Glo & Ray is a relatively new beauty brand which I’ve had the pleasure of trying a few times with their Balloon Pop Skybreaker Set as well as some of their eyeliners and cream shadow here. If you’re new to Glo & Ray Cosmetics, they’re a UK beauty brand with products for the eyes, lips and face and their products are in between drugstore and highend in my opinion. beautyMART are one of the best beauty haunts online, but they also have a store in Topshop Oxford Circus where you can find niche products and brands, and one of those brands is Glo & Ray and beautyMART stock an edited selection of their products, some of which I have been trialing over recent weeks.
Kicking things off, I have the Glo & Ray Cosmetics Shimmer Shimmer Lip Colour Set £36 which is packaged within a gorgeous almost holographic circular box, which contains three full sized shades of their La Amo Shimmer Lipsticks. The Glo & Ray La Amo Lipsticks are £12 each so you’re not necessarily saving any money with this set as it’s £36, but it does include a set exclusive shade which you wouldn’t be able to purchase individually. The set includes the following shades from top to bottom; Asteria (set exclusive) which is beautiful deep berry shade, Honey which is the perfect nudey pink and Marigold which is a super bold orange toned red. Each of the lipsticks are extra creamy and pigmented, with a smooth formula that applies to the lips with no dragging and is forgiving of any dry patches too.
Next up is the Glo & Ray Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in the Violet Emotion shade which I was really excited to try as the colours look absolutely stunning within the palette, but the pigmentation is very, very poor which is very disappointing especially for the £12.50 price tag. I did wonder whether I’d got a poor one off, but from looking online it looks like the Mariposa Quads are all lacking in pigment which is very strange. Glo & Ray describe their shadows as having; “Natural mineral particles create a silky texture which is both long-lasting and smudge-proof, achieving flawless radiance with perfect pigment.” which I’m afraid is the complete opposite in reality, so I’d recommend skipping the shadow quads I’m afraid.
The next item is a lot more impressive, and is the Glo & Ray Mirage Longwear Mousse Eyeshadow in the shade Dark Sapphire £11 which I’d had high hopes for as I already own the Ecru Land shade. The shadow has a creamy, mousse-like texture which is easy to apply and blend onto the skin with your fingertips, and it sets quickly to a powdery finish. Dark Sapphire is a gorgeous, deep navy with navy shimmer/glitter particles which stay in place within the shadow and don’t fall down throughout the day. I’d never normally go for a navy shadows, but I really do love this shade as it’s a nice change for a smoky eye as opposed to using blacks, greys and browns.
This is the Glo & Ray Cosmetics Nuage Solo Blush in Fresh Mist £11. The packaging of all the Glo & Ray products is gorgeous, but I particularly like the packaging of the blushes and the pan is really sizeable for the price too. The Nuage Blush contains Refractive Crystals for a multi-dimensional look with a velvety texture which supposedly glides on easily for an even finish, whilst the rich pigments offer instant impact and a long-lasting finish. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I only really wear matte powder blushes so when I saw Fresh Mist in the pan for the first time, I just assumed I wouldn’t like it as it’s very shimmery within the compact but I can’t believe how much I love it. Even though Fresh Mist is a shimmery blush, it doesn’t contain any obvious shimmer particles – it’s incredibly smooth, and the pigment isn’t too strong which I much prefer as I can build up my colour gradually rather than going instantly overboard. I really can’t explain how beautiful this blush shade, it’s definitely the prettiest shimmery blush I’ve ever used and I love the natural glow it gives my cheeks.
Then we have the Glo & Ray Cosmetics Eternity Eyeliner in Great Blue Hole £9, which is an automatic eyeliner that claims to give the rich and shiny appearance of a gel liner, with a longwearing formula that is smudgeproof. Great Blue Hole is a deep navy with navy shimmers, and is almost identical to the Mirage Mousse Shadow above so they compliment eachother beautifully. I really like automatic liners like this as they’re typically a lot softer, and are nice and creamy so they apply nicely within the waterline without being at all scratchy or uncomfortable. This liner is very longwearing, and although it doesn’t last all day in the waterline, it still lasts considerably well around four to five hours which I think is pretty good.
Under the liner we have the Glo & Ray Wonderland Lipgloss in the shade Pumpkin Night £10 which is said to contain a unique blend of Micro Liquid Particles with a High Refractive Index, saturating your lips with luminous colour for an instant boost and lumper appearance. The gloss has an handy doefoot applicator for a good, even application and the gloss has a subtle sweet scent which doesn’t linger on the lips. Pumpkin Night looks quite bold within the tube, but on the lips it’s a very subtle peachy gloss with golden shimmer and the swatch above shows about six layers of gloss, so it is very sheer which I find makes it very wearable.
My last product is the Glo & Ray Cosmetics Lumincent Setting Pressed Powder £18 which provides the perfect light coverage with a silky touch and can be used to set and fix foundation for a natural-matte finish. The powder features Micro-Shine Particles which supposedly will seamlessly minimize pores and imperfections, leaving your skin glowing. I have dry skin so I tend to avoid mattifying powders completely as they can leave my makeup looking very chalky and even drier, so I didn’t think this powder would work for me but it surprisingly does. The texture of the powder is very creamy and soft, and I believe it’s translucent as it doesn’t seem to add any colour to my skin but there’s no shade name so I can’t be 100% sure as it’s not listed on their website either. Regardless of shade, it’s a really nice velvety soft powder which I’ve enjoyed using with a fluffy duo fiber brush to set my concealer on my face, as I prefer a loose powder for the concealer under my eyes.
I would love to know if you have shopped on the beautyMART website before, or have you visited their Oxford Circus store – if you have, do you have any product recommendations?