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Poundshop Expectation VS Reality: Halloween Special

We ventured in to Poundland to browse their selection of Halloween face paint and make up to see what they offered. What we bought and what we ended up with were... well... see for yourself.

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Lets start out by saying that by no means is Katie (my friend) or myself make up professionals - we're you're average customer, looking to dress up for Halloween. This is merely a review of what the products claim to look like, and what they actually do.

The models

Jake Todhunter / Katie Stray

This is Katie. Katie is a student at York St John University, where I also study. Katie studies Marketing, and I study Tourism Management and Marketing (i'm clearly better). Be like Katie.

Product one: Zombie

Jake Todhunter

Complete with Latex, Fake Blood, Cream Make Up, and of course face paints and a brush, for a quid, this seems pretty awesome. The photos on the package seem pretty decent too - can we expect to get similar results? Lets find out.

Finished look

Jake Todhunter / Katie Stray

Okay, so my make up isn't quite "on point" when I applied it to Katie's face. But seriously - I'm really proud of myself for getting this look for the first time. The greyness under the latex texture and green cream is a bit shit, because the face paints in the product were really weak, but other than that, not bad for a pound. Oh, also, the latex stinks, so if you do use it, get the Oust ready.

Rating

7/10 - purely because the paint is shit and the latex smells too :-/

Product two: Day of the dead

Jake Todhunter

So next it was my turn to be made over - in to a, well, a, thing. I'm not really 100% what I'm supposed to be in this, or what the models on the packet were - but Katie created me as the white one.

Finished look

Jake Todhunter

Certainly very odd. The white face paint was okay, but I have seen better - but for a quid we won't complain. The pencil which we used to draw my black features on with was really good - but the black paint was just as shit as the Zombie paint. I'm really disappointed with this product because I look absolutely nothing like the image supplied.

Rating

A mere 3/10 just because again, the paint isn't very vibrant.

Product three: Zipper

Jake Todhunter

A very exciting, and seemingly good value kit from Poundland here - complete with a Zipper, Brush, Sponges, Fake Blood, Spirit Gum, and Spirit Gum Remover (what the fuck is in this Gum). The photo looks amazing too, and looked seemingly easy to complete it (seeming).

Finished look

We don't fucking have one. All this kit left me with was a sticky face, a zip that wouldn't attach to my face, and a big messy room. Not amused. Zombie zipper not.

Rating

0/10 - the Spirit Gum is practically super glue, that sticks to your face, not the zip, is a bugger to remove, and just is not needed.

Product four: Glow in the dark

Jake Todhunter

This product is perhaps the most simple one, but it looks like it would be amazing. I was dubious about the actual Cream as it looked really dry. The photo promises a green glow to your face, completed with the fang things and Fake Blood.

Finished look

Via google.co.uk

The glow in the dark face paint was not so. Only slightly could it be seen when Katie was about 20cm from me. It certainly didn't show up on camera. The teeth were okay, just a bit pale.

Rating

2/10 - the face paint doesn't work, awkwardly for PL.

Product five: Clown

Jake Todhunter

Promising a clown look, with a lot in the pot of white paint, this package looked perhaps the most effective, given how simple it was... there's not a lot of scope for error. The sponge nose was cool. Sort of.

Finished look

Jake Todhunter

Jesus christ that's awful. The package has an image that looks absolutely nothing like my face - and it also shows fake blood on the photo - AND THERE ISN'T ANY IN THE PACKET. Not amazing.

Rating

No number needed, it's fucking horrendous.

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