As some of you may or may not know Cynthia Rowley had a cosmetic collection out sometime ago. You can read about it by heading over to PJ’s site. A wonderful article with pictures await you at A Touch of Blusher! Click!
When I heard that Avon was doing a new collection with Cynthia Rowley I went into want mode as I had read PJ’s article and was intrigued plus the cute design of the packaging, as always, sold me.
Aside from mark I have never tried anything Avon prior to this that I know of…maybe a lipbalm or something ages ago? I can’t really recall every buying any Avon before this. I do ADORE mark and give it a big hearty recommendation but Avon I know nearly nothing about.
The bad news is Avon sucks in regards to delivery. The entire process of ordering online and receiving the Cynthia Rowley Collection I ordered for myself and a friend took about two weeks I believe or more.
First of all the order took about a week to arrive which is fine since that’s about the time it takes Urban Decay to get my goodies to me (standard delivery).
Second rant I have with Avon is the fact that two powders arrived broken into a zillion pieces 🙁 However, I can’t rant too much as a short call to customer service and they told me keep the broken powders and we’ll send two new ones out right away!
Another week went by and finally I got the powders.
The third major, major rant I have with Avon is that all the cosmetics I ordered appeared used. The boxes were crushed, the shadows had little chips in them, the lipstick had a small crack, and the brush on one of my glosses was all twisted up. To say I was pissed is an understatement.
This particularly bothered me because half this order was for a good friend and I didn’t want her thinking that I was opening her items up and tried them or something!
After all this drama I have to give a really, really surprised and great review for the entire Cynthia Rowley Collection.
For the price I was expecting it all to be utter rubbish and a complete waste of cash but I’m happy to say even though the ordering process was traumatic in the long run it was worth it for the cosmetics!
My friend and I ended up ordering practically the same items aside from the Finishing Powder and I’m looking forward to hearing her reviews on these products as we almost always agree in regards to cosmetics.
The first item I’d like review since I just mentioned it is the Finishing Powder. I can’t begin to say how properly pleased I am with this. The powder has somewhat the same finish as Raycious powder. It’s a light, natural color that should be flattering on light and medium skin types. It did an excellent job of covering up my very weary, tired eyes! Plus it’s freaking $10 people! Cute little compact with ultra awesome powder for 10 bucks? Where can you find that? I was messing around after waking up this morning and just smoothed it under my eyes and on either side of my nose and I happened to glance in the mirror and thought WOW I look like I got 15 hours of sleep and drank about 25 glasses of water! My skin was looking happy! It comes with a cheesy, thin application sponge but as thin and crummy as it is it does the job and smooths on the powder perfectly! The powder has the words Pretty! embedded in it which is just the cute extra touch that the Muse always loves.
So what do I think? I think I need back up! Two thumbs way up!
Two eyeshadow quads are available and at first glance I was thinking uh-oh old lady shadows (I’m old I shouldn’t say that!). The second thought that popped into my head was these are SO not going to work together. But I thought what the hell for $8 bucks I wasn’t going broke by getting both!
The two choices available are Plum Orchid and Very Violet. I haven’t tried Very Violet but I can give a healthy go ahead on Plum Orchid. The colors are pigmented enough and they look quite natural and elegant and yes they work together just fine! Much to my utter delight the back of the packaging has a nifty little “how to” for applying these and if you follow the instructions you end up with a pretty nice Autumn eye look! A bit understated for me but nice none the less. I’m shocked! How delightful! $8 dollars for a cool quad!
The collection also happens to have a brush set available and again my skeptical little mind was thinking how horrible these would be! But I’m happy to report that the brush wallet is cute as hell with a little mirror and the brushes are awesome! I’m particularly loving the big chunky powder brush this set came with! Three brushes and a brush wallet sets you back $15! The eyeshadow brush is fast becoming a favorite as well with it’s tiny slant it fits into my crease and contours my eye perfectly! No shedding and these are quite soft. Sweet!
I picked up a lipstick and some glosses as well and again, the Muse is shocked right out of her socks how great they are! The lipstick color could possibly become a favorite of mine. I ordered Plum Orchid (four other shades are available) and it’s a luscious shade for the cooler weather and works with the entire look that the quads and rest of the collection aims to create. The lipstick is super moisturizing, applies slickly and looks beautiful on! And guess what..it cost me $4.50!!!!!!!!!!
Next I tried the glosses and again how great are these! Slick, pigmented, and perfect! The glosses are just right for applying by themselves. I don’t need to stain my lips or use lipstick prior to slicking these on. The color is so bold that it goes on perfectly without the aid of an extra color under it. The two colors I got were Plum Orchid and Very Violet (all these names that are the same are confusing me). Applying Plum Orchid on top of the lip color I got makes my lips pop up and say Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo there!
Finally, the best for last, the all over face powders! I got both of these bad boys and really I think this was the one thing that had originally tempted me to purchase the collection. And I’m happy to say my original line of thought was correct these are wonderful! I got both the light/medium and the dark/medium colors and both are great! These aren’t pigmented enough to wear alone but they work wonderfully over your own blush and give a bit of shimmer and finish to your face plus they are so pretty to look at! These were $10 bucks each! Hello? $10!
The line also included nail polish and blush sticks, both of which I didn’t get.
So…I guess this is where I apologize to Avon for being such a harsh critic and say just wow. I am still in shock that this collection is so good and so cheap. I guess I’ll be checking out the Avon website much more often! Hmmm I wonder what else I can try for dirt cheap……………..!
The Muse says head on over to Avon and pick some of this line up for yourself! You can’t afford not too!
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Face of the Day using some of the Cynthia Rowley Avon Collection
What I used:
Plum Orchid Eye Quad
Plum Orchid Lipgloss and Lipstick
All Over Powder in Light/Medium
Benefit Bad Girl Mascara (Not my fav mascara in the world but it gave me a good minimal look which I was looking for this morning)
Majolica Majorca Jewelling Pencil in BK999
MAC Petalpoint Blush
Brushes I used are the ones from the collection and nothing else!