It felt like Christmas had come early for me this week when W7 Cosmetics sent over this generous handful of samples. In my little package, I received their:
- Angel Eyes Out On The Town Eyeshadow Palette
- Chunky Cheeks Blush in Paris
- Skin Fresh Concealer in Fair
- Boom! Big Bold Eyes Kohl Crayon Eyeliner in Black
Moving on to the Chunky Cheeks Blush in Paris, which has to be my (close) favourite of the four products. I chose a Topshop powder blush for Christmas from my sister yesterday, but now I'm so glad I've got this one and will have two to choose from in the new year! This blush stick is just loveliness; the thick pencil look reminds me of Clinique's chubby sticks, not to mention the packaging colour and the hue of the actual blush are gorgeous. When swatched it comes out fairly bright and bubblegummy but when applied properly to the apples of your cheeks it is the prettiest, softest rosy pink. The Chunky Cheeks Blushes come in three other city-themed shades: Tokyo, New York and London. In all honestly I'd be excited to try them all! This stayed on all day. It seems like there is an awful lot in the stick and so it's fab value for money at £4.95.
Next up, the Boom! Big Bold Eyes Crayon. I personally really struggle with applying eyeliner, so much so that I rarely bother to put it on. But this chunky kohl liner, which is categorized under liquid, is just amazing. It is ridiculously simple to draw across your lids and the width of the crayon creates just the right thickness line. It's also got a subtle charcoal shimmer to it which really stands out on your eyelids. Again, the liner is so generously sized that at £4.95 it's much better value for money then the thin kohl pencils you buy at say Rimmel. I like the effect of those products but the pencil tends to break off pretty easily and so isn't long-lasting as a makeup staple.
Finally, the Angel Eyes, Out On The Town Eyeshadow Palette. W7's larger palettes are all great dupes for the Urban Decay palettes- in fact, I definitely fancy picking up the In The Nude set for a bargain Urban Decay Naked replacement. The Angel Eyes palette though is full of seven earthy tones. Beginning at a porcelain hue, it works its way through to camel, bronze, cocoa, dark grassy green then midnight grey. There are two shimmer shadows and four mattes, all with a velvety touch. I swatched all of these on paper (see below) and liked the effect of all. Last night, as I went out for a meal, I opted for the first nude shade and layered the third, sparkling bronze on top. This is the perfect size palette to pop into your clutch bag for touch ups (if needed- I found they stayed on fairly well) and the shadows also come with a decent quality soft double-ended brush.
If you like the matte feel and look then these four cosmetics were made for you.