Thursday, 30 January 2014

AVON Luxe Collection


Avon's Luxe collection is intended to be the more luxurious, upmarket part of their extensive makeup range - encased in gold packaging, and wrapped in purple snakeskin printed cardboard outers, it certainly looks the part.


I received two eyeshadow palettes, two lipsticks and a lipgloss to try out.  The packaging is very curvy - all the products have a gently domed top and a flat bottom.  Whilst the metallic finish looks like it'll be weighty and well, metallic, it's actually coated plastic, and feels a little lightweight in the hand.

Purple Smokes, Cocoa Couture
The eyeshadows are a little Lauder-esque, but with smaller pans.  The textures are a little bit powdery, with decent medium buildable pigmentation.  The shades are very blendable, and stay well on the lid atop a bit of primer.  I really like that the five eyeshadows in the palette aren't all matchy-matchy - they're complimentary, but there's enough interest and variance to keep it fresh and modern.

Purple Smokes
Purple Smokes contains two taupe browns, a deep purple, a soft cream and a lilac grey.  Some of the shades swatch completely differently to how they look in the pan - the purple appears almost blue, and the lilac grey appears more like a blue grey.

Cocoa Couture
 Cocoa Couture is a lovely set of shades - three brown toned shades in varying finishes , one pale beige, and a warm, mid pink matte shade.  I've been using these shades for a neutral eye which goes brilliantly well with Stiletto Red lipstick (below).

Dazzling Nude
 Dazzling Nude lipgloss isn't setting the world on fire - it's a fairly standard pink with lots of multicoloured shimmer.  It's sheer, super sparkly, and very, very comfortable on the lip - the formula is plush, slippy and hydrating.

Dazzling Nude

Silky Apricot, Stiletto Red
The lipsticks are my favourite part of the collection - they have lovely moist textures, glide onto the lips, and last a good five hours once applied, eventually fading down into a soft stain with no patchiness or unevenness.  They perform well beyond their price point.

Silky Apricot
 Silky Apricot is a medium peach shade - it reminds me of Estee Lauder's Blushing lipstick, which was a surprisingly wearable shade for my skintone.

Stiletto Red
Stiletto Red is absolutely gorgeous - a rich, ruby red, it's got a moist, glossy finish and contains tiny tiny sparkles, which add dimension but aren't really visible on the lips.

The collection is all reasonably priced - £10 for the eyeshadow palette, £8 for the gloss, and £9.50 for the lipsticks - making it comparable with mid-range high street brands.  The standout product for me has to be the lipsticks - the textures are wonderful, the wear time is excellent, and Stiletto Red is the most glorious, tooth-whitening, rich shade.  Find them in Avon catalogues now - for some reason they seem to be missing from the Avon website at present.

Disclosure: PR samples

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