers of challenge? There have been so many popping up in my Subscriptions on YouTube, here in one from Lily Melrose below: 100 Layers of Liquid Lipstick

KVD vs Jeffree Star. Recently, there has been no shortage of drama in the beauty industry and at the start of this week an epic EL SCANDALO broke when Kat Von D uploaded a video to her YouTube channel about Jeffree Star (you can watch it below) about how she no longer supports him or his company for a variety of reasons. I don’t agree with everything she said. Specifically, she mentions that Jeffree called out a brand for claiming to be vegan when some products contain carmine. Kat seemed to imply that because he isn’t vegan he has no right to do that and of course no one is perfect. I agree that the way he speaks can be harsh and unnecessarily aggressive, but whether he is vegan or not should have no bearing on what he is allowed to say about another brand's practices if they are in the best interests of the consumer. That makes no sense to me. What does it matter whether he is vegan or not? I think pointing that out to vegans who care about animals is probably one of the nicest things he has ever done. So that actually made me quite angry. 

Jeffree posted a response video (you can watch that below) and he addressed her points. I want to take this time to say that in one of my last posts about the Jeffree King Tut drama etc. I did say that I thought Becca’s behaviour was worse than Jeffree’s to be clear I meant solely in terms of the quality of their products. Jeffree’s highlighters were not of subpar quality and nor did he give his consent to sell cracked highlighters, whereas Becca knowingly sold inferior palettes. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, and just to reiterate I do not have a personal vendetta against any brand. 

On the other hand, the way Jeffree conducts himself is an entirely different matter. I am aware of how rude and horrible he was to RockyRoadKill, one of the disappointed customers at Drag Con who received a shattered King Tut, and think the comment he left him was despicable and inexcusable. I also watched his Snap Chat rant about MakeupShayla and was left disgusted with how he spoke about her. So I do not think he is better than Becca at all, I was talking very specifically about the products only in that post. I do not blame anyone for choosing not to support him after the foul language he used. Personally, I have not purchased anything from Jeffree Star and that is because his products don’t appeal to me. I play it very safe when it comes to makeup.  

Movies movies movies. I watched two films that stuck out this week. The first was The Lobster starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, this film was a total and utter mind fuck and I loved it. It was bizarre but captivating and the acting was sublime, I highly recommend it. It is one of those films where jumping in blind is the best way to go so you can truly experience the magic. On Tuesday, I went to the cinema to watch Tarzan a film I had been excited about for a while, I was left disappointed with the lack of story and action in this film. I would have preferred the original story of Tarzan adapted to the big screen, the plot of this movie just didn’t captivate me. Plus, there weren’t enough animals to satisfy my jungle loving heart. Margot Robbie stole the show by being stunningly beautiful and believable, but I am sorry to say it is no Jungle Book
Makeup Lesson. I went to my first makeup lesson today, I can’t wait to write the full post, it will be up on Tuesday. It was an interesting experience and honestly was something I chose to do just to break up the monotony of my everyday life. It seems all I do is work work work work work work. So it was nice to shake things up a little and just explore different ideas. 
Cult Beauty Order. In other exciting news, I made my first Cult Beauty order because I have been so lazy and frugal lately. I didn’t order too much just one of the Tata Harper sets because I have heard so much about this brand I have to know what the hype is all about and two Huda Beauty lip contours because all shades are back in stock. I deliberated on getting the Modern Renaissance palette but couldn’t decide, £41 is so much money and I could suddenly breathe a little easier once I removed it from my basket. I got a 15% voucher off my next order so let me know if you think I should (wo)man up and get the damn palette already. Any recommendations always welcome. 
Source: temptalia.com
Musically speaking I have been enjoying Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes. I adore his voice so much, there isn’t a single song he has done that hasn’t garnered my approval. Really lovely song, and for all you ladies out there you most definitely deserve a gentleman. Listen to the song below.

Thank you so much for reading. It means a hell of a lot to me that any of you to take the time to read what I write. My next post will be up on Tuesday about the makeup lesson I attended and all the tips I learnt and whether I believe the experience was valuable or not. Have a great week. Take care.

How has your week been?

Love ❤ 
Kiran

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

BEAUTY BLOGGER MISCONCEPTIONS | WHAT BEING A BEAUTY BLOGGER IS REALLY LIKE


Beauty bloggers are far from rare at this moment in time, and I happen to fall into the “beauty blogger” category, but despite popular belief we are not all the same. It’s not all marble, or white, backdrops, rose gold, Starbucks and sponsored posts. There are many misconceptions surrounding beauty bloggers and I am here to refute all of them if I can, because I don’t consider myself a typical beauty blogger nor do I think such a category should exist in the first place. 
When you think of a beauty blogger, who do you see? I imagine your mind instantly conjures images of the big name bloggers. You know, the glamorous types, never a hair out of place, nicely made up, professional, beautiful and aspirational. They have a drool-worthy Instagram account, usually an adorable furry sidekick and never seem to fuck up, either online or in real life. Yeah, newsflash, this person doesn’t exist. People only show you what they want you to see, no one is going to post pictures of their lowest moments on social media (unless they are attention seeking/crying for help) and I bet you are the same. We all have bad days, we all have things we wish were different but we save our breakdowns for private moments, or throw a tantrum with our nearest and dearest. 
The reason I decided to write this post is simply because I am a covert beauty blogger, my beauty blogging status is on the DL. I don’t speak about it generally, it’s not a dirty secret, all my profiles are public and I openly promote posts on most, but not on my Personal Facebook. If someone I know discovers my Instagram account they will know I blog. A lot. They will also know I am a teensy bit obsessed with makeup, be it tutorials, new releases or looks, I eagerly scroll through my Instagram feed at least fifteen times a day. But if said person mentions my blogger status I cringe. I’m slightly embarrassed about it to be honest, and why? Because of all those pesky misconceptions. 
You see, I don’t look like a beauty blogger. More often than not I look like I just rolled out of bed in the morning (because I have). My hair is usually loose or in a sloppy ponytail/fun bun because I like sleep. On the day to day I wear very little makeup to prohibit myself from being any later to work than I already am. Despite what my YouTube history would have you believe, I seldom do a glam makeup look and as a consequence, I don’t necessarily look like someone who should be imparting beauty advice or blogging about beauty because frankly I look like I don’t give a shit.
Other mistaken beliefs about beauty bloggers are: the majority of their posts are sponsored; they get a constant onslaught of free beauty products; only care about makeup and beauty; are shallow, vapid and vain; can take killer selfies. . .oh I could go on but I won’t. These are all, for me at least, completely and utterly untrue. I hardly ever discuss makeup and beauty in real life because my online persona is that outlet for me. I don’t receive a lot of free products, but I imagine those bloggers who have an impressive following do receive products from PR companies on a regular basis and there is nothing wrong with that. I suck at taking selfies, and being photographed. I am painfully camera-shy and if I do take a selfie I never smile in it #restingbitchface. 
So what is being a beauty blogger really like? It is such a small part of who I am. I am more than just a beauty blogger, just like this blog is more than just a beauty blog. I have many interests and I love talking and writing about them all. Writing is one of my greatest loves and this website is a way for me to develop and improve my writing. My blogging career has not the slightest bit glamorous, I don’t go to any events and have never met another blogger. Hopefully, one day that will change. Mostly it consists of me in a room or on a mode of public transport typing away on my phone and laptop and struggling to find enough time to write all the posts I want to write and return and reply to comments. My iPhone is surgically attached to my hand so when an idea for a post comes to me at random moments of the day I can immediately type it into my Notes. 
Being a beauty blogger means frequently having internal arguments with yourself about whether or not you should buy the hottest product of the moment. Currently, it’s the Modern Renaissance Palette, should I get it? Should I? It’s expensive but oh so pretty. It involves fretting about whether your blog is original or unique enough and do you have a voice? Is it too formal/informal? Do you care? Should you care? I don’t care. I write each post for myself because it is impossible to please everybody. I love it, I wouldn’t change it for the world because I don’t write to get free products or be sponsored for a post or to gain tonnes of traffic. I write to express my feelings and thoughts because I don’t feel comfortable discussing these things with people in my life. Weirdly, not everyone is as into new makeup releases and awesome skincare as I am. I know, shocking.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that this resonates with you on some level. I love blogging and I know many of my readers love it too. It is fun but it can seem frivolous and pointless to others and even sometimes to me especially when so much tragedy is occurring in the world. I don’t think I am better than anyone else nor do I think I am qualified to give beauty advice, I’m a mess, believe me. I just like to write, that’s really all there is to it. I included photos of some of the most influential bloggers, all are a huge inspiration to me. Hope you're all enjoying the nice weather. Take care.

Who is your favourite beauty blogger/YouTuber?

Love 
Kiran

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

REVIEW | MUA PRO BASE PRIME AND CONCEAL COLOUR CORRECTING PALETTE



Colour correcting is kind of a big deal with so many high end brands bringing out tonnes of coloured concealers i.e. Urban Decay, Tarte Cosmetics, Stila and Smashbox to name a few, but before the luxe brands tried their hand at colour correcting many drugstore/affordable brands already had their own. The LA Girl Pro Concealers come in a whole range of colours, but I have yet to try any of them, and are very popular on social media, but today we’re going to dive into one of the most inexpensive colour correcting palettes on the market: MUA Pro Base Prime and Conceal Colour Correcting Palette (£4). If you read my last review (post here) you know that I like to discuss more than just the performance of a product, and this time will be no different. 
MUA stands for Make Up Academy and is sold on their website and at Superdrug in the UK and CVS in the US, their products are extremely reasonably priced to put that into perspective their lipsticks cost £1 each. Looking at the MUA website not a lot of information is offered about the brand itself but a quick Google search revealed that MUA Cosmetics are a cruelty free brand meaning they are opposed to testing on animals but they are not a vegan or vegetarian brand. Some of their products may be, but it is not something they strive for as a brand because it would be time consuming. In addition to this, I am led to believe their products are made in China (made not sold) and therefore they save a lot of money on labour which might be how they can afford to sell their products at such a cheap price. This is all information I gleaned from here and here
Just in case some of you don’t know the way you use colour correctors are you apply them before any makeup but after the prep, so over your primer (if you wear primer) but under the foundation, and then you cover up the correctors with a skin-toned concealer that is typically one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. Despite the hype and the endless amount of colour correctors being released this year not everyone needs to colour correct, in fact not many of us do. Only if you have problematic skin concerns that are not covered by your standard products should you consider incorporating colour correcting into your routine. Problems such as excessive redness, prominent dark circles or hyperpigmentation, psoriasis and bruising are some of the skin issues that could be helped by colour correcting. The idea is that the colour corrector will do most of the work for you in concealing the problem areas resulting in you using less of your other products (foundation). 
The Pro Base Prime and Conceal Palette “is a collection of correcting creams suitable for a multitude of complexions”. There are five separate colours in this small palette, in total you get 4g of product. The five colours are: Orange/Called Peach (on the website this shade is described as Peach but it is definitely more orange in person, orange colour correctors are effective at covering blue pigmentation underneath the eyes on those with tan or darker skin), Lilac (lilac concealers counteract sallow, yellow and dull skin, thus brightening the complexion), Yellow (covers dark circles, this would work for people with fair skin), Green (conceals redness, useful for spots) and Peach/Highlight (described as a highlight but looks more salmon/peach in person).
INGREDIENTS: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate (a skin conditioning agent and an emollient), Triethylhexanoin (derived from glycerine, another skin conditioning agent and emollient), Mica (mineral, can help makeup look more natural on the skin because of its light reflecting properties), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone, in makeup used as a conditioner/lubricant to make the product more slippery/fluid and I guess easier to blend as a result), Octyldodecanol (fatty acid, an emollient and an emulsifier, sometimes used as a thickening agent and to add fragrance), Silica (mineral with absorbing properties to keep sweat and oil at bay), Polybutene (thickening agent, used as a binder because it is adhesive, helps the other ingredients stick to each other), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (complex carbohydrate, prevents makeup from appearing cakey and reduces the appearance of oil and grease because it is an absorbing agent), Polyethylene (an interesting ingredient often seen in skincare, particularly exfoliants as it is abrasive, also a binding agent helps other ingredients stick together).

INGREDIENTS CONTINUED: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone based polymer and water repellent, fills in fine lines and wrinkles to help skin appear smoother and younger), Phytosteryl Hydroxystearate (emollient, retains water and moisture, so stops the concealer being too drying potentially?), Phenoxyethanol (a preservative, can be toxic click the name to read an article about the harmful effects of this ingredient), Ethylhexylglycerin (natural preservative, used as an alternative to parabens), Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera (viscosity controlling wax), BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene, used as a preservative in makeup), Ozokerite (mineral wax, used as a binder, emulsion stabiliser and viscosity – thickness – increasing agent), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (form of Vitamin E, skin conditioning agent and antioxidant). [+/- CI 45410 (red colourant allowed in all cosmetics except eye products), CI 42090 (colourant that causes cancer in animals according to studies and is banned in many EU countries including Austria, Germany, Belgium, France and more), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide, naturally occurring mineral, colouring agent, can be used as a sunscreen ingredient), CI 77492 (yellow iron oxide, used as a colourant), CI 77491 (red iron oxide, colourant), CI 77499 (black iron oxide, colourant), CI 19140 (yellow colourant, not allowed in eye products in the USA).]
One single swatch of the colours, you can see it is patchy, slick to the touch and not very pigmented at all
So the ingredients aren’t perfect, there are a few preservatives and iron oxides which aren’t ideal but it is just £4 to purchase this product. As for performance, I will be blunt and say for me this product didn’t work at all. It isn’t pigmented enough, the green is definitely the least pigmented but all of them lacked in this department. You can see the swatches above. This is with just one swipe. 
Ran my hand over the swatches above this picture and it all but wiped completely away
Additionally, if you run your hand over the swatches they all but disappear. They don’t last long at all, fortunately it can be built up. Below, there are more pigmented swatches. These are three layers of each concealer to build up the pigment. I am not a fan of the texture of this concealer either, it is very slippery and almost greasy feeling not ideal for the incredibly hot weather we are experiencing, but not surprising now that I have researched the ingredients, a lot of emollients and thickening agents are used. If you have dry skin you might get on a little better with this product, but if you have normal to oily skin I would skip it completely. It won’t last on the skin at all. 
I layered the colours over each other so it is more opaque and photohraphs better, these are three layers of each shade
The last issue I have with this product is the amount you actually get, obviously for £4 I don’t expect planet-sized pans but the weak pigmentation means that you would run through this quite quickly. So not worth it in my opinion. If you are in the market for colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot, or you just want to get to grips with this phenomenon then you can certainly make this product work. Just use matte products where you can and maybe keep this concealer in the fridge overnight so it isn’t as slick to the touch. For the price it is a good option for people just getting into colour correcting, but for long lasting results and makeup that looks beautiful and shine-free I would not recommend this product

Do you like colour correcting, what products do you use?

Love  ❤
Kiran 

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