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With the amount of drugstore/high street brands making dupes for high end products, I tend to not spend a lot of money on make-up (anymore!) other than a few specific products that I can’t find replacements for. But, I was recently given a few luxury make-up items and have been playing with them for a few weeks now and wanted to review them to see if the money is worth the results.
This has to be my favourite product out of everything I was given. It’s the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in shade 44 – Nude Lavallierie. I normally prefer a matte lipstick but this long-wear shine lipstick is hydrating and with the ‘oil-in-stick’ formula it makes application easy and the finish shiny and pigmented. 10/10.
When it comes to mascara I like to stick to what I know, which is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. But, as much as I am a creature of habit, I was so excited to try the Chanel Inimitable Volume Mascara. Honestly, at first I didn’t like the look of the brush but I was really surprised because it coats every single lash and lifts and volumises at the same time. The only thing I didn’t like was that the brush gets so wet so it takes a while to dry and can smudge really easily when applied. 8/10.
I looooooove this eyeliner. This is probably the only high end product I cannot live without because of how amazing it is. I’ve tried so many different types of eyeliners; pomades, gels, pencils, felt tips, you name it, I’ve used it. But, none seemed to work well for me other than the YSL felt tip eyeliner. Application is so easy, the colour is super pigmented and lasts up to 12 hours smudge-free. 10/10.
The only thing I love more than a nude lip, is a nude eye and when I saw this mini Dior eyeshadow set I couldn’t wait to try it. I appreciate that it is a mini travel version but the size of the pan is ridiculously small. This wouldn’t have been an issue if the product was any better but I was really disappointed with the results. Although the shades are very creamy, they seriously lack pigmentation. A full sized version costs £47.50 and I would never pay that for the results I got. The only colour that had potential was the baby pink which had a slight shimmer and some-sort of pigment to it. I’m going to stick to my £5 Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. 3/10.
Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love red lipstick on a night out or for a special occasion. I have the Chanel Rouge Allure in shade 169 Rouge Tentation and I love the formula but the colour is more of a deep red and I prefer a bolder shade. The YSL version has won so many beauty awards and I’m not surprised. The colour pigment is amazing, the formula is creamy and easy to apply, it doesn’t dry out your lips and I didn’t have to reapply all day. 10/10.
After using all the products, I was really disappointed with the Dior eyeshadow as I felt that if you’re charging that much you should really have the quality product to back it. The Chanel mascara is great and I love it but I have used better at a more reasonable price but I cannot fault their lipsticks and perfumes. It’s no surprise to say that I loved the YSL products the most. All the items I’ve tried (in this post and others) from them have hit the mark time and time again and if I’m looking to spend a bit more on makeup then YSL would be the brand I go to.