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4th-Nov-2008 09:14 pm

My Everyday Minerals samples arrived today!!! \(^0^)/

And I think I'm in total love. But I am getting ahead of myself.

I placed my order for one of their free sample makeup kits on 22 Sept, so the shipment took the standard shipping time to Australia from their Austin, Texas location. Thumbs up for speedy shipping!

For my 3 foundation selections, I choose the semi-matte formulation, due to my oily skin. Semi-matte is advertised as being a soft luminous touch, so I'd like to see how it holds up during the course of a work day, while I do a bit of running around and with summer fast approaching, this will be a true test of the foundation's staying power. The texture and weight of the powders are so deliciously light and soft, nothing like the liquid and cream foundations I've used and they're easy to apply with a soft brush. There's no need for sponges. Yay!

The colours are unfortunately not the same onscreen as they are in person (which might be my laptop's problem), but I did get lucky with the colours. I got Beige-Light Tan, Olive-Olive Medium and Golden-Light. Olive Medium is unfortunately too yellow and has almost a green tinge, so I might not select another sample from the Olive suite. Beige-Light Tan and Golden-Light are better matches for my skin tone, with Beige-Light Tan being the closest.

The multitasking concealer is unfortunately too fair for me and leaves an almost white patch on the application area, so I might have to keep experimenting with it or try some other concealer shade.

For the blush, I got their Everyday bronzer from their Lucent suite and this is an absolute star! The colour, which can be described as a rich brick red with a hint of pretty terra cotta compliments my skintone and so little goes such a long way to give a pop of colour.

Now to do the crazy thing and work out what I want in my next set of free samples (and other stuff). (^___^)
5th-Nov-2008 03:57 am (UTC)
i have used bare minerals for the longest time and i love it. the powder works flawlessly on my skin, and it covers scars and acne perfectly. its not too thick, and in actuality, it feels really light and airy on my skin. it's matte as well, so it covers my 'shiny' areas on my face. very breathable. the only drawback is this, it has a 'cosmetic' smell. it smells as if i have make up on me. i have used powder by other brands and they do not have that smell. i am using Sephora's cover FX, and it works as well as bare minerals, but minus the 'cosmetic' smell...I AM LOVING IT!!! :D
5th-Nov-2008 06:44 am (UTC)
The problem is I've tried navigating the Bare Minerals website and it's certainly not the most user-friendly shopping site. I haven't been able to see what their colour range is like and if their package deals on their main site is all they offer, then I can certainly not interested.

Most reviewers of both brands have indicated that Bare Minerals may inflict some skin reaction due to an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride, whereas Everyday Minerals products does not have.

We unfortunately don't have Sephora here. Perhaps you should take advantage of the Everyday Minerals free sample kits and try them out for size if you're into mineral makeup.
5th-Nov-2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Cool. ^_^
5th-Nov-2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Care to join the mineral makeup revolution?
6th-Nov-2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I wouldn't know how to begin. (I'd probably end up looking like a clown.)
5th-Nov-2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
i tried BE but found the coverage v thick and chalky and shiny. didn't get why it was so hugely popular when my cheapo japanese powder foundation was doing such a better job.

and this trial was a full on makeover at a BE shop in states. scrubbed it off when i got back to my room.

so far the only mineral mu i like is laura gellar. ordered EM after reading your post, mebbe it'll work better!
6th-Nov-2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Ooooo, I didn't know BE had shops in the US. I got the impression they were just a webstore. Perhaps it is mostly their marketing, which developed their popularity.

Just did a quick look around the Laura Gellar website. Their colour palettes are really natural!
6th-Nov-2008 11:35 am (UTC)
yeah there's one in san fran.

i love the laura gellar mineral blushes and bronzer. only bought the blush and fdn tho.
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