Wearing the new eight-piece Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid collection for spring 2013 on my eyes, cheeks and lips, available now at Whole Foods and Pharmaca stores, and online
Calling all mermaids and beach babes! The Oceanid collection by Gabriel Cosmetics ZuZu Luxe may tempt you to take the plunge into this indie line of all-natural, gluten-free and vegan makeup.
Made without synthetic chemicals or animal by-products, the line is pretty new to me, but being a water baby and all, the teals and blues caught my eye.
I also liked how Gabriel Cosmetics sprinkled in cool-toned shades for the eyes and lips — something kinda different from the warm bronzes and golds that typically come with beach-themed collections.
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Calypso Eye Shadow ($15.25 for a 0.07-ounce pan), a bright blue matte with cool undertones
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Breeze Eye Shadow ($15.25 for a 0.07-ounce pan), a shimmery warm golden teal
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Platinum Eye Shadow ($15.25 for a 0.07-ounce pan), a shimmery cool pink
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Sunset Blush ($21.50 for a 0.10-ounce pan, a shimmery, warm golden apricot
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Crystal Lip Gloss ($13.80 for a 0.17-ounce tube), a clear gloss
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Crystal Lip Gloss
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Navy Mascara ($16.70 for a 0.25-ounce tube, a matte navy
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Navy Mascara brush
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Fresh Lip Liner ($13.80 for a 0.04-ounce pencil), a matte cool pink
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Fresh Lip Liner
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection Liquid Eyeliner in Taureg ($14.85 for a 0.10 ounce bottle), a matte cool brown
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection packaging
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection swatches from the left: Breeze, Calypso and Platinum Eye Shadows; Sunset Blush
Gabriel Cosmetics Oceanid Collection swatches from the left: Navy Mascara, Fresh Lip Liner and Crystal Lip Gloss
HAAAY, GURL! I’m wearing Taureg Liquid Eyeliner, Navy Mascara and Calypso, Breeze and Platinum Eye Shadows on my eyes; Sunset Blush on my cheeks and Crystal Lip Gloss with Fresh Lip Liner on my lips
The stand outs? The eye shadows. They boast mad pigment, refuse to fall out and blend like buttah. I think they could easily hold their own with the MAC, NARS and Urban Decay eye shadows in my makeup bag.
Quick takes on the rest of the collection:
- Sunset Blush: A super-saturated apricot with fine powder grains; love it
- Navy Mascara: A little hard to see the blue; better at lengthening than thickening
- Taureg Liquid Eyeliner: Loaded with pigment, but the stiff brush makes it hard for me to get sharp lines
- Fresh Lip Liner: A matte cool pinkish beige that feels comfy and smooth
- Crystal Lip Gloss: A non-sticky, unscented clear gloss with a very faint sugar flavor
Overall, I like this collection, especially the eye shadows and the blush, and I think the cool-toned elements add a fresh twist.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Whole Foods, Pharmaca and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,