Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

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Penneys PS...Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
As soon as I saw the press release for this collection land in my inbox, I was on a mission. Granted, I don't have much need for sparkly "out-out" makeup for myself at the moment with the little baba and the four year old around, but we do have an event coming up that I plan to do a glam look for and also for the party season I thought some of these might be affordable additions to my freelance kit.

The PS..Beauty Christmas Collection for this year includes:

*4 single metallic eyeshadows
*2 eyeshadow palettes
* Bronze & Glow palette
* Blush & Glow palette
* 6 Glitter Liquid eyeshadows
* Metallic lipsticks
* Liquid Highlighting Drops
* 3 Powder Highlighters

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
(Above photo only credit: Primark Beauty)

I found some of these pieces in my local Penneys a few days ago - not all of them appear to be in stock yet - so I thought I would give you a quick look and first impressions of what I picked up. First of all, the entire collection very much has a Mac Snowball collection vibe to it, with the snowflake embossing on the eyeshadows and highlighters, and the gold, sparkly packaging. 

The first items that I spotted were the single metallic eyeshadows - and I went for three of the four shades: 

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

Cashmere - a champagne/beige metallic shade. This would work as a shade for the lid if you're doing a cut-crease look or just want to add a shimmer without too much colour. It would also really pop as an inner corner eyelight. I would also be tempted to try this as an actual face highlighter too.

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

Dusk - a warm bronze metallic. This would work well all over the lid if you're doing brown smokey eye or as a spotlight/cut crease shade too. It could also work over a cream/liquid glitter eyeshadow of a similar colour to set that in place.

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

Crimson - this is definitely my favourite of the three shades I picked up. It is a deep, reddish brown metallic shade. I'm already picturing this with a colour blend smokey eye - with a matte black in the crease and this blended into the black on the lid. 

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
Swatches top to bottom: Cashmere, Dusk, Crimson.

All three of the eyeshadows are obviously metallic but they're not chunky or glittery as you can see from the swatches above. Instead they feel smooth and really do give an intense metallic effect. They are also surprisingly well pigmented for the price and the swatches of the two darker colours took a lot of rubbing with a baby wipe to remove from my hand which gives me hope for their staying power! And with a price of €1.50 each how could you go wrong in fairness!

The next item I picked up was the Christmas Ice Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade Copper.
If the powders are a nod to Mac, then the liquid eyeshadows are definitely a nod to Stila! There are meant to be 6 shades in these altogether but my local Penneys only had 4 as far as I could tell - a gold, a rose gold, this copper and a very dark grey/black.  Normally I would gravitate towards rose gold but I actually preferred the look of the copper instead. 

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

These are just gorgeous. They are of course glittery but the glitter applies evenly and once dry has very impressive staying power. You don't need a ton of product to get an opaque colour or plenty of sparkle either so these would last a long time. You can apply them with the applicator, with your finger or using a small, flat eyeshadow brush. If you want a sparkly, glam cut crease type of look but don't want to spend a fortune, then these are definitely worth a try. They are very reasonably priced at €5.00 each. I do hope that they expand the colour range of these in future in stores as in the press release I did spot a dark crimson shade similar to the single eyeshadow above and a lighter taupey shade which could be very pretty indeed!

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
Glitter Liquid Eyeshadow in Copper. 

Last but not least, I couldn't pass this by. The Christmas lipsticks come in three shades, in gorgeous glittery gold cases which look far more luxurious than their €3 price sticker. I only found one shade in my Penneys and this one is called Honey Glaze. 

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018

I actually oohed when I swatched this in the shop - and probably looked like a crazy lady considering the only person with me was 7 weeks old and fast asleep in a buggy! This is just so pretty. It could be used on its own to add some sparkle and shine to the lips or on top of your favourite matte lipstick if you want to bling it up a bit. You can apply just a small bit as a sheer wash or build it up if you want the sparkle and the bronzey colour to show too. 

Penneys PS Beauty Christmas Makeup Collection 2018
Lipstick in Honey Glaze.

All in all I'm very impressed by these bits so far - I will be keeping an eye out for the highlighters in store too and if I find them I will let you know. 

Have you picked up any items from this collection yet? If you have do let us know. Also feel free to share your festive makeup tips in the comments too as who doesn't love a bit of sparkle! :) 

Bye for now,

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