Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monave - Review and Giveaway-CLOSED



modern. natural. versatile.

Monave started as a little seed...a dream to make makeup by hand, with simple ingredients. The seed also had the expectation that the products had to be high-quality, high-performance. Monave didn't want to be just another so-so natural makeup brand. As my little tree grew, so did my dream. (from the Monave website).

Monave's philosophy is simple: We include ingredients that are either beneficial or benign that make our skin look softer and prettier, our eyes brighter, and our lips more smooth. We do not use ingredients whose sole purpose is to improve the look or texture of the product in the jar; that is simply not our mission. So if our liners look handmade, or our powders not so silky as Brand X, that's okay with us!
Check out their ingredient list here.

I've been loving mineral foundation lately
. It blends beautifully, allowing my natural skin tone to shine through, it never leaves a streaky line, and it controls my T-zone without drying out the rest of my face. And, as long as I remember to not tip it over when the lid is off, it's not as messy as I had thought powder foundations would be.

Monave offers a lot of foundation options - Loose Mineral Foundation, Loose Mineral / Concealer
Foundation, Moisture Mousse Foundation, Liquid Matte Foundation and Cream Foundation. They also offer Setting Powders to aid in oil absorption and provide a beautiful matte finish. It can be really hard, if not impossible, to pick your perfect foundation shade online - colors never seem to be true to their picture! Monave offers foundation sample sets - grouped in order from light to dark. There are several shade variations in each set. They highly recommend that you try a set in your range, instead of ordering samples based on the photos. Can't find a perfect match? Check out their Foundation Adjusters, makeup artists have created five popular powders that can be shaken right in with your mineral foundation to adjust the color to your perfect match.

I had the chance to try their sample set in Light, which includes Ashlie, Paula, Kerrie and Claire. I'm glad I had several options - after reading the descriptions, I'd thought Kerrie would be a good match, but it was too yellow for my skin. Having extremely pale skin, I next tried Claire, the darkest foundation in this set which was too dark. My third try was a perfect fit - I didn't expect Ashlie to match (This shade of mineral foundation has been resurrected for the very lightest of skin tones. It has a pink undertone, and is perfect for those who find Claire too dark) as I'm pale, but I didn't think I was that pale. I love this foundation! It goes on easily, and provides amazing coverage, but looks very natural, not made up at all! It feels silky smooth, and lasts through a whole day of work and an evening of errands. I haven't touched this up at all, and it looks like as nice as it did this morning.

Monave included their Unscented Intensive Emollient Base, an all-natural, fragrance free moisturizer. Iowa winters are awful - cold, nasty and extremely drying. This moisturizer is super thick and creamy, and isn't greasy at all. I love how moistureized my face feels with it on, and it helps the foundation go on smoothly rather than cake.

They also included the
Mini Bronzer Brush, which works well for applying powder foundation. Monave is transitioning into a new Vegan line of brushes - this one features nylon hair.

Monave also has a blog with tips and tricks and lots of information.

Buy It!

Monave offers a complete line of mineral makeup, as well as Skin and Hair Care that can be purchased online. They are currently running "Give the Gift of Healthy Beauty" until January 10. Just enter coupon code GGHB2009 to receive 20% off your entire order. You can also request free samples to share with family or friends with your order.

Win It!

Monave is offering one lucky Silver Savings, Freebies and Giveaways reader a sample set of foundation, the mini bronzer brush and a sample size of their Rose Facial Moisturizer to try for themselves. Giveaway is open to US Residents and ends 12/26. Winner selected via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond. Prize provided and shipped directly by Monave.

To enter:

Visit
Monave and share what product you'd most like to try.

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117 comments:

  1. I would love to try the Soft Kabuki Brush!
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