Healthy makeup? It's possible with Lily Lolo!

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Costasy Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup

I always believe that good skincare is a base for makeup but not every makeup works the same - there are makeup products that are healthier and way more natural. It's all about minerals. I've been testing Lily Lolo makeup for 2 weeks now and it's finally a moment when I can share with you my first thoughts about mineral makeup. Is it worth to give up heavy high-end products for mineral makeup? How different are the products and where to get them?

Why should you choose mineral makeup?

It's not the first time I've tried mineral makeup - I've tried one brand before and it didn't work for me, from this time I wasn't positive about mineral makeup until now. What has happened that I've changed my way of thinking? There are a couple of reasons why I've decided to give it a go such as:
1.  Reviews of other bloggers and my friends - even friends that are not into beauty liked them.
2. Ingredients - the ingredients are shorter and natural. They are free from artificial fragrances and colourants or sulphates. 
3. The fact that minerals usually are cruelty-free and depends on a product they are vegetarian or vegan

Which products I've tested?

I've tested 5 different products and one brush which I'm going to share with you in this post. We will start with concealer then foundation and kabuki brush, finishing powder, blush - which you can use as a bronzer - and we will end up with lip gloss. I have to admit that Costasy - Polish distributor of brands such as Lily Lolo and Nourish - helped me find my shade of concealer and foundation. I know that I'm pale, neutral and my shade is below NW10 from Mac but figuring out what product will fit me - that was tricky, hopefully, Costasy has an option where you can order samples and that is really helpful. 

Lily Lolo Mineral Concealer - Barely Beige

Kaolin, Zinc Oxide [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium  Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide)] 
The base of this product is Kaolin and Zinc Oxide. Depends on the shade you can find more or fewer pigments all based on minerals. Kaolin should make the concealer stay longer on the skin but also absorb the sebum. I use shade named Barely Beige - is the 2nd lightest shade. I think it fits my skin and it covers redness quite well. I haven't used it on under eye area but it works great as eye makeup base/light shadow so I guess it will work as eye concealer too but there's one thing to remember - use a well-moisturizing eye cream then the application will be easier. I haven't tried to mix the concealer with foundation but it's also a way you can apply it. If you search for a vegan-friendly concealer then there it is!

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 - China Doll

Mica, Zinc Oxide [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium  Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide)] 
The base of this product is Mica and Zinc Oxide. This product you could also see on my face on my Instagram account. I was a bit worried which shade should I go for - China Doll or Porcelain, I feel like China Doll is more yellow while Porcelain is pinker. Still, it fits me well and what I could see after first use - the finishing is more natural. So I've tried this product in a couple ways, first - on a moisturizer, second on a chemical sunscreen,  third on mineral sunscreen and fourth time I used this foundation on vitamin C with mineral sunscreen. Before you use this product you need to moisturize the skin well - it'll make the foundation stick better to your skin and make it softer. When I used the foundation for the first time it worked for me ideally, but I had a problem 2nd time - on chemical sunscreen. It was very patchy, just like putting a different product on my skin. The third time - mineral sunscreen worked well. And why I've tested the product on vitamin C and mineral sunscreen? Because some products like Tonymoly cushions don't work on vitamin C serums. The coverage is quite ok - you can layer the foundation, I usually go for one or two layers so I don't cover all the imperfections. Durability - I can say is better than the foundation I normally use, it's summer now and usually, my eye makeup is messed up quicker than my foundation. Even if this sunscreen has SPF 15 I recommend you to use it with additional sunscreen since SPF in makeup is not enough to protect your skin from the UV rays. It's also worth a mention that on oily skin this product doesn't really need a powder but if you want to protect your skin better or make it look smooth then powder can be a good addition. If you want a K-beauty glow then I have to say that with this foundation instead of glow go for an additional highlighter because this product is the best friend of oily skin - it protects the skin from any oily shine. But how do you apply the foundation? You need a brush for it. But before we focus on brush one information - this foundation is vegan-friendly

Lily Lolo Super Kabuki Face Brush

Synthetic Hair
It's not a surprise that this brush is made out of synthetic hair. It's very delicate and fluffy. I use this brush to apply foundation on my face - usually, I just take a small amount of foundation on a lid and swirl the brush in the foundation. Then I remove the excess of the foundation and starts to apply the product in circular motion. I already washed it using a coconut oil based cleanser and it stayed as it is - no hair loss, no hair damage. This brush is just well-made and that's what important in a good brush. The size of this brush is around 7-8cm, it's really small and it can be tricky during the first use but you can simply get used to it. If you travel then this brush takes a small amount of space. 

Lily Lolo Finishing Powder Flawless Matte

Kaolin, Mica
This product has the shortest ingredient list - two ingredients are just perfect. Kaolin is ideal for absorbing the sebum. Lily Lolo has three different finishing powders and Flawless Matte is a version for oily skin but I feel like it's not like you need it every day - I feel like I use it only on T-zone or for a special occasion. This product is told to be a good eyeshadow base and I can believe that.  It's more lightweight than foundation and I feel like the pieces of this product are smaller than minerals in a foundation. You can't really notice the product on the skin which is a cool thing. Before I used L'oreal mineral powder and this one is way better. It works with liquid foundations from other brands too. This product is vegan-friendly

Lily Lolo Mineral Blush Rosy Apple

Mica, Silica  [+/- CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77891 (Titanium  Dioxide)]
This shade is the darkest shade, described as shimmer pink-brown. It can work as blush or bronzer. I use it in both ways, it works great for contouring but you have to be careful. A small amount of this blush on pale skin is enough, if you use too much you can harm yourself with a contrast makeup which looks great for photos or drama but for every day makeup use it carefully. The durability of this product is excellent and the shine of the skin is more satin than a highlighter shine. The good thing is that this shade should fit all skin tones and similar to the foundation - you can layer it. I haven't tried it before with this product but - mineral blushes are a great product to use as eyeshadows. There's also another way to use it - mix a little bit of blush with lip gloss. This shade is vegan-friendly what makes me even more happy about it. 

Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss Clear

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Sorbitan Olivate, Cera Alba, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Aroma, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Tocopherol [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium  Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide)] 
Clear is the lightest peachy tone and the most natural tone from lipgloss series. This product is magical because it's non-sticky but also it smells amazing - like a vanilla with chocolate. Honestly, I can smell it all day long and the taste of the lip gloss is nice too. As I said the shade is the most natural - it leaves a delicate coat of colour and it makes the lips look healthy and bit bigger. This product contains Ricinus Communis Seed Oil and Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil so it doesn't only add the shade but it also helps with lips - it makes your lips soft and nourished. I may try in future use it to add the glow on the skin or as an eye makeup products - just experiment a little bit but we will see. This product is not vegan since it contains Beeswax - named Cera Alba

Where to get the products?

If you're from Poland then Lily Lolo product's are available on the Costasy website and the choice is really huge. What's interesting Lily Lolo is not only about makeup but also skincare. If you're from outside Poland then I recommend checking the official website of Lily Lolo. 

Overall, my first impression of Lily Lolo products is very positive. The foundation was the biggest surprise for me since my previous journey with mineral makeup was bad and this product is like a must-have! Especially for the summer, it seems to be all I need since the products are lightweight but they absorb the sebum well. You can expect a series of posts about mineral makeup tested in different conditions soon. 

Do you use mineral makeup? Which product seems to be the most interesting for you? 

*** This post was made in collaboration with Costasy, even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product***

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