Possibly autumn’s most hotly anticipated release has been H&M’s brand new beauty line. Released at the beginning of October, the 700 piece line includes every beauty item you could think of – from lipstick and foundation to eyelash curlers and eau de toilettes. This fantastic range even includes an eyeshadow primer, something that isn’t normally seen in high street store cosmetics. One of my favourite parts of this line are the brushes. They’re all super soft, they’re extremely affordable as the most expensive is just £7.99 and they’re all made from synthetic hairs so are even vegan friendly. The lipsticks are also another of my favourite part as, for just £3.99, they’re super pigmented, long wearing, come in a wide range of colours and a matte range and (best of all) smell of raspberries.
Make up giant NARS has also had a hotly anticipated release this autumn and that is their audacious range. As a big fan of NARS products, especially their sheer glow foundation, I was extremely excited to try their audacious mascara which has received rave reviews online. NARS claims that this mascara can do anything you want which from the start should’ve made me question the product – if that were possible wouldn’t everyone have it? I tend to look for mascaras that add volume to my lashes as I don’t use mascara to lengthen because I wear glasses almost every day. Trust me, there is absolutely nothing more annoying than them brushing on your lenses every time you blink! But that should be okay with this mascara because it can do anything – right? Even though the colour was jet black (which I love), the mascara made my eyelashes spikey and clumpy and is a nightmare to get off afterwards. It has some redeeming features in that it doesn’t smudge if you use it on your lower lashes and is not made of fibres so doesn’t flake at all. Overall though, I’d say this was a big disappointment for me personally and I’ve had much better drugstore mascaras that don’t cost £16.
Soap and Glory has also had a new make-up release this season which is a continuation of their one heck of a blot range. I have been using the one heck of a blot translucent powder for months now and was so pleased to see they’ve released a primer and foundation. With shine-block technology this primer is great if you have oily skin or your make up tends to wear off after a few hours. It provides a barrier between your skin and your make up to make it last longer and reduce shine. The consistency and pay off are a lot like Benefit’s POREfessional but for just £10 it’s less than half the price. Likewise, the foundation has almost no shine and is very matte which gives a great base for if you want to add highlights afterwards. Unfortunately, it only comes in four shades at the moment but hopefully that’s just because it’s a new product and more will be added at a later date.