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 www.janeiredale.com and fancy salons, spas, and medical offices nationwide.