Have you heard the sad news?
I hate to have to be the one to break it to you but, Seventeen cosmetics, the makeup brand sold in Boots is being discontinued to be replaced by new cosmetics brand CYO (which admittedly does look pretty good… every cloud has a silver lining!)
However, I am genuinely devastated about this… I have talked a lot on here about how much I love their products here and here and felt like I had to write this what will sadly be, final post about just how great and affordable their products are.
To put a positive spin on this, all of their products are now reduced on the Boots website and in stores, so I thought I’d tell you about my favourite products from the brand, that I have tried, tested, used and loved, those that I really think you should stock up on before it’s too late. I know I will be!
Starting with my favourite Seventeen product, I encourage you all to try the Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter/Glow/Primer. I have been buying these for years now, and always reach for this over similar high end products in my collection. As the name suggests, it’s a bit of a multi use product, which I use mainly as a highlight. I also really rate it as a glowy primer for underneath or mixing in with foundation. If you’re looking for something with a really impressive, almost holographic glow, then this is all you need. You can pat it on top of your foundation, along your cheekbones and brow bone for a really Instagram worthy pop of highlight. If you prefer something more subtle, wear it under your foundation for it to naturally shine through. I especially love this during the colder months when my skin can look particularly dull, it provides instant brightness.
The Seventeen product I have been using for the longest is their Instant Glow Cream Bronzer, which is in fact the only cream bronzer I own, and the only one I need. It’s really blendable, and easy to apply, and it gives the most beautiful glow of colour to the skin. I always feel like I look much fresher faced when I wear this and that’s the main reason it’s been my go-to for the past few Summers. It’s quite orange toned, so can look very fake, but when applied lightly, buffed out and applied to the areas of the face where you would naturally catch the sun, it can look really beautiful.
I much prefer using this to any powder bronzers, as there’s no shimmer, just a radiant finish to the cream formula, which sits beautifully on my skin even when I’m suffering from that dreaded dryness.
A product I use daily, and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to manage without, is the Define & Conquer Contour Kit. This comes in two shades, and for me, the light is just perfect for a natural, every day contour. Admittedly, I mainly use this for the bronzer, which is a beautiful matte shade that gives a natural, yet sculpted shadow to my face, which is just enough for daytime wear. The lighter shade is something I like to reach for to set my concealer rather than for a highlight, as it’s a really fine and lightweight powder that applies almost seamlessly onto the skin and will hold my makeup in place for hours.
If you’re in the market for an amazing dupe of the YSL Touche Eclat, then look no further than the Skin Wow Concealer. Not only does it look almost identical to the much pricier YSL option, but the product performs really well too… I wouldn’t say it’s 100% as good as YSL, but I’d say it’s around 90% there, and for the huge difference in price, I’d much rather use this. It provides instant brightness for the under eye area, it lifts the complexion and can be used to brighten and lightly conceal any dull, red or blemished areas around the face. Personally, I don’t reach for this to do the job of a concealer, but as a brightening or correcting tool, it’s just brilliant.
Finally, I’m kind of cheating with the fifth product, but I can’t pick just one… It’s the Mega Matte Lipsticks, yes the whole range! There are some beautiful shades in this collection, all of which have long lasting, highly pigmented colour pay off, are moisturising on the lips despite having a matte finish and once again, are a total steal! My personal favourites from the range are ‘Looking Buff’ (which is always in my handbag) and ‘Rioja Your World’ which are a lovely brown/nude shade and a bright red. Seriously, if you want to bulk out your matte lip collection, grab yourself the whole collection while they’re still available, and are so cheap – I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!