This week LBQ trotted on down to the London College of Fashion for a sneak peek at their collaboration with iconic British brand, The Body Shop. I’ve been keeping my eye on this for a few weeks and was really interested to see what they’d come up with. The Body Shop have taken a bit of a wack over the last few years, so it’s nice to see they’re going back to basics and teaming up with some of the UK’s hottest talent. The design of the collection was the brainchild of a fashion illustration student who won a competition set by the University – it’s simple, striking and not too ‘arty’ so I’m sure it’ll be universally liked. I would’ve liked to have seen more colour and pizazz, especially as the campaign images are so striking and powerful, but that’s just my opinion folks.
Within the collection they have two eye palettes, two lipglosses, a highlighter and a cheek colour, all of which carry the design through. I’m not a huge fan of the white as I think it will quickly look tatty and dirty, but I love the lipgloss packaging design – it’s really fresh and modern. What I do love is the detail of these products… the palettes come with a really cute, iddle biddle eyeshadow brush (not one of those awful foam things) and a matching eye pencil. The lipglosses and the blush tint come with brush applicators rather than your normal foam tip so they’re really soft to use and make them seem a bit more premium. The blush tint even comes out a clear colour but changes to pink as you work it into your skin – clever!
I have a really mixed response to the products – I love half of them, but the other half I’m not that impressed with. The eyeshadow palettes have some great colours that everyone can use as part of their daily routine – they’re very muted shades that will never go out of style and will create a good base to build your make-up collection from. The texture of the shadow is lovely and silky soft, without being too fly-away and you can get some great colour results. However, some of the shades would be in the ‘could do better’ section of the report card; the black is very difficult to build up to a solid colour and some of the brown/nude shades are practically invisible. I particularly love the super shiny silver shade… I’m even modeling it today!
|Black/Grey eyeshadow palette|
|Brown/Beige eyeshadow palette|
I adore the lipglosses though – they have a very fruity scent and aren’t at all sticky to wear, meaning they’re both comfortable and tasty. The colours are great too and would suit absolutely anybody, being very nude and ‘barely there’. I had that feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on, but you know it means you really like something! I’ll be using these again and again as they’re actually quite moisturising too. The cheek tint sits within the same ‘group,’ as it has the same packaging… it’s an usual formula but it gives you a good, subtle colour which would be perfect for Spring. It would make a great change from a blusher or something like Benetint, or when you don’t want to wear much make-up.
|Lipglosses – unbelievably wearable|
|Blush gel – innovative and pinky|
It was really nice to see that The Body Shop are really upping their game and producing fun, usable cosmetics that are great quality, while asserting their position as being an iconic British brand who are investing in future talent. I think the collection as a whole is a really good one and one that I’d recommend you check out in the new year when it’s released. It’ll be in stores from January 2011, so keep your eyes peeled… and watch out for those fashion students nabbing them all!