Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Makeup by One Direction

In the late 90s and early 2000s, I was one of those girls that bought into the whole boyband scene. I was completely obsessed with the music, the merchandise, and Lance Bass’ terrible dance moves. Aside from cds and concert tickets, I spent my money on a wide assortment of totally ridiculous things, from magazines and posters to the more outrageous quilts and marionette dolls. If there had been makeup, I would have purchased it in a heartbeat.

With a resurgence in popularity for boybands, the newer groups are marketing a wide variety of items to appeal to their fans. One of those bands, One Direction, has inspired a makeup collection from Markwins. The only thing I know about 1D is that one of the members briefly dated Taylor Swift, but when I saw the opportunity on Brandbacker to review this collection, I knew I wanted to give it a try. After all, I’m a boyband lover at heart. (*NSYNC will always be the best.)

Makeup by One Direction

There are three different collections available, each representing albums from the band. I received the Midnight Memories Collection; others include Up All Night and Take Me Home. Each collection retails for $28.50 and can be purchased at retailers such as Macy’s, Stage Stores, Dillard’s, Lord and Taylor, and Beauty Brands. They are available now in the United States, with an international release to follow.

Makeup by One Direction

Each collection comes in a collectible tin and includes seven items.

  • 4+1 Eye Shadow Palette (Shades: Little White Lies, Don’t Forget Where You Belong, Half a Heart, Strong, and Midnight Memories)
  • “Little Black Dress” volumizing mascara
  • “Right Now” metallic nail polish
  • “Through the Dark” lip gloss (glows neon red-orange under UV light)
  • “Best Song Ever” red lipstick
  • “Better than Words” black eye and body crayon

Makeup by One Direction

Each item in the collection maintains the brick-theme design of the outer tin. The eyeshadow was packaged in a plastic container, but felt fairly sturdy and included a dual-ended applicator.

Makeup by One Direction

I found the colors to be smooth, although the peach seemed a little more powdery than the others. The pigmentation was good, the colors reminding me a lot of Silent Treatment by Wet ‘n’ Wild. The only color that was a little disappointing was the lightest shade, barely seen in the bottom of the photo above. I really like the glitter cream, but it wouldn’t be something I would use often. Maybe a night out.

Makeup by One Direction

Unfortunately, my lipstick was when opened. It got a little smashed against the cap, but that’s not a big issue. I found the lipstick to be smooth and easy to apply. The red was highly pigmented and stained my hand when I swatched it.

Makeup by One Direction

Even though I didn’t see it under UV light, the gloss was my favorite item. I liked the hot pink sparkles. I also thought it looked nice when layered on top of the red lipstick.

Makeup by One Direction

I didn’t wear the mascara because I plan to pass this kit along to a cousin that is a big One Direction fan. The brush was just standard synthetic bristles, like most common mascaras. The chubby crayon didn’t seem to dry when I swatched it, so if using it as an eye product, it would probably have better staying power if the darkest shadow was used to set it. For younger girls and teens, this is probably a good introductory eyeliner. It can also be used to fill in the included stencils.

My favorite was really the nail polish. Gunmetal is one of my favorite nail colors and I liked this version.

Obviously, I’m not quite the intended consumer for a product like, but I think teens and young women that are fans of the band will really enjoy this collection.

For more information, please visit the Makeup by One Direction Facebook page.

*NSYNC or BSB? NKOTB?

[disclaim]The product mentioned above was provided to me by Markwins via Brandbacker. Though I did receive the product for review, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.[/disclaim]
  • Dionne Dean

    This is a really cute idea. Looks like the lipsticks and eye shadow are pretty pigmented. That nail polish looks AMAZING!

    • Getting ready to try out the nail polish today!

  • Alli Smith

    I may be a tad too old for the sparkly, but I sure do like it! 🙂 And the tin is really cute! What great Christmas gifts these would make.

    • I’m probably too old for all the sparkly too, but I wear it anyway. 🙂

  • yeahok

    This is a great set! Love how pigmented the eyeshadows are

    • I was really surprised by the quality.

  • Debbie Arent-Noel

    Love the lip products

    • Me too! Lip products are my favorite.

  • I got to review this also and my granddaughter is in love with it!

  • This makeup seems great! I would love to try it!