Virginia Olsen Minerals: Olive Branch Eyeshadow and Terra Cotta Blush

Virginia Olsen is 100% natural, paraben free, bismuth & talc free, and pure mineral make-up suitable for women of any age, ethnicity or skin type. Our formulations are calming to the skin, making them ideal for women prone to sensitivities; and being fragrance-free, they are particularly compatible with delicate skin, giving a sheer, natural, flawless coverage. Further, our makeup unlocks the therapeutic properties of zinc oxide and the natural sunscreen provided by titanium dioxide.
Purity also explains the ultra-smooth texture and versatility of Virginia Olsen. Even the sheerest of applications goes on smooth, creamy and consistent and will not clump or fade. Other mineral makeup is stretched with a variety of fillers, such as talc, to bulk-up the quantity of the product and the margin of profit. Not only do these products cause caking and creasing, but they can cause skin irritation, rashes and allergic reactions.
 Hi everyone! How was your day? Mine was really great. I got to visit my grandfather's grave in Antipolo after my hearing a while ago and I also heard last Sunday's church service which I failed to attend to because I went on a vacation. Anyways, it was as if it was only yesterday when my sorority sister told me that she will be bringing a mineral makeup line here in the Philippines. Now, Virginia Olsen Minerals has finally hit Philippine shores. I am not an avid fan of mineral makeup. I could still remember women in girltalk buying samples (1/8 tsp to 1/2tsp) online and these were placed in tiny zip lock plastic bags. I did not jump into the mineral makeup craze. I just had a few pots (the most was five) and that's it. I never thought of buying more. However, I was always fascinated on the benefits mineral makeup gives. The few I have tried never broke me out at all. When I heard that my sorority sister was bringing in Virginia Olsen here, I was prodding her to bring the Milani instead. Haha When I saw the initial  samples of V.O. Minerals, I went wild in her office. I had swatches on my arms, excitedly reading the labels and I just could not stop asking her questions. haha 
I love the natural lighting in Batangas. I took a lot of shots but these are a few that I really like. 

I think that the Virginia Olsen Minerals is one of the mineral makeup that has the best packaging. I also like the fact that what is written in their label is the true weight of the product and not the capacity of the container.  Also, they have a wide range of color selection especially for eyeshadows. I was contemplating on buying the mineral liners when I went to the Rockwell Urban Bazaar because they looked pretty and I have not yet tried using mineral powders as liners.

I know you all thought that I got the shade in Donnarence. Haha I did not. I picked a shade that is actually wearable for everyday in the office. (Here I  go again with neutrals and wearble hues.. haha) I chose Olive Branch. The shade is a dark olive green with golden shimmers. 
The color is very pigmented . With pigments, I prefer to use apply it wet rather than dry to prevent a lot of fall outs or through foiling method. This will make the shades appear more vibrant and the loose powder will readily adhere to your lid. I also suggest using a primer which is creamy to be used as a base. 

The golden shimmers are very prominent. 

In real life, the colors appeared dark green but when I took a photo, my eyeshadow turned gold with a hint of green. :) 
For blush, I got the shade in Terra Cotta. In the jar, it does not look like  TerraCotta shade at all. It looked more of a light peachy pink.

Does this look Terra Cotta ish to you? If no, then I am not color blind at all. hehe
When swatched, it turned into a nice peach color with tiny (as in almost unnoticeable)silver shimmers. It applies smoothly on my cheeks. A word of caution, be careful in applying this blush. Do not over apply and make sure the blush sets before applying another layer. I know this might look too pale in the container but it is actually quite pigmented but not overtly pigmented like my Sleek blush or Mac. I was in the cab when I tried it on my cheeks. I was not satisfied with one layer because it looked so light and I really could not see the color then I applied two more layers.. When I look at the mirror to have check on my makeup, Lo and behold, I looked like a clown. wahhh

 Make sure you apply a thin layer first and wait for the color to blend on your skin. This blush lasted fairly well on my dry skin like 3 hours or so.

I want to try more from Virginia Olsen. I have been using their blush for days now and I like it. No break outs too.  I was thinking of  trying out their Green Tea or Hide a Pore line. They also have a nice range of matte bronzers that do not have the reddish tints that look so unnatural.

Have you tried Virginia Olsen Minerals?

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  1. Ganda talaga ng pics mo! Haha. Gusto ko din nyang lens na yan. :P

    Type ko yung terracotta!

  2. My my the colours look so amazing on your eye. ♥

  3. wow. so pigmented but i guess mejo inconvenient gamitin ang powder eyeshadows compared to those compact or mousse ones.

  4. these are very pigmented! love it! nice photos :)

  5. I love how the colours turned out!


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