Autumn is my favourite season, no question about it. It always feels like a fresh start, probably because I associate it with a new academic year. It also means new warm clothes, boots, coats, scarves and gloves, and it means a new raft of beauty products hitting the market, usually in deep luscious tones of ruby, plum, purple, brown and gold.
No.7's autumn collection, Romantic Gothic, typifies this exactly. It caters for the A/W13 trend of full-on lip + smokey eye, albeit in a very refined and wearable sort of way. There are two new intense lip crayons (query - how does an intense lip crayon differ from an actual lipstick, performance-wise?) some shimmery nail polishes and an eyeshadow duo. I have two bits from the collection to show you today.
Stay perfect duo eyeshadow in Seductive charm, £8.00
One half of this duo is a dusty mid-toned plum with silver microglitter and a warm mid-brown base. The other is a pale grey highlight with pink duochrome, slightly similar to MAC's Pincurl eyeshadow. Together the two halves of the duo create a pinky-purple smokey eye that is very flattering (and recommended) for those with blue or green eyes.
The packaging is utilitarian and neat, and is easy to open and shuts securely. There's no applicator included (but you can easily apply these shadows with your fingertips).
Payoff for both shadows is good, although compromised a little by a slightly chalky texture. There's no buttery smoothness, and as a result the colour is easily displaced from the skin unless you use a good eyeshadow primer.
High shine intense lip crayon in Sultry kiss, £9.00
Sultry Kiss is a warm-ish berry lip colour with fairly strong pigmentation and no shimmer. It feels light and comfortable on the lips and has a moisturising texture. It's a little stickier than a lip balm but not heavy or tacky. Because of the pigment, it has the potential to act as a lip stain if applied generously. It could also be lightly applied and smudged for a subtler look.
The format is typical for a lip crayon - it's a sharpenable blunt tip in a plastic barrel. The lid wedges on, rather than screwing or clicking shut. It's light and sturdy enough to be portable without the protection of a makeup bag, but keep an eye out that the lid doesn't dislodge in your bag or pocket.
Both these products are available now, and can be bargainously owned as part of the current cosmetic buy one get one half price offer at Boots.com
This look shows both the crayon and the eyeshadow in action. Also used:
By Terry Sheer expert foundation, Illamasqua brow powder in Motto, and
Clinique High impact mascara.
Disclosure - both No.7 products are PR samples