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Battle of the Greens: Everyday Minerals Mint Color Corrector vs. Pearl Mint Concealer

July 9, 2009

As part of my seemingly never-ending quest for that holy grail product (whether it be a foundation, concealer, primer) to eradicate all the unattractive splotchy redness I have to my face, I present you with a comparison of two green-tinged mineral products. I’ve always been a huge fan of Everyday Minerals free samples — three foundations, one concealer and one blush, all for the price of shipping makes for a happy Jen! As you can see from the photos, I got my sample of Everyday Minerals’ Mint Concealer waaaaaay back when they didn’t have the fancy jars they do now.

So on the left we have Everyday Mineral’s Mint Concealer, and on the left is the Pearl Mint: so which counteracted redness better, taming the beast that is my face? Well let’s just say that these two products are very very different.

Close-up of Mint

Mint Concealer wins hands-down in the redness correction category. A light dusting of this powder helps to tame the redness while slightly lightening the skin and providing a veil of neutralizing coverage. The powder itself is a bit chalkier than Pearl Mint, but more significantly it has a thicker, creamier feel to it that enables it to conceal redness and mask imperfections.

Close-up of Pearl Mint

Pearl Mint works more as a highlighter/brightener than as a a redness reducer. It’s a beautifully light, silky powder that glides on with a pearly sheen. I’d say it does little to nothing in the way of concealing redness, although I guess it’s better than nothing at all.

An even closer look at Pearl Mint.

So between the two which would I recommend? Well sadly at this point I’d have to say neither. Don’t get me wrong I do like both of them, in a kind of lackluster, ho-hummish way, but they both have their insurmountable faults that for me just don’t make them worth purchasing.

Mint, while it successfully conceals redness, fails to keep the oilies at bay and even seems to aggravate them, plus it gives me face a rather unattractive ashen cast to it that’s visible in direct sunlight and not really the look I’m going for. Mint Pearl is an even worse offender in the oiliness department– 2 or 3 hours into wearing this my face is an oil slick and the look is only exacerbataed by the pearliness of the powder.

Swatches of Mint (left) and Pearl Mint (right)

The swatches, lightly (not fully) blended. See the definite green pallor to my skin? It can be buffed away, but not 100%.

And what they look like all buffed in:

Keep in mind that I’m just one person and there are people out there who swear by Everyday Minerals’ Mint concealer as their end-all be-all redness corrector, so if you’re curiuos be sure to order up a free (well you pay shipping) sample of this stuff to check out. And on a semi-related note, while Pearl Mint may not necessarily make the best setting/redness-reducing powder, I have heard that it makes quite the fabulous eyeshadow!

Everyday Minerals Blushes Review and Swatches, Plus How to Get Free Samples!

April 26, 2008

If you’ve never heard of Everyday Minerals, you’re missing out! It’s a great brand of mineral makeup whose owner’s philosophy is to make healthy, pure, simple, and affordable cosmetics using high quality ingredients. The great thing about their foundations is that they come in a wide variety of shades and three different formulations, so there should be shade and formula for everyone! Plus EM offers their customers free sample kits (you only pay shipping!) which include 3 foundations, 1 blush or face color, and 1 concealer, giving you an opportunity to try their products risk free. If you’ve never tried Everyday Minerals, the sample kit is definitely the way to go-everything arrives in mini sifter jars and the samples are more than generous (i’ve never been able to finish one of their samples)!

But onto the blushes! While I liked all the products that I tried from EM, I’ve realized that mineral foundation just isn’t my thing. However, their blushes are amazing! They’re super-pigmented (meaning you literally need only a few grains to get great color pay-off), very blendable, and best of all, cheap! The 2.5g is only $4, and for $8 you get 6 grams (which will last you forever!).

Two things to keep in mind before reading my reviews are that I hate anything remotely brown on my face (eyeshadow, blush, lipstick) and that the color swatches on the site are not accurate at all!

Shades I’ve tried so far:



  • Back to School
    • This is a burnt peach with silver shimmer. It’s got brown undertones, but surprisingly I like this a lot. It’s quite similar to Snooze Bar (below), but more pigmented and of course the hints of peach make it prettier, at least in my book. It’s a great blush for those days when you just want something natural to make you look a bit more alert.
  • Snooze Bar
    • Another brownish peach shade, this time with more brown than peach. I’m pretty pale but can pull this off because it tends to be more sheer than EM’s other blushes, and therefore isn’t overpowering. However, on the wrong skintones this can appear orange if overdone. This is a greats summer option for a light glow, especially on tanner complexions.
  • Evening Out
    • This is described as an elegant medium brownish-red shade with a beautiful sunburst of orange shimmer. I knew before ordering this that I probably wouldn’t be too fond of it, as those colors are probably my least favorite , and I was right. It actually looks pretty decent swatched on my hands, but my face picks up all the orange and nothing else, making me look like some strange spray-tanning victim.
  • Waffle Cone
    • Brown/bronze with a silver sheen. This is a favorite with many beauty bloggers and MUAers, as it’s very neutral and provides the skin with a subtle glow. It reminds me of Snooze Bar on crack-it has less sheen and a little more glitter, and even my brown-hating self really likes this one for the summer!
  • Girl’s Day
    • Girl’s Day looks so pretty on the site. It’s supposed to be a reddish pink with gold sparkles, but to me it looks like a dark orange/red/brown. This is the only blush out of the bunch that I dislike with a passion, as it gives me streaky clown cheeks and makes me look like I’ve smeared red mud all over my face. I think this is in large part due to the fact that it’s so pigmented and I’m probably picking up way too much, but I just can’t seem to make this one work for me.
  • Theme Park
    • This is a beautiful and shimmery peach/coral. Theme Park is one of my favorites, and I think would be flattering for fair to medium complexions.
  • Chit Chat (can’t seem to find this one on their website!)
    • This is a gorgeous color, especially for fairer complexions, and if my fave EM blush ever! It’s what I’d describe as Barbie-doll pink without the scare factor. I’m so sad that this doesn’t seem to be available on their site anymore, and if it ever comes back in stock I’ll definitely be ordering a full-sized jar or two!
  • Corner Office
    • Corner Office is Theme Park’s darker and rosier sister. It’s an iridescent peachy pink, and would work better for tanner complexions or for those people who like the look of a deeper flush.

If you haven’t noticed, I love a bit of shimmer/sparkle in my blushes, but EM also has an amazing selection of blushes without any shimmer/sheen. They’re definitely worth a try, especially if you order a bunch in one of their starter kits as I did.

Have you tried Everyday Minerals? Love their blushes? Hate them? I’d love you hear your opinions in the comments!