A month and a half ago, I made some online purchases from Ellana's online store. One of the stuff I took was their Free Sample Set. Yup! It's free, except for the shipping fee unless you've purchased products amounting to Php 1,000 and above if you live within Metro Manila, or Php 1,600.00 or above in Greater Metro Manila and the rest of the Philippines.
I really appreciate that they offer this service because using the right shade is serious business when it comes to makeup application. Who wants to look like your face is floating above your neck because your foundation is too light?
Though I already know my Ellana foundation and concealer shades, I still decided to get the sample set so that I can share the swatches to you and also inform you about this offer. The pictures that follow are the samples I got so that you will have an idea on what shade/s would suit/s you.
I was too lazy to scan a pic of the booklet about the products so I just took pictures and cropped them. Haha! Just click the photos to enlarge them. :)
I separated the swatches according to warm, cool, and olive skin tones. First photo is the actual samples, second is on paper, and third is swatched on my arm.
The samples—Cafe Breve, French Vanilla, Hazelnut Latte, Caramel Latte and Macchiato.
I guess pinays mostly have warm skin tones (yellowish or golden) that's why they provided more warm shades in the sample set.
Right in the middle is my shade—Hazelnut Latte but I think I'm currently more like Caramel Latte since I got darker due to travelling. :P
These are samples from the cool tones (pinkish or beigey)—Chai Tea Latte, Almond Latte, and Cinnamon Latte.
And finally, two sample of the olive shades (bronzy)—Cafe Mocha and Toffee Mocha.
So that's 10 shades of mineral foundations...
now on to the finishing powders...
Finishing powders are often skipped when applying makeup. But it can actually help a lot in making your makeup look better and stay longer.
You'll get 4 samples—Almond Coffee Cream, Pumpkin Pie Latte, Espresso Con Panna, and Sheer Velvet.
Please refer to the brochure image for each sample's description.
My favorite is the Sheer Velvet because it gives that poreless finish and it makes the skin feeling so soft!
And finally, my favorite product from Ellana!
Their Mineral Powder Concealers are the bomb! I like the coverage it gives and I use this as my foundation. Check out my review here.
The shades included are Awake, Cheer, Radiant, Revive, and Smile.
My shade is Smile. A few months ago, it was a bit darker; but after my trip to the US, it's now my exact shade!
And that's that! Those are the swatches of the samples I got from Ellana! I hope this helped you in deciding what shade to try and also convinced you to get the samples and find your perfect shade yourself. You can also go to their physical stores and get some help from their SA's to make it easier. :)
For more info about Ellana, check out their:
Ellana is available online and at the following branches:
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Glorietta 3, Makati City
The Ramp, 2nd Floor Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
The Ramp, 1st Floor Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Unit 203 La Fuerza Plaza 2, Chino Roces Ave. Corner Sabio St., Makati City