Selfridges.com is proving to be my saviour. There are so many brands you just cannot get access to in Dubai and this is the only website that seems to ship here. So...I pretty much stalk the beauty section every day.
And I am so glad I did. You can expect many review posts to follow (complete with a FOTD gurn photo) but overall my thoughts are as follows:
* The eyeshadow palettes are fantastic. And I am a little surprised. I honestly didn't think they would be like this. Typically when I buy high-end palettes I muse the following: "I should have just bought 4 shadows from MAC". But these are good.
I got Vintage Vamp - a lovely selection of warm plum/brown shades...
...and Dolce Vita which seemed to be the one that was most recommended and is more on the smokey/neutral side.
The quality is something that I have honestly not come across that often. The shadows seamlessly blend together. They are soft and Stila-buttery. The glittery shade that is ever present is not my favourite as it causes major fallout and sparkly under-eyes but the other three in each palette? Sensational.
* The Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a lovely product.
I have to say I prefer the combination of Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder with Charlotte's glow (right side). I think the Aucoin has better and more accurate pigmentation because its a shade that mimics a shadow and does so without comparison. But the Filmstar highlighter is fantastic - it could look overly strong with a heavy hand but using a tapered blush brush will provide just the right effect.
* The eyeliner is worth trying/buying. It glides without pulling at your eyelids, has rich pigmentation and great longevity. It has the makings of a great makeup bag staple.
* Overall, I would say that the packaging is not cheap. Well, the lipstick packaging is a little but I had read many complaints about the lack of weight and luxury attached to the product casing. I get what they were saying but I would say that this is much better than the likes of Aerin - and that's a brand that is often lauded for it's packaging - but admittedly, not as good as Tom Ford.
* I had to buy a lipstick and it had to be Bitch Perfect. Because it's called Bitch Perfect. * hangs head *
I should have skipped this because although it's a wearable shade there is nothing unique about it. It blends into the rest of my "sea of pinks" lipstick collection.
As you can see I did add a NARS lip pencil to the order (whoops!) - this is in the colour Bolero. It looks so promising in the tube but wow, this is a hard shade to wear. It's a pastel peach that has a nice brightness to it but unfortunately an equally chalky quality. This will require some research and work before I can make it look non-Grandma.
Hope you are all well. I have been in Doha this weekend and have not had a minute to blog. I do have plenty of pictures though so expect an image-heavy post tomorrow :)