Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London

Now although this collection has been out for a few months now, I was sceptical whether the products were worth the hype. With a hefty price tag of £17.00 for a nail polish, £19.00 for a lipstick and a massive £25.00 for a blush/bronze combo, I figured that Ciaté must have either been delirious or bringing something pretty special to the table.

I have plenty of Ciaté nail polishes and was not at all bothered about paying even more than usual for a special edition Olivia Palermo one (although I was tempted due to the cute presentation boxes). However, the blush/bronze cheek combos and lipsticks did spark my interest.

After the initial release, I couldn't bring myself to spend so much money on the products but noticed that they had them in TKMaxx. A bargain at approx. £11.00 for both I had to try them out.

I picked up 2 products from the collection, the first being The Cheekbone Cheat Blusher Bronzer Duo in Bluff Point. 

I absolutely love this compact, everything about it fits the brief. The elegant packaging looks great on the dressing table and the large mirror inside makes it perfect to pop in your handbag for touch ups on the go. The formulation is lovely as it is infused with bamboo extract to leave your skin feeling smooth and this also controls any oil in the skin. It also has a "lightweight demi-matte finish" which gives the feeling of a creme product when you apply it. The blusher is lovely and subtle and adds a pop of colour to the cheeks while the bronzer is an ashy bronze, great for contour as well as a natural sun kissed warmth. You can also mix the 2 to give a beautiful warm glow.

 The other product was this classic red lipstick, Velveteen.

I wasn't as blown away with this lipstick as I was the compact. The formula is really creamy and doesn't feel drying at all with a great colour pay off. The colour is a lovely classic deep red which I feel is so wearable. The only downside is the packaging. Although it is higher quality than your average drugstore product, I feel as though some other lipsticks with a similar price point, e.g. Charlotte Tilbury, have a much more exquisite design that feels worthy of the price.

All in all I really like both of these products but I possibly wouldn't re-purchase the lipstick.

If you want to try these products for yourself they are available at discounted prices at both TK Maxx and on Ciaté's website so get them before they're gone!

I would love to hear if anyone else has tried any of the other products from the collection.

Lots of love, MiMi x

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