I have to be honest. When I initially saw the press release photographs of the Ellie Goulding collection for Mac before Christmas, I thought it all looked a little blah! While I do love a bit of neutral makeup in my life, from the press pictures I just thought that everything looked the same and nothing really grabbed my attention. However, when I saw the above pieces from the collection in real life, I was so pleasantly surprised.
I received three items from the collection to try out. The the blusher bronzer powder duo in the shade Hold my Breathe. A lipstick in the shade Only you and finally a push glass in the shade Goodness Gracious .
Only You Lipstick
The Only You lipstick comes in a sleek limited edition packaging, which has Ellie Goudlings initials in rose gold across the front. The lipstick itself is a creamsheen finish, which just happens to be one of my favourite Mac lipstick finishes, as it lasts a while on your lips but is lovely a creamy in texture.
Mac have said that the shade is a mid tone coral, which normally I would run a million miles from, however, I found it to be much more of a peachy pink. One thing to note, the colour in the bullet looks a lot different than the colour on your lips because when I first looked at it in the tube, I thought it was going to be more of a mauvey pink.
The coverage is a little more on the sheer side, but it does build into a good level of coverage or pigment on the lips. Wear time is about standard for a creamsheen lipstick and I got a good two hours before having to top up.
Only you is €21.50 and can be bought on Brown Thomas online.
Goodness Gracious PushGlass
I am a huge fan of the Mac Pushglass lipgloss. In fact I wore one on my wedding day, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name!!!For me the difference between a regular Mac lipgloss and the push glass is the pigment. Push glass can be worn on their own and you will see decent colour pay off on your lips.
This is the perfect companion for Only you. It is a similar peachy pink colour, that compliments only you when place on top. Worn on its own, it is sheer on application, but you still get decent colour payoff . The texture is quite thick but it isn’t overly sticky. Personally I hate sticky lip products, but this is grand. I would say it is more tacky than sticky.
You can buy the Goodness Gracious push glass for €25.
Hold my breathe blusher / bronzer powder duo
Hold my breathe is a bronzer blusher duo, with the bronzing powder taking up two thirds of the pan. I find that while it is easy to get your brush onto the bronzer part, it is more difficult to get at the blusher part.
The bronzer really is beautiful. It is described as a medium warm bronze. I found it to be a beautifully light bronze colour with some very subtle hints of gold shimmer. I used this as a bronzer to warm up my face, rather than a contour powder. I found the colour to be perfect for Irish skin tones, as it wasn’t too warm, orange or dark. Instead it gave a hint of a glow.
The blusher side, as I said above is a little hard to access . It is a peachy pink colour blush, that gives a nice flush of colour to your cheeks. It has decent pigmentation and applies nicely to the cheeks and is easy to blend. I just wish they had made the pan half and half so that I could get my brush into the blusher a little easier.
If you are thinking of buying something from this collection. I highly recommend the blusher bronzer duo. Even with my complaining about the size of the blusher, I really love this duo. I feel that the colour of both the bronzer and the blusher is beautiful on the skin. I know that this is going to be one of those products that I hit pan on, as it is perfect for every day wear. You can quickly apply this in the morning without having to worry that you have a muddy looking face!!
The bronzer blusher duo is a little hard to get your hands on in store, but I know it is available online for €30