Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Alima Holiday 2010 LE Fairy Tale Collection

Alima has several limited edition holiday gift sets available, and they sent me the Fairy Tale Collection to review. There are actually 2 sets in this collection which are available at a cost of $25 each. $2 from the sale of each set will be donated to the Global Fund for Women. I have always heard high praise for Alima, but have never tried their products until now. These eco-friendly and all natural products apply very nicely and wear well. I tend to shy away from loose mineral make up when it comes to eye shadow not because I don't like them, but because I haven't used them enough to master their application! I use these shadows with a slightly damp brush and I'm impressed by the pigmentation and the lack of fall-out...that's always my biggest fear. The shades are pretty and sparkly, but not over-the-top sparkle. And yes, they work very well as nail polish also, as you'll see below.

Below: The top row below shows the Happily Ever After Collection, and the bottom row is the Once Upon A Time Collection.

Below: The sets came wrapped neatly and they included loads of reading material, which I always enjoy and appreciate.

Below: The Once Upon A Time Collection contains 4 eye shadows, all very finely milled with a slight iridescent and a slight foil look. Alima describes the colors as follows-Enchanted Forest-is a soft taupe sprinkled with gold and silver shimmer, Spun Gold-is a deeper golden shade that may or may not match the princess' golden locks, Glass Slipper-is a soft, silvery yellow, Fairy Godmother-is a medium purple with a generous serving of silver sparkles. The first photo was taken indoors with no flash, while the second photo was taken with an Ott lamp.

Below: The Happily Ever After Collection contains 3 multi-purpose products, all with a delicate sparkle. The End-is the final touch, an almost black eyeliner, sparked with diamond-like silver shimmer, Magic Wand-is a magical, do-anything nude shimmer with multi-toned sparkle that can be word on the eyes, cheeks or décolleté, Poison Apple-is a rosy blush with a peachy shimmer.

Below: Naturally, I felt the need to see how these would work when added to clear nail polish, and I'm happy to say that they work very nicely! I only tried one, but I'll be experimenting with the others soon. I didn't need to add much product to the clear at all, and it produced a very pigmented look using 2 coats. The sparkle and color intensified quite a bit, and the application was fine.

I'm really enjoying playing around with the Fairy Tale Collection shades. Normally I make such a mess with loose minerals, that I just give up. The colors are all so pretty though, that I really hoped I could make them work without too much of a mess, and I haven't had any problems! Mineral powder is what I normally wear instead of foundation, so I'm going to check out their range of foundations to see if I can find my perfect match.

Have you ever tried Alima products? If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. I sense an order in the making after trying these!
*Products featured were furnished by Alima for review.


  1. I've never heard of this brand. Love those pretty shades. Plus you can make an awesome polish! It's a win/win situation to me. I have tons of mineral makeup. I started out with Bare Minerals and that tried some Indie brands. I'll have to check these out.

  2. Mary, when I'm working with loose mineral shadows, I dip my brush into the product, and then I take the lid and kind of tap off the excess. It helps me eliminate the fall out! HTH. These are gorgeous! I've never heard of the brand but I like the colors, they're very rich!

  3. these are super cute and pigmented! i love the polishes too

    <3 angie

  4. I like that it works so well making a gorgeous nail polish. I'd so wear those minerals on my eyes. I'm a mineral girl!