Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tanya Burr's Soft Luxe Collection | Review + Swatches

First and foremost, welcome to my new photo set-up! At my last apartment it was really easy to get into the groove of photo taking. I knew where my backdrops were, when the lighting was right, and the settings to capture the brightest shot. Once I moved it was time to rediscover all of these things - so bare with me as I figure it out!

I've been waiting to shoot this post for about a month now, so you can understand how hard it was not to completely demolish the pretty patterns on the shadows. Tanya Burr is by-far one of my favorite Youtubers so i've been dying to get my hands on her UK-based products. Once she released her latest line "Soft Luxe" I knew it was time - especially when I saw the gorgeous eye palettes.

For those unfamiliar with Tanya's beauty lines, they are sold at local drugstores out in the UK (similar to CVS or Walgreens here in the states). Know what that means? Great inexpensive prices. For reference: it cost me less than $45 for everything you're seeing here. That brings the question: how good is the quality for the low price? Well I can officially confirm it's good.

The Soft Luxe range consists of two eyeshadow palettes ("Birthday Suit" and "Enchanted Dream"), three matte lipsticks ("Martha Moo""Rhubarb and Custard", and "Puppy Paws"), and three matte nail polishes ("New Chapter""Piggy Bank", and "Soft Pyjamas") - all in romantic, neutral shades. In other words, right. up. my. alley. 

Once I saw the shadows I knew that they needed to go right into my cart. The formulas are beautifully pigmented for the price point ($8.28) and very buttery. Surprisingly I find that the shimmer shades are actually a better quality than the mattes - which can be a tiny bit chalky. However it's nothing that I would bat an eye at.

"Birthday Suit" Palette (L to R swatches, left)

"Marzipan" | Shimmer, Light Pink/Champagne
"Toast" | Matte Peach Tan
"Cocoa Sugar" | Shimmer, Deep Bronze
"Soft Truffle" | Matte, Dark Chocolate

"Enchanted Dream" Palette (L to R swatches, right)

"Moonlit Walk" | Shimmer, Champagne Gold
"Cocoa Plum" | Shimmer, Purple Brown
"Berry Souffle" | Matte, Pink Taupe
"Magic Carpet" | Matte, Dark Plum

Go-To Day Look: "Marzipan" all over eye, "Toast"/"Soft Truffle" in crease and under eye
Go-To Night Look: "Cocoa Plum" all over eye, "Magic Carpet" in crease, outer corner, and under eye, "Moonlit Walk" on inner corner and brow bone

When it came to the lip products I was definitely a bit more particular. I'm not a huge fan of the matte lip trend (Team Gloss all the way) but loved the coloring of the "Rhubarb & Custard" and "Martha Moo" shades. Unfortunately the latter was sold out, so I only snagged one shade from the range. The matte formulation definitely surprised me as being super lightweight, hydrating, mousse-like, and long-lasting. What the Kylie lipkits do in dryness, Tanya does a million times better. I also don't feel that you need a lip liner to get a good application. I use the end of the wand to trace around the edges of my lips and fill in one light coat all around. The result is a gorgeous pigmented shade that dries down in about a minute.

I had been eyeing Tanya's glosses from her last collection so I picked up two of those as well. They are creamy, high-shine, and super hydrating. I do find them to be a bit thicker in consistency but I actually don't mind that. It allows the product to stay on my lips longer than the average gloss.

"Afternoon Tea", "Rhubarb and Custard", "Picnic in the Park" (L to R below)

"Afternoon Tea" | Gloss, Peachy Nude

"Picnic in the Park" | Gloss, Pink

"Rhubarb and Custard" | Matte, Pinky Coral

The "Picnic in the Park" shade is by-far my favorite and I've been wearing it on a daily basis. I also pair it with the "Birthday Suit" eye palette for a glowy summery look (which I'm wearing in the photos above). All shades I own are super wearable and look great on all complexions. Below is a side-by-side for easy reference: "Afternoon Tea", "Picnic in the Park", "Rhubarb and Custard" (L to R).

Overall, I'm so happy that I snagged these pieces and can definitely see myself picking up a few more (especially when I run out). The range is only available on UK-based sites FeelUnique and Superdrug but shipping is surprisingly inexpensive (mine was $3 for example). Check the full "Soft Luxe" range if you're interested in snagging a few pieces for your own. And if you do, please let me know!


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