I am a huge fan of a multi-tasking product! I am not one for piling on lots of different products. On a day to day basis, I'll use my lipstick as a blush, my mascara as an eyeliner, and my concealer as a foundation. So if I come across a product I like and that can also be used in multiple ways, it's more than likely going to become a staple in my makeup bag.
This is exactly what happened when I was sent a couple of palettes from Nude & Noir Cosmetics to try. From the very first time I opened up the lid of one of these palettes and saw the glistening cream highlighter shades, and the bold fuchsia pink lip and cheek shades, I knew this was going to be a winner for me.
The brand was started in California by top LA makeup artist Ashley Humphreys, alongside her partner Hartley Humphreys, a professional model and sportsman. Their combined experience of fashion, beauty, high end publications, celebrities and designers has given them the knowledge to understand what the beauty market needs and wants. Their love of art and passion for pure aesthetic vision, alongside strong values to provide safe, natural cosmetics is what led them to start Nude & Noir Cosmetics.
So what is so great about these palettes?
Every ingredient in these palettes is carefully thought out. There are no cheap 'filler' ingredients that do nothing to benefit the condition of our skin, and are simply there 'bulk' out the product (companies do this as it allows them a larger margin on the products sales if they can lower the cost of the ingredients - not okay in our book!) All ingredients used are pure, safe and beneficial for the skin and are certified vegan and cruelty free. The ingredients vary slightly from palette to palette, but the staple ingredients are:
- Coconut Oil - Known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, as well as being extremely moisturising and soothing for the skin.
- Cocoa Seed Butter - Very hydrating and rich in antioxidants.
- Candelilla Wax - A good vegan alternative to beeswax. It is used to thicken a product to create the perfect formula.
- Jojoba Seed Oil - Helps to regenerate the skin cells and provides antioxidants to fight free radicals.
When launching new brands, I always look at how eco friendly the brand try to be when manufacturing and distributing their products. Luckily, most brands in the natural beauty world are very conscious of creating products that are environmentally friendly. Nude & Noir use BPA FREE plastic for their compacts. BPA is a chemical found in hard plastics that has been shown to be an endocrine disruptor - meaning it can affect our hormones and be harmful to our health. The boxes they use are made with recycled paper, as are the 'how to use' inserts inside every box. They are brand that are mindful of the Earth and committed to minimising their environmental footprint.
So I bet now you would like to know how the product actually performs! Well each palette contains 4 cream colours, each colour can be used in a variety of different ways. There is a highlighter shade in each palette, a cream cheek and lip colour, a colour that can be used as eyeshadow, and then either another cheek/lip colour or a bronzing/contouring shade. Take a closer look at the palettes and the shades that come in each compact here.
When applying the colours, I like to use my fingers as I find the warmth of my finger helps the product blend into the skin. You can also use a brush to blend the edges, or to provide a sheer finish. The pigment is strong, so the colours can be bold, or sheer depending on how much product you use. As the main ingredient is coconut oil, the cream may harden in colder temperatures, and become soft in warmer climates. I love experimenting with the shades and find them to be extremely versatile. The bronzing/contouring shades can also be used on the eyes as a natural brown eye shadow. The highlighter shades can be used to brighten the inner corner of the eyes and on the brow bone, as well as highlighting the cheekbones!
Each palette also comes with an insert on recycled paper with more details on each colour that comes in the compact, as well as how and where to use the different shades.
Watch our YouTube video on how to use the 'Provocative' palette!