The Best in Beauty From the Boot, Vol. 4: NABLA

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NABLA Italian Makeup

Wearing NABLA’s grey eyeshadows on my eyes and NABLA Brow Divine in Uranus on my brows

Surprises are one of those things you either love or hate, and I definitely love them.

Well, provided they’re good surprises – obvs!


And you know when the last time I was pleasantly surprised was? When I recently placed my first NABLA order.

NABLA is a young independent Italian brand that was first launched in December 2013. Their mission is to create cruelty-free (and for the most part vegan) makeup products using the best ingredients and formulations, while keeping the retail price as low as possible.

Sounds interesting, don’t you think?

NABLA Italian Makeup

My NABLA order upon arrival

24 hours after placing my order for 12 eyeshadow pans, 1 magnetic palette (which I got as a free gift for purchasing the shadows), 2 lipsticks and 1 brow pencil, I got the smallest box I had ever seen — so small that at first I thought they hadn’t sent me everything.

But no, everything was there, perfectly packaged and intact. I really appreciated that they didn’t waste any unnecessary packaging material and space.

NABLA Italian Makeup

Let’s have a closer look at the products that stole my heart! 🙂

NABLA Eyeshadow Pans (€6.50/$7.40) + Liberty Palette (complementary)

NABLA Eyeshadows

I got this pretty magnetic palette as a free gift for purchasing 12 NABLA eyeshadow pans on If you buy 6 pans, you’ll get a smaller palette.

NABLA Eyeshadows

NABLA Eyeshadow Swatches

L-R: NABLA Cattleya, Grenadine, Daphne No. 2, Caramel, Rust, Fahrenheit

NABLA Eyeshadow Swatches

L-R: NABLA Dreamer, Interference, City Wolf, Eternity, Chatter Mark, Moonrise

OH MY GAWWWD! NABLA’s eyeshadows are out of this world!!! So silky, pigmented, and blendable… They basically just blend themselves, and they can all be used dry or wet to maximize the color payoff (although I’ve never really felt the need to wet them so far).

Personal favorites include matte Caramel and shimmery Rust, but there’s none I actually find unimpressive.

NABLA Diva Crime Lipsticks in Rouge Mon Amour & Alter Ego (€12.90/$14.70)

NABLA Diva Crime Lipsticks

NABLA Diva Crime Lipsticks next to a MAC bullet for comparison

NABLA Diva Crime Lipstick Rouge Mon Amour Lip Swatch

NABLA Diva Crime Lipstick in Rouge Mon Amour

NABLA Diva Crime Lipstick Alter Ego Lip Swatch

NABLA Diva Crime Lipstick in Alter Ego

When I first opened my parcel and saw these lipsticks, I thought I had received sample sizes… They’re so tiny! But the quantity of the product inside is actually higher than most lipsticks (4.2g/0.14oz).

I really appreciate this original touch, since these days it doesn’t happen that often when you see something different in the beauty world.

The formula of the NABLA Diva Crime Lipsticks is definitely one that will please many. They’re very creamy, glide on effortlessly, and are super saturated with pigment. The finish is a comfy satin-matte, and the wear time is pretty impressive for such a creamy texture. I’m definitely tempted to get more shades!


NABLA Brow Divine in Uranus (€11.90/$13.60)

NABLA Brow Divine Uranus

The NABLA Brow Divine in Uranus has become my go-to brow product. It’s the darkest of five shades and, since I ordered it online, I was a little worried it might be too intense, but luckily it’s exactly what I needed. Unless I press it hard, it yields pretty soft strokes – ideal to achieve nicely defined brows that don’t look too strong.

I’ve never tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, so I don’t know how this one compares. All I can tell you is that I really, really like it!

Did I pique your interest? If I did, you may want to know that you can purchase NABLA’s impressive products on or in an Italian bioprofumeria.

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Hey, ladies (and gents), it’s Carolina here, reporting live from Bologna, Italy, to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty from the good ol’ continent! For an extra dose of that timeless Italian glam with a touch of humor and self-irony (because, you know, laughter is the best makeup), come say hi at and Instagram.


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So far, 18 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Tee hee, you said uranus (har dee har).

    I really like that first set of swatches, very errrmahgerrdd-worthy indeed! And how cool that you got the palette for free!
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  2. I am all for surprises as well. They make live worth living.
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  3. jessica says:

    Wow!! That is a GORGEOUS palette!!
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  4. sarahc says:

    That palette? I DIE! These are so adorable, I wish Sephora carried this brand.

  5. Annija says:

    I have two 6-pan Nabla palettes and I love them! The quality is great and they have some unique colors I haven’t seen anywhere else. One of my favorites is Madreperla – it’s Mother of Pearl in the shape of an eyeshadow. It was the reason I decided to order in the first place. Unrestricted is also great, a reddish base with golden shimmer, one of a kind! Baltic is a beautiful blue and their matte eyeshadows (Narciso, Wild Side, Petra) work great as transition color.

  6. Rachel R. says:

    Those eyeshadows look fantastic! It’s nice they ship to the USA, and the shipping prices are very reasonable.

  7. Erin says:

    I like that brow product!
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  8. Chris25 says:

    That shadow palette is beauuutiful. Everything looks so pigmented and smooth!
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  9. Misato-san says:

    You are from Bologna, aren’t you?
    You’ve got plenty of shops where to try Nabla’s products, they are sold not only in bioprofumeria but also in regular shops!
    (You can check the complete list here: )

    I do love Nabla’s products, I tried… like everything (I own all eyeshadows but 3, all lipsticks, even the liquid ones, and… I love their blushes and their concealer is really good too).
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  10. I have a weakness for shadows. They all look so gorgeous! So nice of them not to waste a lot of packaging material.
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