Tesco were recently kind enough to send me some items from their new range of make-up Vivo that celebrates being ‘alive with colour’. It’s a range that aspires to being of catwalk standard but at an affordable price and of course with the convenience of being available at the supermarket.
I was sent a Pearl Eyeshadow (£1.50) in the colour Golden Leaf, Some False Lashes (£2-£4) in Natural Night and a Primer (£6) to prepare skin for makeup and make it last all day.
The eyeshadow was applied over a gold shadow that I put on my eyelid. I used the Golden Leaf as a thick liner, following the contours of my eyes and sweeping upwards with my makeup brush at the outer corners. I followed this with lashings of black mascara and the effect was absolutely gorgeous . I wasn’t sure about the colour of the shadow when it was in the palette – it looked a bit odd and dark, for my blonde colouring, but when applied it was spot on.
I tried the false lashes with this look but decided it looked a bit over the top for me, so I removed them on this occasion. I’ve never worn false lashes before – I bought some once but couldn’t get them to stick properly. These ones though come with very clear instructions and were incredibly easy to apply. I wore them one day with no mascara and they made my eyes look very pretty I thought – like wearing a light mascara but with more drama. Despite this though, they looked very natural and when I asked someone if they liked my false lashes, she replied that she hadn’t noticed that they were false but I was looking lovely. You can tell you’re wearing them but it’s not annoying and I have irritable eyes and wear contact lenses and managed OK. They lasted all day and were easy to remove at night – you just peel them off again. The eye on the left has the false lashes applied:
The primer didn’t fare so well – it claims to help your makeup last all day but this wasn’t the case for me. I do have problem skin and though it went of very nicely in the morning, providing a matte base and helping my foundation slide on smoothly, by lunchtime the foundation had slid right back off again on my nose. I’ve just discovered Witch primer though is excellent for skin like mine (oily and spotty) so maybe the Vivo primer would be better for drier skin.
I would definitely be tempted to try other products in the range – the mascaras range in price from £1.50 to £3 and your average mascara by other supermarket available brands is £10 plus these days so cost-wise Vivo has a massive advantage. They do the full range of makeup, all at excellent prices – Foundation at £2.59, blusher £4 and an under eye highlighter I’d like to try at £3.59. Brilliant!
Disclaimer: The product was sent for free. I was not obliged to write this post and the opinions expressed are all my own.