Monday, 3 October 2016

H&M Beauty: Mini Haul and Review

H&M Makeup
Being a part of the beauty blogging community can be a blessing and a curse at the same time! It’s great for picking up bits of news on upcoming product launches and reading the product reviews of those whose opinions I trust. On the other hand it’s not so good for my bank balance!

When I read some reviews of the H & M beauty range, as usual I was keen to try out a few bits for myself. I haven’t actually seen this range in store in Ireland yet but I ordered from their website which I will fill you in on at the end of this post. I picked these up about a month and have been trying them out over the past couple of weeks. 

It is often difficult to buy makeup online when you haven’t been able to try out the products in store, so I went for some items that from blog posts and video reviews that I had a good idea of and I avoided trying to buy something to match my skin like foundation or concealer. These you do really need to try out on your skin before purchase.

So what did I go for?

First up is this Solar Flair Bronzer in the shade Universal Mocha.
H&M Bronzer

Can I just say how pretty is this packaging! It reminds me of the rather luxurious Tom Ford range or the new VB Estee Lauder collection with the black and gold. The compact itself is made of plastic so it’s not as heavy as it looks but I love that there is a mirror included. The bronzer itself has a shimmer to it so if you like a matte bronzer then this may not be your style. I bought this not for contouring but for an all-over bronze glow so I wasn’t bothered that it would have a shimmer in it.H&M call this one a "Satin" finish.


H&M Bronzer Universal Mocha

It is quite a universal shade as the name suggests, and not orange-toned like some of the more affordable bronzers can be. I’ve been using this where the sun would naturally hit the face – at the temples and hairline, cheeks and also on the jawline. I’m a little in love with this bronzer. It’s not super highly pigmented but I like that because it makes it buildable and doesn’t leave me with a muddy face! A big thumbs up from me! It would also make a really pretty eyeshadow as well especially for contouring the crease. This cost €7.99 so an average high street price. The bronzer comes in 6 shades with a combination of both matte and satin/shimmer finishes. 

Next up is this Eye Colour Palette in Aubergine Dream.

H&M Eyeshadow Palette Aubergine Dream

How perfect are these colours for Autumn?! Purple eyeshadows can be difficult to pull off but these are more subtle aubergine, brown-toned shades as the name suggests so they would suit a variety of eye colours. It has a mix of both matte and shimmer shades. Again it has the same sleek black, cream and gold packaging, and decent-sized shadow pans. The shade range allows for a subtle, natural look or a much bolder smokey eye look. The pale shade is also perfect for under brow highlighting and brightening the inner corners of the eyes.

I have swatched each row separately below - starting with the first row left to right and working downwards.

H&M Eyeshadow Aubergine Dream Swatched

H&M Eyeshadow Aubergine Dream Swatched

H&M Eyeshadow Aubergine Dream Swatched

The pigmentation is pretty good but not as good as would be with the higher end palettes like Urban Decay or Stila. However a great tip with shadows like this is to spray a little makeup fixing/setting spray onto your eyeshadow brush before dipping into the product.If you are looking for a more intense eye look this trick will help you build up much more colour and product on the lid.
On the whole I’m very impressed with this palette for the price and I can see myself dipping into it a lot over this Autumn and Winter.

This cost me €12.99 and there are 5 other palettes in the range from a grey toned to a blue toned to a more natural brown toned one if you feel that the colours in the one I chose aren’t for you.

The next product I picked up was the Perfectionist Finishing Powder in the shade Ivory.

H&M Perfectionist Finishing Powder Ivory

It’s a pretty standard powder to set your foundation and mattify the skin in a pretty compact similar to the bronzer but in the reverse colours. It’s probably a tad darker than what I would consider “Ivory” but still works fine for me on the tzone and areas prone to shining during the day and to set my foundation. 

There is no sponge included however. If you wanted to use this for on-the-go touch-ups you could either add your own sponge or carry a mini kabuki brush. The powder comes in a total of 9 shades and costs €9.99. On a slight downside it is slightly more expensive than some highstreet powders but the packaging is probably reflected in the price. 

The last product I picked up is a lipstick and it is their Cream Lipstick in Powder Puff.

H&M Cream Lipstick Powder Puff

H&M Cream Lipstick Powder Puff

How pretty is this colour!? And how gorgeous is the packaging with its cream and gold? This one is a really pretty light pink with a warm undertone and in a creamy finish with a hint of a sheen to it. Between the texture of the lipstick and the design of its outer tube, this feels so much more high-end than it is in my opinion. At the time of writing this post, I have a cold so I won't show you what it looks like on the lips as they are in bits right now! But when my face calms down again I will post a picture on Instagram!

H&M Cream Lipstick Powder Puff

As I mentioned, this shade is right up my street  and so much so that I already have a very similar shade in my collection which you might have seen if you follow me on Instagram. This is pretty much identical to Mac's Creme Sheen lipstick in Creme Cup but at half the price!  These lipsticks come in 13 different shades and are priced at €9.99 so again a pretty average highstreet brand price. There are some other really pretty shades in there, including a darker pink called Dragon Fruit and a fabulous purple shade called Orchidding Me!

H & M's beauty range contains a wide range of products, from bath and body to makeup to beauty accessories. What I picked up is only a very small selection of what's on offer and I'm hoping that these ranges turn up in stores in Ireland soon. Delivery to Ireland takes 2-4 working days and is free if you spend over €60 or €3.99 if you spend less than that. You can find out more about the range on their website here.

Have you tried any of their range yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! :)

Bye for now,


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