Beauty

Erzulie, the Great and Powerful

Review: Erzulie® Cosmetics’ Mineral Concealer and Corrector.

For my first makeup review, I thought it would be fitting for me to write about the first two green beauty products I tried. Considering that my transition to natural alternatives began in 2010 and I still use both of these products today, I’m betting you’ve already guessed that I’ll be recommending them!


Disclosure: I purchased my Mineral Concealer and Corrector sticks from the Erzulie Cosmetics shop on Etsy. I took all photos appearing in this post. Links are NOT affiliated and I am in no way being compensated for writing this post.


The Brand

Rhonda Demars is the founder, formulator, and President of Erzulie® Natural Cosmetics, as well as the overarching Progress in Health, Inc. brand. The company’s mantra is Awaken Your Inner Goddess™, and all products are made with us Eco Eccentrics in mind:

Developed for women who are wise about their health, seek natural alternatives to chemically laden cosmetics, have acne prone and sensitive skin types and want to enhance their own inner and outer beauty.


The Products

I’m pretty sure I found Erzulie while browsing Etsy for a less toxic concealer. I vaguely remember thinking, “Stick. Need something in a stick.” And stick I found. I have been wearing the Mineral Concealer and Corrector for almost 4 years, so I can confidently say that these are two powerful products.

The concealer: Mineral Concealer with Argan Oil in Medium Light

Erzulie Cosmetics' Mineral Concealer in Medium Light

Erzulie Mineral Concealer in Medium Light

The corrector: Mineral Corrector Stick in Lavender

Erzulie Cosmetics' Mineral Corrector in Lavender

Erzulie Mineral Corrector in Lavender


The Claims (adapted from Etsy listings)

Concealer: Non-comedogenic, acne safe, extra coverage, and highly pigmented with major concealing power. The formula reflects light to cover broken capillaries, pigmentation and sunspots, dark circles, and redness.

Corrector: Non-comedogenic, acne safe, and highly pigmented with major concealing power. The formula reflects light to even out skin tone, create a balanced finish and healthy glow, and cover tattoos, circles, birthmarks, scars, bruising, and dark spots.


The Ingredients (as listed on the tubes)

Note: For all reviews, you will find color coded product ingredients based upon their ratings on EWG (I build reports for each product). A green ingredient scores a 0-2 and is low hazard. Orange ingredients score 3-6 and are moderate hazard. Red ingredients are high hazard and score 7-10, but you should never see reds in any of the products reviewed on this blog! Please visit my Ingredients to Avoid page for further information and potential concerns regarding specific ingredients.

Concealer: Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Castor Oil, Olive Squalane, Vitamin E, Non GMO Cornstarch, Mineral Blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Iron Oxides.

Corrector: Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Beeswax, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Castor Oil, Olive Squalane, Vitamin E, Non GMO Cornstarch, Mineral Blend, Grapefruit Seed Extract. May contain manganese violet or chromium oxide green.

The overall EWG score for both the concealer and corrector is 3.

Totally clean? According to my EWG report, not necessarily. However, I started to “greenify” with these and despite the few orange ingredients, they work for me. For those just transitioning to natural products, these would be a great start. Read on for the details!

Update as of March 5, 2014: After publishing this review, Rhonda contacted me (you can see her response down below in the comments) to let me know that Erzulie Cosmetics no longer uses grapefruit seed extract in their formula, as it was unnecessary and expensive. EWG will mark this ingredient as orange due to possible contamination, however Rhonda ensures that the extract used in my concealer and corrector was organic and clear from additional chemicals. She also let me know that the mineral blend is made of safe, non- nano particle minerals. Once I get an updated list of ingredients, I will run a new report and adjust the information above to reflect the new formula :)


The Details

Packaged in twist up sticks containing .70 oz. of product. This makes these little tubes simple, practical, and easy to carry. Two things I always like to see on natural product packaging are the ingredients and company branding, and Erzulie sticks have both.

Color is medium light beige for the concealer and lavender for the corrector. The concealer is available in Extra Light, Light, Medium Light, Medium, and Medium Tan. The corrector is available in Lavender, Green, and Yellow.

Erzulie Mineral Corrector in Lavender and Mineral Concealer in Medium Light

Erzulie Mineral Corrector in Lavender (left) and Mineral Concealer in Medium Light (right)

Scent is light and fresh. I never really noticed much of a scent from these sticks. I just had to pull one out and take a nice long whiff, but all I can come up with is light and fresh. It doesn’t smell specifically like any one ingredient that it contains.

Feels thick and creamy right out of the tube, but light on the skin. Not greasy at all! Once I am done applying my concealer and corrector, I don’t feel as if I am wearing makeup.

Applies smoothly and blends beautifully. I either dab on my skin directly from the tube and blend with my fingers, or I will swipe some on my fingers and blend onto my skin like a moisturizer.


My Experience

They work like magic. I really do love these two products. I don’t wear a full face of makeup every day, but I will rarely go out without at least applying a little of these gems. Even when I play flag football with the guys or go to the gym, I still make sure I do a quick application. I sweat A LOT and my concealer and corrector do not budge.

As a “cyster” (an endearing term those of us with PCOS use), I tend to spend the most time attempting to cover dark spots around my chin, under my eyes, and on my cheeks. My usual application process includes concealer, followed by corrector on my most troublesome areas, then a thin layer of foundation, and last, another round of concealer.

Because of its patent pending Mineral Blend, the concealer adjusts to the color of my skin, soaking in and blending perfectly. One layer of coverage on me is fairly sheer and gives me a good base, as I don’t usually use a separate face primer. I follow my light base with the lavender corrector, as this does a better job of neutralizing dark spots. Generally I will use this around my chin and eyes only. Because I have fair skin, I can usually see the purple tint, which is why I apply prior to foundation. Once a moderate layer of foundation is on, I finish up with one last spot treatment of concealer :) This helps me balance out any purple that might be sneaking through or replace anything that got pulled away during my foundation application. This may sound like it takes a long time, but believe me, it takes 10 minutes or less (depending on your level of mastery)!

The Erzulie concealers also do a good job of covering redness from dry skin, blemishes, and any bruises you may sustain from being a klutz ;) You can also use a green corrector stick to neutralize redness if you prefer. The one warning I would give regarding these sticks is that it is very easy to put too much on (especially in low light) because they are highly pigmented. Start with a little and build it up. You are much better off adding more if needed, rather than attempting to blend (or wipe) a big blob on (or off of) your face.

These sticks last a long time. Even though I use them every day for moderate coverage on certain areas of my face, I can easily go 4-5 months without needing new ones. However, I always have a backup on hand! I’ve misplaced these several times and sometimes when it gets to the end, I feel like I am rubbing months worth of flaky skin and dirt on my face, so I just toss it and start a new one.

These are two products I can’t live without right now. I haven’t delved into too many alternate concealers yet, but as I continue my journey, I will certainly share new (and even cleaner) options!


Pros & Cons

Pros: pigmented, good coverage, builds well, compact, easy to carry, lasts a long time

Cons: several ingredients scoring in the moderate hazard range on EWG, easy to apply too much, melts a bit in hot weather if you keep in your purse


Eco Eccentric Approved?

Of course. But you already knew that :)


Purchase Erzulie Cosmetics

Price: $6.50
Buy on Etsy:
 www.etsy.com/shop/ErzulieCosmetics
Buy from Progress in Health: www.progressinhealth.com/shop


What concealers/correctors do you love? Let me know by commenting below!

 

 

♥ Link Love: Check out Stephanie’s post at She’s So Eco for a review of the Light concealer.

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