Topshop Makeup

April 17, 2014

It’s been years that many of my readers have been e-mailing me about Topshop Makeup with raves about their blushes and lipsticks and numerous requests to try the brand and review it. Topshop is one of those brands I don’t have easy access to, but it’s been on my list to try for quite some time. Topshop recently reached out to me to try a few items from their makeup line and I was thrilled to get my first look. There are so many gorgeous posts about their lipsticks from many UK bloggers. The items they sent for review included their 3D Curve Mascara, Brighten in Moonlight, Kohl Pencil in Coal and Saint Lipstick.
3D Curve Mascara ($20 for 9.5 ml/0.30 fl oz, made in China) comes in Black with a large brush. I found it did give a multi-dimensional look for my super thin and straight lashes. The color is a pure black and stayed black after it dried (some mascaras tend to look grayish on my lashes once dried). I found it lasted quite well without any smudging but I did get a bit of flaking by the end of the day. If it didn’t flake I would give it an A+ rating. My first attempt at taking before/after photos of my lashes below (along top lashes only):

Brighten in Moonlight ($14 for 1.5 ml/0.05 fl oz, made in Italy) is a one-shade fits all under-eye concealer. It comes in a twist up tube with a brush applicator. I was worried this would be too pale or pink for my skin, when swatched it looks very light and very pink against my olive skin. However it has a sheer slightly luminous (but without any shimmer) quality to it that blends well with my medium/tan skin. I was really surprised how this brightened the under-eye area. I tend to avoid concealers under the eyes in general since they end up looking too heavy or cakey. This one has enough sheerness to it to even the skin without looking heavy. To apply this, I’ve been dabbing it under the eye over foundation and set it with powder. It lasts well all day. I’m not sure if this would work on anything darker than a Chanel B40 or MAC NC40 – if you’ve tried this I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Kohl Eye Pencil in Coal ($8, made in Czech Republic) is a dark black pencil. I found it to be a pure rich black with a smooth texture that doesn’t tug. The lasting power is quite good and I didn’t get any smudging or pulling with the pencil. (Also available in Sable/Dark Brown). Finding a good true black for me is difficult. Most black pencils end up looking too harsh, too grey or just not really dark enough. Coal is a good true black that applies very smoothly and stays put. I couldn’t ask for a better pencil for the price.
Saint Lipstick ($16 for 3.5g/0.12 oz, made in Italy) is a pale peach pink cream. This one is difficult for me to evaluate simply because the color is so light I think it will be hard for anyone to pull off this color. Since it’s drastically paler than my natural lip it tends to enhance any crease or imperfection even with smooth lips. Given the raves and beautiful reviews I’ve seen of Topshop lipsticks on other blogs I suspect it’s only the color that makes this one not work. For me to be able to wear this one I had to cover the entire lip with a darker nude lipliner, apply a light layer of Saint Lipstick and blend like crazy. If you’ve tried any of the lipsticks I’d love to hear about the colors and formulas you’ve tried.

I like the look of the Topshop makeup line although it’s completely different from what I normally go for in beauty brands. I have their shop in Los Angeles on my list to check out – I’m hoping all the stores carry the full makeup line. Have you tried Topshop Makeup? I’d love to hear your recommendations. I already have a list going from readers to check out their blushes – but I’d love to hear your thoughts. (This Glow Highlighter looks seriously amazing, tell me do I need to check this one out?)
This post contains press samples sent for review and affiliate links. All opinions are my own. For more information refer to my disclosures.

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  • I don't think the lipstick look that bad. It's like Kim Kardashian nude.

  • want to try the glow highlighter too. Nordstrom online carries some of the line.

  • Great review! I have two Topshop nail polishes and recently purchased my first Topshop lipstick in the shade "Macaroon" – a pretty coral-pink. I tested the powder highlighter in "Crescent Moon" – it has a great texture – the shade reminds me of NARS Albatross. It's on my wishlist! There are quite a few other lip & face products I'd like to try some day πŸ™‚

  • Hi Sabrina,

    I haven't tried Top Shop makeup despite there being a shop nearby! I adore their packaging… And I'm liking the look of Saint here ( can't resist a light pink lippie! )

  • The lipstick looked so promising and peachy-pink in the pics although it could be the lighting. It may appear more wearable when factored in with an entire face and not just a zoom on the lips.

    I love the pics of your eye makeup; it looks so glowy yet not over-the-top, something I can use more lessons on. I don't think we've seen those pics of you and I think you should do more. Perhaps a tutorial in the future?

    Have you tried lengthening fibers under mascara if you're looking for longer lashes? They do work without looking fake although there is a learning curve and it does get messy.

  • Viv

    The Glow highlighter in the colour Gleam is very good, I use it and have olive skin. You will like it!

  • Hi, you take such beautiful pictures and I was just wondering which camera do you use?

  • Too bad Topshop isn't available in India! Such pretty makeup! I love the packaging!

  • Anonymous

    All products look really nice. But what a sense it makes to send them to you for a review if it will be hard to get for us – American customers:))). Unless they will make it easy for us to get our hands on it. Really was nice to see your eyes and eye makeup. I think with the collection that you have and your experience it will be really interesting if you will do some time a makeup techniques application haul, or just some of your favorite looks for us. Love your blog! Thank you for your review!!!

  • Everything looks amazing, I've never tried Topshop make up but the packaging is definitely gorgeous haha. I really loved the lipstick and the under eye concealer/brightener! Nude pink lips look great on you, maybe it's just about getting used to it πŸ™‚ <3


  • I am so happy that I've found your blog, it's amazing! This review too is brilliant and I can't wait to go back home to London, run into the nearest Top Shop and purchase some goodies. Thank you for an excellent reviw β™₯

  • I'm from London and I know people are in love with the make up line recently. I'm yet to try out a few lipsticks and blushes as these are my main focuses this spring/summer. I loved the review!!

  • hey sabrina, not sure if you know that nordstrom locations carry topshop makeup! I imagine the "nicer" nordstroms in socal near you have it! But yes, all the topshop stores I've been to (Chicago, NYC) do have their full makeup line. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! loved the pics in this review, and i'm going to check out those liners now!

  • I've always been put off buying makeup from clothing companies as the idea makes me think the quality won't be great. However, I've heard amazing things about the topshop make up line and having tried the Kohl Eye Pencil, which was suprisingly good, and after reading this post I am tempted to try more of their products. Great post! <3