M&S have teamed up with Holly Sharpe who is a fellow Scot that designs some of the most beautiful textile and graphic prints I have seen to create a limited edition range of products all of which come presented within specially designed packaging by Holly Sharpe. The range is fairly vast but here are my favourite picks...
First up we have the we have the limited edition blush (£8.50) which only comes in one shade - Melba. Given the name choice the blush shade is a little bizarre, a deep pink almost plum shade that comes comes complete with a beautiful golden overlay of Holly Sharpes signature print. Truthfully I didn't want to disturb the print but needs must - the first few applications give a deep rose pink tinged with golden shimmer but once the overlay has worn off the blush becomes a matte deep pink. Although I'm not overly keen on the shade the pigmentation and formula are wonderful - soft with good colour pay off and a good wear time.
Next up we have the M&S Holly Sharpe for Limited Collection Cosmetics Quad (£8.50) which again is beautifully presented and contains four very Spring ready shades which again are not to my personal taste but very well formulated. Three out of the four shades within the quad are shimmer based with only the deep forest green (you can apply this damp as an eye liner) being matte. All four hues offer good colour pay off and apply with ease, I do recommend applying over a primer to ensure prolonged wear time.
If you are on the look out for an eye liner the M&S Holly Sharpe for Limited Collection Cosmetics Kajal liners (£5) may be just what you are looking for. A thick, chunky pencil that is easy to use and available in two shades: blue and black. I have the blue shade which has a creamy consistency meaning it glides easily onto the eye lids. I do recommend either using a primer before application or setting the kajal with a little powder as the creamy texture does have a tendency to smudge.
Within the range there is two nail polish duo's (£7.50) which consist of a base coat (either pink or orange) and an almost fuzzy glitter top coat. You can of course wear ease polish shade individually or layer upon one and other for a funky effect.
My favourite item by far from the M&S Holly Sharpe for Limited Collection Cosmetics is the lipstick (£6) in the shade Tomato which is a bright red come coral hue that will be wonderful come Summer with a tan. It glides on to the lips and doesn't cling to dry areas, it has an almost matte finish and is not at all drying. Rather it is comfortable and light weight to wear. If coral isn't your thing the brand also have a bright pink dubbed Fuchsia up for grabs.
You can find the entire range via M&S - link and in selected M&S stores.
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