I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of mineral makeup but didn’t want to spend a fortune trying out then deciding it wasn’t for me. When I stumbled across Earthnicity mineral makeup online and saw that they did samples I jumped at the chance to order some and try them out. I got two foundation shades, a blush and three eyeshadows. Samples cost £1.20 each and you get a fairly substantial amount (I’ve used the foundations twice and still have a bit left).
The foundation: This is the product I was most sceptical about as I like a full coverage foundation and I’m a bit of a mucky pup with loose powders too. I ordered the two lightest shades, Alabaster and Porcelain, as I have neutral skin and wasn’t sure whether the yellow (Alabaster) or pink (Porcelain) tones would work best. Both are ok on me but it looks best when I mix them. The blurb on the website says:
“Pure Mineral Makeup - No Additives, No Nanoparticles
Our mineral makeup is made out of pure minerals and contains no preservatives, bismuth oxychloride, talc, parabens, perfumes, alcohols or nano-particles.
Natural Makeup That's Good For Your Skin
Our mineral cosmetics are anti-inflammatory, oil-free and won't clog pores - great for oily, acne-prone skin or sensitive skin. Our makeup is so pure, you can even sleep with it on!
Lightweight, Breathable and Long-Lasting Makeup
Earthnicity Minerals helps you achieve that flawless "no-makeup" look while providing coverage that lasts all day - even through rain or sweat.”
Sounds good! It’s a soft powder that buffs easily into the skin leaving a soft matte finish. I could call it light to medium coverage depending on how much you use. The real test of endurance is my infamous oil slick nose which normally requires powdering every 2-3 hours. This does actually last a bit longer, touch ups are required after 4-5 hours. Providing you buff it into the skin properly it doesn’t look cakey.
Blush: I got Sorbet which is described on the site as a matte peachy pink shade. I would call it more of a reddish pink and whilst it maybe supposed to be matte I found a bit of silver sparkle in mine (which personally I don't mind). It looks fairly dark in the jar and is extremely pigmented however you can apply this in such a way as to either get a really subtle flush or some really high impact colour. The first time I tried this I used my MA 188 and accidentally picked up too much. Frankly I looked hilarious... A light hand is required!
All in all I like the blush a lot and i’m pleasantly surprised by the foundation. I’m considering mineral foundation as an option for summer when I don’t want liquid sweating off. It’s not as messy to use as I feared although I’m not sure how the full sized ones would travel for touch ups. Full sized containers of the blush are £11.99 and the foundation is £14.99 at http://www.earthnicity.co.uk/home.html
Eyeshadows swatches/ review to follow shortly xxx