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When it comes to makeup, I’m a big believer that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good. You really don’t. While it might once have been commonplace to head into a department store and blow the best part of £100 on a few makeup items that would last a while, today you don’t need to. £100 of makeup can go a long way when you’re buying quality and affordable products from trusted High Street brands.
If you’re looking for a new brand to add to that list, then you should try LOLA. They’re a British brand that’s been created for professional make-up artists, by professional make-up artists. But don’t worry, even us amateurs can use these products. With their wide range of textures, colours and professional tools, LOLA’s aim is to help us all become our own expert make-up artists. So if you’re not sure what to try first from this brand, here’s an introduction to LOLA:
Lola Lipsticks £12
Let’s start with my favourite item and that’s the lipsticks! Two of these lipsticks are the Intense Colour Lipsticks: Antique Beige (on the left) and Silky Red (in the middle). Now I have to say I love this formula. It’s a full coverage lipstick with ultra-rich pigmentation offering you maximum colour and a glossy finish. The creamy texture is enriched with antioxidants and nourishing plant extracts to plump, smooth and condition your lips.
The lipstick on the right – Sultry – is one of LOLA’s Matte Long Lasting Lipsticks and it’s lovely! The velvety creamy formula leaves a gorgeous matte finish on your lips. It’s non-drying with a moisturising formula that’s enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil leaving your lips smoother and fuller looking.
There’s also a lovely lip primer (far right) which is enriched to really condition the lips ensuring your lipstick just glides on and stays in place all day.
Lip glosses £10
There are ten lip glosses to choose from and I have two of them – 004 Pink (on the left) and 002 Dusty Pink (on the right). Not only are they long lasting, colour rich but they contain Hyaluronic Acid to help condition the lips and give them a plumped appearance!
Perfect Skin Illuminating Base £17
This is a brilliant product from LOLA. The lightweight, oil-free texture perfectly prepares the skin for makeup. And as it features light-diffusing diamond core powder and micro mineral pearls, it helps to even out your skin tone, while improving the skin texture by deflecting light to give your complexion a natural glow and subtle radiance.
Picture Perfect Foundation £19
I love that this foundation just feels like a second skin. It’s so comfortable to wear and incredibly lightweight. It also helps to correct your skin’s imperfections while keeping your skin looking natural and fresh. Plus it also helps minimise shine – it’s my new favourite foundation to wear!
Highlighting Concealer Pen £17
A someone who has pretty bad dark circles, I’m pretty critical of most of the concealers I try. But this one is brilliant! It’s so light on the skin and super easy to blend. It seems to gently melt into your skin to conceal imperfections while reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines while illuminating the under eye area and reducing the signs of fatigue.
Blushes £14 Highlighter £12
There are six blushes available and I have two of them – 002 on the left and 006 on the right. Both of these are lovely to use. The soft creamy powder leaves a velvet finish and a hint of colour to your cheeks that lasts throughout the day. The Highlighter I have is also lovely to use. The light-diffusing creamy powder highlighter instantly illuminates and gives your skin a healthy-looking glow. There are two highlighters to use I have 01 which is a lighter shade. While 02 is more of a golden tone highlighter.
Infinite Lash Mascara £12
If you’re looking for a mascara that will build length while adding volume to your lashes then this is the one for you. The cleverly designed brush separates your lashes while coating them with just the right amount of product. Leaving your lashes looking fuller and more voluminous!
Eye Base £12
As someone who suffers with oily lids, an eye base is a staple in my makeup bag. And this one (see image below) will be replacing my all time favourite Urban Decay one. This one seems to act as a magnet for eyeshadows and ensures my makeup stays in place all day.
Eyeshadow Quad £26
LOLA offer two types of eyeshadows – individual pans and quads. I have one of the quads in neutral and have to say it’s beautiful! All four shades are really wearable and they come in two different textures and finishes – matte and satin. The matte eyeshadows are ideal for a natural everyday look or to provide a base colour for building, blending, highlighting or contouring. While the satin shades have a subtle iridescence to lift the colour and visually smooth the appearance of skin. And all shades can be used wet or dry.
Along with amazing makeup products, LOLA also have a great selection of makeup tools to try as well. I have four of them, and have to say I’m seriously impressed:
Finishing Brush £17
This multi-purpose brush is designed to create a natural and airbrushed look to make-up. It’s ideal for buffing face primers, crème foundations, compact or loose powders for a seamless finish. Find it here
Blush Brush £10
The gently angled shape of this brush follows the contours and bone structure of cheeks and temples, allowing you to blend colour like a professional. Find it here
Angled Eyeliner Brush £10
You can use the Angled Eyeliner Brush to define both the eyes and eyebrows. And it’s ideal for appling gel eyeliners or powder eyeshadows. Find it here
Smudger Brush £10
This is probably my favourite one. You can use the Smudger Brush to blend eyeshadow and avoid harsh lines around the outer corners of the eye. Find it here
You can find the full range of Lola makeup to order online here
What do you think of LOLA makeup? Do you have any favourites from the items above?
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