Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Finishing Powder

3.8

270 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 6%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pomegranate Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have the amazing base in warm silk, which is slightly darker than I would like. ( I'm nc20). It is yellow undertone. Without a good primer to smooth over my dry skin, this foundation accentuates dryness and texture, which obviously looks ugly. Coverage is light. (I have not tried to see if this builds up for more coverage because what little product I used already did not look good so didn't want to pile more on). It might cover a little bit but it doesn't really make the skin look nice. It's a bland finish. Nothing special. If I look in mirror closely it seems to fill in the pores but when I step back, you can still see the pores. Matte. Even though I don't like the pure pressed without a primer, the pure pressed foundation is better than the amazing base, in my opinion.



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I am very confused about this product. I get no coverage whatsoever out of it. I can't see it on my skin, but not in the good way where makeup literally looks like skin, in the way where my skin isn't evened out or covered in the least. And I am loading the brush quite a bit and applying, repeatedly! I'm very curious as to how you all do it. I have tried the Handi brush and a variety of synthetic dome/kabuki/flat brushes. None works. I've been a huge fan of Everyday Minerals for a while but wanted to switch things up and maybe try something fancier, but I really don't get this product. For me so far the Pressed Powder performs much better.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is my HG foundation! So much better than anything else i EVER used. Several other mineral foundations i tried needed buffing in which is too harsh a treatment for my extremely sensitive skin (tho I haven't tried the Tarte one). Several mineralized powders either irritated the skin (EsteeLauder sumptuous) or oxydized (Vichy, tho otherwize it was very good, shame it was discontinued). Between the two JI powders (AMazingBase and PurePressed), I in any case prefer the loose Amazing Base, for reasons:
- AB gives very buildable sheer to rather full coverage - and looks good all in the skin-but-better way for solid 6-8 hours even without blotting. The PurePressed looks good only when worn sheer to light coverage but gets makeup-y visible when built up to medium and unacceptably so in medium-plus; full coverage is out of the question; gets oily muuch sooner than the AB, so wears without blotting 4-6 hours tops
- AB can be used as a concealer, just as they promise (use damp brush, i find synthetic Sigma E55-like work best), PP can't. However, for setting a creme/liquid concealer the PP works better (my guess it's due to it's being more sheer and kinda more finely milled)
- the PP packaging is surely more portable and less messy, no argument here, however the powder is quite soft, so I hit pan in the middle (hate the look:(- soo inelegant) with my kabuki brush after only about a month of daily use, and it took me another 3 months to finish it off, totaling in a little less than 4 months of use. Whereas the AB lasts me for 5-6 months - definitely longer than the PP, and never looks half-used up :P. And I manage the messy loose powder packaging with a transparent plastic protective insert (like those they give with many other powder products, incl. the PP, but not the AB!) and a simple sponge about the size of the AB case - makes it totally portable!
So, if choosing between Amazing Base and PurePressed (ie not buying both): the PP is for very good skin which never needs even medium coverage, just a little tone and texture perfecting (guess then it'l last longer than 4 months, too), and with a nice portable case. The AB is a very universal product.
Both give a nice healthy skin glow. But you could overbuff the PP and get shiny face, esp if you try to build it up - never the case with the AB. Neither irritates in the least bit or breaks out; however, the AB seems to be more soothing, perhaps because of a little more zinc oxide in it. Neither needs buffing in (you know, the circular motions), so no irritation from application. Very good ingredients! Don't ever oxidize and go orange, altho there is naturally some very littly shade darkening when it blends with the skin natural oils (or your moisturiser). Blends in very very well, no ashy powdery look. As with any mineral foundation, it needs no special cleanser to completely take it off - a Bioderma sensibio water does the job perfectly when i redo my make up before going out after work. And the skin never looks tired (as in makeup overload) when i take it off after a long day.
I use MUFE kabuki and liquid (!) products straight kabuki (#110), and the Sigma E55 for concealer (dry, or damp for extra coverage - tho beware of overdoing it as when it'll dry out, it might set like a very evident powder pool). Don't like that JI sells natural hair brushes.
The shade selection is alright (the PP runs lighter that the AB in the same shade) - i use Bisque, in AB it's a bit darker than my face skin tone, still good. However, there is a very limited choice for the fair skinned (i.m about nc10) - basically, you only have Bisque and Ivory that you could mix to customize the shade, but that is only possible with the loose AB. There's also Light Beige marketed as cool fair-light, but it runs SO pink when on the whole face - when I swatched it, it actually looked quite exactly like my cheek, so I first got that one instead of Bisque. So, when I applied it all over, it boosted my neutral/cool complexion up to the point of a pink piglet. So, when in their JI Shade Selector they say to steer away from their cool range if you are prone to redness of any origin - they do speak the truth. (Had to give the Light Beige to my friend, who wanted to lighten and neutralize her yellow light-medium complexion, never heard from her about any sort of success with that :))).
I also own a La Prairie cellular pressed foundation, which is very demanding to the condition of the skin, or it will accentuate dry flakes, and quite tricky to use if you need to conceal little smth as you can't really layer it, incl. on top of a concealer, or it will stand out from the rest of the face never blending in. And can look powdery if you go heavy handed. But it is very-very densely pressed, and I barely scratched the surface and I used it like 20 times - by that time the PP would be already approaching pan!
I have been using the Amazing Base for about two years, went thru like 4 of them, and definitely repurchasing in the future.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Green

Good power but not HG. Good coverage but not as pigmented as Bare Minerals although you can use it to conceal areas with a smaller power brush. Doesn't seem to break me out(so much better than Bare Minerals in that regard).

Yet, it is very expensive and it's hard to find the right colour. I'm using ivory(i'm quite pale) and find it too white/light. Yet, light beige is far too pink and dark for me. To remedy this i've mixed light beige and ivory together in a container-yet this is a bit of a pain.


The packaging isn't that great either as it's hard to control how much powder comes out at a time.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

It does make me laugh in a tad malicious tone when I see ladies that do not know their skin type or color or this or that actually taking the time to diss a product. I do not think they know what they are doing.
I am 41 and have normal skin and ruddy cheeks, red spots under eyes, and flaky sensitive side nose flare ups. I use this on top of a foundation or the glow time bb.(I reviewed) I think this is an nice powder. I had tried pur minerals, which seemed to be a bit off this year. I also think that over time, it seemed to make my skin look worse. (congested sluggish and orange peely between the lips and cheek/jaw) I have also tried La bella donna, which is too sheeny looking, but nice just under eyes etc. This powder is superior to both. It provides full coverage on top of a bb or foundation, and gives the proper sheen and the proper satin along the contours. I have gotten too heavy by mistake, but usually I do tap my brush, and it looks really nice and finished. I have not had any problems with my skin and this item. I will be getting more. I am using light beige or ivory. Lighter for darker lip looks etc.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Love this product. It does have cons but its worth it for me. So this product is going to oxidize on you. It goes on light and depending on how oily you are, it may get darker. I'm okay with this since this makeup never breakouts me out and I tested it out to find the perfect shade. It last forever and I use it only in the places I need it. I don't buff onto my entire face.

Pros:
Great for Acnegenic/Sensitive/Oily Skin
Better Ingredients vs. Other Mineral Powders
Doesn't Transfer to Clothing As Much as Other Foundations/Powders
Great Shade Selection

Cons:
A Little Expensive
The dispenser packaging should include a twist and tap top similar to Bare Minerals
Probably not that great for dry skin

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

My favourite foundation. This stuff provides sheer but buildable coverage and a luminous finish when buffed in (I use a big, natural-fibre powder brush). So easy to apply and even after a hurried application, it's virtually impossible to mess up or end up with streaks or unblended areas. I have normal-dry skin and was so surprised the first time I used this that it didn't give look powdery AT ALL (even outside in full sunlight). It sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top and it doesn't settle or melt into lines (great for mature skin too for this reason). Gives a beautiful, polished, no makeup look. I use "Golden Glow" and am an NC35 in MAC. Note that the pressed version of this is very different though as the mineral particles aren't milled as finely and therefore looks powdery on the skin. Other foundations that I've used & liked, but still preferred this have been: MAC Face & Body, Lancome Teint Miracle & Chanel Vitalumiere.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Awful product. Overpriced for what you are getting. I've used my MAC product for 20 yrs and will stick to it as it's amazing. This product was given as a gift and now in the bin. Coverage isn't great and lasts only 2-3 hours. My MAC lasts all day. Don't waste your money!!!!!!


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I can't believe a Jane Iredale foundation caused such horrible breakouts. Years ago her purepressed based and the liquid minerals were the only two things I could tolerate! Now over 10 years later with dry mature skin I am once again having a bout with rosacea and reactivity and I went running back to Jane Iredale. I dreaded the idea of powder on my dry skin and didn't like the liquidminerals anymore, so I went with the loose for the dewy look it should have provided.

Mistake! Though I didn't have to waste money - the Iredae customer service is excellent and I received a number of samples - I discovered over a period of a couple of weeks by testing twice, breakout out horribly after three days, allowing everything to settle down and clear up and trying again for yet more breakouts, this was the cuprit. I have not changed anything else in my skin/hair/diet routine. So very disappointed as I don't know what to try next. Don't get this if you have highly reactive or sensitive skin. If you want to try it, ask the company first for free samples.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

EDIT*: I still use this on most days: when I run errands, go to the gym, or hang around the house. But I would never feel confident wearing this as my "meet new people" or going "out-out" makeup. It feels great and I'm convinced it does wonderful things for my skin. But finding a color match is impossible. I mix two colors every time (Satin & Warm Silk... a pink + a yellow undertone to =neutral) and I still feel the color and finish don't look natural. But again, compared to wearing nothing, at least I feel like I have some coverage on chill days. Even so, I'm TRYING TO BE BRAVE AND WEAR THIS ON MY CHIN THOUGH when I do my full makeup because that's where I break out. I think doing this minimizes my breakouts.


ORIGINAL POST:
I'm really like-loving this loose mineral foundation. I have dry acne prone skin and I've been applying it with Sephora's Mineral Powder 45 Brush (I'm not a talented makeup artist nor a brush afficianado but I STRONGLY recommend this brush for loose OR liquid cc creams or foundations...makes all the difference in the world especially for a novice like me) and using the mostly downward strokes and initial tapping Jane Iredale recommends. You can't apply this stuff like Bare Essentials. No circle, blending, or dusting motions. I think the BE brushes are even too fluffy in my opinion. It won't stick to you and just doesn't work. Tap on to areas that need the most coverage, and then in one motion, stroke in one direction from top to bottom. Even use this motion to blend. You can also move, in one direction/motion from inside to outside of the face when working away from the nose but it's the same technique so you get the idea. I know it sounds weird but that's what JI recommends as well and it's really the only way. Otherwise, their flanked sponge, or whatever it's called, can be used to press and roll it on, but I only use this on acne scars that need fuller coverage. Obviously use sparingly though because it's more cakey/less natural than using the brushes. But I'm getting better at it, I think at least.

Color matching was hard (I actually got steered towards the wrong color at first-- warm sienna-- but it was too dark/yellow) so I'm hoping I can use that during the summer when I'm tan. Otherwise it's A LOT of money down the drain and this was quite a splurge to begin with...I'm such an idiot for getting influenced in the store...in the sales girl's defense, I am hard to match because I get pale to tan depending on the season and have both warm and cool undertones. She basically gave up once I insisted on the loose powder instead of the pressed. Apparently, she only likes the pressed but I read loose was better for dry skin. Ugh. Why is buying makeup always a freaking battle? Anyway, neutral undertones tend to work best on me and I'm Revlon Colorstay Sand Beige. I ended up getting Satin for my winter skin (IF I was warmer/more yellow I would have gotten warm silk FYI) and am pretty happy with it. The loose and pressed colors are way different from each other so do your homework. The "find your foundation quiz" on the jane iredale website was actually really helpful so I recommend it!

And finally, although it doesn't look as amazing as bare essentials, it's pretty darn close; however, I totally choose JI over BE any day because the ingredients are WAY WAY better. It's improving my tone, doesn't make me feel dry/itchy, and basically dispelled my belief that I couldn't wear powder foundation...turns out the crap metal fillers in BE was the real problem.

Oh, also use a toner or spritzer! I start on moisturized skin (rosehip seed oil that I let sink in) and apply in layers. I was worried the pommist/D20 spray would make me break out so I bought this esoteric brand OM Pur's toner in Lavender Neroli. It's raw, all natural, and mostly aloe based. Love it but typical rosewater type toners would work just the same, I'm sure. Honestly, it looks the best when i don't use a toner but go to the gym, lol. Then my natural oils/sweat comes through a bit and makes my JI look the best-- super weird, I know. Good luck!!!

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.


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