Good morning! My UK hookup/awesome uncle got a free gift with purchase when he bought me my last batch of Max Factor nail polishes. It's a holiday look set complete with a full size lipstick, eyeshadow, and nail polish (full size for Max Factor is mini for anyone else, but that's okay) and a mini mascara. This is the look I've been sporting the past couple days.
Clockwise from center, Max Factor Glossfinity in Angel Nails, Earth Spirits shadow in Terra Firma, lipstick in Lilac Wine (isn't that the prettiest name?), and Masterpiece mascara in black.
Lilac Wine is a light, mauvey lilac with gold shimmer. It's not a color I'd ever choose for myself but looked really promising, so I was really excited to try it on. It ended up being a little on the frosty side, and while I love a good frost on my nails, that's where it should stay. Still, it's a pretty enough color and had decent staying power. Of course, I had to reapply after lunch, but I didn't find myself completely bare-lipped after I finished my afternoon tea.
The wand for Masterpiece mascara is one of those rubbery things that seem to be all the rage, at least amongst drugstore cosmetics. I'd never tried a wand like this, and it doesn't look terribly full to me, and since I'm all about volumizing, I didn't hold much hope for this. I ended up loving it, though. It separates and lengthens so beautifully, doesn't flake off, even with my oily skin, and isn't terribly uncomfortable at the end of a long day.
I didn't take a closeup of the shadow, so sorry.... Terra Firma is a red based brown matte shadow, plain and simple. The suggestion on the little insert paper says to use your fingertips to really press this color in, which I assume is because it's not overly pigmented. I used a brush on day two and found the payoff to be just as good with a prettier, softer effect. They suggest you line your eyes with this, too, so that's what I did.
The jury's still out on this one. It highlighted my eyes nicely enough, but the red based brown isn't the most flattering shade on me. The formula's nice, though, with little fallout.
This is Angel Nails, a silvery gold foil with a hint of rose that didn't come out to play here but really surprised me when I moved into certain light yesterday. It's not an original color, but it is pretty and works well with the rest of the look. Glossfinity claims to last seven days, and so far we're on day two with no tipwear. This is particularly impressive on my nails at this length, which generally do not like to hold color for over 24 hours. Formula is typical max Factor thin with a great application. I used three coats.
Aaand, here are some shots o' the full look :)
The best self portraits are taken while making a face. This is not saying much.
Day two. See how much nicer the shadow looks when I've got a brush to apply with?
One with the nails.
The whole idea is a soft focus, natural and understatedly festive look, which is definitely accomplished. It's a pretty little set and while the lip and eye colors aren't my cup of tea, it was fun to fall for a new mascara and fun to try a polish beyond their Special Effects line.
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day :)