A La Carte Outliner Review

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Hey Everyone,
 
A few months ago I was invited along to the A La Carte London store for a gander and to try some of their products. I have had heard of the brand before but never tried any of their goodies.
 
All of A La Carte makeup is made in London - which is a rarity nowadays and something to be very proud of. The creator herself Lynne Sanders still works in the lab today creating the makeup that sells in the little boutique in Knightsbridge.
 
The layout of the shop is very simple, with window seats, and a long counter with mirrors so you can try before you buy. The assistant in the shop was very helpful if I wanted to ask any questions, but for the most part just left me to try whatever I wanted.
 
The beauties that caught my eye were without a doubt the Outliners. With the most gorgeous pigment and staying power- these are definitely a more sophisticated version of the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo cream shadows.
 
They are quite a hard product, but there is no need to dig straight in with a brush as a little goes a long way. I definitely recommend using a synthetic brush to apply these gems and also to blend out with (Real Techniques brush without a doubt are amazing when using these).
 
The colours which I couldn't resist were:
 
Dragonfly*: Beautiful aqua/ turquoise that reminds me a tropical seas and holidays. It also has a yellow/gold/green undertone. Think The Little Mermaid.
 
Juniper*: Dark brown with gold/green shimmer. This is a colour I wouldn't usually wear, but I think it's perfect for Christmas and if you wanted a not too dramatic smoky eye without going full on black.
 
Meteor*: Brown with purple/gold undertones. The photos do not do this justice. Such a gorgeous colour for every day use on its own. Again, I think this is a great colour for A/W and a subtle sparkle adds a bit of va va voom.
 
Treacle*: Warm toned yellow gold with a hint of light brown. Definitely a wonderful and fitting name for this product. Perfect for use a base for shadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.
 
 
 
 Top to Bottom: Dragonfly, Juniper, Meteor and Treacle



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These colours all blend seamlessly and the pay off is purely stunning. I'm not sure whether the price tag of £25.00 is very purse friendly. I think there is a lot to be taken into account such as the fact everything is made in small batches in London (apart from the eyeliners which I'm told are not made in the UK), it's quite an exclusive brand, and with the Knightsbridge boutique its definitely aimed at people with bigger budgets.
 
The only thing I feel lets A La Carte down, is their catalogue which seems very dated and their packaging is not amazing. These liners come in jars like the MAC Paint Pots with silver cap which is fine, but other products like a palettes are plastic silver, with foam inserts and with a price tag of roughly £56 for 4 shadows, or larger compacts can reach £168 with just 12 shadows £18 per 1.5g shadow - I find it a bit lack lustre. It such a shame as they are on point with everything else.
 
These are without a doubt the pick of the bunch.
 
Have you tried any A La Carte products? Let me know your thoughts!
 
A xx
 
 
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