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Elizabeth Arden's Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
I bought this a while ago mainly because I had used mineral foundations before and given that this had been awarded the 'Best Makeup' at the Marie Claire Prix D'Excellence Beauty Awards 2010, I decided it must be good- I am a real sucker for awards!
This is suitable for all skin types and apparently gives medium to full coverage. - it promises that the fresh ground technology delivers a microlight powder, virtually weightless, that blends perfectly on the skin. It consists of pure minerals and should give a luminous finish as well asoffering SPF 20. The product is fragrance talc and oil free and is dermatologically tested even on sensitive skin.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The product comes in a box with all of the instructions and information written on the back and inside is a black portable grinder compact. When I lift the id there is a small applicator sponge but I haven't used this as I prefer to apply with a brush.
The compact is closed by just pressing down on the lid and opened by pressing a small button on the side of the compact. There is a small lid sitting on top of the powder which has holes in it so that when the compact is turned the powder is pushed through the holes and thus ready for application.
The foundation itself is quite dark although it is available in a lighter tone. It is nice and light , just a fine powder.
USING THE PRODUCT...
I have had mineral foundations before which are quite messy because I can't get the right amount out but this one is really simple to use. All I do to get the powder from under the holey layer is turn the compact and small amounts of the foundation come out of the holes meaning I can dip in the brush and apply with minimum mess and fuss. I sometimes use it when going out over my normal foundation and it really does help to set my make up but for everyday use, it is really easy to blend and gives a nice light coverage. For heavier coverage, the product can be built up simply by adding extra layers. Because it's a powder, there are no nasty lines to contend with, and I seem to get even coverage really easily.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The product costs around the £20 mark and is available from major department stores. It can be bought more cheaply online at places like cheap smells, assuming they have the colour you want. It seems expensive but it does last for ages.
A practically weightless and certainly non drying mineral foundation which I use as a foundation and sometimes as a powder to set my make up. It is easy to use, comes in a nice pot and lasts for ages.
Certainly one I would recommend.
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I have been a fan of the IDEA of mineral foundations for years. Having pale acne-prone combination skin, it seemed like the ideal solution: a healthy foundation with natural SPF, long lasting and with good coverage. What more could I ask for??
The problem is that I have never been entirely convinced by any I have tried (Bare Escentuals, Jane Iredale, Lily Lolo). I've found them messy and difficult to apply, even after investing in good quality brushes they still never looked right. The powder would "sit" in my enlarged pores, making them more obvious, and the make-up would turn blotchy and slick at even a hint of oil or sweat.
I simply assumed that it was yet another type of make-up designed to make already good skin look even better, or that maybe my application technique was flawed (the famous "swirl, tap and buff").
I had imagined a miraculous all-in-one: foundation, concealer, powder and SPF to go along with the minerals amazing healing and moisturizing powers.
I can't claim that this is IT but it is certainly the best foundation (mineral or otherwise) I have tried so far.
The packaging is fairly unremarkable but practical. The largish black compact flips open (no need to find somewhere safe to put the lid: mine tend to get knocked down on a regular basis and always end up under a piece of heavy furniture or in a wet sink!) to reveal a mirror in the lid and a "grinder" on top of the foundation. Included is a powder puff that sits on top of the grinder.
First of all, the grinder, which shaves off a small amount of make-up at a time, does make things less messy. I know Bare Escentuals now has a locking sifter but I still prefer the grinder as it dispenses a chosen amount of foundation, without having to shake the compact, and you're not dealing with very loose powder that seems to fly everywhere once you open the container. It is also meant to be more hygienic.
The texture is very soft and fine. Don't think that because it's not blowing away at the slightest breeze that it's dense and compact! It looks matte, which is a bonus for my skin. While I love the idea of looking "glowing", shimmery or even pearly products simply bring out my skin's worst attributes (open pores and scars, to name a few). It does contain mica, which is meant to "add luminosity and reflect light".
My shade is 01, the lightest one available. Even though I don't have porcelain skin, I am fair and often struggle to find foundations that are light enough. 01 is a good match for me, and a balanced shade (not too pink, not too yellow).
Now my favourite part: APPLICATION!! I was disconcerted when I saw the powder puff and couldn't find any instructions that included the words "swirl", "tap" or "buff"!
That's probably because it is so easy that you don't need instructions and expensive application tools. You simply smooth the powder over your face with the puff and you're done. You can apply as little or as much as you like. Personally, I have stopped using concealer since buying this: it covers dark circles, redness and spots. Even better, I have stopped using setting powder. And, of course, sunscreen as it has an SPF 20.
I have tried applying it with a foundation and a kabuki brush but honestly think the puff gives a better result.
It doesn't settle in my pores or fine lines. Unfortunately, it doesn't make them vanish either, but does make them less obvious, which, realistically, is all I can ask for.
The texture is very comfortable, not powdery or dry, and looks natural.
I don't really know how sweat and waterproof it is but under normal circumstances it holds very well.
I should mention that it has added ingredients like
- Sea water minerals ("support skin's own natural mineral equilibrium to strengthen skin's appearance")
- Silica ("spherical powder gives a smooth feel and helps soften imperfections")
- Vitamins A, C and E ("condition skin and help protect against environmental assaults")
- Aloe ("soothing and moisturising").
And it only takes me a couple of minutes to apply, which I love!!
The price is currently about 25 GBP in the shops, though I was lucky and found it cheaper online! Even forgetting the fact that you might not need sunscreen, concealer and powder anymore, thus saving money, the product is definitely worth the money, and definitely worth a try.
****Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation****
With the weather being that big bit nicer this week i decided i needed to get a darker foundation to go with my burnt/tanned skin. After spending about 30 minutes wandering around the counters in Debenhams i picked this one because i had already purchased the brush to go with it and i knew from past purchases that i quite liked mineral foundation.
Elizabeth Arden are quite a high quality brand that can be purchased either online or at department stores such as boots etc
I think this is really smart. This comes in a round black matte compact which has a clip to open. When you open it up there is a mirror on the top half and the bottom is where the product is. To get the product out you have to twist it (each full twist does ½ face) and this grates the foundation for you. This is really nifty and it means since you get the perfect amount out each time you don't have to bother using a mirror when you are applying your foundation.I love the packaging!!
This comes in 9 different shades which i think is quite good. This has sun protection factor 20 which is good for summer months. Once applied i think this looks really good and natural on. I have sensitive skin and so far have had no breakouts with this product. The puff you get with this works okay but i would recommend getting the angled blusher brush that goes with it. I like how it gives medium/full coverage-great for the days you have spots!!!
This costs £22.50 which i think is expensive but the tub is quite last so i think it will last ages and it is mineral foundation.
Overall i like it a lot but saying that it may be the most expensive foundation i have tried ever but it isnt my favourite-estee lauder double wear or mac studio sculpt is also good. It doesnt cause break outs or anything so it may be good for sensative skin
Mineral Makeup from Elizabeth Arden comes in a portable grinder compact / It releases a fresh layer of microlight makeup for each application, allowing you to achieve a look of pure perfection that's skin brightening, non-drying, and comfortable to wear every time / New fresh ground technology delivers a microlight powder, virtually weightless, that blends perfectly on the skin / Takes the mess out of loose powder mineral makeup to control just the amount you need / No more powder everywhere / Non-drying / It's skin brightening and comfortable to wear /