Review / Ere Perez Highlighter, Lip & Cheek Balm and Lip & Cheek Tint

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Ere Perez Packaging

Versatile Vanilla highlighter in the shade Falling Star, the Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm in the shade Holy, and the Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint in the shade Joy
I’m always on the lookout for new natural, cruelty free brands and was pretty excited when I spotted Ere Perez on LoveLula.com. It’s a brand name that was completely new to me, but the minimalist but feminine packaging really appealed to me and the products sounded interesting and like nothing I’d really seen before, so I was keen to give some of their cosmetics a try! For those of you who are as unfamiliar with the brand as I was, Ere Perez is an Australian company with Mexican heritage, and all of their products are cruelty free, vegan (except for some of their mascaras, which contain beeswax) and made with only natural, toxin and GMO-free ingredients. They never use artificial scents or perfumes, and their products also contain various extracts, oils and vitamins to help nourish your skin on the inside as well as look beautiful on the outside. I chose to try out the Versatile Vanilla highlighter in the shade Falling Star, the Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm in the shade Holy, and the Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint in the shade Joy*.

Versatile Vanilla highlighter in the shade Falling Star, the Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm in the shade Holy, and the Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint in the shade Joy


The packaging of each product is extremely simple but aesthetically pleasing. Everything is white, with the cute handwriting-style silver logo that makes it feel classy but a little more girly than some other brands – it reminds me a little bit of the flirty, feminine logo Lily Lolo used to have before their rebrand. Each item comes in its own box which, while very nice to look at, isn’t my favourite thing in the world because it always feels wasteful to me to make these tiny boxes that are just going to be (hopefully) recycled anyway. That said, at least it’s a recyclable material. As well as the outer packaging being nice, the main packaging for each product is also minimalist, pretty and feels very sturdy and well made.

Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star


The first product that I tried out was the one I was most excited about, and that was, of course, the Versatile Vanilla highlighter, which is £18 for 11g of product. I’m a sucker for highlighters, and I’ve been on the hunt for a nice cream one for quite a while now. Among other lovely ingredients, this highlighter contains olive oil, cocoa butter, vanilla extract (hence the name) and vitamin e to keep your skin hydrated and naturally dewy as much as highlighted. It doesn’t seem to be scented, but it does have a smell that I can’t quite put my finger on – it smells similar to some unscented lipsticks I remember my mum using in the past, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily but might be off-putting to people who are really sensitive to smells in their beauty products.

I was a little disappointed when I first opened the compact, because it looked super dark compared to what I was expecting. But, once I started to rub my fingertip into it, the colour totally changed; you can see the difference between the above close-up and the group photo I took when I first received them. I imagine because it’s a natural, oil-based product that there might be some mild separation and the oils just need to be worked back together again after they haven’t been used for a while. The shade Falling Star is described as suitable for all skin tones, but it’s just on the cusp of being too dark for me so if you’re extremely pale I would maybe test this out before committing, and unfortunately they don’t seem to stock anything lighter. That said, it’s a really beautiful, almost cream-coloured highlighter that’s not quite champagne but isn’t gold or silver either. On first swatching it or applying it to your face, it’s pure, reflective shimmer with no glittery bits that makes your skin look like you just woke up glistening.

There are a couple of downsides to this highlighter that you may want to consider, though. The first is that, for me personally, it is quite subtle. I’m someone who’s used to piling on the highlight and I like to be visible from space, so while this is beautiful it doesn’t quite pack the punch I had first expected. Even so, I have really been enjoying using it because it just gives you the loveliest, most natural glow that none of my powder highlights really achieve. You really do look like you’re glowing from within or like your skin is just naturally radiant. The second downside, which kind of links to the first, is that it does get toned down quite a bit when you set it with a setting powder (which, as it’s a cream highlight, you tend to want to do) which makes it even subtler. You can still see the glow and it still looks fine, but the reflect is significantly reduced when layering powders over the top. After much experimenting though, when worn alone it does work well with setting sprays instead of powders, and it also makes a lovely base for powder highlighters.

Despite my initial issues with it being so subtle though, this has become one of my everyday staples because I just love how it makes my skin look. It’s the perfect highlight for those of us who lean more towards ‘no makeup’ makeup looks and want to look as though they’re naturally radiant and dewy rather than obviously wearing highlighter.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm in Holy


The next product is the Clever Carrot Lip & Cheek Balm in the shade Holy, £16 for 10g. As the name might suggest, this does actually contain carrot oil, but rather than being carrot-orange it’s a gorgeous cool-toned plum colour. This is designed to be worn on both the cheeks and the lips, and like the Versatile Vanilla highlighter it contains a wealth of other natural oils to hydrate and look after your skin while you wear it. It’s described as ultra-waterproof, and all you need to apply it is your fingers – no need for lip or blush brushes, so it’s great to toss in your bag for travelling or fixing up your makeup on the go.

I absolutely love this product and I’m counting down the days when I can go into full on autumn-mode because the shade is perfect for colder months and would look especially stunning on all of you pale babes out there. On the cheeks it looks like a lovely, natural flush and you can use very little product or build it up for a more opaque colour. I would say that when you’re first using it, less is more as this is quite pigmented and it’s not uncommon (at least for me…) to accidentally go overboard when applying cream blushes. It’s easily tapped onto the cheeks and blended with your fingertips but I like to use my powder brush or a stippling brush to gently blend out the edges just in case anyway, being a blending fiend and all. I’m not sure I’d say it’s definitely waterproof because it does fade somewhat throughout the day, but it does also seem to slightly stain the skin so while it may not be quite as colourful by the evening as when you first applied it, it can still be used as a longer wearing blush or lip tint.

The formula of this balm is a little hard to put my finger in; it looks pretty matte on the cheeks, but in the pan it looks like it’s a little bit shimmery and the shimmer comes through when you apply it to your lips, too. When worn as a lip product, it’s not slick or slippery in the slightest so stays put when you apply it, but it’s also non-drying and you can’t really feel it on. Depending on the natural colour of your lips, it might be a fairly subtle lip colour, but it does add an extra oomph to natural makeup looks that pulls the look together without being a super bold purple. One thing I do notice when it’s on my lips though is that I can kind of taste it, and it smells quite similar to highlighter as I mentioned before.

Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint in Joy


The last product is the one that I was the most curious about, but that I’m also the most unsure of how it looks on myself! This is the Beautiful Beetroot Lip & Cheek Tint in the shade Joy, which is a bright, vibrant cherry red. This contains rosehip oil and beetroot extract, and as you’d expect from something made from beetroot, this colour packs an almighty punch. It comes with a roll-on applicator, but I quickly learned not to use the roll-on directly onto my cheeks unless I wanted big red stripes down my face. This is less of a tint and more of a stain, and as the brand recommends, a little goes a long way. Once you get the application right though (either roll onto a stippling brush, or carefully use your fingers to pat it on and rub in to blend - be careful, it dries quickly!) this gives you a gorgeous matte, red flush that looks like part of your skin.

On the lips, it’s on the bolder side of lip stains and makes you look a little bit like you’ve been eating raspberries or a nice, cherry popsicle. What I love the most about this is that it’s the closest I’ve ever really seen in the Western market to Korean lip tints, which are subtle but beautiful and often used to do things like pretty gradient lip effects or to give a ‘just bitten’, flushed look to the lips. If you dab this into the inner part of your lips and blend it out, the result is basically a fancy, Korean lip tint without having to hunt around for a good cruelty free, Korean product. And, like I said, this is one hell of a lip stain. Once it’s on, you don’t really have to worry about re-applying unless you’re eating something very oily, and although it’s quite a bright red you don’t have to worry about it bleeding or transferring at all. This would be a great all day lip and cheek colour for hot days, travel or even sport.

This colour would probably look fantastic on plenty of people, but despite my undying love for bright red lips, I can’t decide if it looks quite right on me or not. I’d love it if they did a more plum-toned one similar to the Clever Carrot Balm, but in the meantime I’m determined to make this work for my skin tone and make myself love it because it’s too good a product not to use!  At £16 for 10ml it might not seem like a lot for the money, but believe me when I say you really don’t need a lot of this baby each time you use it, so it’ll last an age.

Ere Perez Highlighter, Lip & Cheek Balm and Lip & Cheek Tint Swatches


Despite having never heard of Ere Perez before, I’m very impressed with what they have to offer and I really hope they bring out more shades of their Cheek & Lip Balm and Tints! All of these products are available from LoveLula.com and, as I mentioned earlier, are cruelty free and vegan too. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Ere Perez is proving to be another great example of why you don’t always need unnatural ingredients and certainly don’t need animal testing or animal products to make great quality cosmetics.

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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