A while ago I went to the Cipria Milano launch at Nobu, and I was really intrigued and excited to discover a totally new makeup brand which I hadn’t heard of before. Cipria Milano makeup is cruelty free and made from high quality mineral pigments and they also have fragrances and a range of hair products. I was really intrigued by the cream contour kit they have, as cream contour products seem a bit difficult to come by. I also tried out the highlighter which was champagne gold and really beautiful!
The Cipria Milano launch at Nobu
I decided in this post to focus on the makeup side. I received a mascara, a mono eyeshadow and a lipstick to try out, so these are my thoughts and the look I created using all three. The packaging is simple and a bit reminiscent of MAC, but they have really kept the price down with it and the result is makeup of great quality at seriously affordable prices. We’re talking R79.99 for a lipstick, R99.99 for an eyeshadow and R119 for a mascara! They also have a really wide range of foundation shades catering for any tone/undertone from light to dark.
While I wouldn’t have picked beige shadow with a peach tone myself, I’ve been impressed with the lasting power and usefulness of this shadow as a base colour. It kicks up a bit of dust in the pan but applies easily and is really opaque, doesn’t crease and lasts all day. Apparently they have a huge shade selection. I swatched some shimmery shades while I was at the launch and the pigmentation and vividness of the colour was stunning. Thumbs up for their eyeshadows! The Rosetta lipstick is a terracotta rose colour which would suit a lot of skin tones. It applies smoothly and evenly, and is neither really hydrating nor at all drying. It feels comfortable on the lips and lasts quite a long time before it needs touch-ups. I am just really impressed with the quality of these products.
The Longlash mascara was the one product I wasn’t really enthusiastic about. It has a standard mascara brush, not plastic bristles, that curves slightly upwards at the end. Because of the name I hoped it would be really lengthening but it wasn’t so for my lashes. I thought it was a good everyday mascara for low-maintenance makeup days, but didn’t really think it did amazing things for my lashes. Everybody’s lashes and mascara needs are different though, and I would be very keen to have a look at their other mascaras.
At the moment Cipria Milano have standalone stores in Cape Gate and Sandton City. They will be opening in the Mall of Africa and expanding in Cape Town this year too. They also have an online store coming up very soon within the next month or two, so that will be a great way to browse their product range and get hold of some key bits. You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter so long to find out more about store openings and the online store. This makeup is really great quality and range for the budget conscious, so happy playing!