I was recently invited to the RMK counter at Exchange Square Manchester to have a make over with RMK’s newest collection, ‘Power of Love’. I had a very informative and through make over at the counter with RMK MUA Lucy, who did a fine job at transforming and stressed out skin into something very natural and wearable.
I have posted about RMK from the very start of this blog so if you need a refresher, please do search for RMK reviews in the search bar. It’s a consistently good quality high end Japanese brand that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try something a bit different – if you are about to splash out on a high end foundation for example (£30+) why not try the Creamy Foundation (it’s the best).
RMK like most Japanese/Asian brands are not afraid of creating big new ranges each season or being creative and that’s something I really like about Asian make up brands in general – it’s not just the same stuff over and over and over. The Power of Love is interesting because there is the contrast of matte and shimmer which manifests itself in some creative ways…
The collection has LE products such as the Matte Shiny Eye Pencils (one side is a matte crayon, the other is a shimmer powder), Matte Shiny Cheeks (matte hear and shimmery surround), Matte and glitter nail polishes, Matte mascara and so on.
There is also the new Creamy Foundation, something I was nervous about because the current formula is just amazing so this HAD to be an improvement, and some new eyebrow items, the Eyebrow Kit which is a powder palette and Gel.
Lucy started right at the beginning, taking off my make up and doing my skincare and make up completely. I have listed below the products used, which looks like a lot but the result was natural and long lasting.
Ooh – checkout the RMK Eyeshadows – I collected the old version of these, they are SO nice (shimmery).
Anyway, here are the colours used on me:
Tuner Smoother Moist
Eye Make Up Remover
Notes: Lucy double cleansed my skin using the balm to remove make up and then the foam soap, which is highly moisturising. In fax tlucy said I could leave the thick foam on my skin if I wanted to and she used it to massage her sisters baby bump – I will try this with my own bump soon! It has a nice rosy scent and from this use, didn’t seem to irritate my highly sensitive skin.
After that the skin tuner was used (toner/essence) then the thick Concentrate Cream – this is a very rich cream which suits my dry skin. It was also ok to use around the eyes amazingly! My precious eye make up remover was used.
My skin felt ‘bouncy’ after all this skincare!
Make Up Base
Creamy Base 02
Basic 02 Concealer
Concealer Powder (Pink)
Creamy Foundation 104 (New formula)
Pressed Powder N 04
Notes: My skin was a bit red before hand. Lucy told me that whilst I felt pores and redness were my big concerns she didn’t think it was so bad at all. The make up base was used all over, then the creamy base (as a colour corrector) on specific areas like my cheeks. As I am lazy, the basic concealer which is in a brush form, was used over blemishes and eyes followed by a setting powder. My favourite creamy foundation in 104 was used all over – it has a mattier feel I think than the current one but still leaves the skin glowing. Pressed Powder No. 4 with hints of pink was used for a very natural set.
Matte Shiny Eye Pencil in 03 and 06 (LE)
Waterproof Black Eyeliner in 03
Extra Deep 01 Mascara
Powder Eyebrow N
Matte Shiny Cheeks 01 Blusher (LE)
Lipstick B 08 – Orange Peach
Shiny Sheer Lip Gloss in 01 (LE)
Rose Face Spray
Notes: The texture of the new eye pencils are so interesting – whilst the pencil is soft and glidey I thought the pigmentation was just medium. I was expecting more full on colour to be honest but then the sheer matte pencil base, with the shimmer powder on top gives a ‘hint of colour’ which is quite natural and wearable. I liked the black version and burgundy so Lucy used a mixture of both.
Eyeliner and Mascara was used (RMK mascara is ideal for straight Asian lashes), followed by the brow palette – Lucy did some great filling in for me, using the darkest shade to create the ‘shape’ and filling with the other colours (medium and light).
Matte Shiny Cheeks was used in 01 (again a natural finish blush) and a lipstick and gloss – Lipstick B 09 is a pretty bright orange and the Shiny gloss adds a peachy finish (lips had faded in my picture below sorry, but I will do the tutorial again for you at home!).
Finally Rose Spray was used to set and hydrate the skin – it was extra comforting for me too being pregnant I find rose really soothing.
At two points during the make over I got extremely hot and dizzy (pregnancy related) and felt like I was going to pass out! Lucy wafted me and spritzed me too with the Rose to cool me down and it worked a treat.
Here is the look about 2 hours after in the car – my skin looks SO NATURAL, you can’t see how red I was beforehand and you can see how natural the eyes look!
I will be doing swatches and reviews of some of this lovely collection, as well as of the new foundation and some skincare.
I really do like going to the RMK counter, it has a very calm atmosphere (blogger or not, they are more than happy to sit you down for a consultation and also give samples for you to try the products first).
RMK products are sold on counter and by various retailers, including Selfridges.
Have you tried RMK?