I always love trying out Avon goodies because you can find real gems at affordable prices. So a while back I instagramed a Avon haul there were so many products I couldn’t even fit everything in one picture J. So I have had a chance to play with all the products and here is what I thought were the best of the best.
- Avon perfectly matte lipsticks (R129.90)
As I have mentioned many times before Avon knows how to do lippies this is probably my fav makeup items from Avon. They have just managed to perfect lip products. These are the new Matte lipsticks which are so on trend at the moment. Most of the time Matte lipsticks can be rather frightening because they are basically more drier than the normal lipsticks and really out the lips these Avon ones however are so creamy, glide on smoothly, is long lasting, doesn’t cake or crack, doesn’t dry out the lips, feels light weight, velvety and soft on the lips. Truly a dream formula. Packaging is always beautiful and looks so high end they even made the tube matte. Scent wise it is that signature light fruity scent used on their lip products. It’s been discussed a lot that these are dupes of MAC matte lipsticks as “Red supreme” is an identical colour to “Russian red” I can’t even tell the difference between the shade and quality wise. The shade “Superb wine” is a dupe of “Sin”. The range mostly consists of dark colours which is so perfect for winter. I received 3 shades Adoring love, Red supreme and berry blast I honestly can’t pick a favourite. I’ve been wearing these daily ever since they landed on my beauty desk.
- Ultra Glazewear Glossy Lip Pencil (R129.90)
In keeping with the theme of lippies this is not as pigmented as a lipstick but is a lipliner and lipgloss due. Lasting power not as amazing but delivers a nice glossy lip once applied. Love that it comes a thin easy to hold pencil form.
- Avon SuperExtend Extreme Waterproof Mascara (R139.90)
This is the only mascara from Avon where I have finished the tube for. I’ve chatted previously about the non waterproof one but this one is now the new waterproof version. This mascara basically contains microfibers that basically lengthens lashes by up to 87%. I also really like the wand it contains so many tiny bristles. The formula is fast drying, doesn’t clump lashes, flake off, or weigh lashes down. The want is nice and thin I don’t like wide fat wands since I find it difficult to reach my short sparse lashes with those.
- Avon cream blush and highlighter duo (R179.90)
I was probably most excited to try this as you know I love highlighters I just don’t feel my makeup is ever complete without highlighting it gives your face dimension and a healthy glow. Basically it contains two sides a highlighter on the one side and a blush on the other. The design makes it really quick and easy to apply. The formula is really creamy, light weight and blends really easily. It lasts all day on the face. The design reminds me of Benefit Watts up. The blush a dusty peach shade and the highlighter side is a shimmery beige shade, personally for highlighters I prefer more a shade that is more whiter or golder but this does provide a more natural looking highlight shade.
- Kelly handbag (R429)
I really love this bag it is such great quality and the design is really on trend with the leopard print. It is really large so I can store everything in it even my laptop. It looks so timeless and sophisticated. I am a real fan of Avon’s bag and jewellery range.
- Avon true colour mono eyeshadows (R89.90)
I received Iris Icing and Blackest black.Casing is really lightweight, The shades are soft and buttery, buildable and highly pigmented.
- Avon gel finish nail enamel (R99.90)
The same formula as the gel finish range I discussed previously they have added new pretty shimmery shades to the range were you can literally see the shimmer particles.
- Avon soft musk EDT (R200)
Up until this point I haven’t liked any scents from Avon but wow when I saw this I knew I would love it. It reminds of my beloved Kiehl’s original musk. The bottle is flat so it is easy to store. Very often scent creators tend to overcomplicate scents but I like clean simple scents where I can actually smell all the notes at some point. This is blend of rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and musk. The scent is strong but still femine and last the whole day. It falls into the floral musky category. If you love musk you will love love love this scent. A really great scent for winter because it has the warmness from the musk but the feminine touch from the floral notes. If you like scents like Chanel no. 5 or Kiehl’s original musk you will definitely love this scent.
- Avon nutraeffects micellar cleansing water (R109)
Glad to see Avon jumping onto the micellar cleansing water trend initially this all began a few years ago with Bioderma sensibio H2O. This stuff is basically a makeup remover for very sensitive skin and can remove even waterproof makeup. How it works in simple less scientific form is it contains tiny particles and just the right balance between oil and water to remove makeup and impurities.
- Avon men 2-in-1 after shave balm & moisturiser (R88)
I don’t if you are aware but has been this trend of using Nivea man post shave balm as a makeup primer. Basically how this works is if you look at the ingredients these after shave balms contain glycerine which is used in all primers on the market as the kind of glue that holds the makeup. Obviously this is a fraction of the price of normal primers on the market so it would be such a cost saver if this actually worked. I had the Avon men 2-in-1 after shave balm on hand and this is the same as the Nivea one except it smells less “manly” which I like. So does it work you may wonder, well keep on reading… So when I first applied it it felt cool and refreshing obviously since it is meant to relieve men’s skin after they shave. When comparing the ingredients between the 2 they are very similar the addition with the Avon one is aloe, ginger and chamomile instead of witch hazel. I found it works best without applying a moisturiser underneath since it essentially is supposed to have a built in moisturiser. The stuff is the best discovery ever! How you use it is you wash you face, apply a pea size amount and rub in your face until it feels tacky. Then apply your makeup as normal. After 10 hours my foundation still looked flawless, fresh and intact.
Avon is always famous for bringing out so many new products each month so below I chat through my favourites.
- Avon ultra colour lip crayon-raspberry rush (R129,95)
I’ve used these before they have just brought out a new shades. The shade raspberry red is a cross between plum and red. The pen format allows for easy control and can also be used as a lip liner and doesn’t require any sharpening I find these the easiest and most convenient to use. It is very pigmented and glides on smoothly. Smells good enough to eat like lollipops. The formula is creamy but feels a bit heavy on the lips. It is also very hydrating and not drying at all however it can easily transfer and is not long lasting at all but that is expected with the playoff between lasting power and hydration.
- Avon super extend precise liquid liner (R119,95)
Now liquid liners especially pen formats still make me nervy one wrong move and you have a big mess. You really need to know what you are doing and have a steady hand however this can be perfected with practise over time. If you know what you are doing pens are your best friend they are quick and convenient. Packaging wise the pen is very thin and has a grip to make it easy to control and hold I would have however liked the lid to click shut as it feels a bit loose to me so thing may dry quicker but I’ve been using it for about a month and it hasn’t dried yet. The point is very sharp but fortunately it is very soft and bends as you apply. The tip is really thin so you can draw really thin lines for a natural look or build a thick line. The pen glides on really smoothly, doesn’t tug or pull the eye lid, is highly pigmented and dries instantly. I don’t really know why it is called superextend since it is not water proof one drop of water and a gentle rub and it disappears however if you don’t come into contact with water it does stay put the whole day.
- Avon 3D plumping lipgloss-mauve (R109,95)
Packaging wise I love the new brush they use lip brush format instead of a sponge tip. I didn’t notice a massive pluming effect but generally anything glossy or shimmery gives you a 3D effect. It smells strongly of peppermint which is the ingredient that gives you the plumping effect. The peppermint is always what gives you that tingling refreshing feeling when you apply it. Not sticky, is hydrating and moisturises the lip but again not long lasting.
- Avon glow bronzing pearls-deepest bronze (R159,95)
Now these have been around for ages they have just brought out new shades. This is nice to dust over as a setting powder which matiffies the skin, which warms up the complexion and you a nice healthy sun kissed glow. Or it can be used as a blush if lightly applied over cheeks. I would recommend it for contouring though as it is a bit too orange and shimmery. Lasting power is pretty good as it is still visible by the end of the day. The packaging reminds me of Guerlain meteorites pearls but the balls sometimes get stuck in my brush and it can get messy. The shade deepest bronze is a metallic light copper shade. You need to be quite light handed with this as it is quite pigmented and too much makes you look unnatural like one of those disaster fake tans. The scent bothers me a bit it has a strong “old lady” scent to it but once applied on the face I don’t really notice it.
- Avon big & false lash volume mascara (R139,95)
Packaging wise I really like the big tube it makes it easy to hold also the lid clicks shut sealing it airtight. The brush is a bit big for my liking as I battled to reach the smaller lashes in the corners and the bottom lashes. The formula is quite dry which makes it dry quickly. I don’t notice a false lash effect however it gives great volume but doesn’t do much on the length side. Quite buildable I applied 3 coats in the photo and it got a little more dramatic after each coat and didn’t clump as the brush separated the lashes nicely. It s great for sensitive eyes as it didn’t irritate my eyes. The formula is quite impressive as it held the curl but retained elasticity and by the end of the day it didn’t crumble and I didn’t notice anything underneath my eye. It was easily removed with my normal cleanser I didn’t need an eye makeup remover.
- Avon colortrend nail enamel-hot (R39,95)
The colour hot can be described as Christmas in a bottle. It’s a nice small bottle so you don’t have to commit to the same colour and it is actually possible to finish the it as I don’t know about you but I have never managed to finish a nail polish. It dries really quickly but the formula is quite thin and the lasting power is not great it chips really quickly but for this price one would expect that.
- Avon nail art press-on nails (R119,95)
These remind me a lot of the broadway nails impress but slightly cheaper with better designs. There are 24 in a pack so you will definitely find your size. Love these they really make manis so quick and easy you just peel off the adhesive tab, press and go. So much cheaper and easier they booking a mani at the salon or even painting you nails yourself. There is no drying time or UV lamps required and these don’t damage your nail either. They last really long I got over a weeks wear. Removal is also painless you can just peel them off or use nail polish remover and they come right off. The design stays glossy and remains the same throughout your wear.
A while a got spoilt with a box of newness from Avon/Justine and I’ve had chance to sort through all of my faves.
- Avon ultra colour lip tint pens(R169.90)
Was so excited to see these I literally slapped these on the moment I saw them. I have a deep obsession with lippies just say an easy way to make a statement and pick up any look. These do not disappoint at all! Love love love! I received 2 colours freesia (a berry pink) and raspberry(a cherry red). Packaging wise as always these look expensive and sleek the cap clicks shut tight so the product won’t dry out or the cap won’t fall off in your bag. The felt tip makes it really easy to quickly and precisely apply the product. When I apply it the pen doesn’t leak or feel overly wet (if that makes sense) application is actually really smooth and I don’t even really feel anything. Very light weight I hardly even remembered I had anything on my lips and extremely pigmented. The colour does last the entire day just fades a bit and transfers once applied but once the top layer has transferred the colour afterwards stays put. It’s not drying nor overly hydrating and the colour does appear matte due to it’s nature. It does require exfoliation and a slick of lip balm underneath like with any lip stain otherwise it will emphasise dry patches. I’ve been using these daily for a few weeks now and they haven’t dried out one bit. Definitely recommend this for anybody who loves colour but hates reapplication and worries about transfers.
- Avon ideal flawless cream concealer(R119.90)
My second love as you know is concealer hides any imperfections without the need to wear a full face of foundation. Packaging wise this really reminds me of the bobbi brown concealers without the mirror which is not really an issue. As usual the compacts snap shut tight and is very small and light weight. Initially when you pick up some of the product you notice it is very sheer but don’t let that deceive you coverage on this is amazing. It is extremely creamy and actually silky it doesn’t dry out the skin at all even though it sets to a powder finish. I tried it over a pimple and under the eyes and it really conceals well in both cases. Lasting power is pretty impressive too and mine lasted for the whole day.
- Avon ColorTrend boost it! Mascara(R69.90)
A lot of people really love this mascara this however is not suitable for me specifically as I prefer lengthening mascaras as opposed to volumizing ones since I lack in that department. I do however think it is a great mascara for someone who has the length but just looking for some volume. This hot pink tube clicks airtight shut. The formula is not overly wet which gives it a good amount of control whilst applying but it also doesn’t dry down to a crumbly mess. Dries and sets really fast because the formula is not so wet so you don’t have to worry about a major mess if you accidently blink I actually prefer drier formulas for this reason and even find that I only once a mascara has dried a bit can I actually fall in love with them. It holds a curl well and is easy to remove. My eyes didn’t feel irritated afterwards. The thickness of the formula again works great for volume boosting mascaras as it nicely wraps and coats the lashes also lashes look defined and I didn’t notice any clumping. It is a true black colour and the tiny brush makes it easy to reach even the smallest lash with less fuss. There is a bit of fallout and transfer under the eyes by the end of the day but not major panda eyes.
- Justine body balance even tone body butter(R105)
A must have for winter skin this body butter smells like a green floral. Contains a blend of my beloved miracle argan oil, shea butter and grape seed oil. Very hydrating and thick so it creates a nice moisture barrier. It specifically meant to target uneven skin tone.
- Justine luminescence even tone day cream SPF 15 (R410)
This comes in a gorgeous pink glass pump tube. It is very hydrating and lightweight making a great base for makeup application. The magic ingredients here are mulberry, grape fruit extract, argan, grape seed, sunflower seed, neem seed, rice bran, skullcap, wheat germ and saxifrage sarmentosa extract basically all the things you could put into a cream combined. Specifically meant to even out blemishes and increase skin firmness within 7 days.
- Avon fan nail brush (R49.95)
The concept is a quick striped nail effect which works pretty well and is really quick and easy to do.
You can find all these in the June avon catalogue
New launches from Avon
Always love Avon as a brand who always comes out with so many new products at such affordable prices. All these items can be found and purchased from the new April brochure which has Avon cherish fragrance on the cover.
- Avon colour correcting pearls (R159.95)
The pearls mix together to give a colour combination that corrects all your skin concerns. It is a possible dupe for Guerlain Meteorites pearls except these are shimmery and the Guerlain ones are matt but it’s a fraction of the prices. It gives a nice glow and doesn’t dry out the skin it can be used as a setting powder over foundation or just on the cheeks as a blushes as the red colour tends to dominate the other pearls. It gives a nice subtle glowy sheen and is not over-shimmery( which is something I tend to avoid as it makes my face look larger and too shiny) It has a light subtle scent which you barely notice once it is applied.
- Avon darby earings and bracelet (R109 and R119 respectively)
I am always amazed at the quality of the Avon jewellery collection they look beautiful and last ages without changing colour, falling apart or looking like a cheap piece of plastic. I would even go as far to say they are better than the overpriced Zuri’s costume jewellery.
- Tinted lip balms(R129.95)
These lip balms aren’t like other tinted lip balms on the market that only offer a hint of colour which you can hardly see this one really does pack a lot of colour. It contains bees wax which seals in moisture. The one I received is the shade reviving raspberry which is a hot pink. It doesn’t offer as much colour as a lipstick would but is really nice for a hint of colour that actually shows up on the lips plus the lasting power is amazing like with many Avon lip product.
- ColourTrend Glossy lip pencil ( R89.95)
These lippies come in a very convenient crayon packaging but although it does offer a high gloss finish I do feel that the colour payoff is rather sheer.
- Bright start fresh look foundation SPF 15 (R189.90)
Contains super foods like pomegranate and orange extract and contains collagen and elastin which instantly boosts skin’s moisture. All Avon foundations I’ve tested are more aimed for oily skin types and this is no exception which is probably why it is oil free. When applied it does give a glowy effect without the use of shimmers(which as you know I loathe in foundations) It gives quite a sheer natural coverage so I would rather think of it as a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. The nice air tight pump packaging does preserve the active ingredients for longer. My skin is more on the normal side so it did dry out my skin after a while if you are like me I would suggest you first apply a moisturiser underneath.
- Avon supreme oils range
This range consists of 5 oils which restore elasticity, revive radiance, provide nourishment and salon worthy softness. Lately all brands are about the hair oil fad and hair oil is great for dry hair the best oil being argan oil which I’m disappointed isn’t in the ingredients. I pick up on macadamia, grape seed and almond oil in the ingredients list. The duo treatment spay is particularly nice as you just give your hair a few spritz to freshen it up and tame frizz.
- Intensive relief range
Just in time for winter this range is specifically designed for extremely dry and sensitive skin
- Silky moisture tissue oil (R139.95)
This gorgeous pink tissue oil contains argan oil. I like to add a few drops of this to my bath.
- Avon cherish EDP (R370)
Avon is a brand with makes it pretty simple to layer and amplify scents as they come in a body lotion variant too. So basically how layering works is you apply the body lotion then the perfume as moisturised skin holds on to fragrance molecules better but it is tough sometimes to find a scentless moisturiser to pair with other fragrances. In my opinion the two notes that I smell the most are musk and orange blossom. The last one does give it a bit of floral scent to it, but the musk makes it very strong and creamy.
Top notes: Pink Pepper, Cherry Blossom.
Middle notes: Tiare Flower, Jasmine Sambac.
Base notes: White Musk, Sandalwood.
It’s soft and sweet (but subtly so), and, to me, smells very French.It’s got a musky base that gives it an edge and jasmine and sandalwood are also in the mix. Lasting power is not as great so be prepared to reapply during the day. The bottle looks beautiful but the cap is more decorative then practical as the scent can still spray without removing the cap and it is pretty open so the scent evaporates more quicker. I imagine this to be more of an autumn kind of a scent.
Last week I attended Avon’s media launch of their newest fragrance, Aspire Essence and the announcement of Pearl Modiadie as the aspire fragrance line ambassador. The event took place at the gorgeous The Venue in Sandton, which has a breathtaking view of Sandton. It was all fun and games as we were given shooters of different juices to taste which represented the various notes in the fragrance.
At the announcement Pearl shared details of her background “I grew up in Ivory Park in Tembisa, my family and I lived in a small shack. When it rained we would use buckets so that it would prevent the rain from flooding the shack” and I used to be so ashamed of my background but not anymore because my background pushed me to be where I am today” she said in tears. A true inspiration to many and a really perfect fit for the fragrance line. A truly iconic and inspirational young woman! She is breathtaking in person and has an equally beautiful presence.
So there are 2 female fragrances and 1 male fragrance. All Avon scents are incredibly great quality and value for money and last all day.
Avon South Africa proudly introduced Pearl Modiadie as the Avon South Africa Aspire Ambassador! Avon South Africa are extremely proud to have this iconic and inspirational young woman on board!
“Aspire is a fragrance that awakens my femininity, it is delicate yet strong. It captures who I am, my heritage, and speaks to the many aspects of being a woman”- Pearl Modiadie
Just like Pearl Modiadie herself, the Avon Aspire woman knows what she wants from life and isn’t afraid to go after it, she is proud of her heritage and the person she has become. Pearl is a South African actress, Television Content Producer and presenter, former magazine columnist, radio DJ and MC who embodies precisely who the Avon Aspire woman is…
Be Anything… Be Everything
Avon Aspire is a floral bouquet of bold orange blossom and jasmine combined with warm woods and precious musks. This classic, bold fragrance that is bound to leave one feeling empowered. This adventurous scent takes its inspiration from the warmth, passion and determination of the South African woman. It has been a huge success since its launch in 2011 and is currently the third best selling female fragrance within the Avon portfolio.
This is a gorgeous smelling floral woody musk. The musk is very strong. This is suitable for winter due to the warm woody scent but still gives a edge with the florals. I like to wear florals all year around so this seems like a perfect winter or evening scent for me.
Aspire Eau de Toilette 50 ml: Regular Price R299
Aspire Hand & Body Lotion 150 ml: Regular Price R71.95
Aspire Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 50 ml: Regular Price R29.95
*Avon aspire essence
We bring out your inner beauty…You aspire to greatness…
In addition to Avon Aspire classic fragrance, in July/August 2014 Avon will introduce a flanker to the beautiful Aspire fragrance called Aspire Essence. This delicate fruity fragrance with top notes of pear and mandrin are combined in a floral heart and base notes which include cedar wood, amber and vanilla
”Inner beauty illuminates from within, leaving a lasting impression with everyone you meet. The true essence of a woman is a feeling of passion and confidence.” – Pearl
This scent is a fruity yet fresh kind of scent. Nice scent to wear during the day or in summer.
Aspire Essence Eau de Toilette 50 ml: Regular Price R299
Aspire Essence Perfumed Body Spray 75 ml: Regular Price R51.95
Aspire Essence Roll-on Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 50 ml: Regular Price R29.95
*AVON ASPIRE MAN
Introducing… Aspire Man… We give you the confidence… You aspire to greatness
LAUNCHED: 12 May 2014 (Campaign 6)
Avon Aspire Man breaks away from the ordinary… offering a sophisticated masculine adventure. The contrast between spicy top notes and a woody finish results in an intriguing fragrance that is seductive.
This scent is a fresh woody citrus.
Avon Aspire Man Eau de Toilette Spray Size: 75 ml Regular price: R299
Avon Aspire Man Anti-Perspirant Roll-on Deodorant Size: 50 ml Regular price: R29.95
Avon Aspire Man Hair & Body Wash Size: 250 ml Regular price: R61.95
To order Aspire, Aspire Essence or Aspire Man, contact your nearest Representative or call Avon Customer Care on 0860 10 23 45. You can also view the brochure online on the Avon website. Follow Avon on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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