Tuesday, 27 September 2011

VIVO Eyeshadows in Mink and Rich Chocolate

When I first heard about the VIVO Cosmetics line, it was their eyeshadows that caught my eye. I have been sent some samples to try but these are a couple of bits that I picked out for myself on a trip into Tesco (I'm normally a Sainsbury's girl if you must know). I was quite taken with the baked blushers too and I may go back for one soon. My apologies for the broken eyeshadow in the photographs, this is what happens when you have a toddler AND makeup in the same shopping trolley!



Left - Rich Chocolate, Right - Mink

I picked out Rich Chocolate (Shade 4) a matte finish eyeshadow and Mink (Shade 6) which has a pearl finish. I realise I own a lot of similar colours already but at £1.50 each, I thought it would be interesting to compare these to my more expensive neutrals. Both eyeshadows are less pigmented than I am used to (the swatches are both multi-passes on bare skin) but they are buildable and all that is required is a good laydown brush and patience.



Top - Monk , Bottom - Rich Chocolate

Mink is a little smoother in texture than the matte Rich Chocolate. Mink is one of those amazing, complex silvery taupes with hints of plumminess in there too. It makes a beautiful lid colour. The pearl/iridescent finish might be a little too much for everyday but the colour holds up very well to more expensive taupes that I possess.


Rich Chocolate is lighter in the swatch than I was expecting. It looks quite warm compared to mink and a medium rather than 'rich' chocolate brown but when used as a crease colour layered over Mink, it definitely looks darker. The two colours also sit better together than you might imagine from the swatches.

I applied these over a primer and was very impressed with the eye look I achieved. It took more effort than my high end favourites but I didn't have any blending issues which is a pet peeve with cheaper eyeshadows. These are made by the same people than make MUA cosmetics, so I suspect if you have similar colours from one, you may not need to duplicate. If you're ever in Tesco, these are well worth a browse. 


  1. That mink is so pretty. I really need to get down to Tesco to check this out, stat! x

  2. The mink colour is SO similar to a Laura Mercier colour I own (can't think of the name off the top of my head)
    This range passed under my radar, wasn't sure I'd be interested but I may just pop to tesco and investigate!

  3. i love these eyeshadows as well. Thinking I'm definitely going to need to pick a few up for myself. xxx

  4. ; _ ; man I wish we had access to this line. I really like the look of it and the reviews i've seen!


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