Perfect Porcelain Skin
When I tried Antipodes' Mineral make-up in store I was impressed. The redness immediately disappeared! And what is even better, it did not have a stink to it! You may know by now that I am a fuss-pot when it comes to stinky stuff. Yep, can't stand perfume! Drives me nuts and makes me sneeze up a storm. I deliberated over it for a few days but then I decided it was time to give it a whirl.
When purchasing, I was told it was best to buy the Antipodes kabuki brush with it. Hmmm at $40, it was not the cheapest kabuki in town. "Can't I just get a cheaper one from the chemist?" I asked the assistant. "Well you can" she said, "but this brush is made from goat hair, so as it has follicle in it. It holds the powder better, aiding in smooth coverage." Goat hair? I thought. Those poor goats! Not to worry, the goats are shaved, not murdered. Phew! That's okay then. But goat hair? Kinda eww, no?
I got my make-up (and brush) home and had a play. Just like it did in the store, it easily covered the redness and buffed out nicely. I looked in the mirror and... BEHOLD! Perfect porcelain skin! With a very slight touch of dew! Holy Toledo I thought. The teenage goth I once was would be so envious of this pale, matte gorgeousness!
Application is pretty easy. Just brush in upward strokes to apply and use dotting motions to cover more in certain areas. You can even put a little blob on your finger to use as concealer. Also the coverage is buildable so you can just dust on a little over a tinted moisturiser or brush on more for a night out. And the brush? It does a good job. I did notice that it tickled my nose a bit. Ok, I could be being a little fussy but I did get a very itchy nose after application. The brush was a bit scratchy. I guess goats aren't the silkiest animals? And perhaps I am allergic to goats hair? Who knows. All I know is for a $40 brush, you don't really want it to itch your nose do you?
The big issues for most people with mineral make up are dryness, facial hair and age. If you have very dry skin, mineral make up may not be best for you. However as someone with dry combination skin, I found Antipodes to be okay. My skin did feel a little dryer than normal, but that could just because I am used to wearing a liquid foundation. I found that using either a primer or sunblock underneath really helped. It evened it out nicely and left me with more of a dewy finish. Facial hair wise I have a little (a lot less than I used to have!) but not enough to cause a problem with mineral make up. People with a lot of fine blonde facial hair may find that the mineral accentuates it. Wrinkles are tricky blighters. A lot of mineral make up can get stuck in the lines. I didn't really notice any of mine becoming more obvious at all with Antipodes.
Antipodes mineral make-up felt quite good on. Very weightless. I could hardly tell I was wearing make-up - except for the itchy nose! It stayed on pretty well too. The only down side was that it seemed to wash my complection out a bit, making me look a bit too pale. (For my old gothic ways this would be peeerrfect but these days I like to look a little more alive) This could be due to the slightly limited colour selection, or that I am just quite pale. However, the washed out look was easily fixed with a little bronzer and blush.
All in all a good mineral make up. Though I wont be throwing away my liquid foundations just yet, I was very impressed with the fact that it is made from all natural and organic ingredients. So that made me feel good! Always nice to know your make-up isn't slowly poisoning you!