Although I have reviewed a number of Glo Minerals products in the past, there are a few I thought you might like to know about as you consider what to add to your makeup collection for Spring. For example, the Glo Mineral’s most popular pressed base powder called Glo Pressed Base $39.00 gives you face a lovely semi-matte coverage that you can layer if you feel you want more intense coverage. It isn’t the cheapest mineral foundation out there, but what is really impressive about this product is that this pressed powder foundation comes in a whopping 21 color choices, arranged by golden, beige, honey, chestnut and cocoa (the deepest) with each collection featuring five color tones from light to deep (except for cocoa, which is the only on in it’s category). If you can’t find a perfect color in this collection, it probably doesn’t exist! The sample I got was “Golden Dark.” Normally, I wouldn’t pick a color in the middle of the range from light to dark like this one, but since it is a mineral foundation, the color tones are very forgiving, and I found that I could wear it easily, especially if I used the included, sponge applicator and not a brush (which would have made the product more opaque and intense). These are formulated using powerful pharmaceutical-grade antioxidants, natural, high-pigment minerals and broad spectrum *UV protection (these products provide some natural UV protection, but they are not SPF rated. They are physically tested by laying minerals on the skin and measuring the penetration of UV in to the dermis. My advice to you is to wear an addition SPF product that is specifically rated, to ensure adequate protection). The foundations also have an exclusive, antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, E and green tea The best way to apply this type of powder foundation if you want a full coverage result, is with a soft, large brush like a kabuki brush. I kind of dig the compacts, too. They are not the standard, boring, round ones. These are much more cool: slimmer, round but slightly tapered, in black matte plastic with a silvery, brushed metal disk on the top featuring a small, Glo Minerals logo. Inside is a mirror. TIP: You can add an extra boost of hydration by finishing your foundation with a spritz of gloMoist hydration mist (a cooling mist featuring a blend of antioxidants and anti-aging benefits that hydrates instantly. Use when skin feels dry, when exposed to dry climate conditions or when skin needs an instant burst of hydration).
Add a pop of sheer, build-able, believable color with Glo Minerals GloBlush Duo $27.50. Also inside a slim, round, black matte compact (this time with clear window) is a split pan featuring two coordinating colors of blush. “Petunia” (in the photo) features two hues of pink. I tried “Terra Cotta” with two natural peach shades – one deep, one bright. Both matte shades looked like they’d be garish on my skin, but the mineral formula simply blended nicely whether I used one, or both. You can certainly use the deeper shade for contouring (which I’m not a fan of unless you really know what you’re doing) but with these colors being so complimentary, the contouring actually was credible and natural looking. Whether you’re just looking for two great blushes in one compact, you want to contour your face, or you want to layer both colors, this multi-tasking blush is a great choice.
When it comes to pressed powder eye shadows, Glo Minerals has 28 shades of GloEye Shadow $18.00/each that provide build-able color. You can make the color light and sheer, but you can also apply more layers until you get real intensity. The control is in your hands. The colors are beautiful, in every tone you can think, with very flattering results. The shadows arrive packaged in single-color rounds of pressed powder, in a mini-sized version of the pressed powder foundation compact I describe above. The silky shadows apply smoothly, delivering long lasting color in a base loaded with antioxidants. If you love them (and you will), but you prefer kits, you can also get a Metallic Smoky Eye Kit $37.00 featuring four brown-centric shades in a square, mirrored compact.
If your lips are dry, cracked, chapped or otherwise not smooth, all the bold and bright lipstick colors being touted as “must-haves” for Spring, are not going to look good. A smooth canvas for lipstick is a must. So I’m suggesting GloMinerals GloExfoliating Lip Wand $15.00 to help exfoliate and condition your lips in one handy product, and all in one step! The slim, matte silver lipstick tube looks chic, but inside is a clear, nourishing wax with microcrystals that melt on contact with your lips, and lock in moisture to prevent dry skin from returning. I have to be honest, my sample was defective and wouldn’t swivel up, but I was able to try to product with a lip brush. It felt pampering and soft, and while jojoba conditioned my lips, I also enjoyed a light whiff of peachy scent. This is one to keep in your makeup bag or on your desk at work, to use anytime you feel you need some moisturization.
GloMinerals has so many other, great-for-your-skin products, in great color choices. Check them out at www.gloskincare.com. .
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