The £350 makeover




I’ll level with you: I’m far too cheap to actually ever spend £350 on makeup in one sitting. But my office was going out to a fancy-pants summer do and I had to somehow improvise a full face of makeup that would last all night in the blistering heat and I just knew there was no way anything in my arsenal would do it.



So here’s an idea: get someone else to do it and preferably in a fashion where I don’t have to pay the full price for it.



Enter Boots and their Lancôme counter, where the lovely Fearn practises her art of transforming dull looking over-thirties into glamourous kittens.



The foundations: a liquid moisturiser, a moisturising serum and the primer.

Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector £62

Énergie De Vie Liquid Moisturiser £42

La Base Pro Pore Eraser £25



Eye shadow: Hypnôse Palette Matte £38



Wings, baby: Grandiôse Liner £25



Mascara: Monsieur Big Mascara £21



The finished article:

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation £31.50

Effacernes Longue Tenue Concealer £22

Poudre Majeur Excellence Libre Loose Powder £32.50

L’Absolu Rouge lipstick £25.50

Le Lip Liner £19


The verdict:


The foundation stayed on all day but went shiny in a few hours – some loose powder fixed that but it did require timely touch-ups. I’m the kind of gal that I want my foundation to mattify me all day because ain’t nobody got time for constant re-apply so nah, I wouldn’t invest into this one.

Also the lipstick wore off after about 3 drinks so I remedied the situation with my Urban Decay matte lip-miracle. Seriously though, I can’t stress enough you how much I love my UD. It will not budge and lasts through at least 7 pints. Trust me on that.

And not to sound like a massive Negative Nelly, I gotta say I quite liked the mascara (it made my lashes big like I’ve never seen before) and the eyeliner. Both were fresh and fabulous after the night out so if I am feeling particularly flush I might be persuaded to part from my monies for these. Maybe. Possibly. But not definitely.

To be honest, the skincare part of the makeover was a lot more impressive than the actual makeup. The serum and liquid moisturiser were just lush. I am fully aware that they hail from the highest of price ranges but sometimes you get what you pay for and these babies are the all-singing, all-dancing skincare essentials. I mean my skin has never felt so moisturised or ready to take on the world until I met them. Yes they cost a lot of money but feck it. I deserve them.


Whatcha reckon? Is this look worth £350? Come on. Be honest.

  • Love the look – bold lips and winged eyeliner, a classic! £350 is a lot of money for makeup so I loved your backup plan! I appreciate the honest review, stay true to yourself.
    BS, xx |

  • Bonnie Laura

    Great and honest review on the makeup. I actually love it and think you look amazing! Xx

  • The makeup turned out looking great and you look stunning. I love the honest review of how it all wore and that not all of it worked out for you; definitely a good way to try out high end stuff and know whether or not you like it.

    Kylie <3 |

  • You look stunning! Can’t believe how much some makeup costs!

  • Jasmin N

    ah loved the honest review & you look so amazing! Although, I don’t think this look looks like it’s worth £350 😀

  • You look lovely and I like your honest review of each and every item. I can never get lipstick to stay on for more than one hour!

  • Jayne

    You pull off a red lip so well!!!! Sad to hear it wore off in a few drinks

  • Love it, you look incredible! The red lipstick really pulls together the entire look

    Alice | Dainty Alice

  • Tadeja Umek

    Amazing!! You look great! I would love to have those makeup products on my shelf, hehe. Unfortunately they cost a fortune but your idea of going to the counter was brilliant!