Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection

Hi guys!

Today I will be reviewing the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection that launched in Australia earlier this December. This launch has been highly anticipated since Gigi released her products in the US. I went down to my local Priceline and bought some bits and pieces to try out. Now the full collection includes the Jetsetter palette, multiple eye shadow palettes, lipliners, lipsticks, eyeliners, mascaras, tinted primers and strobe creams, but today, I will be reviewing only the lipsticks, eyeliners and strobe creams.

First, lets talk about the lipsticks. There are 6 different lipstick shades in this collection – 3 for the West Coast and 3 for the East Coast. Having a tanned complexion means that the nude shades from the East Coast collection didn’t suit my skin tone at all, so I didn’t even bother buying any of those because they were simply too light for my skin (except for the shade Erin, which straight up didn’t appeal to me). However, I did buy all 3 of the beautiful matte red shades from the West Coast collection and they are INCREDIBLE. They are so, so good, I cannot rave about how much I love these lipsticks! They are so pigmented, they are opaque and look great on the lips. They are a comfortable matte finish without being drying and the staying power is excellent. I think Maybelline and Gigi hit the nail on the head with the formula of these lipsticks. I like that she came out with 3 different reds because you’re sure to find something you love with these options. My favourite is Lani – a deep blue toned red.

Next, let’s talk about the eyeliners. So I picked up the liquid eyeliner and the gel eyeliner in black. Firstly, the liquid eyeliner was a HUGE miss for me, which sucks because I really thought I was going to love it. I had a few issues with it – namely the liner itself just wasn’t as opaque and black as I usually prefer/some of Maybelline’s liquid liners. Secondly, and this is the big one, I had a weird allergic reaction to it! This was so crazy and scary for me because I do not have sensitive skin and I’m not allergic to anything (that I know of). My skin is very tolerant and doesn’t react easily, but something in this product made my eyelids swell up, so I had to remove it straight away. I don’t know if this has happened to anyone else, but I’m steering clear of this liner for those reasons.

Top: Liquid Liner – multiple coats needed to achieve this degree of black. Bottom – gel liner, one swipe.

The gel liner however, I LOVE. It is possibly the creamiest, softest gel liner I have ever used in my life. It goes on so smoothly onto the eyes and it doesn’t budge once set. I love this stuff, it is awesome!

Next up, let’s talk about their strobe cream. There are two shades available, however I only bought the gold one, as pink highlighters don’t flatter my skin tone. This highlighter is a beautiful deep golden colour which looks great on my skin. My only issue with it is how subtle it is as a highlighter, you really need to build it up to get any reflectivity at all. Maybe that’s the look that Maybelline was going for, but I usually prefer my highlighters to be more high impact. However, I still enjoy using this in the summer because its lightweight and does give a nice hint of shimmer in the sunlight. I find the best way to apply this is with a duo-fibre brush to the cheekbones and I often go over it with a similar gold toned highlighter to intensify it. This product isn’t bad per se, but it didn’t blow my socks off. I think girls who like a subtle everyday highlight or who like to layer cream and powder highlights will like this one.

Beautiful packaging
Gel like formula. The liquid strobe illuminator in Gold

So those are my thoughts on parts of the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection! I think the only things I would recommend to everyone and their mums are their lipsticks and the gel liner. The formula is spot on for both. Let me know if you guys have tried anything from the collection and what your thoughts were on all the products!



Mano xx


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/Maybelline FitMe

Okay unpopular opinion coming up – brace yourselves – I am not a fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Before you shoot me down and hate me, let me explain why. I don’t hate everything about this concealer, just some things. Overall, I think I just have a love-hate relationship with this product.

Let’s start with the good. This concealer has been a cult favourite for such a long time now so naturally, I had to try it. My shade is Custard, although Ginger would probably be fine on my skin tone too. I think NARS offers a great shade range that is inclusive of nearly all skin tones, which is great. Custard is a beautiful shade itself.

The Maybelline FitMe Concealer and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The concealer is pretty thick, but not too thick and goopy. It has a smooth finish and pretty good coverage, definitely buildable to full, but building it up does run the risk of it looking cakey. So what do I like this concealer for? Well because it has such good coverage and it blends out so well, I really like to use it to spot conceal any blemishes I have. It covers them well and doesn’t fade much throughout the day especially if I set the area. For spot concealing, it is my favourite and go to concealer – it covers EVERYTHING. The consistency is perfect for it and it ends up blending in so well it just looks like skin.

Okay, so now onto what I don’t like about this concealer. My only beef with this is that the formula is SO DRYING. I have oily skin, but my under eyes are unfortunately the slightest bit dry with texture and fine lines. I know, it sucks. Whilst the concealer does a good job at covering and dark circles – because the formula is so dry – it ends up look cakey, dry and it settles into fine lines causing them to be exaggerated, which makes me look so much older than I am. For this reason, I cannot stand putting it under my eyes!

So I guess I’m in the middle – I love it for spot concealing and I hate it as an under eye concealer.

Left: the NARS concealer in the shade Custard, Right: The Maybelline FitMe in the shade 20 Sand

A lot of people like to compare the Maybelline FitMe Concealer to the NARS one, but I personally think they’re pretty different. The formula is quite different – the NARS one is thick and dry, whereas the Maybelline one is thinner and more liquid-y I suppose. I like the Maybelline one because of this reason – it’s more hydrating under the eyes and that means it doesn’t settle into fine lines or make the under eyes look aged. However, it definitely has less coverage than the NARS concealer because of the difference in formula. The finish is similar, but overall less drying. Personally, I wouldn’t call these a dupe because the formula is so different. Having said that, I do love the Maybelline FitMe as a good everyday under eye concealer – it’s quick, easy to use, blends beautifully and seamlessly into the skin. I don’t really like this as a spot concealer though. My shade in this concealer is 20 Sand.

What are your thoughts on these concealers? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Mano xx