I was recently sent a few bits to try from the Scarlett and Crimson brand. This isn’t a brand that I have ever really paid attention to and I’ve rarely even spotted it in stores (it’s stocked in Superdrug). I did however spot it the other day, on the bottom shelf in the back corner near nail products – away from the main make-up section – hardly the most attention grabbing place for a make up range?
Anyway, poor store placement aside the first of the bits I have had a play with are the two creme eye shadow towers. Each containing three colours in a twist out package where each pan of colour ‘spirals’ out. I like the packaging – it’s simple but effective.
Onto the colours – I have a mixed opinion of these. There are a couple I really liked the look of, including neutral eyes, thunder road and silver spoon especially. But when I had a play with them the stand out for me was cha cha charcoal. A deep inky black that would be just perfect for a properly smudgy rock-chick eye. No precision necessary, just a messy swipe of this across the lid and heaps of attitude – and your good to go. Have I tried this look out myself? No! I’m lacking the rock chick attitude – but I like the idea of it, especially with my new haircut.
Back to the colours – Silver Spoon and Thunder Road are both nice colours but all six shades felt very greasy and I struggle to see them lasting on the lid (even with primer). Especially if they are targeted at teens who are likely to have hormonally-oily skin?
I did try out neutral eyes on my lids to see how it lasted – it wasn’t great to be honest although I didn’t use a primer. It had pretty much vanished into my lid-creast before lunchtime. Although a little sweep acorss the lid and the colour would re-distribute again. But staying power (without primer) isn’t great. I haven’t tried it again with primer but will do so and add an update to this post. Or please comment below if you have tried this and have a view?
The colour that stood out for all the wrong reasons was All The Sage – I just think this is a really unpleasant looking shade. Slightly olive, slightly poo coloured. No doubt there are other skin tones out there that will suit this – but on me, it looks a tad like a cross between jaundice and a fading bruise.
Another colour that didn’t totally make sense was hot pink – I think this would work amazingly as a lip shade (especially in combination of the dark rock-chick lids, perhaps highlighted with the silver??) but as an eye colour? Not sold – sorry. Maybe it’s just that I’m too old and don’t understand the ‘yoof’ of today’s make-up trends…
Anyway, first impressions are that I like the idea but maybe the shades just aren’t for me. The price is very good value though – £3.95 for a stack – perfect for those buying with pocket money. Having just had a look at the press release there is one other stack that does grab my attention – with a mixture of browns and purples, I think it’s the ‘Mauve’ trio. I could be tempted to see what this looks like in person. But this will all depend on how the shadows I have fare when I try them with primer.
**The Small Print**
PR samples for review.