Just saw this on the shelf the other day and about had a stroke! I LOVE mineral makeup and have been using Bare Escentuals with good results but don't really care for the glittery look it gave me, not to mention the huge pores (and I normally don't have visible pores!) Anyway, tried this and loved it. Like the texture, the coverage, and the fact that it didn't look as shiny as Bare Escentuals. My only complaint was that since this is a brand new product, they haven't come out with a wide range of colors. Since I'm presently tanning in preperation for a cruise, none of these colors worked for me. I've decided to use up my Bare Escentuals while I'm tan and when I get back from the cruise and start getting paler, I'm heading to Merle to grab this stuff up!
I've tried different mineral makeup brands and haven't had the best of luck. Bare Minerals and Sheer Cover(among others) looked awful on me, partly because of color selection but mostly because of their formulas. They really irritated my Rosacea and my large pores looked even bigger. I tried Loreal Bare Naturale and my skin looked too pale and chalky and the coverage didn't last. Sometimes Everyday Minerals worked and but most days my large pores looked huge. Coverage was always an issue. I thought maybe minerals just weren't for me. But, lately, I've been on a search to give minerals another chance and have been ordering samples from different companies. Then, I read Minxgirl's review on Meryl Norman's brand new mineral makeup. Since I LOVE the quality of MN's products, I gave it a try. I've worn it all day and so far so good. I got lot's of compliments on my skin today. I bought L20, the lightest shade and it works really well for my very light skin. It hides the Rosacea extremely well and doesn't cause any irritation(on me). My pores aren't screaming for attention, either. I paid $25.00 for a very generous amount and also bought their kabuki brush for $12.00(another review). I've got my fingers crossed for this one!! So far, I think the quality of this makeup is wonderful. I'm not saying there aren't some other great brands out there. Different formulas work for different people. But if you have Rosacea or are just interested in a really good mineral makeup, give this one a shot. As with all MN products you try before you buy and you have 30 days to bring it back if you don't like it.
Just when I thought Merle Norman would never come out with a mineral foundation, well, they just did!!! I almost passed out when I saw it on the shelf-I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Where to begin??? Let me start off by saying that I have spent tons of money & effort trying several mineral foundations: Bare Escentuals=terrible color selection-I'm a PPP and even the lightest shade 'Fair' was too orange; made my pores insanely huge, gave me that dreaded 70's 'disco-ball' look (*not* attractive at all) & made my skin itch; Philosophy: again, terrible color selection, hardly any coverage, 'slid' off of my face within 5 minutes (and I really don't have oily skin); made my face look like an oil slick and way too expensive for the small amount you get ($35 for a tiny 0.32 oz jar). I've also tried Everyday minerals, but had problems with coverage, pore size, shinniness, etc etc. Now on to the star of the show: I don't know how Merle Norman did it, but their mineral foundation puts all others in thier graves!! The shade I chose(L20), which is the lightest shade, is an absolutely *perfect* match for my PPP complexion. It looks peach-toned in the container, but once I apply it, it goes on lighter (slightly yellow based)-with no orange, pink, brown, red, or ashiness-the shade is just perfect. When I've worn other mineral makeup in the past (ie: b.e.) I would always have to wear a mineral veil on top; *not* with the Merle Norman foundation. You do get a healthy glow, but without the glitter & shinniness & I can honestly say that this foundation stays put & the coverage is excellent; also, your pores will not stick out like a sore thumb. The packaging is nice: a generous .50 oz round container that has holes, so you won't have to worry about it dumping out all over your bathroom. The application technique is still the sames as w/ other mineral m/u: pour a small amount into the lid, swirl, tap & buff; you can apply more as needed to acheive your desired coverage. The other thing that I also wanted to add is that if you have issues with the ingredient bismuth-oxychloride' like I've had (itchiness) in other mineral make-up then this foundation would be an excellent choice, as it does not contain b.i.; the Luxiva mineral m/u contains only 4 ingredients: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and iron oxides. Price wise, I paid only $25; the amount of product you get is very generous, so 1 container will last me forever. I *highly* recommend this new foundation-love, love, love!!!!!! I'm also crossing my fingers that Merle Norman comes out with mineral blushes & eyeshadows!!