I don't typically buy into celebrity collaborations, but there's something about this collection by Rosie Huntington Whitely that made me want to make an exception. Seeing bloggers compare the eyeshadow sticks to the likes of By Terry and Laura Mercier piqued my interest as I'm having a real cream shadow moment right now. A rave review of the cream blush by A Model Recommends sealed the deal and I waited patiently for a discount code (20% off over the bank holiday weekend - thanks M&S!)
After much deliberation, I decided to go for the Rosie for Autograph cream blusher in English Rose Flush, the eyeshadow palette in Copper Gold Rush and the cream eyeshadow stick in Almond Eyes.
On first impressions, I was really surprised by how big the eyeshadow palette appears - there are 4 large pans in the quad which are 2.5 grams each (the same amount you'd find in a Tom Ford quad), for reference a MAC single is 1.5 grams. It has a good sized mirror and a nice selection of shadows, making it a good choice for taking away with you. The packaging seems sturdy enough and it doesn't look (or feel) as cheap as I'd feared - it bridges the gap between high end and high street very nicely in my opinion.
The eyeshadow palette comprises of one matte neutral brown shade, a darker warm toned brown with gold shimmer, a dusky rose with shimmer and a gorgeous peachy shimmer shade. I used the matte brown as a transition shade, the peach shade on the lid and the dark brown on the outer 'v', with all 3 shades smudged underneath the lower lash line. I was so impressed with how nicely the shadows blended; I used MAC Painterly paint pot as a base and sometimes eyeshadows can look a little choppy when you first start to blend them over a sticky base, but these just glided over the top. I used the eyeshadow stick to highlight the inner corners and the brow bone, and it's worth mentioning that it's almost an exact dupe for Laura Mercier Rose Gold Caviar stick. I swatched them side by side and it's almost impossible to tell them apart - if anything the Rosie for Autograph cream shadow stick in Almond Eyes leans a little more pink and looks a little more like a true rose gold than Laura Mercier.
The cream blush is a gorgeous shade, that kind of nude staple that looks good with any makeup look - think the cream version of Tarte Exposed or Nars Douceur. It's a touch less pink than my other favourite, the Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium, but still gives that lovely flush like you've just got back from a walk in the countryside. It blended seamlessly into the skin, using my fingers to place the product then blending out with the Real Techniques stippling brush.
I'm so happy with all of my purchases, and wishing I'd picked up a few more bits! Have you tried anything from Rosie at Autograph yet?