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Today beauty blogger Rucksana Hussain is a guest reviewer for Just Nice Things. The Birmingham beauty junkie kindly agreed to try a selection of eye make-up from George at Asda.
Whenever I go to Birmingham, I always call in on Rucksana who is like a little devil sitting on your shoulder, egging you to buy more make-up from Selfridges’ in the Bullring. Her blog Walking in a Beauty Wonderland is one you must add to your list of blogs to follow. Without further ado, let’s see what Rucksana thought of George’s offerings.
I have been keen to try the George make-up range but my local Asda doesn’t stock it annoyingly, so when Sheenie asked me to review some products I jumped at the chance. I was given a selection of 4 single eyeshadows to try, which are a mixture of textures with variable results.
First up is Jellybean, a blue toned lilac. This is the kind of colour I am always attracted to. However I was left a little disappointed with how it performed. I used this all over the lid on top of MAC’s painterly Paint Pot but discovered it wasn’t true to the colour in the pan. It’s very sheer so to get a good depth of colour I had to build it up with a few layers. Jellybean is a shimmer eyeshadow but gritty in texture though it did blend fairly well.
Next up is Yeti, a red toned brown which is a matte eyeshadow. I am always on the search for a good cheap matte eyeshadow and this delivers nicely as it’s well pigmented, smooth and buttery to work with. Yeti blends beautifully and works well for a smokey look.
Panther is my favourite. Firstly I love the name as it reminds me of my black cat. It is a very deep slate grey shade with the same texture as Yeti, and has a silver sparkle. I used Panther in the crease and it looked so pretty and sultry. It also serves well as an eyeliner when used with a damp liner brush.
Snowflake is the final shade I tried. It is a pearly white iridescent shade and rather frosty which is quite apt for its name. I used this as highlighter on the brow bone but found it to be way too stark. It is exactly the same in texture as Jellybean, a shimmer but not smooth and quite gritty. Unfortunately it is the one I’m least fond of out of the 4.
I tried all 4 shades over MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot for around 6 hours. There was a fair amount of fading especially with Jellybean which had lost a lot of its vibrancy but there was no creasing.
Overall the eyeshadows are pretty good quality and the design of the packaging is sturdy and secure fpr £2.50 each so you can’t complain.
The final product from George is Volume Lash, a waterproof mascara. It claims to thicken lashes and add volume. It definitely added volume but didn’t really lengthen them much. It is a dry formula and if too much product is applied it clumps the lashes together. I favour my mascara to add length, volume and to fan out my lashes so they look, full, fluttery and voluptuous. Volume Lash didn’t give fanned out lashes but spiky instead.
Volume Lash comes with the ubiquitous bristle which I prefer over plastic applicators. The other thing that stands out is the yellow packaging, which bears a similar look to Maybelline’s eye-catching Colossal mascara.
All in all, I do like Volume Lash. It is very good value for money at just £3.50 and outperforms some major mascaras I’ve tried that cost more. George really does offer some absolute gems, I just wish it was more accessible in their stores.
George make-up is also available online at www.asda.com.
Thank you so much, Rucksana for your honest opinion. Have you tried these or other products from the George range? If so, what do you think of them? Do you have any favourites you could recommend? Let us know your views by commenting below.
It is very quiet without Helen, isn’t it? I feel I owe to her to do more posts on nail polishes – it’s almost a staple diet on this blog. Well, I have one beauty to share with you that I clapped eyes on at Asda’s big beauty event. One beauty amongst many from all the exciting new products they unveiled in fact. More on those later…
For now feast your eyes on Pirate, one of four metallic shades from George’s Molten Metals collection. In its bottle it looks like a light purple but out of it and on the talons, it comes alive as a vibrant lilac.
Helen and I love the nail polishes from George. The bottles are cute and a decent size, the lacquers offer pretty good to excellent coverage and due to high demand, they’ve expanded into a huge range of colours. It’s hard to believe they only cost as little as £1 too. For affordable nail polishes, without a doubt George have some of the best selection going. It’s just annoying no branches near us stock them.
Any way, Pirate is a high pigment polish with creamy metallic finish and high gloss appearance, opaque in one coat though I am wearing two. I am sure the other metallic shades are equally as enticing. What do you think? Have you tried any George polishes recently? I’d love to know which ones.
Molten Metal nail polishes cost £2 and are available in selected stores or online.
Recently, Sheenie and I were sent samples of George at Asda’s finest nail varnishes. These have a lot of love and respect from within the UK blogging community and we’re pleased to show you a bit of “George Spam”.
Cloudless Sky is a fantastic bright and Spring-like blue creme. I’ve acquired a number of these over the years and the quality of this polish is up there with some of the best. This is two coats. It’s very bright. I prefer this type of colour for my toes.
Under The Sea is a shimmery green shade and unlike any other I have in my collection. This was quite sheer and took four coats in the end. But I like it – it has a kind of pearlised yet metallic finish that is quite unique. Look, I liked it so much I even painted my fingers with it.
Ultra Violet is one of my favourite types of shades – iridescent blurple shimmer. I originally thought that this was going to be really sheer, but it evened up nicely after three coats. It leans a little more towards lilac than you can tell here but it is very delicate and pretty. Almost a duochrome.
Out of the polishes I was sent, Groove is the only one that really didn’t work for me. It looks like it should be a creme, but it isn’t – it is a really squishy jelly. I found the colour curiously flattering, which is odd as I don’t usually do candy pinks, but after it refused to be opaque after about five coats, I pretty much gave up.
If you saw Pink Glitz on its own, you wouldn’t really think much of it, would you? It just made my nails look a bit sticky and greasy and not ever something I’d ever wear. However, it does extremely well as a layering polish. Check it out over Groove. Much, much better. It’s almost a glass fleck, and I really rather like this look. I’m going to be doing this one as a pedicure next time I fancy something girly and pretty.
My favourite of the bunch I was sent was Hoax. A glorious Cadbury purple with tons of blue shimmer, its like an amped-up Ultra Violet. I wore this one as a full manicure after swatching these and it looked remarkably lovely and glowing in the sunlight. Two coats and no real application issues apart from some pooling around the sides, as you can see.
My turn and my selection includes Deceit (above), a gun metal darl grey with fine silver glitter. Gloriously thick and easy to apply, it’s opaque in one coat though I went for two for good measure. The bottles are such handy sizes and the price is an absolute steal. I can’t understand why three branches of Asda near me don’t stock these polishes (and one of them is a hypermarket). See, I’ve driven 10 miles to this branch in the hope they sell George polishes. That’s how much effort I go to.
When I saw Sherbert Fizz, I screwed my face up in disgust. Baby pink! I bet Katie Price would bathe in this colour. But Sherbert Fizz is one of those shades that transforms instantly when it’s painted on your nails. I fell in love with this strawberry milkshake delight. It’s a thick, luscious creme polish that stands out from one coat. I usually would never consider buying this shade but trying Sherbert Fizz has dispelled my fears and I will be looking at more similar shades to add to my heaving collection.
Look away now for Magical is the one I dislike. It’s shockingly sheer, even after four coats. A pretty coral shade but deeply disappointing. I really didn’t enjoy wearing this one at all.
Meteorite is an unusual name for jade green but like Sherbert Fizz, it’s a thick creme that applies beautifully.
Scarlet Kiss is a dark, crimson creme – your classic, dark red nail polish. Great application once again but a colour you can either take or leave.
So there we have it! Which of these are you taken by? Have you tried these? Let us know your thoughts!