Product Review: Priia Cosmetics

by Bionic Beauty on 25.May.2009 · 15 comments

The recently launched Priia Cosmetics is taking mineral makeup land by storm. Bionic-land is fully in love.
Priia Cosmetics eyeshadows in Smoky Plum and Birthday Suit

Priia doesn’t add extra filler minerals or ingredients. Everything included has a purpose and a reason for being included. There’s no bismuth (that’s the ingredient that makes most people sting or itch or breakout while wearing minerals- and ALL those big boys, Bare Escentuals and Pur Minerals use it) and no parabens. And prices are very, very reasonable.

Of course, nothing is tested on animals and Priia’s brushes are even Vegan! It’s a tough world to find animal-lover friendly makeup brushes that actually perform.

My new samples from Priia arrived recently. Since I have trouble matching my skin tone, I love samples. It makes it cheaper to try different shades and then I can buy a full size when I figure everything out.

Full mineral makeup look by Bionic Beauty using Priia Cosmetics

All makeup in this look is by Priia (except the mascara)

  • Eyes: Eyeshadows in Birthday Suit and Smoky Plum. Me by Mezhgan Look at Me mascara in black.
  • Lips: Pucker Upz lip color in Voo Doo.
  • Face: Dusty Rose blush on cheeks, Mix of Skin Complexion Enhancer in Angelic and Mineral Foundation in Rosy Beige 1.

Priia Cosmetics mineral makeup review and look by Bionic Beauty

Priia’s foundation applied very easily. I tested with both my Beauty Blender sponge and my Purely Cosmetic’s flat top brush. You don’t need to work hard to buff out Priia’s minerals. Simply swipe downwards a bit. Check out the Priia website for instructions. Rosy Beige was a bit too light for me even though I am pale. I’ll need to check out some other colors.

I also blended Priia’s Skin Complexion Enhancer in Angelic with the foundation. The Skin Enhancer is like the tinted moisturizer of mineral makeup. It gives your skin a soft glow and a soft cover. I typically wear only this on “no-makeup” days. This is my favorite product from Priia.

Dusty Rose blush is a nice warm pink. You only need a dab (it’s incredibly pigmented, use a light hand) so this sample will last me quite awhile. It blended nicely with no sharp lines.

Bionic Beauty eye makeup look using Priia Cosmetics Smoky Plum and Birthday Suit eye shadow

On my eyes, I used the neutral Birthday Suit all over lid, and up past my crease and almost up to my brow line. Then I applied a light coat of Smoky Plum on my lid only. Simple but effective.

Lips are topped with Voo Doo since they are the focus here- everything else stays soft.
Priia all natural lip color in VooDoo

In summary, I highly recommend Priia Cosmetics. Definitely two Bionic thumbs up!


1 Danielle May 26, 2009 at 1:33 am

I must be behind or something, because when I visited this blog today I was completely confused with the layout! There are so many little boxes to click and areas that are highlighted, I no longer wish to visit. I prefer a layout that has all the blog posts in one column with most of the text visible, and also a clear distinction between blog posts and other stuff. I’m sorry, but this new layout takes way too much of my attention span. I will be going elsewhere.

2 DaDiva Denise May 26, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Just adding that I like the new layout. Yes it takes a little getting used to but hey we’re al grown ups we can do that!

I’m gonna be a little snarky here and say Danielle maybe you need to take a chill pill or some OCD meds or a shot? I’m sure The Bionic one will miss you, me not so much.

3 The Cheap Chick May 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

Wow. I completely DISAGREE with Danielle. I’m in love with your new design – I think it looks professional and elegant, while retaining all that Bionic-y goodness we’ve grown to love!
But then, it would take a whole lot more than a mere design change to make me stop visiting my favorite beauty website…

4 Bionic Beauty May 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hi Danielle, Yes, I am trying out a new design here at Bionic Beauty. I’ve actually spent the last 2 months working on it. There are still some bugs to work out and I was going to ask my readers for suggestions later today.

All the blog posts are still in the one column. It’s just some are just “teasers” now so that you don’t have to do so much scrolling. I also added the navigation bars at the top of the website so (hopefully) people can find just what they are looking for quicker and easier.

I’m truly sorry I’m losing you as a reader. I wish you had emailed me your suggestions first.

Cheap Chick, Thanks!!! Do you have some suggestions that you’d like to see changed with the new layout? Things you think would help?

Jami (aka BB)

5 Mo May 26, 2009 at 10:20 am

Wow, that came across as kind of harsh yeah?
A simple “I’m not crazy about the new layout” would’ve worked a lot better. And made you look a lot less mean. Do you tell your child’s teacher you’re going elsewhere when you walk in their classroom and it’s not set up how you want? Your dentist? Your emergency room doctor? Your best friend?
So Jami’s playing with some things, so what? A lot of websites change things and they are generally very welcoming of reader feedback as a way of knowing what works and what doesn’t. This is a fairly common practice and is widely accepted by the public at large. Human nature makes us abhor a change, and our first instinct is to fight it, but this isn’t life threatening and there’s no need to be rude. Geez, this is a BEAUTY blog, not a blog about how to give CPR…

6 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics May 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Just a quick question, and this is not meant as an attack. I know full well that people are resistant to change – I’m infamous for that. I hate the new Facebook, I don’t like it when Windows comes out with a new operating system, and I’m one of the last to ever change my browser simply because I’m used to what I’m used to.

But ask yourself why you read Jami’s blog – is it for the layout, or is it for what she has to say? While you’re getting used to the new layout, or even if you never get used to it (tweaks are still in progress, don’t forget), see that button up there that says “subscribe via email”? Why not try using that? Then you still get all the valuable stuff that Jami has to offer, and don’t have to worry about navigating your way around.

7 The Cheap Chick May 26, 2009 at 7:22 pm


The only thing I’d change is to show you can leave Comments on each entry. The lead post doesn’t show that you can leave Comments from the front page. Does that make sense?

Otherwise, I am FILLED WITH LOVE for your new design! So professional… *wanders off to improve her own site*

8 Mo May 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

As always, such good ideas rather than just overreacting like SOME people we know *sheepish grin*.
Have you thought about trying Google Chrome? I hear it’s a great browser 😉

9 Bionic Beauty May 27, 2009 at 8:54 am

Are we being silly about the Chrome browser? 🙂 I wanted to try it- in fact it was on my to-do list for this week…. but then I heard Robyn’s thoughts and nixed it. I still might, but hey- I gots bigger fishies to fry this week.

10 Mo May 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

I was being silly for Robyn’s benefit, but my friend switched to it on her very old and very slow computer and it runs like a DREAM, so I can only imagine what it would do on a fairly up to date computer! I lurves the ‘fox though, no changing anytime soon for me!

11 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics May 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

My, we’ve cetainly gotten O.T (sorry, Kelley)! I was going to Tweet this, but no way to fit it into 140 characters.

I’ll check the site on Chrome to see how it looks and works when I boot up the desktop (I use the laptop while slurping my morning coffee waiting for the ability to function), but here’s my thoughts on Chrome. It’s fine for surfing. I used it for a whopping 2 or 3 hours and ditched it because it’s missing some key things:

12 Robyn @ PurelyCosmetics May 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

Ack! I accidentally hit the tab key and the last comment posted before I was done 🙁 So… post continued:
There’s no Google toolbar, so there’s no Page Rank, no Google search bar, etc (uh – what company’s browser is this??) I had to download a hack to get Page Rank.

There’s no “print” button. Yes, control-print works, but I like my print button! Another hack/bookmarklet.

There’s no command line. No File-Edit-View-Tools, etc. I use those a lot. If you’re gonna use Chrome, you’d better know all your keyboard shortcuts!

You cannot format the page setup. You print what you print the way Chrome wants you to print it. Which includes printing everything with headers and footers. Printing my invoices for customers with the url running across it doesn’t look to swift, and there is no hack (or at least not that I’ve found) to get rid of it.

There’s probably a whole lot more, but those are the things I found in the first hour or so, and haven’t used it again since!

13 Bionic Beauty May 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

Alrightie… Yep, sounds like I’m sticking with the ‘fox. 🙂 I use WAY too many add-ons to switch anyhow. Page rank, FireBug (IT ROCKS for troubleshooting your code or doing new layouts ladies!!), Color Picker (again, because I’m a designer & engineer at heart), Alexa tool bar (because I’m obsessed with Alexa ranking and helping my favorite websites improve theirs by my visits). Hee. 😀

14 PRIIA Cosmetics May 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

No problem Robyn about getting off-topic! LOL! I’m just tickled pink at the awesome review Jami gave my products.

Thanks again Bionic…YOU ROCK! 😉

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