I was very excited the moment I found out Models Own was coming to Priceline. I was at the Priceline Beauty Prescription Live event (aka one of the best days ever) and had the opportunity to play with a few of their products. I received one of their highlighters as a gift at the event which made it into my October Favourites and then I was blessed with a package in the mail filled to the brim with goodies from the brand! They are stocked exclusively at Priceline in Australia and can be shopped online here.
Today I’m going to share with you swatches and reviews of some of the products that I received – I was incredibly spoilt, and some of the products just weren’t suited to me shadewise, so look out for a giveaway coming shortly! I’m planning on purchasing more of their range – there’s a few more face and eye products that have me drooling – so there will be another review in the next couple of months of more products!
My first first impression of the brand was the packaging, which I think is so colourful and cheerful. I feel like both colourful and white packaging can appear quite tacky, but this is something that the brand has done incredibly well. The white iridescent packaging of the majority of the products feels incredibly high quality, especially for a brand that is so affordable, and the colour coordinated packaging (different colours for lip products, face products etc.) is done really tastefully. The products in their packaging are presented smartly – no weird designs and pleasing to the eye. I was really impressed!
First up, the face products. I absolutely loved that the Models Own Face Base Mattifying Face Primer* was packaged with a pump. I think more products need to come with a pump and that the packaging is actually fairly unique for the drugstore market. The Sculpt and Glow Contour Kit* I received in the shade Medium to Tan which I was absolutely terrified about when I saw the packaging, but the shades inside didn’t appear to be overly dark so I was quite happy about that! The Models Own Flawless Concealer Correcting Palette* I was also initially quite impressed by – I often find that colour correcting palettes appear either way too dark or too sheer in the pan, and this was neither.
The primer is clear so I couldn’t exactly swatch that, but my first impression of the Contour Kit and Correcting Palette were from the swatches – and I was blown away. For products that are $24.95 and $17.95 respectively I didn’t expect the pigmentation that the products gave off – I don’t honestly get pigmentation that intense from more expensive products I own. The Correcting Palette I found wasn’t necessarily as pigmented on the skin as I’d like it to be – that being said I have very dark under eye circles so am rarely impressed with any correcting products. The peach shade did a really nice job of brightening the area but I had to combine that with a different corrector to hide the circles which I wasn’t too fussed about. The green corrector shade has worked really nicely to cover up the pesky pimples I have hovering at the moment, and I have used the pink and purple shades to test out highlighting my face (I don’t personally need these shades as correctors) and was very impressed ! The Contour Palette I absolutely love. It’s definitely more a face palette than a contour palette but I absolutely love it. The bronzer is slightly darker than I’d normally go for but I’ve been using it with no fuss in recent times ! The blush is the sort of everyday shade I’ll forever lean towards and the highlighter compliments my skin beautifully.
The Primer wasn’t my favourite. I’m really fussy with Mattifying primers and I’ve only found one that works for me fairly consistently. I really liked how it felt on the skin – I haven’t used a silicone based primer for a long time and forgot just how smoothing it feels. Sadly it didn’t hold up foundation on my nose past four hours without needing a touch-up. I’d recommend this to someone who gets oily towards the end of the day, as I get oily all the time hence why it didn’t work!
The nail polish I tested out is in the shade Chrome Rose. It appears to be a sort of duochrome as it appears more purple in darker lighting and more pink in natural light. I found the formula really easy to apply and fairly fast drying and I needed 2-3 coats to build up opacity. Wear time for me was 9 days and I did have some obvious chipping at the ends of my nails and slightly to the sides as well. I definitely like this nail polish but I think it’ll be a shade that I wear more on my toes than anything because I prefer a shade that doesn’t chip at all for my manicures.
Lips lips lips! I was very excited to receive two lip liners and lipsticks to try out. I did receive a liquid lipstick as well but knew I’d rarely wear the shade so I’ve popped it aside for a future giveaway!
I received two of their Velvet ‘Luxestick’ lip colours in the shades Hello Hawaii (coral) and Baby Kiss (Nude) as well as two ‘Line & Define’ liners in French Rose (deep pink) and Naked (brown) to use with them. I found that the lip liners are a blessing to use – very creamy, easy to apply on the lips and surprisingly pigmented. I combined French Rose all over my lips with Baby Kiss (which is too light to wear on its own) on top, which gave the most complimentary pale pink shade I’ve ever worn on my lips. I’m usually always a nude person but this pretty pink has won me over and I’ve been wearing it a lot recently. The lipstick bullet is a little bit harder to apply onto the lips than I expected, however when on the lips it doesn’t feel drying which is so so good.
I also received their Eye Base Eyeshadow Primer in Matte 10 and eyeshadow palette in Supernatural.
Swatches – eyelid primer, eyeshadows top-bottom row from the bottom of my arm.
I haven’t ever used an eyeshadow primer like this one and I love it. It gives a small amount of colour correction on the eyelid and is easy to work with – the shade I received (Matte 10) is a very complimentary shade to use with my skin tone and blended in perfectly – the only similar one to this I’ve tried is the Essence I Love Stage which was a dark orange that wouldn’t work for me at all. It definitely did its job as an eyeshadow primer – I’ve used this with both the Supernatural palette and other eyeshadow palettes and I’ve been really impressed by the lasting power !
The Supernatural Eyeshadow Palette I was impressed by from the swatches to application. For the price point I think this is miles above a lot of Model’s Own’s competitors. They blend seamlessly on the eyelid, the matte shades aren’t patchy or dry and the shimmer shades are also super pretty and easy to use – but for a more foiled effect a spray of some type is definitely necessary on the brush. I have tried the palette both with and without the Model’s Own eyeshadow primer (substituting with the usual Nars instead) and they performed really well regardless of what was used.
In case you can’t tell – overall I’m really quite impressed! I was excited by the products from the beginning and I’m so happy that my first impressions carried into loving the products after use. I’m very excited to get my hands onto more products from the range and I hope you are too!