Dusty Girls isn't a brand I've heard a lot about in the blog-o-sphere, but they're an Australian make-up company, an off-shoot of MooGoo Skincare, with a focus on using natural clays and minerals to produce "healthy" make-up. Now, I'm always very dubious about "natural" claims when it comes to cosmetic products and I can't abide by the term "chemical-free" (YOU ARE MADE OF CHEMICALS. WATER IS A CHEMICAL. NOTHING IS CHEMICAL-FREE.) but I can get on board with being mindful about what we put in and on our bodies - particularly coming from a brand whose number one beauty tip is to smile!
I was very kindly sent one of their Eyeshadows to try out, and I went for the shade 'Going Buff'*, which is described online as follows: "This velvety smooth shade is cream in colour and pressed with a blend of soft pink and subtle golden pigments that will lift and enhance the appearance of your eyes and natural beauty." I'm always a bit unsure about mineral make-up that comes as a loose powder (I'm messy enough, trust me!) so I was pleased to see that this comes in a pressed format. The packaging is simple but pretty, and it does the job - it feels sturdy, and the clear plastic lid allows you to see the shade at a glance.
I'd say the product I received matches the description pretty well! The eyeshadow has a lovely buttery-smooth texture which applies evenly on the skin, though there is a little bit of fall-out. 'Going Buff' is the perfect shade to highlight the eyes, as it really does have a beautiful pinky-gold glow when it catches the light, which doesn't show at all well in the swatches below - sad times! I've been using it daily on my browbone and it's equally pretty as an inner-corner highlight. I wouldn't use this as a lid shade as I like something a bit more dramatic from my eyeshadow, but that's not what I chose the shade for -it's a really gorgeous highlight shade and it's just perfect for that!
You can kind of see it on my browbone there, right under the arch of my brow, right!? It's subtle but super-pretty. Dusty Girls eyeshadows are available in four shades in total, priced at £9.50 each for 2g of product, which I do think is at the higher end of what I'd pay for an eyeshadow (although you can get 15% off your order when you sign up for their newsletter) - especially considering that postage within the UK is another £5 on top of that. So whilst I do think this is a lovely eyeshadow and I like the ethos of the brand, I have to admit the price would put me off ordering from them in the future. There are a few UK stockists, however, so I would consider purchasing in store, and postage is free on orders over £60 (which can include both MooGoo and Dusty Girls products). What are your thoughts on "natural" cosmetics? Have you heard of Dusty Girls before?