Topshop Makeup – “Sandstorm” – Spring/Summer 2011

So it would seem that Monday’s hot ticket in London was the launch of Topshop’s Spring Summer 2011 make-up collection. As you probably know, Topshop launched its own make-up range last year to much fanfare, and so I was excited to see what they have on the radar for Spring/Summer.

Topshop has said that they have created “a capsule collection that translates from fashion to makeup, capturing the eternal warmth of sunset tones against a blaze of washed out neons”, apparently taking inspiration from the experimental Burning Man festival, held once a year in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. Either which way, this is music to my ears. No pastels!

So let’s take a look, shall we? The collection, launching later this month, comprises of 20 different items (retailing from £5.00 – £12.00), so it’s quite a large one. Due to how busy the event was, it was hard to get more than a quick snapshot of the products I’m afraid.

The cheek duo, in Desert Sun, is absolutely huge! Definitely a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a lovely shimmery marbleized bronzer that looks like the perfect way to show off a summer tan.

Two metallic creme eyeshadows that look easily buildable. Dark shades though so quite surprising for SS.

The new liners immediately called to me. I love eyeliner, and these are semi-permanent  – perfect for that festival weekend! There is an olive green shade that most of the room (myself included) were coo-ing over.

Two marbled eyeshadows. The baked finish is one that I particularly like (owning several Accessorize and Body Shop ones myself). Again, the shades were darker than I expected to see for Spring Summer but I personally don’t have a problem with that – they could easily be sheered out for a lighter look.

For your lips, Sandstorm offers up a sheer gloss stick, to contrast or to gloss up the two matte lipsticks in the collection. I’m not big on lipstick personally but others in the room were extremely complimentary about the colours and formula.

There are six, yes, six nail varnishes in this collection. Well done, Topshop! The one that really called to me was Cyclone, a gorgeous silvery grey creme. The rest of the colours were definitely fitting with the theme – desert shades, burnt oranges, golds, and warm pinks. Very nice indeed.

I was given one of the new eye crayons to experiment with. Generally, I prefer eyeshadow in the pan rather than in the pencil but I wanted to see how this worked. And I was impressed. Perhaps this is a tad glittery for everyday, but the swatch I did on my hand was still there the next day. Excellent staying power, and whilst I’m not a festival go-er myself, I can imagine that this would be an extremely quick and easy way to  create a speedy and longlasting smokey eye. It’s similar to a MAC Shadestick and I’ll do a full EOTD look with this shortly.

So, all in all, what looked like a rather unassuming collection actually has some very nice components.  I like the thought that has gone into the longevity of the products and whilst some of the shades won’t be to everyone’s tastes, I like the sunset theme – it makes me want to grab the lot and take them all on holiday to the Balearics.




  1. 2nd February 2011 / 9:49 AM

    I love Topshop makeup! It’s a really nice range! even Accessorize have a nice range! and they’re not too expensive too. I’m looking forward to seeing the spring/summer collection especially the blush!! xoxo

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