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The handy little compact comes with a mirror

The handy little compact comes with a mirror

I PICKED up a new (to me) eyeshadow duo from the Lacura range in Aldi the other day for just €2.59, flinging it eagerly into the trolley cos it was my husband’s turn to pay for the shopping.

Oh come on!

Come on now! I can’t be the only one who does that, surely?

Throwing shampoo and cleanser and magazines and steak at will into the trolley when it’s his turn to pay and then insisting on a lentil rich spartan trolley with no luxuries when it’s my week?

Ah feck off.

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Anyway, the point is, I bought a new eyeshadow and it’s pretty good! It comes in a sealed packet so you can’t see the colours beforehand there’s just a little mark on the box telling you what’s in there so it’s a bit of a gamble.

But this time it paid off as I got the goldy/olive green palette and it’s really nice. It’s shimmery without being glittery and they’re nice soft colours.

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Nice and light for daytime

Nice and light for daytime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only put on a light coating as it was daytime but they’re pretty well pigmented so you could certainly build up the colour for a more night time feel. There wasn’t any dropdown when I brushed on the shadow and several hours later it hasn’t budged and still looks pretty fresh.

Overall I was mighty impressed and would certainly recommend to a friend.

Have you used any of the Lacura make-up range? What did you think?


Lacura CC Cream

Lacura CC Cream

I HAD a brief but satisfying splurge in Aldi the other day where I picked up their Lacura CC [Colour Correction] Cream. It says it offers good coverage and has anti-aging benefits and not being in the first flush of youth any longer, I thought I’d have me some of that. At €7.99 it’s dearer than rival Lidl’s CC Cream, which is only €2.99 but it’s still not too spendy.

Shuffling through the boxes on the shelf looking for the lightest tone, I noticed that actually it only comes in one shade, with the box declaring that it suits ‘All Skin Tones’.

Immediately the ‘One Size Fits None’ klaxon started bleating in my head. You know how it is, you try on a fairly innocuous looking cardigan that promises to fit everyone from an ‘8 to an 18’ only to discover that in fact it fits everyone from an 8 to an 8. One size fits all garments are an abomination, and I was fairly sure it’d be impossible to find one make-up product that would suit all skin tones, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Suits all skin tones, me hoop!

Suits all skin tones, me hoop!

Swatching it on my hand I actually let out a little gasp. Oh it’s dark, reader. It’s very very dark. Gingerly I put it on my face and blended with my fingertips. At first it was kinda like when you put on fake tan before you start rubbing – a big splodge of brown? But as I blended, it settled down a little and sank more into my skin so I didn’t look like a toffee apple. Well, not TOO much like a toffee apple.

The before shot. Me sans make-up, just with moisturiser on.

The before shot. Me sans make-up, just with moisturiser on.

 

After: Just with the CC cream on

After: Just with the CC cream on

 

Side view - face a more orange tone than neck.

Side view – face a more orange tone than neck.

I added some concealer and powder and some blusher and it calmed down a little more again. Unfortunately it was still too dark, I could tell I had make-up on and my face was a different colour to my neck. It’s a pity because it has good coverage and leaves a nice sheen on the skin, but it really was too dark for my milk blue Irish complexion. The pictures aren’t great now that I look at them, the light was good and kinda over exposed the images, but trust me it’s a couple of shades too dark.

After I added some concealer, powder, blusher and lipgloss

After I added some concealer, powder, blusher and lipgloss

 

All is not lost though, I liked the coverage so I’ll hang on to it and mix a drop into my moisturiser or even in with my lightest foundation, so I’ll get my €7.99 worth.

The jury’s out on this one. If you normally use a foundation that’s a shade or two up from the lightest shade then this might very well be for you, but if you’re very pale, fuggetaboudit.

Have you tried this CC cream yet? What did you think?