I am super excited about the launch of the new Gucci Westman collection for Revlon, Expressionists. Inspired by abstract paintings it has a deep, glamorous colour palette which has such an audacious colour selection, particularly for a drugstore brand. This is a real collection for makeup artists featuring the kind of colours that we swoon for – very unusual lipstick colours, and the stand-out new products, the Diamond Lust shimmer eyeshadows that gave me grabby gimme gimme gimme hands when I first saw them. The new single eyeshadows are:
- Starry Pink – shimmery pink
- Celestial Silver – silver white frost
- Night Sky – deep silvered gunmetal
- Plum Galaxy – rich aubergine with pink and blue sparkle
- Neptune Star – bright blackened teal
The colours are absolutely gorgeous and I’ve been itching to do an uber-glam shoot so I can properly test them out. My favourites are the darker coloured Neptune Star, Plum Galaxy and Night Sky as I find the colour pay-off is best on these. I also found that using an eye primer (like NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base), did help with how well the shadow adhered. They are quite glittery but it’s small guage glitter (the kind I like in shadows as it gives reflection without massive glittery chunks) and I love to layer them over shadows in a matching tone. Celestial Silver and Starry Pink are perfect for highlighting the centre of the lid or the inner eye. In fact, who am I kidding? I love them all. Now I just need some insanely glamorous shoots to use them on!
I’ve now got them in my kit to quickly jazz up smoky eyes. And the packaging is so lightweight, I can carry them all, which is always added bonus points at MM HQ.I use a tissue to catch any glitter fall out however as some of the particles do drop down (either that or do your foundation second, which is a good trick if you’re in a hurry).
The new lip colours from the Expressionists collection are interesting too – more so for makeup artists as they are full-on hard to find editorial colours! They are really quite unusual from a drugstore brand, as they aren’t your everyday medley of nudes (sometimes I think if I see one more pinky-beige lippy, I may scream). I can definitely detect Gucci Westman’s makeup artist hands in these, and it’s interesting to see if Revlon is starting to push the boat out a bit more with their colour range. I always think that makeup Creative Directors need a few ranges with a brand until you can really see what they’re made of (Peter Phillips at Chanel and Tom Pecheux at Estee Lauder are great examples of this). Over time you can see their influence in everything in the line, not just the new collections they are releasing – until the whole line has a much more editorial feel to it.
Anyway, back to the lipsticks! My favourite of the four new ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick is Buffest Beige – put it this way, if a beige lipstick looks good on my skintone and not Corpse Bride, it will look good on most people. Plus as it’s Colorstay it really does stay on for ages. I always find long-wearing lipsticks a bit of a funny feeling on your lips, but this one isn’t too drying and comfy to wear once you get over the initial stickiness. For every day life, long-wear lipsticks can be a god-send (I tend to be a tinted lip balm girl most days myself, and at work I’m there to touch up the lipstick so I’ve only ever used a couple of long-wear lipsticks). And if you feel like testing out some very glam new colours there’s a plethora to choose from – from true candy pink to coppery orange to a deep true purple. See what I mean? Not a pinky beige in sight – thank you Gucci Westman!