If you’ve somehow missed the news that Influenster has finally arrived in the U.K. (maybe you’ve been living under a rock or something?), then you’ll be glad to hear that us Brits can finally get our hands on the famous VoxBoxes! And if you’re thinking to yourself “Influenster? VoxBoxes? What the hell is this girl going on about?” then don’t fear, I’ll explain.
Influenster is a popular reviewing app that allows you to share your thoughts on a variety of products, as well as ask questions and read other people’s reviews. They also have a thing called a ‘VoxBox’ which are boxes containing complimentary products to review and are sent out to people with the highest impact scores; often they’re catered to you skin/hair type/colour as well as product preferences and what you like to review the most. As you can imagine, this is a dream app for bloggers as it lets us try out a bunch of new products to review both on the app and our blogs!
Now I’ve had a profile on Influenster for a while, hoping that one day they would launch in the U.K. – and now that day has finally come! If that wasn’t exciting enough I was also sent one of the first VoxBoxes full of Rimmel London products, so I’m feeling super lucky right now. This box was mainly centred around the Wonder Wing Liner (which I’ll come to in a minute), but also came with a nude eyeshadow palette and a fibre mascara. I’ve rambled on for quite some time now, so without further ado here are my thoughts on the products!
WONDER WING EYELINER
This was definitely the product I was the most excited to receive. As someone who tends to opt-out of doing eyeliner to avoid major stress and anxiety (eyeliner can sense fear, don’t you know) an eyeliner with a cat-eye stamp on the end sounds like a product sent from the makeup gods. I had seriously high hopes that this liner would finally give me that clean and precise wing that I’ve always longed for, and let me tell you this did not disappoint.
Although the stamp gives you more of a triangle than a long and elegant wing, it’s great as a base to work around and it’s super easy to lengthen and wing it out a little more. Whilst I wouldn’t use this eyeliner to actually line along my eyes – as I find the stamp makes it a little less precise – to be able to create a basic wing minus any of the pressure is a serious dream come true. I love this and I honestly can’t recommend it enough.
WONDER’FULLY REAL MASCARA
I’m always intrigued to try fibre mascaras, and I hoped that this one would give me gorgeous length without being too clumpy. Unfortunately this one made my lashes way too spidery, and whilst I could work with it to get it to a place where I was somewhat happy, it just wasn’t really my cup of tea. I also didn’t really notice any fibres, although it did lengthen my lashes pretty well. I find that Rimmel mascaras can be a bit hit or miss for me and this was definitely the latter – I personally much prefer the Volume Shake Mascara.
MAGNIF’EYES NUDE EDITION EYE CONTOURING PALETTE
I was initially super impressed with this palette when I first swatched it, and I thought that the shades looked like the perfect range of nudes with a couple of warm-toned shades thrown in for good measure. I actually was really impressed with how the shadows blended out, there was no patchiness and everything applied really smoothly. However the darker shades turned grey when I tried to blend them into my crease – which may not be an issue for people who prefer cooler-toned eyes, but as a warm-toned lover it definitely didn’t work for me. I even found that the shimmery copper shade turned grey-ish when I tried to apply it to the outer corner, which I found really strange.
The thing that disappointed me the most was the lack of transition shades, the light beige was way too light to even show up on my super pale skin, and everything else was too dark (or too grey) to really contour the eye with. I also noticed that the shimmer shades appeared way less pigmented on the eye than in swatches, and even with Fix+ it was difficult to get anything to show up. I really wanted to love this palette, so it sucks that the weird grey-tones let it down. I think I’m going to play around with this palette a bit more and see if I can get at least some of the shades to work for me – if you do like cool-tones though you might be totally okay with this palette.
So that’s my review! I’m definitely going to try using some of the other shades in the palette and hopefully get a less grey look, but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for that mascara anytime soon. I absolutely love the eyeliner though, and I know it’ll be my go-to every time I want to do a winged eye!
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what you think about these products and how you feel about Influenster coming to the U.K.! See you next time,