MOI Minerals: A Review

A few months ago I placed my first order with MOI Minerals Cosmetics, picking up six eyeshadows at that point, but before I started swatching all of my buys. A few weeks ago I placed a second order, after seeing a post from MOI Minerals on Facebook regarding special "cases" that were being sold for a very reasonable price. The specific case/set that I bought isn't on their site anymore, but there are similar cases/sets HERE. The one I chose was a Ladybug Bag Set {click HERE to see a picture of the set from the MOI Facebook page} that came to about $30 USD with shipping, which is a good price for all I received, plus shipping from Canada to the U.S.
The first time I ordered from MOI, I didn't take the time to read the shipping info, so I didn't know it was shipping from Canada {and would then take longer to arrive}. Totally my fault though. Obviously I thought the products were worth buying from MOI again, and this time I was prepared for the shipping time. So, onto the review/swatches.

:::  THE SPECS  :::

MOI Minerals has an extensive selection of products on their website {linked to above}. I won't go through the entire list of products and prices, but they're all more than reasonable. In regards to the eyeshadows in general, each jar is sealed with a sticker on the side, and has a logo label on the top or bottom. There were only two things I didn't really love: the sticker on the side is used to keep the lid secure, but they're not easy to remove, leaving behind gummy remnants. Also, the amount of product in each jar was inconsistent for a few of them. All but one jar arrived without sifters, so the one that had a sifter seemed out of place, and I'm not sure if there was a reason why it had one. Also, if you look at the picture of all the jars open, you can see that the amounts in some of the jars are somewhat different. Some are packed full, which is lovely, while others are not as full. That could be due to being packaged by "weight" versus "amount," but I'm not sure. Not a biggie, but it was worth mentioning. Overall, these are just small things for me, as the pigments themselves are the most important part. As for ingredients, they're listed on MOI's website for each product.

:::  THE PICTURES  :::

This post is picture-heavy, so get ready. All of the images can be clicked to view as larger sizes.
Also, all of the eyeshadows are swatched over NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, and the pictures of the individual colors are in natural light.


:::  THE PRODUCTS  :::

The special set itself came in a ladybug bag, and included nine jars of eyeshadow, one tube of eye gel, one tube of eyelash conditioner, a set of brushes, a bar of handmade soap and two additional samples of pigments. I thought overall, this was a lot of products for only $30! I haven't used anything except the eyeshadow thus far, so I can't offer my opinions on anything else. The scent of the soap was different — almost chocolatey, but not super sweet. I haven't looked it up to see what the scent is supposed to be. As for the eyeshadows, they come pre-picked with the set, so I ended up getting a few I wouldn't have chosen myself, but am glad I have them now.

Because there are so many colors in this particular post, I won't go through the descriptions of all of them. I'll just point out the ones that stood out to me.

Chilled — a very fresh and icy aqua that really stands out from the rest.
Beach — a matte peach that just didn't appeal to me whatsoever. But I gravitate toward shimmer/sparkle anyway.
Cameron — a really cool color-shifter that's kind of hard to describe. It's like a metallic blueish-greenish-gray... I love it!
Snap — a vibrant lime green with a golden shift to it. Lovely!
Mercy — a rusty metallic plum that leans toward a purpley red... it's a fascinating color.
Polly — this was a color I wouldn't have picked myself, but I happen to {l o v e} it. I haven't integrated many light pinks into my collection, so this will be a great start.
Lilac — as you can see in the picture, lilac looks quite blue. It looks less blue in the jar, but once swatched, it looks more periwinkle blue. Or maybe I don't know what lilac should look like. :}

:::  THE OPINIONS  :::

I really like the selection that MOI has to offer, and I think I'd order more often if it wasn't for the customs part of it — totally unrelated to the company or the products, of course. I'm hopelessly addicted to instant gratification, so the wait for products is quite challenging for me. :} However, I'm happy to say that MOI IS worth the wait, especially since it's not their fault that mail from Canada to the U.S. is the true definition of "snail" mail. I highly recommend giving MOI a try if you haven't, and I plan to place another order within the next few months for additional shadows that I keep telling myself I "have to have." The shadows themselves are mixed well and apply evenly, with very bright colors and unique combinations. Their customer service is friendly and reliable, and I think the company has found the perfect balance between a substantial selection of products and a down-to-earth/indie vibe, which I really like. Yes, I'm definitely a fan of MOI Minerals.

Stay Fabulous!

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