Making Up With Joan Collins

Let me tell you about the day I spotted Joan Collins. No not in person! Her new beauty and makeup…

Shopping in Kingston Upon Thames just before Christmas, looking for slippers for the father in law I suddenly caught sight of some sparkle and glamour in the beauty section of Marks and Spencer. Very clever that. The men’s department is adjacent to the beauty section.

So as most women shopping with their other halves would say. “I’m just going to have a browse in the beauty section while you’re having your browse” And then hope they take as much time as possible!


joan collins makeup

Like a magpie, I headed straight to the glow of gold and glamour! I just had to find out what this brand was. And it was non-other than one of my favourite icons Joan Collins.

I was given two beauty and makeup books when I was the ripe age of fourteen. One was Barbara Daly and the other was Joan Collins. What I wouldn’t give to be in possession of those books now! I remember reading them over and over, devouring all the tips and tricks.

As soon as I recognised the brand name of all this shiny gorgeousness, I remembered thinking how typically glamourous the makeup was. Just what you would expect from such a glamorous person as Joan is. I set about feeling it all and checking out the colours. The makeup is produced for women of the ages of thirty and upwards and I was just so impressed by it all.

So on speaking to Marks and Spencer, they kindly offered me some gorgeous Joan Collins goodies for me to share with you lovely lot. And I couldn’t shout about these products enough! Not only are they excellent quality, quoted as a high-end national luxury brand plus, it’s  as good as high-end brands. although not quite as expensive, the packaging is so glamorous.

Nail Lacquer and First Base Foundation


How cool is the nail polish (lacquer as Joan calls it) bottle! I love the vintage style bottle. And the First Base Foundation is all that it says it is. Containing Hylaronic acid, good for maturer skins, it sits very lightly on the skin, yet covers well. Paraben free too.

Suzy Star Divine Lipstick

joan collins suzy star lipstick


I love the name! and very handbag worthy this one. It’s always nice to pop something glam out of your bag to show off in the ladies room too! But put the packaging aside, I’m very impressed at how well this stays on and it’s very soft and hydrating too. A good price at £18.00 and just take a look at the other colours available.


I used the double ended lip pencil first before applying the lipstick. I always find lining and then filling the lips with a pencil helps lipstick last longer. I’ve opted for a nude shade liner, so this doesn’t take away the shade of the lipstick. The pencil has a pony hair applicator brush, and that’s so handy to have. The liner contains Jojoba oil for softness.


Matching nails and lips!


Eye Definition Kit

joan collins eye definition kit

I was blown away by this palette. The colours are perfect for me and I used it for eye makeup too. The pigment is really good quality and the applicators are so handy! The tweezers are actually magnetic, so they stay in the box and there is an eyebrow brush and eyeliner/eyebrow applicator included.


I used the first shade in the palette for the eyebrow colour

I  used the blusher brush to cover the eyes with the highlighter shadow!



And then used the second shade for the eye socket

I don’t like using the little brushes that come with compacts for blushers. Instead, I used the brush for the eyeshadow. Loosely for the highlighter and I pressed the tuffs of hair together to provide a precision application. I just followed the eye socket line with the second colour in the palette

Then the eyeliner brush was used to apply the first colour as eyeliner


A couple of coats of mascara and then add the Bronzing powder for radiance

joan collins bronzer

The beauty of this bronzing compact is that it carries the lipstick as well. The shade is perfect for me and not at all orange, and provides just the right amount of radiance. As I said earlier the colour pigment of all the makeup is good.

And the compact just looks so posh and glamorous! I love it!

I prefer to use a larger blusher brush and always keep one for touch ups in my handbag. It’s easier to start with a light application and build to the desired effect.

All done and ready to go! Joan has produced some fabulous makeup!

Do take a look at the Joan Collins makeup below. The skincare is next on my list, it looks very promising. I’m super pleased with my makeup. Thanks hugely to Marks and Spencer for this opportunity to share.

joan collins makeup

XO Laurie



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  1. April 7, 2019 / 4:00 am

    What a great woman to follow and learn from when it comes to beauty. You are right the compact is amazing, so classy and that nail polish looks just like something that Joan would have designed.
    Thank you for sharing on Something Old Is Something New this week, I appreciate your participation. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. February 3, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Look at you beautiful lady! Adore your make up. Red lips are everything x

  3. February 2, 2018 / 1:57 am

    You did a lovely job of showing the elegance of this makeup. Thanks for sharing on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty.

  4. February 1, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    I’m a bit of browsing magpie that’s drawn to sparkle 😉 Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

  5. January 29, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    What a pretty post! I haven’t seen Joan’s makeup in the store, but I sure do like the looks of it! Those compacts are just lovely! Have a great week!

  6. January 29, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Such beautiful packaging! It’s the little details like the magnetic tweezers and having the lipstick fit into the bronzer case that really impress me! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  7. January 29, 2018 / 6:44 am

    Oh Laurie I think I still have a Joan Collins beauty book. I wasn’t into the make-up tips as much but her face masks used to keep me entertained for hours at the weekend as a teenager. I have to admit though I do like the look of the packaging. It definitely exudes glamour and as usual you make everything look so effortless. Thanks for linking. #TweensTeensBeyond

  8. January 28, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    Very smart , the location of the makeup at the store! I am sure it would catch my eye too! love the colors on you and what a pretty compact! i do love that the lipstick in the compact too! i
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  9. January 26, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    It looks like a great range Laurie, you have picked the same colours I would pick too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop.

  10. January 24, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    It looks beautiful – really old school packaging that looks really impressive when taken out of a handbag – and I’ve tested a few things whilst in M&S and it seems good quality. Thanks for sharing. #BloggersBest

    • laurie
      January 24, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Old school is a good term to relate to! I love the glamour of it. Bold just like the 80’s!!

  11. January 24, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Ah this looks great!! I think I was sent some of this ages ago but the colours I was sent were a little red for my pale skin. The eye shadow palette looks perfect though and the overall look is amazing. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • laurie
      January 24, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      Haha! You could always nudge it my way! That’s a shame, Sarah. You should have changed it x

  12. January 23, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Very glam. I like the look of the eye definition kit 😊 The nail lacquer bottle is just as impressive as the colour! Will need to check this range out! 😊

    • laurie
      January 24, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      I’m impressed with every item Linda. I think the foundation could be my new favourite x

  13. January 23, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I love her makeup. I don’t wear makeup often, but I have a few of her things like the lipstick and the eyeshadow and I love them!

    • laurie
      January 24, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      It’s good to hear from another fan Rena. I’m loving how soft the lipstick is yet it stays on really well.

  14. January 23, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Anything called Suzy has got to be good, right Laurie 😉 he he he
    But seriously, it looks like really gorgeous makeup. I didn’t even know Ms. Collins had her own range!
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      January 24, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      And Suzy Star would be perfect on you! xx

  15. January 22, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    That packaging looks fabulous. Such attention to detail. #anythinggoes

  16. January 22, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    I love the makeup and honestly, I’m surprised she didn’t do this sooner. Joan Collins has been an idol for women for DECADES. Also, she’s still as saucy now as she’s always been! We’d love for you to join our link up today!


  17. January 22, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I didn’t know this range even existed, looks very beautiful and glamourous X #anythinggoes

  18. January 22, 2018 / 7:46 am

    Thank you so much for introducing me to this new line of make up at M&S. It looks really fabulous. You always apply your makeup so beautifully! x

  19. January 22, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I absolutely LOVE the nail polish bottle, and the color! #AnythingGoes

  20. January 22, 2018 / 3:32 am

    oh yes, very glamourous indeed! New to your site, loved your pictures and the story you presented. Happy 2018!

  21. January 21, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I had both books too Laurie. I have a Joan Collins perfume that I adore. Also a hair perfume which I think is such a good idea.

  22. January 21, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    A very glamorous line, indeed! You look amazing!

  23. January 21, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    I love the glamour of this range like you, Laurie. Very old school Hollywood. Looks fab xo

  24. Amy Arnold
    January 19, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Love the packaging! I can see why you were drawn to it.

    Amy Ann

  25. January 19, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    You look beautiful, Laurie. I had no idea Joan had created her own makeup line. The packaging is elegant (not surprising) and it looks flawless on your lovely face. Great post, my friend. Xo Jonet

  26. January 18, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    The packaging is superb- so retro and glamorous! I tried Joan’s mascara but unfortunately it gabe me panda eyes – most mascaras do! You look great in the makeup.

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 9:42 am

      I haven’t tried the mascara yet Gail. The eye Definition kit is my favourite.

  27. January 18, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    It looks very luxurious! A bit 70sh feel, cirque and elegance!

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 9:44 am

      I know! It’s so glamorous! I know you will love this Nancy.

  28. January 18, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I’m totally swooning over that bronzing compact with space for carrying a lipstick. What a great idea! xxx

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 9:45 am

      It’s a real showstopper, Ann. And the Bronzer is fabulous.

  29. January 18, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    This brand does look very elegant!! Love the packaging!

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Every item is a show worthy piece, Heather.

  30. January 18, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and so are these pictures! When reading this I was wondering if Joan Collins was even still living and if she is, how old she is. I will have to google it to find out. She seems to have been around a long time.

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Oh believe me, Amy, Joans still around wafting glamour wherever she goes. A national treasure!

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you, Tina. Although I always wear makeup, I like it to look pretty natural.

  31. January 18, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Wow, Laurie, it all looks so silky and smooth! I do love the color palette of that eye definition kit, too. I will have to check out this brand, for sure!


    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Oh you must Shelbee, it’s amazing!

    • laurie
      January 19, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Yes. And so glam! I can’t wait to whip this out of my bag!

  32. January 18, 2018 / 10:20 am

    So glam and you look gorgeous bathed in Joan’s cosmetics. The packaging reminds me of Clarins, which is going to be at least twice as expensive. Shame I’m not still earning, I would have jumped into this new line. The shadows look the perfect colour range, love that it includes the little wedge applicator for lining with shadow. And so clever to put the blusher and lipstick together for neat and elegant handbag action. Love it!
    Hugs, x.

  33. January 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I’ve tried the Joan Collins lipsticks and really liked them. Really nice and moisturising with very pretty colours.

  34. January 18, 2018 / 9:26 am

    ‘Our Joan’ – an idol of mine too Laurie. The makeup looks and sounds fabulous, a bit of old fashioned glamour with staying power, what we all need! Thank you love this post xx


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