Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Hi everyone,

I'm back with a post!  So sorry I've been gone awhile but I do hope you enjoy hearing about and seeing swatches of this gorgeous looking gift set.

I was asked if I would like to review some FRONTCOVER cosmetics, this was the first time I have accepted this kind of offer and the reason for that is because I have been curious about this brand for awhile.

So as you can see from the title, this post will be about FRONTCOVER GILT EDGED, The Ultimate Party Collection For Golden Girls.  I picked this set to test and review because the colours are right up my street.

The set includes a Large Metallic Makeup Case, Mini Metallic Cosmetic Purse, Shimmer Stick, Compact with Domed Baked Blush, Double Ended Lip Gloss, Double Ended Chunky Metallic Pencil Gold/Copper, Holographic Glitter, Iridescent Pigment, Shadowbase, Double Ended Eye Applicator, Cheek Brush. 

You get alot in the set but how do they look and perform?  Well below are swatches and my experiences using these products.

All heavily swatched left to right : Domed Baked Blush , Shadowbase, Chunky Metallic Pencil Gold
end with Dubloon Glitter on lower half, Copper end with Burnt Carrot Pigment on lower half 
Compact with Domed Baked Blush - the lid has a mirror. It is a beautiful peach with silver micro shimmer.  On my medium deep skin tone (Mac NC44, Nars Sheer Glow - Cadiz, MUFE HD 173) it makes for a lovely highlight on the top of the cheekbones and has been my highlighter of choice since I received this set for testing. It does have shimmer and some micro glitter but not too much, I've really been enjoying this.

Shadowbase - is a shimmery Champagne eye base, on my oily eyelids combined with the chunky metallic pencil on top it creased but it lasts longer just with the pigments or eyeshadow applied directly on to it.  It makes for a beautiful highlight under the brow bone and collarbones, blends really lovely.  The shimmer in it can give another dimension to eyeshadows you put on top of it, I tried with matte shadows on top and it gave a lovely effect.

Double Ended Chunky Metallic Pencil Gold/Copper - these are beautiful colours and I was very excited to try these. However, my oily lids ensured that these creased and faded on me but with my Lime Crime Candy Eyed primer underneath the creasing and fading was more subtle than with the Shadowbase, and on their own with no primer at all they practically disappeared altogether in a short space of time. I would recommend using a primer that works for oily lids and apply using the side of the pencils rather than the tip for less drag.

Burnt Carrot Iridescent Pigment, Doubloon Holographic Glitter
Doubloon Holographic Glitter - this is beautiful and a little goes a long way. It comes with a thin plastic cover inside, I chose to dab the eye applicator on the plastic cover to pick up just a little of the product but it would be possible to pierce little holes in it to make it like a sifter pot to control the amount of product that comes out. I apply this over the metallic chunky pencil using the sponge end of the eye applicator, to minimise fall out when you press it on over the pencil. This will look beautiful over so many eyeshadows too, personally I would choose to apply it just in the center of the lid and put a tissue to protect you from any fall out when applying.

Burnt Carrot Iridescent Pigment - I love this really gorgeous, especially so over the copper end of the metallic chunky pencil. Has a beauiful texture, press it on using the brush end of the eye applicator then blend, produces such a lovely colour and dimension. I wore this combo on a recent night out together with Mac Taupe lipstick with Pink Frost lipgloss on top and the Domed Baked Blush as brow bone and tops of cheek bone highlight.  I didn't get fall out and I think a little dab of this on top of your lipstick or lipgloss just in the center of your lips would be very pretty.

Shimmer Stick left heavily swatched, right blended
Shimmer Stick - is a beautiful rose gold colour but for my personal taste it has too much chunky glitter and when I blended it out I was left with glitter moving about and not much colour left, too build up more colour would mean adding alot more glitter.  Of course many love that look but I prefer something more subtle.  It's a shame as I do love the colour.

Pink Frost, Peach Sparkle
Double Ended Lip Gloss - one end is Peach Sparkle (golden orange) the other end is Pink Frost (baby pink with silver shimmer).  I like these, they do not feel sticky and give a lovely dimension.  I have been pairing Peach Sparkle on top of Boots No7 Conker lipstick and Pink Frost on top of Mac Taupe lipstick, loving the combinations.

Double Ended Eye Applicator - work well with the pigments. I suspect the brush end may even do a good job of blending out the crease but haven't put it to the test yet.

Cheek Brush - used to apply the Domed Baked Blush as a highlight on top of cheekbones but I would actually prefer to use a smaller brush for that purpose.  It's OK to use as a blush brush to apply and blend the product but it is not as soft as I'd like or gives as much control in the placement as I would prefer with my own blusher brushes but if you haven't got a blush brush this is nice to have.

Large Metallic Makeup Case and Mini Metallic Cosmetic Purse, both in gold - these will always come in handy.

The stand out products for me are definitely the iridescent pigment and holographic glitter, really beautiful.  However, I could get every day use out of the blush & shadowbase as highlighters and use the lipglosses.

There is one product I don't think I would use, which is the shimmer stick, unless possibly on my legs, on a night out...

One of the lovely things with this set is that it includes a tutorial, with hints and tips on the back of the sleeve to give you some guidelines and inspiration.

I've really enjoyed testing and using the products in this set.  If you or someone you know loves these golden and copper tones (as I do), I think it would make an impressive gift, good value for money and you can create gorgeous looks for the party season. 

You can buy this set from Boots for £25, at the time of this post they currently have a 3 for 2 mix and match gift promotion for the festive season, how nice :-)

What do you think?  Have you tried any FrontCover cosmetics?

Diane x


  1. Brilliant! Great you are liking some of the range. It would be lovely to see on in a look???? Hint, hint. Not tried the chunky colour but all the colours appear gorgeous against your skin. Have you tried Clinique version or Smashbox Eye lid primer? xx

  2. Hi Nadira,

    Thanks for stopping by :-) I've lost my voice but I'm hoping when I'm feeling right as rain again to do a party look on YT. I didn't know there was a Clinique version of the Smashbox primer, do tell! Please :-:

    Diane x

  3. Hello Diane,

    I look forward to your uploads almost every week, I was sad not to see you on and was curious as to what had happened, more worried I should say.I am glad to know that you will be back soon , I must say a sinus infection can take a lot out of us, I seem to suffer from them quite often,I just came off antibiotics from my recent infection,I lost my voice also.I do hope you feel better soon.


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  6. Hi Mary,

    Such a lovely comment, I'm so touched. Thank you so much for noticing my absence, sorry that you were starting to worry. I'm definitely on the mend now but of course it's that super busy time of year.

    What's your YT ID? I'll look out for you, please do say hi if you watch a video of mine.

    I do hope you are feeling much better too.

    Diane :-)

  7. Thank you for your kind words Diane. I don't do videos, I am a late bloomer to make up and was interested in learning how to apply the products I already had properly, I love make up but had little or no experienced applying it to my face, in order to love the finish result then I came across your video ,only to learn that you use the same color foundation as I do which is Mac Nc44 since then I have went out and got Nars cadiz and MUFE 173, trust me that has been a never ending story until finally I got matched properly a few years back.

    Since finding your Channel I have been hooked,so imagine me when I did not see you on for some time.I look forward to your reviews,make up applications an all the other goodies,It is a pleasure watching each and every one of your videos.Thought of emailing you but could not find your email with this new YT outlook smile.

    To be honest from watching you, I have learned so many wonderful things,I will never be able to put into words how your videos has changed my life at 42 and having a 2 year old life can be hectic so thanks for all the helpful hints.

    Take care of your self.


  8. Aww Mary you've given me the most amazing compliments here. I showed a friend your message yesterday and said it is because of incredibly lovely people like yourself that makes it all so worthwhile.

    I do wish you have a wonderful time with your family over Christmas. And the next time you watch one of my videos, please leave me a comment so I know it's you.

    Diane x