Friday, 27 February 2015

The Pastel Trend

Hi Guys,

It's getting closer and closer to Spring and Spring usually means pastels. They've been extremely popular these past few seasons, not only for spring. However there was a lot of pastels on the SS15 catwalks from Matthew Williamson, Vera Wang and Derek Lam, especially in purple too.

Pastel Makeup however can be very tricky and quite daunting, so Ive picked up a few of my favourite products for lips, nails, eyes and cheeks. Ranging from high end to drugstore, to show some of the easiest ways to wear this pastel trend.
With brands such as Lime Crime who are increasing in popularity very quickly, they do amazing shades of lipstick in pastel shades. As they've been so popular for them, more and more companies seem to be joining the band wagon of offering more than just your typical shades. Its quick to do and really fun too.

MUA Matte Lipstick in Lilac Belle - £1 HERE
This has to be one of the safest products to experiment with in terms of price. It may look quite scary in the tube, but on, its a beautiful creamy Lilac, just like it says on the tin! (Or tube...) Its a fun little extra that won't break the bank and lets you try out the pastel lip trend. It is really nice on though as its got quite a waxy formula so it doesn't dry out the lips too much either.

MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup - £15.50 HERE
If you want to have a little bit of a splurge, MAC Creme Cup, is a lovely creamy baby pink. Even though it doesn't really look it in the tube, Its not an in your face shade and can be used every single day as a really subtle every day lipstick. Its a creme sheen formula, which basically means its a cream, which is comfortable to wear. But you will need to reapply it a little bit more than a matte. 

Ok I must admit, Ive already cheated when it comes to a drugstore and high end option, sorry! I dont have any drugstore products in pastel shades and actually thinking about it, I cant think of many that actually exist that aren't just baby pink. I do find though that both of these products are very good value for money.

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette - £24.99 HERE
This palette is so versatile! It may look a bit daunting, but its great, amazingly pigmented! The shades give you so many options and so many colour combinations. Kitten Parade looks great over the lid with Hotsy Totsy on the outer corner. Instead of Kitten Parade you could also use Frostine too. Ive been using Candy Crush as a inner corner highlight and it really picks up the light and brightens. The only shade that isn't very shimmery is Hotsy Totsy, the rest do contain a lot of shimmer. Both Hotsy Totsy and Kitten Parade make beautiful blushers, Kitten Parade also doubles up as a highlight too.

Illamasqua Powder Shadow in CanCan - £15.50 HERE
Illamasqua offers a range of pastel shadow shades, CanCan is by far my favourite, the more you buff it out the lighter it is and more pastel lilac in shade. But if you build it up, which is extremely easy to do as they are fantastically pigmented, you can make it a lot brighter. It's definitely a shade that I recommend for anyone with blue eyes especially as it really enhances them too.
Unlike the rest of my drugstore and high end bits and pieces, these are more like dupes rather than different products. Pastels on the cheek are probably the most easiest of ways to actually wear the trend on your face, as baby pinks are very popular blush shades.

ELF Blusher in Shy - £2.50 HERE
Shy is a slightly purpled toned pink, however it can look quite rosy. Its not got a shimmer in it, which a lot of the ELF blushers have. Its chalky in texture, which it is really pigmented, but on the downside it can have a bit of fall down too. They have changed their packaging, it now includes a brush.

Nars Blusher in Sex Fantasy - £22.50 HERE 
My blusher is actually in the Virtual Domination palette, but fear not, its not a limited edition shade and you can buy it on its own! Its a pastel pink, with quite the lilac undertone too it. Its a very cool shade because of this, but its subtle and looks really lovely on the skin. Plus Nars blushers may actually be some of the most raved about blushers ever!This one is not as chalky as the ELF one and very pigmented, it also lasts a lot longer on the skin too.
Pastel lips and eyes aren't something that you maybe wouldn't sport everyday as it may be really stepping out of your comfort zone. So nails are actually one of the easiest ways to sport the trend without feeling uncomfortable!

Illamasqua Polish in Scarce - £14.50 HERE
It may not be Easter just yet, but its creeping in! (Wishful thinking on my part for the chocolate...) I've been getting into the spirit though with the Illamasqua Polish in Scarce. Its a unique polish with its black speckles running through the beautiful powdered baby pink. Its the perfect Spring time combination and no nail looks the same, totally unique!

Barry M Textured Nail Effect in Ridley Road - £3.99 HERE 
My drugstore option had to be mint! As well as being Barry M, as for their price they are fantastic in quality and also shade selection. The polish Ive picked is from their Textured Nail Effect range in the shade Ridley Road. Again its another slightly different polish rather than your usual creamy selection, it's almost like sand on the nails.
(Swatches - Left to Right: Sex Fantasy, Shy, Creme Cup, Lilac Belle, Kitten Parade, Frostine, Candy Crush, Hotsy Totsy and CanCan)

I'd really love to find more pastel make up pieces as I think its a trend that may be around for a while.  So let me know if you've found any pieces I need to get my hands on! I hope this has also helped to give out a few ideas on how to rock the pastel trend!

Eloise x


  1. I love pastel anything, and you can tell spring's about when all the brands start bringing out the baby shades! Loving the colours of the sugarpill palette, though it's a tad pricey for me. Hope that the drugstore brands jump on the pastel shadow bandwagon this year!

    little miss fii || Fii x

  2. I absolutely love pastels and I'm so excited for spring to roll around. You have some awesome great picks, I can't wait to get shopping! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

  3. I love pastel nails but don't suit pastel eyes or lips unfortunately. I love the Illasmqua nail polish!

  4. Can't wait to throw myself into pastel nails and makeup :) Great picks!

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  5. I was trying decide on my first mac lipstick last week and ended up with Ruby Woo, but i wish i would of seen this first as Creme Cup looks like my perfect everyday colour!
    Caroline xx


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