Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Quo Minerals Matter Eye Duo in Planet Plum (pic heavy!)

Hey ladies and gents~

This is going to be a review on one of the products I picked up in Quebec about two weeks ago.  Let me start with some basic information and pictures.

What: Quo Minerals Matter Eye Duo in Planet Plum.
-Comes with a double ended sponge-tip applicator and two eyeshadows with 2.5 grams of product each.
-Colors include a shimmery lavender and an even more shimmery charcoal
-Mirrors inside the compact.

Product Claims: "Beauty from nature!  These luminous shadows have been created with natural minerals from the earth.  The velvety-smooth texture is easy to apply as well as long-lasting.  Double ended shadow applicator and mirror included."

Where to buy:  This item is only available in Shoppers Drugmart (or Pharmaprix if you're in Quebec), which is a drugstore chain only in Canada.

Price: $20 CAD.  You may be able to catch this on sale.

And now for a picture dump.

With flash

No flash

I think I'll just cut to the chase and say right out that I was VERY disappointed with this product.  When I swatched it in the store the pigmentation was absolutely amazing, but when I went to apply this product with a brush, the pigmentation was awful.  Don't be fooled by the swatches on my fingers.  Even with a sticky base I had to keep packing the eyeshadows on my lids to get some sort of color payoff.  The eyeshadows could definitely be smoother.  They're a little bit gritty and apply a bit unevenly.  You get fall out galore which is a pain in the ass even if you apply your foundation after your eyemakeup.  I feel like I'm just bashing on this product but I honestly can't find anything good to say about it.  The colors are pretty.  I guess that's one thing.

Which base to use?
Since I can't return this product and I can't really sell it since it was a gift from my boyfriend, I'm going to try to make the most of this product.  I swatched the eyeshadows using different bases and different techniques to see how I could get the best color payoff.  Firstly, I stuck my finger in the product and swiped it on my arm.  I also loaded my brush with the product and applied it on bare skin, Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP), and MAC Painterly Paintpot.  I found that a good sticky base is the best way to go.

No flash.  Finger, brush on bare skin, brush on UDPP, brush on Painterly.

With flash.  Finger, brush on bare skin, brush on UDPP, brush on Painterly.
To give you guys a better idea of what the product looks like in a look, here are some more pictures.

Eyeshadow over Painterly Paintpot.  No other makeup was used.

Completed look with addition of a highlight color, eyeliner, and mascara.

I like to do reviews but they certainly take forever because I like to make them damn detailed.  In any case, I hope this was helpful and/or entertaining!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Much love,


  1. Totally there with you on the crazy school stuff that's going on. I looked at the swatches first, and was about to say how disappointing it was that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on this, but I suppose if the pigmentation is that lacking, then whatevs, you know?

    Your necklace is very cute, BTW!

    Fierce Nerditude

  2. You're definitely not missing out!