Thursday, 31 October 2013

Review: Lily Lolo Shimmer Stripes in Honey Glow

Lily Lolo is a brand I remember from the start of the mineral makeup revolution.  The States had Bare Minerals, and the UK had Lily Lolo as an alternative - they started off with powder foundations which you could buy in sample sizes to get the right shade, and since then they've gone from strength to strength.  Recently, the brand has introduced pressed mineral products (much like Bare Minerals), including this pretty Shimmer Stripes palette.

Like many of the shimmer strips products channelling Bobbi Brown, it contains a selection of soft, shimmering shades which can be applied individually or swirled together.  I far prefer using this sort of product swirled together on the cheeks, as the shades aren't different enough individually to make for the kind of eyeshadow palette I like.

Honey Glow contains shades of shimmering champagne, pink, and golden beige.  The powder is finely milled, soft to the touch, and picks up easily with a brush from the pallette.

As you can see from the swatch above, the effect is subtly glowing rather than overly metallic.  There's a small amount of pigment, making the colour apply sheerly to the skin.

On the cheekbones, it's not strong enough to stand in for blush, but it is a perfectly good golden toned highlighter which adds radiance without adding glitter.  The shades work well as eyeshadow too, although you will get a more sheer, shimmering effect rather than an intensely pigmented, richly coloured eye look.

At £20, I'm somewhat torn over whether this palette is overpriced or not.  The compact is sleek in white, and contains a decent sized mirror, and the powder itself is nice enough, but it is pretty subtle, both on eyes and cheeks.  If you're more into a natural, pared back look, this would be a welcome addition to your makeup bag - but if, like me, you like a stronger look, you might find it a little underpowered.

Find it now at the Lily Lolo website, where Honey Glow Shimmer Stripes costs £19.99.

Disclosure: PR sample

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