Earlier this week I trooped over to Somerset House for the launch of Topshop Beauty’s AW14 collection. Holy moly are there some exciting things to keep your eye out for in the coming months; October will bring a selection of gel blushes and lip colours (think Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee but with slightly less colour pay-off), while August will see a beautiful range of metallics hitting Topshops around the country. (Trust me when I say, you’re gonna want to get your hands on the metallic cream blushes. They have the most amazing sheen to them, incredible shade varieties and look stunning when applied.) Another exciting launch includes the Topshop base range – a selection of lovely foundations (a high street dupe of Giorgio Armani Maestro), a concealer palette which includes a brilliant setting powder and an incredible concealer which I’m still dreaming about even as a type. In other words, Topshop be bringing it.
For me however, the most intriguing product of all was the Topshop Freckle Pencil, a marbled brown pencil that enables you to create a cute ‘freckles brought out by the sun’ look, without having to expose your face to a single harmful ray. The whole concept might sound strange but, as Topshop make up artist Lily Keys explained, it’s an amazing way to add an extra dimension to your make up look and brings a bit of character to the face.
I know freckles are a bit like Marmite to a lot of people – you either love ’em or hate ’em – and I know a few of my friends who have a lot of freckles and aren’t too enamoured with them at all. Having not really ever had any freckles of my own, I was so excited to try ’em out and couldn’t be happier with the results. The pencil itself is a bit harder than an eye kohl so you won’t risk ending up with unrealistic brown blobs as opposed to subtly-coloured freckles. While applying my freckles, Lily made sure to vary the pressure with each application to ensure they were all different shapes and sizes and looked as natural as possible. A quick swipe of setting powder over the lot and you’re ready to roll!
Now I admit I haven’t quite mastered the technique to the same high standards that Lily was working to but I’m getting there and my freckles look more and more realistic with every application. Just gimme a few more freckly days and I’ll be perfect! But I’m dying to know your thoughts on the freckle pencil – is it a yay or a nay?