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 finally got Alima. TERRIBLE! My skin wasn't breaking out, but I couldn't deal with the cakey look. It sunk into my pores, and somehow managed to also look cakey. So not only did I have enlarged pores, but my makeup looked like chalk. So, I tried Juice Beauty tinted moisturizer. Greasy as hell. Went back to EDM and my skin broke out again. FINALLY, on a whim while shopping at Whole Foods, I tried Mineral Fusion and so far I love it. However, their color selection is terrible. Neutral 2 is the closest match but still a little too dark. But, it goes on very similar to EDM semi-matte and doesn't have lauroyl lysine in it! Yay! I'm going to stick with Mineral Fusion for the time being. My skin is healing and it's covering my scars and scabs beautifully.
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 be tested on animals.
For reference, I am MAC NC25 / NC30 - 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.
I love this foundation... I took a chance on it because it went on sale for a fabulous price. To my surprise I really love it. The finish is great reminds me of laura mercier foundation where you think it might sparkle but it doesn't. It covers well and doesn't break me out. Super nice surprise find in this one.
I bought a sample of this from the website, love-makeup.co.uk because I wanted to try this foundation without buying the regular size and finding out it didn't work for me, and I'm so glad I didn't buy the full sized version. I found this foundation to be much higher coverage than other mineral foundations I have tried, but unfortunately the coverage was very cakey and not natural looking. I definitely would not recommend this to dry skinned girls. The product is good value, at around the £10 mark, but only if it's right for you skin type. Again, I hate the packaging because the product gets everywhere - I wish they did a cap that you could secure over it once you were finished using it, but this seems to be the way most mineral foundations come.
If you're reading this review right now you might realize that I had already written a review on this. It was a huge, raving review that probably hardly anyone was able to get through. That was mine. I deleted it, b/c reading back through it hardly any of the info is accurate for me at this point, so if you read it and know what I'm talking about disregard it. First off, I'd been using this foundation for about 2 years, for a couple of reasons:
1. It's fairly inexpensive.
2. It is one of two foundations I've found in the dozen+ I've tried that matched my super-pale skin to a T. (I use the "Fair" color.) (The other is Drew Barrymore's Flower brand foundation, which I use the LF1 color.)
3. It has minimal ingredients and they don't irritate my skin (no oils or fragrance).
I knew it worked pretty well for me so I kept going back to it. There are a few reasons I'm looking for a new foundation, however.
1. I don't like the finish. It's powdery and a bit cakey-looking and settles in the creases around my nose.
2. It doesn't last all day. It looks noticeably faded by the time I get home from school (7 hours after putting it on).
3. I'm finding that I like the feel, application, and overall experience of liquid foundations better.
4. I have to order it online. This probably isn't too big of a deal for most people but I just prefer being able to go to my local Wal-Mart or Bartell's and have it in my hands immediately.
Overall, if you really prefer mineral foundation this is what I'd recommend, but if your preference isn't in the mineral category I wouldn't say this is the best out there. I won't be repurchasing.
I purchased this in light neutral and light tan. It seemed to work okay, obviously, because I reperchaded. However when the hot and humid Hawaii summer rolled around this would make my forehead itch whenever I began to sweat or produce oil. It also did not control oil in the summer. I might use the light tan for a bronzer in the future but other than that ill stick to jojoba base which doesn't make me itchy.