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Everyday Minerals | Range Review #5

I bought Everyday Minerals because they claimed to be vegan, free of nano-particles, silicone, fragrance, talc- and bismuth oxychloride. A review.

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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)

INGREDIENTS

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.

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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.

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Color Correctors. Mint and Sunlight.

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.

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Lucent Powders. From left to right: Wet Sand, Pearl Beige, Light Pink, Natural

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:

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The Matte Base – one coat (1), two coats (2). The Color Correctors in Mint (3) and Sunlight (4) applied in a strong coat for coverage. Lucent Powders are shown applied bolder than you would do normally: Natural – amazing as blush (5), pale and natural Light Pink (6), highly shimmery Wet Sand (7) and softer Pearl Beige (8).

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  1. Gosh – I am feeling guilty as I read this. I have a significant birthday looming and I am trying to belatedly master the ‘art’ of make-up or and especially trying to find out how to apply make so it looks almost non-existent. Anyway the reason I am feeling guilty is that I bought a bronzer today without even glancing at the ingredient list! 😉

    • non-existent is exactly what mineral makeup’s good for.

      bronzers, on the other hand, can look bad if the colour isn’t good. which one have you got? 🙂

        • okay, I’m not commenting the ingredients here 😀

          as far as I can see from their web shop, the bronzers seem to be all quite reddish. so I’d say it’s best to use a huuuuge brush and to apply only a tiiiiny veil of it… as for application techniques, the one and only lisa eldridge has gorgeous tutorials > http://lisaeldridge.com/video/
          I apologise for the sleepless night in advance, haha! 😉

  2. i’ve been looking for mineral makeup but i find it hard to choose the right colour. especially because the brands that i am interested in are only available via the internet. do you have any tipps?
    xxx