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Perfect foundation - and it's mineral too!
Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics: Foundation
Member Name: littlem91
Lily Lolo Mineral Cosmetics: Foundation
Date: 26/08/12, updated on 03/09/12 (14 review reads)
Advantages: Covers well, well priced, easy to use, lots of shade options
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.
Summary: Best foundation on the market.