I received a few bits and pieces from Screenface before Christmas and have been putting them to the test.
I love the idea of using ‘professional’ makeup in my day to day life. It’s no secret that us consumers pay through the nose for pretty packaging and the immense marketing budgets of the high street brands. So I’m always curious about whether going for professional products really will give more bang for our buck!
Let’s start with the Screenface Shadow Magnet Eye Primers…
The Screenface Shadow Magnet Eye Primers (£8.95) come in two shades, light (left) and natural (right). They’re both hard-textured with less slip than the likes of UDPP. The shades can be mixed to create a good neutralizing base (should your eyelids need it) and they promise to deliver true colour and long lasting eyeshadow results.
I’d agree on the true colour… but long-lasting? Not as much as the other eye primers in my collection. I did a side-by-side comparison with UDPP and the Shadow Magnets were beaten by a good few hours. I was surprised that these didn’t deliver in the way I’d anticipated from a pro-brand.
Moving swiftly on…
Screenface Cremewear Blush (£9.95) – Small, but perfectly formed. These 2.8g cream blushes glide on effortlessly with a good deal of slip, making blending a dream. The shades are sheer and glowy with a hint of sparkle (just a hint mind)… I couldn’t be more sold on these and am finding it very hard to pick fault with them.
L-R: Crush, Afterglow
They last and last without sliding down my cheeks or transferring… the colour payoff is great, yet they remain buildable for the heavy-handed among us. They remind me a little of the new Urban Decay cream blushes (due out soon)… but I prefer these.
Just buy one. Or three.
Lastly, Screenface Creme Shadow (£12.95) – Available in 6 shades, above is Moss… which looks more like an Antique Gold to me, strange considering they do a shade called Antique Gold! However, 7g gives you a hefty amount of product for your money. Deeply pigmented and spreads like a dream. Longevity isn’t that amazing on this if worn on it’s own but it does make a lovely base for intensifying powder shadows.
I usually apply this with my finger for a sheer wash of colour and achieve around 5 hours wear before it disappears upward into the crease of my eye socket. It blends beautifully without setting too quickly and is a quick-fix for time-pressed mornings!
If you find yourself in Covent Garden, I recommend taking a look around the Screenface Store on Monmouth Street. It’s a charming shop and I defy you to walk out empty-handed!