I purchased the Real Mineral Powder Value Kit from Chi Chi, in ‘Light,’ during the post-Christmas sale from Myer this year. It contains a full size Real Minerals Foundation, a full size Bronzer, a full size Finishing Powder, a blush and a kabuki brush (which I haven’t photographed here as god only knows where I have put it!). I get rosacea on my cheeks and Chi Chi claims that their mineral formula allows your skin to breathe and is great for sensitive skin. Chi Chi is cruelty-free and these powders are also free of nasty ingredients. This pack has a reported value of AU$85 if you buy the products separately but the ‘value kit’ retails at AU$29.95… in the Christmas sales I paid just AU$10!! Bargain.
I would recommend trying the Real Minerals range through the Value Kit as two of them are really great and two of them are powders that I just don’t love.
Lets start with the winners 🙂
The Real Mineral Foundation in Fair is a very soft powder. The colour is quite neutral in tone and it blends out beautifully on the skin. I would say the coverage is light at best, so I am not convinced that it really functions as a ‘foundation’, but I very much enjoy it in combination with a BB cream (or a liquid foundation if I really need the coverage) or to very softly even out skin tone on a ‘no makeup’ day. The colour would be too dark for girls with porcelain skin but I can make it work, particularly in combination with the Chi Chi Finishing Powder.
The Finishing Powder is again, a very soft, finely milled powder. I very much enjoy this to set my foundation with a big fluffy brush. It is so fine that you only need such a small amount and it doesn’t end up looking cakey. As it is translucent it doesn’t add to the coverage of the foundation which is nice for daily wear and avoids ‘cake face.’. I also enjoy this powder to blend out contour, blusher, bronzer and highlighter at the very end of putting on my face products. It blends the coloured face products out in such a natural way.
Now onto the two products that I don’t love.
The Bronzing Powder is very different in texture to the foundation and finishing powder – dryer and courser. The powder seems to have two distinct parts, a red-toned matte bronze base and then gold micro glitters. As I purchased this online I didn’t realise that this wasn’t a matte bronzer until the kit arrived 😦 I don’t mind bronzers that are glowy, but I can’t dig the glitter. Also, this colour is much too dark for me and the red undertone just doesn’t look natural on my skin tone. I think this would suit someone with a medium skin tone. Also, I find this bronzer is VERY pigmented, a situation which is amplified by the loose powder nature of the product. Even a slight touch of the brush picks up a lot of powder, which I run off on the lid, then tap off the brush, then run the brush over my hand and then it can still be a bit patchy and hard to blend. Bummer.
I have to be honest, I have barely worn this blush. Again, I didn’t realise that this would be a glittery product so I was really disappointed when I opened it. The website states it contains ‘light reflecting particles’ so I probably should have known better! The base colour is, again, quite dark for my fair complexion, but I do like this kind of dark rose for the cooler months. Like the bronzer, this powder really separates into a base layer and glitter layer and the silver micro glitters get everywhere when you blend this out on the cheek. The colour looks pretty, but I just can’t deal with the glitter so I never reach for this.
Overall, I am still really happy with my purchase of this Real Minerals Powder Value Kit. The foundation and finishing powders are great products and if you buy them separately they retail for AU$19 each, so my AU$10 outlay was money well spent, even though I don’t love the bronzer and blush. In fact the Value Kit retail price of AU$29 is still good value! Plus, the kabuki brush was also lovely… pity I don’t know where it is!
If you would like to check out the Real Minerals Value Kit for yourself you can find it here on the Chi Chi website or you can also buy Chi Chi in Australia at Target or Myers.
Have a wonderful day 🙂