So, on Tuesday I got the chance to head to the Cosmetics à la Carte store in the deliciously cool Knightsbridge to play with all their pretty, pretty things.
I have to admit I’ve never used Cosmetics à la Carte before but this is what spurred me on to investigate further, I love finding new things. Heading out there turned out to be a great decision too, it was a really friendly day and I got my paws on some awesome cosmetics.
I’m like a magpie for eye shadows and there were many here in lots of colours and textures so I zoomed in asap. The shadows are available in matte, semi-matte and shimmer and in all the colours! These are really soft to the touch and can be applied wet or dry which gives a great range of pigmentation and useage. The shadows come in 1.25g and 2.5g and both sizes fit into the two customisable palettes; medium for 4 mini or 2 midi shadows and large for 12 mini and 6 midi or blushes. The palettes are also free if you spend £24 on refills for a medium size, or £40 for a large size.
Staying with the eye products, the cream outliners really got my attention. Available in a range of matte and shimmer shades the outliners can be used as a cream eyeshadow or an eyeliner. They are hard wearing, waterproof and seriously pretty. I got to take home one in a blue-green shade called Dragonfly, and I shall be writing that up separately when I’ve had more time to play with it.
The biggest thing for me however has to be the customisable foundation service. My skin tone is quite fair but olive based and this makes it a pain to find the right foundation of me. I’ve tried so many and they tend to come out too peachy or pinky and I’m not dark enough for the Asian ranges, so bespoke foundation appeals.
I had to take off the foundation that I was wearing and then a shade was mixed using the various colours available. The end shade was really good too, I’m so impressed with it and they took my skin type into consideration too so this really is a foundation tailored to me. Once your shade is made up it then stays on file so you can reorder it whenever you need to. You can also order bespoke lipstick, gloss powder or shadows too, or even send off samples of an old discontinued product from any company and get that resurrected.
All in all I was really impressed with Cosmetics à la Carte, not only is everything cruelty-free and created in Britain, but they really care about the ingredients they use too. Everything is created with as few preservatives as possible, and if you have any allergies they will reblend things to suit your skin. This is certainly a range I hope to try out more in future, and I recommend you have a nosy too.
If you want to know more you can call into their store at 19b Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge or on the website.