Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Review: Ken Boylan Make up/Play

Cream Hilite, 20e for 6g. Eyeshadow 12.50e for 2g.

I was delighted to meet Ken Boylan recently (see here) and learn of his brand of make up called Make up/Play, made in Canada. It's so great to see Irish brands on the market, and I'm all about supporting Irish businesses. Ken saw I was interested in a couple of his products, and very kindly gifted them to me to enjoy. This post is not sponsored, nor required, I have chosen to review them as they honestly are fab and I'm eager to spread the word!

First let's take After Glow, a Cream Hilite (6g / 20e). This has a delicious sweet marshmallow scent, and feels smooth and non-oily. It's almost a cream-to-powder effect, blending out and drying onto the skin, with a good amount of play-time, so you can work it before it dries. The colour is a pink/mauve shimmer which gives a pearlised effect to the skin, no chunks of glitter here. Think Benefit's High Beam in more solid form. Here it is blended onto my upper cheekbones:

The result is a really beautiful glow. This is a great multi-use product, for cheekbones, brow bones, inner corners of eyes, collar bones, cupid's bow, even shoulders/ shins could get a swipe of this for a candlelit glimmer. It's really pigmented, so a little goes a long way and I think this pot will do me ages even with daily use.

Next up is Aghadoe, a khaki eyeshadow with a slight pearlised shimmer. Finely milled again, no chunky glitter particles here, this is a gorgeous alternative for a smokey eye. I've stayed away from greens for my eyes after some dodgy looks in the late 90s (emerald eyelids and matching nails for Paddy's day, anyone?!) but this has really caught my attention. It actually really suits my colouring, and seems to make my eyes "pop". I wore it today for a smokey daytime eye, see below: 

I covered this whole look above in a previous post here. I think Aghadoe looks really sophisticated, and a lovely alternative to a brown / grey smokey eye look. Perfect for Fall as ye US readers would say! I then played around with it a bit more, and applied it with a wet flat brush, and got the more intense effect below:

My two year old calls the above picture "scary mama" but what would he know. I love the concept of playing with make up. I do feel like a kid in a sweet shop when standing in front of a make up counter. It's essential escapism for adults, and a place to realise your fantasies, so really well named, Ken!

The packaging is lovely, akin to MAC's sleek black cases. All in all a gorgeous range, and I can't wait to try some more, I'll be putting them on my Christmas wishlist! There's a gorgeous Apricot Sheer Glo (liquid highlighter), a purple glitter eyeliner, some foundations, makeup brushes... you get the picture!
Ken's online store: here, or you can find his range at Lloyd's, or in his salon at 22 Drury St, Dublin 2. 

Would you give these a shot? Are there any other Irish brands I should check out? 
Nee x

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