Saturday, November 29, 2008

Testing my Ellana minerals products

Ok, I posted my Ellana haul a few days ago and I decided to roadtest some of the products I bought. So today, I decided to test some of them out.

Let's start with the blushes.

Here are the swatches of the 3 blushes I bought:

from left to right: fulfillment, happiness, heaven

I know that Fulfillment looks very orange in the picture but it's actually peachier that how it looks like on the picture. Happiness is a soft pink shade while Heaven is a plum shade. Heaven and Happiness look very similar in the jars but they're actually quite different when swatched.

I wore Fulfillment today. It was a really tiring day so I didn't have any time to check my makeup until I got home from a long day's work. It was already 9 1/2 hours since I applied it. I checked the mirror immediately once I got home and saw that there was some color left on my cheeks, although the color wasn't as obvious as it was when I first applied it this morning. I reckon that it could have used a midday touch up.

Would I buy full sizes? Probably not. Although it's okay since it's inexpensive, there are better MMU blushes out there. The problem is I'm actually too lazy to sample blushes (since I'm not a blush addict). I'd rather see the blushes in person.

Next, we move on to the Sheer Velvet High Definition Powder. This powder actually has only 2 ingredients: silica and silicon microspheres. This is the reason why I bought it, since it contained a lot of silica. This is only available in one shade: White chocolate. Well, as the name suggests, it's color white. The powder is very fine. When I applied it to my face it didn't make my face turn scary white.

Using this powder, I didn't need to blot until 2 1/2 hours later. Yey (I know, my face is an oil mine)! Of course, this is already on top of the other usual oil control products I use. This is a good alternative for actual silica powder since this powder is mostly made up of silica, anyway. The difference for me is that amorphous silica (which I bought from sweetscents) is not fine, so my Blusche powder dispensing brush can't really dispense it properly. I really like the oil control of silica powder, and I don't want to take it with me everywhere in a jar because it's a little messy. With Sheer Velvet, since the powder is very fine, I'm confident that my brush can dispense this properly, so I can bring it everywhere with me for touch-ups.

Would I buy a full size? Yes! It's very affordable at P380 (around $7.60) for a jar larger than the usual 30 gm jar.

Lastly, I tried the lip scrub for the 2nd time today. I bought this (in strawberry flavor) even though I found it a little expensive. It was P150 (around $3) for a 3 gm jar. Tiny. When I tried it, though, I was so surprised how a ridiculously small amount of it is needed to exfoliate my lips. A little really goes a long way. I used a tiny amount, and then scrubbed my lips (dry) for around 3 minutes. After that, my lips felt softer and less flakier. It also has a sweet taste if you ever accidentally (or not) eat some of it.

Would I buy this again? Yes, but it will take a while before I finish this small jar.


Crystal Gale said...

hi Crystal! I agree with this review of yours :)

although Ellana blushes are good for its price, there are more MMU brands that has greater quality blushes that can last last our oily skin the whole day (like Lumiere and Monave)..

I love love love the White Chocolate sheer velvet fin powder too! I will not buy AL URFP anymore since this works the same and at a much cheaper price too :)

musicalfanlovesminerals said...

hi gale! now you make me want to try monave blushes. i have an FS blush that just shipped from lumiere.

i'm glad you like the sheer velvet fin pow too! there was a bazaar in up and there was an ellana reseller. i went there hoping to buy a full size of it kaya lang wala siyang stock. nasad ako. :( it looks like i'll be buying it this coming MMU bazaar. i still got AL URFP kasi may dewy effect siya. buti ka pa may self-control. wah!

OD said...

hey, late comment here :)

sis, how would you compare the Sheer Velvet with EG mineral's High Def Pro? I want to know if it's worth getting a full-sized jar when I have Ellana already w/c also happens to be more readily available.

Since you have AL's URFP, I suggest you make comparative reviews of these silica-based finishing powders. That would be very helpful to a lot of your readers ;)

raaz said...

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