GOSH hold a special a place in my heart.
They were one of the first brands I turned to when I went cruelty free and didn’t know what to buy anymore. They were the first high street brand I found that sold foundation in a proper pale shade. The quality of their make-up is high — the Velvet Touch lipsticks are a noticeable stand-out — but without the high-end prices.
So when they offered to send me some of their new products for AW17, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. (I may have squealed a little bit.) Let’s see what the new season brings.
Primer Plus Skin Adaptor Anti-Pollution in Chameleon* (v), £14.99
I haven’t been able to test this the way I’d like to because it has a tint which is too dark for me, so I’d suggest swatching it in your local Superdrug first. (It does even out the skintone, but I’ve only been able to wear it round the house.) Primer Plus contains anti-pollution ingredients and I can only wish there’d been something like it available when I was working in London! If you live and/or work in a big city, aren’t ghostly pale, and need protection from everyday pollution, this might be worth a try.
Colour Corrector Kit in Mix 001*, £11.99
Colour correcting seems to be having a moment and I’m all for it – it can work wonders if you have any skin discolouration or uneven patches. The colours in this kit have a cream-to-powder formula that you pat onto bare or primed skin before applying your foundation and concealer.
There are five to choose from: a fairly light shade of concealer; yellow to neutralise dark circles; green to neutralise redness; purple to eliminate yellow undertones; salmon to brighten the eye area and give olive skin radiance.
I’ve been using the yellow shade every time I wear make-up. I draw the pigment on in an upside-down triangle shape under my eye, the same way I would concealer, and then pat it in until the colour disappears and the blue tones are less obvious. I also really enjoy using the green shade, which calms down the appearance of flushed, red skin. I get a fair bit of redness around my nose and this evens it out before I dab concealer over the top.
All the shades tend to blend in without leaving any tell-tale colour behind. They do, however, have a tendency to sit in lines if you don’t use a primer or set your handiwork with powder, so I’ve found it’s best to use them when you’re not in a rush. I find color correctors really useful but I also tend to reach for the same shades all the time and I’d love to see some individual colours available. I’d also like to see kits with darker shades of concealer available — not everyone fits in the Light/Medium bracket.
Mix & Fix Blender Brush* (v), £9.99
Mix & Fix is flat-topped and has a little well built into the bristles, which makes it ideal if you need to blend two foundations together to create the perfect shade, or if you like adding skincare products to your base. I’ve been putting a few drops of liquid foundation and rosehip oil in the well and then using the brush to buff it into the skin. This gives a beautiful, healthy finish — polished, but natural — and the hairs are synthetic, so it’s suitable for vegans.
Lift & Highlight in Nude 001*, £9.99
This double-ended pencil is designed to make your eyes look as wide-awake as possible, something I’ll no doubt be grateful for once the mornings get darker and I get sleepier (there’s definitely a correlation). There’s a matte end, which is a pale nude shade, and a shimmery end, which is lighter and golden. Both can be used on the inner corners of the eye, the cupid’s bow, and under the brow bone to lift and brighten.
I like to use the shimmery shade in the corner of my eye — the gold really accentuates blue eyes — and the matte shade underneath for a bit of definition. The matte shade is creamier and easier to blend, but both stay put throughout the day. The pencil adds an extra something, whether you’ve gone all-out or kept your face quite natural.
My Favourite Mascara in Black*, £9.99
The best thing about My Favourite Mascara is the brush, which separates lashes with ease and creates a natural, everyday look. It can hold a curl, but with continued wear I’ve found that the pigment can drop when it’s humid, leaving you with panda eyes. While I doubt this will be a problem as we go into autumn, it means I tend to wear it on my top lashes only.
Lumi Drops in Rosegold* (v), £7.99
I like using the Lumi Drops as a highlighter. Normally I squeeze a little bit of product on the back of my hand, then use my fingers to dab it along my cheekbones and on my cupid’s bow. You can also mix the drops with foundation or body lotion, something I might try next time I need to dress up a bit.
How gorgeous is this shade? There’s a reason so many of us love rose gold. This particularly interpretation of the colour isn’t too pink, too yellow, or too shimmery (unless you choose to pile it on) and it creates a healthy glow that reminds me of summer evenings and sunsets. It’ll also look beautiful in candlelight when you’re all snuggled up and, dare I say it, it’ll be a lovely addition to your festive make-up looks come Christmastime.
So what would I recommend? The Colour Corrector Kit if it suits your skintone and you want to create an even base. The Lumi Drops for sure (that glow!) And the Mix & Fix brush — you may end up creating a whole new foundation/skincare hybrid for yourself.
Will you be trying anything from GOSH this autumn? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan. For a full list of GOSH’s vegan products, click here.
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