Product Type: Jane Iredale makeup
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Jane Iredale Pure pressed base
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Jane Iredale Pure pressed base
Date: 17/05/11, updated on 17/05/11 (97 review reads)
Advantages: seamless coverage, natural products, not tested on animals
Disadvantages: High price, may need to use extra concealer for problematic skin
****Who is Jane Iredale?****
Jane Iredale is the creator of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics which was founded in 1994. Jane Iredale's background prior to this had been in film, theatre and television. She now owns the leading brand in mineral based cosmetics and has supplied make up to the medical profession as well as the beauty industry. It is reported that this range of make up has been supplied to world - renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
Jane's metholodgy is that true makeup artistry comes from enhancing the wearer's natural beauty and, as a result, allowing her personality to shine. Her make up line further claims to contribute to the lives of women by aiding the health of the skin.
****About the product****
Pure pressed powder, like all of the Iredale makeup range is based on micronized minerals and is made without fillers and binders (such as talc and mineral oil) and without chemical dyes or preservatives.
Plastic Surgeons have recognized the benefits of the line and were confident enough to use it on skin that had just undergone laser resurfacing. It not only effectively and safely covered the redness but also provided essential sun protection. Jane Iredale herself allegedly underwent laser treatment and demonstrated this point by immediately using Pure Pressed Powder on her face.
Pure pressed Powder base comes in up to 20 shades, to suit all skin colours and types. Therefore, if you are buying the product from a salon I would recommend that you request a tester first, so that you can find your perfect match. The official Jane Iredale website also has images of the different shades so you can pick out your ideal shade. Some of the shades have only subtle differences between them. I am pale and initially picked a 'golden glow' shade. However, I realised that I was omitting an 'orange glow' rather than a golden glow! I now use a natural colour and add a bit of blusher, which looks more natural.
The Pure Pressed base is a 4 in 1 product and the claim is that it can be used as a foundation, concealer, powder and sunscreen (factor 20). For the sunscreen to remain effective the product must be reapplied every four hours. If you are travelling to a hot country, I would still recommend you use a sunscreen rather than relying soley on this product, however for every day use this is a great benefit of the product.
The Micronised minerals which make up the product reflect the light, which leaves the user with a seamless and flawless coverage. It is claimed that celebrities such as Danni Minogue and Nicole Kidman use this product due to the natural coverage it achieves.
Jane Iredale Products are not tested on animals.
****How to apply****
The product comes in a gold compact case, complete with a light sponge which you can use to apply the product to your face. Instructions advise that you can choose to wet the product lightly to ensure the concealer takes full affect. However, I would not recommend this, nor would I recommend using the sponge. The best way to apply the product is to buy a good quality cosmetic facial brush, lightly rotate it in the makeup (dry not wet) and apply to the face in a circular motion until full coverage is achieved. Don't forget to lightly brush over the neck area so as to ensure a seamless finish with no make up lines. You should only need a small amount of makeup when using a brush, as the product sticks to the bristles and permeates the skin. Jane Iredale recommend purchasing the handibrush to go with this product, which can be found on their website and costs approximately £20. This is the one I use, but don't forget to clean it every month or so with a gentle cleaner or shampoo.
So would I recommend this product? In the main, yes. For sensitive and acne prone skin, mineral makeup is a good option, because it is kind to the skin and does not leave unnecessary traces of chemicals or overly block pores. Through a combination of vitimins and good external skin care, I have eliminated my acne over the last year, and I am now just trying to erase the scaring through good skin care and general skin maintenance. I will continue to use Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base because I know it is not damaging my skin or blocking my pores. So although it may not be actively improving my skin, it is certainly not damaging it like many other make up brands were. The sunscreen is also an additional benefit. Someone once told me 'you wear your skin every day, you need to take care of it.' Never has a truer word been spoken.
In terms of coverage, I feel that Pure Pressed base is good, but it could be better. Despite it being a four in one product, I have to wear additional concealer underneath my pure pressed base, in order to hide my scaring. I would say my scaring is light - moderate in visibility. I use Jane Iredale Disappear concealer, and then apply the Pure Pressed base over the top with a brush. When used in combination, I am able to achieve a generally flawless and seamless look which leaves people saying that I have great skin. However, without the seperate concealer, I don't think I could achieve this look with the pure pressed base alone. For a 4 in 1 product, this is not ideal.
The price of this product is what will put a lot of people of buying it. An average price for this product is about £33. However, once you have bought the first product, you can get a refillable version, at approximately £25. You just then insert the powder box into your original compact case. Although I do like the product, I feeel that it is somewhat over-priced. Some people say that the powder lasts for months, hence value for money overall. However, I go through about one compact every 6 weeks or so. Perhaps very little product is needed for people with already perfect and flawless skin, but for those of us with average or problem skin, it simply wont last as long.
One further thing to consider is that you cannot buy this product in high street stores. As an exclusive product, it is only available in certain salons, or on the internet. I would recommed searching around on various internet sites for the best deal, as I was charged nearly £40 at a salon. I can now get the refillable compacts for about £23 - £26 online.
****Would I recommend?****
Yes due to the healthy mineral base and seamless coverage, however I will only give this product 3 / 5 due to the high price and the less than perfect coverage without additional concealer.
http://www.janeiredale.com/ - This site has a mineral makeover 'stay and play' room where you can try out different shades for your skin.
www.MineralBeauty.co.uk - The website I often order my product from which has refillable compacts and delivers the product efficiently.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: Worth buying but expensive