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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Exclusive swatches of the new Jesse's Girl Mineralized Shadows (plus a primer review!)

I was very honored last week to receive all six of the new Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Eye Shadows before they hit stores and the Jesse's Girl website, and today I'm going to show you swatches of each color, plus a few eye looks I did with some of the shades. These will retail for $3.99 each and should be available on the JG website, as well as Rite Aid, in just a few weeks.

But let's start with the Jesse's Girl Eye Shadow Primer, which I also received for review. This retails for $5.99 and you can purchase it on the Jesse's Girl site.

This primer is on the creamy side (not as dry as Urban Decay, but not as runny as the silicone-based Hard Candy eye primer) and it goes on a little wet, so be sure to give it a minute or two to dry before you start to apply your shadows.

I"ve been using it every day for a few days now, and when used with the Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Eye Shadows, I have to say that it's a winning combo. This primer really pumps up the color of the baked shadows and it keeps them in place all day on my lids without fading or creasing. I'm really impressed by this primer--especially given the low price!

Now on to the shadows:

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Here are swatches of the entire Mineralized Baked Eye Shadow Collection--I swiped each shade with and without the Jesse's Girl Eye Primer underneath, just so you can see the difference in pigmentation:

I'd say that all of these swatches are extremely accurate in terms of color, with the exception of Ocean Breeze, which is actually a cooler blue than it appears here. It's more on the electric-blue end of the spectrum, and these swatches really do not do it justice.

Now for the eye looks:

For my first look, I used the beautiful Esmeralda from lash line to brow (it's actually more beige than it looks in the pan) and Plum Frost in my outer "v". Both shades applied very smoothly and were easy to work with and blend. I lined my eyes with the green shade in the Physicians Formula Gel Cream Eyeliner Trio for Green Eyes. I thought it would be nice to play up the subtle green undertone in Esmeralda by using a bolder green liner.

For my second look, I used Rosemary Frost as a wash from lash line to crease. This is the only shade I'm wearing on my lids. To line my eyes, I used Graphite Frost, which was extremely easy to use as a liner (I just ran my liner brush under water for a second and picked up the shadow directly from the pan).

For both eye looks, I used the Jesse's Girl Eye Primer before applying the shadows.

All in all, I am very pleased with these new shades (and the primer!). For $3.99, I think they're an excellent value considering you can use them in so many ways (sheer wash, intense pop of color, and also to line the eyes). The one thing I have not tried yet is using these shadows wet (foiling) but I'm pretty sure they'll work well in that capacity too.

The only tiny issue I have with these shadows is that all of the shades except for Ocean Breeze and Kiwi Shine contain silver sparkles, which will cause a bit of fallout during application. I am getting better about working with shadows that have fallout (it seems that so many of these baked shadows have this issue) but if you're a beginner, I suggest applying your shadow BEFORE your foundation, so that you can more easily wipe the fallout away (or just purchase Ocean Breeze or Kiwi Shine!).

That's it for this review--I hope you found it useful and, as always, I'd love to hear from you!

A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.


  1. Must. Buy. This. When they release it. The Rosemary is SO pretty! =D *drools*

  2. Esmeralda looks lovely...can't wait for that one. I have one questions for you---how do you always get your eyeliner so perfect?!! Gorgeous, I tell ya.

  3. These are really pretty! I love the eye looks you posted. I've never tried this brand before but I will be on the lookout for it. I love Kiwi Shine. :)

  4. I like the Graphite pretty

  5. Love these colors! I just cant wear eyeshadow all the way to my eyebrows, I feel like a clown.

    Looks so good on you, I'm jealous! :)

  6. Thanks so much for obliging with the eye looks. I envy your eyeliner application skills!!

    I can't wait for Esmerelda to show up at one of my Rite Aids!

  7. Wow! Those are beautiful! I love Jesse's Girl - they really do have beautiful products at such a reasonable price. I have the older versions of these, which are good, but these new colors are beautiful, and the pigmentation looks much better! And, the new primer looks very promising! Fun stuff - thanks for sharing! I already have a lemming for Esmerelda...gorgeous!

  8. These look great & so does the primer.

    I have 2 (had 3) in the old packaging. Drop these & it's crushed immediately.

  9. I've never tried this brand just because I don't have a Rite Aid nearby. These look great though and I might order from the website someday!

  10. I have a couple of things from Jessie's Girl but I find their main display junky and unkept and understocked.:(

  11. Ya gotta love a brand that makes good stuff and delivers all at a reasonable price. These colors are awesome. I'll have to get them on their website since we don't 'do' RiteAids here in Orlando. :/

  12. ...Oh, drat. I've been able to resist the call of Jesse's Girl so far, but. But. [stares at swatches]


  13. i'm going to be looking for these! yowza! thanks for the swatches and reviews!

  14. Beautiful eyes!! :) And EXCLUSIVE swatches? Wow! :)

  15. I think the plum frost is an amazing color! sadly, they still havn't showed up in my rite aid ):

  16. I just bought Kiwi Shine, Rosemary Frost, and Esmeralda and I am so glad! They have the most beautiful sheen to them. Rosemary Frost definitely needs a primer to get full color pay-off but I am so glad I got these shades! Thanks so much for your swatches are reviews! They are a life (and money :] saver. Thank you!

  17. Beautiful colors, but holy crap, FIVE types of parabens in the primer?? Since parabens have been linked to premature aging, there's no way I'm putting that anywhere on my face, let alone my eyes!


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