For Autumn/Winter 2013 Topshop have launched a deep, vampy collective which features lots of Gothic matte, velvet finishes and includes: Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon, Raven and Plush, Eye Gleam in Noir, Bronzed and Winter Frost, Skin Perfecting Pressed Powder in White Lies, Cheek and Eye Duo in Bitten Cherry and Nail Polishes in the shades Cryptic, Bad Orchid and Bitter Sweet. I have a few items to share and I can happily say that they do not disappoint.
First up we have Topshop Matte Nails in Cryptic which is a bright true red and a shade that can be worn all year around with ease, well that is if you like matte textured polishes. I personally prefer glossy/crème formulations but will admit that I am impressed with the application of this formula. It glides on with ease, doesn't streak and is fully opaque in two quick drying coats. Not at all bad for £6 and if matte is not your thing a glossy top coat will quickly remedy that. Find it here via Topshop - link.
Next up we have a great multi-purpose eye product in Topshop Eye Gleam in Noir. Best described this is a light mousse textured cream eyeshadow that can of course be used as an all over wash of colour, a base for powder products or as an eye liner. Noir is not a true black but rather a blue based charcoal grey with lots of tiny flecks of silver glitter. Truthfully the texture is a little gritty but very well pigmented yet without a primer it did crease on my eye lids after 4 hours of wear but wore fine as an eye liner...most odd. I think this would make a great base for a glittery smoky eye, perfect for the upcoming festive period. This has yet to launch online.
Last but not least we have my favourite item from the Damned Collection Topshop's Velvet Lips, okay the shade I have - Plush, is not really my taste but they feel great on the lips and I have heard that the shade Raven is black! Plush is a blue based deep berry purple that dries to a completely matte finish with tiny flecks of silver glitter. I would liken the Topshop Velvet Lips to both the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks and of course Hourglass' Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks only the Topshop formula is softer and lighter on the lips in terms of texture. The Lip Velvet's glide on with ease, offer full pigmentation and aren't overly drying the only problem I encountered was that Plush applied a little patchy (it looks worse in the photos than in person) which is not all that rare for deep purple shades of this type in my opinion. I will pick up the other two shades when they launch and report back but at £8 a pop they get the thumbs up.
The Topshop The Damned Collection* has not fully launched online yet but can be found in Topshop's that carry the make-up line and I highly suggest having a nosy!
* PR samples sent for consideration of review.