The line has expanded quite a bit since those days and I'm always eager to check our the company's new releases. I recently had the chance to try a few new-to-me products and I jumped on it. I was sent the Zuzu Luxe Mosaic Illuminator in Light* and Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush* and Florentina Multi Pot.*
Mosaic Illuminator (Light)
Can we just admire how gorgeous these mosaic powders are for a minute? If there's one thing I'd say is still lacking in the non-toxic makeup realm, it's pressed powders like this that can rival high end mainstream makeup - in terms of packaging and visual appeal, as well as performance - so it's very exciting to see Zuzu Luxe stepping up to the task.
According to the company, the Mosaic Illuminator "captures light and covers imperfections, giving your complexion a luminous beautiful finish." It's a light powder that gives minimal coverage, but a really nice, slight radiance to the skin. It's particularly great for this time of year when skin can start looking a little dull.
Used by itself, the illuminator slightly perfects and evens out the skin. There are some yellow-toned components that are helpful for toning down redness, but it still doesn't provide as much coverage as I'd like by itself. Instead, I like to use it over top of another foundation, as more of a setting powder. That way, you get the coverage from another product, but the lovely finish and radiance of the Mosaic Illuminator.
Vibrant Pink Blush
Vibrant Pink looks crazy bright in the pan (it's even brighter in real life than in the photos!), but on the cheeks, it provides a pop of color that's neither garish or over the top. Gabriel (and Zuzu Luxe) pressed products are always great quality and Vibrant Pink is no exception. I only need to lightly tap my brush into the product to get enough color for my cheeks and it doesn't kick up much excess powder or fall out either. I also love that this is a matte shade, but is still pigmented and very blendable. I'm definitely interested in trying more colors in the future.
Florentina Multi Pot
Gabriel's Multi Pots are designed to be a three-in-one product for the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Florentina is a matte, bronzy/neutral pink or raisin color that I never would have chosen for myself, but I ended up quite liking the natural, subtle look it gives, particularly on the cheeks when used as a blush. The texture of the Multi Pot is significantly drier than a lot of other cream blushes, so it's never greasy or oily on the skin. Instead, it feels like it sets to a powder-like finish almost as soon as you blend it.
This consistency also helps it last better on the eyes - although it did crease when I tried to build the color up to more than a sheer wash - but it also means that I don't love how it feels on the lips. On bare lips it acts as more of a stain, but can be a little drying. I've also tried applying it over a lip balm, which compensates for the dryness, but means you won't get the best color payoff. It's all good though, as Florentina is probably a color I'd wear more on my cheeks and eyes anyways!
The Bottom Line
I already loved Gabriel and Zuzu Luxe products and these three have only served to reinforce that. If you're looking for high quality natural makeup with great ingredients and the same ease and convenience as mainstream products (no loose powders here!), I don't think you can do better than these lines. The products are also pretty widely available at Whole Foods and other health food stores, which is always a plus.