Aubrey Organics is one brand that I’ve been hearing for a long time already, but it is only now that I got the chance to try it. When I saw their printed product catalog, I was immediately surprised with how much products they have – their products range from skin care, to anti-aging products, hair care, and of course, mineral makeup! Well, once the term mineral makeup was brought up to me, I said it was perfect to review for The Mineral Makeup Blog!
The Aubrey Organics Silken Earth Translucent Base comes in a very big jar – it is 21g in content. It is not the normal 30g jar with 10g content. At first look in the name of the product, I would have to assume that it is finishing powder material as it is translucent, and unlike other mineral foundations that offer really heavy coverage. I got it in the shade Porcelain Beige, which did not matter so much because the tint was just very light, so it had no bearing to my skin color whatsoever. So, I started opening the jar, and a pleasant smell greeted me – was that somewhat cinammon? I am not the best judge in scent, but it smelled really natural, and good. I swiped the sheer powder on my hands, and it was indeed, translucent, so I tested on how it would fare on my skin as a finishing powder – using the sandwich method.
The sandwich method is a mineral makeup technique that most mineral makeup users that have oily skin use, as they apply finishing powder with oil control properties as a base, then follow with mineral foundation, then finish off with finishing powder. The foundation is “sandwiched” as it is protected from creasing, melting, or greasing up by two protective layers of mineral finishing powder. It’s actually very effective! For Aubrey Organics, the key ingredients for oil control are : silica ( it also makes the surface of the skin look smoother and more even ) , rice starch, and silk powder. I love silica the most because it really helps control oil and is not as heavy as kaolin clay, and feels great on the skin, as well as smoothens the look of the skin – tried and tested. Silk powder, some people say, is also very good.
Trying it on my skin, it felt really light, and almost nonexistent. The finish on my skin was just very baby powder soft and soothing. Waiting for a few hours for my skin to dew up, I was a bit surprised that it did not oil up quite fast unlike other mineral makeup finishing powders that I have tried, that are even heavier in consistency. Overall, I am impressed with this sudden ability of this mineral finishing powder to absorb oil in my skin, and keep my skin oil free for a while without making my skin look dry as a well – I simply could not afford that because I have scars.
Right now, it is my default mineral finishing powder used for my sandwich method. I’d definitely recommend this for those who have oily skin, as a great finishing powder, and for those who have perfect skin, for that polished, and very light everyday makeup look! The makeup is not totally mineral, since it has ingredients that are organic ( mineral makeup is considered inorganic, rather than organic ), but it works for me!
Ingredients : Silk Powder, copernicia cerifera ( caranuba ) wax, tapioca starch, lauroyl lysine, cinnamomum zeylanicum bark powder ( organic ), aloe barbadensis leaf ( organic ), oryza sativa ( rice ) starch, tocopherol, iron oxides, silica.