“ Brand: Avon / Type: Foundations / Powders / What it does: Smoothes, „
I don't wear a lot of make up and when I do I tend to like it to be quite neutral, I don't like the lines that people walk around with using foundation and I have really red cheeks most of the time even if i'm not hot or embarrassed so I try to find the best way to make my skin look a bit lighter. The best thing I have found is as daft as it may sound to use a concealer over my red cheeks and then use a powder over the top of it and finally I look like I have normal skin.
I bought this powder from Avon as a number of my customers had been buying it and as none of them had asked to return it I decided it must be pretty decent and I would give it a try, I selected the porcelain colour which is pretty light. The powder is only available from Avon directly or through one of their representatives which I don't do anymore and costs around £10 usually but it depends what offer it is on at any time as to what you will pay.
The powder comes in a see through bottomed plastic tub and has a black screw top lid on it, the tub holds 15g of product and it is suitable for 24 months from opening which in all honesty I quite possibly have gone past by now as I don't wear it all the time I don't use a lot. On opening the tub there is a little soft pad for applying with has a little piece of ribbon over the back of it for you to slip your fingers under to make it easy to apply, the pad sits in a little plastic dish in the tub which is also a cover for the powder which is good as it means it doesn't fly about all over when you open the tub.
To use the product you simply shake a little into the lid, the little plastic dish inside the tub has quite big holes to allow a little powder through, I then dip my pad into the powder and swirl it to make sure the whole pad it covered, I blow gently to make sure there are no areas of the pad that have too much powder on and then apply to my face with the pad.
I find that the powder is quite thick and I often feel I have too much on so will give my face a very light brush over with a tissue before I am happy with the final effects. The powder gives your face a really smooth finish and looks professional in my opinion and for me best of all teamed with my concealer it hides my red cheeks for a few hours. I think that the product is average price really as you can buy similar for the price elsewhere although you can also spend an awful lot more on this sort of product. I like this product and would rate it 4 from 5 only because I feel the powder wears off after a few hours which is a shame and I would really like something that would last the majority of the day.
This morning as I put on my make up, having run out of my normal bareMinerals I grabbed the Avon foundation from the depths of my make up bag. On the tube I randomly thought, ooh I should review this when I get to a computer, and so here we are hours later and starting a review!
**Packaging and pennies**
The Avon mineral foundation is clearly aimed at those who want to use mineral foundation without paying the extortionate prices of the top beauty brands (i.e. bareMinerals!). When I bought this from my friendly Avon representative it was actually on offer for 2 tubs for £10, at £5 each I felt as though I was walking away with a bargain, not least because I was leaving my Avon rep back up North as I moved South! I've since realised you can buy Avon products online at www.avon.uk.com where this foundation retails for £10 for 6g (though once again it is on offer as at September 2011 at £4.50)
It comes in the standard Avon cardboard box, and on opening out pops a clear jar, with a plain black screw top lid. I think that the top of the jar looks cheap and plasticky, though for £5 I am not complainoing too much! On opening the tub for the first time you simply peel away the plastic cover which is covering the holes that allow the powder to tip out, there is no way to close these holes once you have peeled back the cover and I think the holes are a little bit too big as I find that lots of powder makes a break for it when I put the lid on and just leave it to be stored in the bottom of my make up bag.
Another bugbear of mine about the holes being too big is that the mineral foundation is able to roll itself together in balls and so these shake through the holes and you need to break them down before use.
**Whats the right colour for me?**
Picking a colour from the internet/from a book.....Yep thats tough! And very much a guessing game! I would always keep in mind that they are never as they appear on screen, and if you have a helpful Avon rep she may have some samples or be able to get you a sample so you can try, unless my Avon lady was just extra helpful! There are (I think!) 10 shades ranging from Ivory right through to Spice, so theoretically there should be a colour for you out there. I personally have the "Shell" colour, which is billed as a "Light/Medium" shade. I have to say that I find that this matches through to my skin tone well enough provided I take time and care to apply and blend thoroughly. I have medium tone skin, I can be quite pale but I tan easily, and again, when tanned this foundation is a little bit too light. I won't complain though at only £5 a tub!
**Application and Utensils**
As this foundation is a mineral powder you need some form of "utensil" to apply, its not like liquid foundation you can just rub in using your finger tips. When using now I tend to use my Bare Escentuals brush that I received with my bareMinerals kit, however before that I used a kabuki brush. Either way I would recommend you invest in a large headed brush, similar to a blusher brush, they don't have to cost the earth and I have seen reviews on here for cheaper brushes which work well (and curse everytime that I didn't see them PRIOR to spending a fortune!!)
To apply the foundation I personally:
- Tip a SMALL amount into the lid of the tub
- Break up any "balls" of foundation where they minerals have decided to clump together
- SWIRL the brush around the lid
- TAP the brush by banging the handle against your wrist (be gently though to save bruising yourself!) to remove excess mineral foundation
- Apply to the face in a circular motion, for some reason I start with my chin and then do each cheek, followed by forehead and nose
I don't normally bother applying more than one layer of this foundation personally.
**Foundation on my skin**
Originally when applying I had to make sure that my face was well moisturised as I found the foundation clung to patches of dry skin, not a good look! But other than that I thought that I had no problems with this foundation until this morning, on the tube, as you get hot and sweaty (lovely!) my face began to ITCH, I can only attribute this to the foundation that I applied as most days (when I can't be bothered to wear make up) I just feel flushed and hot.
**Would I recommend?**
I wouldn't - I personally feel that it is worth the money to invest in the higher quality brands out there, it may be pricier but your skin will thank you!
Avon personal match smooth mineral make up comes in many different colours- hence the personal match! there is meant to be a shade for everbody, and you hold the page to your jawline to determine the correct shade for you.
The packagaing is a tub, with a screw on black lid with Avon inscribed on it. The packaging is very plain, and you can see though the bottom of the tub to see the colour that is inside of it.
When you open the tub, there is a small powder puff, but it doesnt work very well so you should buy another more expensive one.
The powder in contained in the bottom of the tub, and comes to the top through small holes so that you do not get any lumps form so you cannot pick up lumpy foundation
The colours are slightly different to the ones that avon show in the book, i brought the ivory shade and it was VERY white and made me look like a ghost, so buy the shade up from what it says
The make up has a very smooth feel to it, and makes your face feel very soft and when you have the correct colour, it makes your face look smooth and bump free!
id recommend this to any make up fan, but just make sure you buy the shade up from what it says that you are!
Avon Calling! Avon is a company offering reasonable priced products. Their range mainly concentrates on makeup, bath care and skin care with a few other bits and pieces thrown in for good measure.
Here we have the Avon Personal Match Smooth Mineral Make-Up. As far as I can see from the Avon website, this is no longer available though you may be able to pick it up on ebay. They do however have a very similar one called Ideal Shade.
This is a loose face powder which has been created with 100% minerals. The minerals included allow this to be perfect for even those with sensitive skin and provide a flawless look.
The powder is talc and fragrance free.
The make-up comes in a chunky clear sifter tub with a screw on black lid. The lid is embossed with the Avon logo and there is a large sticker on the base with the colour and size. It is also stated that the tub can be recycled and the powder is safe to use for 24months from opening.
The round tub comes in a black cardboard box with all the neccessary information.
As the powder comes in a sifter jar, you will need to shake a little powder out onto the top. There are quite a few holes and they are unusually large in comparrison to other powders.
To use, simply sweep some powder onto your chosen brush and sweep across your face. This can be worn alone or over the top of foundation to seal it.
*Availability and Price*
The powder comes in a few different shades including Ivory, Warmest Beige, Bisque, Almond, Buff and is widely available on ebay for £3.99 buy it now + postage. Avon have a different one now called Ideal Shade Mineral Foundation which appears to be the same consistency but comes in a 6g tub and different shades. It can be bought for £10.00. The Personal Match comes in a 15g tub so quite a difference.
I was concerned to find this had been discontinued but I did purchase this last year from a friend who had been doing Avon. I believe I paid around £8.00 for it at the time which is reasonable for the size.
I have terribly dry skin on my face and liquid/mousse foundation just doesn't look good on me! I like loose powders as I feel they sit better on my skin. The addition of minerals was a big bonus for me as I believed these would be good for my skin. I purchased the shade Ivory which appears to be the lightest. I have fair skin so this seemed the best option.
The pot I feel is rather big and seems to take up quite a bit of space in my make-up box. The design is simple yet stylish and I can clearly see the powder inside. The sifter holes are quite big which concerned me incase too much would come out at once. The powder looks rather lumpy and not as fine as I would like. It certainly looked different to my usual No7 powder. The ivory shade was a little darker in appearance that I would have anticipated.
No brush or applicator is supplied unlike the picture shown. I have a set of make-up brushes and have one put to the side for loose powder. I find it best to tip a small amount of powder onto the lid and swirl my brush around it. That way I can decide how much I need on the brush. The powder came out fast and was stick thick..it seemed the sifter holes were pretty much useless!
I started to sweep the brush across my face and found that the powder stuck to my face. This may seem a good thing but it was literally clinging and I couldn't sweep it over the rest of my face. It looked so cakey and the colour appeared extremely light. I really looked like I had swept talcum powder up and down my face judging by the whitish streaks I appear to have obtained! Not a good look.
On the plus side my face didn't react to the powder though I now realise why it was put to the back of my make-up box. I cannot use it as I really would get stared at and asked if I was feeling ok.
I wouldn't recommend this.
Thanks for reading.
Mineral based make-up was a huge trend over the past year or so that appears to be dying out a bit now. It is similar to loose powder and I bought this as my first mineral make-up product when it was on special offer in the Avon catalogue just to see what the fuss was all about. I got mine at the price of £5, and it's still available now at the RRP of £10. There are 6 shades to choose from and I use Ivory.
Avon describe it as "Lightweight powder foundation containing 100%naturally derived pigments creates a luminous, flawless finish. Ideal for sensitive skin. 6g Talc free, fragrance free, dye free." It is simply made of pure natural minerals and contains no chemical content, making it better for your skin. It comes in a screw top plastic jar with a circular insert that has perforated holes over it. You shake the foundation though the holes by turning it upside down, and that gives you a small amount of makeup to apply, rather than clogging up your brush by sticking it straight into the main section of the pot. The product looks very much like loose powder but the tiny granules can sometimes clump together and the divider section on the jar is also useful as it allows you to blend the powder onto the brush before applying for a smooth and even finish. The pigments are really soft and fine and it feels very soft and light on the skin.
It's easy to apply, simply shake out a small amount and swirl a large make-up brush onto the powder, then sweep over face to provide coverage. It does not come with a brush but these are easily obtainable from most cosmetics retailers and Avon have several in different sizes. Because of its nature the powder is very light and can get messy easily. It pays to be cautious when opening the lid, and product sometimes gathers on the edge of the screw top so be careful to brush it back into the centre of the pot to avoid spills. This is not a good product for using on the go, it's best to put it on at home where you can keep the jar upright and on a steady surface.
When brushing onto the face it provides quite a thick and heavy layer, so it's best to spread it out as much as you can and blend very thoroughly so that it's not caked on. It gives a smooth powdery finish. I have extremely pale skin and the ivory shade is perfect it is the palest foundation I've come across and provides excellent coverage without looking fake and blends nicely into my neckline without having that odd zone where the foundation ends and your natural skin tone shows through under the chin. It also covers blemishes well. My complexion is combination and it does a good job of reducing oily breakouts without clogging my pores. My skin does get shiny after hours of wear and rubs off a bit, but a touch up on my way home from the office keeps me going or the rest of the day.
I have been using this for a year now and it's lasted incredibly well, I still have enough left for another couple of months. It's a good value product and was a nice introduction to mineral make-up.
I have had a right old history with this make up! I bought it from the Avon catalogue and it was way too light as I got the wrong shade (ivory.) I used to mix it up with liquid foundation that was too dark to create a perfect match but he liquid ran out. I sopped using this for a while and have recently picked it back up again as my skin seems to suit it now - it honestly lasts forever. This foundation has amazing coverage for spots and blemishes, does not shine or block pours. I have paired this with Avon's perfect wear extra lasting foundation and they make a great team. The foundation I use as a highlight as well for under my eyebrows and sometimes as a light coloured eye shadow. I really love it and once, if ever, it runs out, I plan getting some more - maybe a little darker next time.
It's only £10 which is defiantly affordable for something that could potentially last you an entire year! The packaging is a bit poo and the plastic started cracking and disintegrating so it's now all poured into a tub. In a good way, it prevents massive spills due to the pepper-pot-like holes on the top of the pot so that you turn the package upside down and when you open it there is enough left on the surface to use.
This foundation can also get everywhere it's just so messy. But its a truly great foundation with the best coverage I have ever seen.
Avon Personal Match Mineral Foundation
I ordered this foundation from Avon a couple of months ago because I'd been thinking about getting it for a while and it was on offer - buy the kabuki foundation brush for £6.00 and get this foundation free. I thought this was the best bargain I'd seen anywhere for ages (normally the foundation is £10 and the brush £6) so straight away I ordered both things, for only £3.00 each you can't really go wrong.
The advertising in the brochure for the product stated that the foundation itself was:
suitable for all skin types, even sensitive
it contains 100% naturally derived pigments
allergy and dermatologically tested
won't clog pores
My skin is a little bit sensitive and it was made clear on the page that this foundation is ideal for sensitive skin. I was running out of foundation anyway so thought this was the best time to treat myself to this foundation.
The shade I ordered this foundation in is called shell. When I put it on I think my skin looks a bit brighter, more tanned sort of without being orange. This is a good shade for my skin. The other shades you can get this foundation in are:
I have tried this in ivory, too but had to send it back, as whejn I put in on it was way too pale for me. It is good that you can return products you buy from Avon, as it means you can try and find the shade that is best for you. If you have a representative you can also ask them for some foundation samples. These cost representatives around 60p each so you might get them free if you're lucky.
When the order arrived at my house I was excited to see what the foundation would be like. The packaging for this foundation was a black box with Avon written on it. The lid is also a shiny black which gives it a nice, stylish look.
The "tub" it comes in is made of clear transparent plastic and is smaller than I expected it to be when I saw it advertised in the brochure. The tub does only contain 6g so I should have realised it wouldn't be that big though.
Even though the tub is small there seems to be a lot in it and it has lasted me about three months so far and there is still a lot in the tub.
When you unscrew the black lid there is a clear piece of plastic with holes in it. I think what you are supposed to do is shake the foundation up and then when it comes and sits up on the plastic bit you dip the kabuki brush (or other foundation brush) into it and then brush all over your face. This is what I do to use it and it works well enough for me.
One complaint I do have is that after I use this when I look at the surfaces around me they are always covered in the bits of powder, it goes absolutely everywhere even sometimes on the clothes I am wearing if I'm not careful!
Ease of Removal
This is really easy to take off and comes off with a wipe, when I wash my face, with make up remover. Even if it rains then this sometimes comes off a little bit, so this would be no good for swimming. I think it is designed to not clog up pores so this is why it stays on top of your skin instead of soaking in.
In some ways this is a good thing; you can take it off without having to scrub really hard which is what I'd expect from a foundation. I never go swimming and try to stand out of the rain and avoid getting wet anyway so really this is good for me.
Overall I would recommend this foundation because I think it is worth trying and was a really good bargain. I would also recommend the kabuki brush along with it, because together I think they work really well. I like the fact that it is powder so it isn't oily or greasy and it is easy to apply apart from flicking every where if you aren't careful.
Because this is on offer so frequently I probably wouldn't pay full price for it - only because I know in the next catalogue that I would see it was half price or something.
It is a good, natural foundation that I think is worth a try.
Thanks for reading x
Mineral foundations are cropping up everywhere these days. If done well, they can be perfect and very natural looking.....but if they are done badly, then they end up like this, disastrous.
I have very pale skin, so i do struggle to find something that matches my skin, i always have to buy the lightest tone and more often than not, it's still the wrong shade and looks obvious. This on the other hand....
If i was a goth, it would have been perfect.
Frankly, it looks ridiculous. I can't even go to the lengths to explain. For the first time ever, it was far to pale, it was almost white. The powder is quite heavy, that gives a 'thick' and 'clogged' look. It almost looks grain like, obviously a powder/foundation...and an awful cheap looking one at that. Getting the next colour up was yet another waste of money, the first was so awful i manage to convince myself that it was faulty, so decided to try another. What an idiot!
I don't have much else to say on this product, except avoid at all costs.
To be honest i know they have advertised how brillant mineral foundation is but its actually not that great. I bought this a couple of months ago because it was half price in the catalogue so i thought i would try it out. When you are trying to apply the foundation it just goes everywhere as well as your face so by the time i was finished my trousers where covered. Also you have to but on quite a lot to notice it even going on your skin and when you have applyed it all over you can still she blemishes so unless you have really good skin or a lot of concelor on it doesnt work.
I think it would work well as on over coat to prevent shine but im not going to buy it again. I dont know what other branded minerals are like but i dont really want to try them. This foundation is usally £7 but i dont think its good enough for the money. You may have a differnet skin type then me so i might work for you but not me.
I hope Ive helped,
I do it every time; the Avon lady pops her little catalogue through the door and although experience tells me not to buy Avon make-up, i still find myself pawing the pages and getting sucked in by he glossy pages and celebrity endorsements.
Most recently, I purchsed Avon's personal match smooth mineral make-up. I liked the idea of using a mineral powder that was light on the skin and quick to apply. It claimed to give the skin a flawless look, which was exactly what i was looking for and all for just £5 (on offer)
I've used this product a couple of times and though it claimes to be talc free it actually looks and feels like talc. A make-up artist had shown me how to apply mineral foundation by using a good quality brush to work the powder into the skin. This technique didnt really work with this foundation as the powder just sits on the skin gives a ghostly effect. Its probably better used as a loose powder on oily patches with a light foundation underneath. That said I have other loose powders that work better.
I guess this is just another one of my Avon purchases that will sit it my make up box gathering dust before I eventually get round to throwing it out with the other Avon purchases...when will I learn?!
I have just tried the latest version of this foundation as I heard it gave good coverage.
I have never tried mineral make-up before and I was slightly worried that it would be drying as it is in a powder form. However I found that after application it actually made my skin feel really smooth.
You apply this foundation using a brush as you would powder or bronzer. Tip a little into the lid, and then sweep over your skin. Less is most definitely more here-I looked like a clown first time I tried this as I went a bit overboard!
Coverage is great, even on dark circles and red cheeks and you can't feel the make-up, it's very light to wear.
The price is a little expensive, so wait for an offer-I got a stick foundation and received this free so thought it was worth trying.
Colour-be very careful, the shade in the book/online is much lighter than what you receive. I chose a stick foundation and this in the same shade but the mineral one is very much darker-I'd go at least a shade lighter than your normal foundation.
Overall a good product that I think is worth a try
I had heard a lot about mineral make up and wanted to try it for myself. I saw that Avon were doing this one at a much lower price than many of the other brands so decided to try it.
The process for applying mineral foundation is different to normal foundations. The powder is swished around then applied in a circular motion on the face using a large soft brush. I found it very difficult to get an good coverage and ended up with flecks of the product all over my top. It was not easy to get an even finish and I found I had to apply quite alot to get coverage which left my face looking quite powdery. It did not feel nice on my skin and it was itchy and uncomfortable. I couldn't wait to get it off again.
I purchased the lightest colour but still found it made me look quite orange. I have very fair skin so this is a problem common to many foundations I have tried, not exclusively this one.
It is a very low price for a mineral foundation but this seems to be reflected in the quality. Therefore it does not offer good value for money.
This product is available from your local Avon Representative or online at www.avonshop.co.uk
I was really disappointed by this product. I have used and liked many Avon products and had high hopes for this foundation. I would not buy this product again. It didn't give a nice finish, nor did it feel nice on the skin.
In the big box of Avon stuff my cousin gave me when she quit her round was 3 opened but barely used Personal Match Smooth Mineral Make Up foundations in different colours. I've wanted to try mineral foundation for ages but didn't want to pay the high prices of it so was proper pleased to get these, especially being as the Ivory shade was perfect for my skin tone.
It's a loose powder that is supposed to give you the look of wearing a foundation but because it is mineral based it is kind to your skin and especially suitable for people with sensitive skin. There are 6 shades ranging from Ivory which is just suitable for my quite pale skin and blond hair up to toffee which looks from the shade in the book to be for black women, although I believe the shade examples of this foundation are not very exact in the book so it might be worth asking your Avon lady for a sample before buying the foundation.
I don't think this foundation is very good at all, actually I think it's rubbish and am going to throw the rest of the pot away tomorrow when I sort my make up bag out. It doesn't go on very well and the powder sets quick so that it looks patchy and you have to go over your face carefully to make sure all the patches meet up to give you even coverage. This makes the foundation look very heavy and caked on when I thought the idea of mineral make up was to make it look like you was only wearing light make up.
It doesn't blend either, and I mean it doesn't blend at all not that it's hard to blend. I hate that tide mark you sometimes get with foundation and this one is bad for that, it made me feel very over made up and I even changed my top for one with a higher neck so no-one could see just how heavy my make up was!
The finish is very matte as well and I thought it looked too cold. Even though the shade was a good match for my skin it looked a bit unnatural because I had had to apply it so heavily. After a bit it made my skin feel a bit itchy, not irritatingly itchy and it was only because my skin was covered in such heavy foundation that it started bugging the hell out of me!
Another thing I hated about it was that as soon as any moisture touched the foundation it would turn and stay a slightly different shade to the rest of my face. I had a glass of lager while I was wearing it and where the wet glass had touched the sides of my mouth it changed the colour of the foundation. I was proper embarressed and glad the pub's only down the road because I could run home and get all the make up off because no make up is better than this rubbish!
Mineral makeup... makeup which is apparently good for your skin, never really believed that line but I've been wanting to try this new creation for a while and when I saw that Avon where doing a slightly cheaper version than some of the other companies I jumped at the chance. At first I was really impressed it came in a nice case with shinny black lid, and after lifting the lid there are several holes which allow small amounts of the power to pass through so you don't end up with an overload of power on the brush. The powder went on pretty easy and looked nice, however this isn't something I would recommend for someone with dry skin, I used mine during the colder months and my skin was quite dry, this powder only emphasised the dry skin. It did give a nice coverage and set my foundation off nicely, and looked relatively alright. However as for the mineral factors I didn't see much difference myself between a normal loose powder and this, apart from it claims to be good for your skin.
I hoped that in claims like the more expensive brands I could just wear this alone and not have to bother with putting foundation on, however, to my disappointment I found that it didn't give enough coverage and was better to use as a powder to set my foundation. However, you do have to be careful how much you apply as it can give quite a over powdery look to the skin.
If it's a powder your wanting to finish off your foundation I'd defiantly give it a go however if its that fresh faced this is great for my skin look your wanting id defiantly pass.
I tried several Avon products during the time one of my neighbours was working as a rep and the overall impression I developed was that their products were mid-range, mid-brow - kind of Marks and Spencer of make up, maybe a little bit below Boots own brand in quality.
This product was on a special offer in one of the brochures for £5 and I decided to try it, as I am in the process of renewing my make up stuff (not so much in the sense of getting fresh supplies, but looking for brands/models that suit me now in the middle age after a few years of wearing virtually none).
I was really looking for a face powder but thought that the concept of a powder foundation looked interesting. I expected something half way between powder and foundation in effect.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed. Part of the reason is probably due to the colour I bought (almond) which is too dark for me and nothing like the picture sample. But I often use darker shades of cosmetics for bronzing, or instead of blusher. So I thought I could still utilise the product.
I expected to be able to brush away a powder product at least for a while after application, but it seems to set immediately and sticks. It's virtually impossible to apply in any other way but for full, heavy coverage that gives you this smooth but extremely artificial look.
Most foundations will give you a darker or lighter colour depending on the amount, and allow you to blend the edges smoothly to avoid a "mask" effect. But this make-up almost doesn't blend: it's either there or not, and you can't get a smoothly fading effect. When I tried to do this, the edge became blotchy rather than blended. Also, when I tried to apply less for a lighter coverage the result was the same: a blotchy skin rather than a uniformly smooth, thiner foundation layer.
After wearing it for a while it becomes cakey, not because there is a visible layer of powder on your faces, as it's really quite fine and sets in well, but because any exposure to water or even damp air, as well as touching your face with your fingers show on the surface.
All in all, certainly not for me and judging by the other reviews, not for many other people. If you like complete, full coverage and don't need to blend, adjust or smooth away colours, and if you can find the colour that matches your skin well, it might be worth trying. Otherwise I would definitely give it a miss.
Dust-on powder foundation for a flawless look /