Review | Soap & Glory Solar Powder

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I am already a huge fan of Soap & Glory’s makeup line, so when their Solar Powder was on offer in Boots I decided to pick it up and give it a whirl. I have started using bronzers more and more in the past few months and I wanted to find a good drug store bronzer as all of the ones I own are high end.

I am not overly keen on the packaging the Solar Powder comes in. I find that cardboard packaging can start looking a bit tatty over time, however it is nice and compact so will fit in a makeup bag easily. The bronzer only comes in one colour but inside it has a light and a dark bronzing powder.

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You may be able to see in the photo that the Soap & Glory symbol has some shimmer in it. This is just an overspray and disappears within a few uses, leaving a darker matte bronzer and a lighter sheeny bronzer. The darker side has a slight red undertone whilst the lighter side has more of a golden undertone and a slight sheen. I do not feel this bronzer would be good for those with deeper skin tones because as you will see from the swatches below both sides are quite light in colour, which is a shame.

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Both sides of the bronzer are nicely pigmented and easy to blend because the formula is smooth and buttery. The sheeny lighter side gives a nice sun kissed glow to the skin whilst the darker matte size adds a bit more colour. Those with medium skin tones may be able to use the darker side to contour, however I would not recommend this for fairer skinned people as it is too warm in colour to contour. You could also mix the too together which adds more colour than when they are used separately and adds beautiful glow that is not too sheeny.

Solar Powder contains 9g of product so is great value for money if you compare it to the popular NARS Laguna which is £27 for 8g of product. It is similar in price to the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Duo Powder which is £10.29 for the same amount of product and this comes in two shades so may be better for those with deeper skin tones.

On the whole I am glad I purchased this bronzer as it suits my skin tone well. However, I do wish they had brought out more shades that suited a variety of skin tones so everyone can try it.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder retails for £11 and is available here.

Do you have any recommendations from the Soap & Glory makeup line? Let me know in the comments below.

Review and swatches | Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Palette

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Whilst browsing through the Boots Christmas gift guide I stumbled across a new eyeshadow palette from Soap & Glory called The Perfect Ten. I already enjoy using the What’s Nude palette so decided to pick this up. It was included in the 3 for 2 on gifts and went towards earning me extra Boots points from their £12 worth of points on a £50 spend promotion.

The eyeshadows come packaged in a cardboard palette which includes a small double ended brush and a pretty decent mirror. The brush is ok, it is nothing special and it would be difficult to use to create an elaborate look, however it may come in handy if you were going away for the night and wanted to pack light.

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As the name suggests there are ten eyeshadows in the palette, 3 matte and 7 shimmery/satin, that range from a light cream to a shimmery black and include cool and warm toned colours. I was disappointed that there isn’t a light brown matte colour but after using the palette I don’t mind this so much, read on to find out why.

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Vanilla is a matte cream with great pigmentation and it is perfect for the brow bone and inner corner for a more subtle highlight. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Minky is a rose gold shimmery shade with silver glitters that has a little bit of fall out when applied due to the chunkier glitter. This shade is available in the Off the Wall Flowers palette.

Pink T is a muted pinky tan matte that is perfect for the crease. I think this works just as well as the light brown shade I was looking for in the palette. It is smooth and blends out shadows beautifully. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Aubersheen is a medium purply taupe satin shade with small purple sparkles that looks lovely all over the lid and blended out or in the outer corner to add some depth. I’ve called them sparkles because you can see the individual pieces of glitter but it is not chunky at all and does not cause any fall out.This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Gold Coast is a pigmented yellow gold satin shade that reminds me of Urban Decays Half Baked.

Taupe Cat is a medium brown taupe satin shade with small gold sparkles that like Aubersheen looks lovely blended all over the lid.

Sunset is a coppery satin shade with gold glitters. This shade really makes blue eyes pop and is perfect for an autumn inspired eyeshadow look.

Brownie is a medium brown satin with small gold sparkles which makes it look almost bronze when swatched.

Black Gold is a matte charcoal grey which despite its name has no gold or warmth in it at all. This is great for deepening up a look or using as a subtle liner. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey palette.

Smokin’ is a black shimmery shade with silver glitters. The glitters in this are not as chunky as those in Minky but they are definitely more visible than the sparkles in the other shades. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey Palette.

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With natural light – a truer representation of the colours

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With ring light

I think this palette is great for those people who do not have many neutral shadows – or for those who cannot help themselves and have to try every neutral palette going. It has a good range of colours from light to dark and cool to warm and I like that they have included three matte colours. I was disappointed that I already had three of the colours in my What’s Nude palette, but even now I know this I would definitely still have purchased it as it is a great palette at a great price.

Here is a look I created using the palette.

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Close up eye look

I used Pink T in the crease as my transition colour, Minky on the inner half and Taupe Cat on the outer half of my lid, Black Gold in the outer corner and Gold Coast and Brownie on the lower lash line. I lined my upper lash line using Urban Decay Demolition Liquid Liner and added two coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara. On my lips I am wearing a combination of MAC Draw Me Close lip pencil, MAC Hue lipstick and Laura Mercier Baby Doll gloss.

Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten palette is priced at £16 and is available from Boots.com. It is limited edition so grab it while you can and it is still in the Boots 3 for 2 promotion.

Anastasia Brow Wiz Dupe | Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil

I have a comparison post for you today as I think I have found a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Cue the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush. I discovered this on a recent shopping spree in Boots. As soon as I saw it I wondered if it would be a dupe for the Brow Wiz.

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As you can see the packaging is pretty similar. They are both slim retractible pencils with a brush on one end and the wind up pencil on the other. I think if all of he writing and colour wore off these products I would have no idea which was which from the packaging.

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The colours I have are Ash Blonde in the Brow Wiz and Blondshell in the Archery. I find the colours are very similar when applied to the brows. However, I can tell the difference when they are swatched on my hand. The Brow Wiz is ever so slightly darker than the Archery.

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Top: Soap & Glory Archery in Blondshell. Bottom: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

Today I applied the Brow Wiz on my left brow and the Archery on my right brown so I could compare the formula and longevity of the pencils. I have quite hairy (is that the right word!) brows so I do not need to fill them in a whole lot. I just like to deepen them and fill in any gaps. I found both pencils applied smoothy and lasted all day. In the picture below you can see that there is really no difference between my brows. I promise the do match in real life but my brows do funky things in pictures. I applied boy pencils at 7.30am this morning and this picture was taken at 4.30pm this afternoon. They still look perfect after 9 hours wear! I must say, I’m very impressed I have found a great dupe!

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The Brow Wiz is £15.50 and the Archery is £8. Thats nearly half the price! When I run out of both of these I will definitely be repurchasing the Archery to save myself some money.