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Sunday, January 1, 2012
3:15 AM | Posted by Rebecca R | | Edit Post
I had the pleasure of reviewing Monave Mineral Makeup. I was generously sent multiple samples to test out and review. Here is a little bit about the company from the website.
Monave started as a little seed...a dream to make makeup by hand, with simple ingredients. The seed also had the expectation that the products had to be high-quality, high-performance. I grew up working in health food stores, and much of the natural makeup wasn't very good. I didn't want Monave to be just another so-so natural makeup brand. As my little tree grew, so did my dream. It started to extend into the realm of developing and nurturing other women's ability and knowledge to create and sell their own makeup line. Some say that creates competition, but truly, the root of the tree lies in what is given away, not what is held tight.
I would like to first talk about the mineral foundation. I was given the chance to choose 2 different colors so I went with Kerrie and Claire. Kerrie is on the left and Claire is on the right. Kerrie is lighter and has a yellow undertone for the peaches and cream complexion while Claire is a neutral shade for light complextions. I find that mixing the 2 foundations produces the most accurate shade for my skin color. I really love the foundation as it blends so nicely and effortlessly and I can layer on for more coverage or less for less coverage. I found that the foundation covers VERY well. I have a few freckles and it's not easy to find a foundation that can completely cover them up; well this foundation does an outstanding job!
mineral blush. I.LOVE.THIS.BLUSH! I love everything about it, from the color to the sheen, this blush has got to be on the very top of my list of favorite blushes. It's very hard to see the color, in the picture, but it's a beautiful pink meets cream, sandy salmon color, called Kasha, from their sultry blush collection. It gives your cheeks a gorgeous sandy pink color along with a beautiful sheen that is not overpowering at all. Below you can get a slightly better picture of how the color looks against my skin tone. I have very fair skin and sometimes it's hard to find a blush that isn't too overpowering when it comes to color and since I'm 35 now; I don't want to look overly 'made up' and blush can either make or break your look.
|Blush in Kasha|
Next up is the mineral eyeshadow. Oh boy do I love eyeshadow! I have green/brown eyes and I love wearing colors that make my eyes stand out. I was given the opportunity to choose 2 different eyeshadows. I chose Light Plum (left) and Mink (right). These colors are GORGEOUS! They have a nice sparkle to them and I can deal with that considering how gorgeous the colors are. The staying power is pretty good. I have to use a setting spray because my face is pretty oily and the eyelids are usually super duper oily by the end of the day if I don't use a setting spray. With that said, the eyeshadow lasts, on me, for about 9 hours (with setting spray). These colors really do bring out the green in my eyes. Love, love, love the colors.
|Light Plum (left) and Mink (right)|
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to show you the mineral setting powder. I chose the color Angel. This is a nice setting powder and is definitely a great match. It adds that extra 'layer' to help hold the foundation and help absorb that extra oil. Works great!
|Setting powder in Angel|
My overall impression of Monave is a 5 star rating! Great makeup at a reasonable price. The eyeshadow goes for 7.50, the blush goes for 13.50, the foundation goes for 19.50 and the setting powder goes for 12.00.
WHERE TO BUY: You can purchase directly from their website here.
WANT TO WIN? Enter now for your chance to win your very own Try Me Set. This adorable little set is the perfect way to introduce your best friend or mom to Monave! Two foundation (loose mineral, or concealer foundation) shades of your (or her!) choice, one blush or bronzer, a baby buki, a moisturizer of choice, and a mini lip glaze, or liquid gloss of choice. What a deal! All wrapped up in a cute organza bag with accompanying brochure, and instruction booklet.
*Disclosure: I was given the mentioned products to facilitate this review. I was not paid monetarily and all opinions are 100% my own.