I don’t think I’ve used this many Boots/Superdrug products when doing my makeup since I was about 14, but when these new launches* from Rimmel London were delivered, I thought I’d put them to the test and see for myself if luxury makeup really is worth it.
Using my fingers, I applied the peach shade under my eyes and and the green on any redness. I found the consistency to be thin and almost slippery but, they easily blended into the makeup and colour corrected surprisingly well.
I wanted to like this, but I didn’t. If you only need a small amount of coverage this would be ideal for you but for dark under eye circles like mine, this wasn’t substantial enough and so I ended up using my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer instead.
I applied the contour shade straight from the bullet and it blended like a dream, I really enjoyed using this. It was so easy and quick to apply and the results were subtle yet effortlessly sculpted.
I used a powder brush to lightly set my under eye and to mattify any unwanted shine and it did the job nicely. The powder is translucent and so didn’t change the colour of the makeup or add any coverage which I liked. This compact would be great for putting in your handbag for mid-day touch ups.
To set the contour, I used the Sculptor shade which was lovely and bronzed the face evenly. I loved the blush, it was my perfect colour and lasted really well throughout the day. The highlight was also okay albeit slightly too icy – I typically prefer a more golden tone. This is fab for travelling and doing makeup on the go.
I lightly dusted this over the high-points of the face and it gave a radiant glow. This is a fab and affordable alternative to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks!
I used this as a primer spray to begin with; it has a cucumber scent which is refreshing however, it smelled like cucumbers so…
I finished the look with another spritz of this and I have to say that I prefer Mac Fix+, although it was effective and did the job, the scent isn’t my favourite.
So, can affordable makeup compete with luxury?
In my opinion no, I feel like with affordable makeup you win some and you lose some however, I used the contour duo again this morning and I really like it! It’s definitely worth a try along with the Kate Sculpting palette, Fix & Matte powder and Radiance Brick.
I won’t be dropping Tom Ford anytime soon but for affordable makeup, I’m really impressed with some of these new offerings!