I love QVC.
I also hate QVC.
I love it because it has lots of cool stuff that you get to see demonstrated by the people who created it and the opportunity to buy (sometimes) quite exclusive products.
I hate it because I want it all!!!!!!!
This is a review of a recent TSV (Today's Special Value for those of you with a life :) )
Look and feel beautiful with this eight-piece beauty set from Mally. The Rise and Shine kit has everything you need to accentuate your natural beauty with Conditioning Concealer, Brightening Powder Blush, High Shine Liquid Lipstick, Evercolour Starlight Eye pencil, Volumising Mascara, Brightening Shadow Duo, Finish Line Luminiser and Brow Boost. The collection comes with a pink faux snakeskin make-up bag and is available in five colour options to suit almost every skin tone.
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This was my first ever Mally purchase and, overall, I actually quite liked it.
Here are my thoughts on each product:
Conditioning Concealer (Fair)
I really liked this. The tube is a nice size, the tiny tip delivers an appropriate amount of product and, most importantly, it actually covers pretty well. My issue is dark circles and, mixed with my Joe Blasco Orange Highlight, it did a decent job of covering them and stayed on all day. No miracles but definitely worth a try.
Brightening Powder Blush (Pink Glow)
This product was a real surprise. It looks scarily pink in the pan and I was resigned to suffering a bit of an Aunt Sally moment as I tried it but, to my shock, it is a lovely, subtle colour that gives a really healthy looking bloom to my pale skin. I was really impressed.
Finish Line Luminiser (Heavenly)
Another nice surprise. The product has a really unusual texture. It's a sort of creamy/siliconey/powdery hybrid texture. Either way, it goes on really well with finger application and gives a really nice subtle dewiness without being too glittery. It was also pretty long lasting on my very oily skin.
Do be careful on areas of enlarged pores though as it can emphasise them if you get carried away.
High Shine Lipstick (Starburst)
This product is lovely. It has the handy Stila "tribute" packaging and smells AMAZING - like sweets.
Sadly it is not very pigmented, or long lasting and it can leave you with a bit of a glittery mouth, but I don't really care because every time I use it makes me happy.
Brightening Shadow Duo (Plums)
I find purples difficult. A lot of purples have too much red in them for me to use without looking punched, but these purples are just right on my skin, especially the darker colour which is just gorgeous and richly pigmented enough to be used dry as an eyeliner and lasts all day.
I have done some lovely smokey looks using these colours.
Evercolour Starlight Waterproof Eye Pencil (Gunmetal)
This colour is so pretty when it is first applied and it stays in place all day, but the metallic sheen that you get when freshly applied does not last and the pencil "lead" tends to snap and break when sharpened so it's a bit wasteful.
I would be interested to try some of the other colours and would really like to see it as a twist up pencil instead.
Brow Boost (taupe)
I am in two minds about this product. The colour is surprisingly great. My eyebrows are almost black but Taupe really does seem to me universal. However, I could not "style" my brows with this product I had to apply it and then go over it with my usual brow gel to get the shape I wanted. Also, it is very imprecise. It was difficult to fill in small gaps and I would imagine it would be near impossible to use it to build up sparse, thin brows. Ok, but needs refining, the same colour in the form of the new Smashbox product would probably be excellent.
Volumising Mascara (Black)
Sadly, the reason why I purchased this kit is the only real disappointment. I don't know if I got a duff one but I found it very dry and difficult to apply. I did not find it buildable, it did not volumise or lengthen and it did not hold a curl despite being very difficult to remove. Lots of people rave about this product but it was not for me.
If you are a QVC US viewer you may have noticed that there is something missing: an eyeshadow brush. This brush was actually in the bag when Mally was doing her midnight presentation on QVC UK and there was a bit of an awkward moment, so clearly it was still available so why didn't the British customers deserve this extra item? Who knows. A similar situation happened recently on a Laura Geller TSV with a "missing" lipgloss, which was the deciding factor in me not purchasing that kit, and it has happened before with Smashbox and various other US to UK conversions. Is this fair? I do not think so.
Anyway, rant over, back to the review. The products that we do receive come in a fold up pink bag. The bag is small and pretty much only fits the products that come in the kit, but it is cut and kitsch and a good way of keeping your kit together.
So would I recommend the this kit?
Yes, I would, especially the blush, the eyeshadow and the lip gloss. I was quite impressed with most of the products I tried and look forward to trying more Mally Beauty in the future.