When I heard that MAC were releasing a RHPS collection I was obviously very excited and before i’d looked at the products my creative mind was in overdrive about the shades and the packaging they might have.
I’m sad to say, though, that I’m left rather disappointed. I’m just going to comment on the nail varnish for the moment, as they are the only decent swatches I can find (and that’s my main area of interest!). If you want an accurate and thorough swatch post then go here:
Now, they are decent polishes but…is it just me going mad or are they the exact same polishes they had for the Venomous Villains collection? And they have them as their regular collection anyway? With..er…the same names. So they’ve not actually released anything new other than stamping a cheap looking RHPS logo on the bottle? Yeah, the packaging isn’t anything to rave about either.
I was hoping for at least an amazing glitter or three based on Columbia’s outfit….
I’m not often motivated to blog about products; I tend to ignore the bad ones and just continue using the good ones. At any rate, I’m not usually ahead of the trends and who wants to read reviews about old stuff?
Anyway, seeing as They’re Real: Push Up Liner is still being promoted I thought it was OK to write about it. I took advantage of their Boots Benefit counter promotion (ending this week) of “drop off your old liner and get a free sample” as the adverts and marketing for this had seemed promising and there are many Benefit products that I LOVE (Porefessional is a staple item in my make-up bag).
So here is my review of the teeny tiny sample size.
As usual, cute packaging:
Now I hadn’t actually looked into any reviews before I got the sample so I didn’t know it was going to be, in essence, a rubber teat where I had to squeeze up the liner gunk. I guess the clue is in the name but I thought “surely they’d never make something so clumsy!” I was wrong.
It looks nice and fine, and that it will give a crisp line but the liner gunk inside is not easy to squeeze out at all, so it’s pretty much doomed to fail.
It is marketed as ‘gel liner’. The liner gunk is more like very soft liner pencil. Definitely NOT gel. It comes out in a lump which you have to ‘glide’ across the lash line. I’ve only one thing to say about this: This product does not glide You have to kind of…smoosh it along. While it drags on your skin. If you are lucky it will draw a line, if not it will crumble off in bits.
Admittedly, the line was crisper than I thought, but I found that it was too hard to control and curve as I applied it. It was nearly impossible to get a decent cat-flick at the corner. It was semi-achievable but it was, again, a huge drag. Literally.
First test was done on clean skin, no shadow or primer:
As you can see it does give quite a nice line at first but after a very short while it literally crumbles off. It doesn’t take well to corrections or light smudging to make it a little smokey, or to fade the line of the flick either. It feels caked on.
The real test is applying it as I would normally wear it, with eyeshadow under it and then putting mascara on…so…
Second test was with some primer and shadow, then mascara:
It looks terrible by any standards. It seems to pucker up the skin and go all chalky and, yes you guessed it…crumbly!!! It was even harder to get a crisp line when it was going over shadow as you have to press the nib quite hard onto the skin. This time the flick was totally unachievable, nothing to do with shadow, it just doesn’t work.
Having looked at a few other short reviews on Make-up Alley and various sites it seems I’m not the only one who has had this experience. The bad seems to outweigh the good about this new product.
I think it seems like the result of someone saying “Hey- we’ve got They’re Real mascara with an allusion to her boobs…why not make a linked product called ‘Push Up’? What can it be?” Then they drank coffee and came up with this monstrosity. I've never, ever though “hmm what would make lining my eyes easier is having to squeeze some mushed up pencil out of a rubber teat!” I will wager NOBODY has.
Please don’t go out and buy this liner. It is too much of a gimmick. I’m sure if you get a sample or a free one you could make use of it but there are far better (and cheaper) liners out there in swathes.