Cherry Picking

It seems that the Autumn collections are coming at us from every crevis at the moment, giving us berries, berries and more berries. For those of you who prefer to spend your pennies saving up for the seasonal parties, (‘which are like totally two months away’ someone said to me the other day) then this collection from Boots own brand 17 is for you.

I love how 17 have managed to get rid of their cheapy-teenage image which haunted them for many years. I wouldn’t have touched it with a barge pole for fear of my teenage cousin having the same makeup as me, but now I have loads of bits and bobs floating around in my makeup bag. Well, makeup suitcase. This latest collection features six nail varnishes and four eyeshadows, all of which are super on-trend and well worth the couple of quid they cost.

Let’s start with the polish… I’ve done a few berry coloured posts recently, but I really like these polishes. The colours include a gemstone red (Ruby Gem), a deep irredescent purple-brown (Gemstone) and brighter purple-blue (Purple Jewel.) Can you spot a trend here? All the colours apply easily and give a good colour result after two coats. They do take a while to dry though so be careful and don’t do it in a rush or you’ll end up with smudged, manky fingers. These are a good guilt-free buy at only £2.99 each. I’ve been wearing Ruby Gem and it’s lasted three days with only minimal chipping, easily fixed with a quic touch-up if you’re lazy like me.

Now, the eyeshadows. I love, love, love these shades. Taking influence from the gem names of the varnishes, these fab little pots shimmer and shine their hearts out. Midnight Pearl, Rose Quartz, Gold Emerald and Violet Rock are all fabulous colours (although because my samples don’t have names on I can’t tell you which is which!) that I’ll definitely be using. Three of the shades are metallic shimmers, ranging from a bronze to silver and grey, and really have a great pay-off. Normally with cheaper brands the result is poor, but these colours really transfer onto the skin well and would look even better with a primer. The fourth colour is a dusky mauve which could be used around the lash line to create a sexy Autumn smokey eye – they blend well and sit well even under and around your eye.

These are all super cheap (polish is £2.99 & eyeshadow £3.49) and are even on a 3 for 2 at the moment so there’s no excuse not to grab the lot. It’s basically your Autumn wardrobe in one reasonably-priced-package.



  1. ChrissyDee
    October 5, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    Gorgeous! The quality of 17 products is excellent considering the price point. Have only just recently tried their nail polishes and I love! Lots!Adding them to my list of affordable brands everyone needs to know about.

  2. London Beauty Queen
    October 6, 2010 / 9:12 am

    Totally. I was really surprised with the quality of their products… I'm rocking another nail varnish & eyeshadow from this collection today and loving it! X

  3. Bettina@BeautySwot
    October 7, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Think I am definitely going to have to try some of those eye shadows, such pretty colours!

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