Beauty Trend: Maybelline’s Elegant Punk
When I discovered the Maybelline Backstage Studio at London Fashion Weekend, I couldn’t believe my luck! The studio offered manicures, makeovers, and a chance to waltz down your very own catwalk in front of a green screen.
The wait for the makeovers and manicures were over an hour long by the time I arrived at the front of the queue (we were all given freebie Mollie King lipsticks in Fuschia Flash for our patience) so instead I perused the racks of beautiful make-up and pined over the goodies.
Maybelline were also offering four different look boxes for £10 each as part of their Make It Up campaign (check it out on Facebook) – you could choose from: Popping Pout, Pure Enhancement, Aerodynamic Liner and Elegant Punk.
I picked up Elegant Punk (which, if I’m honest, appealed because it included the eye liner) – which had 2 ColorShow nail lacquers, EyeStudio Lasting Drama gel liner, Mega Plush mascara and SuperStay 14hr liptsick. The box comes with a little look book pamphlet about your make up and the look you’ve chosen, and a flyer about their foundations (with £3 off, woohoo!)
I can always do with black nail polishes – my current Barry M one is nearly gone, so this is a perfect addition to my collection! I’ve tried the ColorShow nail polish before in Orange Attack and been impressed with its long-lasting colour. It took 2-3 days to chip, and even then it was because I bashed my hand against a table and caught my nail. This black is super-glossy and only needs a single coat – perfect.
I couldn’t wait to try this colour! It had been a while since I’d tried a bright pink, and if it was anywhere near as good as the orange, I knew I’d be all over this for Autumn. Well, my luck was in! The colour is fantastic – really intense, though it does need a couple of coats for real oomph. Once dried, the colour is quite matte, which I like, but if you want a glossy finish (as pictured), find a good top coat (I’m currently using Rimmel London Nail Nurse Base & Top Coat 5 in 1 right now because my nails are in such bad condition).
I use this quite literally every day (this picture is from a while ago!) I love it – the colour is intense, and lasts forever, and its easy to build up for big, bold flicks. The stiff brush means it’s very precise, and you can either use the edge for a thin line or the full width of the brush for a broader stroke. It’s a make-up bag staple. To get a good line, draw your lid out to create a straight, smooth base to draw on and turn the brush slightly when you reach the end to get a flick. Stay as close to the lash line as you can to begin with, and build out.
I’m quite loyal to my mascaras (I was heartbroken when No7 discontinued their Exquisite Curl*) and so was reluctant to look elsewhere. I’ve since tried the Mega Plush mascara and I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. It takes a lot of building up to get the big, curly lash effect I want, but it never clumps and the colour is good. The brush is a bit too thick for my liking, but the flat side is a nice touch for precision application.
SuperStay 14hr liptsick in Continuous Cranberry, £6.99 from Boots
Before we even begin – this smells DELICIOUS! The lipstick is infused with the scent of cranberry, and it smells fruity and festive all at once. Yum!
You can check out the how-to video to get the look. The look itself is really simple – a narrow flick of eye liner with big, wide mascara, and intensely coloured lips. Dash a bit of blush or bronzer over your cheekbones for definition, but keep the rest of the face simple. As for your nails – play around! I really like this pink nail with a black tip in an imitation of a French manicure (it works really well if you’ve been wearing the pink for a couple of days and have chipped and don’t want to just touch-up), because it sticks with the punk feel. Not up for it? Try black nails with one pink feature nail on each hand – the ring finger is the best.
The visit also convinced me to try my first ever BB Cream – the Maybelline Dream Pure BB (£6.99 from Boots and Superdrug) in Light. I’ve got oily skin which is prone to breakouts, so I often slap the foundation on like there’s no tomorrow to try and hide the shine and redness and acne. But I’ve been told that BB Creams are perfect for my skin – light enough not to clog pores, mattifying, and gives an even coverage.
The tube itself is fairly innocuous, and when you squeeze a bit out (you don’t need a lot), it looks like a liquid foundation. The colour itself is half a shade too pale for me (I have such a difficult skin tone I often go lighter on my foundations anyway) and blends with very little effort. The coverage is indeed even, but I have found that I’ve had to dab foundation or concealer over some of the bigger blemishes because it doesn’t quite cover them. I set with Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, however, I do find that my T-zone does get very shiny within a couple of hours, and needs another brush with powder fairly frequently.
I have already noticed my skin seems calmer – the BB Cream is so light it feels like I’m not really wearing anything, and it does look like it’s helping! But I’m not sure about combating my oiliness. It says no moisturiser is needed, and so I only put a pore minimizer and primer on beforehand, but I still seem to get a lot of shine.
It’s definitely worth keeping going because it is doing my skin the world of good, but I have to figure out how to fight the shine now!
Do you have any favourite Maybelline products?
What do you think of BB Creams?
*It seems to still be available online, so if you love it as much as me, stock up!