DANG that Josie Maran! Whoever handles the packaging of this eco-friendly line deserves a Prius, a wheatgrass shot and a pat on the back.
A quick glance today at the Monarch flutterbyes on her new Natural Wonder Powder Palette ($35) was all it took to put a spring in my step.
Talk about practical, environmentally conscious design (also friendly and feminine) that *hella* works!
It gets even better when you open the palette. 🙂 BOOM! It holds five eyeshadows, two blushes and a bronzer in a mix of neutrals and brights. I’ve seen a few spring makeup releases so far, and this one’s been one of the most exciting to me so far.
The eyeshadows, blushes and bronzer in the Natural Wonder palette are infused with Argan oil, an antioxidant-rich oil from Morocco known to calm and soothe troubled skin. And, like all Josie Maran makeup, the palette’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and phthalates.
First, there’s the variety. The shades feel fresh and youthful, and I can easily see myself doing looks with them from subtle/sweet to bold/bright.
Then, there’s the shadows, about which I noted a few things (DROOL!)…
- Brights: I LOVE the brights in this palette! Both Hope (the blueish purple) and Desire (the greenish teal) are downright iridescent — like alive, with colors that are multi-dimensional without looking too frosty or shimmery. I think it makes them pretty easy to wear (even for daytime looks to work). SIDE NOTE: Over the past week several friends — normally die-hard neutral makeup girls — have confessed a desire to experiment with colorful eyeshadows. PERFECT! I think this puppy right here would be a great place to start.
- Texture: Hope, Desire and Think (the shimmery bronze) feel rose petal smooth to the touch and apply like velvet. Daydream (the shimmery pink) and Trance (the shimmery gold) are maybe a little on the gritty side … but they’re still quite wearable.
- Pigmentation: A mix of semi-transparent shades and pigment-rich colors. Hope, Desire and Think deposit intense color, while Daydream and Trance are delightfully sheer.
As for the blushes, yeah, Illusion (the matte rosey red) and Fiction (a matte peachy pink) look bright in the pan, but DO NOT BE AFRAID! 🙂 They look natural on cheeks. For a soft flush, try applying either shade with your trusty skunk brush and a light (careful) hand.
If you have light-to-medium skin, Natural Wonder might even be worth it for the bronzing powder alone. I see the glow from Beach #1 — the sheer, shimmery golden bronze — really flattering lighter skin, and if you’re tan like me or even darker, no problemo. It makes a great highlighter, too.
For $35, with all this flexibility and the overall quality of the products you get, Natural Wonders is a flat-out good deal. Through Feb. 1, orders for it through JosieMaranCosmetics.com also direct 50% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross for Haiti — a very thoughtful and cool thing to do. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,