23 July 2015

Lottie London Makeup Tools

A picture of Lottie London Makeup Brushes
A new brand on the beauty scene, you may have seen Lottie London pop up on quite a few blogs over the past couple of months. As soon as news of Lottie London hit the beauty world, I was instantly drawn in by the bright colours, stand-out designs and budget-friendly range of both beauty tools and nail polishes. After giving a few of their makeup brushes and tools a try, do I still think Lottie London are the new must-try brand on the high-street?

A picture of Lottie London Makeup Brushes

When a little package of Lottie London products arrived for me to try, I was really excited. First impressions are definitely a thing with beauty products for me, and I love the way the range is so colourfully designed. I love stand-out designs and colours, and the brushes are all bright and funky, they definitely stand out among my other makeup brushes!

The Lottie All Eyes On You Eye Shadow Brush* (£4.99) is described as a multi-tasking shadow brush which can be used to both blend and buff shadows, perfect for any formula from powder to cream and pigments, depositing the perfect amount of product with ease. It's fairly decent in size, with a lovely coral handle and coral tipped bristle ends. Unfortunately, that isn't what I experienced when using this brush. For me personally, the brush head is too thick and the bristles a touch too dense. I also find the bristles to be course, rough and awkward to use - I could barely pick up any product at all with pressed or loose powder products, and with cream products I could apply a messy base layer. If there were slightly fewer bristles, smoother in texture and design, I suspect this could be a wonderful brush. Good for makeup beginners and teenagers, but for me it just doesn't do the job unfortunately.

I found the Lottie Make Me Blush Brush* (£7.99) to be a little bit better, although admittedly not by much. With a gorgeous lilac handle, again with the bristles lilac tipped, it's described as perfect for adding a flush of colour to checks with a brush that's precise, using super soft, long, loose bristles for buildable colour. Whilst I do think this brush works well for pressed powder blushes, the bristles are also coarse enough that it can cause product fall-out in products I have never experienced fall out with before. I also find you really do need to repeatedly apply product with this brush to get any strong colour pay-off. 

My experience so far with the makeup brushes isn't great, but I may have just received dud ones. Personally I think these brushes, although really budget-friendly and really gorgeous in design, are better suited to young teens who are just starting out with makeup and are looking for some cheap and cheerful brushes to start them off. That said, there is one gem in the mix...

If you've been reading Tattooed Tealady for a while you'll know that I am a big fan of the original Beauty Blender, and although I really don't think any other brand dupe I've tried so far is as good, the Lottie Blend and Snap Sponge Blending Sponge* (£5.49) is a great alternative. Described as the perfect tool for creating a flawless finish, it can be used with primers, foundations and cream blushes, with it's tapered tip allowing you to reach even those awkward areas for a 'photo-ready finish'. Although the sponge itself is a lot firmer than the Beauty Blender, and tends to soak up product a bit more than the Beauty Blender, I find it's firmness works in it's favour when it comes to cream contour and highlight products, which is how I've put this blending sponge to good use. 

Although I wouldn't try any beauty tools from Lottie London in the future, I'm still intrigued by other products on offer from the brand and have a few nail polish shades written down ready for when I'm next in Superdrug, to check them out in person. I love the design of the nail polishes and the shade range is beautiful, so I'm hoping they are fab!

If you've tried Lottie London I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially if you've tried the brushes!

Available at Superdrug.com.

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