Alima Pure has been a longtime favorite of mine so I was thrilled to check out the Smoky Eye Kit. Their blushes are gorgeous and they have a stellar range of beautiful eyeshadows. In addition, their Satin Matte mineral foundation is lovely and customizable. There’s just so much loveliness to explore with this all natural makeup line. For the holidays they have several kits worth checking out before they are gone.
When I opened up my Smoky Eye Kit, I was really impressed with Alima’s rebranding which includes updated packaging. If you are familiar with Alima, you know that their blushes and eyeshadow are loose mineral powders, which can be a little messy. Thankfully, the new jars have an attached snap-on lid (in addition to the screw-on lid) to keep things from getting untidy. I just tap the side of the jar with the inner lid snapped shut to get the mineral pigment above the sifter. This not only keeps stray powder from falling on your counter, it also makes these little pots more travel friendly. The recommendations straight from Alima’s expert are, “For our shadows, simply pull up the plastic tab to reveal the sifter and then tap the amount of powder you need into a small jar or the lid. Remember our shadows also look beautiful when applied with a slightly damp brush.”
The eyeshadow colors in the Smoky Eye Kit, Espresso and Vertigo, are really lovely. Vertigo has a pearluster finish and is shimmery without being glittery. It leans a taupey-gray on my lids (I love taupes!) and is very pretty and festive. I like this in the crease, or applied lightly as a wash over the entire lid. Espresso has a matte finish and makes an excellent eyeliner. I use the #35 Alima Eye Detail brush (my favorite eyeliner brush that sadly appears to be no longer available) to line both the upper and lower eyes. I find that Espresso works well in the waterline too, but you can also rely on the richly pigmented Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Coffee to do that job as well. Or use both and smoke out the Espresso just under the waterline with a cotton swab (or your pinky, my preference) and add drama with the Coffee pencil. I also love the look of Vertigo as an eyeliner as well, it’s give a more understated look than the Espresso, but draws interest to the eye with its pearluster finish.
The mascara is very natural but also buildable and does not irritate my eyes. Overall, it’s a terrific mascara for those days when you don’t want dramatic lashes, but want to pull your whole eye together. Overall, this kit is a win and I know I will get a daily use out the eyeliner, mascara and lash curler.
The Smoky Eye Kit is $75 at The Detox Market.
Disclosure: This kit was sent to me by Alima, and this post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.