I bought Everyday Minerals because they claimed to be vegan, free of nano-particles, silicone, fragrance, talc- and bismuth oxychloride. A review.
What I’m reviewing today are following seven products:
Matte Base (colour: Olive fair)
Two Color Correctors (Mint and Sunlight)
Glow Set (four Lucent Powders – Pearl Beige, Wet Sand, Light Pink and Nautral – that came with a small bottle of pure Argan Oil)
These products have pretty much the same ingredients:
All consist of Mica (CI 77019) and Lauroyl Lysine (= can be made from palm oil).
The Matte Base, both Color Correctors and all Lucent Powders may also contain:
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499),
The Mint Corrector and the Matte Base contain green pigments called Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).
The Light Pink Lucent Powder contains blue pigments called Ultramarines (CI 77007).
All ingredients are considered safe, with two exceptions.
First, the omnipresent Mica that can irritate very sensitive skin.
Second, Chromium Oxide brings three concerns to the table a) can be derived from animals (though Everyday Minerals says their product are vegan), b) is probably moderately toxic as nano-particle (which Everyday Minerals says they’re not using) according to the EWG Skindeep database.
Which is basically still a hundred gazillion times better than a standard powder. Don’t forget to check your stuff with Skindeep or Codecheck, the clean beauty addict’s Geiger counter in this Postapocalyptic wasteland.
SO, WILL I BUY THEM AGAIN?
1. NO and NO. Ironically, none of the two products containing the wildcat pigment has made it to my “buy again” list.
The Olive Fair colour of the Matte Base isn’t matching my skin colour (though it offers a fabulous texture and great coverage, more on that in a sec).
The Mint Corrector doesn’t conceal redness on my skin, instead it works like the red-eye-killer in cheap photographic software: it makes red spots grey spots. Visible grey spots or shadows that is!
As I’ve tried it round the nose to cover up allergic redness, my nose ended up looking slighlty nectrotic.
It might work with another skin tone though, so read on.
2. YES, and YES-YES-YES-YES. On the other hand, I must say I adore the Sunlight Corrector AND also the Lucent Powders, all of those, applied correctly, offer the most incredibly wonderful glow.
COLOURS, APPLICATION & COVERAGE
The Matte Base – if we ignore for a moment that I’ve picked a bad colour please – is a very versatile, fine powder.
It can provide both light and maximum, as in Real-Life-Photoshop maximum coverage, it doesn’t “slip off” your face during the day, it doesn’t clog up the pores, and it’s not drying.
And remember: I went moisturiser-free and still kept using this product to my great contentment (and corrected the colour with another mineral makeup product I own).
The Mint Color Corrector has the most tender, soft pastel green I’ve ever seen.
It reminds me of a soft ice or a 50ies style diner. Again, my skin colour isn’t made for this shade, and the correction of redness ends up in the correction of grey-ness. It worked wonders on a friend with a skin with a cold pink undertone.
My guess now is that skin with green undertones, like mine, can’t be saved from redness with a mint coloured corrector. Period.
The Sunlight Color Corrector reminded me of T. LeClerc’s cult banana powder. Coming in a very clean, non-toxic quality, this Color Corrector is a favourite. Not only does a transparent drizzle of it give you overall better looks, especially in artificial light; applied with a flat concealer brush, it doubles as an amazing, lightweight concealer if you’re a proud wearer of violet-ish dark circles around your eyes.
The Lucent Powder products are
lovely pots of fairy dust shimmering finishing powders that double as blush (Light Pink, Natural) and highlight powders (Wet Sand, Light Pink, Pearl Beige). With these three lighter shades you’ll want to wear just a finest veil, otherwise especially with Wet Sand, all you see is shimmer.
And here are the swatches I’ve applied to skin-coloured, textured paper so you can see the soft texture of the powders and matte vs. shimmery formulations as well as the colours “as they look on skin” pretty well: