We tried this Affordable Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Brand So You Don’t Have To –but trust us, you’ll want to!
When we think sustainable makeup, we think clean ingredients and plastic-free packaging, but what many people think is muted earth tones and natural coverage. No one wants to sacrifice bold colors and style when making sustainable changes, and thanks to Uplifiting Products, you don’t have to.
Uplifting is an Oregon based cosmetics brand with a range of zero waste makeup and skincare- our favorite is their loose mineral eyeshadows. They offer over 30 shades formulated with mica powders, all sourced in the USA and FDA approved. Most have a light shimmer to them from the mica powders, but there’s a shade for everyone in their store.
Packaging is another great plus of these eyeshadows as all come in glass bottles with cork tops. We tried their sample pack, which allows you to try any 3 or 5 shades and comes in completely recyclable paper packaging, and created four different looks to test out six eyeshadows.
Tori’s Review of Uplifting Zero Waste Eye Shadow
In my typical makeup routine, I’m used to using pressed eyeshadows which come from, unfortunately, plastic palettes. On my own clean beauty journey, trying mineral eyeshadows is an exciting step toward purging my plastic.
I tried the shades “Terra Cotta,” “Strawberry Fields Foreva” and “Floor It” which all have their own unique natural colorings. Terra Cotta is an earthy orange-brown formulated with Moroccan red clay, where Strawberry Fields Foreva and Floor It are bright pink and yellow, respectively.
For my first try, I used the eyeshadows to create a graphic liner look by laying down concealer and patting the loose powder on top. They did have a fair amount of fall out, but stuck well and stayed all day once they’re on. I added Terra Cotta on my lower lash line and in all, loved this look.
For my second look, I went for a cut crease with Floor It and Terra Cotta as blended out crease shades. I loved the way these two blend together with just a little bit of layering. I laid down a concealer base to hold onto Strawberry Fields Foreva on my lid.
With both looks, I benefited from picking up a good amount of pigment and tapping it off my brush before applying, then layering to build up the color. The sample sizes were perfect to experiment with and I can’t wait to add some of the adorable full sized jars to my collection.
When swatching and experimenting with the Uplifting Products mineral eyeshadows in colors “Quartz Crystal” (light cream color), “Garden of Eden” (pastel lime green), and “Midnight Vibes” (cool mid-tone blue). I found that the color pay-off is great, if you are willing to be patient with the pigments.
On first impression, I had difficulty because the powder is so fine, it easily creates a lot of fall-out, leaving flakes of glitter all over my face. However, I then went in again, adding a touch of water to my brush, and the difference was impeccable.
The colors really pop and apply much smoother mixed with the tiniest bit of water, and I found that even the staying-power of the eyeshadows improved with this extra step. I created a look using the lime green as the main focus, packing it all over my lid and extending it to create a cat-eye effect, then added a touch of the shimmery cream color to my inner corners.
For my second look, I used the blue shade on an angled eyeliner brush for a smoked out cat-eye with a little bit smoked out under my lower lash line. I am a firm believer that any eyeshadow can be used as an eyeliner, with the right brush of course, and this pigment worked perfectly. Aside from the color smoking out a little after about an hour, which is expected when using eyeshadow as a liner, the pigment held up nicely.
Not your skintone? Here are a few other looks using this eyeshadow from their site!
–Tori D’Amico and Delilah Eby
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