On Beauty Crowd, you can find a massive range of brands you don't see on the highstreet, some high end and some budget as well as some brands that are quite difficult to find in the UK.
The two products I was sent to try out was the Bell Hypoallergenic BB Mousse Makeup* and the Nicka K Powder Blush* - both brands I've never hear of before but was excited to try.
Branding is a very powerful thing. The more you've heard of a brand, the more you trust it - even someone like me with a background in marketing & consumer behaviour is still to an extent controlled by the power of it, and for this reason I wasn't expecting much from these two. Boy was I wrong.
The BB Mousse Makeup from Bell was really, really surprising. An absolutely dream to wear on the skin, I'd say despite claiming to be a BB formula, this was definitely on the medium - high coverage for me. I've never tried a mousse foundation before, so can't compare it to anything, but the texture of this is so great to work with. The velvety, silky mousse blends seamlessly into the skin (I used the real techniques buffing brush to apply) and leaves an air brushed finish. It hides blemishes, spots and dark circles really well too. I did find that it oxidized the tiniest little bit on my skin, but if I weren't so ghostly pale, you wouldn't have been able to tell. This only happened after a good 7+ hours on my face, at which point my normal liquid foundations are normally completely gone. I absolutely love this, and will reach for this at times when I want my makeup to look on on point!
The Nicka K Powder blush was also a delight to try. I love products like this that help me cut corners. The product actually comes through the sponge applicator, meaning I can be lazy and not have to wash another brush! The pigment on this is like WOW. The first time I used it, I just plonked it on and ended up looking abit like a clown, so a gentle hand with this is definitely the way to go! This silky powder doesn't look chalky or sit on top of the skin. Instead, it gives a gorgeous natural flush to the skin.
So, just because you haven't heard of a brand doesn't mean that the quality of the products wont be any good. I look forward to trying more out from these brands - keep your eyes out for these, 'cause I'm expecting more great products to come!
*Disclaimer: some of the product(s) reviewed in this post were provided to Miniemble free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. I will always give my readers the most truthful and honest opinions of products on this blog.