Old review written 2010;
"Wow! This is nice stuff! I ordered samples of this Swedish brand in may this year, but had no time to try it properly. Now I have gave it a real chance, AND I like it!
This loose foundation is thin, covers softly and has a sheer, slightly radiant look. I DON'T want shine cause I already do have oily skin - this gives a "healthy radiant look" without becoming shiny! And it's not often you find this combination in powder foundation...
Compared to my ordinary favourite EM Matte Foundation, this is a little less covering (buildable) but still very natural and nice looking. Reminds a little of Alima in the thin formula, but this is a little more radiant! Really worth trying!
Another thing: Does not enlarge pores! This is really important when you have acne-prone skin and scars/enlarged pores... :)"
Today, a few years later, I've tried a few more mineral makeup brands. This foundation contains small, small sparkling particles that can give "life" to really normal or dry skin. But my skin is really extremely oily with enlarged pores and these sparkles only makes it look oilier than for example Alima pure or Everyday minerals matte foundation does
I like the shade range and that it has a quite nice coverage,but it just doesn't help me with my problems...the shine and the oil control..
I've been using mineral makeup since 2004. I've used and liked many brands, but Alima and Bare Escentuals have been my staples. I decided to try out some samples from Tikei, since I live in Sweden and this brand is very reasonably priced, plus the fact that shipping is incredibly fast (1 day). I ordered samples in Cool, Neutral, Peach and Warm, level 1 and 2 of each color. It turns out the Peach shades of Tikei are perfect, and I really mean perfect. I could never quite figure out what was missing from my regular foundation shades until I realized a year ago that I actually have a light peach skin tone. Most other foundations are either too yellow, too pink or too orange, but Tikei's Peach shades are just right! I mix Peach 1 and 2 for winter and wear Peach 2 by itself when I have a little more color. (I'm NC15-20 for reference.)
This foundation covers everything I need to cover but it doesn't look caked on. It's less opaque than Alima, more matte than BE, is wonderfully pigmented which means a little goes a long way. It's also bismuth free, which is a plus for my sensitive skin. With the right moisturizer underneath (at the moment Dr. Hauschka's Rose Cream and a bit of the Quince Cream on top) the foundation stays on all day. I get oily around my T-zone with all foundations and this is no exception, but it's still there after blotting, which is great. So far it hasn't broken me out or caused any redness or dryness (I've used it off and on since June). I'd say this is a great product for anyone who wants the staying power of Alima with a little more of a dewy finish. Tikei foundation looks like skin, not makeup. You can buy samples to find your perfect colors for foundation, blush, e/s, bronzer as well. A great find! ETA Dec. 4, 2012: After having used this foundation for a couple of months I decided to wear my old staple Alima N2 today. I was shocked at how dull and opaque it looked! The shade was still good yet I looked muddy at the same time in certain lights. Then I thought about Boron Nitride, which Tikei contains. It's a white natural pigment that gives your skin a slight luminescence. This must be the ingredient that makes the difference between Tikei and Alima. Also, after one day with Alima my skin felt a lot drier than with Tikei. So that settles it: I've found my HG foundation in Tikei!
I just ordered this and I've been using it for... a week, maybe? I think I may be in love. Shipped fast, very reasonable shipping cost. The samples are great, generous enough for a few applications, and the colour range is incredibly diverse. I've tried mineral foundations before (I.D, bareminerals, everyday minerals) and with this stuff I can really tell the difference between shades. Plus the lightest one is actually too light for me, which is absolutely unheard of. It should suit my winter skin tone perfectly.
Does not break me out! Or make me red, or turn my face into a scaly, barren land of pain. OK seriously, I react to almost everything foundationwise. This and my BB cream are fine, but this is unscented.
Love the finish, most mineral foundations are either a little sparkly or too matte for me, but this just looks sorta dewy.
Does not dry my skin out. It actually doesn't feel like a powder to me, more like a cream. My partner pointed out the same thing with their eyeshadows.
Mix it with a bit of water and it applies like a liquid. Quite nice, gives me extra coverage without looking cakey. Although this actually layers surprisingly well.
Well, like all mineral makeup, it's a bit messy. And I wish the jars had turning lids to cover the sifter (though I hear they're working on this). I've dumped mine in an empty EVM jar for now.
The neutral really doesn't look like a neutral to me, n1 actually reminds me a bit of loreal true match w1 in hue, though it is a bit lighter. Just something to keep in mind when sampling, I guess.
This mineral foundation is very pure and has great coverage. HOWEVER, it does NOT last on your skin for a longer period of time if you have combination to oily skin or in humid climate. So beware of that.
Great price though!
Best mineral foundation out there. You don't need a lot of it since it covers really well, but it also very buildable.
I like this since it comes in really light (pale) colours, and with yellow undertones (warm 0). Everything, and I mean everything, is usually way too dark for me, or too pink. The best part is that it doesn't emphasize your pores, but actually makes them invisible.
It's cheap and the shipping is the fastest ever. Within Sweden it just takes one day.
EDIT Dec 28 -12
Like with every other foundation I've tried this too started to look very cakey. Doesn't really have to do with this product in itself - it happens with every foundation I try on.
I have tried almost every mineral foundation on the market, and this is my HG <3 Looks natural, stays on all day. And the kabuki brush is FANTASTIC! I also have the green concealer and "lovely" blush. I wear it every day. Love it!!
It can be hard to find the perfect shade, but its possible to buy small test-jars. And they are very helpful if you write them a mail =) continued >>
Bought this product after reading several good reviews. Ordered a lighter color for the winter and a darker for the summer. They have a large range of colours, but most of them are very yellow-ish. Medium coverage, made my skin look a bit "cakey".
I've been using this for several months, but lately i've been breaking out BADLY! I've always had small zits appearing while I was using this, but didn't really thought so much about it. Would not recommend it to anyone..
Decent mineral foundation, but have some flaws.
Colour: I use the C1, a pretty good match. Still, Tikes colour range is a bit on the yellow side which I know a lot of people think as well as me.
Coverage: Depends on the brush. Average powder brush - light\medium, using a kabuki - medium\full. Can be layerd if applied carefully.
Formula: Finely milled, but dry. In the summer I can easily wear this foundation but when it gets colder my nose looks flaky and chalky. That is the main concern I have about this product. If I am to use it I have to exfoliate and use a RICH moisturizer, when I can get away with using a lighter one (Darphin Hydraskin Light) with liquid foundation without getting oily. If however, I get a nice result with this I do not get oily throughout the day. The powder does not minimize or accentuates pores.
Price: Cheap! And the servise on their website is very, very good.
Tip: this works great as a concealer for blemishes! Just use a brush like the MAC 224 or 217 and apply it onto the zit. Either do this on its own or apply on top of a liquid concealer (like the MUFE Full Cover).
Tikei is a mineral makeup brand from sweden, its not tested on animals and its very affordable.
It stays on all day long, ive even went swimming in it and when i got up it had stayed on! it looks natural and has a big colour selection.
i love it!:)
I like this mineral foundation. It's a fair replacement for everyday minerals as EM suddenly started to use lauroyl lysine in their products. I think it looks really good on the skin, but I wish it lasted a bit longer without having to touch up during the day. I will however but it again.