Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Collection Swatches & Review

8 July 2016

I'm a real Tanya Burr Cosmetics fan, and not just because I've watched Tanya on YouTube since I first discovered her channel seven years ago through Sam from Pixiwoo doing her makeup! Although it's always brilliant and inspiring to see Team Internet doing so well, Tanya's range holds its own amongst both drugstore and high-end brands alike and I couldn't recommend her products more.

Last week the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Collection was launched and consists of three matte lip colours, two eyeshadow palettes and three matte nail polishes. I tested the products for the first time on camera and gave you my initial thoughts in this video and am holding two giveaways here, and today I wanted to share some more in-depth opinions of the line with you now that I've had the chance to use the range every day.

Soft Luxe Matte Lip in 'Puppy Paws', 'Rhubarb & Custard' & 'Martha Moo'
These were definitely the product I was most excited to try as I love the whole matte liquid lipstick trend and couldn't wait to see Tanya's take on it. Housed in the same packaging as the glosses but with a frosted glass-esque finish, the formulation is a lightweight and intensely pigmented cream that dries down to a matte finish. I'd recommend making sure your lips are in good condition before applying as matte formulas emphasise dry patches, so get rid of any flakiness by using a lip scrub (I love LUSH Mint Julips) and a good balm. The applicator makes the application process incredibly easy and is the perfect design for creating an even shape without using a lipliner. As with most (if not all) matte liquid lipsticks they can tend to feel a little drying if you wear them for hours and hours on end but the plus side to that is that they do last a really decent amount of time, and although it needed a teeny touch-up in the centre mine was still hanging around after a hefty mac and cheese. One of my favourite things about these is that you can layer other products on top and it looks absolutely fine - I've tried this in the past with other matte liquid lipsticks and things got pretty messy, whereas these lie beautifully beneath a gloss or lipstick.

'Martha Moo' is a deep 90s nude with equal amounts of muted brown and dark pink, and in my experience is the easiest to apply and the most wearable. This paired with flawless skin and winged liner are a match made in heaven and I've been reaching for this most days, especially as it wears really nicely and doesn't need to be touched up too often.

If you like to experiment with your lip colour and like pale white-based shades, 'Puppy Paws' might be the one for you. I found the application to be a little tricky as any mistakes are way more noticeable, but I think I've got it down after realising that you need the teeniest amount of product (excess begone!) and the thinnest layer possible. Make sure you go over your entire lip with the colour to avoid any distinct lines between the shade and your natural lip colour, and be prepared for some chalkiness and gathering of the product if you put on too much. Those issues aside the colour itself is a breath of fresh air as it really brightens your complexion, and it would look so cool for festivals or summer parties!

'Rhubarb & Custard' screams 'holiday lippy!' to me as it's a gorgeously vibrant and warm watermelon pink that'd complement a tan beautifully, and I'm already envisioning pairing this with a floaty white maxi dress for dinner in Italy later this month. This would work well on so many different skintones and makes your teeth look whiter, as well as applying like an absolute dream and drying down to a matte finish in around ten to fifteen seconds. As these shades are 100% opaque you don't need to build the colour up at all and one light application is all that's needed, and I find that touching up is fairly non-fussy also.

Shades: Marzipan (shimmery light pink champagne), Toast (matte peach tan), Cocoa Sugar (highly shimmery deep bronze) and Soft Truffle (matte dark chocolate).

Seriously, I'm such a fan of the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palettes and really can't fault them from the pigmentation to the price to the longevity. As soon as I saw the 'Birthday Suit' palette I knew it would be going straight into my everyday makeup bag and I've worn it every single day since I got it which includes filming videos, going to meetings, at evening events and out for drinks with friends which shows how versatile it is. I love how you can create a daytime look with Marzipan all over the lid and Toast in the crease, then amp things up for nighttime by adding Cocoa Sugar along your lower lashline and blending Soft Truffle through the crease. You really can't go wrong with these shades and I'm always blown away by how high quality the shadows look and feel, especially for the £6 price tag. 

Shades: Moonlit Walk (shimmery champagne gold), Cocoa Plum (shimmery purple brown), Berry Souffle (matte pink taupe) and Magic Carpet (matte dark plum).

Having blue eyes that benefit from nude, champagne and bronze colours to make them stand out I don't usually gravitate towards purple-toned palettes, however I was pleasantly surprised by how wearable I found the 'Enchanted Dream' palette. My go-to look with this is to apply Cocoa Plum all over the lid with Berry Souffle through the crease and on my lower lashline, Magic Carpet used as a liner with an angled brush and Moonlit Walk in the inner corners of my eyes to pull everything together. I've never experienced any fallout with the shimmery shades and they're so brilliantly buildable, and the matte shades are some of the most pigmented and creamy that I've ever used. As you can probably tell I'd really recommend these palettes, even more so that they're affordable!

Soft Luxe Matte Nail Polish in 'New Chapter', 'Soft Pyjamas' & 'Piggy Bank'
In the same packaging as Tanya's original nail polish line (the shades 'Duvet Day' and 'Frosting Cupcakes' are two of my all-time favourite colours!) but with an expensive-looking frosted glass finish, the Matte Nail Polishes come in three shades and are a dream to use. They apply like a regular glossy nail polish then turn completely matte as they dry which is around a minute, and you can get away with one coat although I like to do two so they're true to colour. The gold lid comes off so you can get a more precise application, and the brush is incredibly straightforward and quick to use. I found that I needed slightly more product on the brush to ensure a streak-free finish, and I love how you get 'the best of both worlds' as they look really pretty matte or you can use a shiny topcoat.

The shades themselves are muted, elegant and modern which is exactly what I go for and they look so chic with any nail shape and outfit. 'New Chapter' is very similar to my favourite light grey polish 'Duvet Day' with a slightly more purple hue, and this is definitely one of those shades that's perfect for when you're not sure what you're going to be wearing so you need a 'suits all' polish. 'Soft Pyjamas' is my favourite of the bunch as it's different to anything else I have in my collection, which is an equally lilac, grey and taupe shade that looks understated yet noticeable at the same time. Finally we have 'Piggy Bank' which I'd describe as a mauve pink, and again I don't really own any shades like this as most of the pinks I use are either so light they're almost white or so bright they're Barbie-esque, whereas this is a very grown-up rosy pink that looks lovely and ladylike.

So, that's the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Collection! Although I love everything my top three recommendations would be the Matte Lip in 'Martha Moo', the Birthday Suit Eyeshadow Palette and the Matte Nail Polish in 'Soft Pyjamas', and I think the entire line is so pretty and well done. Everything from the shade names to the packaging to the design is brilliantly executed and the prices are impressive considering the quality is akin to that of products triple the cost. Don't forget to enter my Tanya Burr Cosmetics giveaway here, and you can see my initial thoughts of the collection after using them for the first time on camera in this video.

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