Mining for gems

When these little pots of beauty popped through my letter box it was like travelling back in time… I hadn’t heard of Miners cosmetics since I was about 15 and you could buy them in our local chemist. I didn’t know they were still around, let alone actually making pretty decent products! So how appropriate was it that my first ‘dip’ back into the Miners pot was with a product aptly names ‘Dip and Define’?

These little pots of loose eyeshadow contain a high level of pigment and a lorra sparkle. The pots themselves are the perfect size to contain enough product to keep you going, without being unmanageable when you’re actually trying to apply the stuff. I love the applicator too – it’s on a kind of spring so you can easily get to the shadow at the bottom and is big, chunky and perfect for a formula that has the potential to go everywhere.I normally don’t get on with loose eyeshadows at all, but this is so easy to use and get it right that I’ve fallen for the ‘dips’.

The colours themselves cover every eventuality and personality – you’ve got a delicate blue and shimmery white, more dramatic gold and a great on-trend khaki colour that I’ve been sporting all day. If you apply a small amount you get a hint of colour and a lot of shimmer, but if you take the time to layer the shades they really become striking and metallic looking on the eye. The colour lasts all day too, although not to 100% of the colour you get when first applied – I’d say a decent 75% after a 9hr day.

You can see from the photo that there’s a lot of sparkle in these little pots! It’s a real shame they weren’t launched for Xmas, but they’ll be available from February nationwide. At £3.49 I think they’re a real bargain too. These products have really opened my eyes to the Miners brand again… I can’t wait to investigate the rest of it and get to grips with the range that got me through my teenage years, wrapped up all sparkly and new. Quite literally.



  1. Beach Bum Beauty
    January 12, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Wow this throws me back to my 6th form days when I used to wear the purple one under my eye lashes and thought I looked super cool. I didn't realise Miners was still around either! Thank you LBQ for re-acquainting me with my teenage memories x

  2. Beauty's Bad Habit
    January 12, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    Oooh, love all that sparkle! The golden shade looks stunning.

  3. London Beauty Queen
    January 12, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    This is definitely a blast from the past! I'm impressed with the quality because I remember it being awful!

  4. Miss N
    January 23, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    I hadn't seen miners for years either, then I saw them in a mag & now here! I used to get the polishes with my allowance of a weekend from the chemist!I will definitly check them out, could be another handy budget range to get me through the skint months!

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