If you follow my blog you know Maria Luxen is a longtime BFF and has always been very generous with her mad makeup skills. The founder of Makeup Mayhem, Maria is a busy little bee doing makeup for fashion shoots around NYC including the likes of Vogue Italia and ASOS. Since I’m stranded here on the West Coast I miss out on product launches and such and since the NVEY ECO is a new makeup line I figured I would send the expert to the launch party…
When Janna asked me to attend the North American launch of NVEY ECO, an organic makeup line founded and based in Australia, I was psyched! I am yet to find an organic makeup line that has the texture and pigment I need as a makeup artist. Having done some research before I attended the launch party, I discovered that the line was founded in 2005 with the expertise of Rohan Widdison whose mother Helen Abicair founded the acclaimed Melbourne Beauty College in 1958. Rohan has been director of the Helen Abicair Beauty college for the past 21 years. With these credentials, I was sure this line was going to be flawless!
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I’ve fallen hard and fast. As usual, I discovered a new makeup line, and I way overbought. Who’s shocked? Surely not my husband. (Of course my eight items came in a small box so he had no clue the damage truly done.) Not only is the makeup beautiful, but it’s 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% mineral pigments. Everybody wins! Before splurging on full-size products (which mind you are priced very competitively, mostly falling between $20 and $30), I opted for their sample plan ($15 for 5 custom samples, with $10 off your future purchase).
So obviously I went hog wild and bought Cinder, Firefly, and Stealth in the Mesmerize Shimmer Eye Treatment, Flash and Smolder in the Mesmerize Eye Treatment (no shimmer), both Dazzle and Star in the highlighting Trick Stick, and Knockout in Siren Lipstick. The Mesmerize Eye Treatments are STUNNING. I’ve found that in my old age of 37 I can’t wear cream eye shadows anymore. They make my eyelids look crapey and droopy. UGLY! With Vapour, since their products are literally treatments — hydrating, antioxidant-packed powerhouses — I wanted to at least try, which is why I originally opted for the sample plan. Who wouldn’t want their makeup to not only mask their aging but fight it? I was tickled to find that Mesmerize gave me a youthful look (rather than the dreaded crapey, aged look), it blended well with other colors, and it gave a very natural sheer wash. The one warning — this is not makeup for night time. The directions tell you to set the Mesmerize with mineral powder for longer lasting results, but I kind of feel like it takes away from the whole glory of a sheer wash. So instead I VERY LIGHTLY (if you don’t have a feather touch, it will all end up on your finger) blended a couple of the colors together and I rocked a fresh, glowy eye all day.
I’m totally into the Trick Sticks. I mean come on, who doesn’t need more gold and silver highlighters? I use them under my brow bone, in the inner corners of my eyes and on my cheekbones. The colors are stunning and blend easily with both the Mesmerize Eye Treatments and other powder shadows. My one concern is longevity. Even if it looks fabulous for the first couple hours, I would rather use a powder shadow if it means the color will be with me all night.
The Siren lipstick on the other hand is va-va-voom color that parties all night long. You’ll have to kiss a few boys to make this color go away. It’s GORGEOUS! And, because Vapour is all about the multi-tasking, their lipsticks are also lip conditioners packed with hydrating and healing ingredients like rose buds, lemon balm, pomegranate, and jojoba.
Of course I ordered the wrong color. Knockout is sexy as all hell, but it’s not sheer by any means. It’s a dark, pigmented berry, with perhaps a tiny hint of frost (if that’s the right word for it). When I tried it on last night and showed my husband he just stared (it’s always a bad sign when he’s speechless).
I said, “Well, what do you think?”
He gave me a look like he wished I was asking if I thought the Niners’ special teams lost the game against the Giants…
“Perhaps it’s a bit aggressive.”
I mixed it with my Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and it was to die for.
My next step is to raid their sample program again to find my perfect lipstick color and perhaps dabble in their concealer and bronzer.Posted by janna Tags Mineral Makeup, Organic Makeup, Vapour