Product Type: Maybelline makeup
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Maybelline didn't provide me with the flawless look that I adore
Maybelline Pure Mineral Foundation
Member Name: alyson29
Maybelline Pure Mineral Foundation
Advantages: Contains no oil, perfume or talc
Disadvantages: Staying power is poor and doesn't offer a flawless finish
For as long as I can possibly remember I had been using a Boots No 7 mousse foundation as I adored the flawless appearance that it gave my skin. However, the product was discontinued during last year and I needed to find a replacement. My sister handed me a product belonging to Maybelline named Pure Foundation Mineral and this review discusses my experience with using it.
~~ Appearance of the product ~~
I have to admit that I cannot recall having previously used anything from the Maybelline range as I've always tended to remain loyal to Boots No 7 in respect of my make up as almost all of their products are well suited to my particular needs. The 8g plastic tub is presented in a transparent plastic box and is accompanied by a kabuki brush. Using the products was a real challenge for me, particularly as I have always used either a cream or mousse foundation followed by a translucent face powder, which I would apply with a circular pad.
~~ Using the product ~~
Whilst I had previously heard of mineral facial products I wasn't really sure of their purpose and the information on the rear of the packaging advises that minerals are selected for their purity and quality. I further learned that they have been "gently processed to improve their affinity with the skin", which sounds rather impressive.
The brush is rather adorable and reminds me of a miniature shaving brush with its wonderfully soft and smooth bristles measuring approximately 2½ cm in length. The handle offers a good length of plastic, which enables me to easily hold the brush whilst I am applying the product to my skin. The lid is easily unscrewed to reveal an opaque coloured holder that is firmly clipped within the tub. It displays a number of small holes and the concept is to gently turn the tub upside down to dispense the powder through the holes and into the holder in readiness for application.
A problem I experience is that unless the tub is firmly stored on its base the powder will continue to disperse through the holes. This can cause difficulties when it comes to application as instead of the brush gathering a small dusting of the minerals it ends up being covered, which subsequently lands on my clothes. The powder is easily applied and the soft brush enables me to reach into any awkward areas such as the corners of my nose. It provides a fairly good finish, but unfortunately, is not as effective as my mousse foundation. Whilst I prefer a natural flawless appearance the powder does not provide sufficient coverage for my liking.
My skin can be described as T-zone and due to the patches of excess oils some brands of foundation refuse to stay in place for the entire day and I found that this to be the case with this product, so it is necessary to reapply a few hours later. As I cannot abide waste I will continue to use the remainder of the tub, but will not repurchase and I can award only 2 stars. Some women may find this powder extremely effective, but it's obviously down to personal choice and the look you are trying to create, but unfortunately, it's not for me.
~~ Ingredients and other information ~~
The powder does not block the pores and is easily removed with normal make-up removers. The product contains no preservatives, oil or perfume and is talc free, so should suit most women's needs. The power is available in a range of shades to suit all skin types and is gentle on the skin.
~~ Price and Availability ~~
Maybelline Pure Foundation Mineral Loose Powder is available in stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Amazon and cost in the region of £5.99.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A rather disappointing product from Maybelline