I've been using JI foundation for donkey's years. I started with the loose powder in Bisque (my skin is NC15 ish) and it was a perfect match. Can't remember why I switched to Liquid Minerals originally but I find it blurs my large pores better than the powder foundation. My skin is far from perfect but I dislike heavy foundation and put up with some of my flaws showing through just because the foundation is natural and 'glowy' looking.
This was advertised as being good for dry skin I think but I find it works fine with oily skin in as much oily skin works with anything (!) Whatever products/ regimes I use - I always have to blot and re-powder regularly throughout the day. The loose powder foundation probably works better in terms of the oil but I'd rather blur my pores so I stick with it.
My main bugbear with JI foundation is that the colour varies a lot between formulations. Bisque in the loose is great match for me. In the liquid minerals I need to buy a darker warm toned shade and mix a bit of that in. Oddly bisque in the pressed powder used to be darker but it is much lighter these days. Maybe they've listened to customer feedback over the years.
The reason I stick with JI is just because it acted like a skin treatment rather than an occlusive product that does nothing for your skin - my skin felt much much better when I started using these products and I am reluctant to experiment much because I'm so happy with that element of it.
I'm wondering if perhaps the wildly varying experiences of the product are to do with just what your skin gets used to and how it reacts when you change what you put on it.
I'm in love with Jane Iredale's pressed powder, which I've been using for six months and suits me perfectly. In order to get maximum coverage, I thought I'd treat myself to Iredale's liquid foundation as well and apply it under their pressed powder, to get that extra-evenness that one cannot achieve with only powder as coverage.
The result : Disaster!
I'm giving this three lippies because I am sure Iredale's liquid minerals foundation is great for drier skins, and the ingredient list reads more like a treatment serum than foundation, and packaging is luxurious, but, please, if you have skin on the side of oily, or pores at all, do not buy this!!
It was awful looking. Jane Iredale only sells through specialty stores and the sales attendants are supposed to know how the products work. I cannot believe I was recommended this; this product dries to a very dewy, very satiny finish that might look great on flawless skin (it sure looked amazing on the back of my hand and on my jawline where I have no pores) but it seriously made my pores and orange-peel texture appear the biggest that I have ever seen them!
I told the SA I had oily skin, and she said this was for all skin types. It is not! After just half an hour it felt gross and mask-like, as if it was sitting on top of a layer of oil that was pushing underneath. Ew. And my oil glands went into super-production mode; I'm not even that oily, just oily-ish, but this was disaster, it was like this foundation had found the secret switch to my oil production center and turned it to the max.
I am also incredulous about how bothersome the application is. You have to mix it yourself using a concealer-type brush and some flat surface to get rid of the grainy texture it has when it comes out before even thinking of putting it on your face. I understand that the point of the little balls is to preserve the rejuvenating ingredient's freshness, but time-wise, it would be quicker to apply both a serum and a no-frills foundation, than having to pummel this serum-plus-coverage mineral liquid into shape every time. It's also no longer fun to do after the first few times, and it's inconvenient to have to schlep around another thing in my makeup bag just for getting the foundation into the right texture.
I've tried a few different applications methods, including the one from Iredale and a couple others from Goss makeup artist (he makes youtube videos) because I wanted to love this, but no matter, it always settled into my pores, highlighted my bad skin texture and made me more oily and basically looked terrible.
If you're looking for mineral or natural makeup, and have pores or oily skin, avoid this one, but you can check out Iredale's pressed powder. I've reviewed it too and gave it full marks.
At first I hated this foundation..
I had bad acne at the time and was not impressed for how the first application made my skin look, plus it feels weird on the face and has this weird grainy consisentcy.
But I ran out of my foundation today and had to use this ,surprisingly if you let it dry between coats it builds quite nicely covering all the blemishes and red spots, and my friend said i had a glow today. But I looked in the mirror later and I looked a bit cakey around my neck. Didn't blend nicely with the parts of my skin that weren't covered in foundation. Try it for yourself!
UPDATE - this made me break out in big pimples in clusters around my chin area and rubs off easy.
This is not a stand alone foundation unless your skin is near perfect but combined with the pressed base it's the best coverage I've ever seen that still looks like skin. The pressed base can get pretty pricey if you rely on it for all over evening and coverage every day. This product applied underneath evens out skin tone but in a natural way so you can apply lighter layers of powder for sun protection and targeted coverage. To apply it I use a flocked sponge that I dampen with a pump of the pommist spray or distilled water, add a pump or two (depends on desired coverage) and dab it on my forehead, cheeks and chin. It's kind of wet at first and seems thin yet chunky but then I just lightly sweep the sponge across my face blending outward and it fuses beautifully. I was shown this by a rep and it works so much better than even a brush. I then use a beauty blender to spot treat areas of concern with pressed base an then finish by sweeping a layer of base all over. I can cover anything with this combo usually without a concealer and I have pretty mottled skin with quite a bit of scarring. The price is outrageous as is all jane iredale. The packaging is as good as it could be. I appreciate the airless pump but for $57 CAD it could contain more product. That said its a staple for me and I will still totally repurchase.
The packaging of this product is awesome, very interesting when you first look at it. The beads are formatted in a spiral vertex, very fancy looking. The pump works very good. HOWEVER, this product is terrible. The coverage is weak, for a foundation it acts more like a MILD tinted moisturizer, that you need a ton of to even get the moisturizing effect. It's staying power does not exist if your have oily/ combination skin.
I beg you to save your money or purchase her powder's instead.
I bought this at my dermatologist office. Never right reviews but this stuff is expensive and if it saves someone else some money then great! the reviews I read seemed positive so I was excited to try this. But it leaves an oily shine throughout my t-zone even with a primer. I also use the Jane iredale amazing base to set it and knock out shine. I had to regularly keep applying powder and an hour later I was all dewy and shiny again. I prefer the matte look and this definitely is not matte. its very moist feeling and dewy. They claim it feels like a 2nd skin, I think it felt sticky and moist. I couldnt stand it. I also have roseaca and I am very fair. I was able to match my color easily but the foundation is light and does not cover my red cheeks. They recommend using the amazing base for increased coverage but I was still red in the cheeks.
First of all...you have to apply this product correctly and in correlation with the JI PRESSED BASE.
When i first put it on, i thought the same thing as a lot of other reviewers...not easily blendable, not a huge amount of coverage, etc. But if you apply it with a good brush (i use a "powder" brush from E.L.F. fat bristles, flat head - http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/tools/single-brushes/powder_brush) and it works well. It's a lot more blendable than using your fingers. I find it a little on the light coverage side by itself, but when i put my PRESSED BASE on overtop, i literally get a flawless HD complexion! Better than i've had with any other foundation or powder and i've tried A LOT! Even the MUFE HD Foundation everyone likes.
So put it on properly, right after moisturizer, and finish with pressed base and you'll be flawless.
This foundation has a mat finish and is not easily blendable. It left my skin looking dry and cakey.
I found this foundation rather comfortable on my skin, it melted in straight away and gave a very light and even coverage. I have to say that I did apply it over BB primer, and I used the make up sponge for application. Instead of sweeping motions, I actually dabbed it in and so was able to achieve even tone without any problems. I did not have the issue with the gel base drying up too fast. It might be because I mixed the product on the back of my hand before applying it. Overall I am rather pleased with the quality and results achieved after using this foundation. My skin felt absolutely natural as if I wore no make at all, at the same time having an almost flawless HD look.
Started using this product about 3 weeks ago, and have really enjoyed it. Comes in many, many shades, and it was easy to find one that was perfect. If possible, I recommend going to a shop that carries it and choosing one that is right for you, and also have them show you how to apply it.
It is kind of magical in that a minute or so after I apply it, my skin takes on this cool glow. Is buildable, and is made with earth-friendly, human safe ingredients. It is expensive, but the container is big and will last awhile.
I used to always wear a finishing powder on top of my foundation, but I don't need one with Jane Iredale, my skin looks dewy with just the foundation. Also love that it is kind to my dry, sensitive skin.