Today, I realised that quite a lot of my recent posts had contained high end make up. So, after hearing good things about the PS… by Primark range, I decided to give it a go.
I only managed to pick up four items (and a sharpener, but a sharpener is a sharpener!) to try as I unwisely picked a Saturday to venture into Primark with two tired kids. I couldn’t really even get to the make up, let alone test it, the store was that busy. I literally grabbed the products and thought I’d test them at home.
Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in Pillar Box Red
At £2, the Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in Pillar Box Red is absolutely amazing. Heck, if it was £10, I’d consider it a good buy. It is highly pigmented and definitely matte but not at all drying on my lips.
It also lasted really well through eating and drinking and didn’t fade, or leave unsightly patches and this was without using a primer. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed and will rebuy and test other colours. I really recommend this product.
This was another total bargain, £1 for two eyeliner pencils. I don’t normally use pencil as I find my oily lids mean it transfers everywhere. If it’s a soft kohl type pencil, I look like a panda by 9am. However, this was a a harder pencil and stayed in place quite well.
I did use an eye primer underneath (MUA Pro-Base Eye Primer available for £2.50 at Superdrug) and this might be the reason why it didn’t stray. However, I didn’t wear it for a whole day and feel I’d like to test it over a longer period, but my first impressions are good especially as it was very black and not dark grey.
9 Pan Eyeshadow Palettes
The last thing I bought was 2 9 eye shadow eye palette. I purposely went for a cool-toned grey palette as I usually tend to wear warm golds and browns so thought I could afford to experiment at £2.50 for 9 shadows. I also played it safe by buying a nude-toned palette. I couldn’t resist those prices!
I quite like the grey palette even though as expected, the shadows are chalky and powdery as opposed to the creamy more high end eye shadows that I’ve been using recently. The darker shades seemed to have a higher level of pigment where the lighter shades seemed to need quite bit picked up on the brush before they would show up on my skin tone. This may be different for lighter ladies.
There is absolutely no point in showing the swatches from the nude palette as the pigmentation was awful and none of them showed up on my skin. I was so disappointed.
I didn’t really give the longevity a fair test as I wore my eye primer underneath with obviously helps prolong the shadow. I did find that the colours started to fade and disappear after about 3/4 hours but in mitigation, I have oily lids which doesn’t help. If anyone could recommend a cure for this problem I’d be eternally grateful!
Overall, I am impressed with the small sample of PS… make up that I tried and next time I have a child free afternoon, I will definitely venture into Primark and try some different products and shades.
Let me know below in the comments if you’ve tried any of Primark’s make up and your thoughts on the range.