25 January 2014

Review: ELES Earth Goddess Collection

The latest look that ELES Cosmetics is promoting is the Earth Goddess. It is a soft, natural, and summery look, perfect for the season.

 The main products recommended to achieve the Earth Goddess look are ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30, ELES Mineral Sheer Bronzer - Rio de Janeiro, Signature Shadow Quad in Naturalist, and Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Mocha. I also included a blush called Coral Sun from the Sixties Vibe Collection (read here), as it added a healthy flush to my complexion when I was creating the Earth Goddess look.

This is the look that I came up with. The ELES Age Defying BB Cream 30 gave me such a healthy glow, and the sheer bronzer added just enough colour to enhance the glow and help match my face to my body, as I came home from the states with an uneven tan (despite it being winter).
 
When I applied the BB cream on my skin, it looked like it was going to be far too light for my skintone. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to blend in, and it didn't make me look like I've seen a ghost (see swatches below). Not only does this BB cream provide a healthy glow, it also contains Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5%) and Titanium Dioxide (15%)... i.e. it has sunscreen! The BB cream does smell like sunscreen but it also smells quite florally. 

Unfortunately, I found that this BB cream (like most BB creams) was too "dewy" for my liking. My skin felt a tat oily after an hour, and I had to blot before powdering my face (I did not use a powder in the selfie above). There wasn't much coverage as well (which seems to be a normal BB cream thing), but that is what concealers are for, right?
 
The ELES Mineral Sheer Bronzer is amazing. I love that it is sheer, as I am quite heavy handed when it comes to bronzers and blushes. This bronzer is perfect for achieving a sun-kissed look without baking in the sun and getting skin cancer. It does not look too orange or muddy on my skin, and does not contain any shimmers, which I like because I tend to look like I've tripped and fallen into a pool of glitter when I use bronzers with shimmers (I told you... I'm heavy handed when it comes to these things!)

This is my second ELES Micro Bubble Lipstick, and I absolutely love it! It is so creamy and pigmented. The Micro Mocha lipstick is a little bit more mauvey than it is in the picture above. It's a fantastic natural shade. The only con that I can think of about this lipstick is that it can feel a bit drying on bare lips, but it's nothing a good lip balm can't fix.

L-R: ELES BB Cream 30; Sheer Bronzer - Rio De Janeiro; Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Mocha
As I mentioned earlier in the post, the BB cream is quite a few shades lighter than my skintone, but it blends really well (see next swatch picture).

The swatch of the sheer bronzer is quite a heavy one, as I wanted to make sure it will show up in my pictures.

The Micro Mocha lipstick swatch may look scary for those of you who aren't into dramatic, bold lips (they scare me too), but they look quite natural on my lips.

L-R: Half blended ELES BB Cream 30; Sheer Bronzer - Rio De Janeiro; Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Mocha
 As you can see, the ELES BB cream blended surprisingly well. Although there are two other BB Cream shades - Deep and Medium, they should work for a large range of skin tones as they blend so ridiculously well.

The Naturalist Signature Shadow Quad is a great palette with four natural shades that is great for creating a smokey look... in my case, attempting to create one. In case you're new to my blog, I'm the biggest n00b when it comes to eyeshadow application. I'm absolutely hopeless, so please excuse the following picture of my lovely eyeshadow work.

All four eyeshadows in the naturalist shadow quad are matte colours. There are one or two eyeshadows that I wish were more pigmented (the lightest two shades). I found the lightest shade the sheerest (see swatches below).

ELES Signature Shadow Quad in Naturalist
I could barely make the lightest shade visible on my arm. The second swatch was also quite heavily swatched, which I guess is good for my heavy handedness. The other two darker eyeshadows were good. They glided on smoothly and had enough pigmentation (although, it wouldn't hurt if they were slightly more pigmented).

Have you tried any ELES Cosmetics products? What are your thoughts? 

To purchase the products I used to create the Earth Goddess look, here are the direct links to each product and their prices:
*There's a promotion going on at the moment - Receive a nail enamel of your choice (worth up to $20) with the purchase of an Age Defying BB Cream 30!

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

3 comments:

  1. WOW, your skin looks amazing, so glowing! I've got this collection for trial too, and I love it, the products really are fantastic.

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  2. The lipstick is a gorgeous colour, and looks great on you. Your skin looks amazing too, like you I find most BB creams a tad 'dewy' and end up setting with a matte powder x

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