Topshop Makeup has certainly been hyped in the beauty blog world, and I've long resisted trying it out. Whilst I love the odd nice lipstick, my heart belongs to eyeshadow and until recently, the shade range has left me feeling a little meh.
Perhaps I was in the festive spirit... but when I spotted some fresh, glitter-packed shades in my local Topshop and felt a little weak at the knees at the sight of them, I knew I had to give them a whirl. Along with eyeshadow, I'm a sucker for anything that'll give me a dewy glow, so I also picked up one of their infamous highlighters...
... but what did I think of it all? Keep reading and you'll soon find out.
Mono Eyeshadow in Oxide
I'm forever picking up bronze and plum-coloured shadows to add to my growing pile at home, so I decided to go for something a bit different, and opted for the Mono Eyeshadow in Oxide (£7.00). This is a olive toned shadow, and the amount of glitter in it is evident from just one swipe (above). I find this shadow really compliments my brown eyes, and offers a fresh, alternative Christmas makeup look when paired with a slick of black liquid liner and a nude lip. The shadow is really pigmented, but I found there was a bit of fallout whilst I was applying it to my lid - it doesn't put me off this shade in the slightest as I think it's absolutely stunning... this was, without a doubt, my favourite pick from my Topshop makeup haul!
If you do buy this product, though, I'd strongly advise you do you do your base after you've done your eye makeup, and give your undereye area a cleanse just before you do... the messiest part is definitely the application, and there is no further fallout from the shadow during wear. I wanted a medium sparkly finish so applied about two coats of shadow here, but it's super buildable and it's easy to apply as a wash of colour, or packed-on glitter one (just use a damp brush).
Mono Eyeshadow in Shangri-La
Another eyeshadow now - this time in Shangri-La (also £7.00), a rose-gold shade. There's not much to add here as it's pretty much the same formula as Oxide. I do think it's that bit too much for daytime - perhaps it's the more pale colour making that glitter all the more obvious - but it makes for a gorgeous night-time festive makeup look. I don't think I'll get quite as much wear out of this shade as I will the former, but it certainly is very pretty. I think it would look awesome paired with a deep berry lip come Christmas Day.
Glow Pot in Polished
In a role-reversal situation, I've saved the biggest disappointment 'til last. Everyone seems to rave about Topshop Highlighters, so I picked one up in the shade Polished (£9.00). I love Benefit Watts Up!, which has a gold sheen-like quality to it, so I went for a slightly different option here - a cool-toned, pearlescent shade... or so I thought. Under the bright store lights, it was one thing, but back at home I couldn't even swatch this product as it barely showed up on my skin... and when it came to my makeup, I ended up swiping my usual highlighter over the top of it. It's safe to say I was less than impressed with this highlighter.
Whilst the highlighter didn't exactly live up to my expectations, I really loved the eyeshadows - richly pigmented, glittery and just generally gorgeous, they're perfect for festive makeup looks. Glitter fall-out is always going to be a slight issue when there is that much glitter to contend with and it's nothing a little change-up in your order of makeup application won't sort out.
Next on the agenda: the lipsticks.... all in the name of research, of course...