Have you ever fallen totally an utterly in love… with makeup? Well I hadn’t until recently. Yes, I had loved certain aspects about a product or brand. Yet there was always something that stopped me from wanting to make them my bae – whether that be a few dud products, their testing policy or meh packaging. Well guys, you will be very happy to know I have finally found the one, the makeup brand I want to call mine and make my bae; Teeez Cosmetics. You likely think I am being a little over dramatic, but believe me I am not. You only have to read their about me section to know they’re a bunch of creative folk doing it their way on their own terms:
ABOUT TEEEZ COSMETICS
Beauty provocateurs since 2004, TEEEZ was founded on the principles of subverting traditional modes of makeup. Our creative process sweeps through different realms, always starting from our European roots that branch out into a melting pot of references, all relevant to the digital landscape. Concepted in-house by a cross-functional designers & hand-picked collaborators, every TEEEZ item is tested by in-demand makeup artists and curated by a new set of Millennial influencers democratizing the industry, imparting their own free-spirited, slightly subversive take on the next season’s beauty statements. This results in an accurate expression of our core values, delivered with distinctly variable results – an authentic reflection of the diverse and dynamic cultural and creative scenarios that unfailingly hit the mark.
Let’s start with the packaging shall we? Because let’s be honest it’s bloody beautiful. Each collection they release includes different statement packaging that just makes you want to own it all. These items are from their Fashion Vendetta collection, which is their latest release and as you can see it’s a mix of skulls, geometry, watercolours and the blogger fave, rose gold. The packaging is solid too, not a flimsy bit of material in sight; it’s all made of thick strudy plastic that’s squared off – basically a joy to store in a set of Alex drawers. On a nostalgic side note the products and brand seriously remind me of early Urban Decay and all that I loved them for. All of the products are Cruelty Free, which is a great bonus as it means I can buy them (wooo), and also a lot of them are vegan, however not all of them. They do make it really clear on their site what is vegan though, and from this collection only 2 of the 7 products are not vegan.
FOR THE LIPS
As is expected my favourites from the range are the lip products, because I do love a good lippie. There are 3 in the range, with various colours of each formula. My ultimate favourite is of course the Serial Matte Lip Stain in Delirious because liquid lipstick and purple, need I say more?! The formula is crazy pigmented and just one layer is enough for an opaque look, which is great as when you layer liquid lippies they can bobble and crack. After a minute the formula has dried down on the lips and there’s virtually no transfer at all. If I had to compare the formula it’s a mix between Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Mattes and the LimeCrime Velvetines, which are two of my favourites for liquid lipsticks. The colour is a very vibrant purple and I adore it.
The Material Girl lipstick (£26.00)* makes me feel all sassy, likely cos of the name and its link to Madonna, but I will roll with it. This selection of lipsticks is all about the bold, with deep purples and bright pinks, definitely not one for the feint hearted. There’s no sheerness here, and it’s a full on opaque formula that offers some serious punch. It’s a satin finish so not drying on the lips, however wear time won’t be that of the Serial Stains. I found that I had to top this up after eating, but it was still in place after drinking
They are a little on the pricey side for lip products, however buying cruelty free usually is pricey. But, I am willing to pay that for good quality products, especially when supporting an indie brand. Also, NARS Lipsticks are £25.00 a pop so there’s not that much difference, and you can’t tell me that packaging isn’t worth it for the art.
The To Die For Quad (£42.00)* is a little surprise for me, as it’s not usually shades I would be drawn to – the mauve version however is right up my street – yet I am so glad it did land on my doorstep as I adore the colours. There are 3 matte shades and the yellow has a slight shimmer/sheen too it. The forest green shade is my ultimate fave and looks beautiful smudged under the eyes and on the upper lash line for a simple work look. The yellow shimmer shade isn’t as pigmented as I would have hoped for but it’s still a beautiful subtle shade, but it can be used wet which gives it a little extra oomph if that’s what you want.
The formula of the shadows are really nice, they blend very well and you don’t need to keep dipping your brush to build up a pigmented look. The quad is priced at £42 which I think is a little bit much; it’s on a par with Charlotte Tilbury pricing however the shimmer shade doesn’t pack enough of a punch for me to be able to justify it up there with CT. If there were a couple more base shades in there then it would definitely be a winner for me.
I have many many many highlighters, and generally cream ones are the ones I neglect the most… Sad times. I usually use them as a base for powder highlight if I am off out to an event/on the town as it really gives an intense glow. So to give the Style Addict highlighter in Berlin Sunrise (£28.00) a fair trial I have being wearing it for work with no powder highlight. It gives a beautiful subtle glow but does work best when teamed with a powder highlight too. I find that when I apply it after my foundation, then set it my usual face powder it dims the glow, however it makes it look very natural. This isn’t a shimmery highlight and is quite metalized looking, so there’s no great big chunks of glitter left on your face. A teeny tiny bit goes a long way so this pot will last quite some time
Last but not least is the Bulletproof Mascara, which has fast become my new every day go to. I love RollerLash but as it’s not CF I can no longer purchase it and my current stash is coming to an end, so I have being looking for a good plastic comb style wand mascara for a while. I love the wand, although I would love it more if it was curved slightly to get a better grip on all lashes without having to angle the brush. However, that’s something I can live with, it’s hardly a hard task to do. It keeps my lashes curled well and there is not one single flake off throughout the day. If the wand was curved this could possibly be a contender for Holy Grail status.
The company are based in The Netherlands, but it’s easy to get hold of products from their site and there is free delivery to the UK on orders over $50. Have you tried Teeez before? Or will you be checking them out? I hope I have convinced you of how amazing the brand is, as when I find something great I want to scream it from the rooftops & celebrate it.