Dear Anya text-ed me somewhere last week about Everyday Minerals Pick Me Up Pink Concealer. It got great reviews on MakeupAlley, so she was curious. So was I! I remember I have some EDM samples laying around in my small MMU samples bucket. I’ve deserted it because once, long time ago, I tried their Original Glo foundation and even on my dry skin it was yucky. Too shiny, too oily, and dull. Guess it was time to try it once again!
The stupid thing is, I confirmed in FemaleDaily forum that EDM indeed lack oil control. So I guess if it could made my previously dry skin oil up, I need to use lighter and oil controlling stuffs. So, instead of using my regular Bobbi Brown Protective Face Lotion SPF15, I used Clinique DDMG as my moisturizer. Bad idea. Three days into testing this MMU stuffs, my skin was dehydrated and dry So if you notice the finish/skin is getting rougher towards the end of this post…yeah.
Anyway this was my bare skin, only with serum/moisturizer/sunscreen. I used Paula’s Choice Ultra-Light Sunscreen SPF30 almost in all of this pics (except one, will be stated below), because it’s silicone based so it kinda acts like a primer. Very good for MMU application.
If that fugly pic ruined your day, I’m so, so, sorry It’s just easier to see the finish and coverage level of the products if you see my bare skin first As usual, general unevenness, natural shading on several parts (like lids, under eyes), open pores on the side of my nose (it’s on the tamer side though lately), red acne scars, and a few new zits happily popping, dang it. Never mind the shine, this pic was taken right after I smear the sunscreen liquid, so it haven’t absorbed by my skin yet. It’ll settle down, and here goes my little experiment.
All pics taken under natural light with flash. Not photoshop-ed, only cropped. Click on each pic to see the high-res version. All foundation are from the Cool color family. The lightest one (that’s Fair).
All version that I’ve tried have some amount of glow. I always skip highlighter when I’m wearing EDM. I don’t pay real attention to the matte version, but Semi-Matte and Original Glo does contain tiny shimmers, with Original Glo being the most shimmery of them all.
Funnily enough, despite my shimmer phobe disposition, Original Glo turns out to be my favorite formula! It seems to e fairer, brighter on me compared to the Matte and Semi-Matte versions (even though all of them are Cool Fair in color). Matte and Semi-Matte resembles more towards Meow Inquisitive in their color intensity, but is more neutral compared to Meow. They don’t have enough paleness to brighten my face, so even though it’s not exactly super dark, I don’t look vibrant either.
When swatched, Original Glo looks like highlighter, but applied it’s…well, more glowy-er than I like, probably. But I just set it with Silk Naturals Oil Control Primer and skip highlighter, and I’m good to go! I’ve read reviews that it resembles the finish of Bare Escentuals MMU, but I’ve never tried BE
Each and every one of them has light coverage though. It’ll even out your skin tone but won’t be enough to cover heavy discoloration. So if you have some spots better to combine this MMU with foundations/BB creams/TMs, and follow up with separate concealer.
Despite being light, with EDM Flat Top Kabuki Brush, I was able to achieve even coverage! If you’ve read my previous MMU review, I have problems with the coverage provided by MMU. They look perfect when applied, but then my unevenness will pop up again like nobody’s business. Not with EDM. Or is it because I usually use the EDM Long Handled Kabuki to apply MMU, and now I’m switching to the Flat Top? Will have to re-do my other MMU reviews using the Flat Top!
Other amazing feat being its smoothness on my pores. Unlike other MMUs, it works super well on pores! I don’t swirl it around my face, just stipple it with Flat Top.
The only downside is its oil control and lasting power. It has no oil control whatsoever. Instead, it makes your skin oil up even faster. I have normal/dry skin and usually I don’t have problem with excessive oiliness, but with EDM I need to put on some kind of mattifying product on my face. Silk Naturals Oil Control Primer works great to keep your face bright and oil free. But as any other MMU that I’ve tried…it doesn’t really stand heat and humidity. It’ll feel slightly sticky on your face. This is why I don’t wear MMU often. Traditional liquid makeup and loose powder still have the best finish and feel and lasting power on my face. But this is personal preference, I know a lot of ladies prefer MMU to ‘traditional’ makeup
In the end, all in all, I highly recommend trying out EDM foundations if you have normal/dry skin. They’re super smooth, give even, light coverage and soft glow. I love their finish even better than Silk Naturals! Too bad about the oil problem…Guess I have to try out Silk Naturals with Flat Top brush to see if I can get better coverage with it.
Oh my, the Intensive Fair Concealer is a must have if you have fair to light skin and want to spot cover your discoloration. Such an easy way to cover red acne marks! I just use the tip of a synthetic brush (MAC #194 Concealer Brush) to pick up some products, and directly dab it to my face. Blending is (a lot) easier than cream/liquid products, and coverage is good! No cakey look, and the yellowness of it helps neutralizes redness. Try it!
On the other hand, I’m quite torn about Pick Me Up Pink. It’s a nice finishing powder, gives you airbrushed look and soft glow, but it’s too pink for my skin, so it kinda imparts too much of a redness.
Some other people also use it to brighten under eyes area, but my under eyes are too dry and wrinkly for any MMU products (except silica), so it’s a no no either. I still use creamy or liquid concealer for my under eyes.
And you’ve come to the end of an overly lengthy, possibly useless rants haha. Goodbye forever.
*Side note: I’ve heard bad things about EDM lately, that they often change their formulas without telling customers, not original enough etc. My samples are from loo~ng time ago though. Right after they upgrade their website.