Monday, November 12, 2012

AMW Reviews: L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder

Happy start of the week AMW friends! 
Today, I will be reviewing my first L.A. Colors makeup product.  I've always been a fan of L.A. colors when it comes to nail polish and long time reader would know how much I hoarded on the L.A. Colors Art Deco polishes for my nail art designs!  

I've read good reviews on the brand's eye shadows, lipsticks, etc...  Now, I'm glad to get the chance to try their Mineral Pressed Powder!  This was gifted to me by my friends from Sprint Asia early this year but I only get to try this recently as the shade I got was way too dark for me!  I'm lucky that I have enough light colored liquid foundation and BB cream so I can use this on top to match up the color of my neck!  And oh, I've found the best function for this!  This product works as my daily contouring powder as its not too dark and unnatural but it gives my skin a healthy amount of color instead! 

L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder 
in Classic Tan
L.A. Colors says ---

Mineral pressed powder is a whisper light powder that allows the skin to breathe.  Use it to bring life to bare skin or to extend the life of foundation.  Mineral Pressed Powder is talc-free and fragrance free for a natural coverage with velvety smooth finish.  Includes compact case with mirror and applicator!


Available shades: Lightest Ivory, Fair, Creamy Natural, Soft Honey, Natural Beige, True Beige, Classic Tan, Warm Caramel, Sand, Toasted Almond, Nutmeg, Toffee, Creamy Cocoa, Mocha and Ebony. (Shades taken from L.A. Colors website)

Ingredients:








AMW says ---
Pros
  • Packaging comes with a good quality mirror and sponge.
  • No fragrance.
  • Light weight mineral powder that feels light on skin.
  • Powder is finely milled and smooth to touch.
  • Can control a certain amount of oil on your skin.  (Very oily skin may need some retouch within the day.)
  • Doesn't cake up no matter how much you apply.
  • Looks natural in person and on photos.
  • Good range of shades available.
  • Animal cruelty-free.
  • Price.
Cons
  • Clear plastic packaging is a great idea but it's a bit flimsy.
  • Coverage is light to medium.  Will not cover blemishes or marks.
Overall
Light weight, has moderate oil control properties.  Very natural effect and inexpensive.

Tips
  • Purchasing online could be challenging, be ready to pick a wrong shade and deal with it.  One way to go is to research on beauty bloggers with your same skin tone who uses this product.  
  • For medium coverage, use the sponge that comes with the product.
  • As a setting powder on top of your favorite liquid/cream foundation or BB creams, use a fluffy powder brush or kabuki brush for a more natural coverage.
  • Retouch is best done with a fluffy brush and apply lightly only on areas needed to prevent product from caking up.
  • DO NOT drop the product as the plastic packaging gets cracked easily.
  • Conceal blemishes with your favorite concealer prior to using this product.
  • If you purchased a wrong shade, you can always fix it by using a lighter or darker foundation underneath.  Practice makes perfect!
  • For a more natural contour, pick 2-3 shades darker than your original skin tone and use it as a contouring powder.  I love using mine as a contouring powder as it doesn't have any sparkles or shimmers plus it's not too orange against my skin!
Will I repurchase?
Not for myself but will recommend to girls on a budget.

To whom do I recommend this to?
Girls on a budget looking for pressed mineral powders!  The product works best for normal to oily skin.

Where to purchase and how much?
Locally priced at Php249.00 (approx $5.90) available at Purebeauty Store at Serendra.  Sprint Asia is the local distributor of L.A. Colors makeup.

Photos

Shade: Classic Tan on pan

Mirror and Sponge that comes with the packaging

Closer look upon application
Since Classic Tan is 2 shades darker than my regular foundation shade, I used Bobbi Brown Brown Illuminating Base Cream underneath (which is a base cream yet it has a brightening and light effect) and applied L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder with a fluffy kabuki brush.  

Full face application with a K-Brush

Used as a daily contouring powder
Using  Charm Angled Kabuki Buffer Brush  I picked up a bit more product and contoured areas that I want to contour.  (Ex. cheekbones, nose bridge, etc...)


 Effect after a bit of contouring using Classic Tan

Left: Classic tan applied all over face with K-Brush
Right: Classic tan applied all over face plus used as contouring powder. 
 (Look ma, my nose looks more defined!) :P
The effect is very natural even in person!  There wasn't any sharp edges made due to its finely milled powders!

Have you tried any L.A. Colors makeup?
Any other makeup recommendations from the brand?


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(Product received as gift.  Opnions 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)

8 comments:

  1. nice!such a pretty preggy :D thanks for reviewing this :) been wanting to try it! hope you get to review their concealers too :D

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    1. Sige I'll have a look once I get the chance to visit the store. No time na nowadays! :) Thanks for the compliment :D

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  2. Ur skin condition is so perfect! Always amazing!

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  3. you look pretty as ever sis! blooming ka. :)

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  4. I'm so intrigued with this but I'm kinda afraid it will break me out. BUT because of your review, I'll pick it up so I can try for myself :)

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    1. Sana you won't breakout on this since it's mineral! But still..check the ingredients, marami rami siyang ingredients baka there are familiar ingredients that are present there that could cause you breakout!
      Pero at least, hindi siya mahal! :) Goodluck! let me know what happens ha? :D

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