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wpid-wp-1422656126709.jpegMarks and Spencer (M&S)  has come a long way in terms of the beauty ranges they offer. They have gone from offering only own brand products to also offering other niche brands such as Stila, Ren, Pur Minerals, Nuxe and Diego Dalla Palma. The M&S beauty lines now consist of Autograph, Pure, Floral Collection, Limited Collection and many more. In this post I will be focusing on some products in the Autograph range. A few highlighters, a blush and a bronzer. So, let’s get going.

M&S Autograph Pure Colour Powder Highlighter – Pink Shimmer 8g

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What they say: ‘A limited edition truly indulgent highlighter with a versatile formula which is both translucent and buildable, allowing you to create a daytime glow or an intense lustre for the evening providing a subtle luminous sheen. Suitable for face and body.’

What I say: A gorgeous Limited Edition highlighter in gold packaging that is suitable for all skin tones. Highly pigmented, light pink in colour with fine silver glitter running through. This product reminds me of Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade with a white to slight pink base. Due to the formula it can at times be on the powdery side. I recommend applying with a light hand.

Price:  I bought this whilst it was on sale. Currently unavailable.

Packaging: Product is housed in square gold packaging. The packaging has a slight weight to it which adds to the luxury of the highlighter.

Availability: Limited Edition, currently unavailable.

Pros: Buildable, gorgeous sheen/glow, packaging, suitable for everyone.

Cons: Unavailable due to being Limited Edition, packaging smudges easily, could appear ashy on deeper tones (use light application), powdery.

Rating: 3.5/5

M&S Autograph Pure Luxe Powder Highlighter – Golden Rose 10g

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wpid-img-20150130-wa0010.jpgWhat they say: ‘A truly indulgent highlighter with a versatile formula which is both translucent and buildable, allowing you to create a daytime natural glow or an intense lustre for the evening. This perfect blend of light reflecting pearls provides a subtle luminous sheen. Formulated to be long wearing. Suitable for face and body.’

What I say: Now, this is the Creme de la Creme of highlighters, pretty basket woven pattern with a smooth formula, encased in a hard black plastic packaging. Yes Yes Yes! This highlighter is suited for all skin tones and once swatched is a rose gold colour with a delightful subtle sheen. Colour is very buildable and highly pigmented. Lastly, I had to take the picture with and without the flash so that you my beauties can see how the colour shows more golden. (Middle pic is without flash and the last one is with flash)

Price: £15

Packaging: Product is encased in black plastic in the shape of a circle. Lightweight and may look cheap to some and sleek to others.

Availability: In-store or online at marksandspencer.com

Pros: Buildable, gorgeous sheen/glow, availability, mid-range price, suitable for everyone, luxurious design, 10g of product, M&S has international delivery.

Cons: Packaging may look cheap to some and as such they could miss out on a great product.

Rating: 4.5/5

M&S Autograph Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher – Soft Coral

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What they say: ‘A marbelised coral blusher in an exquisite flower design.A limited edition marbelised blusher with revolutionary texture that adds pure, sheer buildable colour to your cheeks.Using the Autograph blusher brush, sweep over cheeks for a natural blush, or build for a more intense colour.’

What I say: A lovely multi-dimensional flower patterned blush. Think Clinique and Milani. This blush is said to be coral in colour but on me the colour is more ashy. I believe that this is more suited towards paler skin tones. However, I am still able to wear it as a highlight colour.

Price: £12.50

Packaging: Housed in black plastic with a clear see-through lid.

Availability: In-store or online at marksandspencer.com

Pros: Pretty rose pattern, availability.

Cons: Price as there is not as much product as other highlighters in the Autograph range. Ashy on darker skin. Can be a little on the powdery side.

Rating: 2.5/5

M&S Autograph Hot Spot Multi Bronzer 7g

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What they say: ‘Gives your skin a sunkissed glow.’

What I say: A nice bronzer for paler skin if you are after a sun-kissed glow. But this also makes a beautiful highlighter for those of a darker hue. I will be focusing on its use as a highlighter. Housed in Limited Edition rose gold packaging, with a beautiful diamond like design, this bronzer has 3 different shades that can be worn individually or blended together for a more subtle highlight. Gives a lovely golden shimmer to skin.

Price: Limited Edition, bought whilst on sale. Currently unavailable.

Packaging: Encased in a square rose gold compact.

Availability: Limited Edition, currently unavailable.

Pros: Multi-use, price (paid around £3 due to sale), can be used by everyone, design.

Cons: Not as much product as previous Limited Edition bronzer/highlighter. No longer available. Packaging smudges easily.

Rating: 3.5/5

Swatches

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Left to right swatches: Pink Shimmer, Hot Spot Multi Bronzer (all 3 colours swatched individually and swatched together), Golden Rose. Without flash.

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Same as above, taken with flash.

In Conclusion

I did manage to snag some good products, with only one miss. The product just did not work on my skin, but I encourage you to go in-store and swatch it for yourself so that you can see how it shows up on you. Also, all products listed were not tested on animals. So, a big tick to M&S! The products are mid-range in price, but there are great deals to be had when there is a sale on. My absolute favourite would have to be the Pure Luxe Powder Highlighter in Golden Rose. Such a stunning universal shade. Next time you happen to be near a M&S store head straight to the Beauty Hall and tell them Ana sent you.

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