Tolani: I used the Autograph Colour Luxe Rose Mix Quad Eyeshadow (£9.50) and my first thought was how pretty the colours were – I was really into the the shimmering khaki colour and wanted to create a golden/khaki smoky eye. Then I started using the colours and everything turned to shit. It's probably the least pigmented eyeshadow I have ever used. It took lots of applications to actually see any colour, and it creased so bad. But if you are into buildable eyeshadow this would be good for you, I guess.
I also used the eyebrow kit (£12.50) and the enhancing mascara (£11.50) and I liked both. The eyebrow kit basically has everything you need for your brows, tweezers included. And the mascara worked wonders on my stubby lashes.
Aisha: As soon as I started brushing on the brown eyeshadow, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink (£8), I knew it was all wrong. Then I tried the black eyeshadow, Put on the Slate (£8), and then the grey, Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink (£8) : still wrong. And even though I may not actually own eyeshadow, I do know that some colour pigment is actually meant to rub off on to the skin. Yet it took brushing the product about three times for some colour to stick, and it creased very soon after, with the powder scattering on the corners of my eye. I wasn’t even able to blend the colours in or do anything artistic. I think using a colouring pencil would have done a better job. Don’t buy this, even for your 13-year-old cousin. It’s not worth it. I left the eyeshadow on for the rest of the day as I couldn’t be bothered to take it off, and I was left with a serious case of panda eyes.
Chelsey: OK, these Aldi Lacura eye products weren't so easy on the eyes, LOL. They just weren't what I'd buy if I went looking for my regular kit. Let's start with the eyeshadow. The closest thing to my regular shade (a soft champagne/gold) was a brown only available on the palette designed for brown and green eyes, and the blue eye kit was just full of blue shadows, and I'm just not into that. So I went with the kit designed for "all eyes", which was made of too many blues and pinks for me. I followed the tips on the back and applied a layer of the palest pink over a pearly white shade, and as predicted, it just wasn't me. The shadow felt fine, if a bit heavy, though the included brush is small and scratchy and I'd rather use my own or my fingers to apply.
The eyeliner was a kohl pencil, which would have maybe been fine if I liked kohl pencil, but I don't, so I'm not sure. The tip dulled way too quickly to even attempt a little flick, and it smudged too easily for my taste.
When it comes to mascara, I'm a bit of a Benefit disciple, so straying from my usual was a bit of a tough sell here. At the moment I'm actually using the Benefit lash primer with a black Bare Minerals mascara (a v. good separating and lengthening pair, if you ask me), but for the purposes of testing the Lacura 3D Volume mascara, I didn't apply any primer. And I'm not sure if it would have helped if I had. The formula was really clumpy and didn't do a great lengthening job, so I think I'll stick to what I know.