People always ask me how I still stay motivated and interested in makeup after wearing it, testing it and writing about it for so long. Honestly, there are times where it can get tedious – not many, but there most certainly have been a few short moments where I’ve looked at makeup products on the market and just not felt excited or interested at all.
In recent weeks, these moments have been occurring more often than most. I’ve found myself turning to my favourites and being content enough not to experiment or explore much. But then I was contacted by a UK PR representative for Makeup Atelier, asking me if I wanted to review some products.
I’d never heard of the brand before, which is rare for me, and so excitement started to spark from within. I replied back with a list of products that interest me and told the contact that I’d love to review one of the products for Make Me Up Marie.
A week later and I’d completely forgotten, so was surprised to open the door to a fairly heavy delivery. I racked my brains, trying to think what I’d ordered and then I remembered: “IT’S MAKEUP ATELIER!!!”
Tearing open the packaging like a little kid at Christmas, I gasped as I lifted the wrapping paper from inside the box up to reveal some beautiful looking products.
“They sent me everything from my list!” I said to Sam in disbelief.
THIS is how I stay motivated and interested in makeup. Even when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always so much more to come. The fact that the science behind the technology in makeup is ever-evolving means that the industry will continue to innovate and inspire, and that’s something I want to be a part of.
My discovery of Makeup Atelier was the first in a long while to really “WOW” me, which is why I’m going to be reviewing these 7 gooorgeous products for you today!
First up is the Antishine Moisturising Base, which comes in a 30ml bottle and costs £16. The bottle is made from plastic but has a frosted-glass look and a silver chrome top with pump. It looks classy, classic and clean – it’s the type of product I wouldn’t mind having on my dressing table rather than hidden away in a draw.
The product itself is of equally good quality. I didn’t expect much from it, as I’m super oily at times and figured it would be no different to a normal moisturiser, but it actually worked really well in terms of oil control! I applied it before my foundation (instead of a primer) and waited for it to sink in before moving on. I put it to the test and wore it to my recent writing gig in-house somewhere. I worked from 9:30am-6pm without topping up (on purpose) and was delighted to see how matte my T-zone looked when I got home.
I’ve since been using the Antishine Moisturising Base on a regular basis, as part of my makeup/beauty routine. What’s interesting about this product is how it actually manages to moisturise and tighten the skin while still providing antishine properties at the same time.
The second product I tested was one of a similar kind – the Antishine T-Zone Gel. Again, I chose this product because I suffer from oily skin and wanted to see if it would make a difference. And of course, it did!
The Antishine T-Zone Gel comes in a smaller 15ml bottle and costs £14. The product is a comparable texture to that of Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer and can be worn both under and on top of foundation. I usually prefer to apply products like this under my foundation or base, but I actually think this product works better on top, as a mattifying tool to have in your bag for throughout the day.
Next I tried one of the Eyeshadow Palettes, all of which cost £25. I chose T22, Marron Naturel and fell instantly in love upon open up my care package. It was the first thing I went for and is probably still the thing I’m most excited about receiving. The colours are beautifully pigmented and each compliment each other really well. The formula of the product is matte yet creamy. It’s blending abilities are I N C R E D I B L E and I cannot wait to get my hands on more, particularly T12 and T07.
Also included in my package for the eyes was Starlight – an extremely fine shimmer power that can used on its own, on top of eyeshadows or mixed in with an eye primer. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product for highlighting my tear ducks and under-brow arch and opted for SL04 white gold for a real pop that has a brightening affect.
I then turned my attention to the High Definition Powder, which costs £15 and comes in two sizes – 8g or 25g. I’d heard of HD powder before, not by Makeup Atelier Paris. I know some UK brands do offer similar products. Though I have nothing to compare this powder to, I’m really wired about it. It’s silky, smooth and ideal for setting your highlight or concealer. As I am really pale, the white pigment is something I’ve been searching for to complete my contour and highlight routine, so I’m happy to have come across an affordable yet premium product that works.
The last face/skin product left to try was the Translucent Powder in Large (25g), which costs £23. I personally spend no more than £10 on loose setting powder usually, so I was intrigued to see how it matched up to Rimmel’s Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder.
The good news is that, though ever so slightly, Makeup Atelier’s Translucent Powder did top Rimmel’s Match Perfection 🙂 The bad news is that I still don’t think it provides enough benefits for me to swap to something that is four times more expensive 🙁
Last but most certainly not least is the 03 Lipstick Palette I chose. I don’t own many lip palettes at all, so having potted lip products is new to me. I feel like I’m pretending to be a makeup artist! Like all Makeup Atelier products, the casing and packaging is great, but that’s not what excites me. What excites me is the texture – it’s glossy, semi-sheer and fairly thick, though it is still really easy to apply and distribute. The colours are deep and can be layered up to create more dramatic looks.
Have you heard of Makeup Atelier or tried any of their products before? If so, which products would you recommend for a newbie fan? Use the comments section below to let me know!
Thanks for reading x