Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mia Mariu Cosmetics :: Review & Giveaway {Ends 11/11}


Mia Mariu is a direct sales company dedicated to helping women succeed through selling natural health and beauty products. Their products are made in the USA and they focus on beauty and health on the inside and out. It's hard to find natural makeup in mainstream grocery and drug stores. So, I must usually scour the web for awesome brands that offer what I'm looking for. Lately, I've been looking for some truly all-natural mascara and concealer to wean me off my chemical-laden ones so I was excited to check out Mia Mariu. I received the following four items to review:
Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara Black - $13 - Pretty great! It actually covers my eyelashes without clumping, and it doesn't take multiple coats. Some natural mascaras are dry from the get-go, but this one seems pretty moist and does the job. The ingredients look pretty good, and it's definitely better than what I've been using. It does contain phenoxyethanol though which is a controversial ingredient that has concerns of contamination and skin irritation among other things. There are also lots of other ingredients I don't recognize (and seem unnecessary) but I was able to do some research and overall I'm okay with this mascara. It appears that Mia Mariu has recently (or at some point) changed their formula completely. On the packaging the current ingredients were on a sticker that cover their old ingredients. I took off the sticker and noticed right away that this mascara used to contain lots of parabens so bravo to Mia Mariu for making an effort to go more a little more natural.
Intense Eye Liner Black - $11 - This eye liner is very comparable to the organic one I already use. I'm happy with what I already have, but this one works great too! It applies easily without multiple strokes, but also doesn't transfer to my eyelid half way through the day if the line is too thick. It's not a super dark black so it looks natural on and also blends well for a smokey eye look. There were no ingredients on this eye liner so I have no clue what's in it.
 
PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Cream Concealer Vainilla - $15 - Okay, I really, really wanted to love this concealer. I've been using a mainstream, available-at-Walmart concealer for years, and I needed to find a much more natural one that actually works. While this one does work and I was initially thrilled with it's silky texture and flawless application, I failed to take a look at the ingredients before using since I assumed that all Mia Mariu products were pretty natural. Color-wise this concealer is excellent, covers well and doesn't have a yellow tint that many fair concealers tend to have. However, this concealer contains three different parabens and a long list of ingredients I can't pronounce and really don't feel comfortable using. It's very disappointing.
 
Secret Weapon Concealer Brush No. 10 - $18 - This brush is fantastic for applying the cream concealer to precise areas needing coverage. I'll definitely be using this with my powder mineral concealer to cover up breakouts and redness I occasionally experience.

While I wanted to loved everything I tried from Mia Mariu, I just couldn't and still be true to myself and what I believe constitutes a truly "natural" cosmetic. The mascara is one that I will probably permanently replace my old favorite with, but I'm still on the hunt for the "perfect" mascara and concealer, if they even exist. I really wish Mia Mariu would take more pride in their ingredients and disclose them on their website for all to see too. I guess I assumed that since Mia Mariu focuses on mineral cosmetics (which are generally natural), then that's all they would include. But the unnecessary ingredients are just too much for me to rave about them.

If ingredients aren't a huge factor in your buying decisions for cosmetics, then I would definitely check out Mia Mariu. Their brushes are great for anyone at least! If ingredients are a concern, make sure you contact them before buying so you can make an informed decision.
 
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20 comments:

debijackson said...

refreshing foaming gel cleaner
debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

Kelley Johnsen said...

I want to have the eyeliner and mascara!
Kelleynutrition at gmail dot com

17sirens said...

I'd really like to try their moisturizer because I need a good moisturizer for my face.

Also, have you tried concealer from PUR minerals? I usually go with store-brand concealers or like, cover girl, but the one I've used from Pur is the best I've used so far.

latanya t said...

mora mora eyeshadow

apple blossom said...

PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Liquid Foundation Vainilla

Life by Cynthia said...

I need to try the concealer :)

Angie said...

Would love to try the eyeshadow duo....Luna del miel

Alyshia said...

I like mora shadow liner.

Chelsea said...

I'd love to try the LIFE and BODY PLUS Liquid Vitamin with Nopal Cactus and Fruit Extracts

cw said...

the refreshing foaming gel cleanser

Fawn said...

I would love to try the RestauraCel-C Thermal Microdermabrasion Set

alsmalu at hotmail.com

fresh modern said...

I'd like to try the primer.

Chris S

Ruby said...

I'd like to try the Anti-aging Brightening Serum

Jessica K. said...

The Mineral Eye Shadow Duo Luna de Miel
lcjessk at gmail dot com

Brittney Minor said...

I would like to try the Savanna Loose Powder Foundation!

Bridgett said...

Would like to try the cream foundation, perfecting finish

G said...

Definitely the foaming gel cleanser!
Georgiana

Saver Sara said...

PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Primer

akronugurl said...

PERFECTING FINISH Mineral Liquid Foundation Vainilla

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Unknown said...

i would love to try the vanilla foundation