I was lucky enough to be able to try out one of the exclusive limited edition Make Up by One Direction tins before they hit the shelves in stores throughout the country this month. Each tin is named after a specific song title, filled with color-themed make up geared towards a specific look: rocker girl, party girl, and the girl next door.
I’ve always been a bit wary of blue hues for make up, just because I find the cool brights harder to blend. Personally, even when I’m trying to create a statement look, I still want things to somewhat natural. Nonetheless, I had a blast messing around with all the fun product in the “Up All Night” collection! Keep reading to find out my specific thoughts on all the beauty items below.
4+1 Eye Shadow Palette
The first thing I’d like to note about the palette is the brush. I’m avidly against the obnoxious sponge-y wands that usually come in small palettes like these because, while they are good for applying the product, it’s virtually impossible to blend everything smoothly. Well, I guess my prayers were heard, because although the compact includes the typical eye shadow sponge, the wand has a soft haired blending brush on the other end. This simple change from the norm went a long way, as the shimmering navy and turquoise shades would have been impossible to wear without looking harsh against any complexion. Along with the playful blues, the palette also includes neutral soft pink and taupe shadows, which help to create a more everyday look with the sky toned shades.
"Little Black Dress" Mascara
The mascara formula definitely takes a few coats to get to my personally desired thickness, but if it’s only long lashes you’re coveting, look no further. Unlike other mascaras, this particular one dries super fast, making it harder for you to develop those spider-y clumps and unevenness. With just one application you’ll see a difference.
"Na Na Na" Nail Polish
This aqua-chrome nail polish is one of my new personal favorites. It’s a bit thin so you’ll need at least two coats, but the metallic blue-green effect it creates makes it so worth it.
"Taken" Liquilights Glow Gloss
As far as lip gloss goes, this one is a bit heavy but the color definitely pops. To be honest, it wears and feels more like melted lipstick than gloss, but as somewhat who usually sticks to her candy-flavored sheers or Burt’s Bees, I’m probably not the best judge. Although the gloss is fierce pink, under UV lights, it’s supposed to turn into a neon orange. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to see what it looks, but I’m dying to get the chance!
"I Should Have Kissed You" Creme Lipstick
"Woah." was the only thing I could say when I first tried this shade on. The bubblegum pink color was just way to overwhelming for my warm, tanned complexion. To tone it down a bit, I mixed some on the back of my hand with a neutral nude-mauve shade I’d randomly picked up at the drugstore. The result? See the pictures above! It goes to show that with a little bit of creativity and knowledge of the color wheel, you can make any lip product work.
"Stand Up" Body Crayon
Out of the entire collection, this is my favorite item. It’s literally like a giant crayon, but unlike similar products, it actually works! It’s the ultimate all-purpose makeup tool. Because the one in my particular collection was a midnight navy color, I used it in place of eyeliner and I think I like it better than actual eyeliner itself. Not only does it glide on easily and smudge to perfection, but it’s fun—just like kindergarten, except this time around you’re suppose to draw on yourself.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this product for free, but all opinions are completely my own and completely unbiased. Seriously. All due respect, because they’re definitely a talented bunch, but I don’t even listen to One Direction, and I’m definitely no beauty guru.