Ellana Minerals Lip & Cheek Cream Color in ‘Icon’ – Review, Photos & Swatches

Hey, lovelies! How’s everyone doing? Anyway, I’m very excited to review this product because this was one of my favorite blushes last March. Oh wait, that reminds me, I haven’t done a Favorites post yet. Oh darn. Anyway, let me get back to the point. This cream product is very different compared to the ones that I already own. I’ll tell you why in a sec. Anyway, here are my thoughts about the Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in ‘Icon’ (Strawberry Red)

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

What It is:
Mini-pots of a sheer wash of long-lasting luminous color, creamy & easily blendable. To use as blush, dot on the apples of your cheeks and blend. To use as lip color, dot on the middle of the lips and blend towards the edges. Highly pigmented, a little goes a long way.

PACKAGING

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

The packaging of this one is very similar to their Ellana Minerals Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation in ‘Chai Tea Latte’ only smaller. The product is housed in a small carton packaging very similar to those from The Balm‘s but I like this way more due to the illustrations. It’s a lot more feminine and classier. It represents not only the brand but the people using it (Click here to learn more about Ellana’s new packaging). It has a magnetized closure and a small mirror, just enough to see one cheek at a time.

SHADE AND APPLICATION

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

True to its name, ‘Icon’ is indeed a ‘Strawberry Red’ color. But don’t be alarmed. It doesn’t look as intimidating as it looks like in the pan especially when blended out. It just gives you this beautiful flush that you get when you’re blushing or when you’re out in the sun for a good amount of time. Also, right from the pan, it looks quite matte, but it has a beautiful matte finish with a bit of a sheen. I never noticed it before but right before I made this review, I noticed when I was swatching it repeatedly, there are tiny TEENY specs of silver glitter in it. Like I said, you won’t notice them until you play with it, and maybe look for them. But they’re there and I think it’s what make these lip and cheek cream colors really pretty. I usually apply it with the use of my ELF Studio Small Stippling Brush and it just gives me that beautiful airbrushed-effect glow that looks really natural. It’s just so beautiful!

CONSISTENCY & PERFORMANCE

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

I don’t have a lot of cream blushes (apart from my ELF HD Blushes & cheek tints) but compared to all the ones that I have encountered, the consistency of this one is pretty unique. It is really creamy, but it is not sticky. It has a rich color payoff and it’s ridiculously pigmented but it’s a bit drier in texture (considering that it’s a cream product). I hope I am making sense. It has a cream to powder finish and it glides on so smoothly onto the skin and it’s very easy to blend. It can also be buildable to your preferred intensity but due to it’s shade I’m good with just one to two layers.

On my lips – when applied it looks like a matte lippie but it’s not as creamy, and you won’t get much coverage when you use your fingers. I suggest you use a lip brush if you want the full color to show up. It doesn’t feel heavy, it’s just like your natural lips. It does settle on my lip lines though, so I suggest you exfoliate first if you intend to use it on your lips because it can emphasize those lines and highlight those imperfections. Other than that, this a really good multi-functioning product.

LONGEVITY

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

Using it as a blush – ‘Icon’ lasted on my cheeks for approximately four hours. Do take note though that I was staying in an air-conditioned room (but even then, it was still every hot). Regardless, the product didn’t start fading after the fourth hour. I used a good foundation so I can check it’s longevity more accurately.

Using it as a lip product – This didn’t last as long as I expected on my lips. It only lasted for an hour or so. Maybe because I only applied a thin layer, but you don’t need a ton in order for it to show up, you just need a lip brush.

SCENT, ETC

Ellana Lip & Cheek Cream Color in 'Icon' - Review, Photos & Swatches

This lip and cheek cream color doesn’t smell anything. The packaging doesn’t smell, the product itself doesn’t smell, it doesn’t smell anything. It doesn’t have a particular scent. Nada.

• PRODUCT BASICS •
• Product Name | Ellana Minerals Lip & Cheek Cream Color
• Shade | Icon (Strawberry Red) • Price | PhP 250 • Net Wt | 3.5 g
• Avalability | Ellana Minerals Website*; Ellana Counters at The Ramp Glorietta,
Edsa Shangri La & Trinoma

TO SUMMARIZE

• PRO’S •
• CON’S •
Nice, sturdy, compact packaging
Multi-functioning product
Creamy but not sticky
Has a rich color payoff & very pigmented
Very easy to blend
Buildable to your preferred intensity
Gives a beautiful matte finish but still gives you that glow due to the tiny specs of silver
Works as a matte lippie
Lasted approximately 4 hours in my cheeks
No breakouts
Affordable
Available online & at Ellana Counters at The Ramp, Crossings
Doesn’t last as long on my lips
• THE VERDICT •
4 Hearts
I really like this lip and cheek cream. It’s a really good multi-tasking product and it’s really affordable too. It’s different compared to all of the cream products that I have encountered and that’s what sets it apart. It’s unique and until you own one, or have at least felt/swatched it, you wont get what I mean. But then again, like I said, I don’t own a lot of cream products. Never the less, this has been one of my go to products last month. When I want to put something in my cheeks but I don’t want to look like I just did my makeup. It looks so natural on me. I love it!
• WORTH THE MONEY? REPURCHASE? •
YES!
It is definitely worth the money and I will definitely buy more! Well, different shades of course, but you get what I’m sayin!

How about you pretties? Do you like lip and cheek cream products? Do you like multi-tasking makeups? Do you like Ellana? Let me know through the comments! Talk to you later! :*

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  • Marissa Colmenar Brioso

    I love ellana minerals! I bought the chai tea latte pressed foundation, the same one that you reviewed before (i really valued your opinion and reviews ) and I love how it makes my skin flawless! Yay! Thanks to you! And I think I should buy this one too Looks great and the color is so lovely and of course, you too is so lovely Ms. Yhette!

    • Aww, thanks Marissa! Ellana Minerals is really good. All of their products are definitely worth the try.

  • Czarina Cerize

    OMG! you have your new hair color na Ms. Yhette? Ang cute! Bagay sayo! My mom is true, youre lovely!!
    Ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng lip and cheek cream, most of the times kasi tint yung pagkakaalam ko. Idk if its the same lang, but this one looks very natural and lovely on you Sayng di siya nagstay sa lips ng matagal, but this color is really really great on your lips, I swear! A must buy product!

    • I didn’t color my hair! Kaw talaga galing mo mangbola! haha.

      Tint is more in a liquid form. It is a must buy!

  • RebelSweetHrt

    Such a pretty shade! Very summer-y ang dating. And the packaging is really attractive. Makes me want to buy this product, though I made a resolve not to buy new makeup for the next three months, haha.

    • Haha. Grabe, I don’t know if I can do that. (not to buy makeup for the next 3 months, lol)

      But Ellana is really good, worth every money

  • Rosalie B.Tangonan

    I love ellana minerals! I want to try this one… haven’t bought some of their products. I just have their foundation, primer, contour duo and concealer at the moment pero tama si genzel, maganda talaga ang products nila. I would try the other shades of this soon bagay sau ang color sis

    • Thanks, Rosalie! Long time no seee!! Missed you! Hehe

      Anyway, I haven’t tried their contour duo yet and their concealer but their all of their products are definitely worth the try.

      • Rosalie B.Tangonan

        hehehhe… just too busy at work. You know, teachers are busy during school days… but now, its summer vacation again! Here i am reading and blogging as I always wanted. Anyways, i must agree, every Ellana product is worth the try Just a Q, What's your favorite lipstick shade from their line? TIA!

        • Sadly I haven’t tried their lip products yet.

  • Love the photos, lip swatches and the detailed review, Yettezkie! I believe I have this in the same shade too, but still untouched, I must start abusing it tomorrow.

  • Ari

    I have the same shade and I really do love this product! I haven’t tried it on my lips yet though. Staying power is great, especially when combined with a good setting spray, and both blending and building up the color is super easy

    • Yup, I love it! I love it as a lip color too but I wish it stays longer though.

  • MissApriil

    Do mind listing down as to where Ellana can be purchased? I checked the nearest SM mall where they used to have a stall, pero wala na

    • You can buy Ellana Minerals from their website where in you can get 15% off by using that link. Or you can get it at Ellana Counters at The Ramp Glorietta, Edsa Shangri La & Trinoma. They don’t sell them at SM Malls.

  • aiko borja

    wow this product is so amazing!! this is a must try! i used their mineral foundations na and im inlove with it at first use. ganda ng coverage ng product na ito.. ang ganda ng shade so fresh ang dating sa yo. lalo na sa lips mo..

    • It is a must try! Thanks Aiko!

  • Philippines has the best cosmetics! I keep hearing about Ellana Minerals in blogs and I can see why. Such amazing quality at such a low price point!

    • Ellana’s great, affordable and their products are amazing! I can’t get enough of them

  • Thank you for the thorough review! The pigment’s really nice and feminine! I just find carton packaging quite challenging for it tends to look abused inside my vanity kit after some time.

    • Thanks, Eunice! Try it! You’ll definitely enjoy it

  • Imdeb

    This is surely a great beauty product review by you.good job.

  • Alaine

    Another great product review and another make that I should try! I am not really a fan of make-up but I like your blog because I get to try some affordable make-ups. It wouldn’t be wise for me to buy overly priced make-up products because I only wear make-up occasionally.

  • I have the old shade, Peach & the Diva shade. I love how pigmented they are and not greasy!

  • They are a little dry! But I like them and their colors are very wearable

  • Roscin Rosales

    I have acnes on my cheek area. Do you think this will be a better blush for those ladies with acne?