I was ambling along, when a new cosmetic brand flashed in front of my eyes. Elysambre!
This French brand with a very pretty name focuses on organic, green and ethical make up, all (or nearly all) refillable. Refillable eyeshadow, blush, foundation palettes – even the mascara and lip glosses are refillable. They come in sturdy copper containers in the first instance that you then refill to prevent waste. The brand is free of Parabens, PEG, phenoxyethanol and mineral oils.
The brand was launched in 2006, so it’s still a baby. I tried out some of the goodies, which can be bought at health food stores or at various places online (listed at the end of this post).
Anyway, on with the make up. At first I got a liquid eyeliner, foundation and two eyeshadows.
These are matte! Matte!
This foundation is in shade 01 and too light for me. The texture of it is creamy and there were no allergies at least, but I couldn’t review it very well as I didn’t want to leave on a foundation 4 shades too light!
Brown Liquid Eyeliner:
On one hand this eyeliner is good, because it is long lasting, and it dries quickly. The colour is strong and opaque too. On the bad side, the applicator is quite poor – it’s a brush applicator but the brush is stuff. So if you want to pull the brush across the lash line which is the natural thing to want to do you will become unstuck because the applicator is so stiff you can only use the tip of it. So basically, its hard to draw a smooth line in one go.
Later on, I bought a matte yellow shadow and a copper storage case (Large) for bout £6.
The case is VERY sturdy and heavy:
Ways to put things in the palette. The idea is you can put anything, eyeshadow, concealer, powder, blusher, foundation into the palettes, depending on the size.
The inside of the palette has a number of very strong magnets:
Holds things in securely:
These are the 4 shades I ended up with, yellow, orange, teal and hot pink. Now, elysambre do do some shimmery shades but I haven’t seen them in person although they look nice.
Matte eyeshadows are difficult at the best of times, but these Elysambre eyeshadows are good mattes!
Bad Matte: Chalky, Dry, Crumbly, Unpigmented, Dull, Flat
Good Matte: Bright, Pigmented, Smooth, Creamy
I was surprised by how good these were to work with – they are extremely soft and extremely pigmented and buttery soft.
The shadow pans are quite large too.
My summery, fruit bowl eyes:
In the UK you can buy Elysambre from Love Lula and I had a good shopping experience with Ecorium. However swatches are limited – it could be worth visiting any local health food shops that may stock this range.