SWATCH SERIES: we colour check the bright and bold cosmetics from Face Stockholm

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Shopping for makeup can perk up a lunchtime desk-browsing or make a Saturday shopping spree a total joy, however it can also present many challenges and questions. What kind of texture do I want? Will this do what it promises? And most commonly, will this colour suit me? Getting the right foundation shade or a shadow to compliment your eye colour can sometimes be a bit of a minefield. So in order to help you become a savvier shopper when you're a guest at one of our Showcases or shopping online, we've created the swatch series.

Over the next few weeks we'll be swatching colours from our favourite independent makeup brands, here at MyShowcase and blogging about each brand individually. So, let's get to it.



Last week we put chic Parisian brand T.LeClerc to the test and discovered just how steadfast their Liquid Liners really are! This week we look to Sweden and more specifically Stockholm for makeup inspiration. Known for their contemporary colours and aversion to nude trends, Face Stockholm (now huge in the states) are the go-to makeup brand for bold, bright looks. Below we've swatched their base, lip and eye products to help you determine the best shades for you.

BB Natural Beauty Balm £32 and Magic Wand Concealer £29
Packed with moisturising properties, Face Stockholm's Beauty Balms offering a hydrating, build-able coverage (we'd recommend these for a dryer skin type). These foundations are best applied with a makeup sponge and offer factor 30 sun protection.

Banish dark circles and blemishes with Face Stockhom's easy-to-use Magic Wand concealer pens. Choose from four medium coverage shades and apply below eyes, around the nose and on any areas of pigmentation.

Face Stockholm Swatch

1. Beauty Balm Dark 2. Beauty Balm Light
3. Magic Wand Shade4 4.Magic Wand Shade3 5.Magic Wand Shade2 6.Magic Wand Shade1

Creme Blush £22 and Highlighter £22
Face Stockholm's blushes are the creamiest of formulas making them easily blendable. Apply with fingers to the tops of cheekbones and apples of cheeks for a dewy glow.

Looking to add luminosity to your makeup? These cream highlighters are your new best friends. Blend onto brow bones, cheekbones and your cupids bow and even decolletage for a subtle illuminating glow.

Face Stockholm Swatch

1.Tokyo 2.Stockholm
3.Healing 4.Sympathy 5.Dignity

Creme Eyeshadow £18
Cute and dinky in their individual pots, these cream eyeshadows are perfect to pop in your handbag. Blend across eyelids with your finger to leave a subtle shimmer or a matte base colour (Shades Bomull, Brokad and Taft are matte).

Face Stockholm Swatch

1.Angora 2.Siden 3.Linne 4.Taft 5.Brokad 6.Bomull

Veil and Matte Lipstick £18
If you prefer a sheer wash of colour on lips then these Veil Lipsticks are for you. They'll give off a little colour with a moisturising, satin finish.

Face Stockholm's Matte Lipsticks have serious staying power! Choose from pigment-rich 'Adventure' pink or 'Stunning' red for colour that really lasts.

Face Stockholm Swatch

1. 1.Wineberry 2.Rod 3.Cranberry

4.Adventure 5. Stunning

Creme Lipstick £18
Somewhere between matte and veil, these creamy lipsticks offer a satin finish with gorgeous colour pay off.

Face Stockholm Swatch

1.Ullas Roda 2. Gladje 3.Narhet 4.Alive 5.Potential 6.Naked 7.VIP 8.Vibe

Shop the full face Stockholm range here