It’s all about the poppy for this new launch from The Body Shop, and if they’re not smoking them, they’re shimmering them. My obvious preference is for the make-up aspect of The Body Shop Smoky Poppy and first up is the Poppy Shimmer cube in pink. There’s also one in yellow, but I’d say you’d need to be a real adventurer for that one! As it is, there are some challenging shades in Pink Poppy.
I love that the pigment made these beautiful clean swipes – I went once over only with a fingertip so it’s impressive pigment. You can use these wet or dry but I never think wet works as well as dry… and how pink can anyone want to go on the lid?! I really hope I get to see some looks done with this cube – I haven’t had time to experiment myself yet but it looks like it will create some exciting eyes! They’re £16 each.
My next crush is the Poppy Inspired Blusher Brush (although there is no blush to go with it?! surely there was a chance to do a beautiful poppy flower blush?) purely for fun of it. It’s just beautiful but expensive (I think) at £15.
Also coming in The Body Shop Smoky Poppy range are these Lip & Cheek Velvet sticks – the clue is in the name – they’ve got a matte finish which is great for cheeks, but not so great for those of us who don’t like matte lips.
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Colour wise, there are six shades. The shade in the middle is a ‘universal’ shade meaning that it reacts with heat to become whatever colour it will be – which will depend on whether you have hot lips or not! On my skin it looks a little bit grey but on my lips it warmed up to a slightly neon pink. Does that mean hot or not? The first shade in the swatch is 20 and the final shade is 40. I am sure they will have names, it’s just that my samples aren’t named.
Four new shades for Colour Crush Nails – Apricot Kiss, Cupid Pink, Mad About Blue and A Sunny Affair for £6 each – all a bit of a challenge to be honest, colour-wise, but I am very curious about Apricot Kiss. I’ll post on Instagram when I’ve swatched it properly on myself.
Finally, to the Smoky Poppy scent that this collection is named for. Well, it’s supposed to be sexy. That’s the point of it – backed up with stats from The Body Shop such as ‘48% of women only body moisturise for dates or sex’ – god, really? The fragrance itself is intense – personally, I don’t know what a poppy smells like so I’ll just have to trust Body Shop here, but it’s a very deep floral, kind of spicy with some smoky notes as well. I don’t think it’s particularly modern but it’s definitely got a boudoir element to it. I think it’s all in the application – I’m not sure you’d want to go too heavy on this but a light touch I can see would be memorable and I’m getting a distant olfactory reminder of YSL Opium from it.
There is a body moisturiser, a shower gel, bath bombs, body scrub, massage oil and EDT – *WARNING* don’t do all of them! The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection is out in time for Valentine’s Day so you’ll be able to put it to the sexy test yourself!
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