I have been vaguely aware that TopShop sells makeup but I will be honest, it has never been on my radar. Until now. The bloggersphere has been alive with the sound of these (seemingly) superb products so I though I’d better check some of them out. The stock was fairly limited at some of the shops I visited…but in the end I got my hands on a selection of goodies to put to the test!
1 – Brow Pencil in ‘Spike’; 2 – Powder Blush in ‘Dream Phone’; 3 – Nude Eye Contour (cream shadow) in ‘Bare’; 4 – Lip Primer in ‘Everlast’; 5 – Mini Lip Bullet (matte) in ‘Get me Bodied’; 6 – Magic Liner (felt tip) in ‘Engraved’; 7 – Glow Highlighter (cream) in ‘Gleam’; 8 – Lip Liner (pencil) in ‘Disco’.
Eyes – I cannot get enough of the cream eyeshadow which I chose in a stunning taupe shade! It’s creamy, pigmented, fast drying and perfect as a single colour wash all over the lid to complement a bold lip. The black felt tip eyeliner is great and allows a precision line. Just beware if you have watery eyes like me as the slightest hint of moisture and this liner bleeds all over, however once dried it does not smudge. The brow pencil is a nice ashy brown with no red tones in it at all, which is great for me. It’s a bit tricky to apply, maybe because I am so accustomed to my Anastasia Brow Wiz but the spooley on the end allows you to brush it through your brows and blend it in easily.
Lips – I like the lip primer but to be honest it’s no different from applying a bit of lip balm prior to putting lipstick on. Save your pennies on this one! The lip bullet surprised me…I’ll be honest though, I wasn’t expecting much due to the dark purple shade I chose. The application is smooth and really pigmented and it lasts well during regular wear with a comfortable creamy matte texture. There was some transfer onto my glass when drinking, which is fairly normal. When I ate it did all come off, however I didn’t use a lip liner underneath it and I was eating oily food…I defy any lipstick to fully withstand that! I’ll definitely be getting some more shades to try. I enjoyed the lip pencil (under a different lipstick), it applies easily as a liner and all over the lips and is a good addition to my collection.
Face – I really like the pinky-mauve shade of blush I chose. It’s softly pigmented and blends well, which is great for when you are doing your face on dark mornings as you can’t really overdo it! The colour also lasts throughout my working day, which is pretty impressive. I am not a fan of cream highlighters in general as I find they disrupt my foundation too much. I applied this to the back of my hand then on to my face with a Real Techniques stippling brush with minimal disruption. I do get a better glow from my powder highlights so I am thinking of using this product slightly differently…maybe mixed with moisturiser or a light foundation to add a glow on a minimal makeup day.
So is it worth the hype? Well I would have to give that a resounding yes! The packaging is great and looks a lot more more expensive than the products actually are; the shade range is limited, more on the neutral side with a pop of colour, but will suit most; the pigmentation is really good with staying power, particularly on the eye product; and the price point is very much pocket friendly. I will definitely be trying out some more products. They have some really lovely Christmas gift sets in stock at the moment so go ahead…spoil yourself!