Now, I certainly don’t claim to know all the beauty brands, and I definitely – despite my best efforts – haven’t tried them all. So, when I was recently introduced to Glo & Ray, I would liken the feeling to that of a child on Christmas Day. New toys to play with! Glo & Ray are a UK based company, and are available to buy online. They offer a good selection of products, from CC Creams and foundations, to eyeshadows, lipsticks and makeup remover. Their prices are a little more towards high-end products, rather than high street.
The products themselves feel high-end though. The packaging is sleek and smart, and reminds me of Nars, but without the dirt-grabbing rubberised finish. The eyeshadow quad is heavy and solid, and the lipstick is – dare I say it – sophisticated (not that I know the first thing about being sophisticated, mind).
The Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in Twilight Nude (£12.50) is a shimmery little quad, in lovely neutral colours. The shadows themselves are soft and easy to blend. As much as I love shimmer shades, I do need at least one matte that can be used as a transition shade, so I can’t do a complete eye look with this quartet. Of course, they can be used alone to create a more natural daytime look – which I have done with great success. However, with the addition of a matte shade, and perhaps another colour entirely, is where they really can add depth and interest.
The Sky Breaker Lasting Silky Eyeliner in Champagne Pink (£5.50) is a neutral, but far from boring, liner. It could do with being a little softer and less glittery, in my opinion, but the colour is very pretty. If you like to just draw a line and leave it then this eyeliner would be perfect. I prefer a more messy un-done look though, and like an eyeliner that is easy to smudge, which didn’t really work with this formula. I have tried it as a base for eyeshadow and found it a little hard to blend, so it is probably best used in the traditional way.
In contrast to the relative hardness of the eyeliner, however, is the gorgeously soft La Amo Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Venus (£12.00). Firstly, the colour is just the perfect nude; not too pink, not too brown. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will know that I struggle with lipsticks. My lips can be dry and sensitive, and I have yet to find a formulation that ticks all the boxes. This little guy comes pretty close though – it is creamy, long-wearing and comfortable on the lips. It survived through my lunch, without being clingy and drying. And did I mention the colour?!
Overall, I have been really impressed with the little corner of the Glo & Ray world that I have tried. I would recommend that anyone wanting quality products (errr, isn’t that everyone?) that aren’t tested on animals, give the range a try.
What about you, have you tried anything Glo & Ray? What did you think?
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