Parenzano eye shadows are pressed powders offered in a pleasing range of colors. The fact that they’re not loose powders are a big advantage since they don’t create a mess in application or portability.
The different shades include various textures and intensities. They are long-lasting and go on easily. My favorite color is Sea Kelp, an intense dark olive shade with a slight sparkle that, thankfully, is not noticeably green in color. It’s ideal for creating a smoky eye and can be lightly layered for use on the eyelid itself.
Tropical Moon has a faint plummy shimmer but is less pigmented than Sea Kelp, making it practical for daytime wear.
Tiger’s Eye is a frosted bronze that’s dramatic whereas Gilded is more of a lighter frosted apricot that would work well under the brow.
Gypsy is a dark brown frost without sparkle and Queenie is a white frost that could be used to highlight the inner corner of the eye.
For a matte look, Desire is an eggshell/ivory shade that works well as a base color and rounding out the collection is Sand, a light sparkly pink-beige that would flatter most women.
Parenzano also offers three pressed powder liners. Night is an elegant sparkly black. When used dry it easily doubles as an eyeshadow that works very well for shading and smoky looks.
Sweet Violet is a deep plum liner and Driftwood is an appealing reddish violet. Again, the neatness and portability factors make it easy to pack a myriad of shadows and liners in your makeup bag.
The ingredients list for Parenzano eyeshadows and liners are:
1. Mica (derived from minerals)
2. Silica (derived from minerals)
3. Dimethicone (derived from silicone)
4. Magnesium Stearate (emulsifier, mineral derived)
5. Boron Nitride (derived from minerals)
6. Ethyl Macadamiate (derived from macadamia nut oil)
7. Squalane (derived from olive oil)
8. Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Seed Oil
9. Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) seed extract
10. Bambusa Vulgaris Extract (bamboo extract)
11. Punica Granatum Extract (derived from pomegranate)
12. Algae Extract (sea algae)
13. Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract (marine plant)
14. Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)
15. Ascorbyl Palmitate (stabilized vitamin C)
16. Phenoxyethanol (antimicrobial, alternative to parabens, safe according to EU)
17. Caprylyl Glycol (derived from plan source)
18. Ethylhexylglycerin (form of glycerin, plant sugar source)
Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines (all mineral pigments)
Parenzano Cosmetics (www.parenzanocosmetics.com) is a signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. It is not listed as a company that doesn’t test on animals nor does its website make any claims of being cruelty-free. Additionally, their website does not have a place to order eyeshadows or liners online. They are available at select Whole Foods stores.