If there was one item I wanted to treat myself to for graduating from my BA last year, it was a Mulberry make-up bag. The one I had in mind was the Locked Cosmetic Purse in Natural Oak, which I have cherished, used and reused on many occasions for this past year. Many people seem to show an interest in my baby since starting my Today's Make-Up Bag series, so I thought I will do a review to let you know about this wonderful piece :) For reference, here is what it looked like when I first got him. This is him (yes, it's a him!) now..
For me, there were several things that made this the perfect make-up bag I was looking for:
1. A classic design
It's as simple as it gets. No special compartments, just a big bottomed make-up bag with a flip-over lid that will look nice no matter how much you put in. This assured me that I will always like it and find a use for it. The inside is lined with cloth decorated with fabric that surprisingly doesn't get very dirty at all. I also love the details like the little tree on the bottom right at the front, and the "MULBERRY" embossed on the back (you can see it better here).
2. Untreated leather
I love leather. I try not to, as it has severe consequences for the environment, but for something I intend on keeping for a very long time it was a necessity that it was well-made and durable. The stitches are so well done, and you can tell the sides aren't going to split anytime soon. I also picked this colour because it's untreated, which means it will only age with grace :)
On occasions where I haven't used this as a make-up bag, I've used it as a "bag in a bag" where I put my keys, ID and coins when I move bags frequently. During events, I've used this as a clutch. And day to day, it's a make-up bag. If you're paying as much as you are for something, you want to make the most of it!
The last thing that I made me lust after this bag was how organic and floopy it was. It has that almost Victorian feel to it whereby everything is so simple but gorgeously made!
More than a year on, this bag has only gotten prettier. I didn't want to review it straight away because I suppose we want to know if the extra money is worth it in the long run. For me, I've never spent a second since regretting this purchase! Today, patina has start to form, and it gets softer by the day, yet still retaining it shape due to the incredibly well-stitched edges and the thickness of the leather. I have no doubt whatsoever that this make-up bag will be with me for a very long time!
Yep, that was everything that was in there - a lot more than I'd ever carry around in my bag! The bag is quite deceptive, as although the top is tapered, the bottom of the bag is very wide and fits a lot of big products on its side, and little products in the gaps. The leather, naturally, stretches a little as well.
Although I occasionally look at the long Cath Kidston bags that fit full sized brushes, most of the time the only brush I really need on the go is this short-handled powder brush, and occasionally my travel sized E35 that comes with Sigma orders of over $30. Between this and my mahoosive Glitzy Glam wash bag, I'm pretty much sorted for the long run.
To me, this bag is perfect. The design, quality and functionality is spot on for what I need. I'd urge anyone considering this back to really only deliberate on the functionality and whether it'll suit you, because personally, I'm of the opinion that the quality is superb and the design is timeless :)
You can get the Mulberry Cosmetic Lock Pouch for £175 in various colours on their website, Selfridges, and other outlets. Do note that I bought mine in July 2011 and some things may have changed since then, but as usual, feel free to ask any questions if you'd like :)