Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Natio | Four Makeup Palette Reviews and Swatches! | Limited Edition

Hello beauties!

Happy February! Where did January go?!

I hope you are all well!

I have some gorgeous NATIO products to share with you today. The Australian brand NATIO was one of the first makeup brands that I fell in love with many years ago... yes they have been around for a long time! They used to have a beautiful blush called "Apples" that I was completely obsessed with and used every day, along with their stick foundation and pressed eyeshadows.

As a brand they have come a long way in recent years, and are certainly embracing new technology in their skin care ranges and makeup lines. They have managed to do this whilst still keeping their prices very reasonable, and maintaining excellent quality, and were recently voted best Australian beauty brand in the 2016 Prix de marie claire Awards. I have used and loved many of their body care ranges, and I have noticed they have just released a new aromatherapy home fragrance range, which I am excited to explore!

Today, I have some colour cosmetics to share with you, and a few of these are limited edition, so if you like the look of anything you see then grab it quick!

Let's go!

NATIO Sunlit Mineral Bronzer & Radiant Mineral Blush RRP $19.95 AUD.

NATIO Radiant Mineral Blush.

NATIO Sunlit Mineral Bronzer & Radiant Mineral Blush,
swatched in natural light.

Both the Sunlit Mineral Bronzer and Radiant Mineral Blush have been re-released due to consumer demand. Both contain five varying shades, giving you control over depth and tone of colour applied. Both are soft and creamy, and apply beautifully to the skin, giving you a gorgeous natural glow. I have swirled all of the shades together for the swatches above. You can see the blush has a rosy/peach tone to it when all five shades are mixed, but keep your brush to the left side of the palette and your blush will take on a more rosy/mauve tone. Both compacts are enriched with vitamin E and rosehip oil,  along with oil absorbing kaolin clay. In my personal experience, the fine texture also means that these powders will not accentuate uneven texture or enlarged pores. I have enjoyed applying the bronzer with a large face brush to warm up my complexion in the areas where the sun would normally hit the face, and I like to apply my blush right on the apples of my cheeks to give a youthful flush of colour. Love. 

NATIO Natural Shades Eyeshadow Palette - Rosebud RRP $19.95 AUD.

I adore the tones of the eyeshadows in the Rosebud palette. They remind me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette in many ways. It contains four matte shades, and eleven shimmer/metallic shades. The matte shades do feel a little dry and powdery to touch, though they perform really nicely on the eyes with the aid of a primer. With the exception of one shade which lacks pigment, the shimmer shades are stunning. Soft, creamy, blendable and gorgeous. The palette contains a good variety of highlight, mid-tone, and deeper shades, meaning you can choose one gorgeous shade for an easy one shadow look, or build up intensity in the outer V and crease with the deeper shades for a dramatic smokey look. It is a completely lovely eyeshadow palette that I would warmly recommend to either the beginner, or makeup collector/lover. 
I have swatches of all three rows of the palette below for you. The photographs are all taken in natural light.

NATIO Natural Shades Eyeshadow Palette - Rosebud RRP $19.95 AUD.

NATIO Rosebud Palette - 1st Row.

NATIO Rosebud Palette - 2nd Row.

NATIO Rosebud Palette - 3rd Row.

NATIO 32 colours inspired by nature palette - RRP $49.95 AUD.

The 32 Colours Inspired by Nature palette was released just prior to Christmas 2016.
 24 eyeshadows, a contour palette and a blush palette with four shades each, and a variety of brushes makes this palette great value for money. The eyeshadows are of a similar quality to the Rosebud palette, with a good variety of matte and shimmer shades ranging from soft highlight shades, to lovely mid-toned and deeper colours. The pigmentation is generally very good, and the powders are soft and blend nicely on the skin.

The packaging is sturdy, made from good quality cardboard, and included is a brilliant full size mirror. The mirror itself, whilst excellent, is also heavy, and does not sit up on its own, so you will just need to lean it against something while doing your makeup. Not a deal breaker by any means, but just something to note.

NATIO is all about promoting natural beauty. They take inspiration from the colours in our beautiful Australian environment, and their mantra " love being you " has always resonated with me. Whether you choose to do a full glam makeup look on a daily basis, or just subtly enhance your features with a handful of products, it's about using and enjoying makeup creatively in a way that YOU enjoy. I don't contour my face on a daily basis, however some days I feel like experimenting! Blush is a must-have for me on a daily basis, I feel like I've forgotten my knickers if I'm not wearing blush...much like lipstick, it instantly brightens my face, and makes me look a little more awake than I feel! The point is, trends will come and trends will go. They always do. I have seen many in the 30 odd years that I have been experimenting and enjoying makeup. Just don't forget to "love being you", and have fun!'s even written on the palette to remind you xx

The tools included are not too bad, and with the exception of only one will do the job well. The 'Blender' brush is not so great... it is cut straight across and feels a little scratchy to be honest. I use a bigger, tapered fluffy brush for blending my eyeshadows. All in all the brushes are not too bad, considering that the brushes included with most palettes usually leave a lot to be desired.

The contouring powders are lovely. The two deeper shades a very pigmented so just use a light hand. I find the peach shade to be less of a contour, and more of a brightening setting powder, or even a blush if you have a very fair skin tone. The highlight shade is very pretty...I have swatched it quite heavily here, it does not look this stark and obvious on the skin at all, but blends nicely to catch the light perfectly.

Now the blush palette...well...I am SO loving this! Knocked my socks off. 
The rosy brown shade on the left is perfect for placing towards the back of the cheek, almost like a 'relaxed' way to contour and add shape and dimension to your face. The middle two shades are completely stunning, have a matte finish and give the most beautiful youthful flush to your cheeks...just tap your brush gently into these, they pack a punch, but do blend out easily. The dusty mauve shimmer on the far right is completely dreamy, and makes either a beautiful blush topper to the other three shades, or a gorgeous glowy blush on its own.
The quality of these blushes reminds me of many high-end blushes that I own. Pop these into NARS packaging and I wouldn't blink.

I have only swatched a couple of the eye shadows from the palette. The shades in the top two rows are very similar to the Rosebud palette. These shades above are an assortment from the bottom two rows, where the colours are a little warmer in tone. Lovely.

If you see this palette in Priceline Pharmacy, Myer or David Jones I would not hesitate to recommend that you pick it up. It would make the perfect gift, either to a loved one, or just for you to enjoy.

You can also head over to the NATIO website here to see their lovely range of products.

Phew! Are you still here? If you are, then thank you! 

I appreciate each and everyone of you that visits my blog! I have some exciting changes coming... so stay tuned. Lots more content coming your way this year. If you have any requests for reviews or 'how too's' please leave me a comment below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Disclaimer; Products are PR samples provided for consideration. All opinions are my own, as always. Thank you Natio! And please bring back "Apples" blush! Lou xo

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