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.
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.
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.
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.
I switched to Alima Pure satin foundation a few years ago after Everyday Minerals changed their formula, and haven't thought about using anything else since. I have very sensitive and eczema-prone skin and it's never caused me problems, as long as I clean my brushes regularly.
The colour selection is great but is definitely tricky for first-timers, so I recommend trying as many samples as possible before buying a full size. I have warm undertones and I tan easily; I use Golden 0 and Golden 3 as a base (depending on how tanned I am), and Golden 9 to highlight so my face doesn't look like a mask. What I love about this brand is that I can build up the colour or tone it down depending on the time of year.
I also recommend watching their application tutorial video, it made a HUGE difference in how the end result looks. My biggest tip: less is more; if you start out with a lot of powder on your brush it can look very cakey!
Lastly, the mailer packaging is great and very eco-friendly.
I still use Everyday Minerals brushes with this foundation. They're very inexpensive, super soft, and have never caused a breakout on my sensitive skin.
Nice foundation. Their shade selection is great -- I mix Beige 2 and Neutral 3 for an exact skintone match. The coverage is moderate, so it gives a natural look, not mask-like. Blends really well. Feels comfortable on skin, doesn't irritate. It's easy to apply to much -- use sparingly!
I was looking for a mineral foundation that has a good colour match to my Bare Minerals, goes on without making me look like I have rolled around in chalk and without too many chemical additives. I wanted so badly for Alima to work for me, but it has not. I ordered several samples of foundation along with x2 eyeshadows and x1 blush (I will review those later). The foundations felt smooth as silk, I used a dense soft brush made for mineral powder so I got a great coverage but the every sample shade I tried turned really dark once applied to skin and all the shades ended up looking the same. Flat, chalky and too dark. I even wiped everything off and did line swatches on my face to compare shade differences and there were virtually none. I am grateful I didn't blind buy a full size, but the cost of postage is a bit high to the UK and not one of the foundation samples was usable for a full face. I don't think I will not be purchasing a full size foundation. For now I will finish off my nearly empty Bare. Minerals and go on another hunt for something more natural, less chemicals, reasonable price and great coverage that suits my skin tone.
I really wanted to love this product I found my shade which is Beige 4 (main) and Beige 5. It was the perfect match for my skin tone and let me tell you I have always had a difficulty finding my shade. I am Asian but Tan. Most makeup always look pink on me not enough yellow. I applied this makeup during the day, sunlight and all and it was flawless. It blends right in I couldn't even tell I was wearing makeup. It delivered a medium but flawless coverage. It was a satin finish but not greasy looking without any heavy feeling at all. It also withstands a hot climate.. This would've been a perfect every day makeup since it look great even with direct sunlight...Then, after a few days I started breaking out which made me really sad. I thought this would be the least of my worries with this makeup since it's marketed to have no allergens or toxic harsh chemicals so I'm very disappointed...maybe it was the brush but I also have broken out from bareminerals in the past and gave me the worst allergic reaction in the whole history so I am scared to keep using this again....
30 day foundation match guarantee (good customer service)
Satin matte finish (not greasy,oily)
Long lasting (withstands humidity)
Tend to get cakey or chalky if too much is applied (be careful)
While there are some definite positives to this product, there are some serious downsides too.
- It comes in a very large variety of shades, making it much easier to find your perfect colour match.
- It has a minimal amount of ingredients, and has never made me break out.
- It's so incredibly see through that I have to layer it on to get ANY sort of coverage for my redness (to the point of cake face)...let's not even talk about pimples. Those are never covered with this foundation.
- It's expensive, as far as mineral makeup goes.
Overall, I just don't get what I need out of this foundation. If you have anything but flawless skin, I recommend trying Lucy Minerals. It covers imperfections much better, for a lower price point (currently about 10 dollars less), and doesn't look cakey.
I discovered Alima thanks to MUA and I couldn't be more thankful that I did. I have very clog-prone skin. Up until a few years ago, I could get away with wearing heavy liquid foundations, (e.g. Makeup Forever, Givenchy, Cle de Peau, Prescriptives, Dior, Bobbi Brown, etc.) but now, my skin only tolerates Alima's mineral foundation. I've tried other mineral products, including Youngblood and Bare Minerals, but I've found Alima's - with its minimal ingredients - to be the best. It covers redness and hyperpigmentation without contributing to acne. Although Alima offers a wide range of colors, finding the perfect color for my skin-tone has been difficult. I currently use Warm 4, which is a bit too yellow, but I've also used Beige 3 and 4, and Golden 3 in the past. Other than that- I have no complaints. I have no doubt that I will be using Alima for the rest of my life.