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?
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.
Let’s have a closer look at the products that stole my heart! 🙂
NABLA Eyeshadow Pans (€6.50/$7.40) + Liberty Palette (complementary)
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).
NABLA Diva Crime Lipsticks in Rouge Mon Amour & Alter Ego (€12.90/$14.70)
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)
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!