I can’t resist eyeshadow — ever! When Gabriel Cosmetics offered to send one of their three eyeshadow trios it took me no time flat to say yes and to pick Smokey Shimmer. I may be old but I hope I’m never to old for a little bit of shimmer in my life.
The back of the Smokey Shimmer Trio from Gabriel Cosmetics tells a lot about what makes this company special
> Gluten Free – there’s a lot of talk about gluten in food but not enough in other types of products. If you really have Celiac Disease or others that prohibit gluten in your life then finding a product without gluten is very special.
> Cruelty Free – see that bunny? That means it’s certified to be a cruelty free product.
> 100% Vegan – not enough brands are like this
> Eco Friendly packaging – “PELASPAN™ BIO packaging peanuts are made from 100% biodegradable material. Vegetable starch. PELASPAN™ BIO is totally biodegradable without any risk of ground water contamination.”
> Made in the USA
There are three eyeshadow trios available from Gabriel. Two are all matte (Classic which is a matte nude and Smokey which is a matte grey) and the one I have called Smokey Shimmer and is described as a grey shimmer. But when you look at my pictures you’ll see that there’s only one grey shade and that’s the only one that has shimmer to it.
This is one of the easiest trios to wear. I love wearing it together but I enjoy switching out the grey shadow for a fun brown from my collection too. I included this in my Top Ten Summer Beauty post this week because I know I could wear this a lot all summer and I’d happily pack it to go away for a weekend.
The shades are a baby soft pink that you can build up if you want. I have worn this as both a lid and brow shade. There is the teeniest amount of shimmer in it but you need a magnifying mirror to see it. The bottom shade is my favorite. It’s a tan with a touch of gold and has a satin finish. I love it for the way it brightens my eyes. I’m sure that’s the shade that will be used up first since I keep reaching for it. The middle shade is a grey that almost looks green in my pix. It’s the shimmer shade but it’s a grown up shimmer. It’s not chunky, it doesn’t have fall out.
The trio is called Smokey Shimmer because of this grey shade but if you look at my swatches you really don’t see shimmer. That’s a plus in my book. All three shades have an easy to blend texture and wear throughout the day without touch up. You can change up eyeliner colors to make this have different looks, making this $24.50 trio more versatile.
Gabriel Cosmetics are carried on their website as well as many health food stores. Whole Foods carries the line in stores as do similar markets. Now that you know about Gabriel Cosmetics beyond all the love that their lip products receive, it’s time to check out their eyeshadow trios. I hope they make additional trios in the future. Do you see this in your future? — Marcia
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