Foundation matching can be a pain in the butt. I know this because, despite my unwarranted love for face bases (and purchasing them), I’m still unsure of what shade I am. The unhelpful-helpful thing I’ve been really good at is determining whether or not a shade is a “match” for me. This happens, of course, after I’ve bought the full size.
What led me to this frustrating discovery is when I tried to layer on my Ellana Minerals Loose Powder Foundation in Caramel Latte* to act as a concealer and it ended up looking really wrong–too warm for me, really. I really, really like that product, so I wanted to see if there was a better shade match for me. It’s kind of hard to tell on their website… plus, how do you match your skin tone to a screen cap, right?
Luckily, Ellana Minerals offers a free sample pack. I wanted to try their concealers (though, again, was crippled by the affliction of indecision) and the Sheer Velvet HD powder, but I didn’t want to commit to a full jar just yet. Anyway, the Sample Pack itself is free, but you have to pay for shipping if you don’t want to pick it up at their headquarters, all the way in Makati.
The sample pack has a whopping 22 sample baggies of several of their face/base products. It’s a great way to sample some of the shades before settling on one. I think this is a great option, though I wonder what I can do with the samples that I have no obvious use for.
As of now, I’m still not 100% sure what my shade is. I’ve tried Almond Latte, Toffee Mocha, Cinnamon Latte, Cafe Mocha, and Macchiato. The closest contenders are Cafe Mocha (leaning heavily towards this), Toffee Mocha, and… you guessed it: Caramel Latte. Still. I find it too warm, though, so I think it just might be Cafe Mocha for me.
Another face base, you ask? I want to bring a powder foundation with me for a six-week trip because I’m scared of both liquid and loose powder spillage, so I’m toying with the idea of buying a pressed version of my beloved Ellana Minerals formula.
MAKEUP IS HERD, U GUISE.
* PR Sample.