Hi, everyone! Today I will be reviewing Brija Cosmetics, one of my all time favorite Indie brands. I’ve been following Brianna, the founder of Brija Cosmetics for years on Youtube, as she is one of the first YouTubers to talk about her journey into using natural/cruelty-free makeup and skincare products. I was so excited when she decided to start her own cosmetic line! I really love supporting small businesses because I feel that it is so important to help foster the creativity in every person. One of the most amazing aspects of Indie companies is the overall level of unique one-of-a-kind products that are released. For example, Brianna gains a lot of inspiration for her collections from her favorite TV shows, movies, and significant people in her life. We can all relate to the nostalgia that our favorite shows and movies have brought us throughout our lives, which makes it so much fun to apply themed makeup products every day!
Secondly, another amazing thing about Brija Cosmetics is that the line is completely free of animal-derived ingredients as well as harmful preservatives and FD&C dyes. All of Brianna’s shades are genuinely unique and I am absolutely waiting with bated breath for her upcoming Gilmore Girls collection to be released!
Today I will be featuring my Face of the Day (FOTD) look using mainly Brija Cosmetics products and I will be giving individual mini reviews of each Brija product that I’ve used in my look for today.
This photo displays all of the products that I’ve used today:
- The Conservatorie Mineral Foundation in Creamy Natural
- Tarte Cosmetics CC Eye Primer
- Zuzu Luxe Brow Pencil in… (my pencil is almost gone so I can’t read the name)
- Zuzu Luxe Clear Mascara to set my brows in place
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
- Silk Naturals Brightening Concealer in #1 under my eyes
- Brija Cosmetics ESPN Highlight
- Brija Cosmetics eyeshadows in Allure, Beautiful Souls, and Bright-Eyed & Bushy Tailed (I pressed these myself using alcohol and fractionated coconut oil)
- Brija Cosmetics Blush in Jungle Madness
- Brija Cosmetics Hoola Hoop Bronzer
- Brija Cosmetics Lipstick in Make it Count from the Titanic Collection
This is a photo of the eyeshadows up close in Allure, Beautiful Souls, & Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed (They are sold in loose form, but I pressed them)
These are the swatches of the above eyeshadows:
Allure, Beautiful Souls, and Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed
This is a photo of the finger swatches of the above eyeshadows:
Allure, Beautiful Souls, and Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed
Allure is my favorite Brija eyeshadow because it’s such a beautiful, multidimensional neutral color. It’s a great one color, all over the lid wash and has the perfect amount of shimmer and sheen to brighten the eyes. It’s not too light or too dark, but it has enough color to add depth and dimension to the eye on it’s own. It also looks stunning on women with a deeper skin tone! It’s a taupe shade with hints of gold, peach, beige, and there’s this cool-toned aspect to it that’s impossible to describe. It’s absolutely beautiful and words/swatches can’t do it justice. If you buy one thing, let it be this shadow. It makes every eye color I’ve seen it on pop!
Beautiful souls is another unique shade. It’s the same shade level as Allure (not too dark, not too light) for a one color wash. It has a beige undertone with cool-toned blue, gray shift that is great for cool-toned looks. Depending on what base you use (sticky or drier formula), the shade will apply as a lighter beige with subtle blue luminosity or darker with more overt blue peeking through.
Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed is a dark brown/plum with pink, blue, and purple subtle shimmer. This color can be used as a soft crease color, built up as a deep outer v shade, or applied as an eyeliner both dry or wet. It’s my favorite color to keep in my smaller palette for my “go to” looks because it’s so versatile.
This is an up close photo of the eye look I created:
I used Allure over the 2nd 2/3 of my eyelid, Bright Eyed & Bushy-Tailed in the crease and as an eyeliner, and Beautiful Souls in the middle of my lid. A very soft, neutral look that this photo didn’t really do any justice to the colors in.
Next, this is an arm swatch of the Lipstick in Make it Count:
It’s a medium, neutral red with a hint of rose. The color applies very pigmented and at first seems a bit grainy, but this melts into the lips after I rub my lips together. The color lasts for about 3-4 hours and wears off evenly, leaving a nice rosey stain behind. These lipsticks have a slight minty flavor from peppermint essential oil and they are very moisturizing on the lips. I don’t feel any need to apply a lip balm underneath. This dries down to a satin finish with no visible sparkle or shimmer and remains creamy on the lips throughout wear.
This is my lip swatch of Make it Count:
Next, this photo shows Hoola Hoop bronzer, Jungle Madess blush, and ESPN highlight in the jars as you would receive them (You do get lids, of course!):
This picture has arm swatches of ESPN highlight, Jungle Madness blush, and Hoola Hoop bronzer:
Here is a photo of the side of my face to show these products in action:
Here is an up close photo of the blush, bronzer, and highlight on the skin:
ESPN Highlight is a very multi-purpose product that I absolutely love! I’m not much of a “highlight” person, in general, but when I find one I like, it’s a game-changer. This particular shade is a soft, peachy champagne that provides a subtle, lit from within sheen when applied on the cheek bones, over the bridge of the nose, etc. But, this highlight is subtle enough that you can also apply it under the eye area to help brighten the entire area, which makes you look more awake and youthful, while hiding any discolorations. Lastly, this highlight can be used as an easy one color lid wash as a brightening eyeshadow. Hands down, my favorite everyday highlighter.
Brija’s blush formula applies smoothly and evenly with sheer, but buildable pigmentation, which means it’s pretty fool proof. So, if you are new to using loose mineral products, these are great to use because they are very forgiving. Jungle Madness is a cool-toned medium pink that has some plum/lavender undertones, but is rosey enough to be neutral. It has some silver shimmer, but when applied to the skin, it provides a very subtle sheen, rather than any noticeable shimmer. These blushes last all day on me (10+ hours of wear on my oily skin, even in the summer).
Brija’s Hoola Hoop bronzer is actually a dupe for Benefit’s Hoola bronzer without all the harmful chemicals in Benefit’s version. This shade also applies smoothly and evenly. It is a medium neutral leaning cool-toned brown shade that is mostly matte with the slightest bit of sheen to make it more wearable. This is a great shade because it’s cool-toned enough to be used as a contour, but neutral enough to use as a bronzer to brighten up my face. This is a very forgiving formula because I was a little heavy handed in my application today and got scared at first, but everything blended out beautifully in the end. This bronzer lasts all day on me, as well, (10+ hours on my oily skin, even in summer).
This is a picture of my completed look using these wonderful Brija Cosmetics products!
You can find Brija Cosmetics Products on Brijacosmetics.com.
Eyeshadow: Full sized, 5gram jar is $5.50, mini jar is $2.75, and sample baggy is $1.45
Blush: Full sized, 10gram jar is $7.50, 5gram jar is $5.50, and sample baggy is $1.50
Bronzer: Full sized 25gram jar is $11.50, 10gram jar is: $7.50, and sample baggy is $2.00
Everything is very reasonably priced and handmade by Brianna herself! Some of my favorite collections she has released are: Glamour 2 Go, Downton Abbey, Dexter, and the Titanic collections!
If you’d like me to review more Brija products, please leave a comment below and I’d love to do so!
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