Ill compare this to BE because that's what I've been using. As far as overall, Alima's foundation blows BE away and here's why: BE went on well and looked good-when I first put it on. After a few hours and my skin oils had mixed with it, it looked HORRIBLE-it slid off my face, looked cakey all over, and there's NO retouching this stuff....in fact, the more you try, the worse it looks. Alima is in fact the only MMU that I've tried that not only looks good when you put it on, but it wears at least twice as long without oily breakthrough and when you DO need to touch it up, it blends with itself nicely. Admittedly BE seems to go on smoother and more even on initial application but what's the point if it looks like crap after an hour? Much rather put the effort into a better MMU.
As far as color, I'll admit I haven't found the perfect shade yet. I got golden 0 and golden 1 (btw, the foundation samples they give last for days and they included samples of finishing powder, blush and eye shadow...not bad :D) Golden 1 was a tad too dark and way too yellowy for me-a surprise cause I have yellowy skin as I'm half Asian-and golden 0 was the right amount of yellow but it's more of an ecru shade-really really light. I would say I'm right in between, and my next step is to maybe try blending the 2 colors, or try the warm instead of golden undertone. I have to say though that the online swatches are really accurate, I had a feeling the golden 1 was too dark just by looking at the swatch.
Also although I haven't utilized all of Alima's website and customer service options I can say that I got my order in about 2 days for $2.00 s&h which IMO constitues a kudos in customer service but...ok, I was reviewing the makeup, right? :) I'm just impressed with Alima and plan to buy full sizes even if I have to mix the colors to get my shade...I mean, that's part of the beauty of MMU right?
My three best friends love mineral makeup. I tried twice (mall brands) and hated it. The first time I looked like an Oompa-Loompa. The second time I looked like my makeup will probably look when I am dead.
To be honest, it's not easy for me to find ANY kind of makeup that matches. I have had makeup artists tell me I am "olive, not olive, beige, golden, medium - whatever that means, and warm."
Two weeks ago I was out with my friends and they told me my makeup looked terrible. They suggested Alima Pure and told me to read everything about matching my skin and then to order enough samples to make sure I nailed it.
It was actually a lot to read but if you are having trouble matching your skin it is very thorough and helpful.
I ended up ordering a lot of samples but one is actually perfect - at least for right now until I get some sun.
For the first time I can remember I really like the way foundation looks and feels. I have learned not to apply too much and to wait about 10 minutes to see how it really looks.
I also think it's easier to clean off. Maybe I was putting too much creamy makeup on.
I am really excited about looking natural and great. I have uneven skin tone and I can't believe how much a tiny bit of the right powder does to make me look like I have good skin! (Not perfect, but good!)
Now I am interested in learning how to use other mineral makeup. I think this is the future since its better for the environment, health, etc.
Thanks for reading!
HG. It hasn't made me break out! yay! The packaging is also adorable, and I am a sucker for cute packaging ;) As far as coverage, it covers all my discoloration and acne perfectly, and my family can't even tell I'm wearing make up. It's really comfortable, has really good staying power, and is the perfect color (C2). Overall, it's just a really great foundation. The product is also packed it super tight, so it's almost like using a compact. I took the sifter off of mine and use a flocked sponge to apply.
This is by far my favorite mineral foundation! There's a huge selection of colours. The foundation is easy to apply and it looks very natural compared to other mineral makeup i've tried before. I have oily t-zone and it makes my skin matte all day long.
I really like the packaging, it's very high quality.
Also, they have great customers service and they are not tested on animals (they figure on the Leaping Bunny list)!
I used to buy my mineral makeup from everyday minerals, but the customer service was awful and the foundation made me break out.
I will for sure continue to buy alima pure satin matte foundation!
I adore this foundation! It goes on like silk, has medium to full coverage, and yet feels so light on the skin! It's easy to build up coverage if desired. It gives me a beautiful, radiant complexion, but is not so glowy like bare minerals. It lasts all day without oxidizing or transferring.
For those with dry skin like me- make sure you moisturize well beforehand. Let the moisturizer get absorbed before applying the minerals. Skip any finishing powders, and finish with a light spray of water or hydrosol. It won't look too dry or powdery, it will just look and feel creamy. If you tried bare minerals and it made you flaky or dry, try alima.
I would recommend this foundation to anyone- I think it would work well for most skin types due to it's short list of ingredients and purity.
For mineral foundation for older skin the satin matte is great, not too drying and not too shiny. I got a custom color and ended up with a good match. No problems with breakouts or irritation, but these are sheer and do not last too long which is not the best for me. If you have good skin and nothing to hide these are an option. Good color range, something for everyone.
As far as mineral foundations go, this one is top-notch. The foundation glides on easily and wears really nicely. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is that, in my opinion, foundation is meant to either enhance or hide (and sometimes do both) and this just didn't enhance my skin. The color match was good, as close as I was going to get. But my skin seemed dull-looking, without a healthy glow. I was asked if I had been sick recently, which was the nail in the coffin for this foundation.
Best makeup I've used. And I wouldn't have known about it if it wasn't for MUA. Compared to BareMinerals and other mineral makeup I have tried, this has less shininess, more like regular makeup, and the wear lasts much much longer. All the other mineral makeup rubbed off so easily, maybe because I have oily skin. But this one stays on all day, no problem at all. Coverage is great too. However, it took me a while to find my shade (Olive 1.5). It was strange how far apart their Olive 1 and 2 are. Neither worked for me that well, and Olive is my undertone. When they introduced Olive 1.5, I tried it immediately, and it was perfect. I've been using it for about 2 years. The packaging, which is the same as other powder makeup, seems a bit unsanitary. I don't use a lot of makeup, so a regular-sized jar lasts me a long time. The powder definitely does not look as fresh as before. So maybe I'll buy a new jar soon. Overall, it's an excellent product.
I've used mineral makeup for at least five years and have tried BE, Jane Iredale, Everyday Minerals (intensive formula), Prescriptives and Alima. Of them all, my favorite is Alima. Here's why:
INGREDIENTS: No bismuth, no cornstarch, no fluffy fillers. Alima’s ingredient list is very basic: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide and Mica. That’s it. Also, the top two ingredients are natural sun blockers. That’s a big plus to me.
SHADES: I love Alima’s color organization system! Alima offers 60 shades plus custom blending of up to three existing shades. Each shade is numbered according to depth from 0 to 9 (palest to darkest) and categorized by undertone and in order of cool to warm: Cool (pink-based) , Neutral (peachy-slightly cool), Beige (peachy-slightly warm), Warm (yellow-based), Golden (strong yellow undertones) and Olive (neutral beige, no prominent yellow, peach or pink).
COVERAGE: I feel Alima gives buildable, sheer to moderate coverage. It blurs discolorations when applied lightly and will give smooth, even coverage with the proper application. For darker discolored areas and circles, I do need to use a concealer.
APPLICATION: It works well applied as a powder with a kabuki or mineral foundation brush, and it also works well (my favorite) when the minerals are transformed into a cream foundation by blending it first with a small amount light moisturizer. For oilier skintypes, try blending it with a silicone-based foundation primer instead of a moisturizer.
One thing I’ve noticed: if my face feels moist or filmy from moisturizer, I find applying Alima minerals dry with a brush can go on cakey and uneven because surface moisture is ‘grabbing’ the minerals. Solutions to this are to apply a powder primer first to dry up the skin or to apply it already blended with a moisturizer or silicone primer. Also, if it’s brushed on dry and the finish looks powdery, spritzing it with water will meld the minerals nicely to skin.
WEAR: With the cream foundation method, I find the minerals apply smoothly, the finish lasts longer throughout the day and the overall effect is less drying by the day’s end. For my combo-dry skin, I apply a few small drops of emu oil as a moisturizer (other skin oils are fine, too), then after it sinks in I apply a blend of Alima/facial lotion.
SKINTYPES: There is a tendency for minerals to be drying, so Alima would be least recommended for chronically dehydrated skin.
OVERALL: Highly recommended for anyone who likes mineral makeup or wants a foundation that has minimalist, sun protective ingredients. I give it a 5 lippie when comparing it to other mineral foundations as Alima is excellent. continued >>
I've been using this on and off for a few years now and still like it. I'm between W2 and W3. Both look natural on me. The jar is small enough for travel and one jar lasts me forever.