Recently I was sent a parcel in the mail with a few Thin Lizzy makeup items. I didn’t have any prior experience with their makeup, however I had heard of it from various infomercials on television, and their recent appearance in my local Priceline store. I’m always sceptical about any product that I see in an infomercial, however my Nutri Bullet Pro hit the mark so I decided to give this a go!
Rather than a usual review I decided to do this more as a ‘First Impressions’ of the products that I tried. I’ve been reading and loving a lot of these styled posts recently and wanted to do some myself! For the purpose of this review, I tried it over two separate days where my skin was completely different. I am NC15 at the moment, I am more neutral with warm and warmer foundations suit me better. The way I’m setting this out is to include the product, then Day One’s experience, then Day Two’s experience, then the next product. I think that’s how I’ll set out my first impressions reviews from now on!
Day One: On the first day, I ended up having a very lazy morning because I was just back from New Zealand, had work the previous day and needed to catch up on some rest! I did my usual morning skincare routine (cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream) and used my usual primer combination – Smashbox Under Eye & Pore Minimising Primers on relevant areas, and Too Faced Hangover primer on my entire face. I started applying the makeup at about 11am, and used my Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my face. My skin was quite dry from the flight, and I had a few pesky blemishes.
Day Two: This day was meant to be productive, however it was a certain time of the month for me, and that all flew completely out of the window. I applied the makeup at about 10am, using the same primers and skincare but set my face with the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray instead. My skin was nowhere near as dry and the blemishes from the first time I tried were only slight bumps/scars.
The Thin Lizzy products I’ve tried so far are their Mineral Foundation Loose Powder in the shade Oriental Doll (a good match for me currently as I have a slight tan) and their 6 in 1 Kit, including their 6 in 1 Professional Powder in Light; their brush; lip gloss and eyeliner; and their All-Day Flexi Mascara. (Do note that the 6 in 1 Powder appears very dark in the pan, but swatches and applies a lot lighter.
Mineral Foundation Loose Powder in Oriental Doll (Light/Medium)
Day One: They recommend the use of their Mineral Powder Brush for this, which I do not own so I used my Nude by Nature version that I love dearly. The powder is a bit messy, and applied a bit patchily to my skin. I’m giving that the benefit of the doubt though because my skin is quite dry from the travelling I’ve done recently. The finish is a light-medium coverage, and definitely creates a gorgeous, glowing finish to my skin by itself. Does cling a bit to my pores as well, but that could just be due to the dryness of my skin. Coverage on my nose could be better, I did try and build it up a lot but it didn’t seem to stick too well. I have a few blemishes and needed to use some concealer to cover them up, as well as used some under my eyes. The makeup lasted
Day Two: Whilst the application was still messy (loose powders and I are not friends), the application was a lot smoother this time. It wasn’t patchy as my skin was more normal. I built it up to a more medium coverage, but some pigmentation from my acne scarring was visible. I definitely agree that it gives a radiant finish. Coverage on my nose was still not great, and my nose became incredibly oily throughout the day – I haven’t had this problem with any other foundations but haven’t used a mineral powder foundation in years, so it could be attributed to that.
6 in 1 Kit in Light
This kit is supposed to have the effects and use of six products in one, hence the name. It’s recommended to be used as a blush, eye shadow, face framer, as a lip colour, contour and bronzer.
Blush: Colour gives a nice glow to my cheeks. Probably more of a bronzer if anything and not the usual shade I’d use as a bronzer due to my skintone.
Eye Shadow: I didn’t like using it as an eyeshadow as recommended with the brush, so I used my own and really liked how it came out. I blended it in the crease as a transition shade, and patted it onto my lid and it had a browny/gold colour which I quite liked.
Face Framer: This worked fairly well. I feel like maybe this left my face looking slightly orange but it did give me that sunkissed look.
Lips: I felt weird dusting a powder over my lips. Didn’t really do anything spectacular, and the gloss applied over the top was quite sticky. My lips looked fairly natural overall. In saying that though, the gloss lasted a good 4-5 hours on my lips, including through eating and drinking, which is impressive!
Contour: Definitely warmer than I’d usually use, being so fair. Had to blend it out quite a lot to not look super warm.
Bronzer: I love it as a bronzer! It has a gorgeous highlighting finish to it, and my face overall had a radiant effect.
Eyeliner: I’m not a huge eyeliner fan, but I did like this. I tried to use the brown end of the eyeliner to line my upper lash line but mucked it up, and found it really easy to smudge out and I love the effect it gave! Pencil was very creamy too.
Blush: Again, same as above. Definitely something not quite right for me as a blush, more of a bronzer.
Eyeshadow: Impressed again. I used my own eyeshadow brushes and sheered it into the crease as a transition, and then applied with some Fix + on my lid. I used an eye primer this time and it applied much smoother.
Face Framer: A bit too orange, but did leave my face looking less like a potato.
Lips: I’m still not a fan of the stickiness of the gloss, but the longevity and wear is fantastic. Anything that can get through a day of comfort eating and still be there deserves a medal.
Contour: Way too orange for a contour, not a fan of it at all. Because I’m fair, I can’t contour with warm products because it just doesn’t suit.
Bronzer: I absolutely love this for a bronzer, it’s the perfect shade for me and gives a sunkissed glow.
Eyeliner: I smudged the black on my upper lash line this time and was really impressed, it gave me a light definition to my eyes with left my lashes looking fuller.
I also thought it’s important to mention that it comes with an information brochure and instructional DVD so that you know how/where to apply the products. When something claims to be 6-in-1 that’s definitely important! Perfect as well for a beginner.
All-Day Flexi Mascara
Day One: I really like this mascara! I curled my lashes first like I always do because I have fairly blonde, straight eyelashes. I found that two coats left my lashes very black, with a bit of added length and volume. Nothing spectacular like the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, for example, but something that gave my eyes some added definition, the effect I like for an everyday mascara.
Day Two: I really do like this mascara. Two coats is enough for me, it gives enough definition on my short, blonde lashes. I also find it doesn’t smudge, and removes easily.
END OF DAY IMPRESSION
Day One: I applied the makeup at around 11am, removing it at about 7.30pm. The powder on my eyes as eyeshadow had faded, however that’s something I experience a lot of the time, so I kept in mind to use my Soft Ochre Paint Pot to prime next time. The bronzer was still definitely there, as was the blush, contour and face framer. The lips were gone, however I could feel the sticky effect of the gloss for 4-5 hours, which is a record for me. The coverage of the foundation I felt had slightly oxidised and slightly started to fade, but for 8 hours wear I was impressed for a powder. My nose was quite oily, which can happen, so next time I’ll set my face with the Oil-Control setting spray and see if that makes a difference.
Day Two: I applied the makeup at around 10am, removing at about 6pm (because I wasn’t feeling well). I had to blot my nose at about 2pm, which removed a tonne of oil and unfortunately some of the coverage. Everything else was still looking as fresh as when it was applied 8 hours prior.
Whilst the Mineral Loose Foundation powder wasn’t for me, I’d definitely recommend it for someone with a normal skin type who isn’t after a whole heap of coverage. I can see it better suiting someone younger with fresh, blemish free skin who only really wants something to lightly sit there. It just wasn’t quite right for my personal preferences.
The 6-in-1 Powder I really like as a bronzer/eyeshadow, and will definitely continue to include in my regular rotation. It lasts all day and is such a stunning colour, flattering on my skintone for those purposes. The colour just doesn’t work as a blush/contour/face framer for me, but would suit someone a shade or two darker than myself. I’m going to try filling in my brows with it one day, it seems like it could be a good match for me.
The Lip Gloss I’ll use for when I want a long lasting gloss over a lipstick, but will use it when my hair is up so my hair doesn’t get stuck in it!
The Eyeliner is great, I found the formula really creamy and easy to blend. I’m the first to admit that I really do not get along with eyeliner, but this one I’d recommend for beginners. I’m going to do a bit more experimenting with it because it’s slowly building my confidence up with eyeliner.
The All-Day Flexi Mascara I absolutely love, and have since worn on a daily basis. It’s a really great mascara, something I will wear definitely to work and on lighter makeup days.
Whilst I didn’t expect much of the Thin Lizzy makeup products I tried, I’m definitely impressed with how they’ve worked out and I’m looking forward to trying more products from their line in the future.