I always enjoy learning about new products coming out in the beauty industry or testing out brands I have never heard of before, so I was quite ecstatic to have the opportunity to test drive some goodies from Mia Mariu Cosmetics. A collection of mineral cosmetics in wearable, glamorous shades – Mia Mariu offers a wide range of cosmetic products for the woman who wants a look of hot damn gorgeous.
Mia Mariu’s mineral colors contain Vitamin A, C and E which provide a natural protection from the environment. The products are Oil, Talk, Paraben and Fragrance free, which is awesome for all skin types – but most importantly, those with sensitive skin like I have.
Let’s start off with packaging. I am all about a signature color and I love that Mia Mariu has black/red packaging on all of their products. The colors look chic together and I love the uniformity. Overall, I like how easy the packaging was to use (especially the eye shadow duo), and I love that it has that sleek look.
The Mineral Shadow Duos are made with pure minerals and luxurious color pigments. Each shadow felt very creamy when I swatched it and applied so nicely on my eye lids. I absolutely loved how nice it felt when blended onto the lid. Over primer I received nice wear, about 7 hours before I started to notice fading and I love that with a good primer, I didn’t experience any creasing. This eye shadow duo in Valle Dorado is a great combo for those that love every day wearable and neutral shades. Retailing for $19.00 – you receive a total of 2.8 grams worth of product and soft silky shadows for a show stopping look. Since I have darker skin, I did notice that I needed to build on the colors – but overall, I love that this is easy to travel with and the shades are definitely those I can use daily if I wanted to.
I am not a huge fan of loose mineral shadows, powders or bronzers because they can be a mess – but I do use them from time to time. I was quite impressed with the Mineral Bronzer from Mia Mariu. It had a gorgeous velvet texture that felt wonderful on the skin. While it felt luxurious on my skin, the shade was a tad too light for me to use as a bronzer to give my cheek bones or face any sort of contour, but it didn’t matter because this product worked as a wonderful cheek highlight offering my skin a gorgeous and radiant glow. This product is silky and feels great on the skin, I have tried to apply it all over but due to the shimmer, I think it was too much for an all over application on me. Used on the eye as a sweep of color on the lid or graced across your cheeks for a sweet glow, this product is definitely becoming a favorite. Retailing for $17.00 which includes 2.4 grams of loose product, you get a pretty good amount for your money’s worth as well as something that can be used universally. I have been using this product the most out of all the others I received and I know I’ll get great use out of it.
The Hydrating Stick Gloss combines color and a hydrating gloss in a stick form. This product reminds me of a lip butter, very creamy and buttery and it felt like my lips were hydrated and moisturized while using this product. The color is sheer at first swipe but can easily be built up. Seduccion is a brick red with a hint of berry and has light shimmer reflects through out. Retailing for $15.00 this tube includes 4.0 grams of product. This gloss is part balm in my opinion as my lips feel really soft and moisturized most of the day while wearing it. Like any gloss, this does not have a long wear time but still offers a great punch of color with a gloss sheen.
Mia Mariu’s Volumizing mascara retails for $13.00 and claims to extend and separate the thinnest, shortest and hard to reach lashes by lengthening each lash while delivering the right amount of mascara without clumping. The formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance the lash color for maximum drama – is clump free, fiber free and suitable for contact lens wearers. This mascara is enriched with Vitamin B5. Many know I have the smallest most tiniest lashes EVER. I love the wand on this mascara but unfortunately – the formula was just too wet for my itty bitty lashes. I didn’t notice any length or volume using this mascara and after using the mascara with 2 to 3 coats, I still did not see my lashes very much. However – I do like that my lashes felt soft even with the product coated on them and even after applying 3 coats, I did not experience any clumping. While this did not give my lashes the exaggeration I would have liked to see – I like that it did not make my eyes irritated.
The Intense Black Eye Liner Pencil retails for $11.00. This is a sharpen type pencil that offers a stiff type pencil tip. The claim on this product is that it offers a smoothly textured pencil for precise definition and easy, smooth application. The pencil should apply evenly without pulling on the delicate eye area and should produce a clean precise line without smudging. I am used to very gel like / soft textured pencils so this pencil took a little bit of finesse for me. While it did have a bold pigment of black to it and applied fairly easily, it still took me several swipes to build the color I would like and I’m used to a softer tip pencil which this is not. Application was okay – but not ideal or what I had been used to. This liner does smudge, but I think it is perfect when creating a soft smoky effect. While it did smudge, the liner stayed on my eyes for a full day without becoming a full blown mess.
The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection with Beauty and Health in Harmony. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value. Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!
In the photos above you can see a before and after of me using the Mia Mariu cosmetics I have tried and tested. On my eyes I am using the Valley Dorado Mineral Eye Shadow Duo – the lighter shade on my lid and the darker shade blended into my crease and near my highlight. I also blended the lighter shade as my highlight on my brow bone. I applied the Intense Eye liner pencil on my eye lid as a simple liner and smudged it on my lower lash line. On my cheeks I am using the Mineral Bronzer in Copa Cabana on the high parts of my cheeks and blended as a highlight. On my lips I’m using the Hydrating Gloss Stick in Seduccion.
Overall I’m quite impressed with this cosmetic line. I love that they have pressed mineral shadows because I really dislike dealing with loose shadows and this made it easy to apply and even easier to use on the go. I would love to see Mia Mariu come out with a matte or satin lipstick and darker tones for their bronzer. Have you heard of Mia Mariu Cosmetics before? Have you tried anything from this brand? What are your thoughts on Mineral Cosmetics?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.