Makeup Rumours is a relatively new makeup brand which recently gave me the opportunity to try, and review some products of my choice. Makeup Rumours is cruelty free and extremely affordable, starting at only £1. Due to the very low cost, I was fairly dubious as to the quality of these cosmetics but, although there were some misses, was pleasantly surprised to find that there were also some real gems which I'd certainly re-purchase.
Before I begin reviewing the products themselves, I'd like to mention how impressed I was by the delivery service. I put in my order for these products rather late at night (past midnight) and, upon checking my email after waking the next morning, found that they had already been dispatched. They then arrived the very next day and so, considering the fact that I ordered very late at night, this was practically next day delivery! Everything was also packaged extremely well in bubble wrap to ensure that eye shadows remained intact.
Gel Liner - £1
This was a product I really did not have very high hopes for, having always been disappointed by budget gel liners - whilst you don't need a high-end gel liner, it's not something to scrimp on too much. However, as someone that wears gel liner on a daily basis, I couldn't resist trying what Makeup Rumours had to offer on the off chance it might surprise me. Unfortunately, as can be seen from the above picture which compares it to my current favourite, Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama, the quality proved to be as I expected. The formula was extremely sheer and when I tried to build it up to achieve a more opaque line, it became streaky. This product has since been removed from the website.
Besides the gel liner, these nail varnishes were the only other products I found to be disappointing. Before even using them, I quickly realised that the quality was not great as they have an odd, cheap, plastic-y scent. Once again, the formula was extremely sheer to the extent that I almost felt like I was painting my nails with lipgloss, and 4 coats were needed to achieve a relatively opaque colour. Even then, I did not find the polishes to last very long on my nails at all, with there already being chips on my nails by the end of the day. However, I have heard from others that the Club Colours Collection and Mini Nail Polishes are not as disappointing and have proved to be superior.
Of course I had to try some eyeshadows so I bought two palettes from the 'Dazzle' range - shade 1 and shade 2. At £1 per palette, this works out at 20p per eyeshadow which is extremely cheap yet the quality of the eyeshadows does not reflect this. As you can see from the swatches, they are beautifully pigmented, particularly the more metallic, pearlescent shades which I am very excited to use. The shades in each palette are complementary to each other and the palettes are a compact size so perfect for travelling or to keep in your handbag for touch-ups.
Excepting Shade 6, these lipsticks were also winners from Makeup Rumours. There is a good colour selection on the website and the formulas are rich, creamy and non drying. My favourite shade by far of the four I tried is Shade 1 which gives the perfect red lip. One shade which was lacking in quality was Shade 16, which had a very gritty formula and needed to be built up to achieve the colour shown in the picture. However, as this was not a problem with the other shades, I believe I may have gotten a dud one. A complaint I do have is how difficult it is to tell what the shades will look like from the pictures on the website for example Shade 21 looked like a more red-ish pink in the pictures and Shade 17 looked like a lighter nude. Swatches alongside the product descriptions would prove invaluable.
Overall this brand, like many, has both hits and misses but is one I would definitely buy from in the future as it has some high quality and exceptionally affordable products among their range.