There are so many high street collaborations that occur so frequently, that it’s hard to keep up and not all of them are worth the hype – Kardashians at Dorothy Perkins anyone? Since Rosie Huntington Whitely started working with the Marks and Spencer Autograph range in 2012, you can see just why it has stood the test of time. The Rosie for Autograph range started with a stunning collection of sleepwear and lingerie before branching out into activewear for those sporty types (not me) before the launch of the eponymous fragrance, Rosie. It wasn’t going to be long before beauty addict Rosie was to work with Autograph to release quite a substantial collection of beauty products into the Rosie for Autograph range, and I’ve been able to get my hands on some to try them out.
There’s a wonderful video on YouTube with Rosie and Lisa Eldridge, where Rosie talks about her love of make up and the natural look that she often wears and this has inspired the new cosmetics range. Covering all bases bar foundation, the range is really quite large for an initial launch. It’s very well thought out and focuses on enhancing the natural beauty with subtle shimmers, classic shades and ethereal highlights. Using the products that I have, I have created a natural look that Rosie would wear, focusing on glowing skin, groomed brows and nude plumped lips.
I used the Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream as a base for a dewy, fresh look. I love the light radiance of this primer and its lovely worn alone or underneath foundation. I used Armani Luminous Silk Foundation over the top as this foundation mimics the skin more than any other foundation without looking cakey or over done. Around the nose, on blemishes and under eyes, a touch of Rosie for Autograph Miracle Concealer brightens and conceals areas that need extra help, whilst leaving skin looking luminous. A light dusting of Rosie for Autograph Bronzer in Bronzed Beauty warms the skin up, and gives a lovely sunkissed glow. To finish of the face, I buffed the Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in Camisole Blush onto the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush of colour.
Rosie loves a good brow and the Rosie for Autograph Brow Pencil in Brow 2 is the perfect shade for my brows. With a spoolie at one end, it makes light work of grooming and filling in brows. I use the spoolie to push the hairs down to find the shape at the top of the brow, pencil in the shape and then repeat for the bottom of the brow before filling in any gaps in throughout the brow and creating a perfect arch. I have been using two of the Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Sticks when doing my eye make up, and I’ve used Feline Fox as a base for my eye shadow and Movie Star Crush to lightly line my under eye. The Rosie for Autograph Eye Shadow Palette in Copper Gold Rush is my perfect set of colours. The purple shade enhances my green eyes, and the gold and brown shades work well together to make a simple yet effective day time look. I’ve finished off the eyes by lining them with Rosie for Autograph Gel Eye Liner in Star Empire before coating my lashes in mascara. Finally, in true Rosie style, the look is finished off with a a plumped up pout. Rosie has the most incredible, naturally plumped up lips which can be achieved with some clever lip lining and a pretty nude shade such as the Rosie for Autograph Lipstick in Nude Mink.
I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about the Rosie for Autograph range so here are my honest thoughts about it. First of all, for a high street range, the prices of all items are very much in the middle. The prices are the same as the original Autograph range and I would put them in the mid range bracket. More expensive than Revlon and L’Oreal, but not as expensive as MAC. The packaging has had everyone talking. Deep copper and rose gold elements, it’s very similar in colouring to Charlotte Tilbury, with case designs similar to NARS. There are a few products that are exceptionally similar to Tilbury in wear time and shades; the gel eyeliner is identical to Rock n Kohl, whilst Nude Mink is like for like with Tiburys Nude Kate. Pigmentation of all the products is excellent, however the eyeshadow palette could be a bit more intense. I’d love to see the purple shade to have a bit more vibrancy, however I know that Rosie is looking for shades that enhance, not pop. Lipstick wear time is great, and around 4 hours and they are quite hydrating and wear off evenly without clinging to dry patches.
Overall, I am really impressed with the Rosie for Autograph range and I will be purchasing a few more items. I’ve seen a lipstick called Look of Love that could have been made just for me, and I NEED the highlighters and contour sticks. I’ve been reaching for the Rosie range when I’ve been doing my make up, and I really do like it a lot. Well done Rosie, I can’t wait to see what you pull out of the bag next.
*Contains PR Samples