Friday, November 20, 2009

Pandora's Makeup Box

Susan over at Pandora's Makeup Box was kind enough to send me some products to test out.  This eco-friendly company was created by a makeup artist out of Toronto, ON, Canada (yay Canada!) and has just the most adorable packaging you could ever imagine!

The first thing I had noticed about these products is the ingredients.  All of the ingredients are listed direstly on the packaging, and why not? with high quality ingredients like lanolin, silica, and high quality pigment, any company owner would be proud to make this a known quality of their product.

The eyeshadows are silky smooth, highly pigmented, and come in a wide range of colors.  I was sent a perfectly paired trio of eyeshadows with their famous eye primer in an adorable magetic quad.  The colorful cardboard packaging is re-usable, silimar to a mac quad, and can be purchased either on its own with individual eyeshadows, or as a pre-made quad.  The eyeshadows and primer are 4 gram sizes, comparable to napoleon perdis color discs or makeup forever shadows.  The primer would be perfect if you have drier lids, it is very creamy and moisturizing.

L-R: (quad) eye primer, e/s in; canyon, au cafe, blossom

The blush is beautifully silky, pigmentation comparable to costal scents (i.e. VERY pigmented) and blends easily.  The color sent to me could also double as a highlight, as it is very light and eye-catching.  The blush packaging is a single containter magnetic box, once again in the 4 gram size, so the blush can easily be placed into the eyeshadow quad for convenient travel!

Blush in Fairy

One of my favorite ingredients in lipsticks, glosses, and any moisturizing cream is Lanolin (the oil sheep produce to protect their coat).  It is extremely moisturizing, silky, and a main ingredient in both the lipsticks and glosses.  The lipstick is scented like delicious brown sugar and has a finish similar to mac's glazes.  the purple cardboard packaging is adorable with a little rhinestone on top to finish it off and pull it together.  Lipsticks are 4 gram sizes.  The glosses come in a plastic container with a cardboard lid.  The wand ends with a doe-foot applicator, and the gloss itself is very highly pigmented (more like a liquid lipstick in fact) and smells of mint (kind of like mint dental that weird?).  they come in 10 ml sizes.

L-R: lipstick in Sweet, lipgloss in Awesome

Overall, the quality and size of the products are well worth the money.  The staff is friendly and helpful, and the service is fantastic.  If you are a fan of cute colorful packaging, or are eco-conscious, then this brand is more than ideal for you.

Downfalls; The website provides colorblock samples rather than actual swatches, which can be very misleading when it comes to the true color, texture, and finish of the product, although these ones are fairly close.

I would re-purchase the lipsticks for myself, as I am absolutely in love with the scent, and the blush is definitley a favorite of mine.  The primer is a bit too oily for me, and with my long 7am-11pm days, I need like liquid cement to keep my shadow on hehe.  The packaging is absolutely adorable, but I tend to lean toward more chic and simple packaging, but I know there are a lot of people out there who do love colorful fun packaging, so this is definitley for you!


  1. the packaging is really cute, but am the same as you when it comes to packaging - chic and simple is best :)
    they look like they'd be a good idea for christmas presents - too late for me though, i've finished shopping already (started last month lol) early early :p

  2. talking about simple packaging, i've just found out about ELF cosmetics. don't know if you've heard about them before but if not check them out :) x

  3. You're so lucky to have received such gorgeous items! Everything looks so pretty, including the packaging which is sooo cute =)