Models Own vs High End Make Up Challenge

So I don’t usually do long beauty or makeup posts, but every so often they are necessary, certain products come along that deserve a good 1000+ word post, and getting my hands on Models Own make up is one of those times!

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Rather than simply talking about the products I thought it would be great to compare them to the high end items I already have and use, then report back. Read on, that’s exactly what I’m about to do…

I would love to be the sort of make up wearer who really experiments with colour or trends, I do however love finding new versions of the products I already love.

First up is the first thing I use, primer. Face Base is from the Gilt range this primer promises to hydrate and instantly brighten partied-out skin for a clean, dewy finish. They suggest you apply a little of this oil-free saviour with your fingertips for a perfectly smooth base, which is exactly what I did and it did not disappoint.

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Now I usually use Benefit Porefessional and although the two offer different finishes and I really like the smoothing elements of Porefessional and whilst I will most definitely still reach for this for nights out, I have started using Face Base on a day to day basis. I’m really thrilled with the staying power it gives my foundation and the added hydration it gives my skin, especially in this weird in between season weather.

First comes primer, then comes foundation and the Runway Foundation SPF 30 – I went for Bisque after being matched by one of the team in store *there are 12 shades including a white which allows you to custom blend*.

Runway Foundation is a weightless liquid foundation with SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection that will take you seamlessly from am to pm. They suggest it can be applied with a brush, sponge or fingers, to keep it fair I used my Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge, as that is what I use with my high end foundation the Nars Sheer Glow.

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Now if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my insta-story about how much I love the fact this foundation comes with a built in pump, it might seem like a small thing but it’s much more hygienic and it infuriates me that a foundation that costs as much as the Nars one does doesn’t come with a pump and yet a high street one comes with one!

Anyway, on to the product, the coverage is medium to high coverage, it happily covered redness and even brightened my tired under eyes with one layer of foundation, unlike the Nars one which needs building up.

It lasted fantastically with no oxidisation at all, a real plus! I have been complimented more times than I can mention in the last week of wearing this, including a complete stranger in a coffee shop. Models Own has hit it out of the ball park with this foundation, really very impressed. 

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After the base comes the colour, this time in the form of the Sculpt & Glow Contour Palette, which comes with a bronzer/sculpt shade, a highlighter and a pink pop of colour and also in 4 variations of these shades *I went for medium/tan as a I wanted a deeper tone*.

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In fact I’ve never really been into the contouring and highlighting like you YouTubers are doing it, however I’ve started sculpting my cheek bones a little and a pop of highlighter really does add dimension to my face.

It has insane pigment, so tapping the brush before sculpting those cheek bones, the sculpt powder works really great as a crease colour too to blend other eye shadows and pulls all the tones of my makeup together.

I usually use my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, which has a similar level of pigment as the Models Own version, however I would say that the Bobbi bronzer is more finely milled which does lead to a more natural coverage on the skin. So whilst I will be using this palette for nights out and when I fancy something that packs more of a punch but day to day I will be sticking with my Bobbi Brown.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you can’t have missed quad eyeshadow palettes, every single brand has them and I have a number of obscenely expensive ones, ones that in most cases I can’t actually bring myself to use. The one that is closest to this MyShadow Palette is a cross between my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette, and the Golden Goddess one.

I went for the Chocolate Mynx palette, which is currently out of stock online, but I think in stock in store if you’re quick! There are however 5 other colour ways so something for everyone!

They all have a matte shade then three complimentary tones in various depths that help build up to a smokey eye. The light bone colour is perfect as a base, then the mauve colour works as a crease/transitional shade, then for a more night time, smokey eye the two darker tones are brown and a jewel pink/burgundy all of which bring out the green in my eyes.

The powers aren’t as pigments as the Charlotte Tilbury ones but they last fantastically well, and at a fraction of the price have definitely earned a place in the makeup bag.
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Surely the greatest thing I could possibly have been given by a makeup brand is a personalised makeup brush, and look here, a beautiful makeup brush with my name on it *squeal*

In case you aren’t sure I really use the products, here they are on my face, with no filter or editing, this was 5 hours after I put it on and following a dog walk, 3 meetings and a mooch around the shops. Brave Models Own, bravo!

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So the survey says in almost all cases the Models Own product was as good if not better than the high end products and whilst I am a fan of the endorphins that fill my body when I spend a mortgage payment on makeup there is also something reassuring about knowing I can pay to eat and stock my makeup bag too!

Thank you so much to Models Own for the most generous gift, although I was gifted* the products in this post, my opinions are of course 100% honest.

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