Please note: All opinions are my own. This product review was not the result of a marketing campaign and I did not receive anything free to conduct this review. This is simply my way of sharing something with you that I truly love and hope you will, too! Pricing subject to change.
Several years ago, a friend introduced me to mineral makeup and I absolutely loved it. I used every last flake of the sample she gave me before I was left pouting, wishing I had more. Unfortunately, the makeup sample she gave me was priced way outside of my budget for the full-sized containers, so I returned to using drugstore makeup and my trusty coupons from the local newspaper.
Then I was diagnosed with PCOS.
It has taken me years of research to begin to understand how sensitive our bodies are to chemicals when we’re already infertile or struggling with illnesses… throw in some parabens and sulfates, and we’re setting ourselves up for even more failure. Even now I don’t completely understand all of the harm some of these chemicals can cause us, but knowing that certain ones tend to mimic estrogen and cause hormonal imbalances, I have got to do better at cutting out the worst offenders.
About two years ago, I was on the hunt on Etsy.com looking for some mineral makeup that is not only affordable, but effective. I also really wanted to support a small business. I had found a particular store on Etsy, tried their product, and really liked it a lot. Unfortunately, before I knew it the shop closed, and there I was returning to the drug store makeups of my past, pouting. It’s hard to invest in a makeup not knowing if you’ll like it, so going back to the drawing board was not fun for me.
In March, I found Earth Mineral Cosmetics on Etsy and decided to order a couple of samples of the foundation because it was only $2 for a sample! I chose two shades to see which I liked better, and was very pleased with the results. I felt like they had good coverage and were so lightweight, it didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything. Plus, I got compliments that I was glowing (unfortunately not a pregnancy glow). The ingredients in the foundation are Rice Powder, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Arrowroot Powder, Iron Oxides and Kaolin Clay. All natural, all safe.
Within a week of testing the samples, I was convinced enough that I loved the product and decided to purchase the 6-piece Starter Kit. The kit is $30 (a $42 value) and you get to choose all of your colors! My personal kit included:
- 20 gram jar (5g product) Light Beige Mineral Foundation ($10 value)
- 20 gram (5g product) Mineral Veil ($10 value)
- 10 gram (2g product) Mineral Blush: Rose Petal ($7 value)
- 2 Mineral Eye Shadows: Champagne and Mocha ($10 value for both)
- Tinted Mineral Lip Balm: Tangerine Rose ($5 value)
My favorite part? You can order refills of the foundation and mineral veil for only $7 and just reuse your existing sifters from the first order. The refill will actually fill a 30 gram jar, so you would have leftovers if you use the starter kit jar, but what a great value! Yes, please!
I use the foundation, mineral veil, blush and lip balm products every. single. day. I rotate the eye shadows with a few others I have on hand, but still use them pretty frequently. I’m going on 7 weeks of using the starter kit daily and I still have a lot of product to use. I may need to order another lip balm soon because I’m addicted, but all of the products are holding up wonderfully. They feel so fresh on my face and seem to really last. The tinted lip balm is probably my absolute favorite lip balm I’ve ever used. The samples I ordered in early March are kept in my purse in case I need a little touch up on the go.
I love Earth Mineral Cosmetics – I am totally sold and will continue to purchase them from now on. The shipping was quick, too, considering it came to TN from OR. I was pretty impressed. Cara, the shop owner, was a dream to work with and she is offering a 15% off discount when you spend $10 or more! Use the code LIFEABUNDANT to get the discount. I’m partial to the starter kit and that is the route I’m suggesting you go! This would make a great gift!
Cara, thank you for making such a wonderful, clean, trust-worthy product. One step at a time, I’m cutting chemicals out of my daily routine, and you just made it so much easier!