Lidl has launched at the end of June this year a comprehensive Cien makeup and haircare line, coming as an addition to their already popular skincare and body care. Keeping with the high quality products at a minimal cost, now you can get your full face done for under €20 – even less. Everything costing between €1.99 and €3.99, a pick me up treat has never been so affordable.
I got to try a couple of products and got to play with them for the last few weeks, trying to make up my mind if quality can be achieved with a low price point.
If you get to try just one product, go with the LIPSTICKS!
Available in six shades, for €2.49 you get a rich, creamy lipstick that stays on with a slight sheen. The reds are brilliant – cool tone red Red Carpet or warm, orange undertone Velvety Ruby. There are two Mac dupes that i love – a burgundy, purple tinged Berry Passion on the same lines of Mac Rebel and a nude brown, named aptly Nude Brown (!) very similar to Mac Velvet Teddy. Lovely textures that wont break your heart if they get lost in your handbag. Wish they would bring some matte formulas.
The hit and miss products – the EYESHADOWS
The eye shadows were a bit of a hit and miss for me, firstly you need a primer underneath because they will crease. This isn’t a miss however, because most eye shadows crease on my lids if i don’t prime first, despite being high end or not. The formula is satin in some and chalky in others, i really liked the Brilliant Brown (a light bronze) and that’s about it. Probably because im very boring and uncool and cant wear frosted pinks and lilac blues on my eyes. If i would be 15 again i would be all over them colors.
The ‘I wish they came in more shades’ – The BB CREAM
If your skin tone is light, verging on medium with a tan, the Cien BB cream is great. Very light coverage, ideal for off days when you just want a little bit of something rather than a full on slap. If your skin is dry, you are in luck again as the cream will offer 24h of hydration and the SPF 15 will give you the recommended protection. However, if your skin is very light or dark and you have €3.99 burning a hole in your pocket you can just give this BB a miss. Your shade is just not available, something that surely Lidl will have to take into consideration for the future. Also, being so creamy it faded and separated badly on my oily skin, even with powder. Bottom line yes, its an ok product but only for a few chosen ones.
The impressive one – The NAIL POLISHES
Opaque, fast drying time and wearable colors – Lidl has finally something i love instantly. Only four shades available at the moment but there is something for everyone: a classic red, a ballerina pink, burgundy, rose gold and a clear varnish. Perfect for a speedy manicure! Also they make great little treats for aspiring mini beauty addicts, only €1.99.
Have you tried anything from the Lidl Cien range? x