Skin-friendly Everyday Makeup
Jane Iredale Beauty
I often come across friends and readers who ask me if there are any makeup brands that are good for the skin. Particularly because they’re afraid of clogged pores, breakouts and sensitivities from wearing makeup all day. For that, mineral makeup comes to mind. I firmly believe that the whole mineral makeup movement needs to be on the spotlight again. Especially since there is a growing concern from women who want a skin-friendlier alternative to regular makeup. Traditional makeup uses preservatives like parabens, chemical dyes and fragrances which mineral makeup leaves out. Personally, these are things I am not afraid of or shy away from – but they do trouble many other women who have skin sensitivity issues on the said ingredients.
One of the underrated brands I’ve tried last year is Jane Iredale. Founder Jane Iredale pioneered makeup with skincare benefits while working in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the kinds of makeup they wore. I love her idea of catering to skincare-focused women, even those who refuse to wear makeup because they already have relatively good skin. However, Jane always thought of makeup as an essential part of a woman’s sense of well-being. But she wanted to make the process easy to achieve, especially to those who hate wearing makeup in the first place. This is why her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one and why most, if not every, product in her line is multi-functional.
Pure and Simple Makeup Kit
Usually, I’m not a fan of kits or all-in-one boxes because I have this presumption that they’re inferior to the original, full-sized products. But that’s just me, guys and that isn’t always the case. This Jane Iredale Pure and Simple kit is one of those cases where I’m proven wrong.
Mineral Powder Foundation. Warm Sienna (left) and Golden Glow (right) mineral powders are finely milled and creamy but of course, being mineral makeup without fillers, kick up a lot of powder dust. They are very pigmented though and have good medium coverage when built up. I especially recommend this for dry skin because they don’t cling on to flakes! The key is the “Swirl, Tap, Buff” technique in application. It will kick up a lot of powder but again, that’s mineral makeup for you. After buffing, this melds beautifully on the skin leaving it matte and flawless. Overall, I find that it lives to its promise of not clogging pores, wears a good amount of time (8 hours onwards!) and has decent light-medium coverage.
Blush and Eyeshadows. Included in the kit are Mocha blush, Oyster (pearl) and Supernova (plum) eyeshadows. I find the blush very creamy and pigmented – it blends so beautifully on the cheeks! It’s a muted rose shade with brown undertones. The two satin, pearlescent eyeshadow shades are also smooth, velvety and pigmented but will cause fallout due to its powderiness but are incredibly easy to blend.
*I used this whole kit for my look below.
Peaches and Cream bronzer
The bronzer is a coral, shimmery powder with four complementary shades that can be swept across eyes, cheeks and lips to contour and highlight. I used one of the shades (2nd to the left) as a highlighter for my look below. The blended shade reminds me of MAC’s Stereo Rose blush.
Lipsticks and Cream Blush
Lipstick and Cream Blush. I find the lipsticks too sheer for my taste but quite moisturizing on the lips. The cream blush, however, gives a nice warmth to my face. This is perfect for everyday wear – school, office or even just for errands – compared to powder blushes that you may find too pigmented and need a ton of blending.
Face of the Day using Jane Iredale Pure and Simple Makeup Kit
What do you think of mineral makeup? Have you ever used it? Share your thoughts on mineral makeup and/or my look below!