When I think of M&S, I tend to think of those adverts, underwear and their food! It's not a place I associate with my make-up purchasing.
I had a look at their summer beauty collections today and was left pleasantly surprised. Their entire range has been revamped and gone is the dull, sensible packaging I made a point of steering clear of and it's now hello to the Chanel-esque quads, MAC Slimshine-alikes and pretty polishes.
The new range goes by the name of Perfection and with over 200 shades, covers everything from foundations to nail polishes, to blushers and eyeshadows. Stand out products include Perfection Day & Night Mascara; a double ended mascara which gives well dressed lashes for day and full on glamour for after dark.
As I swatched away, I found the quality of the make-up to be surprisingly good. It's also free of animal testing, which I know will go down well with those of you concerned about the origins of your cosmetics and skincare. All M&S Beauty is BUAV certified and authroised to carry the Leaping Bunny logo, which is the gold standard in cruelty-free cosmetics.
Foundation shades cater for English rose complexions, right through to darker caramel and coffee shades for black and asian skintones.
They've also released new look make-up brushes and two palettes which cost a respectable £9.50 and £15.
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TV presenter Tess Daly, launched her make-up line Daly Body, at M&S last October and it became the fastest selling beauty range to launch there, with products flying off the shelf at the rate of one every 30 seconds. It's back with a summer range of products, which include two bronzers (cream and powder based) and a skin shimmer. Prices in the Daly Body line range from £9.50-£15.
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Their skin care products have also undergone a makeover. All skincare groups are covered ranging from the Formula Essential Care which offers a regime for normal, sensitive and dry skin types to Formula Age Defence which tackles the first signs of ageing. Mature skins aged 60+ are not forgotten and caterd for with the Formula Age Restructure line.
I took advantage of the express manicures being offered and had my talons trimmed and painted in Essential Colours Nail Colour in Mint which costs a pocket friendly £2.50 which I'm loving. The formula isn't the best, but if you have the patience to apply it carefully then you can make it work.
The Essential Colours range is full of brights, ranging from hot pink lipgloss to yellow polish and is cheap as chips priced from £2 - £5
M&S have worked hard at becoming trendier and more appealing to its younger customers and this shows in the packaging and shade choices that I saw today. The entire line is affordable with the most expensive cosmetic item costing £12 from the Perfection range and the priciest skincare product from Formula coming in at £19.50. I particularly liked their lip and nail products and will be checking those out again in my spare time.
Can you envisage yourself picking up a lipstick from M&S with your sandwich? Check it out when you're next in there, you may be surprised at what you find.
You can also view their products online too.