As I said in an earlier post, I bought this set a week ago, and now it’s time for review!
When I saw this online for the price of $59.96, I couldn’t believe all the products were full size. In fact, the promo picture was so clearly Photoshopped that I assumed they’d tried to make at least the maracuja oil look much bigger than it was. It was only upon reading the user reviews that someone mentioned it was full size. Still, I couldn’t really believe it until the box came. But as you see, everything is actually full size!
- Full Miracle of Maracuja 8 Piece Set
The set contains:
- pure maracuja oil with dropper ($46)
- maracuja creaseless concealer ($24)
- lights, camera, lashes mascara in black ($19)
- envoke the smoke eyeshadow quad ($22)
- airblush maracuja blush in amused (bright poppy) ($25)
- maracuja divine shine lip gloss in peaceful (nude pink) ($21)
- cashmere waterproof eyeliner in black ($18)
- blush brush ($28-ish)
I also selected a sample of their clean slate™ 360º creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer and when I opened my box I was excited to see that they’d included two additional good-sized samples (above image, top right) the Amazonian clay waterproof shadow primer and a “sneak peek” of their new Brazilliance™ skin rejuvenating maracuja face and body self tanner.
So, let’s see. First things first, the maracuja oil. I really love this stuff. I use it at night after I shower, in lieu of moisturizer. Even though it’s an oil, it does not make me oily, and I think it actually helps keep my pores clean and clear. Maybe good oil in there instead of bad. It’s supposed to do miracles for the skin, and I can’t attest to that, but what I can say is that it makes my skin feel comfortable and moisturized at night, and super baby soft when I wake up in the morning. It’s taken care of some dry patches I developed near my nose, and I like it. Not greasy, no strong smell, I am a fan. Can’t attest to magic wrinkle reduction or whatever, but it’s good stuff. Oh, and it’s only for night application, because the oil does make you more sensitive to harmful rays or something. I don’t know, look it up.
Maracuja creaseless concealer. Now, I have mixed feelings about this stuff. One thing I will say, it’s clear that they are clearing out inventory with this sale, because I have this product in a different shade from Sephora, and the one I got from them is in the old packaging. Since the product is still good, I don’t care, but just FYI. I had heard raves about this product to really moisturize under-eyes, but when I bought my first tube I thought the people doing the raving must be nuts. For one thing, it’s a really thick product. I think they’re working on the packaging for this, because it is extremely hard to get out of the tube. A combination of product thickness, the width of the neck of the tube, and what feels like too much air in the tube itself. So it’s a little hard to work with, just in terms of getting it out of the tube. It’s also somewhat tricky on the skin. It’s great with a teeny amount for covering blemishes or red spots, but I really wanted it for undereye. I was used to a thinner concealer, and the first few times I tried it I used way too much product. I ended up with super cakey horribly obvious concealer circles, plus the product settled into my existing wrinkles (which aren’t even bad!) and made them visible from across the room. I didn’t like! Not at all! But now that I’ve played with it more, changed my application method and the amount of product I am using, I am a fan. It’s thick, it’s waterproof, you have to blend it softly and well (I am using a beauty blender) but once you get it on properly, it stays in place.
Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – I have raved about tarte mascaras before. I love them all. Again, this brand seems to be struggling with packaging problems, though. The sample sizes of their mascaras apply like a dream, but the full size come out too thick and clumpy. I am most happy with this mascara (and their Amazonian Clay Smart mascara) when the tube is about halfway empty. Then the brush has the right amount of product, and for me there really isn’t a better mascara around. I hope they work that out. In the meantime, I’ve ordered a “spoolie” brush to help brush my lashes out after application and clean off the excess.
Envoke the Smoke eyeshadow quad: I was worried that this quad would be a dupe of the palette from my “Puttin on the Glitz” set, and as you will see below, the colors are similar, but are not the same (Especially the dusty shimmery lilac in the quad. So pretty!)
Top row, from the Puttin on the Glitz palette. Bottom row, from the quad.
Huh. Okay in this picture, they look identical. Trust me they’re not? Anyway. The quad is more portable than the palette, and at this price (for the set) it was free, so I will not complain.
Next up is the airblush maracuja blush in amused, which is just brilliant. A powder, but the softest, creamiest powder you’ve ever encountered. They call the color “poppy” and it’s a bit peachier/warmer than I’d usually select, but it has a fantastic golden sheen, and is going to be perfect for summer. I really love the sheer and buildable way it applies. Huge fan.
Looks a little more orange here than it appears in person. Blame all the cool blue-grey tones in my bedroom.
airblush in amused
Then we’ve got their maracuja divine shine lip gloss in peaceful. Packaging problems again! This is a lovely (somewhat sticky) minty gloss, but it has a click pen delivery system. From other reviews I’d seen I knew the click pens were hard to work with, so for fun I counted how many clicks until I actually got product. Eighty-six. 86 clicks! Too many clicks, people. By then I don’t even care anymore. So yes it’s fine gloss. But the packaging is not great and it’s not $21 worth of fine. NYX glosses are just as nice and have a doe-foot wand applicator.
Next we’ve got their black cashmere eyeliner – I will just say I am not a fan. I am really more into the creamy slide-on pencils (NYX, Urban Decay, Sephora) and these harder, drier pencils don’t do it for me anymore.
Then their blush brush. While I wouldn’t pay $28 for it, it is a lovely, well made duo-fiber brush, and it really works well with the airblush. Provides light, buildable layers. Very nice.
The samples I got were their “regular” (creamy, liquid) eye primer, which performs well (most eye primers are pretty much the same to me now, this did just as well as Urban Decay, but then again, so does Elf’s primer. So.) Now the sample of their amazonian clay eye primer (linked above) was really interesting. Pale pink and somewhat chalkier and more opaque than most primers I’ve used, I am not sure it would suit darker skin tones. However, it’s a very dry product, and that makes me think it might really be excellent for summer, when it’s so hot your face gets totally greasy and everything wants to slide off. This might be the perfect thing to keep eye products in place on super hot days. I will test it out again when it gets hotter.
They also sent me a sample of their self tanner, but I don’t use self-tanner very often, so I haven’t tried it yet. Maybe on my legs later in the spring.
Okay, that’s my review! I feel like this was excellent value for money, some of these products are proven favorites, and the new ones (airblush, eye primers) were very good quality. Very glad I purchased this set. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know about these products that I didn’t cover.