I used to be such a fan of this range….although it’s continued to be available, it went quiet for a long time, and to be honest, with so much competition emerging over the past few years, I completely forgot about it. A question of out of sight, out of mind. However, I’ve recently had a reminder and a catch up and I have a few recommends for you. Actually, I feel really pleased to have caught up because there are three key items that have gone straight into my make up bag.
One of the key products in the Trish McEvoy range is the planner. It’s kind of like a Filofax for make up but to me it looks bulky and feels very dated. Unless you are truly welded to the brand, or intensely tidy, it just feels too regimented for the free flow of using muliple brands and products. So, I’m focussing more on the individual items.
These are my top picks. Starting with the High Volume Mascara – forget the big bee-like brushes.. this has a short bristled, manageable brush with a densely black mascara that sweeps each, individual lash. So if you like a spiky lash look with length, it’s perfect (£22.50 HERE). The Beauty Booster (£22.50 HERE) is a ‘lit’ gloss – the shade I have here (Sexy Nude) is very natural and understated but catches light so lips look smooth and pretty (a bit like Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Gloss). The real surprise is the Instant Eye Lift (£31 HERE) – bear in mind it’s a visual lift, you make a triangle under your eye with the product, going quite wide, then blend in and it really does seem to do a brightening thing. The formula isn’t drying, which is a crucial thing for me as most concealers, once the liquid has evaporated just leave you with caked creases and so far, this one has not. It’s for under make up.
Shown above is the concealer and gloss alongside the Intense Gel Eyeliner (currently out of stock) which I’m also very impressed with – it’s SO black! There is a smudger on the end of this which I think needs updating to a brush because those little rubber ends don’t do anything but create a patchy mess. I’m assuming it comes with a sharpener but do check (I say this because a reader gave me a head’s up that Lancome Miracle Eye Pencils from the spring collection don’t and it’s hard to find a sharpener match for that particular design).
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
I love a decent gloss and although I am really taken with the vibrancy and texture of these, they’re aggressively minty! It’s a really harsh mint flavour and if you don’t like minty things, then it’s a no. If you love a blast of peppermint you’ll get it with these! They’re £15 HERE although the brighter shades above haven’t yet launched.
Finally, the Snowdrop and Crystal Flower fragrance – when my children were quite little, they clubbed together their pocket money (with a bit of help from Mr BBB) and bought me this fragrance for my birthday in the littlest bottle. So, it’s a heart-string tugger for me, with soft and gentle green floral notes. I think I still have the original bottle they gave me, actually.
My overall impression is that Trish McEvoy is kind of slanted to the older women – it’s very much a problem-solution range with soft, flexible textures and flattering colours. If you’d forgotten about it, it’s definitely worth a re-introduction.