I love being vegan but I have also LOVED makeup for over ten years and have been wanting to do a post merging the two of these together for a while now!
I randomly stumbled by an advert for the new Boutique makeup Range by Sainsburys which is proudly cruelty free and vegan. What better way to start this off with, I thought! So off I tottled to Sainsbury’s, a complete and willing victim of marketing, and bought myself the following;
In order; highlighter, contouring stick, foundation, liquid eyeliner, nude eyeshadow palette and a blusher palette. There were no mascaras left and I forgot to buy a lipstick- doh! So I used some of these from my existing makeup products to finish the look.
This was described as ‘light wear’ and this was definitely accurate- I felt it was adequate coverage but definitely a natural look for me and not as full a coverage as I would like, certainly, for an evening look. I did apply with a sponge at first, but ended up applying more with my fingers due to the sparse coverage. Saying this, it could be perfect for someone who only likes a light coverage and natural look.
Highlighter (illuminating fluid)
There are two shades available, much like Benefit has offered historically- one, a more pinky hue named ‘pink’ and the more amber shade- ‘champagne’ I went for the latter as it tends to suit my yellow undertoned skin better. This gave a lovely sheen that catches the light in a sufficiently glowing yet not outrageous way (I don’t want to look like a mermaid, personally!) so that suited me fine! I would say the wear is not outstanding; halfway through the day and it was significantly faded. Though, priced competitively at £4.00, it does a pretty good job!
I found the shades to suit my skin tone well and were similar to what I have used before. The application was smooth enough but I would have liked more coverage. I had to apply a few more strokes than I have had to with other brands, which in turn makes it a bit more work to blend well and didn’t stand out as much as I would like. Again, it comes to a toss up between wear and cost. In this case, personally, I would opt to pay more for better coverage and quality.
This has an angled thing sponge applicator which was a bit clumsy to manipulate effectively. I am somewhat of a master liquid eyeliner applicator and even I struggled with this one. However, the wear was pretty good and it lasted well throughout the day. Overall, I would pay more for a more fluid flow and slickness to the application though that is entirely up to you to decide on your preference!
Nude eyeshadow palette
I LOVED the range of colours in this palette and thought they all complemented each other well. The colours stood out well and blended together quite well too. Again, the wear was not exceptional, however, you may find that a good makeup setting spray could sort this out.
I opted for the brightest colour for my blusher and I definitely underestimated how boldly the colour would come out as the other products had needed a bit of layering so I got stuck in brushing it on and looked a bit clown like! This does show that the pigmentation is much better than I expected and only a bit of product is necessary to long way. So good news for the longevity of the product!
Overall I think this is great for those on a budget who still want to have all the lotions and potions for a great face of makeup for an occasion or night out. For daywear this is effective though I would recommend a makeup setting spray if you are expecting to be out and about for more than a few hours to extend the lovely look you can achieve with this makeup!
Have you tried this brand? What did you think? Let me know!! Below is my finished look!