Carron Cosmetics Brand Review
Carron Cosmetics is a vegetarian-based brand which is against animal testing. Carron was a makeup artist who sought to fill a gap in the market. Sadly she passed away this year but she has left behind quite a legacy. The ingredients of her collection are based on Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Caster Oil, Corn Starch, Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Butter, Vitamin E, Palm Wax, Natural Bees Wax, Candelila Wax, Kaolin (white clay) and are paraben and fragrance free.
Carron Cosmetics claims that it has makeup that does not clog your pores because of their weightless properties; a density of colour formulation that is long lasting and fresh looking. I was sent the following products to try for a full face: Cream Foundation, Pressed Powder, Loose Powder, Loose Shimmer Powder, Blush, Eyeshadow, Matte Lipstick, Moisture Lipstick, Lip Liner Compact, Duo Eyebrow Powder Kit and Eyeliner Compact.
I don’t usually use Cream Foundations so I watched a video from the Carron Cosmetics channel on how to apply their Cream Foundation and then tried it. It comes with a sponge and I used it on one test but didn’t really like it. You can build the coverage so the packaging advises using fingers for natural coverage, a foundation brush in a circular motion for medium coverage and a sponge or brush in a dabbing motion for full coverage. I prefer to use a brush for makeup so I started by applying the foundation on the inside of my face (nose and cheeks) and then blended outwards. I use shade M3 and it gave me a warm, "my skin but better" look so my freckles were still visible (my preference). I think it would have taken a while for me to build to full coverage. It has a very natural semi-matte finish (as promised) so I didn’t need to apply powder but you can do if you want. The YouTube video suggests you can use it as a concealer too but it wasn’t able to cover my dark circles without the use of a corrector first. It was weightless and lasted for hours. No need to touch up. The website also promises “foundations light to the touch, gentle on your skin, absorbent and breathable." I completely agree.
Like the Foundation, the Pressed Powder comes with a sponge but it’s slimmer and single-sided. I used shade M3 which is cooler than the Foundation and is probably neutral but I need warmth. I only tried it on my nose as it gets oily and the powder is very matiffying. I didn’t like the look it gave all over my face because it was too matte for me.
I usually avoid loose powder because I get into a terrible mess. This Loose Powder has a screw top lid and little lift-out section. The powder is beneath mesh which means that there is less likely to be spillage. This is a great idea. I used shade M2 which was a little lighter than the Pressed Powder shade but as it was warmer, it suited me better. Again, as it was very matifying, I only used it on my nose. The website claims “Loose and pressed powders containing vitamin E, they do not sit on your skin leaving it looking dry." I can't agree with this but then I do have dry skin (apart from my oily nose).
The Loose Shimmer Powder has the same packaging as the Loose Powder. I used shade Deep Bronze 04 which is a sparkly red-bronze, beautifully blendable and the shimmer is subtle. I used it on my cheeks to define them and to warm up the perimeter of my face as a bronzer. It is incredibly pretty.
The website states "Eye-shadows that feel cream based, but are a powder." I don't agree - these Eyeshadows are definitely powdery. I also don’t agree that they are highly pigmented as although they were easy to blend (as claimed) I found they blended away to almost nothing everytime I used them. I used the shades Matte Black 01 and Silk Gray 06, I normally prefer strong eyeshadow colours so these would be best for people who want gentle colour that is easy to apply and blend. I would also advise a primer as I didn’t use one and the shades didn’t last very long at all on my oily lids, even when I used the peach blusher as a base. The matte black is definitely black and the silk gray has a pretty shine to it.
As the name suggests, there are two powders in the Duo Eyebrow Powder Kit and shade Black-Brown and Charcoal is the darkest in the range. The compact has a mirror and a double-sided brush with a precision angled brush to apply the powder and a tiny spoolie to neaten the brow hairs. The lighter shade is a dark, cool brown which is perfect for my brows. The other shade is even deeper, nearly black and is another cool shade. The powder is soft to apply but not too soft, which is how I like my brow powders. I like the versatility that comes with having the two shades.
Similar to the lip liner compact, the Eyeliner Compact has a mirror and mini dual-sided brush - one narrow brush and one flat angled brush. The website claims it is long-wearing but that was not my experience. Its's more of a cream than a gel and it's not as dark as I would like it to be. It would probably work better if it is set with powder. I am quite particular when it comes to my eyeliners so whilst I like the packaging and the concept, this wouldn’t be my first choice of eyeliner.
One swipe of the Matte Lipstick in Deep Red gives a rich cherry-red colour. It is very comfortable and long-lasting and doesn’t need lip liner. That's what I call a perfect red! It is very comfortable, perhaps because it is not totally matte. It has a slight sheen to it but that's not a surprise when it contains moisturising ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and olive oil. If you want it to be completely matte, gently blot it with tissue. It lasts through food and drink and needs very minimal touching up during wear. There was a slight transfer on drinking out of a glass but again it was minimal.
Finally a coral I can wear without looking ill. The creamy formula of the Moisture Lipstick in Deep Coral is lovely and it has the staying power of the Matte Lipstick. Again, one swipe gave a rich orange colour and when I have eaten, the overall colour gets less bold but is still clearly present, even on the inner part of my lips. It has a bit of a shine to it but not as much as a gloss would have. The shine fades before the colour does which is the graceful way to fade. Even though it is a cream, a lip liner is not necessary. It slightly stains which probably counts towards it longevity. The Moisture Lipstick also blots down to a beautiful matte.
I found the concept of the Lip Liner Compact interesting. The lipliner is a cream rather than a pencil, in a mirrored compact with a mini double ended brush. One side is wide and flat and the other is slim and pointed. The wide and flat side can be used for filling in the whole lip and the other side is good for a straightforward outline. The Dark Brown is a gorgeous deep shade and is very matte. It can be worn as an all-over lip colour but if you have dry lips like me, apply balm first. It also gives a gorgeous ombre effect when paired with the Moisture Lipstick in Deep Coral.
Finally there is the Blush which is a matte warm peach, more like apricot. Unfortunately, it did not show up on my face at all.
Looks wise, the Carron Cosmetics packaging is quite large but it is sturdy which is something to bear in mind if you carry your makeup with you. As with all brands, there are some products that I wouldn’t buy. Others have become immediate favourites such as the lipsticks, cream foundation and loose shimmer powder. I'd also buy the loose powder, eyebrow powder kit and lipliner compact. In fact, I've already made a shopping list! The brand overall is of high quality and the pricing is just right in my opinion.
For more information about Carron Cosmetics, please visit their website.