For my US readers you may already know about this and have tried it but for my UK readers Jay Manuel Beauty has now launched exclusively on QVC. QVC UK is certainly well worth a look at for a range of exclusive make-up and skincare cult classics from the US including Tarte and IT Cosmetics. If you don’t know who Jay Manuel is he is the MUA on America’s Next Top Model. Originally a make-up artist, beauty and fashion expert Jay Manuel created his brand after spending 20 years on both sides of the camera. His cosmetics focus on cutting-edge Filter Finish technology so you look perfect for that Instagram selfie!
I have to say that I have honestly watched every season of ANTM and feel like I know Jay Manuel from way back when. He is always the one who transforms the girls into models and sometimes dramatically changes their look to give them that edge – like shaving the head, dying the eyebrows blond, adding a gap in the teeth – something to make that girl stand out in the modeling world. And he is good at it – transforming girls into models before the audience’s eyes. So it comes as no surprise that Jay Manuel has finally launched his own make-up range!
As a celebrity MUA and ANTM expert himself, he should know what he is doing. So for the official UK launch, Jay himself came to London and I am happy to say he is super nice, very knowledgable and truly an expert when it comes to make-up. Okay so what’s in the range?
First up is Jay Manuel – The Ultimate Lipstick which is a lovely and gorgeous formula that feels hydrating and has a good level of pigment in it. I really like the packaging of the products as well – they are quite good and well thought out in terms of application, etc. So not only do they look pretty they also apply well.
I love this classic red lipstick in Siren (below) – the colour would suit a wide range of skin tones and is a gorgeous, high-pigment red.
Next up we have Jay Manuel – The Ultimate Lipstick in ‘Nudist’ which is a nude brown tone that is perfect for that 90s look that is so on trend right now. I personally love the look of the 90s so happy to see it all coming back. The lipsticks are not drying at all either – they feel hydrating and have staying power as well.
I also love that Jay has given extra special thought to the packaging. For example the Lip Sheen (below) is a clear gloss but the applicator tip is not a sponge but rather a plastic tip applicator which I have never seen before. This is brilliant when it comes to clear gloss because with a clear gloss sometimes if you apply it over lipstick the sponge applicator tip gets stained and dirty and can also stain the gloss inside. With this applicator you can simply wipe it off (if you have applied it over Colour lipstick) and therefore keep the gloss inside nice and clean.
From the collection I got a Soft Focus Powder Blush to try as well in Escape (below). Really lovely pigment and again this is perfect for in-between seasons because it almost gives a sun-kissed look to the cheeks. Great for autumn!
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