Continuing on with my search for local makeup, I decided to try Ellana Cosmetics. They’ve been in the market for a long time, I think, are cruelty-free, and have a range that consists mostly of mineral products. Just a note though: their products are up there in terms of price.
I purchased four products from Ellana: their luxe blur makeup primer (PHP 799.00), their loose mineral concealer & foundation in Smile (PHP 499.00), the mirror sifter jar for the concealer & foundation (PHP 199.00), and their loose multipurpose pigment in Brilliance (PHP 299.00). They have a few more products in their catalog, but considering the price of their products and the status of my personal collection, I decided to opt for just these ones (I wanted to buy a liquid lipstick too but I have too much right now 😖).
Their primer was the most expensive thing I picked up, and is actually the first primer in my collection. It seems to be silicone based but it’s pretty light on the skin. I noticed though that when I first put it on under my eyes, a little later on the area started to burn. After that, I just focused this Since this was my first primer, I don’t really know what a good one is? So, my thoughts on this particular primer may change in the future, but as of right now, I think it’s okay in terms of smoothing out my skin.
I decided to get the concealer & foundation as opposed to just the foundation because I thought it would mean more for your buck. I’m not sure what the foundation is like, but this product kind of amazed me. Starting off with the packaging–these come in paper pouches which I find fascinating and environmentally friendly, but also made me think about how much it cost versus what it looked like I was getting. When put in the mirror sifter jar, that isn’t that big to begin with, it filled up about 3/4 of it, so I’m not sure there’s a lot in there.
When I used it though, I was pretty impressed. It leaves a natural but smooth finish, and at first I didn’t know what was different. It looked like my skin, but better? I’m not quite sure how to explain this. I liked it though. I assume it gives a little more coverage than the foundation only product, but it’s not so thick that it looks like a mask. It’s very light and comfortable on the skin too. I like it a lot.
Finally, we have their loose multipurpose pigment. The color I got, Brilliance, doesn’t seem to be in their website at the moment, but it’s this pretty copper color. I picked this particular one up because of all the colors I swatched, this was the one that I felt had a little more uses to be in my collection. It’s a pretty small jar–if you look at the flatlay of the haul, you can see how small it really is. The pigment itself goes a very long way though; picking up a very small amount will probably do for what you want to use it for.
I’ve tried using it two ways: as a shimmery eyeshadow and as a highlighter. As an eyeshadow, I think it’s absolutely beautiful. Not too difficult to work with and possibly a one shadow look if you were rushing or just tamad to do a full eye look. Typically though, I think because of my skin color and tone, I really gravitate towards these kinds of colors.
As a highlighter, I think it’s also pretty, but since I don’t typically use highlighters, I’m not quite good at putting it on that way. I’m still doing trial and error with this pigment, especially as highlighter, but I think that with a light enough hand, you can get the most subtle highlight, and if you wanted to, you can easily apply to show the full color of the pigment.
Price wise, at PHP 299.00 for one color is a bit high, especially considering how small the jar is. You could probably make it worth it though, stretch it out, since it doesn’t take a lot for it to show.
Overall, Ellana Cosmetics is okay albeit pricey. If you had the money to spend for it though, and are looking for cruelty free, light weight, natural looking products, maybe mineral products specifically, then this would be a really good buy. If you do check it out, please let me know what you think, I’d love to know!
’til next time,