I really do love the direction that the beauty industry has taken in recent years to make products, especially skincare, more approachable. Whether that be through unique packaging or marketing– if it seems like they’re trying something outside of the box, I just have to give it a try. Recently, I received a sampling of products from quirky Australian makeup and skincare brand, Red Earth. They believe that being your most beautiful self should be fun –not a chore, and have created a range of products for women on the go. Though I love the messaging, upon initial glance at the website, I was a bit skeptical about the actual product because I didn’t see any models who looked like me so I wasn’t sure if the makeup would actually look good on my complexion. I decided to keep it simple and to try their highlighter, lipstick and a range of skincare products to start.
I love a brand that utilizes natural ingredients in their skincare range, and Red Earth does just that. The brand infuses its products with main ingredients, Tasmanian Sea Kelp and Kakadu Plum, neither of which I had heard of previously but are both native to Australia. Kakadu Plum is one of the world’s most potent natural sources of Vitamin C. Ding ding ding! This had me at hello. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know I am a sucker for products that are enriched with Vitamin C — it’s one of the key ingredients for anti-aging.
Red Earth’s Brighten Refining Scrub ($28) is fortified with Kakadu Plum and after using it, my skin felt instantly brighter and more firm. I will say that the name is a little misleading because I expected this scrub to have actual micro-beads in it to, you know, “scrub” the skin. Instead, it was more of a peel, which I am by no means opposed to. I actually prefer it because it is less harsh. I applied it to dry skin, massaged on and then rinsed off to eliminate the dead skin cells.
In fact, it eliminated the skin cells so well that my skin was in great need of hydration after using. So I made sure to follow it up with their Hydrate Boosting Toner ($28), which contains Tasmanian Sea Kelp. As mentioned previously, Tasmanian Sea Kelp is native to Australia. This sea weed plant is rich with antioxidant vitamins and amino acids to help restore moisture and even out the skin tone. I actually haven’t had a good toner in a while, so I was pleased to see how it brought my skin back to life. I finished off the routine with the Brighten Concentrate Oil ($45), which contains Kakadu Plum as well. This left my skin with a nice dewy glow.
I also received the Red Earth Have Fun Hydrating Facial Masks ($24 for a pack of 12). I’ve been in need of some new sheet masks, so I can’t wait to give these a try. If they’re anything like the other skin care products the brand offers, I know I’m in for a treat.
Now that we’ve settled the skincare, I have to shout out the Have Fun Lipstick Matches ($18 for 6 packs). This is probably the most unique product that the brand as the offer. They are literally little packs of lipstick made to look like match sticks. First off, the pigment on Red Earth’s lipstick formula is fantastic, though it glides on with a creamy finish the coverage is all there. Also, each little match stick is good for multiple uses. Lastly, it’s perfect for popping into my purse and applying on the go. With spring (hopefully) coming soon, the purses I carry on a day to day basis are getting smaller, so I have to be more selective about the products I’m toting around with me. Needless to say, this is one I’ll always have on hand.
I also gave Red Earth’s Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid ($35) a try, and I actually liked it. The shade I tried was “Pearl”, so it was ultra-illuminating. This is one of those products in which a little goes a long way, so I’d suggest using a small amount, or mixing with your favorite foundation / skin tint. It honestly got me so excited for summer aka “highlighter season.” However, I can see this one being a hit or miss for someone who has a darker complexion than myself, so I’d suggest trying this product in the color “Thriller” as well.
I have yet to try their foundation, because as mentioned in the beginning — they don’t have the range to work with my skin tone just yet. But I can attest to their skincare products being wonderful. I’m certainly going to keep Red Earth on my radar.