There are a lot of wonderful brands available in the Australian drugstore but one of my favourites has got to be Models Prefer. This Aussie brand, distributed by Priceline, works hard to innovate, to stay on top of trends and to deliver quality formulas to budget beauty lovers. I’ve tried so much stuff from the brand in the past and there have been hits along with the occasional miss but for the most part, I reckon the brand’s seriously overlooked. Here’s a look at the Models Prefer products in my stash. (I haven’t included the MP brushes in this post because I think we can all agree I’ve ranted enough about them – you can see my full collection here.)
Practical packaging and promises of a glowy complexion? No wonder I was so drawn to this base. I’ve had this one for ages and still enjoy reaching for it when I want lightweight, light-to-medium coverage. It’s not my first choice for a long-wearing base but setting it with powder normally keeps it looking lovely for a couple of hours. I’d recommend this for those with drier skin types as it adds a lovely glow to the skin. You can find a full review here.
Clearly drawing inspiration from the ever-popular Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, these baked powders are a stand out for me. I have Soft Focus & Radiant Bronze, a setting shade and a bronzer, and I love them both. They’re subtle on the skin, they never look cakey but they add just a little bit of radiant perfection to the skin. They’re not the most heavy-duty when it comes to helping with longevity of makeup but really do provide a beautiful finish.
L to R: MP Argan Infusion Natural Foundation in Shell, MP Soft Touch Mineral Powder in Soft Focus & Radiant Bronze.
An easy to use duo, made up of a matte highlighting shade and a contour shade that looks surprisingly cool-toned on the skin. When I first bought this palette I didn’t really see the big deal with matte highlighting shades but now I love using them under the eyes to add brightness so this kit’s a winner for me. The powder can kick up a little with a brush so I like to tap off any excess before sculpting my cheekbones.
The comparison post between this and the Australis contour kit remains to be one of my most viewed posts on TBC and my point still stands – the quality of the MP kit is outstanding. On the odd occasion that I do want to go all out with some contouring action, this palette of six shades has it all. I find the middle contour shade is great for my pale skin. They’re subtle at first but easily blendable. I noticed they relaunched the palette with a cheaper price tag and different packaging so I’m not sure if the quality has changed too.
L to R: MP Duo Contour Powder, MP Contour Collection.
One of my favourite drugstore quads when I feel like going a little warm-toned or smokey with my shadow. I always forget to mention just how much I love this little quad – the formula is pigmented and blendable and obviously the shades in this quad are all stunning. They can give a little bit of fall out if you use a super fluffy brush, though, so I tend to stick to firmer bristles.
MP recently launched a range of cream eyeshadows and for me, this one’s been a bit of a miss – the shade is right up my alley but on the lids the formula tends to get a little crease-y and doesn’t have the longevity I look for in a cream shadow.
With an easy to use slanted tip and a super soft and pigmented formula, I find this a great budget option for creating precision and definition, particularly for eyebrow beginners. The limited shade range does tend to run quite warm though, which is worth noting before handing over your cash.
I mentioned that Models Prefer do a great job of staying on top of the trends and providing a budget alternative to the latest and greatest innovations in the industry – this is one of the best examples – a tri-tipped liner designed to tightline and make lashes look fuller, this often gets pulled out if I’m going for something a little smokier on the lash line.
Easily one of the best eyeliner formulations that I’ve tried. Creamy, super pigmented and available in a wide range of shades – I own Brown Suede and Teal Maybe. They’re comfortable to apply because they’re so soft but then once the formula sets down it stays put for as long as you want it to and provides the perfect pop of colour.
Another innovative one that Models Prefer have had in the line for a while now, a clear waxy lip liner designed to stop lipstick colours from feathering out beyond the lip line. This one’s especially useful for those of us that love a good liquid lipstick but often struggle with the colour getting a little too adventurous, this pencil could be your savior.
L to R: MP Eyeshadow Quad in Hook Me Up, MP Nude Cream Shadow in Glisten, MP Retractable Eyebrow Pencil in Light, MP Tri-Tip Liner, MP Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in Brown Suede & Teal Maybe.
If you were to buy three things from the range, I would recommend the Infinite Colour Eye Pencils, the Soft Touch Mineral Powders and one of the eyeshadow palettes they have on offer.
There are a few products I’ve mentioned in the past that I’ve run out of or haven’t quite made it through a collection declutter, such as the eyeshadow palettes or even an old favourite of mine, their All-In-One BB Cream, but they’re still well worth checking out. As you can see, across the board I’m very impressed with the range – next time you’re in a Priceline store, make sure you stop by the Models Prefer stand and have a swatch (and buy all their brushes).
Have you tried Models Prefer? What are your favourite products from the brand?
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