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….
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.
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!