LA Colors, as the name might suggest, is a Drugstore (i.e. Chemist-shop) brand from America. I have been buying the nail polishes from Beauty Base (a London chain of cut price perfume shops) for some years now. Costing a princely 99p a pop, they're generously sized, last several days and come in an eye popping range of glittery colours. As do the eyeshadows. But as I mentioned before, the products I'm looking at today are a bit more sedate. Their mineral pressed powder in 'fair', lipstick in 'nude' and lip gloss in 'beige delight'.
Don't choke on your tea. Yes, these are nude colours. Remember how much glitter and black metallic slap I rub into my little piggylicious eyes every morning? Nude lippy is something I 'do' quite often in order to avoid looking like The Joker. Even for a vintage purist it's allowed for anything post 60s and quite frankly I have always been more of an eye person anyway.
First up, the powder. It comes in functional packaging which clips shut tightly. You get a mirror and an applicator which is essentially a cosmetics sponge in the pack- slightly bulky for a pressed powder but OK. The texture is very fine- you can use it wet although I have never done this. I have found that by using my usual moisturiser, then concealer under the eyes and then 'buffing in' the dry powder, I get a smooth and slightly 'glowy' finish. At first this concerned me- I quite using powder minerals a few years ago because they would turn patchy and almost crack after a day of going in and out of centrally heated buildings; yuk. Well, here is my face after a day at work with one very quick touch up at lunch time (just a dab), and as you can see the pleasant daytime finish is still there:
|The usual 'serious face'.|
You can slightly see from the photo that I have heavily lined my eyes, it a kind of grumpy beatnik stylee. This gave me the opportunity to try the lipstick and gloss. Even if you don't wear nudes, I would read on if I were you as they do have a dazzling array of colours so if you like the formula and price, you might be set onto a bargain.
|Plain Packaging, but it's secure and leakproof.|
The gloss? A similar story. I would compare the coverage to L'oreal Glam Shine. With this solid 'beige' (pretty much nude) you can wear it alone and still get some colour. Personally it's a little sticky, but by applying just a smidge over the lipstick I got a good effect and comfort. Oh, and they sell glitter versions. Glitter versions I tell you!
LA Colors Mineral Pressed Powder: £3.99. LA Colors Lipstick: 99p. LA Colors Lipgloss: 99p.
LA Colors are available from branches of Beauty Base, some EBay Shops and online shops such as The Make Up Bag.
All products bought with my own money and my own make-up addiction, all opinions my own. Thank you please.