Topshop Beauty may not have been on your radar the first time around, perhaps you thought it was a bit young, a tad trend-driven, dare I suggest the glitter pots gave you cause to believe it wasn’t really for us grown ups?
Fair enough, the original collection did give plenty of shelf space to fun catwalk-inspired products – although I’d argue those hard-working formulas had plenty to offer for all ages – but hey it’s all water under the bridge now as after a brief hiatus Topshop Beauty has been revamped and relaunched and it is looking seriously sophisticated.
Topshop Beauty 2.0 has just dropped in stores and is well worth nipping to the high street for (as well as your Baxter jeans) It’s been rehoused in extremely sexy new matte black and metallic packaging, prices are nicely affordable, from £5 to £16, and every product is Leaping Bunny certified, meaning not on single element of the formulation has been tested on animals – good to know.
I’ve been working my way through the bag of products that dropped on my desk this week and I’m impressed. The Vanilla Balm gives perfect sheeny comfort for cold days and just a tiny touch of soft-focus pink to lips without being sticky or containing addictive drying ingredients.
The Waterproof Eye Pencil in Gunpowder is a beautiful slate charcoal kohl that glided on with ease and more than survived my deep set eyes and oily lids all-day-wear challenge, which is no mean feat.
For sheer visual gorgeousness the chunky gold compact of Glow Powder Highlighter demanded to be tried, and the silky powder inside more than lived up to its gleaming outer casing. Use sparingly for daytime radiance or ramp it up as you wish for party season. I used Crescent Moon on my fair Celtic skin, but Solstice would be better on deeper skin tones.
Of course there’s plenty more to enjoy in the range; W&H beauty Director Rosie Green is a confirmed fan of the Glow Pot, £12, while the Longwear Liquid Lipsticks, £12 comes in every shade you can imagine wearing, and some you can’t too. Hey, at this price you can afford to experiment.