I picked up Primark’s attempt at a hydrogel mask a few weeks ago when browsing their beauty shelves with AT, and finally gave it a try a few nights ago. I put on a few episodes of my current-watching anime series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and unfurled it to give it a try.
I’m sure nobody is ever expecting miracles from a mask like this especially from Primark, but I’ve not tried a hydrogel mask before so this was interesting to me. It didn’t seem like other hydrogel masks that I had seen online, though. It seemed like a regular sheet mask but with a slight gel texture on one side and a mesh texture on the other. I placed the gel side on my face.
It had no unpleasant or sharp fragrance, and the essence was not too runny. It survived over an hour on my face and probably could’ve lasted longer as it was still quite damp.
Yeah. The fit of this mask was kind of horrendous. Normally even with chin fitting issues, the mask is flexible enough for me to fold it over my chin. This material is a bit too stiff for that. It was also a bit too small to go right to the sides of my face. It’s occurred to me now, writing this post, that I could have cut extra slits to make the fit better but at the time I’d forgotten I could do that.
Overall, for £2 it was a total dud. It would make sense if this was more £1. So this was disappointing, but I did like their lip masks!
Today I have a review for you of a palette from Primark’s in-house ‘PS…’ brand. Primark lipliners have unexpectedly been some of my favourites, but it’s been a while since I tried anything else from their makeup line. I received this palette as a Christmas present from my friend Nicole. It has a lovely range of nude shades with a mix of shimmers and mattes, and I was excited to give it a shot!
It’s housed in a cardboard packaging with a magnetic fastening that is very light and has no mirror, but does the job. The packaging is fairly simply decorated but it still looks nice. The shade names are printed on one of those pieces of plastic I tend to lose almost instantly.
Panacotta – a shimmery cool white highlight.
Bleached Blonde – a light, shimmery warm pink shade.
Barely Berry – a glittery purply pink.
Skinny Dipping – a light, shimmery muted coral.
Cafe Creme – a shimmery light brown.
Brown Bare – a mid-toned matte mauve.
Wood Nymph – a shimmery chocolate brown.
Summer Solstice – a cool matte taupe.
Underdressed – a very dark, cool brown that’s almost black.
Caught Red-Handed – a deep shimmery red-toned brown.
Overall, it’s a nice selection of shades with one chunky glitter, six shimmery shades and three mattes. The shimmer is not as noticeable on some shades like Skinny Dipping and Cafe Creme though, and those are also the two shades I imagine I will use up the most! On the other hand, I may never touch Pannacotta, as lovely as it is. Perhaps it would be good as a base shade? Four of the shades are cooler toned and I am really into warmer tones at the moment but I am still using those well.
Also, I think most of these shades I already have in my small assortment of palettes but I like that they’re all in one palette now.
Forgive the goosebumps, my arms got a bit cold…
Here are the same swatches in Golden Hour lighting. You can see the sheen in Wood Nymph and Caught Red-Handed a bit better here.
As for the lasting power, that’s not necessarily an issue for me with a good eye primer. The pigmentation takes a bit of building up, which is what I had to do with these swatches, but they blend well enough for me. Glittery shades like Barely Berry are better applied with the finger and still turn out quite chunky.
Overall, it’s a pretty decent everyday palette that shows (yet again) that we probably shouldn’t overlook the beauty section in Primark!
Until next time,
Days since I last bought lipstick: 45
Lipstick last worn: TBA