Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Lip and Cheek Duo PaletteTuesday, February 03, 2015
I received these gorgeous cheek and lip duo from Ellana last Christmas from my friend and beauty blogger Liz Lanuzo of ProjectVanity.com (Thanks Liz!). Ellana is becoming one of my favorite minerals makeup brands because they do not clog the pores and they are highly pigmented too just like regular makeup! And they're of high quality too! Not to mention, the lovely top notch paper packaging which I only see with imported brands like The Balm and Benefit.
I love organic or mineral makeup brands who spend on packaging. Packaging that are functional and are sturdy. Just because it's made from all-natural ingredients, doesn't mean your packaging should be inferior. I don't know if I am making sense, but I'm sure you beauty addicts know what I mean about packaging.
|Ellana Lip and Cheek Duo Palette, PhP 460/each|
I know you're curious! Find out more about this amazing duo after the break!
To be honest, I never used to opt for mineral makeup specially when I am shooting editorial because in flash photography, these products that contain mineral reflect and give a whitish, ghostly cast on the model's face, so I stay away from it. But that was about 6 years ago when mineral makeup brands haven't perfected their products yet for flash photography use. And now, I must say that I am very happy with the results in either natural light or flash photography.
Now going back to Ellana, I like the way they name their products. Here we have Prima Donna and Goddess which is a combination of a poppy red and tea rose pink, and Celebrity and Diva which is a candy orchid and copper bronzer.
Comparing this with the Lip and Cheek Gel, I would go with this one. Aside from this allowing you to apply it with a brush, it's easily rinsed off your fingers as well.
If you are going to use a stippling brush, just dip the tip on the pan and it will pick up just the right amount of product on your brush. It will make it look very natural and it won't leave you looking streaky with no hard edges!
I dabbed on a little tea rose pink on my lips to make it look stained and it really gives a very natural, and fresh look!
On one occasion, I also used my Canmake Cheek Brush which has shorter bristles. It was faster and easier to control than the stippling brush and gives a more intense color effect on the cheeks half the time! You just have to start with as little product as possible because you might end up with hard edges once it sets!
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS:
Length of usage before review: 1 week
- No breakouts!
- Doesn't dry so fast so you have time to blend!
- Very lightweight feel.
- Fragrance free.
- Looks very natural.
- Can be used on either lips or cheeks.
- No sticky feeling.
- Gel makes is ideal for women with oily skin, and lasts the whole day!
- Works well with dry skin as well.
- Does not cake on the cheeks.
- Can be applied on top of powder foundation without caking!
- Can be used as a base for blush on the cheeks for a natural looking flush that lasts all day.
- This shade will blend well with any skin tone and color.
- Blend-able and easy to use.
- Can be applied with a brush.
- Lasts the whole day though sweat and oiliness! Lasted until I removed it at night.
- Comes in only 3 shades.
- Available at The Ramp only and Ellana's website.
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★
Retail Price: PhP 460/each
Purchased For: Gift from Liz Lanuzo (Thank you!)
Will I re-purchase? Yes.
Will I recommend it? Yes.