Regular readers might remember, the delightful Shannon of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! did an interview with me and Lianne from The Makeup Girl Blog about beauty for women of color. The interview came about because of the latest line of Jane Iredale products, called Global Beauty. Well, the good people at Jane Iredale sent me some of their products to review, and I gotta tell you, I’m with Lianne – I love this stuff!

I was sent a bottle of Liquid Minerals in Terra. I was immediately impressed by the packaging. This stuff is state-of-the-art, straight out of The Jetsons I swear. Witness: the makeup of the future!

The product consists of mineral makeup spheres “all encapsulated by seaweed lipids. Floating around these larger spheres, like planets around the sun, are microscopic liposomes that individually encapsulate Coenzyme Q 10, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamins C), Vitamin K, Willow Bark Extract, Chamomile, Calendula, and Seaweeds (Algin, Agar and Carrageenan.) The spheres are then suspended in a gel of aloe vera, lavender flower water and vegetable glycerin.”

Whew! Got that? Basically, there’s good-for-you skin stuff in here – my beloved aloe, lavender, chamomile, vitamins, and seaweed lipids. Squeeze out a dab and clear aloe-based liquid comes out, along with a smear of mineral foundation.

The Website indicates that the product should be applied with a wet or dry brush, but I’ve been using my fingers and yesterday I tried a sponge wedge. The coverage is exactly what I want it to be – sheer while still providing coverage for my noticeable hyperpigmentation marks.

The color I was sent, Terra, is a touch too dark for me, but I compromised by using a little less product, and of course following up with my trusty L’Oreal Bare Naturale. My skin looked naturally clear and smooth – not cakey and overly made-up as liquid foundations have made me look in the past. It absorbed into my skin like moisturizer, and looked flawless for hours. This stuff costs $46, but I recommend it without reservation. I put it on and went shopping, and let me tell you – I felt and looked like a perfectly bronzed goddess yesterday as I swanned around the women’s department at Target. Ha!

(Psst, Shannon also loved this stuff so Global Beauty really IS for women all shades of beautiful!)

I was also sent Pure Pressed Blush in Flushed, a dusky rose infused with 24-karat gold flakes.

Ooh la la! The first time I used it, it gave me a subtle glow. By the third attempt I got a little overenthused with my brush and wound up looking a bit more glitter-drunk than Flushed.

Less is more when it comes to this stuff, and as Jane Iredle’s site indicates, this would also make a great lip liner or eye shadow if applied wet or with a different brush. But I’m officially a blush lover now, thanks to great products like this.

Jane Iredale’s Global Beauty products lasted all day, and I think they’re awesome enough to get my mom a bottle of Liquid Minerals for Christmas. You can buy it online at and fancy salons, spas, and medical offices nationwide.

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Shannon says:
November 13, 2006, 12:56 pm
I'm so happy to hear that you loved them. I agree about the liquid minerals; it was like nothing I have ever seen before. 3 cheers for beautiful skin! ~Shannon
Leah says:
November 13, 2006, 1:22 pm
Love your blog. Have been looking for blogs kept by black women and yours is excellent. BRAVO!!!!!!
Toya says:
November 13, 2006, 2:56 pm
I'll be reviewing this line for DeLush and I can't wait to get the products!
Yan says:
November 13, 2006, 6:52 pm
found your site a couple weeks ago, not to mention i remember you from trinidad. i have recently moved to the us and was hoping that you would be able to give me some advice about good skin match creme to powder foundations for dark skin. i have experimented with darker shades from a few lines and i have often found that the base colours are a bit too "cool" (meaning pink or even blue based) for my complexion, even though the shade itself was not bad match. this resulted in the foundation looking as though i was wearign a mask. failing that, i am thinking of trying the "bare minerals" line. have you ever tried this?
Natural Sista says:
November 13, 2006, 8:23 pm
Hey Bella, Question: Have you ever use Prescriptives Foundation? I have been told that it does not have "harsh chemicals". I have sensitive skin and I am looking for something that doesn't have harsh ingredients that will cause me to breakout. Also bella, a friend a my send me myspace info about a celebrity make-up artist named Jenique Bell [her myspace display name is Soulistic Womyn]who has her own line of vegan make-up products. I have tried to get in contact with her but, I have not have any success. Could you please tried to get in contact with her on myspace [ask her how we can get her products :) please]? Maybe you could review her products. Any feedback from you bella would be greatly appreciated! Ciao Bella...
Coffy says:
November 13, 2006, 8:44 pm
hey Bella, i am so happy that you are trying out this makeup line. Prescriptives and Bobbi Brown have been my go to but i just may need to check out this new line. @Yan if you are looking for a warmer base Bobbi Brown is really good. the only way to describe the effect of her makeup is that you look like you have a warm (yellow)glow.
Julia_Claudine_Deveraux says:
November 14, 2006, 10:49 am
Hey Bella Dear! Sounds like a great product! I'm going to check if anyone has this product locally so I can match it perfectly to my skin tone. says:
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