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 three 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 three things and thought I’d test them at home.
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!
The last thing I bought was, a 9 eye shadow eye palette. I purposely went for a cool toned grey and purple palette as I usually tend to wear warm golds and browns so thought I could afford to experiment at £2.50 for 9 shadows.
As to be expected, these shadows are chalky and powdery as opposed to the creamy more high end eye shadows. 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.
All of the eyeshadows are shimmery which is fine for an evening but I don’t think I’d want to really wear it to work. It’d be too much for me. As I’ve got older, that much shimmer is not my friend! I would have liked to see at least 3 matte shadows but at £2.50, I can’t complain.
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.