Sunday, June 2, 2013

Spotlight: NYR Organic Make-Up

Sample Sent For Consideration

NYR Organic Make-Up
In a previous post, I reviewed an organic skincare line by Neal's Yard Remedies (NYR Organic).  I really enjoyed the line, and after thumbing through the catalog became interested in the color cosmetics and brushes offered by this cruelty-free brand. The woman who sent me the skincare samples, was kind enough to send some make-up and a brush my way so that I could share my thoughts with you.  I selected the Damask Rose Organic Lip Gloss, Moss Mineral Eyeshadow and Eye Shadow Blender Brush. She also sent me one of their new Organic Lipsticks in the color Date.

I've been testing these products over the past few days, and I am really impressed with the quality of the line. I wore all of the products today to an outing and everything lasted through the hot weather without the eyeshadow creasing or lipstick fading. 

Here is an overview of the items I tested:

Mineral Eye Shadow in the color Moss: This is a pressed powder eyeshadow made of natural minerals, containing light reflecting mica.  The product claims to give smooth even, lasting coverage. You get 2 grams (0.07 oz.) of product housed in a clear dome shaped clam shell compact. The compact is embossed with the NYR logo on the cover. The product is indeed smooth, and upon touching it with my finger for swatching, I noticed it had an almost creamy texture although it is a powder product. I applied it with the NYR Eye Shadow Blender Brush to my lid and found that it did apply evenly.  I found the shadow lasted all day on my lids without creasing and very minimal fading at the very end of the day. I did wear this over a primer simply because I always use primer as part of my normal makeup routine. The color is, as the name suggests, a mossy green. It has a shimmery finish, and when it catches the light, reflects specks of gold. This is a really beautiful shade, and it works great solo as a wash of color on the lid, or in conjunction with other shades as I used it here (see below picture).

 Mineral Eye Shadow in Moss

For the eye look above, I used Moss as my lid color, as well as on the lower lash line.

Eye Shadow Blender Brush: If you've read some of my older posts, you may know that I think the synthetic brush world is lacking in good quality blending brushes. I think this is especially true in brushes of this shape. It's not as difficult to find a soft round domed shape brush, but a stiffer domed brush shaped like this one is not so easy to find.  Looking through the catalog, this is one product that really stood out to me, and I knew I had to try it. Luckily, it did not disappoint. The brush has a smooth navy colored matte handle and nice long silver colored ferrule.  The bristles are soft, yet they are the perfect stiffness for blending. The shape of the brush is ideal, and the look and feel of it is sophisticated and professional looking. The brush is surprisingly light weight, making it very comfortable to hold in the hand. This is a multitasker and can be used with both powder and cream shadows as well as blending out concealer. These animal-free brushes come complete with an environmentally-friendly bamboo handle. If you are interested in other brushes, the line also offers a Face & Body Brush, Blusher Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Lip/Concealer Brush and their new Kabuki Brush

 Note the domed shape of the brush head
 Side View (above)
The handle is a nice length, and looks sleek and sophisticated

 Organic Lipstick in the color Date: Upon first application of this lipstick, I was very surprised at the creaminess of it. It glides on so smoothly, and my lips felt so moisturized that it almost felt like I had applied a lip balm. I went back to the catalog to see what was in it that made it so moisturizing. Sure enough, my hunch was right, it contains argan oil.  I'm a big fan of argan oil, and use it in many formats for many different things. However this is my first time using a lipstick containing argan oil in it. I tend to have chapped lips, so this immediately felt soothing. The color is a raisin red-brown with a cream finish. This lipstick can be sheered out and worn as a stain, or applied full-on for a bolder look. I tried it both ways. First I applied it using my finger to create a light stain, then topped it with the Damask Rose Gloss for a pretty Spring look.  For evening, I applied the lipstick full-on straight from the tube, and was left with rich creamy color on my lips.

 You get 0.14 oz. of product per tube
 This long lasting lip color has a nice shine to it, even before I applied the gloss

 Lip Gloss in the color Damask Rose: This is a moisturizing topper gloss that doesn't have that sticky feel that so many loathe. It feels soft and glides on easily.  This lippie contains 93% organic ingredients and has a slight taste of citrus due to the added organic orange oil. Antioxidants such as white tea also help this gloss sooth and protect the lips.  The color is a sheer dusty rose with very fine iridescent shimmers running through it. It can be worn solo, but I love it best worn over the lipstick. Each squeeze tube comes with 0.5 fl oz. of product and a slanted tip for easy application on the go. I wore mine applied with a lip brush over the lipstick for added shine. 

 The gloss has tiny iridescent shimmers running through it (pictured above)

 Pictured Above: The gloss over the Date lipstick for added shine and sparkle
Pictured Above: This is how I wore the combo today. I applied the lipstick very lightly as a stain with my finger, then used just a tiny bit of gloss applied with a lip brush for a neutral lip look

Here are swatches of all the products I tested:

 Pictured Above (from left to right): Damask Rose Gloss, Date Lipstick, Moss Mineral Eye Shadow

To further illustrate the versatility of the lipstick, I also used it along my cheekbones as a cream blush.  It created a beautiful dewy finish, giving me that lit-from-within youthful glow.

Below is the completed look. I used the Moss Eye Shadow on the eyelid and along the lower lash line. The Date Lipstick was used on cheeks and lightly on the lips. I then topped the lipstick with the Damask Rose Gloss.

I hope you enjoyed this look at NYR Organic. If you've tried any of their products, I would love to hear about it! If you are interested in purchasing any of the products in this post just click the link below. 

I would like to give a very big THANK YOU to Jane for being so kind and sending me these products to review for my readers. 

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*This post contains products that were sent for consideration by the company. I do not get paid to write reviews. All opinions are my own. I only write reviews in hopes of helping my readers make informed purchasing decisions. All products in this post are cruelty-free.

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