WARNING: This is going to be a long ass post. I thought of splitting it into a few posts but I already plan to do separate in depth posts for some of the products and figured it would get pretty boring for you guys to see post after post about Primark!
As you can all probably tell, I have a bit of a Primark addiction. I think in the past three months I’ve spent over £200 in Primark, which is a bit absurd! I’m pinning the blame on Primark’s utterly amazing Instagram account – I constantly watch their stories and check what they’ve posted as their pictures are so pretty! The last time I was in it was because I had seen their radiance drops on Instagram and wanted to give them a try, but there are so many new bits of makeup that I ended up walking away with a lot more than I had bargained for.
The first thing I spotted was the Pure Glow and Lunar Glow (possibly also known as Metal Angels looking at the website??) highlighter palettes, which look a lot like ABH Glow Kits. Primark never fail to amaze me when they create a product that is clearly modelled on another brand, they are bold as brass when it comes to creating similar designs! After an inspection of the testers Pure Glow was already in my hands – I’ve never owned an ABH Glow Kit before but I’ve lusted after the Sugar Glow Kit for ages and Pure Glow looks like mix of the Sugar and That Glow. The pigmentation is a lot better than I anticipated and although a little bit of pressure is needed to get a good amount on the brush I won’t complain as the price tag is a mere £5. Lunar Glow took a bit of deliberation, but the colours looked fun and I ended up caving. I’m not blown away as the colours look kind of samey on the skin, but maybe with a spritz of setting spray I can spruce them up!
On the same stand there were also some eyeshadow palettes that looked like dupes of MAC and Urban Decay. Again, I deliberated whether I should pick one up and eventually told myself I was doing it for all you readers searching for reviews. Not all hero’s wear capes, y’know. It looks to me like the Nudes palette is made with Naked 2 and 3 in mind but I never took to the Naked Palettes as I worked in MAC for three years (surprise, I don’t think I ever told you guys that) and could create my own neutral palette much cheaper. I didn’t have high hopes for this palette but when worn under my usual primers the colours blend smoothly and stay all day, apart from the black which is to be expected as black eyeshadows rarely blend nicely. Sidenote: I have it on good authority that the eyeshadow pans for the create your own palette in Primark are pretty good too (thanks Lucy!)
Next, I grabbed the two products I had gone to Primark for. I can never have enough lightening drops for foundation as I love NARS Sheer Glow and MAC Prolongwear foundations, but both are too dark when I don’t have any tan on. I’m hoping to do a comparison of a few different brands so I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s a good dupe for The Body Shop’s version (review here.) For some reason the Liquid Light was on a different stand and I almost missed it as I expected all the similar looking bottles to be next to each other, but I picked it up without trying the tester as I’ve seen videos on Instagram of how pigmented it is.
Now is probably a good time to mention my main issue with the make up I bought – it all smells pretty nasty. Remember the nail polish that came with the Sabrina’s Secrets magazine? It has that strong, cheap smell and the radiance drops are by far the worst offender! Luckily, the smell fades away after applied, but when you open the products it’s hard to miss.
I thought I was pretty much good to go at this point as my hands were getting incredibly full, but as I rounded the corner I spotted cute packaged nude lipsticks. (I’ve just noticed as I proofread that I don’t actually have any good photos of the lipsticks in their boxes, so I’ll got on this asap!) The lipsticks themselves have tacky tubes that I definitely wouldn’t have been attracted too, but the nude packaging made me wonder if they were potential dupes for MAC colours. Sure enough, after a looong search through the scattered testers, I chose what I thought are dupes for Really Me, Velvet Teddy and Whirl (this I’m not convinced on but I wanted to get three.) I haven’t tested these out yet as I want to do a separate post comparing them side to side to the MAC colours to see if I’m right, but I don’t have high hopes as MAC lipsticks are my holy grail product and what made me a faithful MAC fan when I was a teen.
I decided at this point to make my way to the till before I ended up going too mental, but couldn’t resist a peep and the Christmas stuff. Luckily, as my hands were full I avoided going down that rabbit hole and only picked up one item; this incredibly juvenile, sweet smelling perfume. There’s a lot of toffee and not a lot of apple in the scent and although it kind of reminds me of the So…? range I loved as a young teen, I couldn’t resist!
I think I’ve done enough talking and done enough Primark shopping for the week! What are your favourite Primark finds? I’ve seen a few products that aren’t in my local store, such as some amazing looking brushes that darlingjordan posted on her Instagram! Let me know your best bits in the comments below: