I have always found liquid foundations too heavy on my skin, and difficult to apply thinly - unlike many I don't want my foundation to completely hide my freckles! This meant I was incredibly happy to find Lily Lolo - a company specialising in mineral cosmetics. I really like the foundation. It's very light, doesn't feel or look like I'm wearing a heavy layer of foundation, and isn't cakey. As cliché as it sounds, when I'm wearing this I look like I have naturally flawless skin. This foundation comes in a reasonable range of shades - if you are naturally pale you are almost certain to find one that works but they do lack darker shades. As the foundation is a powder, it is easy to mix different shades if you don't match any exactly, or if you tan in the summer.
The products can be difficult to find on the high street but this is mitigated by their excellent website. It's never easy to pick a foundation shade online, but they make it as easy as possible. The website features a comprehensive colour chart combined with a foundation shade guide to help you through picking the correct colour based on your skin. Even better is the option to buy small sample pots - if you can't decide between two or three shades you can get sample sizes and decide which is best for you.
Price wise, this is pretty reasonable. Although not the cheapest "non-designer" foundation, I find a full sized tub lasts for longer than any liquid foundation I've tried so it is decent value for money. Postage does cost extra, but at £1.99 for standard UK shipping it isn't extortionate (and seems more reasonable the bigger the order!).
I started using mineral make-up about a year ago. This is due to having acne prone skin, I found that liquid foundations blocked my pores and made my skin feel heavy and uncomfortable. I have tried a few brands and this is one that I have stuck by since first trying it out 6 months ago.
Finely milled mineral foundation SPF 15 that buffs into the skin effortlessly, and allows custom coverage when applied in buildable layers. Made from natural ingredients to ensure the skin is kept clean and healthy, minimising breakouts and blemishes.
-- Packaging --
The packaging is simple but effective. It comes in a 10g Sifter pot, this makes it easy to dispense the desired amount of product without making a mess. The pot is clear so it is very easy to see how much you have left, the lid is also extremely useful to tip your product into and apply it with a brush from there.
-- Price --
I find the price to be extremely reasonable at 12.49 you can't really go wrong. You receive a 10g pot and as you only need to use a little bit at a time, this goes an extremely long way.
-- Application --
The product is very easy to apply, simply tap a little into the lid swirl your brush around and tap off any excess powder. Then gently buff into your skin, only use a little bit at a time as coverage can be built up, you don't want to over do it and make it appear obvious. I tend to apply this using a kabuki brush as it's really good for heavier coverage. But any powder brush will be effective.
-- Available shades --
Porcelain - Very pale, neutral with balanced undertones
China Doll - Pale, with balanced undertones
Blondie - Light, neutral with balanced undertones
Candy Cane - Light, cool with pink undertones
Warm peach - Light, warm with peach undertones
Barely Buff - Light, neutral with balanced undertones
In the buff - Light-medium, neutral with balanced undertones
Popsicle - Light-medium, cool with pink undertones
Popcorn - Light-medium, warm with peach undertones
Cookie - Medium, neutral with balanced undertones
Cool Caramel - Medium, cool with pink undertones
Warm Honey - Medium, warm with peach undertones
Butterscotch - Medium, olive with yellow undertones
Dusky - Tan, neutral with balanced undertones
Coffee Bean - Tan, warm with peach undertones
Saffron - Tan, olive with yellow undertones
Hot Chocolate - Deep tan, warm with peach undertones
Cinnamon - Deep tan, olive with yellow undertones
-- Effect --
This foundation is gorgeous, not only is it easy to apply but it is extremely lightweight and I sometimes forget I'm even wearing any make-up. The coverage is very good and is easy to build up if you need heavier coverage like I tend to need. I do find that if I overload the brush my face tends to look a little dry and powdery, but since I've been applying a little at a time and making sure that I buff it in completely, it has been a lot more effective and very natural looking. As this is a powder, it does not cover every single blemish, but it make's them much less visible. This has really helped turn my skin around because all of the ingredients are natural. I now only get breakouts at that lovely time of the month -_-
-- Final thoughts --
This product is all round the greatest mineral foundation I have used, it's easy to apply, cheap and is fantastic for oily, acne prone skin and has the added bonus of including SPF 15 so it even protects my skin during the hot weather. The quality of the product is very high and one pot last's me about 2-3 months. Would definitely recommend!
The product I'm reviewing is the mineral foundation from Lily Lolo - a mineral makeup company. They are BUAV approved and Cruelty Free (PETA's version), this means nothing at any point has been tested on animals, making it a vegan friendly foundation. It's also won awards for being natural/mineral based. Ultimately, very few people will have any reason to not use their products. Please note though some shades of some products do use carmine and beeswax which some people may choose to avoid.
I currently use the shade Candy Cane - which is the lightest of the shades developed for cool undertones. My recent order is also for porcelain (to mix or when I need a lighter shade as Candy Cane is slighty too dark for me - but only slightly). You can mix shades if needed to get the perfect match.
"All shades - Mica (CI77019), Zinc Oxide (CI77497) May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)"
What's noteworthy for me is they don't contain any talc or similar ingredients used by some mineral makeups to increase coverage, nor do they have a layer of oils - these can clog pores and ultimately reduce the breathable effect of having a mineral makeup to begin with.
These are very easy to use - there are instructional videos on the website, but the basics are to apply in a circular motion, preferably with a kabuki brush (they sell their own or you can use others, I sometimes also use a mineral foundation brush from a set of ecotools brushes I have). A light layer is easy to apply, a more covering layer can take a little longer to buff in but is very easy to achieve - and far less messy than liquids.
You should cleanse and moisturise your skin prior to using mineral powders to reduce the risk of powdery looks and also to ensure proper coverage and lasting. Let your skin absorb the moisturiser fully, then apply your foundation. I have skipped these steps and for a light-mid covering I find no problems, but if I go too heavy without preparing my skin it can go powdery - this is a fault of skin, not the product.
How well it works:
For me - fantastically! I often wear a light layer if I need very little coverage, or am doing things where I just don't need makeup as I do find it protects my skin against sun or very cold weather. While not technically waterproof I've had it on for hours in the rain without it coming off.
I also often get complemented on my skin when wearing it - even with a heavy covering it's not obvious to the naked eye (maybe unless somebody is staring to look at an uncomfortably close distance!), yet does cover any issues perfectly as a rule. If I want a real "full faced" effect I have used this with the concealers they sell or a mineral liquid over my real problem areas.
It lasts all day for me, but if you're worried it'd be very easy to reapply on the go. My pot is the old style with a permanent sifter, but newer pots have a locking sifter so it can't leak.
Ultimately - this is well worth every penny. Not that it costs many compared to many other brands of "mineral" powders, I'd still buy it if the price did go up (though am pleased it's still so good value!). It covers well, lasts well, isn't damaging to skin and does everything I could ever want.
What could be better than that!
Update 3rd September:
I now use a mix of shades - Candy Cane (the lightest designed for cool undertones) and Porcelain (the lightest they do, very pale, for neutral undertones) - that's one of the advantages, if a shade doesn't quite match (as let's be honest, even the largest ranges cover maybe 30 shades for billions of people) so you don't have to put up with "close to". This was easy, I used my old pot and just mixed in that (downside is no lockable sifter on what I currently use but I've lived so far).
The lockable sifters just to confirm are lovely and will be useful.
Lily Lolo's Mineral foundation is a natural, skin-friendly product that doesn't need the eco hype to make it stand out. It's gained cult status and world recognise purely by being a good, honest product!
It's easy to achieve variable coverage and to blend (just remember to remove excess powder by tapping the side of your Kabuki brush on the edge of the container) and is the longest lasting foundations- mineral, powder or liquid- I've ever used (be sure to let your moisturiser absorb fully before application, then there's no need for primer). And I've woken up wearing this after a night out more than a few times, and it still looks good and not cakey after 24 hours! Oh, and because it's all natural, your skin won't hold a grudge if you forget to wash it off before bed. I have particularly sensitive skin which breaks out easily, and this is the only foundation which my skin seems to like.
One of the biggest attractions for me, and many others, is the excellent range of pale shades they offer. The lightest colour most foundations come in is the equivalent of Lily Lolo's "Blondie", a slightly warm neutral tone suitable for most fair skins. If this looks a bit dark when worn all over your face, use it only on the naturally darker areas such as your nose and cheeks, and under the jaw line to gently slim the appearance of your face.
Lighter than this are two further shades, the lightest and one of the original shades is "Porcelain". The name of the shade is self explanatory and it's a perfect match for almost anyone with extremely pale skin. I've yet to meet anyone too pale for this shade(aided by its buildable coverage and the fact it is a perfectly neutral tone easily made warm or cool with the right shade of blush), and I live in England with my fair Irish family! There is no concealer available in this shade, but applying a few layers of this with a small concealer brush over dark marks before applying the foundation to your whole face works just as well.
In winter Porcelain is perfect for me, but it's just a touch too light in summer and Blondie is still too dark. Then, a miracle happened, they introduced the newest shade "China Doll"! A slightly cool toned shade nestled between Porcelain and Blondie. This shade is exceptionally good, as it's cool tone works perfectly with the frequent flushed cheeks us porcelain beauties often experience in hot weather and sharp winds. No more dodgy summer skin tone as you attempt to cover your pink cheeks with shades best described as "pasty orange"!
All three shades are an excellent addition to the make up collection of anyone with fair skin. Blondie is perfect for subtley slimming the face. Porcelain is great for concealing and highlighting. And China Doll? There's nothing it isn't good for!
I was recommended mineral makeup by a friend who was an ardent convert. Lily Lolo was the first brand I tried.
At first I didn't get on with the product at all. I have worn high coverage liquid foundation for years and have got used to the feel on my skin, so the light powder felt like it wasn't doing the job. Also, the first few tries I simply did not apply it correctly and the results were predictably awful, as some reviewers have said here. I had given up and gone back to my usual foundation when a beautician giving me a treatment, who also had problem skin that needed good coverage, urged me to try again and gave me a few tips on proper application. She was wearing the product and it looked great on her, so I went home and tried again.
Result! I've now got the hang of it and it is my mainstay. Here are three things to watch out for when starting to use mineral foundation.
Get the right colour. This might take a bit of trial and error but you can order a few little pots and experiment. If you use a colour that is too light, you will look powdery and ghostly. If its too dark, you look muddy and orange. You're supposed to work out whether or not your are a cool or a warm skin tone, but you can also buy neutral shades that suit both. To be honest I don't really know what my skin tone is yet so I just mix and match depending on the time of year and if I have a tan etc.
Don't apply just after cleansing/moisturising/applying primer. Leave the product to sink in and the skin to settle down. I would say 10-15 mins is the minimum and I often leave it a lot more if I can, up to an hour as the product seems to work best when the natural oils in the skin have come through.
Don't use too much. Its tempting to do so and I was using far too much initially. so the skin looked overloaded and caked. Less really is more here and you can built up coverage gradually in areas where you need a bit more.
Thats about it. Otherwise follow their instructions. You can use a little bit of liquid foundation over mineral foundation - it acts as a good primer - if you need more coverage, but I find increasingly that as I get used to the product I can get the coverage I need. I have open pores too, but they can be minimised by enough buffing and by using a downward buff motion. Finishing powder helps with that too.
As someone who has difficult skin, I can also say that not using the heavier liquid foundation, which has quite a few ingredients which clog the pores, my skin condition has improved. Lily Lolo mineral foundation is much lighter.
I am very glad that I started using mineral makeup and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use a more natural and lighter alternative to foundation but still needs good coverage, as long as you are prepared to spend time getting used to using it.
If you have read any of my reviews in the make- up category you may recall that I have been gradually changing over to using natural products. This has been easy in certain areas but more difficult in others, and I can certainly admit to purchasing some products which have not performed as well as their mainstream competitors, especially in the foundation and mascara categories.
Lily Lolo is a UK based company that I have recently discovered. I read some excellent reviews about their products, especially in relation to their mineral foundation range. I have been using Elysambre foundations for some months now- a French make, which are cream based and have been pleased with the results. These are medium priced and perform very well, and I will certainly purchase again as they are attractively packaged and ethically produced. However, it was the mineral range of foundations made by Lilo Lolo which really interested me, and so I decided to purchase some a few months ago from their superb website at www.lilylolo.co.uk.
What I love about this website is the ability to watch product tutorials. There are many to choose from, and these are so useful as they offer help and guidance on the basic use of their products. There are also more comprehensive instructions as to how to create looks for many different occasions, be these celebratory or everyday when maybe you are looking for a natural and understated look.
As well as the detailed advice given in these video presentations, the company offers trial samples of their foundation in handy little pots. These make perfect containers for travelling, as well as for making choosing the correct shade so much easier. These retail for just £1.29, and contain enough for several applications so you can really be sure you have chosen the correct shade before deciding to purchase the larger pot which is £12.49.
I really like the way the shades are presented on the website. You can choose to look at all the shades at once, or you can choose by colour- for example fair, light, light-medium, or tan. All together there are nine shades- Porcelain, Blondie, Sugar Cane, Warm peach, Barely Buff, In The buff, Popcorn, Cookie and China Doll. As with all foundations the trick is to apply to the chin level, and if it disappears into the skin then it is the correct shade. For me that was Blondie, but I also tried Sugar Cane which was almost right, and certainly looked natural, so I think with these mineral foundations you can get away with a slightly lighter or darker shade without looking unnatural. However with the cheap little sample pots you don't need to be too worried about finding the perfect shade, as it will not break the bank in the process.
Delivery is very quick with Lily Lolo- my order came within 48 hours and you can also order through Amazon. I also really value the fact that they allow customers to review their products on the website, as this becomes a valuable resource for customers wishing to purchase items, as they can gain knowledge based on real life experience of others using the product. You can really learn a lot from these reviews as both negative and positive points are covered which presents an overall balanced view.
To apply the foundation the ideal method is to purchase a special brush called a Kabuki Brush, which they sell on the website. I have my own brushes and so far haven't bought this, and I have found my foundation brush works really well. To use you simply pour a little powder onto the lid of the jar, and then let the brush swirl round a few times before tapping off any excess. Then you simply apply to the face in quite firm circular motions. I found this so easy and was really pleased with the coverage I obtained. I am over fifty now, and thought that I could have trouble using this product, but it gives a natural coverage which looks even, and the light reflecting attributes mean that there is no - " you look wrinkly" result. You don't want to be too heavy handed as you can always build up colour if you find areas which need extra powder.
I think if you have pale skin the Blondie shade is a good place to start - indeed it is their best seller. The product is free from many harsh chemicals including parabens and talc, synthetic dyes, fillers, fragrance and preservatives. It is also water resistant and the titanium it contains acts as a natural sunscreen. It is never tested on animals and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Before I switched to Lily Lolo foundation and indeed Elysambre, I was using L'Oreal Morphose which is a mousse foundation. This is a beautiful product and the look is equal to that provided by the other two natural products, but because it is not a natural foundation, and because I am not confident about L'Oreal's animal testing operations, I no longer feel I can purchase it. Now I have viable alternatives for similar prices it doesn't seem a problem to me anymore. Before I found the natural alternatives I had tried some which just were not as good as the L'Oreal, and I didn't want to look less then my best if I could help it, so I continued to purchase, but was always searching for alternatives. I certainly found one in this Lily Lolo product.
What I really like about this product is that it can be taken on holiday so easily, and for weekends away you can take it in your hand luggage on aircraft. I even buy the tester pots to use for travelling as there is ample in them for a three night stay away and they weigh so little.
Although this product goes on as a powder it settles on the skin to give a moist creamy appearance. This is exactly what I had hoped for as I don't like powdered looks which highlight lines and flaws. I think this is what had put me off purchasing for so long as I was worried about the look I could achieve with this. I like a fresh dewy complexion and this settles into the skin picking up the moisture underneath, and the result is a really soft and young looking skin.
One small point which is common to all the mineral foundations and that it you should allow your moisturiser to dry before you start to apply the foundation- ideally for about 10 minutes. This gives the best result. You can use powder and concealer if you wish as well. I don't use powder but do use the concealer in the areas under my eyes and either side of my nose which need a little extra help.
I think in conclusion this is a superb foundation for a very reasonable price, and with the ethical nature of production and the freedom from harsh chemicals, this is perfect for me and I highly recommend it.
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278
I have both problem skin and pale skin so finding a foundation which would suit me has always been difficult. I used to use L'oreal infallible true match foundation as this was the lightest foundation for my pale skin but I found it too oily and not very good for my spotty skin so I went looking for an alternative. I'd heard a lot about mineral foundation being good for your skin so I searched for all the companies that produced it. The cheapest I could find was Lily Lolo. I didn't have much hope for it being any good, as in my eyes foundation should be a liquid as that's the only way it could cover any spots or blend in with the skin. Boy was I wrong, this is infact pretty amazing.
I started off ordering the little sample pots at £1.25 each on Lily Lolo's website, this was to make sure I got the right colour for my skin as I didn't fancy spending £12 on a big pot and it being the wrong colour. I found out from these the best shade for me was Porcelain (the lightest one there is) This matched my skin Perfectly! So perfectly infact that I couldn't believe I hadn't found it earlier as compared to this foundation, L'oreal's looked really orange on my skin.
At first I applied it with just an ordinary powder brush, but this wasn't letting it blend in that well so I ordered the kabuki brush off Lily Lolo that they recommended for applying the foundation. This made a world of difference so if you do fancy trying this foundation, buy the brush as well!
I initially thought that as it was powder, it wouldn't blend in to my skin that well and just sit on top looking cakey, but it really didn't. It blended in perfectly and covered all my imperfections. It didn't look as though I had any make-up on at all.
* Blends Perfectly*
Using the kabuki brush and applying it as Lily Lolo's website suggests (swirling the brush in the foundation then applying to the face in swirling motions) will make sure that your face is perfectly covered and the foundation is blended in so it isn't noticeable. No more orange foundation lines on your jaw!
*Good for your skin*
As it is mineral foundation it is actually good for your skin as it doesn't clog your pores as many liquid foundations do. This is really good, if like me, you have problematic skin. I've tried this for a couple of months now and I can really notice a real difference in my skin. It is a lot fresher and clearer and I have hardly any spots any more.
*Cheap to try out*
As I've mentioned, Lily Lolo lets you to buy sample pots so you can try each of the colours out. These are only £1.25 each and can save you a lot of money when trying to pick the perfect shade.
*Available in a whole range of colours*
There are 17 different colours to choose from in total, which makes for a greater possibility of a match for your skin. The best thing for me was that they had shades which were for the very lightest of skin (like mine) as this is very rare on the high street to find.
The only thing I can think of for a bad point is price. It is £12 for a 10g tub which in my opinion does not last very long at all, so it can end up being very pricey. However, when comparing to other mineral foundation companies, it is the cheapest. Also I am willing to pay more to keep my face looking perfectly covered and unclogged rather than orange and full of spots so it's not so bad after all.
All in all, this is the best foundation I have ever used and I very much doubt there is better.
Finding the 'perfect' foundation seems to be an uphill struggle for me. It does not matter if I pay £10 or £100 for a tub/bottle of liquid colour, it either makes my skin react or it looks dry/patchy/flaky/generally disgusting (omit as neccessary) Normally I would state that all these foundations could not be 'wrong' and they were simply being applied incorrectly but as a beautician (I would hope) that I know how to apply make up. That simply means that I have horridly complicated skin.
A while ago a family member advised that I try a mineral make up. From further research I noted that mineral make up equaled a powder. Well they was no way that I expected a powder to be able to give me flawless skin. So I put this idea on the back burner.
Anyway, a few months later I had some Amazon vouchers and decided that I would buy some of this miracle Lily Lolo foundation.
Firstly, who is Lily Lolo?
Lily Lolo is an online make up shop. The owner decided that all the mineral foundations that were on the market were not affordable to a 'normal' person. So they made a mineral foundation which was 'chemical nasty' free and perfectly affordable. All of the Lily Lolo range is free from; parabens, petrochemicals, bismuth, nanaparticles and synthetic dyes and fragrances.
The foundation itself comes in a small round sifter jar. You get approximately 10g worth of product. Although this does not sound much it actually goes a long, long way. There are many different shades to choose from and it may be helpful to know that there are inexpensive samples available. This is useful as it should stop you from making a pricey mistake. The sample sizes cost £1.25 and full sizes are £12.00.
When I ordered my foundation I actually ordered a starter kit which included a kabuki brush. The first time that I applied the foundation it was a disaster but after watching a few tutorials of you tube I seemed to perfect the technique. It should also be noted, that to acheive the perfect base you will need to use a moisturiser and then leave it at least 10 minutes before applying the foundation.
The foundation goes on lightly and can be built up to acheive maximum coverage. This foundation is meant to be appropriate for the most sensitive of skins however on my combination/sensitive skin I feel that it starts to feel tight and tingly. I cannot say that it gave me spots however it was not a pleasant sensation at all.
So although my search for the 'perfect' foundation continues I can say that Lily Lolo as a company has the right idea. An affordable make up which includes none of the usual bulking ingredients (talc) and contains no nasty chemicals. The customer service at the company also appears to be good.
So, although the foundation did not work for me I did think that the coverage was excellent and their is a large selection of colours. So if you are considering this foundation it is definetely worth purchasing the samples. If you do not try it you will never know!
I bought Lily Lolo mineral foundation after reading a review of it online and because the company I had been buying from previously is American (Rejuva Minerals, whom I have also reviewed), which means delivery can take a while and is obviously more expensive. I wanted a product that was as pure and natural as possible, and the ingredients lists for Lily Lolo's products are quite short and don't make me shudder with the thought of possible health risks!
I ordered a few samples as it's never easy to tell from a computer screen what different shades will look like on your face. These are priced at £1.25 for 0.75g, which doesn't sound a lot, but it's enough to get a good few uses from. The other benefit is that these come in little jars, which is significantly better than the little plastic bags that the blusher samples come in! The first shade was "Popcorn", but as I have quite pale skin, this was just a little too dark for me. I could have got away with it, but I was sure I could find something to suit my skin tone better. Incidentally, I have found that with mineral foundation, it is possible to get away with a much greater range of shades than with liquid foundation.
The second shade I tried was "Blondie" and was the one I had the highest hopes for since I have quite pale skin. This was far better than the previous sample and seemed to almost match my skin tone exactly. However, it seems to be more important to apply this foundation properly than with my previous brand. It definitely looks better and more natural if you gradually build it up - as you should do with mineral foundation, of course - but with my old brand, I found that if I was in a hurry, I could put more on at the time and speed up the whole process and it would still look acceptable.
Having found a suitable shade, I decided it was only right to try the third one I had bought anyway - "Warm Peach". And lo and behold, it was even better than "Blondie". Though slightly darker, the warm undertones gave a much more appealing look as I often find that I look a bit washed-out if I use a shade that is an exact match. All in all, a satisfactory result.
The only criticism I really have about this product is that (by comparison to my previous mica-free foundation), it can sit in the pores a little if you put too much on. It doesn't "cake", but all products containing mica seem to do the same in my experience. Still, it's a good foundation and beats any liquid alternative I have tried by a long way. The really great thing is that you can add more and touch it up throughout the day, or even at the end of the day which is when most liquid foundations would be starting to look a bit worn. Anyone who has ever tried to apply more liquid foundation later in the day, having previously set it with compact powder, will know what a horrid mess you end up with. This simply doesn't happen with mineral foundation as you are not mixing powder with liquid. As a result, you can almost make your make-up look as though you have done it again from scratch - almost. That said, I usually find that I don't need to reapply this foundation as it tends to last all day.
The Lily Lolo range has some nice, natural looking and understated packaging that reflects the brand image well. The price of a full-sized (10g) foundation is £12, which doesn't compare too badly with other brands, although I think it does work out more expensive than liquid as it doesn't seem to last quite as long. On the other hand, I know which I would rather put on my face.
If you are thinking of ordering samples of this foundation, my best advice would be to find the shade you think will be perfect for your skin tone and order that and the shade either side. This worked out pretty well for me and I will still be able to use up all the samples I ordered. It is worth noting that although the samples do come in miniature jars, these are not sifter jars, so there is no plastic cover inside to prevent you from tipping out too much at once. This isn't really a problem as you're only talking about 0.75g of powder, but just be careful not to throw it across the floor!
The best way to apply this foundation is with a Kabuki brush, which can also be purchased from Lily Lolo online. The easiest way is to tip some foundation into the lid and swirl the brush around in it. You can then tap off the excess and apply it to your face in circular motions. One other point to note is that the lids of the sample jars are not really big enough to use to apply the foundation to the brush. It can be done, but it's not ideal. Fortunately, I had a larger lid from another product that I could use. I definitely wouldn't recommend using the same brush for mineral and non-mineral products either; the brushes designed for use with mineral powders really do work better than ordinary brushes and to start mixing and matching would just ruin everything!
Although there is the option for next-day delivery, standard delivery costs £1.99 and is very quick in my experience - usually two days.
Until a little over a year ago I used mainly liquid foundation, in particular Max Factor and later L'Oreal. I was reluctant to change as it appeared that my skin did not react adversely to either range of products.
I had heard about mineral make up and seen the overnight advertorials advertising 'Sheer Cover Mineral Make Up', QVC had regular hours selling Bare Minerals.
Starting a new make up regime does not come cheap. I finished all the liquid foundation I had and searched the internet for alternatives to the rather expensive options of Bare Minerals or Sheer Cover. I came across Lily Lolo in a couple of online reviews as well as newspaper and magazine articles.
I decided to visit the website to get a first idea of what is available. Lily Lolo http://www.lilylolo.co.uk/ is a UK based company dealing with only mineral cosmetics from foundations to body and eye make-up.
The website is easy to navigate and shows the extensive range of different products. I was primarily interested in a foundation that would compliment my skin tone.
Clicking on the Foundation tab takes you to the options you have when it comes to different skin tones.
The tones are divided into four categories, Neutral, Cool, Warm and Olive. Each category has a number of shades to chose. Most options can be found in the Neutral and Warm categories. It is not always easy to pick the tone that is closest to your skin so you have to go by the picture and also the description.
If you're in doubt, and before spending good money on a full size 10g sifter jar (at £12.00 plus p&p) you have the option of picking a sample jar with only 0.75g of product at £1.25. This sounds incredibly little and when the little pot arrives, you feel it will not last you even a day, but you are mistaken. A little goes a very, very long way and I had enough foundation in each little pot to last me a week.
My first order was for three sample jars of different tones so I could pick the one that was best suited for my skin tone. I also ordered a Super Kabuki brush mainly because I felt that I needed a new brush with synthetic bristles as my skin can be a little sensitive to animal hair.
I opened an account, paid with my debit card and was told that my order would be with me soon. The who process was very easy and even allows you to have deliveries shipped to addresses other than your own. I had most of my online shopping delivered to my work address at the time (not now as I'm not there full time any longer) and there wasn't a problem with Lily Lolo delivering to addresses other then the registered card address.
My order arrived first class post a day later, very prompt and impressive in a jiffy bag. Together with the brush and the three sample pots, I also received some tips on how to apply the foundation and other promotional literature.
It is actually quite simple to apply mineral make up - once you get the hang of it. If you never used mineral make up before, it will look and feel strange but it will only take a couple of days to get used it. Just don't try it out before going out to work or an important date if you're not sure how it works or will look. There is a leaflet with the delivery telling you how to apply the foundation correctly.
If you are using a Kabuki brush that is specially designed for use with mineral foundations you can expect a more full coverage. Any new brush needs some product to be applied before it is fully loaded and will distribute the product evenly on the skin. It may take a couple of tries before you achieve the correct level of coverage.
To apply the foundation, open the jar, tip some of the powder into either the lid of the jar or if you have an old empty jar or saucer, that will do nicely, too. Once the jar is open, you will notice that there is no way to close the little holes so be careful when you tip the jar upside down as powder is likely to come out and stay in the top half of the jar. If it gets too much, remove the sifter part and drop everything back to the bottom.
Swirl your brush in the powder, do not be shy, you can push quite hard. I always find it laughable when you see demonstrations where they barely touch the powder. To get some poweder into the brush you have to swirl the bristles through some powder quite hard. Excess powder should be removed by tapping the bristles over the edge of the jar. Alternative you can tap the bottom of the kabuki brush on a hard surface to settle the powder.
If found that it took a few applications before the brush was fully loaded and since then I have needed very little product to achieve the desired coverage on my skin. If you have problem areas, just dip a little brush or your finger in the powder and cover the areas that need special attention. The foundation can be used for both foundation and cover-up concealer.
Use swirling motions to apply to your face and once there is sufficient powder in the brush you will see instant coverage. I start at the top of my face and just for fun do one side first, look at the difference and then finish the other. The foundations blends perfectly and will not leave any demarcation lines on our face or neck. If you feel coverage should be more, just apply another layer until you are happy.
It is also very easy to blend two or more colours if you can't find the correct skin tone straight away. I found that it is almost impossible to find a tone that is perfect for your skin and it is therefore best to blend two or more colours to achieve the perfect blend. When I use Lily Lolo I usually blend at least two colours "Warm Honey" and one lighter shade, or even use Bare Minerals or Sheer Cover to get what I want.
As I use more than one mineral cosmetic company I can find the perfect blend for me. But even if you use only Lily Lolo, the fact that you can buy test jars makes it easy to find the perfect blend.
Whatever you do, do not try and use a darker tone than you natural skin tone as it will look very fake and painted on and show up immediately. It is best to stick with as close to your natural skin tone as possible and it will look as if you are not wearing any foundation at all, however you skin looks flawless.
Of course, it is important to find out how long the make up will stay on your skin and if you need to re-apply.
I found that Lily Lolo will last for most of the working day if you don't touch or rub your face and take the powder off.
I sometimes think that the powder can leave a chalky residue on the skin but this only happens to me when I forget to moisturise properly before applying the foundation.
Since using mineral make-up my skin tone has evened out, I do not suffer outbreaks of spots at any time and I can see the difference the moment the brush touches my skin.
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Lily Lolo was founded in 2005 to fill a gap in the UK market for quality mineral makeup at affordable prices. Their raison d'etre is to provide mineral makeup containing as few components as possible, and no unnecessary chemicals such as synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, dyes or mineral oil - and which is therefore suitable for even sensitive skin.
~Lily Lolo and me~
I'd vaguely heard of mineral makeup from a relative in the US but didn't know much about it until reading about Lily Lolo on the beauty forum of handbag.com where there were several raves about these mineral foundations. In my permanent quest for perfect skin - or at least, the ideal foundation, which is as close as I'll get! - I decided to try Lily Lolo out, ordering several samples in different foundation shades in order to match my skin tone. Because I was pretty clueless about mineral makeup, I emailed their customer service several times with questions and found them to be very helpful and friendly. My samples arrived quickly, together with instructions on how to apply the foundation, and a small kabuki brush which I'd also ordered since they advise that this is the best tool for applying minerals.
So after a long time in front of the mirror and having plagued family members for their opinion on which colour matched best I finally decided I needed Candy Cane. The sample pots contain 0.75g of foundation, which doesn't sound much but it's certainly enough for a few uses, depending on how heavily you apply it. To start with my technique for applying left quite a bit to be desired, but with practice I got better - and also realised the kabuki brush from LL was a bit scratchy, so I bought a higher quality one from another shop, and this greatly helped with applying it.
~What's it like?~
The samples come in 5ml jars and the full size is 40ml (10g of product). The jar is transparent but kind of pearlised, with a white lid, decorated with a leafy-type design and the brand name in a curly, sophisticated font. The jar is sturdy and made of thick plastic which doesn't seem any the worse for my dropping it on the floor several times, which is a plus. When you unscrew the lid, there is a sifter cap over the powder, so you can shake out some without the whole lot going everywhere. This works pretty well, and I find if you put the lid on then shake the jar upside-down, then take the lid off, there is enough on the sifter surface to use for one application.
If you've never used mineral foundation before, you'll find it just looks like any other kind of face powder - like the texture of finishing powder.
~So what's so good about this foundation?~
I've been through loads of liquid/cream foundations and never been totally convinced that they gave me the coverage I wanted at the same time as looking natural - this is where Lily Lolo's mineral foundation comes into its own. You can control the coverage easily, applying as much or as little as you like, and blending it by buffing the brush gently over your skin in circular movements. I've found that it's the most natural-looking foundation I've tried, and it also makes my skin look as good as it ever has (in living memory, that is). It seems to cover minor imperfections well, and evens out my skin tone but doesn't look like a heavy layer of foundation just sitting on my face. I've even received compliments on my skin when wearing this, which is always nice!
Something I was worried about when I first bought samples of this - despite LL's reassurance - was that it might block my clog-prone pores and cause spots, as this happens to me if I use liquid foundations on a daily basis. But this one doesn't and it doesn't irritate my skin either, despite being fairly sensitive.
~Is it perfect then?~
It's as near perfect as I've ever found a foundation to be! But that's not to say 100%... It is more difficult to remove than traditional foundation - when I wore liquid foundation I just washed my face with cleanser and that was it, but to remove Lily Lolo foundation I need to use a face wipe first to ensure it's all cleansed off, and then use face wash. It is also pretty messy to apply - no matter how careful I am it always seems to end up all over my arms and front, so it's better to apply leaning over a sink if possible, and either before getting dressed or covering yourself with a towel or something. If you try and brush it off clothes that makes it even worse - it does wash out in the washing machine though, but brushing it off when you're in a rush to get out the door doesn't help! But that's a small price to pay though, in my view!
~Who sells it and for how much?~
It is available at www.lilylolo.co.uk and is also stocked at certain beauty salons - shown here: www.lilylolo.co.uk/pages.php?pageid=2
A 10g jar is priced at £12.49 (£1.29 for a sample jar), which in my view is excellent value. I estimate that one jar lasts me almost a year, using it about 4 days a week. If you buy from the site they do charge postage and packing, but depending on the weight (if you buy more items!), and if you are in the UK, it'll be £1.99, which isn't that bad. [Prices correct as of 28/2/13].
This product really deserves 5 stars from me as the drawbacks are really minor and easily overcome. I highly recommend this foundation and the brand in general, particularly if your skin is sensitive and prone to clogged-pores with other foundations. I am now on my second 10g jar!
I hope this has been helpful and thanks for reading!
I tried Lily Lolo in an attempt to find a foundation pale enough for my milk bottle skin. It comes in so many different shades and although as it is online its difficult to quite see what colours are right for you, you can order tester pots for 99p to decide which is best. I ordered a couple of testers immediately and they arrived quickly.
Its easy to apply, just sweep it over your face with a big brush. I found it immediately easy to tell which colour looked best on me as the descriptions on the site are clear and concise with a range of warm, neutral and cool foundations in a wide variety of different colours.
I ordered the full size pot of my chosen foundation and have been using it ever since. I like that I can add more or less in problem areas, and that it feels light and does not clog my pores. I have also noticed I've got a lot less spots since using it instead of normal liquid foundation. My face is lovely and smooth after application and I get much less dry patches on my face even in cold weather. It doesn't slide off my face when I get hot and sweaty either and stays put all day.
Now to the downside. Its really messy to use, I get powder everywhere! Also I find that if I apply too much I look quite matt and drab (but this is easily fixed with a bit of blusher).
Since using it I have been asked by people what my foundation is, and also had the pleasure of being told "wow your foundation actually matches your face for once" as its literally the first time I've ever found one pale enough. For this reason alone I'm not giving it up.
Didn't like the overly matt finish, worse it made my skin itch, worst Lily Lolo have very poor Customer Service as any form of refund, even partial or credit note, was bluntly refused. Cannot recommend product or company, both being inferior to Bare Escentuals.
Lily Lolo has been around since 2005 when founder Vikki Khan discovered mineral makeup and couldn't believe that there was no gorgeous affordable range available in the UK. Since then mineral cosmetics have become much more popular with most cosmetics companies offering some mineral products but we're committed to keeping all our minerals healthy and strictly au naturel. All of our products contain the minimum of ingredients (natural ones at that) but still promise truly great products that really perform. We've built up a cult following as a mineral specialist and thanks to our loyal customer base we're now expanding and developing new products. Our promise to you is no nasties, no parabens, no synthetic dyes and definitely no nano-particles and of course - fabulous healthy products!
previous paragraph was copied from the lily lolo website.
My sister told me about lily lolo when i asked her what foundation she was wearing because she looked radiant, so i decided to order some. You can only order online but they give you tips on wich shade to order and mine was perfect. The mineral powder foundation comes in a tub with holes in the top so you can shake it and get the amount you need. You dip your brush in the powder, tap off the excess and just brush it across your face. The powder gives a healthy glow and has an spf of 15 and also has anti ageing propertys.
Lily lolo also do eyeshadows, you can use them as a powder to give subtle colour, or you can mix them with water to give a more dramatic effect. I have used these and found that they are the best eyeshadows around.
You can also get blusher, and because you don't know wich colour suits you they provide small testers for 49p, these will last for a couple of applications so you can decide if its the shade you like.
The website is easy to use and the products arrive in good time and you can create your own account online.
Lily Lolo appears to be a small, no-nonsense brand, which means low prices, but no high science behind the products. For instance, I'm curious to know what the exact SPF of the foundation is, but was advised by Lily Lolo Customer Services that this is something they haven't been able to test yet.
The product currently comes in a fairly large round plastic container, with a white lid (so not as in the image above). The product itself is a soft matte powder, which has quite a lot of pigment in it.
It will not give you a 'glow' if that's what you're after, but leaves your skin with a matte finish. I wouldn't recommend it for dry skin. The shade selection is good, and it's easy to find out the best colour combo for you by ordering a few of the 99p sample pots and mixing them together to get the correct shade.
You can choose how much of the product you want to apply onto your skin, and can achieve a very light, powdery coverage if needed. Don't go too heavy with the coverage, or it might end up looking a bit chalky.
Perhaps due to the absence of bismuth, this product is great for my skin, and doesn't break me out like Bare Escentuals does. The quality of the coverage isn't as great as with liquid foundations, but I don't really see it as being comparable to those. This foundation is very pure in ingredients and great for problem skin, and can't really be expected to leave a perfect glowy finish. That's what you get when you add bismuth and a selection of petrochemical pollutants.
This is great value for money for the pure ingredients, and the ok quality of finish. And the pot lasts me a good 5 months.
Achieve a natural glow of beautiful healthy skin by using this gentle loose mineral foundation /