Alima Satin Matte Mineral Foundation


431 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals


INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) Mica (CI 77019). May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

on 3/24/2015 11:44:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Firstly, I brought Neutral 1, Cool 1 and Cool 2 in sample sizes (Yes, that's the great thing you can order sample sized pots!) so this is a review based on the sample sizes I got.
I have quite dry, sensitive skin and this foundation works beautifully with my skin! It looks luminous and doesn't cake at all on my dry patches, however this foundation is very sheer so if you have problem skin this may need more work to cover those imperfections. A little goes a long way with this, the sample sizes have lasted me around two months so far and I haven't broken out or gotten a rash from them. I found Neutral 1 was perfect for my skin (I'm incredibly pale with cool undertones) and their website was so easy to use. Shipping costs me $9 to the UK which isn't too bad, my order came to £11.70 that was for the three sample foundations, sample powder and a sample powder primer/colour corrector (which also works!). I applied with downward strokes with my buffing brush which didn't flake up my skin and applied it evenly, it really does make your skin look amazing!
I highly recommend this brand to anyone with sensitive skin as i've had no reactions at all to it and with most foundations I tend to develop a bad rash, it is also un-perfumed.
The only problem I have with this foundation is that the sample sizes are so messy to use! However, it really isn't that much of a problem in the scheme of things.

on 1/23/2015 7:19:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is THE ONLY foundation that does not break me out. Seriously. I've tried them all. Liquid, mineral, tinted moisturizer, BB Cream, whatever. I recently tried to switch back to a different mineral makeup and my skin broke out like crazy.

Yes, it's expensive but the ingredients they use are not crap, which means your skin won't break out. It's worth the extra money to have clear skin for once in my life.

My only complaint is that I live like 5 miles from their shipping facility and shipping is $6. I wish they'd adjust shipping rates based on location or that they sold more colors locally so that I could just go pick it up! I'm an Olive 0 and I can't find it anywhere in stores.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 12/2/2014 5:55:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is easily the best mineral foundation I've ever used. No bismuth oxychloride, good lasting power, not too matte and a great range of shades. I'm REALLY pale yellow and usually can't find a foundation to match, from Dior to Cover Girl. Everything is too dark or pink- usually I only have luck in Asia. Warm 0 is actually too pale for me, hurray! I mix Warm 0 and Warm 1 together for the perfect shade. It doesn't oxidize on me. From my experience, the foundation did not work as well without the powder primer and a decent shade match. I use the primer underneath and it's made a huge difference with look and lasting power. It lasts until I take it off at night and doesn't transfer. It's matte at first, but settles into a natural satin finish after about 30 minutes or so. I have very combination skin that breaks out badly with most products. NO issues with this at all. No sensitivity, it doesn't cling to dry patches and controls oil (with the primer). I did take one lippy off for the loose powder factor. It's inconvenient for travel and I don't like the thought of inhaling it. It would get extra love for me if it was a pressed powder. UPDATE: I have to give this another point, even with the loose powder annoyance. I became pregnant and more sensitive, plus have the flu and dry winter skin. It's the only foundation (even my old Lorac, Lancome faves) that stays on all day with the primer without breaking me out. It also doesn't cling to my dry patches or come off on tissues and looks totally natural. Thanks, Alima, for making a product that's pale enough for me and with really simple ingredients. My pregnancy breakouts have stopped!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 11/25/2014 12:28:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Despite thinking I would never touch this again, I did because my face has been a lot more hydrated and moisturised lately, and this foundation now goes on looking quite good( except for my wrong shade selection being too light and pink for me). I still have to make sure to press it into the skin, and not buff in circles. I can get even high medium coverage now, having it cover redness and acne scars very well and still looking nice on the skin. Except 3-4 hours later it's not looking the same anymore. It's sitting on top of the skin looking dry, cakey, has crack, it's not smooth looking anymore at all.
This is a very matte foundation, and I'm not sure I will pick up a different colour that would match me better, but for now I will use it when I'm only out for 3hours.
As well, yesterday when I was tapping the foundation into the lid, the shifter part just fell out and I lost close to half of what I had left.
Got it in neutral 2 which is too light on Nc20.
I no longer think this is a terrible foundation when you first apply it on (though it is when you've had it on for 3hrs), but I still think that this isn't the best for very dry skin, it could accentuate texture you didn't know you have, dry patches and flakes.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 11/16/2014 1:48:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have this in Birch. The colour fit my skin tone very well. It also covers very well too.

However, I will not be re-purchasing. I find that this mineral foundation dries out my skin. I have dry, sensitive skin to begin with and it makes it worse. I started having dry patches after each use and it took several days of intensive moisturising and switching to a fluid foundation to fix.

I don't plan to let the rest of the foundation go to waste. Will experiment by mixing up a concoction of Neal's Yard Beauty Balm and this mineral powder foundation to come up with a less drying foundation formula. Will see....

on 10/1/2014 2:33:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Ok. At first when I bought this about a year ago I tried it a few times and I hated it. It gave uneven coverage and it never really blended into my skin, it just looked terrible.

I recently have started using it again and I have figured out what I was doing wrong when trying to apply this foundation. I have found that this foundation works amazing, when used with something underneith like a primer.

Before, I didn't use anything prior to applying this foundation (other than my moisturizer) and I think thats where everything went wrong. Now, I apply a layer of the too faced primed and poreless powder and then I will apply the alima pure with a soft kabuki brush and this seems to be working perfectly. The wear time is longer and it covers evenly with a medium-full coverage look. I have this in shade "warm 0" and I am NC5 (if there were an nc5 haha).

The reason this still only gets a 3/5 is because I do not like having to use a second product in order for this product to work, that just means more cost and product usage for me which isnt exactly ideal. Also the packaging gets a 2/5 because there is no way to "close" it. Yes there is a lid but if this gets tossed around at all, the makeup just comes out of the sifter as there is no way to re-seal the sifter once opened and this is very inconvient and very messy. What I do is put a little cotton ball on top to keep the makeup from getting all over inside the container.

I think I will finally use this up but I will keep looking for alternatives and I dont plan on repurchasing at this moment.

-coverage is medium-full
-matches my skin shade
-doesn't cause acne/irritation

-must use a primer beforehand
-fussy application
-not travel friendly
-only available online > extra expense

on 9/7/2014 11:43:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Light olive skin here-- hit my thirties and now prone to breakouts on my chin and lower face. I am breakout prone, yet also prone to dryness around my eyes and mouth. And did I mention I have sun damage and melasma in places? I'm always looking for the right combination of cleanser, exfoliant, sunscreen, and makeup. Most drugstore makeups don't match me, as cool/neutral colors turn pink while warm colors turn orange. If that weren't enough, they make me look cakey or break me out anyway.

So I started researching a couple different mineral makeups, even though I like the look of a liquid better. I was basically looking for a foundation that had a light olive tone in their range, so I ordered some samples from Alima. I thought olive 1.5 was my best fit, but when I started running out of the sample size of that, I went to olive 2 and found that was even better.

I noticed the ease of blending, creamy feel and good coverage, and the fact that this powder seemed to help refine any small under the skin bumps, almost like a skin treatment. But-- it does all this without drying the skin out under my eyes, which is usually a huge problem for me with mineral makeup.

I ordered the full size of olive 2 along with a few samples of blush, concealer, and contouring powder (sombra) for bronzer and it creates the best look I've seen on me in a while! I look natural, smooth, radiant, and healthy-- not "all made up".

With the clean look and feel, good color match, and possible skincare benefits, I think this is what bare minerals wanted to be, but isn't.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 7/16/2014 4:31:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Violet

it's a pretty makeup that has light coverage. This is not for those who want to conceal scars or zits. it looked good for about 2 hours and disappear into thin air making my skin looking muddy. Like everyone else mention, after 2 hours, all the shades look the same and my skin looked worst than it does without it on. I wouldn't repurchase because I was looking for a long lasting medium coverage mineral foundation that won't change color,fade, slide off my face, accentuate pores, turning orange, grey, or oxidize on me. On the positive side, it doesn't make me break out. Other than that , it's a non wearable makeup for me. I might consider buying this makeup again when I reach menopause or whenever my skin can no longer produce any facial oil.

on 7/6/2014 6:05:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Now on my 3rd jar. Favourite foundation - did take a while to figure out how it works best for me though. I have difficult skin to work with (very oily & clogged up, mild acne, redness, sensitive, flaky in some areas from BP use). I get a natural, healthy-looking finish that I am pleased with when I use this product.

Colours: took me a couple rounds of samples to get my colour match right (after reading all the reviews saying that golden tones were VERY yellow and 0 shades were VERY white, my match was Golden 0 - I am naturally a caucasian redhead for reference & have definite yellow undertones to my skin).

Finish: This what works for me: cleanse skin. for optimal results exfoliate somehow first (clarisonic/scrub). Then moisturise, wait a bit for it to soak in, blot/soak off the excess oil with 1ply of a 2ply facial tissue, mineral PRIMER powder brushed on with clean, soft synthetic-bristle fluffy kabuki brush (I make my own primer powder from 100% sericite mica bought from ebay, it's very cheap and I use tons of it, the alima one works well too but is expensive), same brush to pick up a bit of foundation, tap most of it off or into the brush and then apply sparingly all over my face, finishing with downward strokes. I always get a better finish if i've used the primer powder first but it works ok on its own too. I use it as concealer over blemishes and it will go on smoothly if I've used the primer powder first - I use a small, clean eyeshadow brush, pick up a bit of powder, dab it over all the blemishes, then use my fluffy brush again to very gently buff it in. I don't over-buff because this ruins the texture for me. Also I find it tends to cling to my skin with a yucky texture if I'm too oily, dry or flaky prior to application. Primer helps with this.
I also blot with facial tissues (Kleenex) during the day (I split the 2ply sheets in half) because I am oily and these powders alone don't hold it for me.

Skin issues: Doesn't cause acne for me (I get acne very easily from makeup normally). No sensitivity/allergy reactions as I have had with some other products. Doesn't "oxidise" (go weirdly orange after wearing it for a bit).

Company (Alima Pure): highly recommended. I wouldn't mind working for a company like this. Every order I've received has arrived beautifully packaged, neatly
wrapped & with a handwritten thankyou note. I like the beauty quotes on the product boxes, things about graciousness and listening to others and inner beauty enhancing outer beauty. A stark contrast to trashy, over-sexualised commercials of other makeup companies I've seen.

Price: a bit on the $$ side for my liking - I pay shipping to Australia too, so it really does add up. Haven't found a better product to date though. I'd like to try making my own mineral foundation for cheaper at some point (it's only 4 ingredients, right?) but worry about breathing in carcinogenic powders in the process. Oh, and I tend to hold my breath when dusting these things on my face.

Overall: recommended.

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

on 7/3/2014 2:08:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I have dry skin and I never thought that mineral makeup would work for me. I would have never considered this makeup except that there were instructions on how to apply for dry skin and boy did that make all the difference!

I can tell that this makeup is high quality because it is loaded with pigment and feels rich and silky to the touch. It is not grainy at all. I had ordered some samples and was able to determine my shade and get a feel for how best to apply this makeup before I purchased. The samples were very reasonably priced.

I am MAC NC20 and I use Warm 1. I apply it using either a damp sponge or a brush that has some of the powder on it and then sprayed with a moisturizing spray. Applied to the skin a bit damp, it becomes just like a cream and that amplifies the coverage. Before applying, I use a moisturizer and then a heavy emollient sunscreen. If I think I need it, I use a primer also.

On my skin, all makeup gets a little cakey after awhile. This didn't perform any worse than anything else that I have tried. It does look more matte and natural than other foundations that I have. It seems to stay on all day. I can't say at this point that it is helping my skin but some of my blemishes are a little less aggravated after this month of use.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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