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Sunday, 7 June 2015

W7 Ebony Collection, Matte Lips and more!

W7 as a brand are constantly releasing new affordable products, many of which offer a great dupe to some cult products. They also have some eyeshadow compacts due for release that bear more than a striking resemblance to the UD naked basics palettes, check them out on the homepage here if you're as curious as I am!


 Recently I got to try out some of their products, including the new Ebony range catered to darker skintones.

The Ebony blotting pressed powder* is a great transportable compact for on the go. The packaging is sturdy, and also includes a mirror and sponge that is cleverly hidden away under the powder, making it perfect for those humid summer days. It comes in a choice of two shades: medium and deep. I received the medium, and as a rough indicator I would say it's for those around NC40 and above. The powder itself is incredibly smooth and feels very finely milled.


The Ebony catwalk collection concealer* comes with a classic doe foot applicator and the packaging gives you a good idea of the shade you'll be getting. The shades available are: clay and earth, with clay being the lighter of the two. The concealer offers medium coverage that could easily be built on, it also blends in quite easily and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. However, the shade clay is much deeper than the powder in medium, so the shades don't seem to be coordinated.

 This might be an overreaction but this could be a good alternative for those who find the collection lasting perfection concealer doesn't run very deep as their shades are limited to 4.

Seeing as these shades are too deep for me I decided to use them as a contour instead. Recently I just can't get a natural contour using bronzer, so I've been using concealers a few shades deeper or brown eyeshadows that almost mimic a shadow.

I placed the W7 Ebony catwalk concealer just under my cheekbones and quickly blended upwards with a rt contour brush. You do have a bit of time but I wanted to work quickly before the concealer set. Overall, I quite liked the end result, it looked very natural and didn't look cakey at all. However, when I added the pressed powder over the top it did look a bit orange as the powder has a slight warm undertone. I'll just be sticking to the concealer next time.



I also got to try some lip products! The first product is the Full Time lip colour in On Trend*. It's meant to be one of those incredibly long lasting lip glosses. I remember trying something similar years back which involved putting a sort of sealant over lipstick, it had such a strong chemical scent! Fortunately, there wasn't much of a scent with this product. The formula of the lip colour and gloss also seemed to be quite good. However, it's not a shade I would realistically wear. It's a pale pink with a shimmery/frosted finish that I can't pull off.

However, the disappointment was very short lived! I then tried on the Mega matte lips in Hasta La Vista* and to say I love it would be an understatement. It's a lovely lip cream that goes on so smoothly and sets after a minute giving the most lovely matte finish without the dry feeling. I previously tried out a Manhattan lip cream here which I also loved, but they can be  hard to find and they don't have a wide selection of shades.

Hasta La Vista is a red with a pinkish undertone, it's great for an everyday summer look when you don't want a strong red lip. I used the doe foot applicator to put it on which makes it super easy. You also have a minute in which you can build the shade up before it sets, although it is incredibly pigmented! The lasting power was outstanding, normally I'm lucky if I can get 2-3 hours out of a lip product, but this survived a whole afternoon of shopping and snacking, atleast 5 hours!




Lastly, I tried out the Ebony Silky Smooth lipstick in Ravishing Red*. The packaging is very classic and again gives you a good idea of the shade. In this case Ravishing Red is a pillar box red with neutral undertones, it doesn't run too warm or too cool so would be a great shade for everyone.

The formula is very smooth and very pigmented. I used a lip brush to get a more precise finish and it went on really well, it didn't highlight any lines and it felt quite moisturising. The lasting time was also as good as the lip cream. It has quite a satin finish, which bordered a bit on the glossy side. If you're looking for a statement red then look no futher!


As you can see from the swatches which are one swipe each, the products have an insane amount of pigmentation, and I would really recommend the last two.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Which products from W7 would you recommend?

43 comments:

  1. all look so pretty :) I don't know if we have a makeup line form W7 ... I saw only i think that was skin care .

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    1. I've also seen the range in a few other shops like TK Maxx or Peacocks :)

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  2. the lip colors seem quite lovely and creamy!

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  3. Love the concept of this range - will definitely look out for it :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I'm really liking all the different products they're releasing too :)

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  4. I have never heard of this brand, it sounds so interesting! Thanks for all the swatches!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  5. Shame some of the shades are really off for your skin tone. In terms of not being able to use the powder as a contour because it's so warm, have you tried using it as bronzer? It looks like it would be a good shade for that x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. In all honesty I don't really use bronzer that much anymore but I might give it a go :)

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  6. I've never tried any makeup from this brand before, but I'm definitely interested in trying the powder and concealer, they sound really good!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  7. Wooo will definitely try some of these!

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  8. I've tried some of the eyeshadows from W7 but I wasn't that much of a fan, but the last two lip products do sound amazing. Especially love the mega matte, I'm a huge lover of a matte lip! Really great post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. I love matte creams, especially ones that come in this format as I find them so much easier to pull off than matte lipsticks :)

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  9. Have heard great things about W7 but I'm yet to try their products. The bronzer looks lovely, although I think it'd be too 'orangey' for my skin tone. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. It's actually a pressed powder but I thought it could work as a bronzer, I found it a bit too orange for me too :)

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  10. I really love W7 but their face/base products aren't the best in terms of shades, they're all so dark! xx
    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. They should come out with another range, but for paler skin :)

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  11. Mega matte sounds lovely and looks great on the swatch! I love W7 eyeshadow palettes they are amazing, haven't tried any base products but I am as white as a sheet so might need a tan first! xxx

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    1. Mega Matte is my favourite too, I'll never get tired of it. I really want to try their eyeshadow palettes, I haven't so far because I already have the UD dupes :)

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  12. I'm loving the red lip products! They look the perfect Summery red :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  13. Very good review. I like your photos and the way you've presented the brand :)

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  14. I am seriously happy whenever I see a makeup brand releasing something geared to darker skin tone and I wish more brands do the same. Both lip products looks amazing, the shades are stunning.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I find that concealers are the main area where shades can be lacking. Thank you :)

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  16. I haven't heard from this brand before, but all these goodies look fantastic, especially the red lipstick! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  17. Never heard of this brand before, look like pretty good dupes
    Lauren
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  18. the concealer and press powder looks good (& great that its affordable)!

    illustrated-wardrobe.blogspot.com x

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  19. The red lipstick looks like a great dupe for a few mac lippies! X

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  20. These all look really good products thankyou for sharing
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  21. I'd love to try some more W7 products, I only have their Honolulu bronzer which is supposed to be a dupe for the Benefit Hoola :) the Ravishing Red lipstick look absolutely stunning! x

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    1. Ooh I haven't tried that before but I've heard of it being a dupe too :)

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  22. Great post! Nothing better than a red lipstick

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