Everyday Minerals Products - Overview and Favorites!
Those in the know will tell you Everyday Minerals is one of the most under-rated mineral makeup brands in the market.
They have a huge range of shades at a very affordable cost (especially compared to brands like I.D. Bare Escentuals), and I love that I can find foundation colors that much my light “cool” gold-olive skin.
1. Foundations in Matte and Intensive formulas: If you think mineral makeup can’t give you good coverage, think again. These come in an impressive range of shades, can be applied in a minute, and give a great velvety finish that doesn’t scream “POWDERED” (unless you buy the wrong shade).
EM foundations have the shortest ingredient list when compared to most drugstore lines, MAC Mineralize, or I.D. Bare Escentuals. This means less additives, and less chances for irritation, allergy, and bacteria build-up over time. Great for very sensitive or acne-prone skins.
The matte formulas are medium coverage. The intensives are much more opaque and can double as powder concealer. They are also easy to touch up over the day, compared to liquids and creams. Only thing is; decant into a really tight jar or these containers can leak powder all over your bag, and make sure your face is completely dry before you apply, as they can grab and darken on moist spots.
Not sure about your shade? You can try 5 foundation shades for $5 on Everyday Minerals, so you won’t end up wasting your money.
2. Correctors: I love Abbott’s Perk Me Up (soft peach) for neutralizing undereye circles, but be careful if you are NC30 or lighter, as over-applying or applying over skin that is still moist can create dark orange patches under your eyes. If you are too fair for this, mix a little of this with Sunlight like I do, or with your own loose powder to balance out the color a little.
3. Lucent Powders: I own several of these.
- Luminimizing Sunlight: I love the low-wattage, barely-there, lemon-gold sheen. I just wish it didn’t contain rice starch, as this is not a mineral ingredient. I don’t like organic substances in my mineral makeup because they are not inert, and hence prone to breeding bacteria over time.
- Dusty Miller, below: This is like the crazier, girlier cousin of MAC’s Well-Dressed blush. Similar in the soft candy-floss pink glow it gives, it looks much lighter and peachier in the jar than on the skin. Beware of the specks of shimmer if you are wearing this for day. Use a light hand.
- Vicki’s Radiant Creation: Similar to Dusty Miller, this gorgeous soft mauve shimmer dust looks light but rubs on a deeper as well, so be careful not to overdo it. Start light and build up where needed.
4. Blushes: I’m not huge on loose powder blushes as you have to be careful not to over apply, but if you tend to break out on your cheeks, I really recommend switching to a pure mineral blush.
(The other important thing is to ALWAYS wash your face brushes at least twice a week, or after each application if you’re having an active breakout. Can’t stress this enough, as bacteria will transfer onto your brush, and back onto your face, leading to repeat breakouts.)
Shades I like are mostly matte, and include:
- Wild Vines
- SoCo, below
- Definitely check out if you have skin that is oily or prone to reactiveness (breakouts, sensitivity, etc). This is probably not so suitable for very dry skin.
- If you really like some of the shadow shades, by all means go ahead and buy, but I am not especially recommending these unless you have super-sensitive skin on your lids, as you can get great shadows from just about anywhere.
P.S. EM has licensed distributors in various countries and these are listed on their site, but they also do international shipping, so depending on the quantity you are purchasing, you might want to consider both options.