JULY PRODUCT REVIEW: Earthlab Cosmetics & a GIVEAWAY! – WINNER ANNOUNCED!

In order to celebrate my milestone of surpassing 100 posts and to highlight July’s products from Earthlab Cosmetics, I’m hosting a giveaway! If you’re super impatient, you can jump down the post for all the details, but if you’ve got some time let’s dive into my review.

Let’s start with a little background on Earthlab Cosmetics:

Earthlab Cosmetics was created by a mother and daughter team whose goal was to create a makeup line that worked well for women of all different skin color, tones and types and features the finest natural minerals and raw pigments, derived directly from nature with no additives. Earthlab’s vision is to “have women around the world using a pure makeup that is actually healthy for their skin. One that will not completely absorb into the skin and that is completely free of additives, fillers and preservatives.”
This is a vegan makeup line that does not test on animals and does NOT contain: By-Products, Parabens, Toxic Chemicals,Bismuth Oxychloride,Preservatives.

I’m always intrigued with trying out organic and vegan makeup, but I must confess that I’m not typically a fan of mineral makeup. I find it to be too much effort and a bit too messy for me. Let’s see if this brand changes my mind.

Mascara
Earthlab Cosmetics, Raw Mascara, Black, 0.33 fl oz (10 ml)
(Retail: $18.37)
Description: “…a silky, lash-defining and weightless mascara providing all day colour. The smooth light-as-a-feather base does not clump because of the absence of clay in the superior formula. Which also means no flaking and no smudging. Perhaps best of all is that this botanically-enriched mascara adds a softness to the lashes while this moisturizing formula will condition the lashes at the same time. It also has no harmful preservatives that can irritate the eyes and is paraben free.”
Verdict: Like
I wear contacts and in general it’s hard for me to find mascaras and liners that don’t bother my eyes. Since this is natural it didn’t bug my eyes and it also didn’t flake or smudge. This mascara gives you a very natural, boho chic type of vibe. It’s not going to give you that super thick, heavy lash look, but it’s great when you’re going with a natural beauty feel.

Gloss Gloss Swatch
Earthlab Cosmetics, Lip Gloss, Autumn, 0.25 fl oz (8 ml)

(Retail: $15.00)
Description: “Earthlab’s lip gloss is handcrafted with natural plant products and mineral blends. A base of jojoba and natural waxes yields a wonderful silky texture. Your lips will benefit from this nourishing botanical based formula. The Autumn shade is a beautiful cool shade of light pink and gold tones.”
Verdict: Hit!
When I first glanced at this shade in the tube I was worried it would look terrible on me. But with the cooler skin tone, red hair and brown eyes it was a perfect shade. The consistency was a little odd to me at first since this had a more liquid feel and wasn’t quite as sticky as other glosses. I got used to that quickly and found that it had excellent staying power for a gloss.

Mineral Blushes  Blush Swatches
Mineral Blushes
Earthlab Cosmetics, Loose Mineral Blush Shimmer, Sultry Brown, 2 g
(Retail: $19.50)
Description:This deep luscious color is a blend of plum and brown. Perfect for a darker cheek highlight.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Loose Mineral Blush Shimmer, Apricot, 2 g
(Retail: $19.50)
Description: Highlight the cheeks with this soft Apricot glow, for just a touch of cheek color.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Loose Mineral Blush Shimmer, Peach, 2 g
(Retail: $19.50)
Description:This peaches and cream shade works well with all skin tones. It’s the perfect shade to achieve a natural daytime look.”
Verdict: Hit!
So I’m usually intimidated by mineral makeup, but I grabbed a big old blush brush and gave this a try. While the sultry brown is far too dark for me, the apricot and peach both looked quite nice. I was very surprised at how easily (and non-fussy) the blush went on. Very easy to apply and the peach and apricot both looked extremely natural on me. (Although the Apricot is my favorite). If you want a really natural cheek, these blushes are perfect.

Eye Bright
Earthlab Cosmetics, Mineral Powder, Eyebright, 1 g
(Full Size Retail: $18.00)
Description:Women of all skin tones and types will benefit from having a brighter eye area when using this product. Use as a base on the lid and under brow. It looks great by itself but even better when other shades are added to the inner and outer edges and along the crease line.”
Verdict: On the Fence
This applied easily but it was a bit shiny for my taste. I layered colors over it but I wasn’t really sure if it made a difference. I’m not quite sure how to use this one so I’m a bit on the fence about it. But maybe folks more experienced with mineral makeup will have a better time with it.

Matte Shadows Matte Shadow Swatches
Matte Mineral Eyeshadows

Earthlab Cosmetics, Matte Shadow Liner, Lavender, 2 g
(Retail: $19.99)
Description: “Earth Lab’s MSLs can be used wet or dry as a matte eye shadow or as an eyeliner.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Matte Eye Shadow, Deep Plum, 2 g
(Retail: $19.99)
Description: “This soft gorgeous Plum shade is one of our most popular raw pigments. This shade works well in the crease of the eyelid, and looks great paired up with our Bronze shade on the lower lid. It can also be used as a lip tint just top off with clear gloss or make a great fall nail color by mixing with a clear nail polish! Our Multi-purpose colors are unbelievably versatile.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Matte Eye Shadow, Light Brown, 2 g
(Retail: $19.00)
Description:This Matte Shadow Liner can be used wet or dry as a smokey eye shade or wet with our Accent It brush as a light brown eye liner. This shade also works well dry with our angled brush to define eyebrows for that perfect blended line.”

Verdict: Like
I only tried these out as eyeshadows because I don’t think I’m quite advanced enough with mineral makeup to attempt them as eye liners nor do I need to make my own nail polish. It took me a little while to figure out how much to tap off before application, but the colors went on nicely. They had a pretty, soft focus (almost watercolor) look. The light brown was a touch warm for me. I really like the two purple shades but I need to be careful since purple + my complexion = giant bruise.

Shimmer Mineral Eyeshadows
Shimmer Shadows Shimmer Shadow Swatches
Earthlab Cosmetics, Multi Purpose Mineral Powder/Eye Shadow, Sea Moss, 1 g

(Retail: $18.00)
Description: “A dramatic color to blend with other colors for amazing eye color results..”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Multi Purpose Mineral Powder/Eye Shadow, Plum, 1 g
(Retail: $18.00)
Description: “This soft gorgeous Plum shade is one of our most popular raw pigments. This shade works well in the crease of the eyelid, and looks great paired up with our Bronze shade on the lower lid. It can also be used as a lip tint just top off with clear gloss or make a great fall nail color by mixing with a clear nail polish.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Multi Purpose Mineral Powder/Eye Shadow, Soft Brown, 1 g
(Retail: $18.00)
Description: “This color can be sheer or dramatic. A Perfect soft brown color for your eyes. Pair it up with our Champagne color on the lower lid for a more dramatic look. This shade is one of our most popular colors.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Mineral Powder, Autumn, 1 g
(Retail: $18.00)
Description: A very soft pink shimmer. Works well worn alone on the eye or blended with darker shades.”

Earthlab Cosmetics, Multi Purpose Mineral Powder/Eye Shadow, Brown Copper, 1 g
(Retail: $18.00)
Description: This shade is a rich firey shade of copper with just a hint of pinkish/orange..” 

Verdict:
Love!
For me, these were the rockstars of the products I tried. These are so pretty going on and I found them to be easier to apply then the matte shades. The shimmer on these is beautiful and the Autumn and Sea Moss look amazing on. The shimmer on these sort of mimics the effect of a smoky eye so you can wear a lot of the shades on their own and still look amazing.

 

All Products
OVERALL

I found this line to be a lot of fun to try out and it definitely helped me get more comfortable with mineral makeup. I think the colors and formulations give a fabulous laid back, boho, California vibe and I think it’s a great option if you are looking for a natural look. None of the eye products irritated me at all and I’m going to keep experimenting with their mineral products. If I had to pick one product for you to try from the ones I reviewed, I’d suggest one of the eye shimmer mineral eyeshadows. They are so lovely and versatile.

Do you swear by mineral cosmetics? Do you find them too messy or intimidating?

Coupon Code: If you want to give these products a shot you can use my code at iherb.com: CVF809 for a discount on your first order. They are a fabulous place to buy everything from groceries to essential oils and they frequently offer freebies at checkout.

GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m giving away a cosmetics set from Earthlab Cosmetics featuring a mascara,lip gloss, shimmer mineral eyeshadow and a mineral blush. This contest is open to US folks only (sorry my international peeps). Just leave a comment on this post before midnight (EST) August 7th. I’ll be choosing my winner at random from the comments. I’ll post the winner’s name after I’ve confirmed with them.

Good Luck & Thanks for Reading!

And the winner for this giveaway is…(drumroll please)…Michelle Claxton!

Thank you to everyone who participated.