Throughout my blogging years, you’ve probably noticed that I’m definitely one for multi-tasking products. Oh, how I hate carrying a heavy pouch full of products in my everyday bag but it’s something I have to endure if I want to have everything ready for when I need to do a full-on retouch midday. So imagine my delight when I get my hands on products that can be used in several different ways and all the more ecstatic when those products can actually stay true to their claims. Woophie!
And since my little sister took my then favorite lip and cheek tint, Etude House Cherry Tint in PK002, I finally decided that it’s about time to get an upgrade – something that’s more for my age and would stay on longer to accommodate my busier schedule. Enter Ellana Mineral Lip & Cheek Gel in Ruby. <3

Product Description:
(Taken from www.ellana.com.ph)
One of our bestsellers, the Lip & Cheek Gel gives a gorgeous, rosy glow that lasts the whole day. It delivers a sheer and beautiful no-makeup look while moisturizing your skin. It doesnโ€™t dry quickly, giving you enough time to blend it evenly on your cheeks.
Ellana Mineral Cosmetics has been creating quite a buzz in the blogsphere lately as numerous bloggers express how much they love the brand. To be perfectly honest, this is the first time I tried anything from the Ellana.. and this Lip & Cheek Gel did not disappoint. I’m still yet to try their other products but between this and the cream blush that I have from the brand, Ellana is rapidly becoming one of my favorite mineral makeup brand. Uhh, what more if I get my hands on the cult’s favorite, their powder foundation. ๐Ÿ˜€

Going back to the product at hand, Ruby is a rich, bright red shade that thicker in consistency than most lip & cheek tints I’ve tried before hence the name Ellana Mineral Lip & Cheek Gel. This shade is said to be universally flattering to all skin tones but I believe there’s another shade available that is a bit more appropriate for morenas like myself. Okay, at this point I already have a mental list of Ellana Mineral products that I want to buy and that particular shade is definitely on my list alongside their Mineral Foundation, Blush Duo and Eyeshadow Palette. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ellana Lip & Cheek Gel’s staying power is, without a doubt, one of the bests. It stays on the entire day and no amount of sweat and oiliness can make it move. This is ideal for those who have oily skin for it is absolutely budge-proof! If done properly, you can achieve a nice, natural flushed look that can’t be rubbed off even when you wipe your face with your hanky. I just love how pigmented it is and how long it actually stays on the skin. No worries though, it goes away with enough makeup remover.
The downside to this is that it stains far too easily so unless I’m willing to go out with red stains on the tip of my fingers, I don’t apply this using my fingers as advised. Also, you have to work fast with this or else it would come off blotchy and uneven. Personally, I like using this with a slightly dampened wedge sponge to have more control in blending the product – do NOT smear it with the sponge, lightly pat it instead. That way I’ll have clean fingers when I head out. But then again, to each their own when it comes to makeup application. Overall, if you’re looking for a good multi-tasking product to take with you when you travel, I strongly suggest giving this a try. It would most definitely give you more for your money. ๐Ÿ™‚
Price: Php 220
Available at: Ellana Online and Ellana Mineral Counters at The Ramp


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