I was recently sent some new products by the lovely people over at Lidl who this summer have launched a new Cien beauty range. I’m all for a good budget beauty buy so naturally I was excited to give these a try and see what they were like.
The range is quite expansive with products for the face, eyes, lips and nails, including a BB cream, four eyeshadows, two mascaras, six lipstick shades, six lip gloss shades and six nail polish shades, so there is literally something for everyone here, particularly if you don’t want to break the bank on your beauty purchases.
First up is the BB cream, which at €2.99 is definitely a bargain, but is it worth it? Well, it contains SPF 15 which is a great start, and also claims to conceal, smooth the complexion, reduce wrinkles and provide 24 hour hydration. Here’s what I think…
The cream is quite heavy and thick which made me very dubious when I first applied it, and because of that, you do need a good amount to enable you to blend evenly on the face. However, I was surprised to find that it does actually leave a nice smooth finish to the skin and the coverage doesn’t feel too cakey which I thought it would given the texture.
As you can see from the before and after below, the coverage is subtle, but it’s supposed to be with a BB cream, and I do like the finish it gave my face. I’m wearing shade Light which might be just slightly pale for me, but it also comes in a medium-dark shade.
Word of warning here though, if you have dry skin, it may be problematic for you. My skin is on the dryer side, and I did find my face felt just slightly tight when wearing this so it may be better suited to those with normal to oily skin types.
Next up is the eyeshadow which has four shades in the range and costs only €1.99. The two shades I was sent to try were Rose Garden, a kind of blush pink, and Brilliant Brown, which is a lovely soft gold brown, but there is also a creamy nude and electric blue shade available.
The first thing I loved about these eyeshadows was the amazing oriental style print on top of them, I mean how gorge is that? So gorgeous I almost didn’t want to use them and ruin the look, but needs must and all that.
The pigment on these shadows is really brilliant, especially on the Rose Garden shade which has a gorgeous shimmer finish to it. This would be perfect to highlight the inner corner of the eye, or as a blending shade for a soft nude eye look. I’m also thinking this shade would work well as a highlight blush on the cheeks, which is another positive to add to the list. The brown was more of a gold colour once I swatched it, but I was still very impressed with the pigment.
Two mascaras were introduced in the range, a volume mascara, and a waterproof mascara, both of which cost €2.49. I tested out the waterproof mascara to see what it was like but it took me ages to get any of the mascara on to my lashes. I don’t know if the formula is very thick or whether the tube isn’t full, but it was almost as if the actual liquid only covered the tip of the application brush.
So in order to get any kind of colour or volume, I had to use the tip of the brush to apply the mascara on to the lashes a few times, then had to blend it in. The end look isn’t bad, it has very good staying power so if you’re in the market for a new waterproof mascara then this could be worth trying. The application was just a bit messy for me however.
The last item in the range I have to show you are the lip glosses which let me tell you, are an absolute steal at €1.99. Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I love all things lips, and these lip glosses are a winner for me.
The two shades I have are 10 Glitter Pink and 11 Frozen Ice, both of which are quite nude on the lips. They both have a glitter / shimmer finish to them, which normally wouldn’t be my thing at all, and the Frozen Ice shade is probably too glittery for my taste.
The photo below shows the slight difference, the top photo is Frozen Ice which has much more glitter:
But the sheen that the Glitter Pink shade gives your lips is to die for, it has less glitter and is not sticky at all. Because let’s be honest, there is nothing worse in this life than sticky lip gloss that your hair catches to every five seconds!
I think Glitter Pink could become one of my new go-to nude gloss products from now on, especially given its amazing price point. The other shades in the range are darker plum and red tones and if Glitter Pink is anything to go by, could be lovely on the lips too.
So there you go – some yays, some nays, but pretty good overall for a first collection. All the Cien beauty products are available in store now at Lidl.