Every time I go shopping, regardless of the street or shopping centre, I always find myself drawn to one shop in particular; Marks & Spencer's. In my teens I would begrudingly wander around M&S whilst my Mum shopped but now I'm the one insisting that we pay Marks & Spencer's a visit. One of the main reasons behind this has a lot to do with a certain Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. When she released her debut lingerie collection, for the first time in my life, I actually got excited about going bra shopping. Then she released equally stunning nightwear of which I own quite a bit. And last year she launched her own perfume and fragrance range. I even included her gorgeous fragranced candle in my last minute Christmas Gift Guide. Just when I thought Rosie's influence at M&S couldn't get any better she only went and released her very own make-up range.
As soon as I saw the first image of what she had planned I honestly couldn't contain my excitement. Rosie, rose gold packaging and make-up. Now that sounded like a winning combination to me and as soon as I tried the first product my original thoughts were certainly confirmed. I'll start with three of her stunning cream eyeshadow sticks* first.
Anytime I see a cream eyeshadow stick I instantly think of By Terry Ombre Blackstars. Despite swatching them on every single trip I make to Space NK I've never left the store with one of them and after trying Rosie's take on the cream eyeshadow stick I'm so glad that I didn't throw my hard earned cash at the By Terry versions. The shades; Almond Eyes, Feline Fox and Movie Star, are absolutely stunning. The consistency is creamy and buttery and the pigmentation and quality is on a par with some of the big beauty brands. You also have about 30 seconds to blend and smudge before they set. And at £12.50 each they're definitely much kinder on the bank balance than some other alternatives.
Whilst we're on the topic of eyeshadow, let me introduce you to an eyeshadow palette* that you really need to check out for yourself. In the shade Copper Gold Rush (there are three other shades to choose from too) we have four subtle yet unique shades. The shadows in this palette are just as creamy, blendable and pigmented as the cream eyeshadow sticks and with the palette you get the added bonus of a brilliant mirror as well. Each palette is £18 which again seems like a really reasonable price for the product you're getting.
My favourite blush of all-time, the bareMinerals Pop Of Passion, is a cream blush but I do tend to shy away from trying other cream blushes when I see them in the shops. Well there's nothing to fear with this cream blush* and the shade; English Rose Flush, is so so pretty. It's perfect for adding a little pop of colour to the cheeks without looking like you've just taken make-up advice from a clown, particularly as the blush sets matte. Again it's incredibly pigmented, a recurring theme when it comes to the range, so a little really does go a long way with this. There are three shades, each priced at £14.
And last but certainly not least, we have one of twelve lipsticks in the range, in the shade Camisole Blush. Each lipstick* contains Argan Oil so they're incredibly hydrating on the lips. This is the kind of lipstick that I would happily wear all day. Does anyone else hate it when they can feel a lipstick literally drying out their lips or clinging to any and every imperfection? There's none of that with this lippie. The range of shades are totally swoon-worthy and I definitely got some Charlotte Tilbury vibes when I saw them lined up in store but at £14 they're almost £10 less than CT's but of a similar standard and beauty.
I'm already beyond excited to try some more products from the range. I've got my eye on the miracle concealer, mascara and Starstruck contour stick. The entire range isn't tested on animals. It's hypoallergenic, alcohol, fragrance and paraben free and suitable for vegatarians and vegans, something that certainly can't be said for every make-up line.
I've got to say it, this is definitely my favourite brand/celebrity collaboration that I've ever had the pleasure of trying.
What do you think of the Rosie For Autograph make-up range? Are you as in love with the rose gold packaging as I am? Which of the products would you most like to try? And have you had a look at your local M&S beauty hall recently?
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