Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Look Flawless with Ellana!

Hello loves!

Ever since I first tried Ellana Mineral Cosmetics, I became an instant fan. 

I've actually avoided mineral makeup until I attended one of Ellana's blogger events which gave me the opportunity to take home some of their products. I've already shared the reasons why I was hesitant to use mineral makeup and how Ellana changed it in my previous post, so for today's entry, I'll share with you how I achieve a flawless look using 3 Ellana Mineral Cosmetics products—Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer, Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer, and Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder.

I've already made a review on the Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer so I will be skipping that one for this post. You can read the full review here.

And let's go to the product that saved mineral makeup for me,

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer
This is their medium shade with warm tones and it's only for Php 460.00.

Why saved? Because it gave me the coverage I wanted that I didn't get from the mineral makeup products I tried from other brands!

Smile is exactly my shade! I'm happy that Ellana's products have warm tones so it blends well with most Filipina skin. Their Mineral Foundation and Concealer products are available in other shades as well:

Radiant—Light with warm tones
Cheer—Light with cool tones
Revive—Medium with cool tones

Before I go on with the product details, let's admire the very fab packaging first. The beautiful illustrations were made by Ms. Soleil Ignacio. 


Here are product descriptions from the website:

WHAT IT IS
Complete coverage without the mask-like finish - that is the promise of our new Concealer Foundation. This dual-purpose product can be used to spot-conceal and to cover up under eye circles. It can also be applied, in sheer layers, as a foundation for maximum coverage.

HOW TO USE
As a concealer: Use your fingers or a concealer brush to pick up the product. Blend onto your eye bags and blemishes in quick feathery strokes. 

As a foundation: Pick up a small amount with your kabuki or powder brush. Apply only a sheer layer to color correct and/or cover problem areas.

TIPS AND TRICKS
This is a foundation for oily and extremely troubled skin. As a
concealer, it can work with all skin types. It comes in five color correcting
shades to effectively keep imperfections under wraps.

Ingredients:
Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Methicone, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin, Magnesium, Stearate, Allantoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Yellow CI 77492, Red CI 77491, Black CI 77499, Green CI 77288, Blue 77007



Swatches on my hand

This product has heavy coverage, great for those who suffer from acne and dark spots. If you have clearer skin, I suggest you stick to their mineral foundations which also has good coverage and carries more shades.

The product is fine and soft and it feels very light on skin. Application is very easy. I use a flat top synthetic makeup brush or a flat kabuki brush for application.


The next product is the finishing powder:
Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder 
This is also worth Php 460.00.


Details about the product from the website:

WHAT IT IS
Look poreless, matte, and ultra-smooth up close with our best-selling Sheer
Velvet HD Powder. This translucent powder can set your makeup and help ward
off oil during the day! The pure white shade matches all skin tones.

HOW TO USE
After your foundation, use only a small amount of Sheer Velvet
on the center of your face. Simply retouch as needed!


TIPS AND TRICKS
This powder is recommended for oily and troubled skin. It can
also diminish the appearance of pores. It’s great to use with all
skin tones due to the colorless coverage.


INGREDIENT LIST

silicon dioxide, nylon-12, mica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane


Who doesn't want poreless skin??? It has been a dream for me especially since I have acne-prone, oily skin. As mentioned in the description, this product is recommended for my skin tone! Yay! 

Swatches on my hand
This powder is silky soft! It's also very fine that it gets in and fills those pores and lines thus giving you that smooth and silky finish. It sounds too good to be true but I'm not kidding! I'm impressed! It mattifies the face making it a great product to lessen shine (whether it's from your natural oils or if you use foundations or BB's that give dewy finish).


With the combination of this and the Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer, you would really get that lovely poreless finish! Don't believe me? Then check out the next photos below!
Here are shots of my bare face...

My skin is slowly clearing up (thank goodness... it may not look like it but it was worse before) but I'm still suffering with acne scars, especially on the jaw line. I also have enlarged pores on the cheeks and forehead.

After I cleansed and moisturized my skin, I apply the  Let's Make It Last Makeup Primer first. It's transparent so it doesn't make much difference so I didn't take any shots of my face anymore.

And then I apply the  Smile Cover It Up Mineral Powder Concealer...

I apply a very small amount on areas that are not so problematic like the apples of my cheeks and forehead. I concentrated more on the jaw area where many acne scars need concealing.


See how great it works on hiding those dark scars? Amazing! And I didn't have to use so much product.

And then I top it off with the Sheer Velvet Mineral Finishing Powder...

All smoothened now! Skin looks matte and feels so soft and pores are smaller!

I actually put the Sheer Velvet after the foundation but it can also be used as primer before you put on your mineral foundation to smoothen your canvas aka your face. :P

And then I just add some color on my face...




I LOVE the finish! It looks natural and my skin looks like it's glowing! The products feel so light on my skin that I don't even feel like I'm wearing makeup! Besides these, Ellana Mineral Cosmetics are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free! 

As for the staying power, well, it doesn't really control oil so I give around 2-3 hours before my face starts getting shiny. I have to blot and retouch using the Sheer Velvet powder. But even if I get very oily, the makeup doesn't fade. I only reapply foundation (I use the pressed powder form of their mineral foundation in Hazelnut) once for the whole day when I'm at the office. And does my makeup cake? No, it does not. But I'm not completely sure if the concealer/foundation will if it is applied on top of a non-mineral liquid foundation because I only use this with other Ellana products.

Overall, I love these products. I strongly recommend them! Like I said, I am now a fan!

For more info about this primer and other products from Ellana, check out their:

Ellana is available online and at the following branches:


Glorietta 3
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Glorietta 3, Makati City
Shangri-la Plaza
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
Trinoma Mall
The Ramp, 1st Floor Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Pasong Tamo
Unit 203 La Fuerza Plaza 2, Chino Roces Ave. Corner Sabio St., Makati City

And btw, If you click this link (or the Ellana banner at the side bar), you get a discount when you buy online and I get a small amount of money because I joined their affiliate program. But even though I benefit from this, rest assured that all I stated in my posts are honest reviews. :)

So that's how I achieve a flawless face with Ellana! Hope this post helped you. :D


Cheers,
 DAWN

16 comments:

  1. Glowing ka nga dito! :) I can't imagine how powder concealer can give such heavy coverage, but whoa. I'm convinced. That's amazing!

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    1. Just finished my foundation. Gonna buy a new one soon! <3

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  3. Omg, that is insane coverage for a powder! I've never thought that mineral powders really can have such full coverage but its full and so natural! Looks amazing on!

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  4. WHAT. That's amazing! Will pick out my shade now. :P
    Hey, what other mineral brands have your tried? :)

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    1. I think you can order some samples for only Php 100 so you can see what your shade is. :D Haven't tried other mineral foundations but I've tried some blushes and eye shadows from Virginia Olsen and Milea.

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  5. The coverage is AMAZING! Ganda! :D

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  6. ang gallliiinnnggg nawala nga pores mo!!

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    1. Yesss!!! Still amazed by this wonderful product after I finished a whole jar!

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  7. Amazeballs coverage! I need to get my hands on their items. Your review is truly convincing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Glad to know you appreciate my review. Ellana truly has amazing products! :D

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