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Chi Chi: Real Minerals Powder Value Kit

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 🙂

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Real Minerals Foundation: Fair

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.

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Real Minerals 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.

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Real Minerals Bronzing Powder

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.

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Real Minerals Blush

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 🙂

 

Things I Don’t Love: Chi Chi Moisturising Lip Crayon

Welcome back to Things I Don’t Love – the blog where we discuss products that didn’t work for me, or that I just didn’t love and wouldn’t buy again.

Today we are going to discuss the Chi Chi Moisturising Lip Crayons.  I purchased these lip crayons as a boxed set of five at Target for AU$20.  My first mistake was that I purchased these impulsively.  There were no crayons out as testers and I hadn’t read any reviews.  If I had been able to access either of those two things I would not have purchased these.

I need to be clear.  These are good quality.  They last quite well on the lips, the colours are really pigmented and the packaging is convenient and automatic (so no sharpening required).  My issue here is not quality but rather the formula of the colours.

Chi Chi: Moisurising Lip Crayons and swatches

Chi Chi: Moisturising Lip Crayons and swatches

If we number these crayons from top (crayon 1) to bottom (crayon 5), that will make them easier to discuss as they don’t have names.  You can see the colours offer a range of pinks which get progressively darker.  Out of the five colours, crayon 4 is extremely shimmery.  When I say that, I seriously mean metallic lips.  I have no idea when or how I would use this as the cool tone of this pink makes the metallic finish even less wearable.

Crayon 1 is a lovely peachy pink but it and crayon 5 which is a bright fuchsia are almost drier in texture than the other three crayons.  Although these two colours are lovely they contain silver micro-glitter.  This wasn’t immediately obvious to me in the tube or even in the swatches but you can certainly see it on the lips.  Glitter in a lip product is off-putting for me so I don’t reach for these.

Lip Crayon swatch close-ups

Lip Crayon swatch close-ups out of direct sunlight.

The remaining two crayons in the set are crayon 2 and crayon 3 which are very creamy in comparison to the other three.  These do not have glitter that I can see and are therefore the most wearable colours in the set in my opinion.  The creamy texture of these two does mean they can gather a little on dry patches though.

Overall I think the biggest issue here is not the actual product, but that I didn’t really know what I was buying.  If bright, glittery lip crayons are something you enjoy, then you will love these.  Unfortunately I was expecting these to be different – no glitter or metallic sheen and more balmy in style.  Chi Chi is a great Australian company and I look forward to trying other lip products from them (their lipsticks are raved about), but I don’t love these lip crayons.

Have a fantastic day!!

Chi Chi Cosmetics – Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Chi Chi is a fantastic Australian brand that is Peta-registered which makes them part of the beauty without bunnies program.  That gives them a big tick from me!  You can find Chi Chi products in Target and Myers in Australia but as I live away from a major city I found myself lusting after their products online.  I was super excited to try these Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow palettes because they have had really impressive reviews and I ended up picking up a Glamours Palette Duo which included the Naturals and Sun Kissed palettes in an amazing sale where I got both for AU$25!  Individually these generally retail for AU$22 so that was a super great deal!!  Generally the Duo package is AU$30 which is still a big saving so if you are keen to give these a go I would recommend getting your hands on one of the Duo packs.

Chi Chi Cosmetics - Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Chi Chi Cosmetics – Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

My first impression was that although the packaging is very sleek it feels a little bit cheap in comparison to other Chi Chi products.  Of the two, the Sun Kissed palette is my favourite.  The colour selection is really interesting with some lovely peachy, bronzy, browns and golds.  I don’t have anything else like this in my collection.  Unfortunately there is only one matte shade in the Sun Kissed palette (apricot colour, 4th from left below), and as you can see from the swatches the pigmentation isn’t amazing – it is a bit chalky but you can work with it.

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette - 'Sun Kissed' swatches

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette – ‘Sun Kissed’ swatches

The Naturals palette is a good everyday, cool-toned palette with a mix of taupes, creams, browns and golds.  I feel like this palette is well named as the looks you can create with this palette really are more natural than dramatic, which I like for work.  There are three mattes in this palette (4th, 7th and 8th from the left below) which include a couple of nice crease shades making this more of a practical one-stop-shop when getting ready in the morning.

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette - 'Naturals' swatches

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette – ‘Naturals’ swatches

Overall, I find these shadows a little bit hit and miss.  These are not the most pigmented or buttery shadows I have ever used but I do think that the colour selections are good and you can certainly work with these to make a lovely look, just be prepared that some individual shadows may be a bit powdery. They definitely work best with a primer in which case they will last throughout a work day for me.  The fact that they aren’t that pigmented can work in their favour as it keeps the looks subtle for work contexts where you want to look put-together without too much drama.

The Glamorous Eyeshadows are not my favourite Chi Chi product and I have to admit that I’m glad I got these on sale as I would have been disappointed if I had paid the full AU$22 for each of these palettes BUT I do like them.  While I don’t love these, I would recommend the Chi Chi perfumes – they are REALLY beautiful (review pending) and I have also heard amazing things about the Chi Chi baked eyeshadows and lipsticks, so if you haven’t tried anything from this brand, those products may be a better place to start.  Saying that, this is just my opinion so if you would like to try the Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes for yourself you can find them here: Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes

Have a fantastic day!