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Osmosis Colour Eye Shadow and Brow Gel- reader reviewed and rejected

July 28, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 0 Comments
Reviewed by Kathy

I was given the opportunity to try Osmosis Colour Eye Shadow Trio and Brow Gel. I was excited to try the mineral-based products since it was a way to be green. There always seem to be so many chemicals in our lives.

I was given an eye shadow trio by the name of Bronzed Cocoa and brow gel in Taupe. I was excited about the color choice because those would be just right for my light hair and blue eyes. I am 48 with a light-medium cool skin tone and normal skin.

I could not wait to open my eagerly awaited package. However, I was disappointed to find the eye shadows were disheveled in the case. The trio of colors is arranged in a circle with three equal pie-shaped pieces. The pieces are secured with a magnet in the center of the base. However, there was enough room with the top closed to allow the pie pieces to sit on top of each other. So my first thought was that this would not travel well. Osmosis simply needs to make the container lid slightly shallower to prevent the tray movement.

The eye shadow trio has no application utensil. The Bronzed Cocoa kit consisted of a glittery, slightly rose-toned beige, a glittery milk chocolate, and a matte dark chocolate. I used brushes to apply. They applied firmly and cleanly adhered to my eyelids. The colors blended well and remained in place all day with only slight creasing. The Osmosis website recommends using foundation on the lid first to avoid creasing, but that did not seem to help. I used the lightest shade at all times, layering the other colors in the crease and corners both at the same time as well as alternately so I could review the look of all the colors. I took a photo of the light and medium mix on the left eye and the light dark mix on the right eye. It is a bit difficult to see in the photo, but the medium-toned color clearly turns orange on my skin once applied. The dark shade I originally liked, but upon seeing myself in the mirror later in the day I appeared to have a black eye and this really aged my appearance. I will have to fail the eye shadow trio due to color sureness and travel ability.

Let me start by saying I am blessed with heavy dark brows and have no need to define them. Nonetheless, I tried the Osmosis Colour Brow Gel in Taupe. No application tool was included, so I used a very small, firm flat brush usually used to line my eyes. The gel was a nice thick consistency. The color was a good compliment to my brows, even though my brows are notably darker. The color filled in some sparse area of my brow and I could fill in the tail of the brow very gently. The gel is quite sticky, staying where you place it. As long as you do not touch it, it stays in place and is waterproof. It does not ever seem to dry, however, so if you do rub your brow later in the day, you move the product. I have to fail the brow gel due to movement of color upon touching. The company recommends trying this as an eye liner as well, but I found the sticky consistency too difficult to move smoothly along the lash line.

Ingredients in eye shadow: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopherol, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Powder, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinyl Palmitate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract , Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)

Ingredients in brow gel: Isododecane, Ethylene-Propylene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Carnauba Wax, Microcrystalline Wax, Beeswax, Isohexadecane, Polymethylmethacrylate, May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491)

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