A short while ago I started a Brand Focus feature series where I take a cosmetics brand, and pick out pretty much one of each product that could make up a whole face of makeup, and so today I have been testing out Barry M cosmetics, which is an affordable, highstreet brand which has just grown and grown over the last couple of years, selling a much wider variety of products than ever before.
Starting with the base, I have been trying the Barry M Original Flawless Primer (£5.99), which is a gel-based primer, with a kind of serum-like feel to it. It does come in other colours which can adjust the tone and colour of your complexion, but I went for the original. The formula is very creamy, and slightly thick, but makes a great base before applying foundation and it is infused with Vitamin E, which is great for the skin.
For foundation, I chose the Flawless Finish Matte Foundation (£5.99) which is very affordable and comes in a range of six different shades. I went for Ivory which is perfect for my fair skin, and it comes in a pump applicator bottle, so it is super easy to get out. Coverage wise, it is mid to full, and is easily buildable, and applied to my skin perfectly, with a lovely matte finish. It lasted throughout the day, and didn’t look cakey in the slightest.
After my foundation, I applied the Flawless Matte Perfecting Powder (£5.99) in the shade Light, which matched the Ivory foundation fabulously. It comes in a compact, which also houses a mirror and a sponge, but I personally prefer to apply my powders with a brush. The texture is light and silky, and I was really impressed with the coverage, and it could easily be used on its own.
To cover up my dark circles and imperfections, I used the Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer (£4.49) in shade 1, which is the lightest. I always prefer to go as light as possible with a concealer, as you do not need to go up a shade to cover perfections, and a lighter one will give you a much more radiant finish. It is applied using a brush tipped wand which I really liked as it made application super easy, although coverage wise, I personally could have done with something with a fuller coverage, but as a general concealer, it works really well, but I just suffer from VERY dark undereye circles.
For a touch of warmth to my skin, I applied the rather large compacted Afterglow Light Bronzer (£5.69), the lighter of two shades that Barry M’s bronzers come in. You get a lot of product in this compact, and so it can also be used as a body bronzer. It has been formulated with the most beautiful gold shimmer running throughout it, and it is well pigmented, so ensure you don’t add too much on to your brush at a time. Colourwise, it is quite a warm bronze shade, with a hint of peach/pink and during the winter I wouldn’t be able to use it on my fair skin, but after a little bit of sunshine, this looks great, as it is silk soft and very lightweight to wear.
I have very sparse, thin brows and so I definitely need to include a brow product in my daily makeup, Barry M has released the Shape & Define Brow Kit (£5.99), and even though I am quite fair-haired I do prefer a darker brow, to match my natural hair colour. This little kit includes a mirror on the inside of the lid, along with a wax, a brow powder, and a highlight powder to go under the brow bone. You also receive some mini tweezers, and a double ended applicator brush. I aren’t overly keen on the colour of the wax, but the powder has really good colour pick-up, and fills my brows in nicely.
To add a bit of colour to my cheeks I chose the Make Me Blush Cream blusher (£4.49) in Peach Melba. I am not normally a fan of cream blush, but I thought this looked super pretty. You get a good amount of product, and again it has great pigmentation, and so start with a small amount of the blush, and gradually build on it, to save you from looking like Aunt Sally. It blends into the skin beautifully, and doesn’t budge at all.
I am obsessed with highlighters, and the Illuminating Strobe Cream (£4.49) is all kinds of pretty. It comes in two different colourways and I went for the Frosty Pink shade, as I love pinks, as I find it matches my skin beautifully. It is a cream highlighter and twists up exactly like the Make Me Blush Cream. It is a gentle highlighter, so it isn’t too discoteque, but adds a pretty sheen to the cheekbones, and the formula is super easy to blend into the skin.
My lashes are extremely short, thin and fair, and so I do have my three favourite mascaras, which I do find hard to compare anything to, but I do love to try other mascaras in the hope of finding something else that works. I picked the Lash Vegas Mascara (£6.49) and the brush itself is a bristle brush, which I tend to prefer over plastic applicator wands, and it does add length and texture to my lashes. It has been formulated with black fibres and adds much-needed volume to the lashes, which I adored.
I think the Barry M Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59) eyeshadows were one of my first beauty purchases, I was obsessed with them! They are loose powders, which seem to last forever, and this time I opted for a pink shade, now there are SO many shades to choose from, and I think this is shade 7 (?!). Anyhow, if you love a bit of sparkle, this is the eyeshadow for you, they are so, so pigmented, and this gorgeous rosy pink is full of silver glitter and shimmer, and it has made me want to go buy all the other shades!!!! Oh, and be warned, you only need the tiniest bit!
Lastly, on to lips, and I chose the newly released Satin Super Slick Lip Paint (£4.99) in Truffle Shuffle, a gorgeous everyday semi-matte nude. I love the sleek new packaging, and the formula is soft and creamy, and applies really well, with great coverage. Once applied it looks creamy on the lips without looking shiny or too matte, and is very comfortable to wear.
When I was buying my Barry M makeup, there was an offer on at the time where you got a free Genie Lip Paint (£4.99), which is probably something I wouldn’t personally have thought of choosing. Possibly down to the fact that it is a very bright and lurid green colour! However, fear not, the formula adapts to the alkaline in your lips, to turn the green shade a pink colour that matches your skin tone! Which was definitely fun to try out and I can’t complain for a freebie, with each and every person’s creating a different shade of pink!
Overall I was very impressed with the quality of the Barry M products, and I loved the primer and foundation, and loved the fact I was able to reignite my love for their Glitter Dusts. You can head over to Barry M for all their latest releases and offers.