Mineral Makeup Experience So FarI’ve blogged about my first encounter with Ellana Minerals in this post before. I’ve yet to do individual reviews because I’m still in the process of seeing how my skin reacts to mineral makeup. So far? So good. I’m not at all a powder fiend, much preferring dewy and luminous despite my combination skin actually in need of some mattifying powders from time to time. I just feel that powders cover the skin too much not allowing it to ‘breathe’, so to speak. The world of mineral makeup opened the powdered doors for me, especially being an Ellana Minerals Beauty Advocate*. I would’ve for sure overlooked their mineral foundation had I not been sent one to try and experience for myself. The Intensive Blend Mineral Foundation is the star of the collection, being a lightweight, super finely-milled melds-in-your-skin loose mineral foundation with medium-full coverage. I’ve yet to make individual reviews for each of these but for now, I’ll be lightly glossing over each product as I’ve tested them out several times now.
“Flawless Perfection, Goddess Complexion”
Intensive Blend Mineral Foundation (Buy here)The first time I tried it on, I put a wee bit too much that it was Cake Club waiting to ensue. Thankfully, my impatient self got to buffing it out more and after then, I was amazed by the results. High coverage without the heavy, weighed-down feel that most high-coverage liquid foundations (or even just BB creams!) give. Dry skin types should be a bit wary of this as it does cling to dry patches quite too well. I did have to moisturize my flakies properly beforehand. My only qualm is that this is quite chaotic for me to use. I wish there were some sort of filter with holes to make it less messy to apply. Also, I wear the shade Chai Tea Latte (I’m a MAC NC30).
Sheer Velvet Powder Primer (Buy here)It’s my first time to hear of a primer in the form of powder, tbh. This white, finely-milled translucent powder is designed to be used before and after applying your base. I personally didn’t even try using it as a primer because I prefer a dewy and moisturized base especially when I’m wearing powder foundation on top. I use it as a finishing powder instead (much like the Meteorites Pearls) and let me tell you, it gives the most flawless finish. It sheers out even the almost undetectable pore that’s left after applying the Intensive Blend foundation. I would describe it somewhat as a Guerlain Meteorites (can’t compare it to the Hourglass powders because those have pigments and aren’t translucent) minus the illuminating properties. It won’t cake up your makeup at all as it almost vanishes into your pores blurring them out altogether. This is one of my favorite products in the Ellana line and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a finishing powder.
Pressed Mineral Foundation (Buy here)This is the same as the Intensive Blend Mineral Foundation, but with binders to make it more portable and handy. I personally like using the loose powder version more as I find it melds well into the skin a tiny bit more than this. This is great for those on-the-go, though. I used it for touching up but with a fluffy brush because it is quite medium-full coverage (same as the loose).
Blush Duo in Light Roast and Butter Rum Coffee (Buy here)A contour and highlight duo in one pan. Initially I thought that Butter Rum Coffee would be a bit too orangey but blended and buffed out well worked its magic. It’s not my favorite though as I prefer my contour shade slightly browner like NARS Laguna. My love goes out to the highlighter part – Light Roast. It has no detectable shimmer but has a very very slight yellow-golden sheen that brightens up the complexion so well, without the pore-magnifying properties that frosty highlighters have. See it for yourself on the photos below. This is definitely Goddess Complexion material.
Eyeshadow / Eyebrow Quad (Buy here)This is a set of matte neutrals that will work for both the eyes and the brows. I find the eyeshadows very soft to touch with good pigmentation, albeit a bit sheer for my taste when applied without primer. See it in action below (used on both my eyes and brows).
Lip & Cheek Gel in Amethyst (Buy here)On the cheeks, this works surprisingly well. A little dot goes a long way on each side. It’s quite easy to blend too but gotta work quickly as it dries in less than a minute. Also, the bottle dispenses a too much product that I was still left with quite a lot even after I was done with cheeks and lips. Hmmm… to use as an eyeshadow perhaps? I do love the natural flushed look this gives my cheeks, like I just worked out. I don’t fancy the gel on my lips, though (for reasons you will visibly see below). It settles into my dry peely cracking lips. I have to scrub and exfoliate properly so I can decently wear it.
Final ThoughtsRepeat xxx times, Shari – powder is not the enemy. Three months of experimenting with Ellana products definitely made me more open to trying out powder products. When I saw the photos above after uploading them to my computer, I almost couldn’t believe it. Usually, my pores would still be peeking out and/or my blemishes would even still be visible in most of my FOTDS (because I only ever use light-medium foundations, sometimes just concealer WOOPS). But with all these Ellana Minerals products, JUST LOOK AT THE PHOTOS ABOVE. I swear to God those aren’t photoshopped one bit, except for my handwritten caption. I wouldn’t wear this everyday, though, as I still like a natural skin-like finish for daily wear. But for important events and/or times I just wanna feel flawless? These will now be my go-to. My top favorites would have to be the Sheer Velvet Powder/Primer, Blush duo in Light Roast and Butter Rum Coffee and Intensive Blend Mineral Foundation.
Have you tried Mineral Makeup? Experiences? Share!
*Full Disclosure: As an Ellana Beauty Advocate, I get a small percentage on products purchased on the online store referred by the Affiliate Links I’ve posted on my blog. Also, all products in this post were provided for editorial consideration free of charge.