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    Makeup By Mario Collection

    Makeup By Mario palette

    Mario Dedivanovic released his new collection at Sephora and I quickly snagged a few items to take home to my makeup collection 🙂 He’s a well known makeup artist who has painted the faces of many celebrities including KKW, the Jenner Klan and Gab Union to name a few. He’s also one of my favourite makeup artists and I admire his techniques and work ethic so much. He also grew up feeling like an awkward and didn’t know how to channel his creativity so I relate to him on that level so much. 

    I picked up the Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette, Master Eye Prep & Set™ and Master Secret Glow™ Highlighter.

    First off the packaging is a minimalist dream and very instagram worthy. The palettes are sleek, matte, crisp white with “By Mario” etching on the bottom right. The packaging is extremely sturdy as I dropped one of the palettes on my ceramic tiles and not a single dent was made nor was the product shattered or damaged in anyway!

    Makeup By Mario palette

    Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette $64

    Master Mattes is made up of 12  neutral matte shades that are universal on all skin tones ranging from light too deep tones. The shadows were not too creamy and not too dry for matte shades. Most shadows tend to lean towards a chalky texture but I didn’t have this experience with these shadows except for the darkest shades simply called Matte 11 (deep cool brown) and Matte 12 (intense black).  This palette is fairly pigmented and a little product goes a long way. Matte 11 and 12 were a bit more difficult to blend out which is perfectly normal for darker matte shades so take your time when blending them out.  I was able to create a light makeup application for daytime and then smoked it out easily for a night look. I did find that there was some fall out with the shadows but since I do my eye makeup first it didn’t bother me as I just wipe off the excess prior to foundation.  I find neutrals are the PERFECT shade for effortless day to night makeup wear and Makeup By Mario eyeshadow palette did hit the mark. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes and No.

    I would recommend this palette to someone that is seeking a well formulated matte palette and does not already own anything similar to these neutral shades. The shadows except for Shades 11 & 12 are easy to blend. The formula is perfect for what a matte shadow needs to be ( not too creamy, not too dry) and you can easily build on the shadows. If you already own a neutral matte palette, like the majority of us do, then I would pass. There isn’t anything extra magical about this formula to make you cough up $64.  It’s a nice to have palette. 

    Makeup By Mario Look

    Master Eye Prep & Set™ $37

    I have to admit when I purchased this palette I thought it was a concealer but learnt after that this was an eye prep palette. I’ve been prepping my eyes with NARS Creamy concealer  for years so I was curious to see if the Eye Prep and Set would make me change my mind. This palette is offered in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Deep to Prime, Prep and Conceal your eyelid. I selected shade medium and Mario also suggests you can use this palette to cut your crease or shape your brows. 

    There are 2 cream formulas to prep and cover your lids and then a powder formula to set the cream. I found the cream to be a bit thick and a little goes a long way. Less than a pea size amount was good enough to cover both my eyelids. I found the medium shade to be an exact match for my olive skin tone on my lids ,however, found it to be too dark carve out my brows. Once I concealed the lids I set it with the powder. The powder was very fine and silky. It applied beautifully and gave me a really nice matte finish.  I can’t stress enough how little of this product you actually need! I wouldn’t suggest using this product as a concealer as the formula is too thick for such a sensitive area and you don’t want to be tugging at your under eye to blend it into the the skin.  My shadows lasted all night and at one point I topped up my eye makeup for fun and I was able to blend the shadow without any issues. I’m fairly confident it’s because of the meticulous Eye Prep and Set layering I did. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    Yes, I would recommend this palette! This palette has replaced my Nars creamy concealer for eyeshadow prep.

    The Master Eye Prep & Set is a great tool to have! If used correctly ( not too much cream and powder) you can definitely achieve the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application!  For better application, it’s best to apply the creams in thinner layers with a flat dense brush. 

     

     

    Master Secret Glow™ Highlighter $29

    This is an interesting product. I say it’s interesting because I didn’t know if I was using it correctly. 

    The Secret Glow Highlighter is “A translucent balm that gives a dewy glass-like glow for the eyes and face in a nourishing, emollient formula.”   I felt the texture of the highlighter to be a bit sticky / tacky and hard to work with. I applied the balm to the high points on my cheekbones and brows and also cupids bow. I didn’t see any of the product on my skin so I applied a bit more…then a bit more…then a bit more. I finally gave up, wiped it off and used my Charlotte Tilbury highlighter instead.

    I felt this product was more of a gloss than a highlighter. It felt sticky on the face and I actually would prefer it on my lips. 

    Would I recommend this palette?

    No, I wouldn’t recommend it.

     It was difficult to apply with a brush and my ring finger. I found it super sticky and it dried quickly on my face. Again, I don’t know if i was using the product properly or I just wasn’t using enough product. I just know that it should’t be this challenging to highlight my cheekbones!

     

    Overall, the star out of the items I purchased was definitely the Master Eye Prep & Set. The eyeshadow palette is a nice to have if you currently don’t own a matte shadow palette or you want to support Mario. The Master Secret Glow Highlighter was a big mystery to me. 

    If you’ve used any of these products, I would LOVE to hear your feedback!

     

    XO, MAHA

     

     

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