Tuesday, 3 October 2017

BEAUTY: LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS, CONTOUR PALETTES & BRUSHES FROM 'COMPLEXIONS' AT MISS G COUTURE



I'm always glad to see new makeup brands emerging. The business of cosmetics is a difficult space to play in and competition is rife. As a newbie, the possibility of your products being swooned over by consumers, beauty experts and bloggers is the dream however, it's a tough game to break. With this in mind, I make an effort to try as many new and upcoming brands as possible to see how their product offerings fare against the current contents of my makeup bag in terms of quality and price.

Today I am talking about the 'Complexions' range of makeup from the online fashion brand, Miss G Couture. Now, you might just be thinking: "Not another make-up line from a brand" - But this is different. The Dad/Daughter duo behind the Miss G Couture brand has a unique tale to tale when it comes to knowing the cosmetics industry. They aren't newbies to the game. Woah no. Having launched two major cosmetics brands in the UK, one being Constance Caroll (old school) and a brand you probably have heard of, Collection 2000 - the team at Miss G Couture know the industry.

The current range is positioned at a mid-weight price point, with singular products retailing in excess of £10. In a marketplace where you can snap up high-end dupes for a couple of quid Makeup Revolution /MUA i'm looking at you....

How does the Complexions range fare?

There are two palettes within the 'Dawn to Dusk Contour and Highlighter' range - One is a powder formula and the other cream. They retail individually at £20, or you can buy both palettes for £32. You get 5g of product within 6 pans which are all housed in sturdy cardboard packaging. My only qualm about the white packaging is that finger marks show up easily and mine is already covered in product smears.


To begin with a full disclaimer here, I am not a typical contour kind of gal, despite being blessed with prominent cheekbones (about the only thing I was blessed with looks wise!) I rarely do much by way of contour and I certainly don't rock that ever-popular 'look' that we see all over Instagram. I do however like to add a little definition to my face and my weapon of choice are usually powder products. With this in mind, I was interested to see how well I got on with the cream products.


Dawn to Dusk Cream Contour Palette - Swatches in order from top row to bottom

The colour range within the cream palette is varied and I can imagine that the shade selection would suit a small number of different skin tones. This is a positive as the range only offers 1 palette to suit all. This brings me onto my issue with palettes per say. For myself, there a few neglected colours in the palette as I am super pale with a blue undertone. This means that any contour I have going on has to be done using a flat toned brown/taupe shade to avoid looking like an Oompa-Lumpa.

For the purpose of the review, I did try the lighter shades in the selection. When applied with an angled brush, they sit on the skin really nicely, no stickiness, no greasiness and a smooth colour payoff. Slightly too warm for me, but ideal for darkening a foundation, or for achieving/enhancing a sun-kissed, summer glow. The lighter shades are perfect for concealing under the eyes, my favourite shade being the slightly yellower toned second pan. The cream is opaque, moisturising and blends really nicely.


Dawn to Dusk Powder Contour Palette - Swatches in order from top row to bottom

I have to admit, I LOVE the powder contour range, Again the shade range is a little bit of a wasted on me, but I find powder products to be a little easier to work with if they tend to sit on the darker side of the spectrum. The powder formula is extremely velvety and soft to work with. The colour payoff is more subtle, which I personally prefer. I again, apply the powder using an angled brush with synthetic bristles. The powder glides on without bunching or streaking. The far right shade, again the one most yellow in tone works really well as an all over powder, I use it to brighten dull areas and finish off my base.



I have purposely not washed my brushes for these pictures. Firstly, because ain't nobody got time for that (they get washed every 2 weeks or so) and secondly, I genuinely think that they look better in the pics with a little colour on the ends. I can truthfully confirm that once I tried these brushes, I had a clear out and now 80% of my brush collection is made up of the Complexions 12 piece brush set.

For £25 you receive 12 brushes, 6 base, and 5 eye/concealer/lip brushes and a travel pot to store them in. The soft, synthetic brushes hold product well and don't lose hairs when applying your makeup. They also wash well and retain their fluffy, white domed appearance. This set is perfect as a treat for yourself, or as a gift. Take my word for it, they really aren't those crappy brushes you get free in sets - they're top notch!

Left: Complexions Blush Peals Liquid Highlighter + Right: Gold Pearls Highlighter

A hero product for Complexions, the Pearls liquid highlighters retail for £10, or £16 for the duo. I recently featured the Blush shade in my September monthly favourites as it has quite literally become a make-up bag staple. The formula is creamy, blendable and seriously shimmery. 

My only qualm would be the packaging, I much prefer a 'dropper' style applicator as opposed to the nail varnish brush style we have here. I must admit, the packaging for these doesn't (in my opinion) do the formula justice. For instance, the new Makeup Revolution highlighters look much more expensive for half the price.
Application of the 'Blush' liquid highlighter Left, straight application + Right, unblended

Packaging aside, I apply the highlighter by decanting a little onto a stippling brush and tapping to the cheek. The formula doesn't drag, or bobble and sits put until you remove it. A nice product that rivals some of the more established liquid highlighter manufacturers.


Application of the 'Gold' liquid highlighter - Left, Blended + Right, straight application

So there we have it, my thoughts on the initial line from Complexions. I can say that the brand is bringing out new products over the next month and the eyeshadow palettes look INSANELY good. Rumour has it, they're made in the same factory of a very, very well known cosmetics brand that specialises in buttery shadow palettes. For an infant brand, the formulas are very good. 

What do you think? Would you take a gamble on an unknown brand?

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