Marks & Spencer’s Rosie for Autograph makeup range has proved to me that I will literally wake up for makeup.
It all started with this Instagram post by Lisa Eldridge:
Apparently, British supermodel Rosie Huntington Whiteley released a makeup range through Marks & Spencer’s Autograph line. The packaging alone was enough to pique my interest, so since I had to run some errands in Angel, I decided to have a look.
The M&S in Angel is pretty small, but they did have the stand up already. It released just that day (yesterday), so all the testers were brand-spankin’ new. I snapped a few crappy pics on my iPhone, waffled a little over whether or not to bring a couple things home (they’re having a promotion where if you buy 2 makeup items, you get a gorgeous gold makeup bag for free), but I ultimately walked away and carried on with my errands.
BUT (there’s always a but), when I came home, Lisa Eldridge posted this video tutorial, and I just about died:
Now, I can’t claim to have been or be a massive fan of Rosie. I think she’s gorgeous, as does everyone else in the world (I’m assuming), but I don’t know anything about her other than that she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and the face of Burberry.
But Lisa Eldridge? QUEEN. Lisa Eldridge making up a former VS Angel’s already flawless face? Heart-eyed emojis x infinity.
A full blown lemming roared to life. I fought with myself pretty much all night over whether or not to go back and buy the two things I had my eye on. For every reason I could come up with to justify such a frivolous purchase, I had at least ten in which I told myself “NO, ARE YOU CRAZY? You cut this shit out right now, ya hear?”
I actually had trouble sleeping. What the hell is wrong with me?
So, mind made up, I woke up early this morning and got ready and out of the house in record time. Then, *PLOT TWIST* Angel’s M&S didn’t have the highlighter loose powder on the shelf anymore, so I made my way to Central London Oxford Street’s M&S and got a little carried away along the way.
Enough of my ridiculousness — time for pictures!!
The GWP makeup bag is supposedly worth £16; I find that really steep. But I suppose that’s how they get you, because who wouldn’t put that £16 toward one of two products instead, then get the pretty bag for free? #imontoyou
I picked up an eyeshadow quad in I Feel Like A Million Dollars, and the highlighting loose powder in Rose Bud. They’re both £18, although when I was there, the highlighter was mislabeled at £15. They were kind enough to honor the lower price for me, but my guess is that there’s a signage error, and it’s supposed to be £18.
Expensive? Yes, a little. BUT LOOKIT HOW PRETTY:
The rose gold packaging and even the cardboard box is very reminiscent of Charlotte Tilbury’s line. In fact, a few products, such as the Amazing Radiance cream and the Starstruck contour stick, look like bang-on copies of Tilbury’s Wonderglow and Beach Stick.
As stunning as the packaging is, though, it holds fingerprints like a boss. I keep obsessively wiping my compacts down, ha.
From the M&S website:
- Each palette contains both pearl and matte finishes
- Eyeshadows are creamy smooth, lightweight and long lasting for ultra blendable, buildable application
- Not tested on animals BUAV approved
These swatches were done with my fingers, and they needed a few passes to reach this level of pigmentation and intensity. They’re neither overly frosty or shimmer, nor are they flat matte. I actually quite like that they’re not crazy, in-your-face pigmented. Sometimes, a girl’s gotta take it slow in the mornings, amirite?
The loose powder highlight has a screw top lid and a mesh sieve which keeps the powder from flying everywhere. The lid has a plastic stopper as well. Mess containment, I dig it.
I love all the rose details, even in the throwaway parts. Incidentally, I haven’t thrown away the sticker yet. Did I mention I like mess containment?
I also prefer this mesh sieve to a plastic sifter with holes. I don’t know, it feels more luxe, like more thought went into the design of the packaging? I haven’t tried it with a brush yet, but I suspect the mesh will make it easier for the brush to pick up product evenly, versus a big clump in one area.
Swatched heavily on the right and sheered out on the left. I’ll admit, the swatch was a little underwhelming, especially because it was so stunning in stores. However, this was done on my bare hand, versus my face with foundation on it. I’m not letting myself to be disappointed just yet.
There are flecks of glitter in this highlighter, just FYI. They’re very tiny, but it’s definitely more of a sparkle effect than a sheen.
Nevertheless, I am looking forward to trying these two on my face tomorrow, and I’ll do an update once I’ve had a chance to play around with them more.
The Rosie for Autograph makeup range is exclusive to Marks & Spencer and is available online and in stores in the UK.
UPDATE: I finally did a couple makeup looks with these products! Click the picture below to read the post. :)