Some people like to bring in the New Year with cocktails & questionable dance moves.. I like to bring in the New Year with new make-up.
I love Clarins, Estee Lauder & MAC make-up, to name but a few of my current favourites. I have had a tendency to stick with what I love as I am so particular with how I like my make-up to look from application to finish.
However, this year I have decided to try and test some of the other brands on offer. I plan on making this a regular feature each month throughout 2017. In February I am starting with Barry M make-up. They have had a serious upgrade in their product range recently, and there are so many more products to choose from. Aside from their amazing gel nail-polish, they do everything from foundation, to bronzers, to eyeliners to contour kits. As well as being great quality, the packaging is super cute.
So, here is what I brought…..
- Barry M Flawless Matte Perfecting Powder. I usually use Clinique mattifying face powder, so was at first unsure whether the Barry M cheaper option would keep me shine free all day. With combination skin and an oily t-zone it is a serious challenge! Much to my surprise I was glisten free well into the evening. It provides a matte finish, with no sheen, which is something I always opt for. It was a little more cakey than I would like by the evening, but after a 12 hour day, any powder would struggle.
- Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit: When doing my make-up first thing in the morning, it is nearly always pitch black outside. I tend to use a dim light, so as to not wake anyone up ( I need my few minutes of calm before the chaos begins ). This can lead to a contouring disaster. I was really impressed with the Barry M kit as it didn’t go on too heavy. It comes with clear instructions to follow and, provided you follow them, the results are good for a reasonably priced kit.
3. Barry M Get Up & Glow Bronzer, Blusher & Highlighter Palette: Firstly, the packaging for this is really pretty. It is so lightweight I can carry it around in my handbag easily. There are a great selection of colours, from a more peach shade, to an apricot. Mid-way throughout the day I tend to look a little washed-out, especially in the winter months. This is a great carry around palette for mid-day touch-ups.
4. Barry M Brow Kit Shape & Define: I was blessed (and cursed) with extremely thick and dark eyebrows. Provided that they are well maintained, the brow kits available now allow me to refine & emphasise them quickly & with ease. I’ve tried & tested pretty much every palette on the market and this one stands up well amongst the higher-end kits. If I were to give one criticism, it would be that the applicator is not as fine as I would like. Over plucking in my youth has left me with a couple of small patches that I need to build up a little more, and the applicator didn’t give the clean, sharp finish I need.
I hope you enjoyed my review,
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