Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Soap & Glory Cosmetics: Review and Swatches
Soap & Glory is one of those brands that has taken the beauty community by storm. Everyone has at least one product that they love and hold aloft to a “Must-Have/Holy Grail” status (Mine is Sugar Crush!). So, it was no surprise that the interwebs were all atwitter late last year with the news of a Soap & Glory cosmetics
As of the start of 2012, the make-up additions to the brand have been readily available in all Boots stores and other Soap & Glory stockists so, chances are you’ve probably already seen the stands and snapped some products up. We got our hands on some pieces ourselves a few weeks back and have been trying them out ever since. If you haven’t yet succumbed to the bubblegum pink displays or don’t want to venture into uncharted territories and buy the products blind then never fear as I’m here to talk you through the collection with swatches and opinions galore!
First thing to note is the gorgeously kitsch and retro boxes that the products come in. Second is the product names. Everything is titled something cute and catchy and really, from the brand that gave us such gems as Hand Food, The Righteous Butter and Clean On Me, would you expect anything less?!
Super-Colour Fabulipstick is a trio of opaque, satin-finish lipsticks that the brand claim are "collagen-boosting". Available in three shades; Naked Beige, Perfect Day and Red My Lips, and containing plumping pre-peptides and hyaluronic acid, Soap & Glory claim that your lips will look plump, dewy, soft and smooth when using one of these babies.
Above is the shade Red My Lips. Not exactly the most vibrant of reds but, ultimately, very wearable which makes a nice change from the acid-toned pinks and pale pastel lavenders that have been swamping the highstreet lately. Wear-time is okay. Not spectacular and not awful but, I would probably expect a bit more for £9/€12 a pop. I'd love for them to come out with some brighter reds, baby pinks and hot fuchsias soon as the formula of these is a lovely, buildable satin finish.
With the epic success of Benefit’s Chachatint last year, it's no wonder Soap & Glory jumped on the cheekstain bandwagon. Cheekmate (£8/€11) is currently a one-shade wonder with Rosy Glow, a pinky red cheek and lip stain, that comes in a handy squeezy tube.
Anyone who has used the aforementioned Benefit tints knows that the packaging with its brush applicator is an absolute nightmare. Squeezing the tint onto your finger seems to give a much more even natural coverage and a really healthy glow.
It's About Prime is marketed as a smudge-proof, crease-free formula and, while I have only used this once, my eyeshadow was still perfectly intact after 6-8 hours of wear. The doefoot applicator makes it easy to get a smooth and even layer and the primer dries relatively matte, giving a nice wash of colour over the lid.
Supercat (£6/€8) is a carbon black felt tip eyeliner which dries to a glossy finish. I'm honestly between two minds about this one. On the one hand, I love how intensely black it is and the theory behind the fine tip and thick edge to give a dramatic wing but, on the other hand, it's not executed as well as it could be. The tip is too soft and gives very little control with which to create a straight line and I think it could probably be improved with a firmer tip.
Finally, there are three Lid Stuff eyeshadow quads in the collection; Off The Wallflowers, What's Nude and Smokey Dokey. The quad below is Smokey Dokey, a nice mix of matte, frost and shimmer shadows in all the shades you'll need to create a basic smokey eye.
The pigmentation of these is okay. I've seen better from drugstore brands around the same price point but, I've most definitely seen worse. The top two shimmer shadows are quite buttery though with some hefty fallout, the matte grey in the bottom left has poor payoff but, the frosty black in the bottom right makes up for it as its one of the best pigmented black shadows I've ever used.
There is definitely some really good products in this launch and some just okay ones but, it is worth checking out in person to see if there is anything you can add to your collection with without breaking the bank.
Have you tried anything from Soap & Glory cosmetics?