It’s a real privilege to actually know a top make-up artist and even more so when I’m able to review her very own make-up line! Sue Moxley has been a friend of mine for nearly a year now and I have been lucky enough to meet her several times at events. She is a really lovely lady and an exceptional make-up artist, so when she invited me to her re-launch party for her make-up line Famous Cosmetics, I was gutted I couldn’t make it. Rachel Dixon, our lovely fashion writer attended the party on my behalf and you can read her post about the event here. However, I was kindly sent several items from the collection this week to test and since I loved them so much – I thought I’d share it on here!
The collection itself retails in Superdrug and has done for several years, however in July – the whole range was re-vamped and re-designed to give a much sleeker, girlier and more professional feel to the collection. I have to say that the products certainly do live up to the professional packaging, as despite their affordable price tag – they are all exceptional, on par with far more expensive brands and I have even added a few of the items into my regular make-up bag.
Probably my favourite piece from the collection is the Full Cover BB Foundation, which really does give a flawless like finish. Whilst I’ve never really understood the hype regarding BB creams, this has definitely changed my opinion on them – as not only is this cream hydrating (without the unwanted shine) but it covers blemishes and marks perfectly. Previously, I regarded BB Creams as glorified tinted moisturisers – giving added hydration, but without the cover a foundation can offer. The Famous Full Cover BB is nothing like my original expectation and has even earnt a place in my make-up bag – as it eliminates the need for a moisturiser in most cases, and can be applied straight onto skin flawlessly and effortlessly.
My other favourites include the amazing eye liners that were kindly to sent to me, which I have to say conservatively – are unlike any other eyeliners I’ve tried before. The ‘Define the Line’ kohl liners come in black glitter and molten brown, both of which help accentuate the eyes and give your eye make-up that something extra. The black glitter liner is really stunning and since it’s really easy to apply – it can be used to define both lower and the upper lid. It’s not overpoweringly glittery (nor does the glitter irritate the eyes) but it gives it just enough sparkle to make a difference (sorry if that sounds so cliche!).
Famous’ Shimmer Brick has been a firm favourite of mine for quite awhile now, however I absolutely love the re-design as it has the added bonus of a mirror (and a gorgeous leopard print style cover). As the Shimmer Brick contains so many different pink pigments (rather than just one block colour) it gives a far more natural effect when applied to your cheekbones, as sometimes just applying one bright pink colour can give a slightly clown-ish effect. Saying that however, the First Date Blusher that is also in the Famous collection can quite easily be worn on its own as it is more of a natural peachy colour than a bright pink.
The Baked Bronzer was the one product I didn’t get along with so well, simply because it advises you to create a ‘build-able’ sun shimmer look and keep layering, when in actual fact I think I layered the product a bit too much and ended up looking slightly bruised. Saying that however, it is a great alternative to blusher and gives you a warm, healthy glow (providing you get to grips with how much to actually put on). I have the Tahiti Shade 3, so if you paler skin and don’t want the bronzer to contrast too much, it might be worth experimenting with the lighter shades.
The ‘Under The Shadows’ concealer was another product that deserving-ly made it into my regular make-up bag, as gives a far more expensive feel than it’s original price tag and really does cover up any dark circles, blemishes and marks without an ‘overdone’ and ‘caked in make-up’ look (if that makes any sense whatsoever!). For £4.99, I was expecting far less than the effect the product actually gave and the light reflecting pigments in the formula mean that you won’t look horrifyingly strange when appearing in photographs with flash (if you have ever experienced this, you will know what I mean!).
Last, but certainly not least was the much blogged about Leopard Eye Palette which provides you with a gorgeous range of sparkly colours to mix and match. My absolute favourite is Wealthy, which is an amazing sparkly gold that can be applied all over the lid to create a polished, glamorous finish or can be applied on with the provided angled brush to create a liner.
Overall, I think the re-design of the products has only helped boost the profile of these amazing cosmetics, which is great seeing as they deserve all the attention they can get. Whilst this isn’t an expensive line of products, they certainly give off an expensive feel and all live up to the claims on the packet. I don’t normally go for drugstore lines as I find they can be fairly hit and miss, however Famous Cosmetics is more so on the ‘hit’ scale and is certainly worth a try!
All of the above can be purchased from Superdrug or from the Famous Cosmetics website. I have not been sponsored by Famous at all and although I was sent the products to test for free, my opinions on the products themselves are not swayed because of this! I would never positively feature a product I hated or wouldn’t use myself.