“All Women are beautiful and deserve to feel that they are.” Caroline Martelli
Finding the right make-up products to suit your skin type, age and, if you live in a tropical climate like the UAE, products that withstand hot weather and humidity can be a lengthy process. MCollections, a brand developed by New Zealand based make-up artist Caroline Martelli, offers mineral make-up that’s chemical free, breathable and has a natural look and feel.
Available exclusively in Abu Dhabi at Twiink Studio, MCollections-MSkin mineral make-up is totally paraben and talc free, made with natural oils and anti-oxidants, vitamins A & E, natural plant extracts, jojoba and sunflower oil, making it ideal for the UAE climate. You can create the perfect no make-up look with MCollections range of anti-aging tinted foundations, magic concealer, mineral based powders, bronzers, highlighters, eye dusts and lip glosses that lasts from day to night. The Mineral Collection is tailored for sensitive skins as well as being suitable for use by professional make-up artists, the products are not tested on animals and are 100% cruelty-free.
I had the pleasure of meeting Caroline and experiencing a one-on-one make-up masterclass with her. She is a driven and passionate lady who has built her business on the foundation of belief that all women are beautiful and deserve to feel that they are. She has developed her 100% Natural Anti Ageing skincare system to compliment her make-up range to give ladies smooth and radiant skin with products designed to help the aging process by repairing skin and give it a youthful glow. The products that I sampled smelt and felt fabulous, especially the facial serum.
The Experience ~ After a quick assessment of my skin and a chat about how I prefer everything to look natural, Caroline selected a series of her products to create the desired look. First she spritzed my face with M Skin Refreshing Mist, a rose & lavender water with rosehip oil and active manuka honey that rehydrates the skin followed by Tinted Foundation and some Magic Concealer Liquid Concealer. She then used the illuminating Italian Goddess Bronzer Nudes collection for defining and highlighting my cheeks and as a subtle eye colour, she used a smudge pencil to create a subtle eyeliner effect. The whole look was finished off with a nude Hydrating Lip Gloss in shade Allure.
Pros ~ The oil-free Tinted Foundation has good coverage, it’s silky, weightless and gives a dewy finish that visibly covers fines lines, it allows the face to breathe and has the added bonus of SPF30 that acts as a sunscreen (an essential factor in the UAE). The Bodifyer mascara, infused with Rosemary and Lavender pure essential oils, not only smells divine but also conditions, lengthens and volumizes the lashes. The mineral powders did not clog my skin or cake my under eye area as some other brands do, the highlighter was applied perfectly to reflect the light but not be over the top. I’m not a huge user of lip gloss these days but I liked the feel and look of this product.
Cons ~ Only a selection of the make-up is currently available at Twiink Studio. The whole make-up and skincare products are available online only.
The overall experience – Caroline is such a warm and friendly lady, she has built her brand from scratch, is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her products and her quest to help women to feel good, she’s a great make-up artist too! It was so refreshing to have a makeover experience that wasn’t intimating or a hard sell. The make-up offered a subtle, natural look that I prefer, my skin didn’t have a heavy layer of products or look overly made up. Of course you can request different products and stronger colours if you require a certain look.
Twiink Studio stocks a selection of the MCollection foundation, bronzer, mineral powder, eyeliner and brow powder. The full range of MCollection-MSkin Martelli Goddess mineral makeup, Natural skincare M Skin, M Men and M Body care can be purchased online from www.mcollectionsmskin.com
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Thank you to Caroline Martelli and Twiink Studio for the opportunity to experience the MCollection-MSkin make-up masterclass. The views in this post are all my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2020. All rights reserved. Additional photo used with courtesy of www.twiinkstudio.com