I have yet to fully try this product, and I have to say that I don't know what exactly Jane Iredale is trying to prove by making her products so inaccessible. To explain further, I have been trying to get my hands on this powder for three weeks now. I knew that the products could be bought online, but I have had bad experiences with ordering makeup online, and for the price, I didn't want to chance it. So, I figured I"d pick it up at a retailer... how hard could that be, right? So I did some online research of where I could find the products, and luckily they were available at a spa near my apartment. They attempted to color match my pale skin, and told me that my shade was "Bisque." I looked in the mirror, and I had a visible demarcation line, and in general looked way too dark. They assured me that this was my shade, and when I asked if there was a lighter shade, they said no. I went home, checked the online store, and Aha! Ivory exists! I called the spa and they finally admitted that there was a shade lighter than bisque, but said that they do not carry it and could not order it for me. Next, I called around various retailers that were listed on Jane Iradele's website. Now I live in the heart of downtown Chicago, it should NOT be this hard to find a makeup brand. I found a private club that retails the products, but would not allow me to purchase them because I was not a member. Next, I took a train ride to a dermatologist office who promised to have my shade. The receptionist made me fill out a massive form in order for her to be able to "dispense" the freaking product to me. Once I was holding the glorified compact in my hand, I asked her about the return policy. She told me, and I quote, "There are no returns on Jane Iredale products. Even if you have a visible reaction to the product, or the incorrect shade." I was appalled by that policy, so I left without the product. I was on my way to work, and did not have time to sit with an esthetician for a half hour to make sure I wasn't allergic, and that the shade was correct. So finally, I gave in, and decided to just order the damn thing online. I was so desperate for the product at this point, that I spent 100 dollars on the webstore (purchasing the pressed powder as well as the dream tint and lip drink), so that I would be able to get free 2 day shipping. It has now been 4 business days, and the UPS site says that my package is somewhere around Louisville KY.... I cannot believe that I have to go through such a frustrating process just for makeup, and I'm very frustrated with the company so far. I will edit when I finally get to try the product.
EDIT** why in the heck is Ivory so pink? It's supposed to be neutral! Someone should tell the cosmetics companies that not all pale-skinned people have pink skin. I guess this will be yet another brand to be returned. It's a shame, after everything I went through to get it. What a waste.
I have never worn this product on my face personally; however I do know of a make-up artist that uses this exclusively on patients shortly after cosmetic surgery procedures. She said it is the only product she has ever used that doesn't iritate the very senstive skin after procedures. So it has to be pretty good stuff. She said she also used it on a (on-air) personality who was underoing radiation therapy and he very red skin on his face; and this product covered very welll; yet never looked un-natural on camera. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
I believe this will be an HG foundation for me... I held off trying this mineral foundation due to the price but found out I could get some pretty decent sized free samples from the website.They were super nice about asking questions about my skin tones and then sent me three different colors to try as well as the Amazing Matte loose powder ( LOVE) and the Pure Matte pressed powder (ALSO LOVE).... And folks, this is it for me when it comes to mineral foundation... I am still using the samples but am going this weekend to pick up a full size at a salon that sells it near here. Color match (Radiant) is perfect for my NW20 skin... does not irritate my hyper sensitive skin and eyes, wears like iron and looks natural even with near full coverage. My combo skin still gets a little oily across the tzone, but the foundation doesn't break down as most of them do on me... I can touch up with no problem. I have tried so many mineral foundations looking for the perfect one... the closet I could come to a powder foundation that worked for me was MAC Studio Fix and EL Double Wear powder... both of those were close but not perfect... this Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base is as close to perfect I will believe I will get.
I just switched over from bare minerals. Huge difference in quality and the way my skin looks/feels. This powder gives a light/med coverage that is build-able & not cakey. I use a sponge to give heavier concealer type coverage.
I prefer the packaging of Bare Minerals over Jane Iredale. I find that there is a lot of messiness and product waste with the gold compact. The price point is expensive. I would not re purchase simply based on the above mentioned.
This stuff has literally saved my skin. A couple of years ago (perhaps thanks to aging, or perhaps thanks to a Dr Hauschka experiment gone awry) I started getting very frequent spots along my jawline, chin, and occasionally cheeks. Since my skin is naturally extremely dry, there didn't seem to be much I could do to treat it. I have tried most skincare brands/cleansing methods (oil method? never again), etc. but nothing helped. I started using this stuff about 8 months ago, and my skin has been pretty constantly good ever since. It's still not "perfect" -- but it wasn't to begin with. I have repurchased this (even though I am aching to try something new because I am fickle like that) and I'll keep doing so until it stops giving me such great results. Coverage is sheer but buildable. I have to put this on over moisturizer (with SPF, obv) and occasionally the "Dream Tint" product for an extra moisture boost because otherwise I can look a bit flaky. I like this way, way better than Bare Escentuals, Alima Pure, Everyday Minerals, etc. This stuff is amazing.
I have nothing but praise for this product. I have been using it for almost three years without stop and it has been a godsend. It never breaks my combo-acne prone skin out and it is like my second skin. My skin looks even more flawless with this! It perfectly blends into my skin and it is just beautiful. I am quite fickle with my products, so my commitment to this is serious. HG status for sure.
I just called Jane Iredale with help deciding on a color and if you call them at 800 762 1132,they will send you samples of both the loose and pressed powders free!!!!!!!!!!!! This will help so much in color matching. :)
Best foundation i have ever used. You can layer it to get the type of coverage you want. I've tried so many kinds and this one looks the most natural and goes on smoothly. Settles in your skin beautifully. My mom and I both have used it for a couple years. My mom is in her early 50's and im 24, skin is ovbiously different but yet we both love it. Doesnt clog my pores and easy to remove at night.
A little interesting tid bit I worked for a company that retailed this product and I used it for almost 2 years everyday - It was free! Without knowing too much about it at the time I took it for granted wihtout realising that it was such a sought after brand (even though the RRP was $90 bucks) anyway this is a very good mineral makeup - it will double as concealor and foundation as it is totally buildable. It has a huge shade range in warm, nuetral, cool anything! The compact lasts along time (unless is shatters on a big night out!) and lastly I can honestly unbiasedly tell you my acne prone skin cleared up after using this everyday. HOWEVER the price is extremely steep....a little tip girls the distributors markup on this is well over the norm import margins. Ebay have the right idea in scrapping the middle man on this one. So if you can get it for under $50 its a good deal otherwise I prefer youngblood.....
Bought this over Christmas, was looking for something new that was less time consuming. Regret it? No. Love it? No. It matched me perfectly, and I love the coverage but it only last 4-5 hours on me, even with a primer. So lightweight I can't feel it, but it also made my pores look HUGE and I got a super oily T zone when wearing it. Honestly, I didn't know I had an oily T zone until this and it is sooooo expensive. It is now March and I still have quite a bit left, but I only use it when I know I'm only going 2 be out and about for a few hours. The smell of the Pommist made me sick when I first started using it, but now it doesn't bother me. Back to my old routine.