Thursday, 14 November 2013

Truly Plum-cious.

There's something so autumnal and (dare I say it) festive about wearing berry tones... but who says they have to be restricted to your wardrobe?! I've become preoccupied with all things plum when it comes to beauty, too...

I've never really experimented with coloured eyeshadows, and generally played it safe with neutral tones... but earlier this year, I experimented with soft pinks and purples thanks to my beloved Estée Lauder Raisins Palette.
Now I've gone all out and got myself some rather lovely berry-toned 'shadows...

My lovely friend bought MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow (left) for my birthday back in September... and when I bought a 4 Pan Pro-Palette to house it in, I realised it looked awful lonely all by itself. So I selflessly got it a companion (really took one for the team there) in the form of MAC Sable Eyeshadow (right), which is described as a 'gold-plum with bronze pearl.'
I don't think I'm quite brave enough to wear Cranberry on its on, so reckon Sable will make for a nice 'lid shade, with Cranberry saved for a little crease action... 

The Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze featured in my September Favourites, and when I saw the shade Pomegranate after realising I had more than enough Boots points to cover the cost... well, frankly, it'd have been rude not to.
This definitely has more of a red/burgundy hue to it than Cranberry (which has more of a purple/plum one), and it isn't quite a pigmented, so may just be a shadow I could brave wearing on its own... I'll keep you posted.

Plum blusher.... sounds scary, right?

When I saw the EX1 Blush in Love Story* I, too, was sceptical... how was that colour going to look good on my cheeks?! When I eventually gathered the courage to wear it, I was pleasantly surprised at how lovely it looks... a healthy 'I've just had a brisk walk' glow was injected into my cheeks with the lightest of sweeps. It's not quite as long-lasting as my trusty Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush on my oily skin, so I find it needs a little touch-up 4-5 hours into wear.

Just a sidenote: EX1 is a line of cosmetics designed specifically for Asian skintones.

Last up: lips.

I can't exactly rock a deep-wine lip whilst wondering around hospital wards, so I have been loving the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Berry Allure (left) for a medical-student appropriate plum-tinged pout - this gloss injects a bit of colour all without looking a little too much (given my day job!).

In my free-time, I'll definitely be wearing one of two berry lipsticks... L'Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Plum Passion (middle) for a shimmery purple lip, or Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Lipstick in Wine for a sophisticated matte one. Both of these lip colours double up as excellent stains... I've taken to applying a small amount to my lips using my ring finger, then slicking on a light layer of Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy over the top.

Will you be trying out the plum makeup trend this season?

*PR Sample

1 comment

  1. Loving berry tones, but I have yet to try out any plum tones on my lips. I'm daring myself to try one of the Vivids, hehe.


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