Glo & Ray is a British makeup brand founded in 2012 which aims to illuminate your individual beauty. I have a whole host of products to chat about today – some good, some bad. That’s the nature of the product testing beast but I’ll give you a rundown of the products I’ve been trying.
Let’s start with the packaging which I love – it’s sleek and mainly matte which is very reminiscent of NARS. That being said I’m not a fan of the foundation packaging as it feels very bulky and plastic.
Product wise, I’ll start with the least favourite – the Nebulae Fluid Foundation* (£23) in the shade NW01 . I have tried this foundation numerous ways to find a good way of applying and sadly, it was a bit of a struggle. I settled on applying with my fingers but I felt the product was a little thick and hard to blend. That being said, the pump dispensed the right amount and once it settled into my skin it did look miles better than when it was first applied. It tended to cling and bunch on my forehead and around my nose and mouth but looked good on my cheeks and chin. For £23, I would expect more and I’d be more likely to chose a drugstore alternative.
Sticking with the face – the Velvet Two-Way Cake (£19) is a great powder for different application. It reminds me of the MAC Studio Fix Powder in that it’s pigmented enough to be worn on its own or over foundation for additional coverage. This works well on top of the foundation as it seems to blur the difficulties I have in blending. I haven’t used it sans foundation but I feel it would work well due to it being so pigmented.
The Nuage Solo Blush in Dawn Seed* (£11) is a lovely iridescent peach toned blush with a soft golden shimmer running through it. It’s a peachier version of NARS Orgasm. The colour payoff takes a little while but it means it’s incredibly hard to over-apply the product. The powder is very stiff so there is little if any fallout – I do wish it was a softer formula but the finish of the blush is lovely.
Keeping with the powders – the Mariposa Quartet Eyeshadow in Golden Dunes* (£12.50) also has the same stiff formula but is nicely pigmented and layers well for a more opaque result. I find these work best with a dense packing brush (like a MAC 239) or by using your fingers as there is zero fall out and you can’t pick up a lot of product using a fluffy blending brush.
The La Amo Creamy Shimmer Lipcolor in Tender* (£12) is a warm toned nude/ peach shade – not my usual choice of colour but it was surprisingly more wearable than I had thought. The formula is very creamy with a slight bit of feathering but is very comfortable on the lips and wears down nicely.
The Wonderland Hydrating Lip Gloss in Fairy Dust* (£10) is a beautiful clear gloss with a shimmer throughout. It’s got quite a sticky formula so I would only really wear this to highlight the centre of my lips for extra va va voom.
Overall, I’m a little lacklustre about this brand. There’s nothing I truly love unfortunately as some of the formulas are a bit off. The shades are lovely and that should be noted.
Have you tried anything from Glo & Ray?
Love Kate xo