I'll be the first to admit that when I was contacted by Born Pretty Store & upon looking at the website I was a little bit dubious about how the service would be, not to mention just how genuine would the products be from the ones shown on the website images. However I've seen Angie from Chocolate & Lipstick blog about the company before so it put my mind at ease a little bit, plus my curiosity from trying out Asian beauty products pushed me further to placing an order with them. With prices this cheap doubts were high but I can safely say that I've been proved wrong as the products I personally ordered and received were more then satisfactory. There's a few niggles here & there of course but not enough to put me off any of the products or the brand/website overall.
When browsing through their website I literally had no idea what to go for but soon enough I started spotting dupes for products I've been interested in the past but just never splurged on. So the products I ordered are pretty much dupes for high end brands and even though I don't have the expensive alternatives to compare I am pleased with the quality. Delivery takes a good while between 2/3 weeks so don't expect it to arrive like your regular UK deliveries, you've got to have patience with this one.
First up is Handmade Rattan Brush* which is pretty much identical to the coveted NARS Yachiyo Brush which in my opinion is just way too pricey & I doubt I would ever splurge on it (unless I won the Lotto that I never play). So of course when I spotted this dupe it was the first thing to go in my basket. This smells a little odd when taken out of the packaging, kind of like a burnt smell but within a few hours it disappears. I'm extremely suprised at how soft the bristles of this brush are like super soft & they stay that way even after washing the brush. For $4.29 this is definitely one brush worth adding to your collection.
Next up the Lasting Gel Cream Eyeshadow* which I actually asked for in white as I was planning on using it as a white base before a smokey eye look. Whether the mistake was on my part or theirs I'm kinda glad I got this lilac shade instead as it's absolutely stunning. It applies as pigmented as it looks in the pot & it feels really creamy. At the same time this is where my problem with this comes in because I feel like it might be a tad too creamy & therefore it doesn't really set on the lid, it just kind of stays glossy. So unless you're going for glossy eyes it's essential to apply a similar eyeshadow colour on top or you could even use translucent powder to set it in place. It's not 100% perfect but for the shade, pigmentation & $4.12 price I don't mind.
Next up I've got the Matte Velvet Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick* which looks very similar to the ever so popular version from Sephora. I haven't tried the Sephora ones as sadly we don't have it here in the UK but I am very pleased with this budget alternative. I chose No.16 which is a gorgeous mauve shade that applies to the lips beautifully. The pigment is on point so there's no need for layering & it feels really creamy until it sets into a matte finish. If your lips are not well hydrated you will start feeling your dryness within a matter of hours, but not to the point where you can peel off the product. What I love about this is when I start having dry lips I can apply a lip balm or lip oil on top & the product will not break down in any way, it still stays put but with a glossy finish. For the $1.99 price tag I really can't fault this liquid lipstick.
Last up I've got the Flavour Lip Oil* which is very similar to the recently released Clarins Lip Oils. Even though the colour of these look different in the tubes depending on the fruity flavour you choose, they have very little colour when applied on the lips, so it's all about the glossy look here. I chose the scent Watermelon which smells super fruity & sweet, because I love these kind of scents. When I think of an oil I immediately think it will just slide right off my lips looking like I've messily eaten a greasy burger but this doesn't do at all. The glossy look stay on the lips until you start eating & drinking, whilst keeping lips looking hydrated & plumped. This product was the priciest out of the bunch $6.69 which is still a bargain (but at the moment it's on half price offer).
From left to right - Liquid Lipstick, Cream Eyeshadow, Lip Oil
PR Samples sent for review.