Penneys know they have most of us over a barrel. You have to have some steely cajones to be able to wander into a Penneys and not emerge with at least socks, new pjs and their makeup remover pads (which are deadly). While I’m a divil for Penneys, their PS… Beauty Line is one I’m only starting to get to know better. I’ll admit it, I dismissed it as being a cheap line of beauty products that was grand for younger girls just starting out but not good enough for a seasoned makeup addict like myself. But fair play to Penneys, they’re releasing new products at a steady pace and gaining momentum with each new collection. Yup, some of it is just cheap, yes you’ll struggle to find an unused product because some lads and ladies seem to think every product is a tester in Penneys but I have to say, there’s some fun things worth trying. I was at the Penneys A/W clothes event recently and you’re given a gift card at the end so I wandered into the Mary Street Penneys for a gander that weekend and emerged with a crap load of stuff including some of their brand new Eye Candy beauty release.
There’s two palettes in the range, an array of lipsticks and some loose pigments. I tried one of each and I have to say, I think I chose pretty well. While the other palette in the collection has a mix of cheek, eye and lip products, the eye palette is a straight forward option for €6 and looked the better of the two.
There’s 9 shades in a mix of Matte and shimmers and while I didn’t exactly expect anything jaw dropping, I didn’t want rubbish either. It was better than I had feared, a little basic, a little powdery here and there but overall decent and usable. The shades are purple based which will either have you running for the aisle or running for the hills but thankfully they’re well chosen and have enough interesting hues to even it out. It was grand to apply, it lasted well and although it’s not going to replace any of my high end palettes, for €6 it’s a fun little buy.
The loose pigments are the show stoppers though. Ok I only tried one but now I’m kicking myself for not trying a few more. Chocolate Fountain is a fab little shade, a wonderful taupe brown with a gorgeous dash of micro glitter that gives it a multifaceted effect. This looks really pretty on and I layered a Matte brown underneath to help make it pop. It looked seriously nice and although it faded as the day went on, it’s an amazing little bargain for €2.50 and one that’s absolutely worth picking up.
Finally, they also have some very Matte lipsticks in the collection. These are not soft and easy going lipsticks, they glue themselves to your lips and refuse to budge. I tried this striking plum shade and it had seriously impressive wear time without feeling excessively dry. The downside is you’ll need to commit to a really Matte finish which will leave your lips feeling a wee bit parched. If you don’t mind that though, these really will last and are a paltry €2.50 each.
So girls, is anything catching your eye and do you rate Penneys makeup?
*Products were purchased with a gitftcard from Penneys