Friday, August 24, 2012

Spotlight on Cinema Secrets

There's very little that pleases me more than coming across new make up brands and recently I went to a show and tell to see what make up brand Cinema Secrets have in store for us.  I'll be honest and tell you that I'd never heard of the brand, but that's never stopped me being nosy!

The brand has a huge variety of products not just for the regular make up lover like us, but also for professionals.  They've a huge range of special effects make up and latex things you can stick to your face at Halloween and as cool as they were, I wanted to see the products that I would be able to use myself!  They gave us some products to try and I've a few to show you here and a few coming up in features very soon.

I was eager to try out the eye primer as I'm nearly at the end of my Two Faced Shadow Insurance.  This one is more on the liquid side and you need only the barest amount.  I've been testing it out and can let you know that it is fantastic.  I have to wear primers with all shadows as I've big oily eyelids and can firmly say that this did not crease one single bit!  I applied it at 7am and at 6pm, my shadow was still looking brand new and not a crease to be seen.
Cinema Secrets Eye Primer €18.09
Next we have the Hollywood Lights Shimmer in the shade Flamingo Gold.  This mineral powder can be used in lots of ways; on the eyes, mixed in with gloss, or as an all over shimmer.  You can see from the swatches below that it's a lot more sheer when applied dry (top) and you can pack on the colour when you wet the brush (bottom), allowing the gold and pink to work well together.


I decided to play it safe and apply this wet to my lids as a shadow.  Oh lads it's gorgeous.  It kind of reminds me of MAC's Paradisco shadow and I love how it changes from pink to gold depending on the light.  I'm usually afraid to wear pinks on the eyes but the gold shimmer takes away the scariness and I even wore this to work yesterday!

The Professional Brush Cleaner is up next and it's the only thing I'm unsure about.  Now, let me start by saying that it knocks the socks off MAC's brush cleanser in the cleaning department.  If I pour a little bit of it into a lid and dip the tip of my brush into it, the cleaner is immediately sucked up by the bristles of the brush and a couple of swirls on a paper towel or cloth and my brush is absolutely spotless.  Seriously, I've had stains on some of my MAC 217s for ages and multiple shampooing didn't get rid of them.  In about five seconds, this stuff took care of it.  So yes, it cleans brushes like nothing else I've tried.

But here's the thing.  It has a vanilla scent that is barely masking the smell of turpentine.  I got a list of the ingredients and can't say half of the words but there are traces of some really strong cleaning solutions in it and I know, sure that's what cleans the brush Karen!  But it's the smell of turps that turns me off.  I'm sure this is what would work to remove cream products from brushes or special effect things but I just wanted you to be aware of this.  That being said, I've used about half of my bottle so far and my brushes still feel perfect and don't feel dried out.  I just don't know if I'd buy it myself.  Leave it with me and I'll keep you posted in a few weeks.

Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner (sample size) Prices: €9.40(2oz), €15.67(4oz), €28.94(8oz), €50.16(32oz)

Last on my list of things to show you is the Ultimate Blush in the shade Natural.  It's soft and velvety and blends like a dream.  This shade does what it says on the tin.  It gives me a natural flush of colour on my cheeks and gives a very slight glow.  I've loved wearing it since getting it and it has been a favourite in my make up bag.

Cinema Secrets Ultimate Blush - Natural - €18.39
You can order any of the products above from the Cinema Secrets website here or learn more about the brand and see lots of the products in action here on the Facebook page

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  1. Haven't tried it, have never heard of it but going for a nose now! The blusher looks fab on you x

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