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Elate Eco-Friendly Blush and Highlighter Review

21/06/2020

In my previous post I told you all about the sustainable beauty brand, Elate Cosmetics. Elate Cosmetics is based in British Colombia, Canada, and specialises in cruelty free and vegan makeup products that come in sustainable and re-usable packaging. Read that post to find out why the Elate bamboo palettes and seed paper envelopes are so much better for the environment than traditional makeup packaging. In that post, I reviewed the Elate powder foundation, cream foundation and concealer, and today I will share their cheek products with you. I bought my products from Flora and Fauna (affiliate), the exclusive Elate Cosmetics Australian stockist. 

Elate Cosmetics sustainable bamboo compact, seed paper envelope and Dew highlight pan. - Eco-friendly beauty - Love Alinta cruelty free blog
Elate Cosmetics sustainable bamboo compact, seed paper envelope and Dew highlight pan.

Elate Cosmetics makes both cream and powder cheek products. The powder blushes are called Pressed Cheek Colours, the powder highlighters are called Illuminator Pressed Powders and all of the cream blushes and highlighters are called Universal Cremes

All Elate cheek products come in 8g or 9g pans (depending on shade), that fit in the bamboo cheek compact or one of the bamboo palettes. The bamboo check compacts are round and have a rotating lid that has a mirror on the reverse side. The compacts themselves are sturdy but there is only one magnet securing the lid in place, and therefore, it can be slid off if put in a bag with other products. I deal with this by either putting the compact in a small bag that it tightly fits in, making it impossible for the lid to slide off, or I just put a hair tie around it. I think it would be a good idea if they added extra magnets to these in future, but it’s not a deal breaker for me, as this only tends to happen after the compact has been used a lot, and it’s not hard to fix the problem. I would rarely take a cheek product in my bag with me, so the products are usually only in my drawers anyway. Once you have used up all the product, you can then buy a new pan and re-use the same bamboo compact or palette, making these products eco-friendly and zero waste. You can also swap colours in and out of the bamboo palettes and compacts at any time to suit what you need at the time. 

Cream

The Elate Cosmetics Universal Creme Blush and Highlights are described as being an “all-in-one” product that you can use on both your cheeks and lips. They are made with cold-pressed organic jojoba oil, castor oil, evening primrose oil and borage oil. I have the shades Lucent (discontinued), Celestial and Elation. Lucent is a highlighter with a white, colour shifting base, that looks sheer gleam on the cheeks. This shade has unfortunately been discontinued. Celestial is a cool light pink that is the perfect pink cream highlight for my skin tone, and Elation is a cool medium pink that has a silver sheen when it hits the light right. The sheen of Elation is due to tiny sparkles that are barely visible on the skin. It gives the cheeks a beautiful glow. This is the only Universal Creme blush that I own though, so I’m not sure if all shades in the line have the same effect or if it’s exclusive to Elation. I am tempted to get Love or Keen to compare the formulas. There is one Universal Creme shade called Gild, that is described as a “rich, deep tan bronzer for medium to deep skin tones or a perfect dewy contour for lighter skin tones”. Universal bronzers and contours never work for me, so I won’t be picking up that shade to try. 

Elate cheek product swatches. Top to bottom - Desire Pressed Cheek Colour, Opal and Dew Illuminator Pressed Powders and Lucent, Celestial and Elation Universal Cremes. Eco-friendly, sustainable and vegan blush and highlighter. Love Alinta cruelty free beauty blog.
Elate cheek product swatches. Top to bottom – Desire Pressed Cheek Colour, Opal and Dew Illuminator Pressed Powders and Lucent, Celestial and Elation Universal Cremes.

The Elate Cosmetics Universal Creme cheek products can be applied with a brush, sponge or fingers. My favourite way to apply the blush is to use a small synthetic flat top stippling brush (anything like the Eco Tools Seamless Stippling Brush will work fine). For the highlighters I tend to apply them with my fingers as I can apply the most product that way, but you could just build it up if you really want to use a sponge. 

The Universal Cremes are very creamy products, so they’re easy to move around on the cheeks and blend. You don’t have to worry about them drying down before you finish the application, but the creaminess does reduce the wear time. I get about 4 hours of full colour wear with them, and then they fade, but they fade evenly and look beautiful on the skin the whole time. The creamy formula makes them look like a part of your skin whilst giving you a luminous glow. If you’re new to cream cheek products, this would be a great formula to try as the application is really hard to stuff up. Other than the wear time, these are the perfect cheek products for me. One thing I do want to add, is that they can get a hard surface layer. It seems to vary by shade as to how quickly it will happen, but they all do start getting a dry surface when left without use. It’s only the very top layer though, so you can easily break through that with your fingers or brush, and a quick swirl in the pan will make them look and feel like new. This happens to a lot of creamy products on the market, and these products aren’t the first time I’ve seen this happen. 

Elate Cosmetics Universal Creme cheek products in Celestial and Elation in Elate Bamboo Capsule Palette. Elation has the thin dried surface layer in this picture. - Eco Beauty - Vegan makeup and cosmetics - Love Alinta
Elate Cosmetics Universal Creme cheek products in Celestial and Elation in Elate Bamboo Capsule Palette. Elation has the thin dried surface layer in this picture.

Powder

The Elate Cosmetics Pressed Cheek Colours currently come in 6 blush shades and one bronzer shade. I own the blush Desire, which is described as a “perfectly balanced light pink”. The Pressed Cheek Colours are made with natural mineral pigments, carrot root extract, Gardenia flower extract, bamboo extract (for radiance), and are pressed with organic Jojoba Oil. The ingredient description makes it sound like these powder blushes would give the cheeks some sort of shine, but I haven’t had that experience with Desire. It is quite a powdery blush formula so it looks like any other matte blush on me. I have dry skin, so I like blushes with a subtle sheen just to give my skin a bit more life, and this doesn’t do that for me. If you like a matte blush that is made with natural ingredients, than you might like this. I can still easily use this blush, especially if I bring down my highlight lower, it’s just not my favourite formula. Elate has got a good range of blush colours though, a lot better than many small indie brands, so if you have darker skin, you might find a shade from them that will really work for you. 

Elate Illuminator Pressed Powders in Dew (top) and Opal (bottom) in sustainable bamboo compacts. Vegan cosmetics. Eco beauty. Love Alinta cruelty free blog.
Elate Illuminator Pressed Powders in Dew (top) and Opal (bottom) in bamboo compacts.

The Elate Cosmetics Illuminator Pressed Powder currently comes in just one shade, Dew, but I also own their previous shade, Opal, as well. I have raved about Opal over and over again because it is my all time favourite highlighter. I have asked Elate many times to bring this shade back as it’s the perfect light silvery pink for fair skin. I didn’t want to review this shade and rave about it so much without showing you the current shade available, so I bought Dew to do a comparison for you. Dew is described by Elate as having a “golden champagne hue”. In my comparison swatch next to Opal, it does look like a golden highlight, but it’s far more wearable for me than most golds, as it has more of a beige undertone. When I’ve done swatches of Dew next to other golden highlighters in my collection, it looks like a more neutral beige next to the other yellow base tones. Dew is the only golden highlighter that I can actually wear in my collection, and it does look very pretty on the skin. In saying that, Opal is still my all time favourite highlighter just because the shade suits my skin tone so perfectly. 

Elate Opal and Dew Illuminator Pressed Powders swatched - Eco-friendly highlighters. Vegan and cruelty free highlight. Love Alinta blog.
Elate Opal and Dew Illuminator Pressed Powders swatched

Both of the Illuminator Pressed Powders have a great formula. It’s smooth and easy to apply, and it gives the cheeks a sheen that is visible, but still subtle enough that it doesn’t draw the eyes solely to that area of the face. The sheen is created by micro sparkles in the formula, but they don’t stand out, so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing glitter on my face, which I appreciate. The only negative about this product is the shade range. Elate Cosmetics have a good range of blush shades, to suit many skin tones, but I can’t see Dew being the perfect highlighter for darker skin. I would like to see them bring out more shades in this formula because it is so nice, and I will be keeping my fingers and toes crossed that they bring back Opal too. 

My favourite eco-friendly Elate highlighters - Opal, a powder and Celestial, a cream. Cruelty free, vegan and sustainable beauty. Love Alinta blog
My favourite Elate highlighters – Opal, a powder and Celestial, a cream.

I love the products from the Universal Creme and Illuminator Pressed Powder lines. If I run out of Opal, Celestial or Elation, I would happily repurchase them. Elate Opal is my very favourite highlighter, I don’t have anything in my collection that compares to this shade or formula. I will beg Elate to bring back the shade if I ever run out of it, but for the sake of other pale people out there, I hope they bring it back anyway. Dew has the same great formula as Opal, and it will probably work on a greater variety of skin tones, so I recommend trying it if you need a new highlighter. If you haven’t read my previous post about how sustainable Elate is and my reviews on their foundations, then you should go and do that now. They have put so much work in to making this brand as environmentally friendly as possible, and they are continuing to improve their packaging to try and make the whole brand plastic free and waste free. There aren’t many brands that are as sustainable as Elate, so I will continue to support them and hope that they grow and succeed. We really need brands like Elate at this time. If you’re looking for other eco beauty brands, then you can check out my Eco Beauty Products blog post. If there’s anything from Elate that you like, you can purchase their products from the Elate Website or from Flora and Fauna (affiliate) in Australia. Using my affiliate links costs you nothing, but it helps to keep my blog running. I have a couple of lip products from Elate and their mascara, so if you want to see a review of something else from this brand, just let me know. If you want my new blog posts sent to your inbox, then sign up to email updates, You can also find me on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

If you have tried anything from Elate, let me know what you thought of it below. I would love to hear what you think of this eco beauty brand. 

Love, Alinta

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Thanks to everyone who checked in on me. I’m hoping my recent iron infusion will help me to feel less like one foot is in the grave but only time will tell.
Leave a comment to let me know what silly things your pets or kids have been up to lately so we can all have a laugh 😊
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I think I’ve made it pretty obvious that I care about Indigenous rights as well as the environment. So I am particularly interested in how Indigenous people want to combat climate change because climate change action desperately needs to be decolonised.
Unfortunately, those who are the least responsible for climate change are the ones who ones who will suffer the most, and many Indigenous people will be more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of colonisation. Indigenous people and their knowledge are frequently left out of climate discussions and that needs to change. My climate change uni subject focuses on exactly that this week.
For a long time I’ve wanted to post about this sort of thing but I haven’t known where to start. I have no idea where the level of environmental and climate knowledge is at with the general public so I would love if you could let me know how much you know about it. Then at least I have a place to start.
Also, thanks for sticking by me, it has been very hard to get through this subject whilst going through all my health stuff plus vaccines. I have my second vax on Thursday and a few more weeks of uni and then I’ll be around more often.
Oh and don’t forget to show up to the climate strike on Friday 😊
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Here are the ring details as promised. I think you all knew that my ring was going to be ethical in some way. It wouldn’t be me otherwise, would it? I’ve followed @ethicaljewelleryaustralia for years now, so I’ve known for a long time that I would want them to make a ring for me. It’s something that I will be wearing everyday, so I want it to represent my values. So the ring is handmade by #EthicalJewelleryAustralia in the design I wanted. It’s a round diamond with a four prongs that look like little petals. It’s made with recycled platinum and a lab diamond. Diamond and metal mining have a lot of negative social and environmental impacts, plus a lab diamond is far more affordable than a traditionally mined diamond, which means you can reduce your impact on people, the planet and your hip pocket. I hope lab grown diamonds are the choice of the future, as it is far better for human rights and the environment to make a diamond in a lab using renewable energy, than it is to mine them from the ground, using fossil fuels and unethical labor – just look into blood diamonds if you want to know how bad it can get. I also plan on trying to have a more ethical wedding too. I’ve already found a carbon neutral venue, but I’ve got lots of research to do on everything else. Let me know if you have any ideas for a sustainable wedding.
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6 months ago
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With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life - it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

With it being #EarthDay, I thought I would share some on my sustainable cleaning products. Everyone has to clean, but supermarket cleaning products don’t tend to be very eco-friendly. Here I’ve got my @ecomaxbrushes Bottle brush which is made from coconut waste products and can be composted at the end of its life – it will just leave the wire which can be recycled. There’s my Safix biodegradable scrub pad made from organic coconut fibers which can be composted when you are finished with it. And @retrokitchenaustralia biodegradable dish cloth in a cute dog print. It’s made from cotton and cellulose and can be composted when worn out. I use them with the @koalaeco Natural Multipurpose Kitchen Cleaner which is cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free and comes in 100% post consumer recycled bottles that can be recyclable when finished. I get the big refill bottles and just fill up my spray bottle. I bought all the above from @floraandfaunaau and they’re actually having 15% off eco items today, so all of these are discounted. Don’t forget to use my #floraandfaunaau affiliate code on my blog if you ever make a purchase, it helps me out. There’s lots of other ways to make regular household chores better for the environment. It can feel overwhelming to charge, but just start with small steps. When one product runs out you can replace it with a more sustainable option. One of the last things I need to change is is my laundry detergent so I’m thinking I’ll try @thedirtcompany one. I would love to hear what you think of their products if you’ve tried them. Also let know what eco swaps you’ve made in your home so that I can get more ideas. #EcoSwaps #LoveAlinta

Love, Alinta

6 months ago
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I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.
I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love - then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him. 
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that. 
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring. 
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

I have some news. I’m engaged! As a kid/teen I never thought this would happen as I didn’t believe in love – then I got sick and worried that no one would see past my illnesses. But I have found someone who loves me for me, faults, illnesses and all and I can’t wait to marry him.
We spent yesterday afternoon attempting to take our own engagement photos in the yard with a tripod and this is the result. Having a photographer would be so much easier but my immune system wouldn’t appreciate that.
Oh and I’ll tell you all about my ring in another post as I designed it ☺️#engagedtomybestfriend #lovealinta

Photo 1 description: close up of the torsos of two people in dark colours standing side by side with arms stretched to the ground and holding hands. One hand over both arms showing silver coloured ring.
Photo 2 description: man hugging female from behind with his arm around her chest. Her hands are on his arm showing ring. Both smiling at camera with greenery in background.

Love, Alinta

6 months ago
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8/9
It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

It’s been a while since I posted makeup, so here’s some makeup 🙃 the @meccamax Off Duty BB Cream made it into my 2020 faves blog post, and it’s still my favourite base to use on the rare occasion that I put makeup on. I’ve just been too tired to wear makeup the last couple of months. The #meccamax Off Duty BB Cream is cruelty free and vegan. It however only comes in 5 shades. I use the lightest shade Vanilla, which has a good undertone for me, but I have to mix it with the same amount of white concealer to make it light enough to use. @MeccaMaxima have said they will extend the shade range of their home brands for years now, but they still don’t sell a single base shade that I could use by itself, and I’m sure that’s the same for dark skin tones. The other criticism I have of this product is the packaging. The lack of pump makes it hard to control the amount that comes out, and I would really prefer if it were in glass as that would be easier to recycle. The actual cream itself is amazing though. The formula works so well on my skin. It’s easy to blend with a brush and doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. Have you tried this BB cream? Do you have another favourite cruelty free and vegan BB cream? #meccabeauty #crueltyfreebeauty #veganbeauty #lovealinta

Love, Alinta

6 months ago
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9/9

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