I have spoken about the make-up brand 3INA on my blog before (see here) and was recently sent some of their new releases to try. The range focuses on the eyes, with a gel, gloss, eyeshadow and brow products. The most exciting by far for me was The Eye Gloss which I will tell you more about.
I have always been a gloss kinda gal. I was obsessed with lip glosses in my teens and would often go out with nothing but lip gloss on. My love of gloss also extended to my eyes, I would use vaseline and lather it on my lips and eyelids after seeing Natalia Imbruglia rocking it in the 90's. I love that dewy shiny look, it's totally me and I have done make-up looks using glosses before (see here), so when I saw The Eye Gloss (Shade 503, £9.95) I couldn't wait to try it out because the colour was something I hadn't tried before.
This is by far the stand out product for me in the collection. It is so effective and so easy to use as it comes with a sponge applicator attached. You simply twist and the product pushes up into the sponge. All I have applied on my eyes in the pictures below is the eye gloss with some mascara. So simple, but really pretty. It can also be applied on top of eyeshadow to create another dimension and texture. It isn't tacky or sticky on the eye and feels weightless. I can definitely see myself wearing it through the coming months and maybe contrasting with a matte lip. That reminds me, you can double it up as a lip gloss too!
Another product I was sent was The Duo Eyeshadow (shade 606, £10.95). At first I thought this was quite pricey but I soon realised this was because you are getting three eyeshadows essentially. A brown, gold and then where the two eyeshadows meet, they have been mixed, thus creating a third colour. The eyeshadow is actually quite creamy and a great little compact. It can create a full eyeshadow look with gold on the lid, brown through the crease and the mixed colour in the middle of the eye lid. Or all used separately. Thumbs up from me.
|Swatches top to bottom: The Duo Eyeshadow 606 (Gold, mixed, brown), The Eye Gloss 503, The Gel Liner in Soft Brown|
The final product I tried out was The Gel Liner (shade 801, £9.95). I am partial to a gel liner, I just find using a gel gives the best colour and smoothest line. However I'm not sure I like the formula of this gel. When I applied it to my eyes I found it quite hard to work with. It didn't apply smoothly and was a little crumbly. It could have just been that the product had dried out. I think if you add a mixing medium like MAC Mixing Medium or Ingot Duraline then this would definitely make it more workable.
3INA are definitely exciting me as a brand as they are creating products that are easy to use, but with high impact. What do you think of the eye gloss trend? Will you be trying it out?
*PR gift. All opinions are my own.