Trying to fulfill all my 2012 resolutions is actually harder than I thought. I mean how difficult is it to use makeup which are more naturally formulated? Well, those of you on a similar quest will know what I’m talking about. IT’S DARN HARD! First off, you have issues of limited choices. Next, the issue of unavailability in our market. And I don’t even want to talk about wearability. So with that mindset, I was a bit skeptical about the Paul Penders makeup range when I was first introduced to it. I was even more doubtful when I saw that their mineral translucent power is white! OMG. Can this actually work for me?
Natural look great for those with flawless skin
But you know what? I actually like it a lot because it works very well with my fair skin tone. And almost every day now, I’m using their Natural Moisture Foundation (which is your equivalent of a liquid foundation) together with their Mineral Translucent Powder. It’s a very natural look and even though my skin isn’t flawless, I think I don’t look quite as bad. So if you have better skin than me with little blemishes and spots, you’ll probably find their foundations to do quite well for you. From my experience, they don’t streak much, cake at all and definitely do not oxidize.
Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation | 25g, AUD29.50
But don’t expect to get similar coverage as the conventional foundations or BB creams. The Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation is more like a very tinted moisturizer and hence, the coverage is not luminously flawless. They won’t conceal dark circles nor spots too well either. And strangely, the Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation in Hazel Ivory which is very white is quite drying compared to the formulation in Island Sand. Although it can blend into my skin, but I found it to cake up after awhile.
So what you see in the picture above is me wearing the Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation in Island Sand together with the Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Foundation. The Moisture Foundation in Island Sand is quite moisturizing for my skin and lasted me well throughout the day. The exception is when the weather turns cold or the aircon is on full blast. When that happens, my skin does feel a tad dry with this foundation. Other than the Hazel Ivory and Island Sand I’ve received, four other darker shades are available and they are – Sweet Amber, Wood Brown, Timeless Tan, and Chocolate Brown. The 25g is a very small tube though but the good thing with that size is that this being a natural formulation has a shorter life span and so you wouldn’t have to take forever to finish it up.
Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Powder | 5g, AUD28
This Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Powder is described as a finishing touch for a flawless, natural-luminous healthy looking skin. It is white but doesn’t look too white for me. But I think the white do show up on darker skin tone so I’m not really sure how this will work for all skin tones. Otherwise, it’s quite fine and does compliment the Natural Moisture Foundation to yield a smoother finishing. I’ve never used mineral makeup with so much ingredients and neither have I tried one containing Bismuth Oxychloride. But I’m glad to say that after using this for some time now, I don’t have any issues.
Paul Penders Mineral Foundation Blusher | 5g, AUD28
I’m not much of blush wearer. Sometimes they turn out nice on me, sometimes they don’t. So I hardly wear them. But I kinda like the Dazzling Rose you see here because it’s a nice pink and compliments my skin tone well. Other than Dazzling Rose, you can find the blush in four other shades – Sunset Pink, Garden Plum, Smashing Bronze, and Red Polka.
Color shown on the website is off
I’ve got to say that the swatches on their website are a poor representation of the colors. As you can see, Smashing Bronze, which is what you see in the picture below is nowhere near the color shown on their website. It’s so much darker and such a far cry from the pale pink shown on their color chart! That, or the product was incorrectly labeled. Anyway, this Smashing Bronze was sent to me by mistake and so I can’t wear it at all.
Certified organic & halal licensed
All Paul Penders products are made with certified organic ingredients and the brand is not only 100% vegan but also one of the very few to be certified halal as licensed by the Government of Malaysia. The makeup products are formulated with LevensESSENTIE Gold®, which are 22 certified organic herbs and antioxidant vitamins to nourish and protect delicate skin. I’m also loving their lipsticks and currently wearing their Natural Cream Lipsticks in maple and mulberry.
20% storewide promotion
If you’re keen to check out their products, you’ll be delighted to know that Paul Penders Australia is currently offering a 20% discount off all their products to celebrate the opening of their new online store, from now till 31 October 2012! The discount code to use is 820002. And international shipping is available – free shipping is available for orders above AUD50. Anything below, a flat rate of AUD15 applies. Interested? Go check out their website!