Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nude By Nature Eye Collection*

Nude By Nature (NBN) is an Australian brand that's bringing on their A-game into the market! They had wow-ed us with their packaging and I have been putting their formula to the test! And I'm happy to report, they're amazing! The new eye collection is inspired by the colours of Australia and its landscape. Australia is a country, true of its earthy colours and ocean shades. The colours selected captures nature's stunning skies, shimmering sands and deep water. There is a variety of rich, luminous shades and beautiful finishes across the range!

I had the opportunity to have a taste of these at a Priceline Prescription event that was held some time ago, and now that I have the whole collection, I have a better scope of how I feel about them. There is a range of products that had launched on the 15th September, going from eyeshadows, loose pigments, eyeliner, mascara and so on. Their collection includes all your essentials for creating your eye-look.

Natural Wonders Eye Palette - $49.95 AUD

This eye palette has a range of cool tones to warm tones, respectively across the rows and there is a pop of blue centred in the palette. NBN claims that the shadows have a feather-light formula, which is enriched with active natural ingredients, including Quangdong and Desert Lime to help provide antioxidant defence. The palette is encased in a luxury shiny, polished rose-gold case with a full-sized mirror, that makes you admire it every second. NBN has put in a lot of effort in making their collection presentable and beautiful.

First Row: (Left to Right) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Bottom Row: (Left to Right) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
There is a total of 10 shades in this palette. There is a mix of matte, shimmer and satin shades that will help you create day-time to night-time looks. The shadows itself is pigmented and buttery to the touch and very easy to work with. They are able to be blended seamlessly with a brush and are great for quality. However, for the money that's being put into buying this palette, I do ask for quality in all the shadows. Shade 3 in the top row was a complete disaster. There no pigment to be shown, the product would not come out of the pan and it was extremely dry and hard. This one shade was very different to the rest of the palette in quality and functionality. It was quite odd.

The matte shades and shimmer shades in this palette, on the other hand, was a completely different story. They were a dream to work with. I especially liked shade 4 and 9, as they were just amazing to blend out and use. These shadows are not made to be wet, so by using any spray would greatly damage the product. It would harden the surface of the shadow and that particular shade would no longer be usable. Also, with the matte shades, you need to build the intensity up slowly and not pick up too much product in one go. The reason for this is because the matte shades can turn chalky and makes blending a lot more difficult to do.

What I also dislike about this palette is that the shades are coded by numbers, which may be quite ambiguous as the individual shadows are also named by numbers. But the problem is, the shadows aren't the same. Now, let's talk about the elephant in this post. For a palette that came is being sold in drugstores as well as marketed to be an affordable brand, this palette is quite expensive. But if you think about its overall value and make comparison to other high-end palettes such as UD, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, this palette is actually a great buy. You get great quality and the variety of shades you need. They claim that this palette is "for on the go", but I personally don't think the palette is secure enough to last the trip.

Pressed Eyeshadow - $17.95 AUD

There is a total of 12 individual shadows released in this collection, of which includes 3 different types of finished; matte, satin and sheen. NBN claim that these are "richly pigmented, silky smooth and lightweight". There is a large variety of shades that maintain the Australian Nature theme. 
Left to Right: 1, 2, 3, 4

Left to Right: 5, 6, 7, 8

Left to Right: 9, 10, 11, 12
Each of these individual pressed shadows are encased in a circular, rose-golden cases, similar to the eyeshadow palette. There is a small mirror inside, which I personally think is great! These individual shadows are user-friendly and travel-friendly as well, especially for those who are practicing the art of makeup.

Now, let's get down to business - quality!

Left to Right: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Left to Right: 5, 6, 7, 8

Left to Right: 9, 10, 11, 12
These shades are just remarkable. You are able to apply a smooth and effortless application to your lids without the fuss of fallout or patchiness. You receive great quality in the first go. The matte shades in the collection is what impresses me the most. They are pigmented and very easy to blend. They perform exceptionally well, and are very versatile from the way they are contained in the cases. Shades, such as 1, can be used as a brow powder or shades, such as 11, can be used as a highlight. The possibilities are endless and these shadows have the power to help you, do so. The shimmer shades are also astonishing to use. They are incredibly pigmented, buttery and smooth! All the shimmer shades in this collection perform beautifully! No faults or complaints from me!

However, there is one shade in the collection that had disappointed me - shade 8. Similarly to the problem I had with shade 3 in the eyeshadow palette, shade 8 did not want to work with me. It was extremely dry, hard and under-performing. There was no pigmentation coming from the pan and the more product I tried to get from the pan, the harder the surface became. And whatever product I got on my brush, the product had not wanted to stay on my skin. It was just being smeared. A primer was much needed and even then, it wasn't showing up.

Shimmering Sand Loose Eyeshadow - $22.95 AUD

These phenomenal loose pigments is what the drugstore needed! There is nothing like it on the market at this price! The Shimmering Sand Loose Eyeshadows are highly-pigmented. It has a blend of pigments and pearls to create that intense luminosity of bright colour. The formula is enriched with Kaolin Clay to help keep the colour in place for an extended wear.

What's great about these loose pigments is that they can be used in numerous ways. They can be used as a medium for a shimmering eyeliner, intense eyeshadow pigment, body shimmer and so on. They are very easy to mix in with other products to create a beautiful, shimmery product. There's 3 different shades that caters to a variety of skintones, going from warm-cool tone, light to darker skin. These pigments are very fine, and hence can be very messy (really quickly) when taken out of the bottle.

How I have been using it is by adding some Inglot duraline to some pigment and applying it as a liner or liquid shadow. When using it as a liquid shadow, there is minimal to little fallout and it is easier to control product placement. The doe foot applicator does help a little to place the product, but it does also cause a mess as well.

Natural Illusion Eye Shadow Trio - $29.95

These cute little pocket-sized palettes are a great addition to your collection. It contains three complimentary shades that you can use to create day-time or night-time looks. The quality of these shadows are exactly the same as the ones in the palette, but all the shades perform very well! They are pigmented, smooth and blendable. However, I personally think the shimmers could be a little bit more intense, so that it could be used as an overall lid colour, which serves best for a day time look.

Each trio contains a decently sized mirror and a double ended brush, which does not feel cheap. However, I personally think the brush is only good for applying the product to the lashline, smudging product to the bottom lashline or to be applied as eyeliner. But in terms of placing product to the lids, it is pretty useless.

Contour Eye Pencils - $16.95 AUD

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These Contour Eye Pencils are a great addition to the collection. There is a total of 6 shades to compliment the majority of skin tones with 2 different types of finishes; matte or sheen. They are densely packed with pigmented in a wooden exterior with a rose-gold coating. At the end of the pencil, there is a hard, pointed sponge used to blend and smudge the product. The formula in these pencils are made so that you can create both natural and dramatic eye looks with a few swipes.

Left to right, Top to Bottom: Black 01, Brown 02, Anthracite 03, Sunrise 04, Turquoise 05, Rainforest 06
These pencils are pigmented, creamy and smooth to use! It contains your basic colours such as your blacks and browns and they have other additional fun colours as well. I personally gravitated towards brown for a soft liner look for most days and use four as a fun pop of colour in the inner corner and wing. These pencils lasts all day and does not smudge. However, if you have oily eyelids, it may slip just a little, so you may need to use a power to set it in place. With the sheen finished pencils, it is a lot creamier and delicate than the basic solid colours, so you have to lighten the pressure when use it on your skin. But other than that, these pencils are great to use!

Definition Eyeliner ($24.95 AUD) & Allure Defining Mascara ($27.95 AUD)

The definition eyeliner has made applying eyeliner so easy! There is a total of two classic shades in the collection; black and brown. This product is pigmented, easy to use and long-lasting. The black isn't a strong solid colour but the brown is. The eyeliner itself is formulated so that it does not feather out into your fine lines and it does not smudge, nor transfer once set to dry. The liquid is not overly runny, nor dry. It is the perfect consistency to apply your liner with no troubles.

It has a flexible, ergonomic foam tip that helps you have control over product placement and quick application. It is able to retain product onto the tip and you can able to use more product for less. It is enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 to help nourish your eye area as well, which is great for all skin types!

The Allure Defining Mascara has a total of two shades as well; black and brown. It claims to give "intensified, lengthened and separated lashes in a quick second". I have short, sparse and straight lashes, so mascaras tend to be a more difficult subject for me to recommend to readers. This mascara is particular does not hold a curl over time. However, on application, it does lengthen and separate my lashes very well.  My lashes look fuller, looking natural and unclumpy. This mascara does not flake over time and it doesn't transfer either. From my knowledge, it doesn't claim to be waterproof or water-resistant. As you apply every cover, you notice that it coats each lash and create that lengthening effect, much needed for my short lashes. It does not claim to be volumizing and thats due to the applicator. It has a slight hourglass shape and short spiked bristles, which tells me what it can achieve for my lashes.

The flexible applicator is awesome to apply, especially when started from the root of your lashes to the very tip. The bristles allow you to coat every individual lash with ease and the formula also helps provide the colour/tint you need. The mascara contains active natural ingredients including Candelilla Wax and Arabic Gum, which allows the formula to be what it is. No matter how many coats you apply, this mascara does not clump. But I recommend only applying 2-3 coats at most as anymore you won't see anymore results. It is also enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 to condition and strengthen your lashes over time. I have not used this long enough to notice the effect as of yet.

Eyeshadow Brushes - $16.95 AUD

Left to Right: 16 Smudge Brush, 15 Blending Brush, 17 Angled Liner Brush, 14 Base Shadow
To compliment the eye collection, they have also launched some eye brushes along with the line. It contains four brushes you need to create your favourite looks with the NBN products. Similarly to their other brushes that NBN has recently released, the handles are coated in a dark, metallic exterior with a rubbery end. All the bristles are synthetic and are incredibly soft! They are incredible gentle on the eyes.
Personally I think they should have released out a flat shader brush so you could apply the loose pigments with ease. But I am quite happy with what they have released and been loving the way they make my application so easy to do. It practically does all the work for me with every swipe and blend. My personal favourite is 16 Smudge Brush. It works very well to blend liner across the lashline tightly and to also smokey out the bottom lash-line seamlessly.

This collection has been a great eye-opener to the brand and they have reveal themselves to be a brand that can deliver! All these products can be found at local Priceline stores or NBN Counters at Myers. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below!

To celebrate this collection that had launched, I am giving away one Natural Wonders Eyeshadow Palette to one lucky winner! Here are the rules to the competition;


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  • Competition starts now (22/09/16) - (23/10/16) 12.00AM EST (Sydney Time)
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*Disclaimer: These products were gifted to me. I was not sponsored, nor compensated for this post. I was not asked to do this giveaway. This giveaway is for my followers. All opinions and thoughts on the products were based on my personal experience. Everything said is 100% honest and based on my personal experience with the products and the brand. All products were personally test on my own skin. I am an affiliate with Nude by Nature and pictures are linked to my affiliate links. 
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