I never knew Joan Collins had brought out her own beauty products until a few months ago. I knew Joan Collins for the amazing actress that she is so I was surprised when I received a couple of her products in my blogger mail a few weeks ago.
I have her First Base Foundation and two Compact Duos. The shade of powders in the compact duos are the same so I will only be reviewing one obviously, but I have two different lipsticks to review as I got a different one with each compact.
First of all, the foundation packaging itself is absolutely beautiful. It’s classy, elegant and timeless. The bottle is frosted glass which feels so luxurious and expensive and the gold detailing is stunning too.
I have oily skin so I am always skeptical about trying new foundations I’ve not heard of before. I usually stick to my Maybeline and Rimmel foundations and be done with it! After reading into the foundation, I saw on the website that the foundation claims to be:
Suitable for Sensitive Skin
Seeing the final point was very exciting because as well as having oily skin, my skin can be very problematic. I always struggle to find a foundation that can give me high coverage without making me look oily or cakey.
This foundation does neither of those things! It’s such a lovely medium – coverage foundation that is enhanced to full coverage with the compact. Very easy to apply and blend, doesn’t look streaky and doesn’t sink into my pores either. After using it for a week I’m very impressed and am continuing to use it.
The foundation is £25 which is of a similar price to Estee Lauder double wear foundation (depending on where you buy it.) I have to say I wasn’t shocked to hear the price of the foundation because it is by Queen Joan Collins and the packaging is beautiful, but the more I’m using the foundation the more I do love it.
The first compact due I received was back in June and I took it away on holiday to review for two weeks. My first impression of the compact was that it was very sleek and the perfect travel size. The idea of being able to carry round a lipstick with my powder is a win win idea because it takes up less room on the move.
The powder compact looked very full coverage when I first opened it which I like because I love a heavy powder. As I said I have oily skin so heavy and full coverage, particularly matte, are essential for me. And I can honestly say my expectations were met on holiday; this powder is so incredibly full coverage! I didn’t even need to wear foundation with the powder and it looked like I had my full base on.
With foundation and powder (excuse my bad brows)
The powder is very heavy duty and it takes away any shine with just one sweep. It’s very long lasting and does a wonderful job of matte-ifying my skin after foundation and I just adore it. It has become my holy grail powder and I can’t see my everyday makeup routine without it!
The powder alone is £22 but the compact is £16 but if you’re not a fan of the lipstick then £22 is still a decent price for a powder this good.
The compact duo comes with a lipstick and a powder. Luckily I received two different lipsticks with each compact so I have two golden gems to add to my lipstick collection!
I usually go for a matte lipstick or a liquid lipstick because I love the versatility of having a matte lip or adding a lipgloss to add shine. These two lipsticks are not matte because they are very creamy and very shiny. They’re beautiful lipsticks but it’s taking some time for me to get used to them – simply because they aren’t in my comfort zone.
The two shades I have are Lady Joan and Marylin and I love that both these shades are different. Lady Joan is more of a deep red/purple which is perfect for Autumn and Winter. I’m such a fan of purple’s for the winter time so this one is definitely going to be near the top of my drawer! As I said earlier, whereas Marilyn is more neutral for day to day wear. Marylin is such a pretty pinky nude that’s fab for everyday wear, especially in the Spring. My personal preference for nudes are more brown toned nudes rather than pink but I’m sure I will still get a lot of wear of it.
The lipsticks are £18 alone but if you buy them with a compact you’re spending £16 for a lipstick AND powder which is a bargain. I don’t think I would purchase these lipsticks individually just because I do have other lipsticks I prefer, but I will certainly purchase them with the compact powder because the powder has become my new favourite and to save £2 I would accept a pretty lipstick.