Saturday, June 26, 2010

Joppa Minerals review

When I asked what company people would like to see reviewed next, Joppa Minerals was the most requested. I ordered some various eyeshadow, blush, and one complexion enhancer and finishing powder (all samples of course). They do have great deal for a 6 Piece Sampler Kit- it's only one cent plus shipping, and you get to choose two foundation samples, a concealer sample, two blush samples, and a finishing powder sample. I ordered this set as well. Everything arrived in a typical time span, about 5 days. Included was one free eyeshadow sample (breathless), and a lip twist sample (Perfectly Pink). From left to right (shadows): Hope, Orange Zest, Majestic, South Pacific, Blissful, Breathless, Golden Sage, Galaxy The colors look even more boring than their website pictures. They are pretty bland. I do like Galaxy, it's the only one I'd probably ever actually use. Majestic is just ugly, it looks like puke. I'm very unimpressed. From left to right (blushes): Just Blush, Crazy in Love, Tickle Me Pink, Glowing, Golden Horizon complexion enhancer These blushes look better irl. I do like the first two, they're very pigmented and pretty. The next two I couldn't care less about. And I want to know whose complexion would ever be enhanced by that gross Arby's spicy brown mustard color (I've started making sandwiches at work, lol). Here are the finishing powder in Original Sheer and Dewy sheer, swatched heavily then blended in. They do nothing to my face whatsoever. It looks exactly the same whether I use them or not. I tried applying them over a tinted moisturizer and a more matte face powder, and they didn't make a difference any of the ways. I'll stick to my Revlon PhotoReady translucent finishing powder, which I've hit pan on and barely have any left. It's great. Go get it. Here's the lip twist. I was going to order a full size one, but $7 is too much for a tinted balm, IMO. It smells minty and is pretty and moisturizing. I couldn't use my foundation samples because they were way too dark for me. I applied some on my hand, and it turned orange. I tested the concealer on my hand, and it too turned orange. So, I'm not bowled over whatsoever here. Some of the products are ok, but I can get better from many places. I'm actually pretty bummed about how much I dislike almost everything. Have you tried Joppa? What are your thoughts?


  1. Booo, I hate it when stuff sucks!

  2. I am a sucker for shimmer and all that, but my first thought when I saw the swatches was "bit bland really"... I don't think any of the shades are really interesting. Have you used any at all, or do you feel like they're just not worth it?

  3. Boo! That blows :( I think we need to find a new company with absolutely wacky colors that aren't going to burn our eyes out!

  4. Sorry to hear about your disappointment :(

    The eyeshadows are too meh indeed. I really like JM's blushes though. I use 'Glowing' as a highlighter on my cheekbones and 'Raspberry Ice' or 'Crazy in Love' as the main color.

    I received some bronzers as a part of their mystery grab bag but they're way too dark for me. As the lightest shade for the bag was 'medium light' I got too dark shades of every powder possible (I can only blame myself, but I'm a sucker for grab bags). I hope I can use the foundation & finishing powder when I get more sun during the summer, but the foundation seemed to be too yellowish. :(

    Concealers worked fine for me. The corrective mint concealer is wonderful and the sample was very generous compared to some other companies I've tried.

  5. I'm sorry you had a bad experience. At least I wasn't missing much by not hearing about them. Shoot.

  6. I never bothered with their eyeshadows or lip stuff. I have been using their finishing powder in original medium for a few months now, and I really like it. It's the perfect colour for me and it keeps my face shine-free for about 5 hours (no mean feat!)

    I haven't tried any other mineral face stuff, so I wasn't sure if I was just bowled over by 'OMG I FOUND MY MATCH' and haven't noticed a poor formula. I'm about to try Sassy's foundation. Meow is out because of super-expensive shipping, AL is out because they're discontinuing (?!) and Fyrinnae's stuff I was pretty 'eh' about.

    Anyways, thanks for the review!

  7. hi! I'm a new follower, I'm really liking your blog. :) I've never heard of this brand before. The shadows look kinda meh, but that balm looks like a pretty color.
    I just started a blog, could you please follow me as well?
    Thanks :)

  8. I've ordered from Joppa a couple of times before. Their foundation is okay, and I like a few of their blushes, but the site description and swatches are not really accurate. I tried one of their eye shadows, but I wasn't impressed, so I didn't bother opening the e/s I got in the grab bags. It wasn't bad, but I like other e/s better, and the random/mystery colors I received did not interest me.

  9. Boo, sorry that you got such fail products :( I'd never even heard of them before you said you were reviewing them.

    And ngl, I kinda lol'd at "Majestic is just ugly, it looks like puke." XD

  10. I quite like Golden Sage but other than that the colours are very dull :/

  11. @Robyn: Me too :(

    @Martian Delights: I think I'm just going to put them all besides Galaxy in the box of stuff I let my friends dig through that I don't want.

    @KinkyKambria: Thank goodness there's already such great companies to buy from!

    @mer: the blush is the one thing I really liked. I think it's pretty hard to screw up blush though...

    @Julissa: Yeaaaah, skip it.

    @Jade Carver: I'm on a finishing powder kick right now but these did nothing for me :(

    @Sarah613: Thank you! :) The balm is pretty, I wouldn't pay $7 for it though.

    @Jennifae: The eyeshadow pictures/descriptions are DEFF. not accurate... I knew the colors would be pretty neutral, but they were just plain boring.

    @SilhouetteScreams: It does look like puke... this is the first shadow I have ever actually thought was ugly.

    @Lillian: Yes, very bland and boring :(

  12. Wow... glad you did this review. I am also unimpressed! Sorry you didn't like them either... :-(

  13. I've never heard of this brand. Sorry things weren't that great. :-/

  14. Wow! I work in a very high end salon as a makeup artist in Colorado and I love the Joppa Minerals collection! If you do not know how to properly apply your cosmetics the colors may not be right for you. Another factor is the pure natural ingredients Joppa Minerals uses, if you are looking for bright reds or yellows you will have to use a product containing harmful chemicals. My view is I LOVE JOPPA MINERALS! Maybe you should try again.

  15. @Anonymous,

    I'm not buying.

    You see, I've had many a "professional makeup artist" do my face makeup poorly. I've also been pinned for makeup shades that I can tell will not look right on me no matter what they do.

    Also, anyone who's worth their salt in makeup should know that you can get bright red and yellows without "harmful chemicals" - I assume you mean FD&C dyes?

    To sum it up, why should Heather, or anyone at all, listen to you, when you come here, hide behind anonymous, make sweeping generalizations, insult Heather by saying that she must not know how to apply makeup properly, and generally just talk out your butt?

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