My First Conscious Beauty Purchase : Elate Cosmetics Pressed Foundation + Lumen EyeColour Trio Review #loveelate
For as long as I can remember, I have loved makeup. For me, more than just enhancing natural features, it is almost an artistic form of expression. It is just... fun! Sometimes my makeup is inspired by my outfit. Sometimes my outfit is chosen based on the makeup style I was in the mood for. But for the past 15 years I never really gave much thought to where my makeup was coming from, what ingredients were in it, and how wasteful the packaging might be. I mainly looked for colors that were exciting, formulas that performed well, and when I could work a good deal on that - I was happy. The height of this came when I signed up for subscription beauty boxes, some of which I have reviewed here. It was fun to always get a present in the mail and always have new things to try. But when is enough enough? I canceled those subscriptions and focused on using and loving the products I already had. [Read The Post: Why I Canceled My Beauty Subscription Boxes Here]
I have enough shadows to last a lifetime, but one thing that always runs out eventually is foundation. Okay so does mascara. And eyeliner. Well, I still have a few backups of those at least..
Way back in the day I was using a Clinique liquid foundation that was helpful for acne-prone skin.I think it had some salicylic acid in it. But over time I stopped liking the feel of liquid foundations and moved to Bare Minerals. Later I switched to a company called Youngblood Cosmetics and have happily used them for years. While their mineral foundations are Gluten, Paraben and Nut free as well as Vegan, their packaging is heavily plastic. Something I never thought about until recently.
You see, I’ve been working on reducing plastic for a while. No more plastic bottles of shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, deodorant. No more plastic wrap or sandwich bags, no grocery bags, no produce bags. No plastic straws or silverware. I was starting to feel pretty good about how much I cut plastic out until I looked at my makeup collection. Everything I picked up seemed to be mostly or entirely made of plastic. Plastic tubes, plastic bottles, plastic sprays, plastic containers, plastic, plastic, plastic.... SO MUCH PLASTIC! *facepalm*
This is where my first conscious beauty purchase came into play - enter Elate Beauty.
Conscious, Sustainable Beauty Brand Review - Elate Cosmetics #loveelate
I started seeing elate pop up on my instagram feed and I sat up. Wouldn’t you?
I mean, would you look at those bamboo compacts and palettes!? Sustainability is important to Elate which is why they package in bamboo. Bamboo is super fast growing and beautifully aesthetic making it a popular choice for sustainable products. Elate has a really transparent FAQ section on their site [Read their FAQ HERE] addressing questions like:
Elate Cosmetics Pressed Foundation PN2 Review #loveelate
To replace my almost empty Youngblood Mineral Foundation, I decided to tryElate Cosmetic’s Pressed Foundation. When I don’t get in the sun, I am pretty fair, but not porcelain. So I went with PN2. This is the second lightest shade and has a neutral undertone. The foundation comes in its own bamboo compact with magnetic closure and a mirror. The ingredients include jojoba oil, bamboo stem extract, and red grape for antioxidant power!
I am really happy with this choice! The color is perfect for me. I still have someYoungblood Mineral Foundation in a darker shade that I will use down for when I have a but more of a tan. But for the day to day I am loving how the Elate Pressed Foundation wears! It gave nice coverage and covered any hyperpigmentation on my face without looking powdery. The finish was very natural. After a 6 hour wear to a conference it looked great. After a 7.5 hour wear including so much time doing unexpected outdoor work that I was sweatier than I can ever remember being before, I could not believe that it still looked good. I was shocked. Good enough that I would have gone out to eat or gone to the grocery story or done anything without touching it up. Instead I came home and showered. But in principle, that’s a pretty huge deal.
The one thing I miss is that I got use to swirling up the mineral makeup and then tapping off excess into the lid of the Youngblood Mineral Foundation. Now I can’t really do that. Minor adjustment.
Oh! A great feature of the bamboo compact is that it FULLY opens flat. It doesn’t just open to a 90 degree angle, but completely gives you excellent access to the product.
I am really excited about this new product for a few reasons:
Elate Cosmetics Lumen EyeColour Trio Review #loveelate
Elate Cosmetics has several “Beauty Kits” which can offer a savings when compared to purchasing all of the items on their own. I keyed in on the Lumen EyeColour Trio. The reusable bamboo palette has space for 3 of Elate’s Pressed Eye Colours along with an adorable application brush complete with bamboo handle! I was impressed at how well the little brush that came with the Lumen EyeColour Trio worked.
The Lumen EyeColour Trio traditionally comes with these colors:
I reached out to Elate’s customer service department to ask if there was any way to obtain Earthen [matte neutral brown] in the trio instead of Cinder. They obliged!
Suggestion to Elate:
I think it would be great if their website offered an EyeColour Trio option that allowed you to choose any 3 shadows from their collection.
I am reeaaally happy with the color Earthen. To me it’s kind of a taupe-y color and I love that. I can wear it all over the lid or in the crease if I have a lighter color like Lumen on the lid.
Let me out it his way: I’m happy with Lumen, but I’m loving Earthen & Rise. Maybe that’s a better way to sum it up?
Similar to the Elate Pressed Foundation, the EyeColour Trio Palette comes with a mirror and the lid fully retracts to give you a lot of room to access the shadows.
In addition to wanting to tryElate Cosmetic’s Pressed Shadows, I mainly bought this to be a go-to travel shadow palette. Simple is best for me when traveling and this will do perfectly!
Progress Not Perfection #loveelate
Sometimes I feel bad for brands...
ecently Elate got some flack over some of their products not being totally plastic free. Primarily their mascara and liquid eyeliner which has a *thin* plastic tube which is surrounded and stabilized by a bamboo tube. The idea is that in theory you can crush and compost the bamboo and wash/recycle the plastic. [oh and the gloss]
Other Interesting Elate Products #loveelate
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Packaging Review - Unboxing Elate Beauty Cosmetics #loveelate
The unboxing experience was great. The cardboard box (yay not a plastic mailer!) had a product card inside and a hand written note. Under the black tissue paper and sticker was some paper packaging for protection instead of bubble wrap. Each item was wrapped with a little piece of tissue paper beneath that. They included a blush sample which is nice. You will note that it is in plastic, but I saw recently on the @elatecosmetics instagram account that they are already transitioning away from this and are using down the plastic containers they already have.
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