Ellana Minerals was one of the first Filipino makeup brands ever to impress me in terms of value for money and not at the expense of quality either. I don’t even use powder all the time but their powder formulas never fail to impress me in terms of coverage and smoothness. They rose in popularity for the wide range of mineral makeup shades they offered that suited varied Asian complexions (especially for powder foundation). I just made a friend last Christmas (a fellow “Inglesera” painter friend who studied in I.S.) and she got surprised that I had Ellana loose foundation in my “kikay kit” during dinner. She said “You have it, too! You know that’s the only one I’ve found locally that works for me. I don’t even know much about makeup but I put it on and I like it.”
Ellana Minerals’ beautiful new packaging illustrations are by talented artist, Soleil Ignacio
ELLANA MINERAL POWDER FOUNDATION Php460.00 – This powder product put Ellana Minerals on the map. I still prefer the loose foundation over their new pressed versions, but I feel that their pressed powder compacts serve a new vital purpose for me. You can apply your loose Ellana mineral powder at home using a kabuki or dense buffing brush at a level of coverage that you can control, then bring the matching pressed powder along with you for easy day-to-night touch ups and less mess on the go. My MAC cosmetic shade is NC30 (a yellow medium/fair). My spot on shade in Ellana’s range would be right in-between Hazelnut Latte and its lighter step-up French Vanilla Latte.
Hazelnut Latte is the closest to my skintone but just a bit too dark, it’s actually my summer shade. French Vanilla is a tad bit too light naman but still okay for evening looks and can suit NC25-NC30 girls (mac shades). There’s a bit of a jump between shades but what’s awesome about Ellana’s range is there’s a warm range and also a cool range of light to deep tones we can choose from, which is mainly why I love them. I’m considering getting Chai Latte to see because its tone looks like it could sit between Hazelnut and French Vanilla even if it’s slightly cooler.
Ellana mineral powder foundations provide moderate to heavy coverage, are fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin, and provide intensive oil control. The powders also, apart from covering a multitude of flaws, really photograph immaculately well with no flashback. I actually blogged about the brand a couple of years ago here. I felt Ellana ease out of the limelight for just awhile, but I figured they would never totally leave the beauty biz since such a huge market (myself included) loved their range (comparable to Bare Minerals in the U.S.).
The brand got a pretty makeover and while they still have their loose powder available they’ve finally bravely put out pressed compact versions of their well loved mineral powder foundation, it provides the same product but in an easier to apply compact that allows you to control sheer to moderate coverage, primarily for touchups. BUT WAIT (that tone), there’s more! They came out with eyeshadow and blush compacts, too. Read “more” to get the full post, more photos (with and without flash) and see me wearing Ellana Mineral loose powder makeup in a more or less complete look.… Read the rest