I’ve been purposely hanging on to the Avon Smooth Minerals Collection until the site had them in stock. As I recall I reviewed some lip items a few months ago that weren’t available online and had to be purchased directly through a rep. This caused for many e-mails asking, “but where can I get them if not online?” I imagine everyone doesn’t have an Avon rep hanging out in their closet that they can bring out and order from you are wanting something….
See my mentality?
Point being I did wait until the collection was up and online until I hopped on board with my review so they are easily available now for your purchasing pleasure.
Jump ahead for my review!
Although I’m not a fan of mineral foundation I have no such dislike when it comes to mineral eye shadows and blushes. Avon Smooth Minerals is a combination of point and base products which caters to both those like me who aren’t keen on mineral foundation but generally like minerals and those who just overall love the mineral experience including foundation.
If you’re looking for an affordable solution outside of the higher end brands or lower e-tailer brands, Avon Falls into the budget friendly available option with it’s new Smooth Minerals Collection. The collection consists of foundation, blush, shadow, liner, and lipstick all ranging in price from $8 to $10.
First off the collection will appeal to those that like a smoother, silkier makeup minus a ton of pigmentation. These are sheer, quite subtle, and very work friendly minerals. If you prefer your makeup lighter, fresher, and subtle they should appeal in a major way. If you prefer more vibrant, bolder shades of color you might want to skip as color pay off can be built up in intensity but not so much so that you are going to get a bolder look from the products.
Avon Smooth Minerals Blush is available in eight shades and probably one of my favorite items released. I’m very heavy handed with my blush application and these make it quite easy to apply a hint of color without over doing it. The formula is quality with a silky smooth formula and offering a flawless finish with an ease of blending for even the most heaviest of hands. Even if I dose my brush in color I can’t over do it since the shades manage to be sheer yet offer a good color pay off to cheeks and face. I tried two shades which were Blushing Mauve and Copper Glow. Blushing Mauve is a deep dusky rose, ideal for the Fall and Copper Glow is a rich blend of deep peach, again ideal for the colder weather. The price frame is $10 which is considerably cheaper than name brands. Overall, I liked the blush and it performed very well for me to the point I will further indulge in other shades.
Avon Smooth Minerals Eyeshadow is available in 10 shades and sports a similar formula as the blush in the fact it’s very subtle and sheer but allows building for deeper color pay off without appearing over done. The shadows are a good solution for those afraid of color as the shades I tried have a subtle finish. The two shades I have are Rose Quartz, a pale pink almost lilac shade and Golden Moss, a lovely olive green. All in all quite nice shadows for the price ($10).
As you may know from reading past reviews I’m a big fan of the quality and value of Avon Lipsticks. Avon Smooth Minerals Lipstick available in 10 shades give alot of bang for the buck. Made up of a mineral formula with SPF 15 these are creamy, pigmented, and highly moisturizing. I tried four shades which were Plum Crazy (Light Plum), Malted Mineral (Nude, Malted Brown), Crystal Coral (Shimmering Coral), and Pink Berry (Rosy Pink Berry). These are $8 each and not as cheap as some other Avon Lipsticks but honestly where can you get good quality lipstick for less than that? All in all not my favorite lipstick from Avon but a contender for great.
Smooth Minerals Eye Liner ($6) is an affordable way to update your Fall liner wardrobe. Formula has great pigmentation and applies flawlessly minus skipping or tugging as the formula is moisturizing and creamy. These were a favorite of mine in the collection and quite good.
Finally the Smooth Minerals Foundation which I liked the least of the items I got to try. It gets rave reviews on Avon’s site but for me it’s a no go. My skin is too dry to take on minerals and I end up looking way too made up in my attempts of application. This is not fault of the formula just my own skin woes that causes the rant you’re reading. I will say the good news is it’s talc free so if you happen to be like me and experience an itchy feeling after mineral application this will not itch or break you out.
Here’s a few looks I created using the products.
Overall, the Avon Smooth Minerals Collection has some great offerings for Fall at an affordable price. The liners, blush, and lipsticks were sure wins for me and worthy of a look at if you’re wanting to cheap things up a bit. As you know from past posts I’m always quite pleased to say how far Avon has come with their line and how interesting some of their releases are. Budget seekers should rejoice and enjoy this ode to inexpensive makeup that doesn’t forsake quality with it’s lower price tag.
Avon Smooth Minerals are available online now at shop.avon.com
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