This foundation looks good when first applied in the morning. I use it over a EM finishing dust. The coverage is very sheer and matte whith a natural finish. The "new-old" formula never breaks me out and is perfect when my skin needs to "breath" if I have some congested pores. It's very lightweight and I can't feel it on my skin. It washes of so easy in the evening. Now, the bad things.. Whitin hours (one even?) this starts to fade away. It just disappers all over. And makes my pores look bigger. And when applied, as I find with all EM products, it flies everywhere. But, I might repurchase because of it's good parts and touch up during the day (which I always do with every finishing powder but I don't like that I have to touch up the whole base)
I used N1 Ivory and its a decent match for my NC15-20 skin (I'm more neutral in tone than warm/cool). I like the finish, it's not flat. So far it hasn't broken me out like most mineral mu does. The formula doesn't contain the LL ingredient anymore so those that liked this but couldn't use it because of that can give it another try. The coverage is ok, better than the jojoba foundation.
I need to keep trying this just incase though.
I bought this really hoping that it would help cover my acne and acne scarring. (Notice I said HELP cover it, not fully cover because that's what concealer is for) I tried this with different kinds of primers, without primer, with a lot of moisturizer, with a little bit of moisturizer, no moisturizer, etc. The coverage is awful. One layer does nothing, it doesn't even out your skin tone or hide any redness. So I layered on a few light layers. It probably took about 5 (yes, 5) layers to actually get some kind of coverage. It didn't fully cover my redness (I used the mint color corrector for it which actually turned my face a green tint), it didn't cover my acne or scarring at all. I used the multi-tasking concealer under and cover the base to see if that helped with coverage, nope.
I'm so frustrated that I've put out a good $100 on 2 bases (summer and winter shades), mint color corrector, multi-tasking concealer, the flat top brush, blush, eyeshadows, and eyeliner. The only good things this company carries are the eyeshadows and eyeliner, even though they do have a lot of fall out.
I tried Everyday Minerals because of the price (compared to Bare Minerals, it's a lot cheaper) and because mineral foundation is better for your skin. I guess I'm going to have to try Bare Minerals and pray for the best. I'm so disappointed, I wanted to like this base especially since they're based out of Texas and are animal-cruelty free.
Please ladies, do not buy. It's not the same formula as the "good" reviews you see online.
Unfortunately, this formula is no good for my oily skin. When I use a more matte mineral foundation, my skin will get a little shiny after wearing it for 5-6 hours. However, it will generally look decent as long as I blot my face. This formula, in contrast, makes my skin super shiny by the time I usually blot, and it also seems to almost entirely fade off by then too! If it does this to my skin during the winter, then I definitely can't wear it during the summer. How sad.
UPDATE 1/23/15: Somebody messaged me probably 6 months back and told me EDM removed the Lauroyl Lysiene from their formula. I was out of my Alima Pure (which I love) but thought I'd try the EDM again. It's half the cost and thought maybe it would work great like it used to. I've been using it for about a week and my skin is completely broken out after having perfectly clear skin for months. I'm throwing this in the trash. It the same ingredients as Alima Pure but half the cost, so my only conclusion is that they are not using high quality ingredients. I'll dish out $26 for my Alima Pure to have clear skin. Sorry, EDM. I missed you and your fancy website, but you make my skin look like crap.
I have used EDM since I believe 2008. So at least 5 years! Wow! It has been with me through my wedding, my honeymoon, came with me to the hospital when I gave birth. I was seriously in love with this makeup! It had became a part of my everyday life and worked better than anything else I have tried. I got all their brushes, their blushes, some of the eyeshadows. I've tried almost every shade (I finally settled on Linen in Semi-Matte after realized Fairly Light Neutral was too grey looking on me). I told everyone about it and ordered my mom and sister samples!
Well, very recently, I'd say over the past two months. I have started breaking out like crazy. I changed my skin care products, I've started taking supplements, started exercising more and drinking more water, I have removed gluten and dairy from my diet. I still kept getting really bad acne. I never thought it'd be my precious EDM. So, I googled it and found that some people were breaking out because of the lauroyl lysine. There's conflicting information. Yes, it's comedogenic. No, it's not. Well, I noticed it's derived from coconut oil and coconut oil on my skin breaks me out like CRAZY (I tried to use it as a moisturizer once to help treat my acne scars - no dice, works great on stretch marks though).
So, I went without makeup for a day despite the fact my skin looked terrible...red spots everywhere, some under the skin cysts, healing scabs (don't worry, it was my day off)! And what do ya know!? My skin was healing. No new pimples that day! Which seriously had become the norm. One would heal and a new one would crop up. Every. Day.
So I've been on the hunt for new makeup and what an ordeal that has been. First I tried Clinique Even Better LIQUID foundation. Yuck. After 5+ years of wearing mineral makeup, I can not stand liquid. Then, I tried Aveda Dual Foundation pressed mineral powder or whatever it's called....that aggravated my skin and made it worse! Plus, it looked terrible. It's sooooo matte. So, I went back to EDM while I investigated and my skin got even worse. I've scoured all the sites I could for makeup reviews and felt lost. So many conflicting reviews. Went a different route and tried Juice Beauty tinted moisturizer. Greasy as hell. I needed to cover up my blemishes somehow, so I went back to EDM and my skin broke out again.
I'm really sad to have to switch from this makeup. EDM WAS the best. I'm going to keep my eye out and hopefully *fingers crossed* they remove this ingredient so I can switch back.
Only reason I will give it 3 lippies is because I have combination skin and acne-prone skin I don't need a semi-matte foundation I need a matte foundation. Something that will keep my skin shine free throughout my 8 hours of work. I had bought it just to try if I would like the matte or semi-matte better. Just not for me.
I have hormonal acne, dry patches from using retin-a, freckles and old acne red spots. This is the only mineral foundation that I have found that does not break me out, make my face itch or settle into fine lines making me look older. I have been using this daily for 3 months. Since this is a mineral powder, it will not hide all of your imperfections. However it does blur imperfections, hides redness, and has a nice matte finish. Surprisingly, the staying power lasts most of the day. If you have dry patches like I do, exfoliating and moisturizing before application is a must before using this. To make the staying power last longer, I use a fine mist rosewater spray to set the foundation.
BEWARE. The 2nd ingredient in this product is LAUROYL LYSINE. It clogs pores and cause cysts. (derived from coconut oil)
I don't know why this company changed their formulation across the board. They had great products before. Even with reviews complaining of this ingredient, i still gave it a try hoping i would be immune. But i was not. Immediately after applying, that evening after washing WITH my clarisonic, i saw small whiteheads everywhere! In a couple of days, i developed 3 cysts. (it's been YEARS since i've had cysts) Horrible. Such a shame, they had pretty good colors.
Please bring back the OLD formulation!!!
** Not Tested On Animals **
Semi-Matte Base in Winged Butter
Skin type: normal to dry but acne prone.
Desperately seeking a new HG foundation since I found out MAC test on animals after being bought out by Estee Lauder. MAC is now sold in China, and Chinese law requires that ALL cosmetics owned by foreign (non-Chinese) companies be tested on animals.
My skin tone has a warm-neutral-light olive tone. For reference, I am MAC NC25 - see my notepad for my colour matches to other brands.
All previous mineral make ups I've tried have left me looking old & dusty. But I figured that things improve as time goes by & I wanted to try it again as it's so much better for allowing your skin to breathe & be healthy. Good old Goss make up artist got me on to this.. actually he recommended the jojoba formula but I don't think it comes in my shade. Knowing this has a propensity to make me look like a dusty old relic, I applied Face of Australia's tinted moisturiser in medium first, then applied the mineral foundation in Winged Butter. The coverage was not full enough & it did leave me looking a bit dusty. Since then I've been using a tiny amount of Kevyn Aucoin SX08 buffed into my face all over with Winged Butter on top & it's the perfect combo. Full coverage, not cakey, great colour match & longevity. Love! There's not much product in the container, I think it only took me a couple of months to finish & I believe I was using it conservatively. Still searching for a mineral HG, but I will re-purchase because it's an excellent setting powder with the added benefit of providing extra coverage.
ETA: This gets 3 lippies for being an average mineral foundation which leaves me with a slightly dry finish, but it gets 5 for being bloody fab as a setting powder.
I thought I'd jump on the mineral makeup bandwagon since I've never tried any brand of it before. I read several positive reviews of Everyday Minerals and found that I could order seven samples for around $3 (shipping). This is helpful considering there are many shades and there's really no way to tell what shade you are without trying their samples. The samples are very generous, too! They arrived in about three days, which is very fast in my opinion. I tried the matte, semi-matte, it, and jojoba bases. I found the best match in fair semi-matte foundation. It applies like a dream. It's creamy and I find that it gives very good coverage with two thin layers. It looks so beautiful when first applied. It has such a lovely glow and looks like real, flawless skin. However, after about two hours of wear, it starts to get oily, I think. I'm not really sure because I don't have oily skin and I've never had problems with my foundation fading because of oil. I'm confused with this aspect of the foundation. It kind of starts to cake up, especially on my nose and the side of my nose. Not a good look. I also believe that this is making me break out. I had no active blemishes and then I wore this for two days and now I have four new blemishes. This is the only thing I changed in my routine so I suspect this may be the culprit. I don't think it's a bad product, it's just not for me. It's worth a shot, considering the samples are dirt cheap and there's a nice color selection.