Saturday, March 3, 2012

Midnight Velvet - m.vie Cosmetics - Starter Kit

I am basking in glory of Mineral Makeup these days. The power of minerals has got me loving my skin day by day. The flawless finish, non comedogenic, fresh and glowy look are some of the many perks that mineral makeup has to offer.

Its been more than a month since I switched from Sheercover and started applying Midnight Velvet's (m.vie) Mineral makeup. There's no looking back after that....

About Midnight Velvet -- 

Founded in 1987 they set out to create a shopping experience that invites you to immerse yourself in a world of dramatic fashions, glamorous jewelry, fragrances and exotic home décor that delights the customers with its quality and beauty.
Their dedicated team of artists, designers and fashion merchants is constantly traveling to the most exotic destinations in the world to find products they think are worthy of the Midnight Velvet customer. Their goal is to make what you see on our website and within the pages of catalogs the most original, most unique offerings available to keep our product selection fresh, new and completely you.

Product - m.vie Cosmetic Starter Kit
Price - 49. 95 $

Claims - Custom-designed for your specific skin tone, mineral-rich pigments diffuse light to create a radiant, flawless look.

Each set includes:
  • Mineral Mist (0.4 fl. oz.)
  • Lipstick (0.14-oz.)
  • Pressed Mineral Foundation (.21-oz.)
  • Pressed Mineral Blush (.08-oz.)
  • Mini Kabuki brush
  • Black mesh embossed velvet cosmetic case (6" long)
My Experience with the Kit - 

I was given the kit meant for "Medium" skin toned people. I loved the fact that they had custom designed kits to cater to each of different skin toned customers. They have kits for Fair, Medium Fair, Medium, Medium Deep, Deep and Dark.  
The Medium Kit has - Canvas Shade Foundation, Sherry Shade Blush and Midnight Mauve Shade lipstick. The shade selection has been optimized to suit medium skin toned people.

Let's get to review's of each of the product in the kit -

Pressed Mineral Foundation -

The Pressed Mineral Foundation comes in a black box packaging. This mineral foundation, unlike the other foundations which come in a jar with shifter inside the jar which dispenses powder minerals, comes in a pressed form. You don't have to worry about fly away accidents with this beauty. The Mantra of mineral makeup - Less is More !! Its really true.

The small kabuki brush is ideal for applying this foundation. Just swirl the brush for a minute onto the pan, tap off the excess and glide it in circles onto your face. The natural pigments diffuse and blend into your skin like a dream. The first time I applied it, I thought I have not applied anything - It looked too sheer. Later on, I learnt that if you desire bit more coverage - apply sparingly first. Let the product sit for a while on your skin- Maximum for a minute - The color will develop gradually. Its Magic !!! You will notice sheer natural coverage the first time you apply it !

Still if you desire fuller coverage - Repeat the application and build the coverage. The small pan of pressed foundation is travel friendly and so sturdy - You can carry it anywhere you like.

Using it almost everyday for weeks, I can confidently say that it will keep you skin oil free for 5 hours. It is absolutely skin friendly - it has not given me any side reactions and breakouts. I am so happy with this product.

Mini Kabuki Brush -

The mini Kabuki Brush provided with the kit is made up of artificial hair. The brush is the softest brush ever !! The bristles are densely packed to pick up the right amount of product. The shape of the kabuki is perfect for perfect application of mineral foundation. This brush has become a staple in my makeup bag.

Pressed Mineral Blush -


The Pressed Mineral Blush comes in a packaging same as that of Mineral Foundation. However the brush palette is smaller than that of Pressed Mineral Foundation.
The shade is very pearly and natural looking. It is a nice sheer pearly pink color. It finishes off giving glowing subtle pinky cheeks.
The product is concentrated with natural pigments. I apply it with the help of a smaller kabuki brush and blend it up along my cheek bones.. The blush lasts long easily for 4 hours. The shimmer particles are so minute that its not easily visible to the naked eye. This helps the blush to impart that natural glow look to your cheeks.

Mineral Mist -

This product is my second favorite after the Pressed Mineral Foundation. The Mineral Mist comes in a super cute small spray bottle with transparent liquid inside.
This mist is perfect for setting your makeup after everything is done. I just spritz the mist onto my powder brush and dab the mist all over the face. It helps to lock in the makeup.
The fragrance of jasmine and lavender freshens you up. The mist freshens your face and it is my savior in Mumbai's hot and humid weather. 

Lipstick -

The lipstick comes in a matte black case which is very sleek and classy looking. The color of the lipstick is a perfect brown shade with a hint of red in it. The shade is not a perfect brown or nude color which will go on all outfits. It is very apt for Indian skin tone. This shade will go perfect with ethnic wear.
I simply adore the texture of this lipstick - its creamy and glides onto your lips to give you a perfect pop of color in a single swipe.
The creamy and moisturizing texture keeps your lips soft and prevents them from chapping and the high quality of the pigment stays on your lips for good amount of hours.
Be careful not to use a gloss over this lipstick because it will cause the color to fade away within a hour of application.

Love it or Chuck it ?
Absolutely Love it !! It is sleek travel-friendly and most important of all - Skin friendly !! Although pricey - It's a one time investment !! I plan to use this everyday !!! You can get your kit Here.

 Disclosure: I received this item free of charge from Midnight Velvet. No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product. All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts on this product. I am not offering any sales or taking any orders for this item. I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

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