Just in time for real spring weather and the glorious summer yet to come, Mirabella sent me their new Lighten Up Collection Spring 2016. I’m in absolute love with these bright, warm spring hues that are perfect for this redhead…but frankly, I think they look great on brunettes, blondes, raven haired and pastel-haired beauties alike.
Let’s take a look at the gorgeous Mirabella Lighten Up Collection.
- Visionary Long-Wearing Eyeshadow
- Glowing Coral Brilliant Mineral-based Highlighter
- Colour Vinyl Lipstick in Balmy Nectar
and though technically not part of the Lighten Up Collection, I also got Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara that’s just perfect for summer.
Let’s go through the products one at a time.
Visionary Long-Wearing Eyeshadow
I’ve said about a million times what a big fan I am of cream eyeshadows because of my dry eyelids, so I was thrilled to get these babies. They’re a creamy, silky consistency that’s similar to but a little richer than ColourPop shadows. Once on, they morph into a satin matte powder finish. The color is buildable so you can go for as deep and vibrant a look as you like.
Mirabella says that the shadows are made with “elastomer gel” to moisturize while absorbing excess oils and that also help mask wrinkles through an optical blurring effect. They’re made to be flattering on women of all ages. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Also, these shadows can be used as blush as well. Gotta try that soon!
The three shades are:
- Vivid: vibrant coral
- Charmed: dusty pink
- Imagine: beige shimmer.
Amber Brown, the Mirabella Creative Director, suggests using Vivid for blue eyes, and Charmed for brown, but first time out I used all three together to see how they look together, and I think they work. Although Imagine is described by Mirabella as “beige shimmer”, on my eyes it looks darker and I actually was able to use it in my V. I think the shades look quite arresting next to my blue eyes. I think they’d look spectacular with brown eyes.
I wear these eyeshadows over primer, and I have had no creasing. And the shadows are very long-wearing, no fading, they stay on till I take them off.
Price $29 for 9 g
I’m already a fan of Mirabella Brilliant Mineral-Based Highlighters. I’ve got a brilliant white one from Holiday 2014 that is stunning. The Mirabella Highlighters look so gorgeous in the pan as well as on the skin. This new one in Glowing Coral is just my shade. Though it’s billed as a highlighter, I also use it as a blush because it gives a great glow without being too shiny. Perfect.
Price $40 for 7.5 g. This will last forever – it’s nice and big!
INGREDIENTS (INGRÉDIENTS): Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PTFE, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Zinc Stearate Lauroyl Lysine, Tin Oxide MAY CONTAIN (PEUT CONTENIR): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)
Balmy Nectar is a new shade of existing Colour Vinyl Lipstick, but it’s the first one I’ve tried. It’s described as a “glossy lipstick formula” with “extended 10 hour wear”. It feels so good on my lips, but I don’t get anywhere near 10 hours of wear with it. This particular shade looks and feels more like a balm on my dry lips which makes sense because it contains raspberry extract, BerryFlux Vita, that moisturizes and provides elasticity, as well as argan oil and lychee extract that provide anti-oxidants and hydration.
Although the color in the bullet looks like a bright peachy pink, on my lips it’s sort of a MLBB pink, very pretty but not as bright as I thought it would be.
Also, on me, it’s semi-sheer. I’d like to try a deeper shade from the line to see if it performs differently: more opaque and long-lasting? It has a great shiny finish, and it’s made with gel technology so lips appear smoother.
It comes in a fat tube that has a metallic side that works as a mirror on the top. Very handy for quick touch-ups!
Price $26 for 3.2 g
INGREDIENTS (INGRÉDIENTS): Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Wax, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Polyurethane-42, Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Hydroxypropylcellulose Stearyl Carbamate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Dicalcium Phosphate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Water, Acacia Senegal Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide MAY CONTAIN (PEUT CONTENIR): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)
Here are finger swatches in bright sunlight, from top to bottom: Highlighter, eyeshadows in Charmed, Vivid and Imagine.
And swatches on my arm in daylight:
Although Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara isn’t part of the Lighten Up Collection, it’s a new mascara from Mirabella and it’s become my go-to mascara since it arrived. The reason is I love a mascara with a small-toothed wand.
For my long, but invisible blonde lashes, this wand does the best job of coating my lashes. It’s easier for me to get every lash, and to try to make sure I get mascara on my long outer lashes to give my eyes more of a cat look.
To me, this formula is particularly good at lengthening rather than volumizing. I’m OK with that. Volumizing formulas often end up clumping on my lashes, so darkening and lengthening work just fine for me.
What really surprised me is that I have fallen for a waterproof mascara! I never buy waterproof mascara because I hate removing it. It’s always a struggle. I use oil-free removers, these days Garnier Micellar Water (reviewed here), and in the past, I couldn’t get off a waterproof mascara. Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara is different. Mirabella says, “It was formulated to break down every barrier that is typical with other stay put options.” And for me, it has done just that. Garnier Micellar Water (the pink one that’s not made for removing waterproof eye makeup) easily removes this mascara.
Plus I have no fall out, flaking or clumping. And my lashes feel flexible rather than stiff. The formula contains Panthenol, an ingredient you often find in shampoo and conditioner. In this mascara, Panthenol provides a protective barrier around the lashes and also gives them moisture so they stay healthier and stronger. Nice.
Price $26 for 11ml
I’m delighted with the new makeup from Mirabella. The colors really suit me, and I love the new waterproof mascara. I wear the mascara everyday, but it’ll be great to wear to the beach!
Although I’ve written about Mirabella before, let me just remind you that it’s a fabulous line of makeup used by salon and spa professionals particularly because it’s a high quality mineral-based, talc and paraben-free formula. It’s also a cruelty-free brand. You can buy Mirabella on the website mirabellabeauty.com.
In the look below, I’m wearing the Mirabella Lighten Up eyeshadows, the Highlighter and the Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara. Love ’em all!