I recently stumbled upon a makeup stand with a brand name that i’d never heard of before. After spotting a £4 eyeshadow quad and a gin and tonic lip balm I figured it would be a cool idea to try them out and put up a post on Beauty Dose!
The brand name is Academy of Colour and is stocked in Debenhams (and weirdly Matalan and Morrisons too?!).
I got 5 items from the nudes 3 collection (spending only £18.50) and aimed to make a bronze glam makeup look, here’s the result:
Find out how I created this look and what I thought of each item below!
Brow palette – £4
I feel like you can’t go wrong with a brow kit but I was impressed by this one. The kit comes with a lighter and darker powder and a dark wax, perfect for my dark hair. I think lighter brunettes might get away with the lighter colour but because it’s so warm toned I think blondes should stay clear.
I used the dark wax and my own brush (didn’t rate the eyebrow brush in the kit at all) and found it pretty easy to get the shape I like. Then I used the darker powder to set that into place.
Update: I’ve worn the brow products all day now and although it’s mainly stayed in place, the edges have faded slightly so the sharp look has completely gone and looked like it may have smudged a little!
Woke up like this eye-shadow palette – £4
The packaging is the strangest part because it’s literally just two foam blocks stuck together at one size. You might want to repot the shadows into your own palettes because I don’t see it lasting too long.
The shadows themselves are a regular size and the colours are what I’d go for a basic warm tone look. They did have a bit of kickback but I didn’t really mind as it didn’t budge on the eye when blending.
As you can see the colours are surprising really pigmented and so effortless to blend! I used the pale colour to set my concealer, the light brown for my transition colour and the dark orangey brown in the crease. Finished off with the shimmery purple on my lid.
The palette is definitely my favourite from the nudes 3 collection and something I’d find myself reaching for in the future!
Update: After wearing the eyeshadows all day (which has been really hot) the colours haven’t budged or faded at all!
Metallic eye pigment and eyeliner – £4
I felt what was missing was a highlight shade in this collection so I picked up the gold shimmer pigment to try to use it as a multi-function item. Initially I tried to add some gold on top of the shade on my lid for a pop of colour but it literally just fell straight off my face – need to try it out with glitter glue!
In the end I packed some on an eyeshadow brush, sprayed with some setting spray and added it to the inner corners. I did this again with a bigger brush and used it as a highlighter on my cheekbones and nose which turned out okay.
The gold liner was a good base for putting the pigment on top of, but lacked pigment on top of other colours. I ended up using it to line my waterline which didn’t really show up on camera but in person did give a slight hue of shimmer.
Gin and tonic lip balm – £2.50
As I’m using a matte liquid lipstick I felt some lip balm was needed. The first item I found that caught my eye in this collection was the gin and tonic lip balm.
The gin and tonic lip balm was the first item to catch my eye in the collection – you know were all obsessed with gin at the minute! – and I was really curious to what it would be like.
There is no scent of gin OR tonic at all, all I smell is bubblegum so I feel like this was just a cheap shot at jumping on the gin bandwagon. The actual balm isn’t anything to shout about either as it’s so solid it’s hard to get any out and on to your finger.
Matte lip kit – £4
The lip kit was the product I really didn’t get along with. First off, the lipstick colour weren’t remotely similar.. and not in an ombré kind of way. The liner was a pinky muave and the lipstick was a warm toned orangey-brown and just looked really strange together. Not only that but after half an hour there was literally 0 product left on my lips, despite the drying formula. Definitely would recommend the MUR lip kits which are similar in price and 10x better quality.
What did you think of Academy of Colour? Let me know in the comments!
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