This is where Erth Mineral Makeup came in to save the day! :)
After discussing my skin color and undertones with a representative over email, I received more samples than I could ever wish for! And you know me... I love to share, so I turned lunch-hour into mineral-fest at my office!
Watch NY Spender put her makeup-artist hat on! ;)
My first victim was Sharon.
Because I didn't have any previous experience with the "minerals", I played it safe and very natural.
You can barely see any makeup, but her face looks even-toned and has a glow.
For this look I used the Foundation 1.2, the Moth Veil, the Glow as blush, and on the eyes Earth and Caddis eye shadows.
Sharon: "I love it! It feels like you have nothing at all on your face. I had never tried mineral makeup before, but now I know that I will definitely buy it. I loved the base and I loved the multicolored effect of the Caddis eye shadow. I also loved the brushes. I loved it all!"
Christina was next.
At this point I had a bit more confidence, so it was easier for me to visualize the look I wanted for her.
I wanted to give Christina a "china doll" look, since she has porcelain skin, shiny black hair, and that day she was wearing bright red.
For her look I used the Foundation 1.0, the Moth Veil, the Petal blush and the Poppy eye shadow, plus a black eyeliner, mascara and a bit of gloss.
Christina: "Overall, I really liked the mineral make-up. I wouldn’t say that it gave me a “flawless” face, but flaws are what define us right? I liked that about the make-up. Still, it had excellent coverage and did a fantastic job of evening out the tones in my face.
The foundation and blush blended really well, which I loved, and made my face look very radiant & natural. It was light feeling and I barely touched my face at all, something I am notoriously bad about. I’m always rubbing, itching, proding and poking.
The eye shadow was very subtle which I liked, but I’m not sure I would rush out to buy it. But I’m not too much of a shadow person, as I prefer hard liners.
I don’t think it lasted as long as my regular liquid foundation & pressed powder combination. By the end of the day, I probably needed to reapply. But I think it’s a bit of a trade off as the appearance after a fresh application is an overall better look. It provides a luminescence that I don’t think can be achieved by liquid or crème foundations.
Based on my experience and the devotion of those I know who already use mineral make-up, I would definitely consider replacing my current regiment of liquid foundation and pressed powder."
By the time Alexis' turn came around I was ready to play with colors!
I used the same foundation that I used on Christina, the Moth Veil, the Wheat concealer, the Primrose blush, and the Moss eyeshadow, plus eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and gloss.
This is what Alexis had to say: "I did really like the foundation/powder, they were light and natural feeling, and blended well with skin tone. They also were long lasting, my face had a radiance but was not shiny… a true perk!
The blush was nice, I can’t say I was as impressed with the color aspect of the line, but it seemed to last and was a pleasant natural looking daytime color.
I was not so into the eye make-up. I tend to like colors that are more radiant and last longer I felt like it didn’t take long for the green to just look like the effect was lost.
My take: I think mineral makes a wonderful base, and I will probably buy a mineral foundation and powder thanks to my test. I usually don’t wear either as I have found it so impossible to get something as fresh and clean looking as the mineral. However I will not be replacing my M.A.C. eyeshadows or Benetint any time soon."
Three satisfied testers! :)
What about me, you ask?
I tried the Erth line the next day, and I agree with what was said above: the look and feel of mineral foundation plus powder on your face is far superior than the traditional liquid/powder combination. I am sure we're all very familiar with the "cakey feel" of heavy make-up.
Mineral makeup feels like there is nothing at all on your face, and it gives you a glow that comes from an even-toned skin, plus that "extra radiance" coming from all those tiny mica particles. My skin felt smooth and velvety, while with traditional foundation it always feels a bit sticky.
The only drawback is that it won't really cover blemishes. If you regularly use full-coverage foundation to achieve a flawless look, mineral foundation might be too light for you.
I also loved the concealer. Its ability to cover-up my dark circles was a shock to me! I couldn't believe how many concealers I've wasted my money on that really never did the job right. I thought you had to live with semi-darkish circles, but now I know different!
I also agree with what was said about the eye shadows, defining them a bit too delicate. This is a time of bright and brilliant colors, at least among the young crowds, and the subtleness of minerals might be off putting for some... but not for all. A more mature crowd will surely appreciate just that gentle touch on their eyes.
Overall, I think mineral makeup is a great addition to the beauty aisle. Some people mistakenly think that turning to mineral makeup is like becoming a vegetarian, and so they need to stop eating meat (traditional makeup) completely.
I say take the best of both worlds! Nobody is stopping you from using the mineral foundation for a flawless base, and then using your bright M.A.C. shadows on your eyes! You will look marvelous!!! :)