Today I’ve decided to finally review the natural makeup brand from down under (Australia): Ere Perez. I’ve been using these products for a few years now and they look nothing like the images I took for this blog post circa 2017. My eyeshadow palette has hit the pan on many of the colors and my bronzer and highlighter is half way used.
about the brand
Ere Perez’s eponymous brand is rooted in her Mexican heritage and based in Bondi Beach, Sydney. Having grown up with a medicine man as a grandfather, Ere was always passionate about natural beauty and healing and eventually created a natural line that’s luxurious, fuss-free, affordable, and all about healthy radiant skin.
While most luxury organic makeup brands take on black, metallic or colorful packaging, Ere Perez opts for a clean solid white look across the entire line. Not that there’s anything wrong with black or colored packaging, but I love the feeling I get when using their products – that they are truly pristine.
chamomile eyeshadow palette
My favorite product out of all that I tried is their Chamomile Eyeshadow Palette. It’s very compact and fits 6 shades, and I’ve taken it everywhere with me over the years because of the different looks I can create that take me from day to night. It may not be AS pigmented as my favorite NU Evolution eyeshadows, but it’s sufficient and it lasts well throughout the day.
falling star vanilla highlighter
I really love this natural cream highlighter and way more than I liked rms beauty’s Living Luminizer. There’s no greasy look from this and it gives skin a natural looking luminosity. I use this on the top of my cheekbones, down my nose and on my cupid’s bow. It has this delicious vanilla wafer scent that takes me back to my childhood and the holidays. This highlighter comes in two shades: falling star and sun halo which is more of a bronze highlighter.
Made with non-GMO rice starch, this blush and bronzer duo is a multi-purpose product that can be used not only for its named purpose but also as eyeshadow and even lip color. I prefer using it as a bronzer and simply sweep my Ere Perez brush across both shades for a natural looking bronzed flush. If I just want a subtle bronze look I use just the lighter shade.
This lip bar is packaged as a traditional lipstick, but it’s actually a tinted sheer lip conditioner. I notice a subtle amount of color, but don’t expect anything near the power of lipstick. Before using it, I had this expectation that it would be very emollient and rich, but I was surprised to find that it was very dense and solid. It conditions lips, but it wasn’t intensely nourishing. The lip bar comes in 6 beautiful shades and are formulated with pure natural ingredients like wild pansy extract, nourishing shea butter, argan oil and hydrating plant-based squalene. I have the shade Love pictured above which is a pretty pop of pink.
Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, octyldodecanol, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, squalane, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, trihydroxystearin, hydrogenated jojoba oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated castor oil, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, rhus verniciflua peel wax, rhus succedanea fruit wax, viola tricolor (wild pansy) extract, gardenia jasminoides meristem cell culture, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, water, ascorbyl palmitate, mica, synthetic fluorphlogopite, aluminum calcium sodium silicate, citric acid, xanthan gum, tin oxide, butylene glycol. May contain +/- iron oxides, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 45410, CI 42090.
mango lip honey
The mango lip honey comes in 4 shades and is made with mango seed butter and jojoba oil, but I was less thrilled that it contained synthetics. I know that there are safe synthetics and this is a common trend in the clean makeup industry, but I just prefer having natural and nutrient-rich ingredients that are alive with the earth’s energy.
I did like that the texture is a bit thicker and slightly stickier than the other creamy organic lip glosses that I use. The shade Pop is also such a vibrant fun pop of pink that brightens up my whole look.
Ingredients: Dimer dilinoleyl dimer, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, irvingia gabonensis (wild mango) kernel butter, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopheryl acetate, hydrogenated coco-glycerides, aroma. May Contain +/- octyldodecanol, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, glyceryl behenate/eicosadioate, mica, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, tin oxide, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, calcium sodium borosilicate, iron oxides, CI 77891, CI 45410, CI 42090.
The very reason I became interested in trying Ere Perez was because I had heard rave reviews about their mascara. As someone with stubby, barely there lashes I am all ears when I catch wind of some miracle working mascara product. It pains me to say this, but neither the natural almond nor the avocado waterproof mascara worked well for me. The formulas were quite dry and the product simply didn’t transfer onto my lashes like they should have. I STILL am perplexed by this everytime I try using it again. For many the Ere Perez mascara gives fabulous volume and length, but I couldn’t get it work for me.
australian blue cypress face nectar
The Australian Blue Cypress Face Nectar is a very lightweight, hydrating oil infused with Australian blue cypress, camellia, jasmine flower, jojoba, cedar wood & rice. It’s designed for deyhdrated or stressed skin and has a soothing jasmine, cedwarood and frankincense scent. I enjoyed using this oil during the summer, but switched to my richer oils during the fall and winter. This one sinks in and is absorbed by skin well, leaving it feeling softer and supple. I didn’t find myself totally obsessing over this oil though and it could have been something as superficial as the packaging being see through or the consistency being too lightweight.
(Updated 11/23/2019 with W3ll People new product launches: Nudist Eyeshadow Palette and Volumizing Expressionist Mascara)
Hi fam I think this is my first makeup review in a very long time so bear with me. You know I’m a skin first gal even though I do wear makeup most days. W3ll People sent me a wide variety of their products a few months ago and I feel like I have thoroughly used each of the products to be able to give a decent review. Besides being natural and organic, this line is most notably very affordable and accessible as it’s sold at Target. They have also nailed it on branding, design and packaging so it feels like you’re using a luxury product that cost way more than it actually did. More on the brand:
Contains premium natural ingredients tested for superior performance
Innovative botanical complexes move and breathe – no creasing or fading
Uber hydrating formulas rich in organic aloe and precious essential oils
No fillers, propylene glycol, petrochemicals or petroleum by-products
Handcrafted in small batches in the USA
Tested in the W3LL PEOPLE studio by their Green Beauty Pros – cruelty free
One of my favorite products out of those I tried, this tinted SPF moisturizer provides me with excellent medium coverage (though it may only provide you with light coverage if you have a lot of skin concerns) and a dewy finish without looking greasy (I used to get a “Did you run to work” comment from a coworker whenever I wore too much skincare + super dewy BB cream). The lightest shade is still a little too dark for my pale not-yet-seen-the-summer-sun skin but I imagine the shade will work better come summer. It’s super clean so I feel confident wearing this everyday all day and not worrying that it will worsen my skin with continued use. I add a little bit of Earthwise Beauty’s Farizad’s Veil SPF powder for extra sun protection and to mattify the product if I’ve got a lot of skincare underneath. As for lasting power, it wears beautifully all day and starts to come apart by late afternoon early evening.
This was my first time trying a green liquid concealer and it works so well for my dry skin. The lightest shade looks completely natural with my skin tone, spreads and blends so easily and lasts pretty much the whole day (in an indoor setting- when I’m having an active outdoor day it fades). When I’m not wearing any face product, a ti amount of this around my nose and undereyes already makes my face look well put together. It’s a very moisturizing product that goes on smoothly and sets well- fantastic for something that doesn’t contain dimethicone.
I’m so glad that I got to try this mascara, because this is a category that is super tough for thin barely there lashes. Almost nothing works – especially not the rubber stubby kinds. But for some reason, this stubby rubber bristled mascara works really well with my lashes. The formula is wet and goes on thickly, dramatically amplifying volume and length after about 3 coats. I need all the coats. Its downfall is that it smudges so I need to be sure to check the damage in the middle of the day and wipe it off with a Q tip. I thought I preferred dry formulas but for some reason this super wet one works very well for me.
This is made with nourishing ingredients like Organic Rosemary and Eyebright and has a very wet formula so you need to be sure to let it dry for 10-20 seconds or it smudges. It’s got a short wand but it would be even better if the handle reached the applicator tip more so that you could apply with better precision. The applicator tip is on the bulkier end so it can be difficult getting a thin, precise line. The product stays put all day though it will fade to a lighter shade by end day.
This is a product I never hear about and I feel like I should be because I was completely impressed. This product deserves way more hype, so here I am to give it some. Neither a lipstick nor tinted lip balm, it’s somewhere in between while providing the glossy shine of a lip gloss. A similar product I have tried that is also a lipstick-balm hybrid is the Luk Beautifood products, but those are a little drier and don’t provide the same shine effect. I haven’t experienced a lip product that gives the effect that this one does, and I only wish there were more shades. True to its name, it’s very buttery and emollient and though the brand describes it as giving a subtle boost of color, I found that it gives quite a bit of pigment- at least much more than a regular tinted lip balm.
Ingredients: Castor Isostearate Succinate, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/ Polyglyceryl-Esters, Tribehenin, Oleic/linoleic/linolenic Polyglycerides, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Zinc oxide, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil*, Mixed Tocopherols, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Mentha Spicata*, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (or) Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit*, (+/- Iron Oxide [CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 17200, CI 15850, CI 77742, CI 77019]).
I actually prefer this foundation stick to the Vapour Organic Beauty one. The formulation of this is more sophisticated and goes on smooth and doesn’t feel gritty, heavy or overly creamy. It gives a nice satin finish, but it’s downfall is that on some days it starts to separate and clump, settling into fine lines by the end day. Properly priming the face is important when using this, which is why I like liquid foundations over cream foundations.
First off I’m not a big cream bronzer fan even though I have dry skin. I feel like powders look more natural and are easier to blend. One swipe of this deep deep cocoa shade gives a ton of product and requires a lot of blending because it is SO dark. Once blended properly it does give a natural warmed bronze look.
Unlike the bronzer stick this product goes on subtly and has a drier finish. It gives a silver/white kind of highlight that I don’t feel looks too natural. I feel like this gives the same effect as the rms Living Luminizer (which I’m not a fan of but if you are this is an affordable alternative). Not a huge fan of this highlighter.
This powder duo is a highlighter + blush though you can use it as eyeshadows as well. The highlighter is beautiful and has peach-beige undertones to brighten up the entire face with just a hint of youthful color. The blush is a soft peach shade and adds a natural looking flush to cheeks. Please note it’s a very soft powder, isn’t super pigmented and will start to fade after a few hours.
The formula impressively contains a bio active lip plumping system and based on peptide technology and volumizing lip crystals and while I don’t eperience major lip plumping action (maybe a tiny bit?) this lip gloss does give major shine. I do find application a bit akward because the tip is flexible, but other than that I love the cinnamon spicy scent and boost of hydration.
-Rejuvenates with state-of-the-art peptide complex -Volumizes with liquid crystals -Soothes with organic aloe -Hydrates with shea butter
Ingredients:RICINUS COMMUNIS*, CASTOR ISOSTEARATE SUCCINATE, Simmondsia Chinensis*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII*, Euphorbia Cerifera* , ALOE BARBADENSIS* ROMAN ANTHEMIS NOBILIS*, CITRUS GRANDIS*, Cinnamon Flavor*, Mentha Spicata*, Hypericum Perforatum *(May Contain: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, IRON OXIDE CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
This is a much lighter shade than the Bronzing Stick and a bit warmer. The soft powder applies and blends well no complaints there- I am just not a fan of loose powders due to the mess and prefer cooler shades to warmer shades.
Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI77491), Iron Oxides (CI77492), Iron Oxides (CI77499), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pearl Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf* *USDA Organic
BIO BAKED BRONZER
I love the natural bronze look of this baked bronzer – it’s a totally matte powder with no visible shimmer, yet there is an ever so subtle luminosity to it. It’s a dupe for Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola which I used to use religiously in high school. It applies magnetically and spreads very evenly, and the shade is a beautiful neutral shade – neither too dark nor too warm.
Ingredients: Mica, Zea Mays Starch / Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Octyldodecanol, Pentylene Glycol, Hectorite, Squalane, Lauroyl Lysine, Plyglyceryl- 3 Diisostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Honokiol, Lactic Acid, Aqua/ Water MAY CONTAIN +/-: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491 / Iron Oxides, CI 77492 / Iron Oxides, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides
NEW 2019 PRODUCTS: EYESHADOW PALETTES & VOLUMINIZING MASCARA
NUDIST EYESHADOW PALETTES
At a very affordable price point of $24.99, the Nudist Eyeshadow Palettes contain five shades, from luminous shimmers to deep mattes. Nudist 1 contains neutral shades with creams and browns while Nudist 2 contains taupe, greys and pinks.
I find myself using the Nudist 1 much more than Nudist 2, because I love wearing brown shades for everyday wear. I thought there would be a lot of kickback from other reviews I saw, but I was pleased to find that there wasn’t that much kickback – at least not like you would find in cheap mineral makeup. The powder is not at velvety or magnetic as high-end natural eyeshadows, but the quality is still high and the lasting power strong. I don’t find the lighter shades to be as pigmented as the deeper shades so I have to add on more product with the cream shades. A couple of the browns in the palette are on the warm side, and though I tend to shy away from warm shades, I still enjoy using these.
Ingredients: (Carnauba) Wax, Zinc Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice Starch)*, Maltodextrin, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil* , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Hydrogenated Lecithin. [± Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet CI 77742, Carmine, Ultramarine Blue CI 77007, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide] *organic
VOLUMIZING EXPRESSIONIST MASCARA
Compared to the Expressionist Pro mascara’s highly wet formula, the Expressionist Volumizing Mascara has a drier one to help create dramatic volume. I’m definitely impressed by the volume and length even one coat of the mascara provides. With two or three coats I get straight up spidey lashes – very va va voom – but too much can make it look clumpy.
One thing to note is do not go into the shower wearing this because it will sting and burn your eyes. It’s not resistant to water and comes off very easily. It also tends to smudge on the lower lashes, in my opinion, more easily than the Expressionist Pro, which is odd because the formula is drier.
FITGLOW is one of the few clean luxury beauty brands that does both makeup and skincare extremely well and perhaps the only company that formulates their makeup to act more like skincare with the added benefit of makeup. Originally based in Canada the founder Anna has recently moved to Miami to start her new life with baby and hubby, while growing the brand through continuous product innovations, updated packaging and pro social media presence.
Their newest launches, which I’ll be covering in this blog (except cloud ceramide since I haven’t yet started testing this), are:
Let’s talk about this cream concealer first. I had heard many positive reviews about the CONCEAL+ and I can attest to its performance. It’s a drier formula and goes on feeling like it’ll be very matte but it actually provides a satin finish. The undereye looks aglow with this product. It provides heavy coverage and does have good lasting power and I haven’t seen it settle into my fine lines, though I do not have deep lines or wrinkles so can’t comment on this. Its skin-nourishing blend of Phyto Elastin, Organic Green Tea, Vitamin K, and Licorice Root help improve the condition of skin rather just covering it up.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil *, Cera Alba (Beeswax)* , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Lauryl Laurate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Phytoelastin PF (Plant Elastin), Water, Phospholipids & Phytonadione (Vitamin K Liposome ) , Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract ) *, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice Root) * May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ultramarine Violet, Chromium Oxide Green, Manganese Violet. * Certified Organic Ingredient
The Lumi Firm comes in 3 shades: a regular luminizer, a bronzer and a blush. I’m wearing the blush called Pop and it is designed to liftt and firm using natural plant peptides and plant collagen to fight signs of aging & strengthen skin structure. The cream blush goes on semi-sheer and is buildable if you want more color. I find just a couple swipes looks natural.
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa)*, Silica, Water (Aqua) & Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract (Sweet Almond Peptides), Hexapeptide 11 (Probiotic Peptide), Mica, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Tocopherol Acetate (Non Gmo), Vegetable Collagen, Rosmarinus Offcinalis Leaf Extract (Rosemary)*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
You may know that my favorite shade ever is BLISS among the 10 Lip Colour Serums, but I got to try out the shade Buff, which I’m wearing in the photo, and love this sophisticated natural nude shade. These go beyond what your standard organic lip gloss does and uses Organic pomegranate plant sterols, Beet Extract, Vegan Collagen, and antioxidants to improve lip cell structure and health as well as plump. I notice after leaving it on, my lips look slightly plumper and fuller. The look and feel of the packaging provides the most elevated lip gloss experience ever.
Cleansing oils are very straightforward. I mean you can use any oil you have in kitchen and use it to remove your makeup. Here is what makes this cleansing oil unique:
x specifically designed to remove makeup including mascara (comes right off) x cloudberry seed oil & watermelon seed oil are the first ingredients x it rinses off with water (no need for a face cloth) and does not emulsify x contains cherry blossom flower extract which repairs oxidation damage and reduces inflammation
I’m very VERY impressed with this cleansing oil. I’ve tried many a cleansing oil and cleansing balm; some rinse off with water and most you must physically remove with a cloth. This is my first time using one that not only rinses off but also does not emulsify into a cream lather. Not to say that a cream lather is bad, but it requires more massaging and more time to properly remove the product. This oil just glides off the face with water along with all the makeup and grime it picked up. My mascara (2 coats) washed off effortlessly as well and I did not have residue that I needed to clean up. The scent alone of this product will get you obsessed nevermind all its other benefits. It smells like watermelon candy, just incredibly sweet and fragrant.
Before anything else I have to mention this is a very highly priced product at $48, Is this product a necessity? No. You can think of it as a very fancy gift to yourself – or someone else. I think an accurate name for this product would be something like “Overnight Lip Serum Mask Anti-Aging Treatment.” You apply it before bed to allow its ingredients to get to work overnight. It features a Plant Ceramides formula that restores lip moisture barrier while protecting from water loss and Organic pomegranate Plant Sterols, Beet Extract, and Vegan Collagen to improve lip cell structure, increase lip volume and fight signs of aging.
The Pomegranate Sterols hold double its weight in water to increase hydration and lip fullness. Vegetable Micro Collagen helps with the structure and firmness of lips. Organic Rice Ceramids lock in moisture and Organic Beet extract, which is rich in phytocompounds and humectants, improve circulation, detoxification and plumpness. What do I notice with my bare eyes in the morning? Healthy looking lips.
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Hey loves so I figured since I have a pretty substantial collection of lip products I should forever cement their presence on the internet before they get used up. These photos are not touched up for the most accurate representation. I hope you find it useful at some point!
NU EVOLUTION LIPSTICK
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NU Evolution is one of the cleanest most high-performing makeup brands on the market today and even after a few years of first reviewing the line (see blog post of NU’s foundation and swatches here) it still remains one of my few top favorite brands. Not that it matters but NU is also one of Emma Watson’s “go to” brands according to Eluxe Magazine. Besides healthy ingredients and high performance, this brand also focuses on color selection, innovative formulas and packaging that reflects the two founders Sandra and Nadine’s passion for high fashion, beauty
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