Last week I discovered Ikari Cosmetics and their new mineral make-up range at the Carpe Clinic. This line has no preservatives and all the products have SPF 20. It is said that mineral make-up lets the skin breathe more and the mineral make-up will bind itself more to oil. This is why mineral make-up looks more natural; it looks like our own natural skin oil and won’t penetrate the pores as much. This way mineral make-up feels very light, like a feather.
That sounds pretty good, actually! Let’s see how my first experiences were with mineral make-up:
Mineral Make-Up With Ikari Cosmetics
So as I’ve mentioned before, I knew mineral make-up existed but I just hadn’t tried it out before. Why? Because I thought that “just powder” wasn’t going to deliver the coverage I want from my usual foundations and that a powder wouldn’t stay on very well. Especially since I’ve got a combination skin!
To celebrate the launch of the mineral make-up line, I was colour matched at the Carpe Clinic and gifted the entire new make-up range to play and experiment with. I’m always happy to try new products and I was so curious if mineral make-up would fulfill my expectations!
Right now there’s three products in the mineral make-up range: foundation, concealer and blush. Let’s start with the concealer:
Applying the concealer: Open the concealer and shake a little amount of it onto the lid. Dap a small amount of the powder on dark circles, brown or red spots, acne or scars.
The kabuki brush is too big for the concealer, so I used a dense brush to tap and blend this under my eyes, the sides of my nostrils and in the inner corners of my eyes. We were told that the concealer also acts like a subtle highlighter, so you can use it on your brow bone and cheekbones as well.
Applying the foundation: Shake a little bit of the powder in the lid. Swirl the kabuki brush into the lid. Apply 2 to 3 light layers of the mineral powder foundation in a circular motion. You can apply the mineral powder to the face and the neck.
I’ve applied two layers of the powder foundation on my face and was fairly happy with the coverage. I was colour matched with n°2, the second fairest colour. I’m really with the Kabuki brush as well! It’s very soft and is a pleasure to work with. If I feel I’ve put on too much, a few swirls will fix that!
There are two types of blush in this make-up range: a warm-toned and a cool-toned. Because I have a pink/red/blue-ish undertone, this makes me perfect for the cool-toned blush.
Applying the blush: I used a mini-kabuki brush to pick up some product and then swirl it around in the lid. Then I tap the brush a little bit to avoid excess powder. I start with the apples of the cheeks, that’s where you need to focus your pigment. Afterwards you can fade out the colour in the direction of your ear.
Mineral Make-up: Before and After
So, will I be using mineral make-up from now on?
I was surprised with the coverage a powder can give! One layer was definitely not enough, but after a second layer the coverage was starting to become similar to a liquid foundation. I didn’t feel the need to put on a third layer – and even if I would have, the mineral make-up feels indeed very light. I loved the blush, it’s very pigmented! I think I’ll stay faithful to my liquid foundations for now. I do see myself using mineral make-up for those days that I just want a little coverage but when a liquid foundation is a drop too much. Or when you need some quick coverage during that morning rush ;)
Have you ever tried mineral make-up before?
This product review includes products that were gifted to me by a brand or company.
Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are honest and are all my own. Please read my disclaimer.