Hello My Lovelies,
I hope you are all doing well and are having a lovely weekend so far. I just absolutely love being introduced to new makeup brands and discovering an array of fabulous new products. During the festive season I was given the opportunity to review one of the Glo & Ray lipstick gift sets (review here) and I was pleasantly surprised with the brand and the actual products themselves - plus I had a great response from you all. A few weeks ago I was given another opportunity to try a few more of their products and here I am today giving you a little brand overview of some of the goodies I tried. I have done a few brand overview type posts and you all seem to really enjoy them so let's throw another one into the mix. Also, I feel the below products would help create the perfect Valentines makeup look, so let me know if you'd like me to create a mini tutorial or Valentine look for you!
Glo & Ray made its debut in September 2012 in London and their intention was to present professional and carefree cosmetics for women worldwide. The name Glo & Ray derived from 'Glo', a gentle luminance; and 'Ray', a vibrant beam of light.
At first glance I have to say the packaging and products themselves are absolutely gorgeous and quite expensive looking for such a reasonable price. Each product has been made with this high-quality matte black material that feels comfortable and looks extremely chic. The one think I would have to say about having matte black packaging is that it is like a magnet when it comes to dirt and other makeup, however, even thought that is the case I still love it and I feel the products would look lovely displayed on a vanity.
The Mariposa Eyeshadow Quad in Golden Dunes combines vibrant pops of colours with delicate neutrals and offers the perfect mix to illuminate eyes with multiple effects. As you can see from the swatch each shade is absolutely gorgeous and offers a glorious shimmering effect. At first glance I have to say I absolutely adore this palette - the shades are just so me and I feel I could create a tone of different makeup looks with them. To the touch the eyeshadows feel quite stiff and not at all buttery like some eyeshadows I have tried, however, even thought that is the case they still glide onto the eyes like an absolute dream. Natural mineral particles create a silly texture which is both long-lasting and smudge-proof which help you achieve flawless radiance with perfect pigmentation - I also think you could wet these eyeshadows for an even more intense effect. I also think we have some great MAC eyeshadow dupes here, from the top it looks like you could have alternative shades for MAC Gesso, Mulch, Knight Divine and Woodwinked. I do love a good dupe product!
I never knew how beautiful an eyeliner could be until I saw Golden Age. When I swatched it for the first time I was blown away by how pigmented and true to colour it was. The Sky Breaker collection offers an extraordinarily soft and smooth formulation that achieves the perfect definition with just a single stroke. Available in a variety of bold and bright shades, with a selection of matte, metallic shimmer and sparkling pearl finishes, the range features unique ultra-adhesion formula technology to deliver a rich and intense shade, alongside a waterproof formula for a long lasting, smudge-free effect. I think this eyeliner would look gorgeous applied in the waterline, used for winged liner or even as a base for the Golden Dunes eyeshadow quad above. Plus, I think £5.50 is such a great price for such an incredible product like this.
I have religiously stuck to my Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel for as long as I can remember, however, I am also partial to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown. I am really fussy when it comes to my brows, however, I have to say this shade is pretty spot on for me. The silky soft texture glides onto the brows so effortlessly and enables you to achieve a really natural soft look. Two things I think Glo & Ray could improve on with this product is the design and shade range. I do love a brow pencil that has a spoolie attached to groom brows before applying the product, however it does change the overall quality of the formulation. Also at the moment on the website there are only two shades in the collection and I feel this may be a problem if you are on the hunt for a super dark shade or something a lot light than Terra Brown.
The Lumincent formulation includes Micro-Chine particles that aid with seamlessly minimising pores and imperfections which leave the skin glowing even after mattifying. The powder itself is super light weight and really did blur away imperfections, however it reminded me of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which you can pick up for around £3.99. Yet again the colour range is not amazing as there is only two to choose from, however, this light shade is perfect if you want to contour and brighten up the area around your eyes. I have been using it to set my under eye concealer and it has really helped keep it in place with the added bonus of brightening the area. I love the classic compact style and the size and shape makes it perfect to throw in your bag on the go for touch ups throughout the day.
In the past I haven't had much luck when it comes to CC Creams as they can be quite drying on the skin - I have a Chanel CC Cream, however, I find I really need to make sure my skin is moisturised before use. This innovative CC Luminous Base Foundation offers a velvety smooth touch with a long-wear finish - the only down side is the shade is too light for me. The formulation features Micro-Shine particles which help disguise pores and naturally brighten your skin tone, alongside an innovative 'Water in Smoothie Gel Emulsion System' ensuring the smallest amount will instantly transform your skin, covering any imperfections or blemishes to leave your with a flawless radiant complexion. The formulation did not have any distinctive scent which makes me believe it would be suitable for even sensitive skin. I found it really helped illuminate redness and even out my completion.
The Creamy Shimmer Lip Colours were the first product I tried back in December after being introduced to the brand. I have to say the lipsticks are my favourite products and quite frankly a girl can never have too many! The Light Colour Fitness Complex alongside Micro-Shine Particles provide a dazzling effect for irresistibly fuller looking lips which I find amazing and actually does work. Valentine is this beautiful vibrant pink shade that would look lovely paired with a variety of different makeup looks, plus this would make the perfect shade to wear for Valentines Day if you are after a sultry bright lip. I feel this could even be an upcoming dupe for MAC Viva Glam Miley - will have to see when it is finally released!
This was the first time I tried out the Creamy Matte Lip Colour range by Glo & Ray and I have to say even though they are matte they still have a similar finish to the Shimmer line. These are also enriched with a unique blend of Light Colour Fitness Complex, however, feature a new Hydro Wrapping System which softens and moisturise your lips whilst adding a pop of colour - hence why it has a similar finish to Valentine. Venus is a perfect nude shade that could be paired with a variety of different makeup looks and has a warm undertone so it would look lovely on any skin tone. I even think you could mix a bit of Valentine and Venus together to create the perfect pinky nude shade - who else loves mixing lipsticks?!
Overall, I am so glad I had the opportunity to venture out and try some more products from the Glo & Ray collection and I have to say I was really impressed. The quality of the packaging and product themselves are impeccable and the prices are extremely reasonable for such high quality. However, I have to say the colour range on a few of the products could be improved, although this could be something they are already working on. I think all of the above product could be used together to create the perfect Valentines look (I mean the lipstick is already for it haha) or even to add to your makeup collection to enhance your daily makeup bag and give something new a try. I hope you all enjoyed this post and diving into some new products. I would love to know what you think and which product stood out the most for you. Like always lovelies, if you have any questions, requests or if you just want a chat you can contact me on my social media or leave me a comment below. I love hearing from you all and I make sure to read every single comment…they really make my day!
Lots of Love