No7′s limited-edition Ballerina Beauty collection – pics, swatches
Boots’ high-end skincare and make-up line, No 7, is really running with the 1960s theme we saw all over the S/S 2013 catwalks with its latest limited-edition release, Ballerina Beauty. It’s a soft, romantic notion – a little bit Edie …
Boots’ high-end skincare and make-up line, No 7, is really running with the 1960s theme we saw all over the S/S 2013 catwalks with its latest limited-edition release, Ballerina Beauty. It’s a soft, romantic notion – a little bit Edie Sedgwick or Twiggy, without the hard edges (although with the cat-eye flick, in the form of an easy-to-use felt tip pen eyeliner).
The high point of the collection has to be this Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette, which would offer a serious rival to those by the likes of Guerlain and Lancome, and at a fraction of the price: €15.50. It’s a gorgeous blend of bright pink and peach that gives a lovely glow without being “too much”.
The shadows, Innocence (the white shade) and Wheatsheaf (the pinky caramel) are also lovely, if quite understated. They’re pretty sheer – although not as dusty as some, which I love because super-dusty shadows go everywhere - and the colours are, again, very pretty indeed, although slightly more like “washes” than we’d be used to from the likes of Nars and MAC, which are highly pigmented:
As you can see, they’re also slightly iridescent, so they won’t suit those of you who object to wearing sparkle or shimmer during the day. They remind me a bit of Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes palette, which is a really flattering make-upper, so I have high hopes for these babies. These guys will set you back €9.25 each.
Other mainstays of the collection are this gorgeous peachy pink Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlily, and the Beautiful Skin BB Cream. The lipstick goes on quite softly and has plenty of moisture, but great staying power – and these aren’t often qualities that go together. It looks quite glossy on, too. It’s €12.25.
The BB cream is where things fall apart slightly for me, although this should come with a disclaimer: I’ve never found a BB cream I really loved. This guy really sounds great, but then when I swatched it I felt as if it was really heavy and altogether too pink for my (and most people’s, I’d wager!) complexion. I’m willing to properly put it to the test later, but just for an idea, here’s how it looked.
See? Quite thick! I expected it to be more like my No 7 Face and Body in texture, whereas it reminded me more of Estee Lauder’s Double Wear (ah, my teenage years). It’s €16.95.
The collection is rounded out by the felt-tip eyeliner pen (€10.50), Lash 60 Extravagant Lash false lashes (€10.11) and two nail polish shades, Get Wed and So Simple, both €8 and from No7′s Stay Perfect Nail Colour range.
So what do you think? Are you into Ballerina Beauty?