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Models Own have been one of my favourite nail polish brands for years now. I bought all of the polishes in their Beetlejuice collection and fell for the gorgeous ice cream shades of their Hyper Gel line. Hearing that they were releasing their own range of makeup and accessories was exciting enough but when a package of things to try turned up on my doorstep, I was dancing around my kitchen.
Based on packaging alone, I was obsessed! Just look at all that beautiful ombre, practically screaming summer. I genuinely wish somebody had recorded my face when I opened the box because I’m sure it was hysterical. I know appearances aren’t everything but JUST LOOK AT IT. I pretty quickly realised that they’re also colour-coded. Purple/blue for eye products, pink/yellow for lips and aqua/white for face. I’m going to review everything I received in this post (so prepare for a long one!) except for the Sweet Dreams Eyeshadow Palette which I will review in a separate post. I feel like there is a certain level of detail required for an eyeshadow palette that would have this post two hours long so look out for that one next week instead! Let’s get stuck into everything else for now.
Let’s start with the face products as that seems logical. Meet the Models Own Sculpt & Glow Matte Bronzing Powder. I was sent the shade Deep Tan which immediately made me laugh out loud. I am ghostly pale and would never touch my face with anything labelled ‘Tan’, let alone ‘Deep Tan’!
The product is housed in a very sleek white compact which definitely doesn’t look like the most expensive product in the world but which feels sturdy and is just ideal for travel or chucking in your bag.
The powder is embossed with a beautiful design that looks like something was dropped in a pool of water and there is a decent sized mirror that is handy if you’re in a pinch. When I saw the colour in the pan, I took a deep breath and prepared myself for some hilarious photos – all in the name of blogging!
I was quite pleasantly surprised. The bronzer is very soft and while it is incredibly pigmented, it is very blendable so it was easy to tone it down, even on my whiter than white skin. It looked good in the photos and in the confines of my bedroom but when I tested it outdoors in natural light, I will admit that it leans slightly too warm for me. However, the fact that it didn’t look like a giant deep stripe is a testament in itself and it really is just me being fussy. I could definitely get away with it, particularly in the summer months. Darker girls, don’t fret – this is actually quite deep and I’m sure if you built it up rather than blended it out, you could get great use out of it too.
There are four shades available – although they all look quite warm – and it retails for £8.99 which is less than €12.
The next item I was sent comes from the same range. It is the Models Own Sculpt & Glow Liquid Highlighter. I have been living for liquid highlighters lately which you may have copped if you read this post on Strobe Cream and L’Oreal Lumi Magique or this one on Strobe Cream and Seventeen Skin Wow Primer so I was yanking this out of the box with little regard for the fact that I would have to photograph it later on. (Although thankfully you can’t tell).
I was quite dismayed when I realised I was sent the shade Rose Gold – I mean who did they think I was? J Lo? Look at the colour and then look at the printed paper in the background – that is basically the difference between this and my skin colour!
The packaging is cute though. I thought it was simply a squeezy tube but the lid pops off to reveal a pump dispenser. I forgot about that several times and twisted off the lid accidentally but it is easily rectified.
I cringed so bad before putting this on my skin but I was pleasantly surprised! It blended in seamlessly and didn’t leave me with the horrible gold splodge I was expecting. I simply dispensed one pump on to the back of my hand and used a Beauty Blender to dab it along my cheekbone and blend. It is actually gorgeous, highly reflective and best of all, it doesn’t dissolve or disturb the foundation underneath it which is a major issue I had with liquid highlighters in the past.
The following day I wore it again but applied my regular face powder to the rest of my face. Sadly, some of the powder caught on the highlight and it looked splotchy and cakey. This is an issue that I have had with so many liquid highlighters and the main reason that I avoid using them along the cheekbones or as highlighters on the face.
I then tried mixing it into my foundation. I am currently using the L’Oreal Infallible Matte which I like but which can look flat sometimes. Adding this gave it just the breath of life that it needed without being over the top. Despite its dark colour, it didn’t darken my foundation either which is definitely something I worried about. I use an illuminating base mixed into my foundation every single day so this will definitely join the rotation of those!
This is also available in four shades – I already have my eye on the lightest one ‘Brilliance’ – and costs £9.99 ( a little over €13).
The final skin product I was sent was the Models Own Rock’n’Rosy Blusher Stick. I will tell you now – I hate cream blush. I hate liquid blush. I hate stick blush. If it’s not a powder, I’m not interested so this was definitely not a product I would have chosen for myself.
It comes in a pretty standard white tube which looks very reminiscent of an E.L.F. stick blush that I ABSOLUTELY DETESTED. So again, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to smearing this on my face.
The colour I was sent is Peach Pop which is actually more reminiscent of a terracotta in the bullet than a peach. There is no shimmer or sparkle. It looks completely matte.
I have to say, I didn’t hate it. Now this sounds like I’m sponsored or was paid to say this but I absolutely was not. I applied it straight from the bullet in a crazily pigmented line along my cheek and then used my Beauty Blender to buff it out. The Beauty Blender still had a little foundation on it which probably helped with the blending but it really did work in beautifully. It buffed out so seamlessly, I ended up adding a little more product and blending again.
Difficulties I had with these type of blush sticks in the past were that they were either sticky or hard and unblendable. This was none of those things. It is creamy and really melds into the skin beautifully. I’m not going to lie and say I adore this and will wear it daily – I will probably donate it to a friend or family member – but it is a nice product and if you’re curious to try a cream blush or you are a fan of cream blush anyway, I highly recommend giving this one a go!
There are six shades available and they go for £6.99 each which is a little over €9.
On to eyes and I was really excited to see the Models Own i-Definer Kajal Kohl Liner in the box after I got along so famously with my first ever kajal from Essence.
Unlike the Essence one, this comes in a longer tube which makes it easier to grip, almost like a regular liner or pencil. If you’re unfamiliar with kajal, this is what they usually look like. I know – a terrifying thing to put into your eyeball!
I adore the effect a kajal gives and this one is no exception. I simply glided it over my top and bottom waterlines for a smudgey, smokey and incredibly effortless Kate-Moss-esque rock chick look. I would never wear a regular black liner on the bottom waterline without pairing it with a wing on top – I did it for years as a teenager and it is really unflattering. However because the kajal creates a whole smokey look, it is an exception to that rule. It can tend to smudge a little around the eye but that really just adds to the look.
This is for the girl who wants to look like she woke up like this, not for those obsessed with completely pristine perfect looks.
It is only available in black (as if you’d need anything else!) and costs £7.99 which is around €10.50. I have a feeling it will last forever too!
Also in the eyeliner or i-Definer (as they call it) category, I received the Models Own i-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner. I was happy to see I received the shade Electric Indigo which just screams summer!
Look at that shade! I love the fact that the pencil has the colour on the end so you can easily pick it out of your collection too. I was a little surprised to see that the pencil contained glitter though as I wasn’t expecting that.
On the waterline, this is pigmented and oh so beautiful. That is definitely the way I would wear it most. I found on the lid it sheered out quite a bit but it was very creamy so I imagine it would make a great base for eyeshadow.
There are sixteen shades to choose from including mattes and sparkles, your regular black and white as well as two other blues too! If you like a coloured liner, these are definitely worth a look, particularly for the £5.99 price tag which converts to less than €8 a piece.
Finally for eyes I got the Models Own Now Brow! Eyebrow Pencil & Blender Duo. In case you haven’t copped from my post on Essence’s brow offerings and my comparison post on NYX brow bits, I am partial to a good brow product. Models Own have everything you could possibly want in their Now Brow! range including a tint, gel, powder kit and regular pencil.
I was sent the shade Chestnut which is quite a warm brown – perfect to match my red hair. There is also a blonde, light brown, medium brown and dark brown available.
The dual ended product features an interesting triangle shaped pencil on one side. I like the idea of the angular nib for drawing on individual hairs but I think it is a little too thick to mimic actual hairs. It still works brilliantly for filling in your brows though – particularly any gaps.
The other end houses a ‘blender’ which is a foam applicator that seems to be filled with a powder. I mentioned in my Essence post that I never tried one of these types of products before although they seem to be really popular at the moment. I’ve even seen similar products for your lips by L’Oreal!
*These photographs were taken before I got my eyebrows tattooed on!
So here are the products on my brows. I found the powder by itself far too messy and the colour was a little yellow or something for my tastes. I found it difficult to control and got it completely outside of the lines. As you can imagine, the effect it gives is quite subtle anyway.
The pencil did a brilliant job and I even managed to get the precision spot-on for the line underneath my brows that I always like to look very defined but is next to impossible to achieve without a brush. I will definitely be using this in my daily routine as I particularly like the colour.
With both together, I didn’t see much of a difference. I think the harsh lighting is making the colour look a little crazy as it didn’t look like that in person but again, once I started using the powder, it began to get messy. I think I will just forgo the powder in future.
For £7.99, I would definitely repurchase this as I love the pencil end. For the same price they also do the pencil with a spoolie on the end instead of the powder so I’d probably opt for that one instead. Not bad for the €10.50 mark!
And finally to my favourite category – the lips! Meet the Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick. The Luxesticks are also available in a matte formula and there are ten shades available in each finish.
Okay, I was instantly floored by the packaging. Photos will never do it justice but it’s a square shaped tube that is very lightweight like a plastic but is silver in colour. It also has a magnetic closure – cue me popping the lid on and off for an hour just for that pure satisfying click!
The shade I received was Plush Peony which is very similar to all of those vibrant fuschia pinks I opted for in Mac so many times. While I rarely opt for shades like these nowadays because I feel like they look weird with my red hair, there is no denying the beauty of a hot pink.
Firstly, the obvious – the silver tube is a beaut but it gets fingerprinted so easily! The lipstick itself was slightly sheer at first but as it warmed on my lips and I layered it up, I got that showstopping blue-pink I was looking for. It is worth noting though that because it is buildable, it is also one to consider if you’re afraid of bright colours because it can be worn quite soft.
And here it is. It has quite a bit of slip to it as you apply it and it has quite a thin texture on the lips as opposed to thick and creamy. The colour is gorgeous though and it feels really comfortable on. Because the texture is quite light, I imagined that the wear time would be poor but I was wrong. I wore this and it lasted five hours until I physically took it off. I imagine it would have lasted for longer too as it even withstood eating and drinking. That was both really surprising and really impressive. I should also add that there was also not a single hint of staining on my lips which is more than I can say for all those Mac lipsticks I swatched a few days ago!
These retail for £7.99 which works out at around €10.50, definitely worth it for the quality.
The final two products I have to show you are the Models Own Lip Gunk Lip Paint Kits. These are available in two formulas; metallic and gloss and I received one of each to try out. I don’t think you’re even ready to see these. These are easily the items I was most excited about in the entire box! Also, I imagine the name Lip Gunk is going to get some hate but I like it!
The Lip Gunk Lip Paint Kits include a small zip lock pouch containing the squeezy tube of lip colour, a small mixing tray and an applicator brush. Yes, they look incredibly similar to a lip tar from another brand – although I haven’t tried those to compare.
I should point out that the little tray says it is designed for mixing colours on. I had no desire to mix the two Lip Gunks I received together but I did so for the sake of experimenting and well, they didn’t mix. I’m unsure if it is because they are two different finishes or just the colours not working together but when I mixed them, they turned out looking just like the blue did by itself. I wouldn’t recommend these if mixing colours is something you have your heart set on.
The metallic shade I received is Fusion. Can we have a moment of silence please? I am in love. It is shimmery and makes me feel like a badass space alien robot princess unicorn bitch. Alright, I know some of you may have recoiled in horror and probably the majority of you wouldn’t wear it outside the house but you have to admit it is stunning to look at!
I was surprised at how sheer it applied to my lips, like a very translucent stained-glass look on first swipe but it was easy to build up. As you can see it is still not 100% opaque but I think it adds to the ethereal effect.There are six metallic shades available including a pink and burgundy so if you like the idea of these but crazy colours aren’t your thing, they still have you covered!
The Glossy kit I received contained the colour Wild. With the metallic finish being translucent, I thought that one with ‘gloss’ in the title would follow in the same vain. As a wise man in a theme park overrun by prehistoric creatures once said; “Hold on to your butts!”
I’m sorry but this photo has to make you want to jump up and shout “Yaaaaasssss”. The pigmentation is unreal. There was no building up required. From the first swipe, it was intense and then the colour is such a gorgeous cherry red and that glossy sheen is phenomenal.
I definitely thought that Fusion would be my favourite of the two but Wild made a surprising comeback. Just look at it!!!
Phew, okay. Have we calmed down?
Now, the Lip Gunks will divide opinion because they do not dry down. They aren’t tacky or sticky like a gloss. They feel very smooth on the lips but yes, they do just sit on the lips. They aren’t smudge proof and will not last through blowing your nose or the like. If you are somebody who accidentally rubs half their foundation off by the end of the day, these products are not for you. If you know not to rub your mouth when you’re wearing lipstick and do that crazy eating where you take giant bites with your teeth to avoid your lips so much as touching your sandwich, then you will get away with this. These are pretty high maintenance products but I, for one, love them.
I wore one to an event recently and was really surprised with how nicely it wore away. It just simply got sheered and sheered until it was gone. I had brought the kit in my bag with the intentions of topping it up but when I saw how subtly it was disappearing, I didn’t bother. It didn’t stain my lips or dry them out either.
These are the most expensive products that I received at £10.99 a piece but come on, they are worth a little under €14 – especially considering our little chat about the price of Mac in my last post!
Overall I have to say that this post could have gone one of two ways. I knew Models Own were good for nails but to release an entire makeup line is something completely different. While I was in love with the packaging from the get-go, it was the quality of every product that I tried that really surprised and impressed me. While there were some things that weren’t to my personal taste – I’m looking at you, Blusher Stick – there wasn’t a single product that had poor pigmentation, no blendability or was just of bad quality. Everything impressed me. If you haven’t checked out the new look Models Own website yet to see the sheer extent of this release, you haven’t lived. I already have my eye on the highlighter palettes and powders, loose glitters and matte liquid lipsticks!
Now for the some-what bad news! At the moment, the Models Own website aren’t shipping outside of the UK although they do hope to have that rectified within the next few weeks. If you simply cannot wait until then, there’s always Parcel Motel!
Remember to stay tuned for the review of the eyeshadow palette within the next few days. Make sure to follow me on social media so you don’t miss it!
So tell me, has anything here caught your eye?
What would be the first product you would try from a brand new makeup line?
Disclaimer: All products were sent to me as PR samples. I am under no obligation to mention them on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the products in any way.
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