About Face: Reviews, swatches of Topshop SS13 collection cosmetics

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TopshopBlushLipstickLipPaintNoFlash ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceSummer isn’t over yet, so bright cheeks and lips are certainly still an option for the last few weeks of August and September. Will you find the right color in the lipstick, cream blush, and lip paint in Topshop’s SS13 collection?

By Roxana Hadadi

A few months ago I was a second-year graduate student rolling into class in sweatpants and sneakers; now I’m working full time in fundraising at a university in Maryland. Sure, I’m still in a campus environment, but in a totally different role—and to say my outfits have changed considerately would be putting it lightly.

But what about my makeup? Well, I’m certainly reaching for more neutrals and earth tones now, and I’m going for a more conservative look overall. But do I still lust after practically neon brights? Absolutely—and if I can find a way to rock them at work, I certainly will.

Enter Topshop’s SS13 collection of cosmetics. The British brand now has stores in the U.S. and a website specifically for stateside shoppers, and Nordstrom’s website recently started carrying its cosmetics, too—meaning some items that may have sold out directly through Topshop are still available at Nordstrom.com. In fact, a good amount of Topshop’s SS13 lip, eye, and nail products are still in stock at Nordstrom.com, and based on my testing and swatches, I’ll be grabbing some extras for myself, too.

For this review, I was provided with samples of liquid lip color Lip Paint in Low Down, lipstick in Straight Ace, and cream blush stick in Acting Up. They’re all extremely bright, saturated colors, but does the wear-time match the pigmentation?

For my thoughts, read on!