Open and Enhance Mineral Eyeshadow Duo
The Open and Enhance eyeshadow duo contains a frosty beige with golden shimmer and a medium brown. In the picture above the brown looks like it has shimmer but when swatched it has a satin finish. The lighter colour is the more pigmented of the pair and also has a more creamy texture. The brown is a little more 'dusty' but it is an excellent colour for adding definition as it doesn't contain too much red.
Lip Pout in Shine
I don't think we can escape the fact that Shine looks very scary in the bullet! I apologise in advance as I haven't done any lip swatches. Shine is described as a creamy nude but it is an almost transparent iridescent pearl. As you can see from the picture below it swatches more like a highlighter and I find I can't carry it off with my pigmented lips. The formula feels nice and moisturising.
Cheek Bone Enhancer in Radiant
Radiant is a very pretty and quite subtle highlighter. It's a soft peachy pink with golden iridescence. I find it easy to use and really like the fact that it's almost impossible to overdo. It's a little drier in texture than other cream highlighters that I have used and I think this is why I like it so much. Radiant is definitely my favourite item of the three.
L-R: Radiant highlight, Lipstick in Shine, Chocolate brown and Golden Beige of Open and Enhance duo
This is a brand that I can't quite decide on. I did a bit of reading up and Natio is a plant based beauty range, they started out producing skincare before moving into colour products. All of the Art of Makeup products are labelled as mineral formulations with some listing ingredients such as vitamin C & E and Jojoba to nourish. Others, like the lipstick, are described as being free from parabens, dyes and preservatives. I am not sure if this explains their price point (£10-11) or whether it is simply because makeup is very expensive in Australia compared to the UK.
In my opinion Natio has the feel of a premium drugstore brand. The formulations are nice, the eyeshadows have a pleasant texture, but the packaging is very basic. The lipstick and eyeshadow duo are both priced £11 which I think is bit expensive when I compare it to brands like Revlon and GOSH which I would put in a similar bracket.
In the pictures above I have applied the eyeshadow duo in Open and Enhance and the Mineral Cheekbone enhancer in Radiant to cheekbone and brow bone. I lined with Sue Devitt Intensifier Pencil in Bangalore. The lighter colour in the eyeshadow duo is warmer than I would normally wear. I wish I had applied the eyeshadows as a smoky eye as I don't feel entirely comfortable with the golden beige being so dominant. I will try and make the brown the focus next time I use these eyeshadows.
Natio products are available from Debenhams in the UK. I spotted that Debenhams still have 10% off all beauty products online and in store. I feel the reduced price for these items puts them into a more appropriate price bracket.
Disclosure: These items were sent to me without cost for review purposes.