“ Brand: Virgin Vie / Type: Eyeshadows / Subcategory: Eye Colour / Suitable for: Eye „
I thought I would start this review with a brief history of Virgin Vie. In October 1997 Richard Branson launched Virgin cosmetics which sold Cosmetics, Skin Care and Bath & Body products through Direct Selling Party Plan, Retail Stores and Mail Order. In January 2005 they introduced jewelry to their range and in September 2007 they introduced Home Ware. In January 2009 the brand was relaunched as Vie at Home.
I have been to several Virgin Vie parties over the years. As with other party plans a consultant visits your home with a range of products for you to test and try and brochures for you to browse through. You can also book a pamper or make up sessions where the consultant will do mini make overs etc.
I find Vie products are very good quality. Price range wise they aren't cheap, they are pretty much mid range when compared to other cosmestics on the market.
This product I am about to review was £8.50 but was on a buy one get one free offer, so two good quality eye shadows for £8.50.
Currently the Equinox Eye Colour comes in two shades, although at the time I purchased mine I think there was four shades. Currently you can buy it in Meteor which is a deep blue or Stellar which is pink. The one I am reviewing is the pink version.
Each eye colour comes in its own box and is sealed with plastic. To be honest I don't think the box is needed and Virgin could easily drop this and save some trees.
The applicator is slanted and looks like a jumbo felt tip. To get the eyeshadow out you twist the pen and the shadow comes out of several small holes which are on the slanted tip of the applicator. You then simply apply this to your eye lid and can either use the applicator or your fingertip to blend the desired amount.
The eyeshadow itself is very smooth and looks lovely on your lid. It is very easy to apply and I found a small amount really went a long way, so be careful you don't twist too much out.
The pink colour is lovely, it is subtle and pretty and has a very slight sparkle to it. I found that a light application was perfect for day wear but if you applied it a little heavier it was ideal for night-time.
The shadow lasted pretty much all day, although by the time I got home it wasn't as obvious as earlier in the day it was definately still there and there were very few creases.
I would recommend this eye shadow, although it may seem expensive it does last and it is high quality.
I've been to quite a few Virgin Vie parties in the last few years and I have always been impressed by the quality and the range of their products. They are also quite reasonably priced although not the most inexpensive you will find. Having said that, I've never been the sort of person to spend a long time on make up and cleansing routines and if I'm honest I've never really had a clue how to apply my make up well. This was why I decided to book a one to one with my local consultant and I'm so glad I did because I'm a whole new me now with a whole new set of make up as well. The session was actually free but I did spend quite a bit on the make up products I'm now using!
One of the best things I have now acquired is my Virgin Vie Equinox eye colour. As you can see from the picture above this product comes in a range of colours - meteor (blue), neptune (green), moonflower (brown) and stellar (pink). I have bought the neptune which is a rather strong and bold green colour.
This is an eye make up which comes in the form of a cream. It comes packaged in a long slender box which does make it look quite classy. The make up itself is in a tube with a pull off lid which looks a little bit like a mascara or lipstick container. The actual creamy make up is dispensed in a very clever way. The application end looks a little bit like a pencil but if you look very closely you will see that there are lots of tiny holes in the end. As you twist the tube round, a very small amount of make up is squeezed through these little holes. I did have a bit of trouble when I first tried to do this with mine. I kept twisting and nothing seemed to come through so I thought it might not be working. However with a bit of perseverance the make up did start to come through and since then I have had no problems. In fact, you only need to make one twist to get as much make-up as you need.
You can then aply directly to your eye lids or onto your finger tip to then blend on to your eye. You can use as little or as much as you want depending on how dramatic you want your eyes to be! I tend to use this as a base and then blend in various shades of brown eye powder which makes a good contrast. I do like the consistency of this creamy make up and I like the fact that it is so easy to control the amount you apply. It does tend to leave a small stain on my finger though which I do feel the need to wash off straight away. The make-up also seems to last pretty well all day but I do feel the need to reapply if I am going out in the evening.
The make-up costs £8.50 per tube. I don't think that this is too expensive as it looks as though it will last a very long time. This is especially true with the clever application system as this means that the make up is unlikely to dry up.
I'm certainly pleased with the impact that this make up has on my eyes. The bold colour certainly seems to open up my eyes and along with the other make up I am now using make them look bigger - a fact that has definitely been noiced by both my husband and my daughters!
The ultimate eye colour for the season! Blends beautifully for soft colour or apply generously for full on dramatic colour /