Alima Pure Rainforest Collection Review

Alima Pure Rainforest Collection ReviewFebruary 28, 2011

 

I knew I’d probably like these eye shadows the minute I saw those adorable little birds.

 

When I received a sample set of Alima Pure’s Rainforest Collection in the mail, I felt bothprivileged and excited: privilegedbecause it’s not every day that I get the chance to try and review something before it’s actually available for purchase, and excited about the lovely shades that would soon adorn my eyelids.

Ingredients (provided on product packaging)-Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510),Ultramarines (Cl 77007).

These specific products are not yet in theCosmetic Safety Database, so I linked to the ingredients individually. There are no ingredients with hazard scores above a 3, and it’s probably safe to assume that the overall hazard scores of these products would be around a 3 since there is an Alima Pure eyeshadow in the database with very similar ingredients.

Some great things about these products:

1. All of Alima Pure’s products carry the BDIH “Certified Natural Cosmetics” seal.

2. These products are cruelty-free.

3. $2 from each Limited Edition Collection purchased will be donated to Rainforest Action Network.

Product Description (provided with product packaging)- “Alima Pure pays homage to the “jewels of the earth,” the Rainforest. Between 40 and 75% of the world’s species are indigenous to rainforests. Important to the health of both the planet and to individuals, rainforests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and recycle water; and one-quarter of the natural medicines in the world come from rainforests.

Bromeliad- this sparkling light green will refresh your spring color palette.

Jaguar- a slinky, golden-brown shimmer that pairs with anything.

Macaw- as vibrant as the tropical bird, a light, shimmering teal.

Kapok- a deep, dark brown sparkle to provide depth to your look.”

Price (provided with product packaging)- “The Rainforest Collection will be available for a limited time beginning in early March, 2011. Is is sold exclusively at www.alimapure.com for $30 (a $44 value).”

Application/Performance– I usually don’t bother with eye shadow unless I’m going to a wedding or something comparably formal, and even then I tend to stick with a safe shade of brown that I’ve had for years. I wore it almost daily in the early years of high school (mostly in unflattering shades of pink and orange), and I think I grew tired of it at some point. Needless to say, I felt particularly out of practice when preparing to apply this stuff. To my surprise, they were much less messy than I’d imagined and required a minimal amount of effort, which involved using a damp brush to apply and then blend (advice given by Jena, whose blog I adore) and a damp cotton swab to correct my many mistakes. Since I don’t wear concealer, I simply wiped away the bits of shadow that ended up on and around my under eye area with a damp cloth. I’d advise anyone who wears concealer, powder, or foundation to apply this eyeshadow before applying the aforementioned. Once applied, these eye shadows did an impressive job of staying put and sparkled just enough that I felt feminine and pretty but not like someone with an bizarre fairyobsession. These shadows come off easily with a little coconut oil, as I’m sure that they would with soap or any eye makeup remover.

Rating-9 out of 10 seems like an appropriate rating for this collection; I subtracted 1 point because the ingredients aren’t entirely hazard free. As far a performance goes, I am beyond satisfied!

Would I purchase this item again?– Well, since this collection is being offered only for a limited time, I probably won’t have the chance. However, I do plan to buy several samples (which are only $1.50 each!) of colors that are soldyear round.Of the Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadows, I have my eye on Azure, Ombra, and Gold Dust. From the Pearluster group,Viola and Champagne are my picks. The loveliest of the Satin Matte shadows areJuniper, Fawn, and Wedgewood.

*These products were courtesy of Alima Pure. The opinions are all mine.

Here are a couple of pictures of me trying out my new eye shadow:

Left Eye: Macaw & Jaguar, Right Eye: Bromeliad & Kapok

 

 

Wearing eyeshadow makes me feel fancy, and I plan to do it more often.