Yes I am slow. The RMK Power of Love collection launched early Autumn, and here we are, approaching December and I am finally getting my post up! But hey! Better late than never, plus, many of these products are still available on counter and from Selfridges too!
So here we go. I have been using a lot of RMK make up recently – I think because I have been so stuck for time I am returning to tried and trusted products that I know for a fact apply well and last. Their primers and foundations are my favourite.
The Power of Love collection features a number of products that mix matte and shimmery textures. RMK have a very distinctive style of packing, which is good quality and consistent, which I like (take note, NARS), but this is a Japanese brand remember! So there are still elements of cuteness and playfulness (like the heart blushers).
The Matte Shiny Cheeks blusher (£30) is one of the most distinctive products from the collection, with a matte colour centre, and a complimentary shimmer around it. Typically of Japanese brands, the shimmer is really super fine and pretty, wearable. The blusher is quite pigmented, I have noticed that it gets better with use – almost like there’s a slight seal over it for the first few uses because after that first week or so, I noticed it was a lot more pigmented.
02 is a orange blush and 03 is a pretty pink. The highlights are similar on both of these blushers:
There’s two new brow products too, an Eyebrow Gel (£20) which is clear and apparently can also be used to set the lashes, and an Eyebrow Powder palette (£25) with three shades so you can mix them or use for nose shading too (also very common with Japanese brands). I also have the new Matte Mascara in Navy in this photo (£23). The idea of a matte mascara was quite odd to me at first, I wondered if it would make my lashes look like I accidentally got powder on them!
Luckily, this did NOT happen and this mascara, like all RMK mascara is FANTASTICO for Asian lashes like mine that will not hold curl. Seriously – if you have the budget and find that every mascara makes your lashes flop you must try RMK mascara (if not this formula, then the Separate and Curl one) which makes your lashes super duper long, defined and curly. It’s the one pricy mascara I will buy (otherwise I buy Heroine Make mascara which is about £10) but I do think the RMK is better.
I like that this mascara is a dark blue, it makes the eyes a bit interesting, and seems to make the whites look…whiter!?
The Brow gel is good – the brush has an interesting curve to it, which is supposed to help you style the brow (use after powder or pencil to seal it in). I previously used the Clarins Eye Fix as a brow gel and that has much stronger hold BUT it always left my brows quite crispy, whereas the RMK does not.
RMK Mascara does not need sealing in because it is SO waterproof, but this gel can be used with other none waterproof mascara to seal it in.
The brow palette is hard textured and it might look not very pigmented but its perfect for brows, so you don’t over apply:
The other brow powder I have and like is Jill Stuart’s, although that is a much softer formula and I have to be more careful. The RMK I like to mix the first two shades for the body of the lash, then use the darkest in the corner. I have also use the lightest shade as a nose contour and it works well – it’s a nice dead matte beige brown perfect for shading.
Nails! There are a few new shades and I have two (£14), EX-16 which is a silver glitter dense black (LOVE) and EX-20 which is a matte finish nude light beige.
The RMK glitter polish is exactly how glitter polishes should be – it is very smooth to apply, not lumpy or bumpy at all, and looks very glittery without looking cheap or over the top – I really enjoyed wearing this!
The matte colour – I will be the first to admit I am not into matte polish too much but if I were to wear it, I prefer a nude colour like this one, because it makes it more daytime, a bit more subtle. Sorry I have a broken nail here:
Matte Shiny Eye Pencil (£28) os the other big product from the collection – I have 06 which is a black pencil with silver glitters and a silver sponge tipped powder end. This type of dual use, but compact product is typical of RMK who have a lot of dual end pencils products over the years – very much for women no the go, or who are busy.
The interesting thing about this pencil is that the crayon end is not that pigmented – I expected a sooty rich black but it actually comes off as more of a soft matte grey with sparkle. I wasn’t sure if I liked this or not! But the finished effect with the powder, I ‘got’ why the pencil was like that – it’s a way of wearing sparkle, colour but in a quick, day to day way. It’s quite Japanese really.
I also have Gloss Lips too – I have tons of RMK gloss lips, I think they’re lovely:
Swatches – the pencil side, the powder then the powder on top of the pencil:
Here is how the pencil looks applied, crayon then powder on top. I love the wet look it has:
A total RMK face. I will never tire of their base, it always looks so glowy and healthy, but also long lasting.
Check out RMK make up on counter (Selfridges) or online too!