Thursday, July 30, 2009

BEAUTÉ POUR LA NATURE | philosophy the supernatural mineral blush duo

After a LONG wait, my ultimate lemming bronzer has arrived! :) I was finally able to pay for the last 50% of my order from the US, which contains a brand new EcoTools 6-piece brush set for my mom, and my highly anticipated Philosophy The Supernatural Mineral Blush Duo. I guess I've been so intrigued by Philosophy products since I first eyed them up at a Beauty Bar branch in SM Mall of Asia, but was dumbstruck when I realized I was so dirt poor to buy something from the brand (with the immense 12% value added tax to everything in my country!). And yet I was even more persistent to grab something good from them after seeing their The Supernatural line. Hmmm...Supernatural?

Nope, not exactly Dean and Sam Winchester. But I do adore them both! *flails* Does having all three season DVD box sets explain my obsession with these two? And the whole Supernatural love goes as far as my new and sudden fetish for high end and drug store makeup! Anyway, here's my review for Philosophy's Mineral Blush Duo.

As soon as I opened the box and the compact, I was surprised at how big the duo palette was! You can't have too much of a bad thing, dears. :) The pink is the same semi-orange shade as my Max Factor Perfection Blush in Classic Pink (MF is just a bit deeper) which is good because it actually replicates the true blush of my cheeks. The bronze half is a whole lot darker than my E.L.F. Healthy Glow Bronzer in Luminance. Color comparisons at the pic below.

The mirror along with the compact was the magnifying kind, so you can really get a good look at the fine details when putting on the blush/bronzer as well as any other makeup. :D I loved that about this one. Don't be fooled though, the pigmentation of the this product is actually darker, it just became lighter due to the flash of my phone's camera. :)

As for trying it on my skin for the first time, I only used a little because mineral makeup in comparison to non-mineral, is more concentrated with just a few. I didn't want to look like a burned beet, so I dabbed a small amount of both colors on the tip of my EcoTools brush and swiped it along my cheek, making sure to use the bronzer at the bottom along my jawline. It was a wee bit red at first, but as it wore on, it became a natural blush. I have found my perfect shade of bronze with this one because my E.L.F. one was a tad too light to the point that it's unnoticeable.

My only regret with this one is that it doesn't come with a brush. I have to bring a separate retractable blusher, but for all the good things this baby has got, I can forgive it. :D It's also way affordable in comparison to my mom's blush from her haul at Rustan's which is way more than I can handle.

Do note that this shade may not work for fairer women because I've read some reviews from Sephora that they find it "too orange". But if you're tan like me, this is a real great product that will complement your skin color. Also note for beginners with MMU that a little mineral makeup goes A LONG WAY. So a small amount will brighten up you face, especially with this reddish shade of pink. :)

Overall, this Nature Junkie gives this: 5/5

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