I was first introduced to these through Lauren Curtis' (aka. laurenbeautyy on YT) instagram post. The one she swatched was the shade 'Brilliant Bronze' and it looked mega pigmented and being only $2 a pop, why not right? I purchased 'Brilliant Bronze' first hence the photo of it in this post has shown that it has been well used and loved. I get so attracted to highly pigmented and metallic eye products and this product was certainly all that.
The above photo is a good representation of what the product looks like brand new (all shades minus the bronze) and used (bronze). My first impression of the appearance of the product was not that good. The lumpy weird texture looks quite unappealing and feels very strange when I swatched it. I was thinking "..is there something wrong with this..??". This is a true case of "Don't judge a book by its cover". My first swatch of "Brilliant Bronze" really blew me away. It was so creamy, smooth and highly pigmented. The strong metallic finish really sold it to me too.
I must say that once you break through the lumpy weirdness, the product does perform a lot better just because when first swatched, the lumpy texture provides an off putting grittiness, also probably because of the glitters in the first layer of the product. You can see in the bronze eyeshadow that once you get through the lumpy mass, the eyeshadow is virtually glitter free.
Being cream eyeshadows, they are best applied as the base to your eyeshadow just because if applied alone you are likely to experience horrible creasing. They make powder eyeshadows appear so much more vibrant!
L-R: Green Glare, Purple Twinkle, Flaring Pink, Blazing Blue, Brilliant Bronze
All of the shades I have are extremely pigmented, with the exception of "Flaring Pink" which applies quite patchy. I highly recommend "Brilliant Bronze" if you wanted to try one first!
- Dirt cheap! $2 (exl. shipping)
- Very creamy and highly pigmented
- Provides a great base for powder eyeshadows as it makes them appear more vibrant and last longer
- An excellent product once you break through the lumpy mass - applies really smoothly, no grittiness or glitter fall out
- Lumpy texture and glitters in the first layer make first few uses difficult - bits of the lumpy mass transfers when applied (as seen in the above swatches- they don't look as smooth compared to "Brilliant Bronze")
- Inconsistent performance with the shades - "Flaring Pink" is very patchy
- Rather small shade range
I've actually been really impressed with Jordana products in general but it's just a pity that you can't buy them in Australia :( I love their Best Lash Extreme mascara, their powder blushes and the Easyliner for lips in particular. They're all soo affordable and have become part of my daily makeup routine.
Are there any affordable makeup brands out there that you love but are not very well known or not talked about a lot? Let me know! I love trying new makeup brands!
* Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post and I am in no way affiliated with Jordana Cosmetics. The products mentioned were purchased with my own money and as always my reviews are 100% my honest opinion. *