I didn’t get much from the sales this year, but one thing I did pick up was The Editors Pick’s Collection of Topshop Makeup from Cult Beauty. It’s since sold out – I’m not surprised it was a good £50 worth of beauty bumf for under half price – but it contained a whole bevy of bits that I’d never tried from the rather large and much-loved range. Good excuse for a VDM post I’d say. Here’s the breakdown:

THE HIGHS: There were two products that immediately jumped to the forefront on first application. The first is one I don’t hear much about, their Illuminator in Reflect. A bronzer/peach powder/highlight trio, it does everything you want in a cheek product in a quick dust. It’s kind of like the best bits of NARS Bronzer in Laguna and the Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight all in one. The other favourite is an obvious choice and one that my best mate Lauren recommended when I quizzed her about all things beauty – the Glow in Polished. I dip my finger in, glide over the tops of my cheeks and what’s left is a glitter-free sheen that makes me glow. I see what they did there.

THE MEHS: Though the following products weren’t fails, they didn’t rock my world either. They fall into the category of ‘would probably buy them if they were next to the till’ impulse purchase kinda of thing, which lets face it. Will most likely happen. Let’s tackle the Nail Polish in Bomber first. A blackened purple, this is right up my street. The application was good and it lasted well, but I have a million and one of these shades (yes, really) and there was nothing that stood it out from the rest. Their Cream Blush in Head Over Heels is something I tried way back when the range first released and is a product that has managed to find its way into the hands of friend or family member since. The colour is a beaut, but the texture came off a little too powdery for me. In terms of cream blush formulas, I’ve slapped on ones that sit more comfortably on the complexion. Then there’s the Magic Liner in Engraved – now this I loved. The long nib means you can cheat a feline flick literally but just placing it against the lash line. The only downside? An attack of the panda eyes that arrived about 10 minutes after this photo. It’s one that needs a set.

THE LOWS: Bottom of the pack, quite surprisingly, were the two lip products. I’m sporting the Lips in Beguiled in the picture above and while the colour is lovely – the perfect balance of a berry and a red – the formula wasn’t quite right. I like my bold lips to be matte for good reason; not only does it make them long-lasting, for the most part it means they glide on opaque with no streaking. Beguiled just required a little too much work for me; it was patchy in places and the fact it’s a tad glossy means that any swiping action was moving the pigment all over the shop. It was a similar situation with their Lip Cream in Dust. Though the peachy nude colour was on point, the formula was a little weird. Is it a gloss? Is it a stain? Who knows.

So overall it’s a pretty good bag; my whistle for Topshop makeup is well and truly wet. Recommendations are welcomed as always. What’ya thinking?

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  • Julie

    Oh, you’re so beautiful! I love red lips♥
    Sorry for my english, I’m French. xo

  • Anna Blush

    This is such a bargain! I tried to snap it up but CB doesn’t ship Top Shop to Aus, such a shame!


  • Courtney Rose

    Shame the formula of the lipstick isn’t great because the color looks gorgeous on you!

  • Anna Belsham

    I am a tiny bit obsessed with their glittery black eyeliner and also their nail polishes :)

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I love the red lip – it’s a very sultry look :o ) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • Chloe

    Hi Anna, I love the waterproof eye liners. The brown is lovely and dark and they stay put all day. They always seen to be out of stock in Birmingham though which is a shame but a great excuse for a visit to Oxford Street :)


  • Evelyn Morales

    I think the lipcolour looks stunning on you, I saw that they also do some glossy stain lipglosses now. I want to try them as they look so good!


  • Beth

    The illuminator sounds great! I love multi-use products and this one sounds wonderful :) The lipstick really suits you, it’s a shame about the formula though! :(


  • Carly Jade

    I wish I had been fast enough to bag myself one of these! What a bargain! The Glow and Powder Trio look really nice! And the lip colour really suits you!


  • sophie brewster

    I’ve been meaning to pick up the Glow pot for ages, must do that soon!

  • Chloe Murray

    Pretty! I’ve been after one of their highlighters for a while. Shame about the lip products though xx


  • Zazie Bibi

    I absolutely love Beguiled, and the magic liner, two of my favourites haha! (: x


  • Stefanie Meier

    I have yet to try any Topshop makeup and really want to get my hands on some. Great post (:


  • AgentSmyth

    I really wanted to get this in the sale this year but was too late by the time payday came, gutted! Sounds like it wasn’t as fabulous as I as expecting though so nevermind x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • http://gemmateejay.blogspot.co.uk/ Gemma Taylor-Jones

    the nail polish is awful – it chipped almost instantly on me
    Gemma Taylor-Jones

  • Charlotte Ford

    I love Topshop Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon, a great matte deep red stain that lasts ageess and goes on really well, too.

  • http://thevanitypool.blogspot.com/ maura

    I have that lipstick too and it is just impossible to work with! I bought it because I really liked the colour and I swatched it and it seemed alright but man, it’s awful

  • Amanda

    I hate the formula of their lipsticks too, was drying the crap out of my lips (I never had chapped lips before and instantly knew it was this product right after applying) and was so hard to work with

  • Jessica Rose

    I haven’t purchased any of the Topshop lipsticks..and judging by some of the comments I’m glad!!


  • Anine Van de Ryck

    It looks great :) I’ve got a Topshop highlighter which is very gold and needs to be applied with a very light hand. Wasn’t too crazy about it, so I haven’t really tried anything else from Topshop.

    xoxo Anine

  • Amy

    I’ve never been impressed with the Topshop cream blushers either, they always end up looking patchy on my cheeks after a hour or so. Glow sounds great though!

  • http://loveaugustblog.blogspot.com/ Stephanie @ Love, August

    I know what you mean about the lipsticks. I have two of the lighter colors and I find that they just really emphasize any dry areas I might have. I can only dab them on lightly without them drying out my lips, which is a shame because the colors themselves are lovely.

    Stephanie | Love, August

  • http://www.blubuttonbox.com/ Sue

    I have the blush in Head over the Heels too and I didn’t like the powdery finish either. I prefer creamier textures in my cream blushes. :)

    Blu Button Box

  • Leanne Webber

    Thanks for the reviews!

    I love the look of the Glow, may have to treat myself to that.

    Please check out my beauty blog nailsandteapots.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Mrs D from Hello the Mushroom

    Thanks for this, I have been looking for a highlighter and this seems decent :)


  • Mona Malpacita

    PIĘKNE POETYCKIE porównanie koloru cieni jestem zakochana

    Jest ona przecudowna

  • Mona Malpacita

    BEAUTIFUL poetic comparison of the color of the shadows I’m in love

    It is a marvelous

  • http://www.madaboutbeauty.com/ narine

    I love the blush color! I think the powdery finish suits oily skin, I prefer my creamy and even better liquid stains/cheek stains.
    Narine – Same shoes – 3 outfits

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    Love the lipstick!! Gorgeous! I love Top Shop makeup!

    alex @ pinkelephantbloggin.com

  • http://sweatyourselfbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/ Laura Scott

    The lipstick shade looks so lovely, I’ve never really looked at Topshop make-up twice but now I may have to!


  • http://blushingbiddies.com/ Puri

    I really like that look on you- but I’m glad to know how they really perform. Thanks for the heads up! <3

  • Emily Golding

    I love topshop lippies and blushers they are just amazing!!

    Emily xx


  • http://ameliarosel.blogspot.co.uk/ AmeliaRoseL

    I haven’t tried any Topshop makeup products yet. I definitely need to try their lipsticks I think, they look great.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  • lc

    Good review, as always! I’m eager to try their lipsticks since it seems like their colours are varied and on point, but definitely going to bear in mind the observations about the formulation.

  • Elle Turner

    It’s a shame the lipstick was fiddly to apply because it looks so good on you! I think the whole makeup look you’ve got going on there is stunning!!! x

    Elle x


  • Prettysnoopy

    I got this set too after seeing it on your instagram, I really liked it, I found the lip gloss best applied over a nude lipstick, it applied strangely on its own! xx

    • Prettysnoopy

      p.s totally agree on the illuminator-love it!! xx

  • http://modest-mix.blogspot.com/ Lys

    Too bad about the lipstick, because the colour indeed looks gorgeous!

  • http://jadeinthepalace.blogspot.com/ Cassandrapamela

    wow you look Gorgeous with capital G in this picture!! it is a shame the lipstick didn’t live up to the expectation..

  • Daena Borrowman

    I’ve been meaning to pick up a Lip Bulett from topshop but I just haven’t been into a store lately that sells the makeup – loads of people say they are good! :D


  • Endora Siu

    Wow. This kit looks amazing, but I’m glad you were honest with the highs and lows! Topshop packaging is gorgeous but I’m still hesitant to purchase makeup from them.
    Bauble &Trinket

  • Stephanie

    I keep wanting to try Topshop makeup but it has such mixed reviews & for the price I don’t want something that has such a high possibility of not working/liking it :/ But I’m really loving the look of the glow. Might have to treat myself to that. Anyone recommend any good nail varnish colours I can try out? Want a nice spring selection :)


  • Chelsea Leigh

    Too bad the lipstick didn’t work out, its such a unique color!


  • Harriet

    I absolutely love the Glow in Polished too – so easy to apply and it gives such a lovely sheen :) I also love Topshop’s eyeshadow crayons – they last for a long time and have great colors – definitely something to try!!


  • Eleri Roberts

    I adore the Topshop glow pots! They’re Ah-mazing! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • nina alexandridis

    I love topshop makeup, its rare to find makeup from a highstreet store thats just as good if not better than true makeup brands! x


  • Tarte Tanya

    That lip colour looks beautiful on you.
    Lovely post.
    I wish top shop products weren’t so hard to locate in Canada.

  • Jade

    gutted that i missed out on this deal!!


    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

  • http://tinyalis.blogspot.com/ Tiny Alis

    I love Topshop make up, big fan of the glow pot and also their lip bullets are pretty good :)

    Tiny Alis

  • grace

    That colour you’re wearing! lush!


  • Olga Olis

    The Illuminator looks really nice!

  • Guest

    Your makeup

  • http://itakatparker.blogspot.com/ Kat Parker

    cream blushes are amazing!



  • Victoria Reilly

    That lipstick shade is absolutely stunning but I’m certain that there are many other brands that do it slightly better.

    Vickie xx | vickieblogs

  • Eryn Levine

    You look so different in your last picture! I love the color on your lips, maybe it was worth fiddling with it! :)

  • http://cityprincess069827.blogspot.com.au/ Riley Jordan

    We only recently got a topshop in Brisbane, Australia, so I haven’t had a chance to try out a lot of there makeup. Thats my mission next time I go into the city centre, purchase some makeup at topshop!



  • http://insertwth.com/ Denisse

    I have been dying to try Topshop’s Sunbeam highlighter, but since they’re not making it again, I thought Glow would be a nice alternative. Looks like I’m going to have to really check it out!

  • Amber Hunter

    I really love that classic red lip + liquid liner look on you! It brings out your green eyes beautifully. I’m so happy that Nordstrom in the US has started to stock topshop makeup!


    Lovely Notions

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Wow, Topshop makeup is getting better and better! That lip shade is stunning on you- sorry you’re not loving the formula! xo

  • http://www.maryfaerie.blogspot.com/ Natasha Mary

    I love their contouring products and highlights, really lovely products.

    Mary Faerie


  • AllBoutMakeup

    You are totally right about the lipstick, I own Beguiled too and had the same reaction as you. I so love your honest reviews about products!

  • Karina de-Bourne

    Definitely might have to put some of these products on to my wishlist!


  • Cate Elise

    Agree with you so entirely about the eyeliner – to begin with it’s perfect, but I just can’t keep it on my eyes! Grrr. Excellent buy though, well done sales pro! xoxo

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  • Kelly

    I really like this set, great products and great price.
    Great review, I agree with what you say.

    I am actually running a giveaway to win one of these sets on my blog, if anyone wants to enter http://www.kellysjournal.co.uk
    Kelly’s Journal

  • Georgia

    I’m in shock that you don’t like Beguiled, it’s quite possibly my favourite lip product in the entire world. I’m obsessed with it.

  • Gemma Oxford

    I love how you write and format your blog posts, really visually pleasing and easy to navigate. Plus that Topshop lipstick in Beguiled looks stunning on you, I must get it sometime. Hopefully it’s not too similar to Rimmel Kate Moss’s Matte lipstick in 107 as that’s on my list too.


  • http://www.simplyhair.co.uk/ Amy Filippaios

    This is great, I hadn’t considered Topshop make up to be honest but from your opinions I think I will give it a try. I love a matt lipstick too so not sure how theirs will measure up against my (fairly) high standards.

  • Grace

    i’ve never fully tried out topshop makeup, I’m so glad you’ve done a review on them!

    The lipstick you’re wearing looks incredible such a shame you weren’t sold on the formulation.


  • Laurecca Jones

    really want to try topshop makeup…i’ve heard good things!

    Laura@HookedOnBeauty http://laurecca.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Film

    Just tried my first topshop lipstick this past xmas! In love with them :) I need to pick up a few more stuff from them! xx http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca

  • Sofie

    That lipstick looks really good on you! Love the look!

  • Nur Sofiyyah Suhaimi

    Hi Anna, about the lip cream..it should be left for a few minutes to set..i have it in daze..its kinda hard to put it on but less is more and also i put on my lip with the mac pro longwear lip liner nice n spicy and i think its a good combination for my nc30 complection ^_^

    **you should try their lip liner..the best..i use it as my daily lip color together with Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector…i got it from your rave haha

    Sofya from Malaysia

  • Stephanie

    Fab post, Topshop makeup is so hit and miss in my opinion!



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  • Rebecca Simpson

    Those little Glow pots seem pretty laveeely!


  • B_M

    Many people who work in Topshop have said to me ‘ooo did you know topshop makeup is made by the same company as MAC, topshop just designed the packaging?’
    Great post as always!