From Topshop to H&M, and even Primark, it seems like New Look has joined other high street stores in launching a make-up concession. I was blissfully unaware that New Look even sold make-up, but after seeing it’s stylish and luxe-looking make-up area in the Sunderland store it certainly grabbed my attention.
Other than the few Primark products I’ve tried recently, I don’t tend to buy store branded make-up. However, I couldn’t resist the black and white minimalistic packaging, especially the rose gold pieces. Plus, everything I bought came to just under £20, which is a complete bargain.
So, here’s my first impressions on New Look make-up…
Matte Lipstick (£3.99)
I had a bit of a MAC moment when choosing this lipstick, as there are loads of shades to choose from. I finally went with Orchid, which is a deep pink colour in a matte finish. Now I’m not normally drawn to pinks, but I love this shade. Although it’s a matte finish, it’s a creamy consistency so doesn’t dry out or crumb. It’s also very long-lasting. It survived multiple cups of tea and lunch without needing to be topped up. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a scent to it.
False Lash Extreme Volume Mascara (£6.99)
There’s quite a number of mascaras to choose from, but I chose this one because the packaging reminded me of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. For me, this mascara ticks all the right boxes. Pretty packaging, super black, separates, doesn’t clump, doesn’t leave little black dots under my eyes and up lifts my lashes. I would like this to make my lashes appear thicker, but it’s nothing that a few coats won’t do.
Ink Precision Eyeliner Pen (£3.99)
I was so excited to try this eyeliner out, as the tip looked amazing. Unfortunately though it has been the biggest disappointment. I mean, I’m not sure if the one I picked up was faulty, but the liquid doesn’t seem to come to the end of the tip.
When applying it to my lid I have to push down ensuring the part of the tip that’s nearest to the pen is flat to my skin for liquid to come out. It dries super fast too, so I can’t move the liquid across my lid. This makes it really hard to create the perfect wing. Although the liquid itself is super black, it crumbs a little. Like I said I might have picked up a faulty one, but for me, this liquid liner does nothing.
Flawless Foundation & Contour Stick (£4.99)
This has to be my favourite product from the selection I picked up. Although you can use it as an all over foundation, I’ve been using it as a concealer when contouring my face. There are three shades to choose from, and I went for Porcelain, which is the lightest shade. This is the perfect shade for my skin tone and is ideal for highlighting my under eye area and defining my features.
I especially love the velvet texture and creamy consistency of the stick. It applies so easily and since it’s quite thick I get that full coverage without looking cakey, which is always a plus.
So far I’ve been really impressed with the quality and the results, and I actually can’t believe it’s not from a professional make-up brand. Personally I would recommend this as a contour stick as opposed to a foundation stick because there are only a few shades to choose from, and we all know how hard it is to find an exact foundation colour match.
Have you tried anything from New Look’s make-up collection? Do you use make-up from any other stores?
Sarah Jayne x