Haven't heard of them before? I hadn't until recently.
They're an Italian makeup brand who are inspired by high fashion trends for their super stylish and sophisticated customers and now they're available in the UK, straight from one of the fashion capitals of the world!
I have been trying out three products from Mesauda*; two lipsticks and one Ethereal Illusion powder and today, I wanted to share my thoughts on them.
Starting with the Mesauda Milano Ethereal Illusion which is a pressed powder foundation that comes in a gorgeous compact with a mirror in the flip up lid and a sponge underneath the product in the base. The packaging is weighty, high quality and well thought out in design.
Ethereal Illusion has a wet and dry formula, meaning you can either swirl a brush around it in for a lighter look or moisten the sponge that comes with the compact and use it to apply the powder foundation for a heavier look. I love that you can be completely flexible with the coverage that this foundation gives which is great for if you're wanting to adjust how heavy your base is for days or evenings, summer or winter wear, bad skin days vs good skin days and so on.
It is very pigmented and the powder is finely milled and buttery soft. The coverage is very buildable which is great because it means that you can build it up in areas where you need it, for example if you're suffering from a breakout and have a lighter coverage on areas where you don't.
When I first saw this powder, I knew instantly that this wasn't going to be the right colour for me. There are four shades available in the Ethereal Illusion range, and the one that I have, Praline, is the second to darkest. However that hasn't put me off using it as I've been applying it as a light contour powder and using it around the perimeters of my face to sculpt my face overall. The effect is stunning. It has an incredibly smoothing effect on the skin and it blends incredibly well which gives a really natural, seamless look.
When I was testing this product out, I actually applied it to my full face once on a day where I wasn't going to be leaving the house and although the colour wasn't right, the effect was stunning. It had this smoothing effect that seemed to blur my imperfections, especially the large pores that I have on my cheeks around my nose.
For a powder foundation, I was surprised to see that it didn't leave my skin looking dry or flat. The finish with this powder is luminous, looks like satin and feels so natural yet it has great staying powder on the skin. The powder is silky smooth to the touch, incredibly soft and it glides onto the skin without clinging to dry patches.
The Ethereal Illusion powder has an incredible formula which you can read all about on their website but essentially, we're all looking for something that is going to look great on our skin and this is definitely it!
The other two products that I have been trying out from Mesauda Milano are their Diva Pearly Lipsticks which are nothing short of stunning.
Firstly, the shape of the lipstick as it is in the bullet above is how this lipstick comes, that's not my lips that have shaped it that way. The design of the lipstick enables the product to literally hug the lips as you apply it which ensures a really even, smooth application from the first swipe. The point of the lipstick enables you to create a really defined, yet natural cupids bow to make a beautiful statement of your lips which is what I'm all about.
The Diva Pearly Lipsticks feel silky smooth and soft on the lips, they're lightweight and have a light reflecting, luminous appearance on the lips. I'm wearing both of the lipsticks that I have from them in photos above and below respectively and I honestly couldn't be more in love with them, especially the nude.
I have two shades, Brigitte and Angelina.
Brigitte is the most perfect shade for Christmas. It is a mid toned, raspberry red with a gorgeous light reflecting shimmer to it. It adds light to the face and is a great alternative to many of the traditional red lipsticks out there that we all seem to wear at this time of the year.
My favourite of the two has to be Angelina though. This is the most incredible cool toned nude shade that has just the right amount of shimmer in it to catch the light without being glittery or sparkly at all. It makes the lips look full, juicy and all round perfected. I've been wearing it as part of a minimal makeup look for during the day which I really like the effect of but the way that I like to wear it the most is with a deep smokey eye. It looks stunning.
All of the lipsticks are named after divas from the past and present which I think is a really sweet idea. They both glide onto the lips and have a really pigmented finish while remaining luminous and not over the top at all. What I love the most about them is that they feel so hydrating on the lips yet they don't slip around and they both have great staying power. They don't bleed which is great as I can wear them without a lip liner if I choose to. They feel so comfortable and hydrating on the lips and they wear evenly so they're the perfect option if you're going to be out all day, having a meal and drinking often.
Mesauda Milano cosmetics are available direct from their website here and from Beauty Crowd.
I would highly recommend all of the products that I have tried from them but especially the Mesauda Milano Diva Lipstick in Angelina. That shade is just something else; f you're looking for a comfortable to wear, hydrating and illuminating nude, then that one has to be it!