Friday 18 August 2017

First Impressions Of The GOSH A/W 17 Collection And A Makeup Look

First Impressions Of The GOSH A/W 17 Collection And A Makeup Look

Last week I wrote a post featuring the new GOSH A/W 2017 makeup collection including swatches of all the products. In the post I said I would be back with a first impressions post after I'd had a chance to try out all the products for a little while longer, and today's the day. I have been using all the products from the collection over the last 3 weeks and today I am going to share my thoughts on all the products and I also have a makeup look I created using the products from the collection. I will have more in depth reviews of the products coming soon too but today I will share my first impressions and thoughts after using the products for 3 weeks. 


So I will start off with my first impressions of each product and how I've found them over the last 3 weeks and then I will share the makeup look with you and the products I used to create it. I won't be including swatches in this post as I have already swatched the whole collection in the post featuring the new collection, so if you do want to see swatches they are all in that post.

GOSH Colour Corrector Kit - £11.99

GOSH AW17 Corrector Kit

GOSH AW17 Corrector Kit

The first product I used is the GOSH Colour Correcting Kit, I really like how this kit has a concealer included as most colour correcting kits don't include a concealer, so this was the first thing I noticed and liked. I use the yellow shade under my eyes from the inner corner to cancel out the blue tones and then the salmon shade also under and around my eyes to brighten. The green I use on the redness on my cheeks and around my nose and anywhere else I have redness and the concealer where I need to conceal. I haven't really needed to use the purple shade. 

I have used my fingers and a brush to apply the corrector kit and then either a brush or beauty blender to blend it out and so far I am preferring to use a brush to apply and then the beauty blender to blend it out, it is a brilliant little kit and works really well and it doesn't show through my base at all. I have been using a high end under eye corrector for years but this is just as good and a lot more affordable. 

GOSH Primer Plus+ Skin Adaptor - £14.99

GOSH AW17 Primer Plus+

The GOSH Primer Plus+ Skin Adaptor is a multi functional colour release primer and GOSH claims it enhances any skin tone with a healthy even glow. I have been using an Estee Lauder skin adapting moisturiser as my summer base for around 6 years now so I was eager to see if I enjoyed using this one as much. 

The primer is white in colour but when blended into the skin it changes colour as it adapts to your skin tone, sometimes products like this can be a little dark for me but it isn't at all and the shade is perfect. I have been using this as my base since receiving it and I am super impressed, it doesn't give coverage but just evens everything out and gives me a lovely healthily glow, it is hydrating and doesn't cling to my dry skin at all, it is lightweight and looks lovely on the skin. I haven't yet used this as a primer under my foundation, I have used it purely as a base but for me, it is far too nice to be hidden under foundation, I love it. 

GOSH Mix & Fix Blender Brush - £9.99 

GOSH AW17 Mix & Fix Blender Brush

I have been using this brush to apply the primer and other cream/liquid products from the collection and it is outstanding, when the GOSH products arrived my eldest daughter who is a professional makeup artist was looking through them and she picked the brush up and said "I bet this will be a fantastic brush" and she wasn't wrong. The brush blends the primer into my skin beautifully, I have also used it to blend the lumi drops onto my skin and to buff in my concealer and it does a brilliant job, I would go as far as saying it is the best brush I have used to apply my base products and cream/liquid products and I am going to buy another one and some more GOSH makeup brushes because if they are all as good as this one, they'll be phenomenal. 

GOSH Eyeshadow Primer - £8.99

GOSH AW17 Eyeshadow Primer

The GOSH eyeshadow primer is really easy to use, being a stick/pencil type application it is easy to sweep over the lids and then blend out using either the sponge applicator on the other end, your finger or a brush. I have tried all 3 methods and prefer to use my finger to blend it out, the eyeshadow primer is really good and my eyeshadow lasts all day without fading or creasing. It cancels out everything it needs to and creates a nice even blank canvas for my eyeshadow, my eyeshadows look really vibrant too, I am coming to the end of my Nars eyeshadow primer but I won't be re purchasing another one, I will continue using the GOSH one as it's just as good. 

GOSH 9 Shades Eyeshadow Palette - £11.99

GOSH AW17 Eyeshadow Palette

GOSH AW17 Eyeshadow Palette

The GOSH To Party In London eyeshadow palette contains 9 stunning metallic shadows in beautiful shades, I am a neutrals kinda gal and these shades are all right up my street, they are stunning, there are some warmer shades which I'm loving at the moment, a beautiful gold, a pinky/cream, some silver tones and a stunning blue with purple undertones. All the shadows are extremely pigmented and they all apply and blend like a dream, they have a beautiful buttery texture and aren't glittery or scratchy at all and I have created some stunning looks with the palette. I wear a lot of matte eyeshadows and didn't think I'd like the palette as much as I do but it really is stunning and the eyeshadows are exceptional quality, the shadows work out at just £1.33 each so I'd say that this palette is fabulous for it's affordable price. 

GOSH Lumi Drops - £7.99

GOSH AW17 Lumi Drops Rose Gold

The GOSH Lumi Drops were only launched in 2016 as a highlight and since have become a firm favourite across the globe and I can see why, I first tried the Lumi Drops after receiving some in the Spring/Summer 2017 makeup collection, and the first time I tried them, I loved them and have used them a lot since,  so when I saw the Rose Gold shade in this collection I was thrilled. The Lumi Drops are a stunning shade and they look so beautiful on the skin, I use them as a blush and they are perfect, they last all day on my skin without wearing away or fading and have just the right amount of shimmer, they are perfect for days when I want a touch of highlight but don't want to apply a separate one but look equally as beautiful with a separate highlight applied too. 

I don't think I would ever have tried the Lumi Drops if I hadn't received some in the S/S 17 collection, they always scared me a bit when I looked at them and although I thought they looked nice, I worried they'd be messy to apply, but they really aren't at all.  I pop a little bit on the back of my hand and then apply and blend using the GOSH Mix & Fix brush and they give a stunning flush of colour. I am definitely going to be looking at some more shades in the Lumi Drops as I really like them, they look lovely on the skin, are easy to apply and I only need a tiny amount so one bottle will last me forever and at £7.99 I think that's fantastic. 

GOSH Prime & Set Powder - £9.99

GOSH AW17 Prime & Set Powder

Having super dry skin, I struggle to find setting powders that don't look cakey on my skin so I worried that this powder might with it being a 2 in 1, as I hadn't ever tried anything like it before, I also worried the colour of the powder might not suit my skin tone as the powder is a "banana" powder and yellow in colour. The first time I tried the powder, I used it as my setting powder and all my worries were settled as the powder didn't cake at all and the shade was perfect for me, and I didn't resemble someone with horrific jaundice. The powder doesn't settle into any dry patches or fine lines I have and it feels lovely and lightweight on the skin, it's a really lovely powder. 

GOSH Brow Shape & Fill (Grey Brown 002)  - £8.99

GOSH AW17 Brow Shape & Fill

Unfortunately the GOSH Brow Shape & Fill in the shade grey brown was too dark for my brows, I do have blonde hair and very fair brows though, I have to have them tinted otherwise you can hardly see them, however I did still use the brow pencil so I could give you my first impressions. The shape and fill also comes in 2 other shades, brown and dark brown. 

The brow pencil has a triangular shaped retractable pencil on one end and a powder on the other end, I found the pencil really simple to use, I used the more pointed edge to define my brows and then turned the pencil over to fill in my brows and finished with some of the powder, the pencil is really easy to use and the texture of the pencil is nice and distributes through the brows well. 

GOSH My Favourite Mascara (Black) - £9.99

GOSH AW17 My Favourite Mascara

The My Favourite Mascara is formulated to deliver perfectly separated and natural looking lashes with volume and definition. The brush is a fibre brush and GOSH claims it separates the lashes and distributes the product naturally and evenly. The mascara is considered to be an everyday mascara by GOSH, so I wasn't expecting much in the way of volume or length but I was shocked as it gave me amazing length and volume and  even the tiny little lashes in the inner corner of my eye were coated and I find a lot of mascara wands don't reach those. 

I have loved wearing this mascara and have been asked so many times what mascara I have on, I have been asked several times after being on an Instagram stories video, my friends have asked me and the girl who waxed and tinted my brows at Benefit also asked me which is a good sign that it looks great to me. The mascara doesn't smudge at all, that is something I really struggle with and most mascaras do smudge on me but this doesn't, it doesn't flake and is easy to remove, it does exactly what GOSH claim it does, it lengthens, separates, gives volume and distributes the product evenly so all my lashes are coated, all in all it's a great mascara.

GOSH Strobe & Go Kit (001 Highlight) - £12.99

GOSH AW17 Strobe & Go Kit

The GOSH Strobe & Go Kit in the shade highlight is a described by GOSH as a gorgeous highlight and blush palette that is suitable for most if not all skin tones. I mostly use the palette for highlight, but have used it for blush and eyeshadow too.  I like to use the top 2 shades as my highlight, and the bottom shades are amazing for eyeshadow but the deeper shade is lovely as a blush and could be used as a shimmery bronzer on some skin tones. I love me some highlight and this is such a stunning palette and one I know I will get a lot of use from. 

GOSH Lift & Highlight (Nude 001) - £9.99

GOSH AW17 Lift & Highlight Nude

When I first saw the Lift & Highlight Pencil, I honestly didn't think I would use it and thought it would be something I swatched, tried once and never used. How wrong I was, this is such a handy pencil, one end is a shimmery highlight and one brightening. I use the brightening end once I have applied my base and I apply it to the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, a little on my forehead and my chin and basically anywhere I want brightening. I then use my mix & fix blender brush to blend it into the skin, it gives a really lovely effect and really brightens my face, the shimmery end I use under my brow bone and in the inner corner of my eyes and again it is lovely, it's not overly shimmery either so no disco ball effects it's just a nice highlight. Considering I didn't think I'd use it, I have used it every time I have done my makeup!


To create the makeup look I used every single product from the collection, for my lips I used a GOSH matte lipstick from the GOSH SS 17 collection


First of all I used the Corrector Kit to cancel out the blue tones under my eyes and the redness on my cheeks and around my nose and to conceal where I needed it. 

Next I used the Primer Plus+ and dotted it around my face and then used the mix & fix blender brush to blend the primer into my skin.

Then I used the Lift & Highlight pencil to brighten up my face where I needed it and I also applied it in the inner corner of my eyes. 


First of all I used the Eyeshadow Primer and applied it all over my lid and blended it out with my finger. 

I then used the Brow Shape & Fill using the pencil end to define and the powder to fill in my brows. 

GOSH AW17 Eyeshadow Palette

Next for eyeshadow I used shade 1 as my transition shade and blended it out and then added shade 2 to the crease and blended it out a little to the outer corner and I also took it under my lower lash line. I then applied shade 3 all over the lid and finished with shade 4 which I applied slightly to the outer corner and under my lower lash line. 

To finish my eyes,  I applied the Favourite Mascara to my top and bottom lashes, I used 2 coats of mascara. 


I used the Lumi Drops as my blush, I applied a little to the back of my hand and then blended it onto the skin using the Mix & Fix blender brush, applying it to the apples of my cheeks and blending out and up slightly. 

Finishing The Face

Since I had finished applying all my cream/liquid products to my face, I moved onto powder, I applied the Prime & Set "banana" powder using a big duo fibre brush, applying it lightly all over my face. 

I then applied the Strobe & Go Kit using the top right shade in the palette to the tops of my cheeks and down my nose. 

Then finally I applied my lipstick and the look was finished. 


GOSH AW17 Make Up Look

GOSH AW17 Make Up Look

This has been a super long post and very picture heavy so thank you so much for bearing with me. I don't feel you can really write a first impressions post without going into some detail so I have tried to include as much as I could without writing too much. I will have some full reviews coming too of the products especially the Brow Growth Serum which I couldn't include in this post as I had only been using it for 3 weeks so it isn't long enough to review it properly.


Overall I am extremely impressed with this collection and there isn't a single product I dislike  which is unusual for me when I'm trying out a full collection. I have now been using the products exclusively for 3 weeks and I love all the products and apart from the brow pencil but that is only because the shades that are available aren't suitable for me but there isn't one product I wouldn't re purchase. It is an amazing collection and I highly recommend you check it out, especially as it's on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment in store and online at Superdrug

Have you tried anything from the GOSH AW 17 makeup collection? Which is your favourite product from the collection & the product or products you think you will buy? And did you make it this far? If you did you're a superstar! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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