Real Techniques PowderBleu Brushes

2017, July

When the original Real Techniques brushes hit the shelves it was a bit of a makeup revolution. Great quality, affordable brushes became accessible to everyone. The range has seen some very useful additions and limited addition sets over the years. I own a fair few of the Real Techniques brushes and use them regularly. I know that for me they completely changed the makeup application game.

The new PowderBleu line caught my eye almost instantly. I much prefer powder products to creams so brushes that have been created specifically for application of powders sounded right up my street. I also can’t deny that it was a visual thing for me – I think the combination of the black and the dark blue just looks so luxe.

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But do they work? Yes, yes and yes!!! I picked up the Soft Complexion Brush (£22.00) to use for blush and the Soft Finishing Brush (£22.00) to apply highlighter. Both brushes are absolutely fantastic – they pick up powder products so well and they distribute the product on the face very seamlessly. Bristles of the Complexion brush are more densely packed so it’s also great for buffing and blending. I don’t really wear mineral foundation but if I did this would be the brush I would want to use to apply it.

The Finishing brush is the perfect size – not too big and not too small so it applies just the right amount of highlighter. It’s also great for applying powder on-to the under-eye area. I really don’t have anything bad to say about these. I’ve been so impressed that I’m planning on picking up the Soft Powder Brush (£22.00) and the Plush Powder Puff (£12.00) as well.

The line also includes the Soft Shadow Brush (£15.00) and the Soft Kabuki Brush (£25.00) and if they’re anything like the other two brushes that I’ve tried they’ll be amazing.

Have you tried any of the PowderBleu Brushes? What did you think?

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Rodin Billie on the Bike Lipstick and Lipliner

2017, July

Even I’m interested to see how I’ll manage to justify this one. It’s by far my priciest lip-colour purchase. The only other extortionately expensive lipstick I own is Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Pink Dusk (£40.00) which I bought for my wedding day and it’s a beautiful neutral colour so I can wear it anytime anywhere. Rodin’s offering, however, is a very out there shade. And I’m not even a massive bright lipstick wearer. I totally blame Eva in the City for this purchase. She pretty much has mentioned Linda Rodin and her beauty line in every single video for the last three months.

The backstory aside I’m sure you’re more interested to find out what I think about the actual products. I’ll start with the Luxury Lip Pencil (£25.00) – it’s fairly dry and hard so it takes some effort to draw in the lips. It has a matte finish and despite being such a vibrant colour on it’s own it looks a bit flat. Lip Wardrobe Lipstick (£28.00) on the other hand is a whole different story – the texture is very buttery and creamy. It’s super pigmented and although it doesn’t come up as dark as it looks in the bullet there is still quite a lot of very noticeable blue and violet undertones. Together with the lip-liner it creates incredible depth and dimension. Safe to say I don’t own any lip-colours in this shade (could that serve as a justification?). It makes the lips look shiny, juicy and plump. There is no bleeding outside the lip-line, it’s seriously long lasting and there is a hint of a jasmine like scent to it. I really like the combo. Am I a bright lip convert? – that might take a bit longer but it’s certainly been a very encouraging start.

I feel like I also need to mention the packaging. It’s very simple and clean. This is what I imagine the packaging would look like if Celine had a beauty line. With the lid on the lipstick looks beautiful – like it’s been encased in an intricate piece of crystal. Once you take the lid of, however, it looses some of it’s magic – it’s a bit square and plasticky.

Would I recommend the products? If you love bright lips and have the budget for it you should definitely get these, you won’t be disappointed. They come if five different coulor-ways.

What is your bravest lipstick?

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