First impressions: Make up gallery

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There seems to be a lot of high praise indeed for Poundland’s new make up range, Make Up Gallery (including a lovely review from Vogue). Naturally being out of the country for the November 2014 launch meant I was eager to get my paws on a few bits when I got back to the UK.

I was half expecting it all to be sold out, so i was super chuffed to see that the Wrexham branch was FULLY stocked. Hooray!

I picked up a couple of items from the range, so here are my initial thoughts…

Well Polished top and base coat with added Ginseng (fancy).

As well as the top and base coat, there are heaps of additional nail care products. I am going to try the cuticle oil and ridge filler next.


I’m a big fan of this. I’m giving my nails a little break over the next week or so (as my whole body is dehydrated and recovering from travel and illness), and this just gives them a little perk-me-up and healthy shine.

I’m yet to try it as a top coat, but I’m already impressed with its staying power as a foundation coat.

Smoothly Does It finishing powder (Natural beige 2) / Good To Glow matte bronzer (Matte light 1)

Good to glow matte bronzer

These are…okay. The finishing powder leaves a nice enough finish, it’s not quite Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder, but it gets the job done.

I’m only half convinced by the bronzer. It’s a little orange on my pale skin, and too orange to wear without makeup. It’s not very ‘deep’ and sadly the more orange tint means it’s better for a full on sunkissed look, than as a contour. I find it is fairly Igm back in Australia definitely look great once I’m back in Australia and have more colour on my cheeks.

Colour story Eyeshadow in Cappuccino

colour story eyeshadow poundland

I wanted to test out a little taupe-y brown colour, and thought this little guy would be the best option. Look it’s not very pigmented, you’re not going to get Urban Decay style pick up off this, however, it’s a great colour if you’re building intensity in the creases instead of looking for an all over wash.

My mum picked up a blusher and lipstick so I’ll quiz her on what she thinks of them and let you know. Next time I’m gonna splash out on some more nail and eye colours too!

All in all, I’m impressed for what you can get for £1. It really is the perfect place to kick off stage two of a starter kit when you’re trying to get a bit more adventurous with colour, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive palette.

There’s also a few more things I would like to see in the coming months from Make Up Gallery, and would definitely boost their brand:

  • A high beam dupe (a lovely liquid highlighter would be a tremendous addition)
  • A nice liquid concealer (not a stick which they seem to be offering)
  • miniature shadow palettes (I’d take a 2-3 complementary colour shadow palette, great for season matching!)
  • Matte lip creams (no brainer!)

Have you tried Make Up Gallery? What did you think?

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