MeMeMe Cosmetics – Eye & Brow Make-Up
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My experience of MeMeMe Cosmetics in the past had been a bit hit and miss… I really liked the Eye Inspire Mono Eyeshadow in Mirage that I reviewed in 2013, but I wasn’t keen on their Cherub’s Blush Cheek & Lip Tint and found it messy and difficult to use. But when I was awakened by the postman on my birthday in March, I was very happy to find that MeMeMe had sent me a selection of eye and brow make-up for my birthday! A very welcome treat indeed and totally unexpected.
So, what did I think? Read on to find out, there were 3 products:
MeMeMe Dark & Divine Mascara* – it’s very rare that I find a mascara that I love so I didn’t have very high hopes with this one, but I’m pleased to say that it’s really great. The brush is very thin with tiny plastic ‘bristles’ and it’s so easy to get it right down into the roots of the lashes, to coat the lashes from root to tip.
The product is quite thin too so it doesn’t clump or make lashes stick together, and it’s a very dense black shade. You do need 2 good coats though to get a good coverage, and the mascara does take a minute or so to dry, but it’s so easy to apply it makes wearing mascara a pleasure. It’s easy to coat the shorter bottom lashes too as the brush is so thin.
I’ve actually put aside my recently purchased Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara in favour of this MeMeMe Dark & Divine Mascara, and I’ll definitely be purchasing this in the future – particularly as it’s such great value at under £10!
Eye Inspire Catwalk Quad Eyeshadow in Smouldering Eyes* – this is a baked eyeshadow split into quarters, each shade a dark smouldering shade perfect for a smokey eye – copper, bronze, gunmetal and pewter. They’re all really nice metallic shades, but they don’t apply to the skin quite as dark as they look in the pot as you can see from the swatch image below.
I sometimes find that Baked Eyeshadows can be a bit difficult to apply, it can be hard to get enough pigment onto the applicator if the shadows are really hard, but this one wasn’t too bad and the colours can easily be applied with a soft brush. The only downside was that I thought the quad could have done with one paler shadow that could be worn right up to the browbone, with the remaining 3 darker shades being applied to the eyelid and crease.
Here is the eye look that I created using the Eye Inspire Catwalk Quad in Smouldering Eyes… you can’t really see very well from the image but the dark bronze shade was applied into the crease of the eye which gave a really nice effect. I think the lighting was a bit bright to see the full effect of the dark shades, but I was really pleased with it. I used a paler cream coloured shimmery shadow from another palette right up to my browbone. There was a tiny bit of creasing with the shadow after several hours, and I had used eyelid primer, so probably not suitable for all-day wear, but overall a nice eyeshadow quad – easy to take on holiday too with 4 shades in one small pot.
The Catwalk Quad Eyeshadow is available in 6 varieties, and I have to say that I think Smouldering Eyes is the best of the shades available.
Arch Angel Brow Gel & Highlighter* – the final product is for the brows, this dual ended wonder has a dark brown brow gel at one end and a shimmery highlighter at the other.
The brow gel is applied with the short brush which is inside the lid, the brush is a bit clumsy and wide though and you have to be quite patient in order to carefully apply the gel and get both eyebrows the same. You might need to tidy up the brows afterwards with a stiff eyebrow brush too, to ensure that all the hairs are lying straight and flat before the gel dries. Once the gel is dry though it keeps brows in place all day. I would prefer Arch Angel if the brush was a bit finer and easier to use though.
The opposite end contains the highlighter, a pale cream shimmery cream that you dab just below the brow to highlight and define the area. I just love this, it’s really easy to apply and then blend using a finger, you could use it on other areas of your face too to add a little shimmer.
Here’s how my brow looked after using both ends of Arch Angel…. my natural brows are very pale and blonde, as you can see the dark brown gel defines and coats each hair without leaving your eyebrows looking like they’ve been drawn on. As I said before though, you do need a lot of patience to apply the gel and end up with both brows looking even! Despite that I really love this product, particularly the highlighter, and again it’s another space saving product being a 2-in-1.
Overall I’m really pleased with all 3 of these MeMeMe products, my favourite being the Dark & Divine Mascara. Thank you so much MeMeMe for treating me on my birthday!!!
Dark & Divine Mascara is priced at £8, available from MeMeMeCosmetics.
Eye Inspire Catwalk Quad is priced at £6.95, available from MeMeMeCosmetics.
Arch Angel is priced at £8.95, available from MeMeMeCosmetics.
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