Review | Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadow in Cappuccino

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I had never really looked at the makeup in Poundland until one of the ladies in a beauty group I am a member of mentioned that one of their eyeshadows is perfect for contouring for people with a fairer complexion. That eyeshadow is the Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadow in Cappuccino. As someone with fair skin it can be difficult to find reasonably priced contour products that do not come off too dark when applied to the skin. So, the next time I was in Poundland I had a look for this eyeshadow and found the last one in my local branch! I was excited to get it home as soon as possible to try it out.

I was nervous when I first opened it as I thought it looked too cool for me. Even though I have fair skin I am warm toned (yellow based) as opposed to cool toned (pink), so I have to be careful when contouring not to use a product that has too much of a cool grey colour to it as it looks awful. I was pleasantly surprised when I swatched Cappuccino to find that there was a reasonable amount of pigment to the eyeshadow and the colour looked to be pretty good. I applied the product under my cheek bones, on my temples and under my chin and was very pleased with how it looked. Cappuccino is a great colour for me and I believe it would suit those with fair to light complexions with either cool or warm undertones. The product is buildable so you can either achieve a lightly contoured look, or go a bit heavier if that is your preference. Cappuccino sits well over the top of liquid or powder foundation and blends nicely with other products on the face. It has good staying powder, though it does fade ever so slightly, and is still visible at the end of the day.

Overall I am so pleased I have found an affordable contour product and would highly recommend you purchasing this if you are in the market for this type of product – and you can’t go wrong for £1.

The Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadow in Cappuccino retails for £1 and is available in Poundland stores.

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Review | Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

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As I have a round face I do like to add a bit of depth and dimension using a highlight and contour. Usually I achieve this using powder products, but sometimes I enjoy using a cream blush and highlight. The problem was, I did not own a cream contour product so when I was applying the combination of cream and powder products they tended to look a bit patchy. I did a bit of research online and found that the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow was a popular choice – for people of the pale persuasion – to use as a contour.

When it arrived I was worried as the colour looks quite light in the pan and I was not sure it would show up on me. However, when I used it on my skin I knew I had made the right choice in ordering it. Hollow is the perfect colour for me as it is not too cool and it is not too warm. It adds a subtle shadow when used under my cheekbones to give my face more shape that is has on its own.

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As you can see the colour is quite light so I feel this product is more suited for fair to light skin tones. Hollow is great if you do not suit a contour that is warm or cool as this sits nicely in the middle. The formulation of the Illamasqua Cream Pigments is quite solid but whether you use a brush or your fingers the product does transfer quite easily to which ever tool you are using. It blends easily into the skin without disturbing other products and a little goes a long way.  The colour can, however, be built up to achieve the desired effect, or the way I use it most often is to apply this first and then lightly apply a powder contour over the top to lock it into place. Although, I have found that the product lasts well on my combination skin throughout the day even when it is not set with a powder.

Overall, I am really pleased I decided to purchase this product and I would highly recommend it. The Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow retails for £18 and is available here.