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Along with many other people I tried this in the Everday Minerals sample packs. I had heard about mineral make-up and it is something I wanted to try, however having horrible difficult sensitive skin I wanted to test it before shelling out.
These sample packs were perfect - you could chose selections of each item you wanted to try in a pack of 7 I think. Now they have changed it slightly - you can buy individual samples for $2.50 or set sample packs for $5. Unfortunately the concealer isn't in a set pack.
The sample comes in a little clear plastic jar with a white lid and a sieve inside.
I chose the Aussie perk me up. Being slightly unadventurous in this are I didn't go for one of the coloured concealers, instead a traditional skin tone. It is a very pale powder concealer and has a slightly transluscent quality to it. I have to admit, I looked at it with a skeptical glance and almost jumped for my old cream concealer tube......
However, I resisted all my heavy make-up cravings and persevered. grabbing a brush and gently dabbing a bit of the dust on to the offending red mountain on my face. The powdeer went on smoothly and easily and I needed very little to get an effect. It didn't leave obvious powder lines of grains on the surface and seemed to gel to the skin seemlessly. I was actually pretty wowed! Although evidence of the imperfection was still clear courtesy of the accompanying lump, the redness and sore look had been eradicated!
I was impressed by the initial appearance and that I had no irritation or itching from the product, however the only negative I really had was that although it looked great for a few hours, it didn't last longer than that. I took to carrying the pot round with me with a brush. However - maybe I am just being picky. Overall I have been impressed enough to order a full size one at a bargain of $8 plus $3 postage. (And another sample to carry round!)
Like a lot of people, I ordered the fantastic trial package from the everyday minerals website. It's really a fabulous deal. For the price of postage you get to sample 5 everyday minerals products including a concealer, a blush, and three foundations. This not only gives you a chance to find out whether mineral make up is for you but also means you can find out whether the colour is right for you before buying a huge container of the stuff. And, trust me, at the rate these tiny sample pots are going, I imagine that a full size version would last you a REALLY long time!
I have the Everyday Minerals Concealer in the lightest colour, Intensive Fair. Choosing a colour was really difficult, and I must say that in this way the website is not that great. They make every product and colour sound so perfect and adaptable that you can't tell anymore which is the right one for you! Anyway, I don't really like a complicated make up routine, so knew I wouldn't be going for one of the colour correctors like lavender or green. That's just far too much for me! I do have quite a few spots from time to time, and as I have quite fair skin, going to a very porcelain colour in winter, I thought I would give the Intensive coverage concealer a try in the 'Fair' shade. There are only three options in the intensive coverage range.
I had never used mineral foundations before, so found it a bit tricky at first. I soon learned though - start with just the tiniest bit on your brush! It is usually recommended to tip some out into the lid of the container, but I find that this sends the product everywhere and there's a lot of wastage. Instead, I dip the tiniest corner of my brush straight into the pot, then tap this out into the lid and repeat until I have good, even coverage on my brush.
For the concealer, I just use a small (about 1 inch), flat brush that I got with a blusher I bought a while ago. I find it perfect for this as it is small enough to give precise aim with the concealer. You don't need to worry too much though as, unlike liquid or stick concealers, it doesn't congeal to your face when you apply it. In fact if you apply too much it can be very easily spread or even just lightly dusted off the face before it's 'set' onto your skin.
This concealer can be applied dry or wet, for even more coverage. To be honest though, I have never found this at all necessary, and I imagine that it would be quite messy. Even on quite nasty spots, I find this concealer really covers up the redness, without looking caked on or gloopy. If I have a particularly ugly spot I usually dab the tiniest bit of concealer directly from the pot onto my brush and then apply straight to the spot. This way you get quite an intenbse colour right where you need it. I then use the brush to even out the concealer and maybe add a lighter, dusted coating around the area. This immediately reduces the appearance of the spot, and obviously looks even better once you've then applied your mineral foundation over the top. A light dusting on particularly tired looking eyes / dark circles also works wonders.
I've never tried using this concealer underneath a liquid foundation, I think it would end up a bit of a mess due to the difference in consistency. I have however, applied a little over an application of liquid make up (once dried). Although it isn't as nice as using the mineral foundation, if you're in a rush it does work and looks fine. The powder is so light that it really can be spread out evenly on the skin so that you hardly notice it's there.
Applying this concealer under the proper mineral foundation is pure heaven. It gives you a very smooth, polished, fresh look, without looking caked on or too 'made up'. I find that it lasts quite well during the day, at least as well as other liquid make up that I've tried. The foundation will also make a big difference in keeping any flaws hidden for the whole day. I will definitely be buying a full sized version of this when my sample pot is finished. That being said I imagine that won't be for at least another 6 months!
I have just reviewed the Everyday minerals foundation and so thought I'd do the same for the concealer.
I got this product as part of a free trial and so only paid the reasonable shipping cost of £2-3 depending on exchange rates.
I chose the Mint concealer as it was something completely different from anything I had tried before. It is a very light green powder that you apply to blemishes or dark circles with a brush or with your finger.
I have some pigmentation on my skin from the sun and so tried it on there as well. I was amazed at the result. The green tinge really takes away any redness from blemishes, it also lightens dark spots or circles. It blends brilliantly into the skin and a small amount goes a long way. A small pot could last for months.
One thing I will say is that I'd advise dont use it alone as it can leave a greenish tinge around the spots or dark areas but if dusted over with a small amount of foundation it becomes invisable and you get a smooth flawless complexion.
Mineral make-up is one of those things in the world of cosmetics that started off small and is now everywhere, with lots of different companies offering some form of mineral make-up and lots of companies who ONLY produce and sell mineral make-up.
Having previously loved Bare Minerals foundation, I noticed the name 'Everyday Minerals' cropping up online. When visiting their website I was pleased to see they give out free samples of their make-up, and you can choose the ones you want to try, all for the cost of postage. I decided to do this and one of the samples I wanted to try was something from there concealer range.
Everyday Minerals are found at www.everydayminerals.com and are based in the US, and don't have a UK website. You can however order from the site and have your order delivered to the UK.
Everyday Minerals state they have a 'pledge' to you, the consumer, and the planet. The pledge reads as this:
"Everyday Minerals seeks to include the highest quality, all-natural and organic products sourced from sustainable environments across the globe, and to eliminate toxins and engineered material in our products."
Looking on their website they do all kinds of make-up from foundations to blusher, and make-up for eyes and lip balm for, well, lips. They even do a range of pressed make-up for people who just don't like powder. They make their own range of make-up brushes too, which are ideal for use with mineral make-up.
On the home page of the website you will notice in bold a box saying 'Free Samples Get 'Em Now' and this is what drew me into trying something from the Everyday Minerals range. Here you can order a Free Sample Makeup Kit. In your kit you can choose 3 sample sized foundations in any colour and formula, a sample sized blush and a concealer. I happily choose each of my samples, which was very easy to do, and simply paid the postage which wasn't too expensive at all. It arrived in the UK quite quickly.
When looking on the Conceal section of the website you will notice a good range of concealers and shades to choose from, and when you hover over any of the shades it brings up a short description of that concealer and what it's best used for. I opted for the 'Intensive Concealer Fair' as it states that it's perfect for fair skin and works great on under eyes, blemishes and redness. Considering I use my concealers mainly to cover up blemishes and blemish scars this sounded perfect for me.
The concealer arrived and was in a small tub which contained 1g of the concealer. I had never used a powder form concealer before, always using a liquid style or a concealer stick so this one was a first for me. To apply the concealer I used my BareMinerals concealer brush, however Everyday Minerals also produce a concealer brush which is only priced at $6 so you may wish to purchase this one.
I was surprised when I unscrewed the lid as there's alot of powder packed into this small tub. I gently dipped my concealer brush in and tapped off the excess before dabbing the brush onto the areas of my face I wanted to conceal. Straight away I was impressed. The powder was nice and thick, and certainly 'Intensive' as the name suggests! It was very easy to apply and didn't fall off my face. I found it easy to blend in using the brush and it certainly covered up the problem areas very well, however it wasn't noticeable that I was wearing this concealer at all!
I didn't need to add much of the powder to the brush to get the effect I desired. In fact I found a little certainly goes a long way with this one, and I have noticed my 'sample sized' pot is lasting me a long time! I have been so impressed with the results I had decided to buy the full size, but as of yet I haven't had a need to as the sample sized pot is lasting me nicely. You're probably wondering what's stopping me from ordering another sample of this concealer, but unfortunately you can only order one sample of each product type! Makes sense though really.
Throughout the day I noticed this concealer held well and didn't wear off, unless I rubbed my face (which I do sometimes have a habit of doing!) Compared to normal concealer that I use, whether they're liquid or in a stick form, I would say this powder does as good a job, if not better, considering it's made from minerals and doesn't contain any of the chemicals and ingredients you would find in normal products. For this reason I'm not concerned when I do cover up any spots or blemishes using this powder as it certainly doesn't make them any worse, and nor does it block my pores up and cause me to breakout as liquid concealers can do!
To summarise, this powder concealer from Everyday Minerals feels light, but does a great job at concealing blemishes and red areas or applying under your eyes. It's long lasting and contains minerals without any nasty chemicals. If you are interested in giving mineral make-up a try I would certainly recommend giving their free sample make up kit a try, you do only get small pots however with mineral make-up a little goes a long way and so these are perfect for finding the right shade for you.
More information on this range and their products can be found at: www.everydayminerals.com
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As i have said previously i love this brand. All the products i have received from them have been really good and i would recommend them.
Mineral make up seems to be the in product at the minute as it is seen as being a lot better for you.
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Amazing!!! This concealer works really well on dark circles and i cant believe i ever went without it. I picked a shade lighter than my foundation because that is what you are supposed to do with it. This one does not work well on freckles which is a little annoying, Everyday Minerals offer different concealers for different things which is good in a way but i wish they offered a more general one instead of needing to buy one for each problem. Saying that though they really do what they say they will so perhaps its good that they just cover up one thing like spots or dark circles.
I tend to buy the sample pots and as such the pots are quite small so you do need to use a small brush to get the product out. The pots are okay though as they have sifters in them to stop the whole lot falling out if it tipped over.
I love this and paid less than £4 for a blusher,3 foundations and the concealers. For this you get a sample pack and it lasts just under a month which is really good.
Colour correctors for an even complexion /