I suffer from PCOS, and as such my combination skin is much oilier than normal. Any type of liquid makeup slides off my face, no matter if I use a mattifier or blotting papers. At the end of the day, I would have a ring of foundation around the edges of my face.
At last, someone set me onto JI. I love it! It stays through everything, including the summer humidity of the South! It was recommended that I go with Warm Silk at first, but I thought it too yellow. I am now using Radiant. I am a pale cool, with brown hair and eyes, and the Radiant just blends in perfectly. I apply it with a flocked sponge, to get a more velvety coverage. I know I won't be using anything else.
This is my first foray into the world of mineral foundations. I'm mid 40's, normal skin, medium olive with red patches and uneven skin tone. I've searched for the perfect foundation all of my life. That said, this is a good foundation. I'm hard to match color wise, as most foundations turn orange on me if the color is deep enough or make me look ashy as the color is too light. Nothing ever looked perfect. I've been using Diorskin and I'm happy with it, but its not the HG. I ordered several samples of the loose and pressed JI mineral foundation from Skin etc. I'm wearing golden glow in the loose version as skin etc didn't have golden glow sample sizes in the pressed. I was nervous as several MUA'ers have stated that the application technique is the key. I found the loose powder easy to apply. I moisturize, use my smashbox primer (love that stuff, its the best) and a little concealer then use a sephora bronzer brush to apply the loose minerals. Wow. This is great foundation with superb coverage. The color is perfect and the powder melts into my skin. I can't believe the coverage for something that feels like nothing on my skin. I've ordered the pressed in full size as I think it would travel better but will order the loose in full size at some point. My thanks to you all for your reviews of this product. I would never have tried this without your imput. I highly recommend and will review the pressed after I've worn it a few days.
I have finally found my HG foundation. I thought I had when I used LaPrairie but this actually puts my skin in better condition. I use the pressed powder in Warm Silk which is a perfect match. I took the advice of another reviewer and ordered samples in 3 colors from Skin-etc.com . The warm silk is perfect and the satin which is a shade darker is a perfect summer shade. Skin-etc. also discounts all Jane Iredale products substantially. It was helpful to check the dermstore.com website to see the colors as they show the actual product rather than a color chart.
I must say that I wasn't impressed with mineral cosmetics after trying Bare Escentials. That powder accentuated my already large pores and looked awful. I returned that and tryed this. After reading favorable reviews I ordered the Jane Iredale handi brush which puts the perfect amount of product on my skin. Used with Jane Iredale concealers my skin looks literally flawless and has stopped breaking out as much. I have found that a spritz of Jane Iredale Balance spray after applying the powder leaves my skin with a more dewey appearance.
I never thought that a pressed powder could ever provide as much coverage as this stuff does. I use the flocked sponge to apply it to places where more coverage is needed --particularly on my dark circles. This is really a miracle product!
Oh my I wish I had found this stuff years ago!! I have been a loyal BE user for 5 years now because of my very oily skin. The unnatural metallic shine has always been a struggle, blotting papers, several touch -ups with Mineral Veil throughout the day BUT it still beat using liquid foundations. I stumbled across the reviews for JI here and ordered samples of both the loose & pressed powders from skin-etc.com.
I got lucky and hit my color first pass and I've gotta say this product surpasses all my expectations. As I said I am very oily in the T-zone. I used the matte pressed powder in that area before applying the loose powder with the sponge. The coverage is not as heavy as BE but that is a positive for me. Yes, the JI does seem to accentuate wrinkles and large pores BUT after the product ahs been on your skin long enough to "meld" with your oils I find those wrinkles & enlarged pores seen to "melt" away!
I'm a medium olive tone with plenty of acne scars, sun damage & those weird hormonal induced color change patches here and there. I also would add that I have been inside my home, my car, several stores and outside in the sun today and there does not seem to be any of the "orangeing" effect that I always got from BE.
I'm giving this a few more days before I order the full size jar just to be sure no adverse effects pop up after a few days use but for day one's review I say WOW, this stuff rocks!! continued >>
This is definitely my HG foundation.It wears so well, great coverage, dosen't cake and looks really natural.
DO NOT BUY THIS STUFF!!! it gives NO coverage whatsoever! a complete waste of $50... dried my skin out-and i'm someone who has very oily skin. also made my skin itch since the powder dried it out...doesnt live up to jane iredale's claims about being great for sensitive/acne-prone skin. not worth the money at all.
Thankyou all reviewers for helping me to find this great foundation! My previous experience was with Youngblood, which defined every line and pore and aged me 10 yrs. I took the advice of ordering samples, very affordable at skin-etc. The color I thought would be my match was too light, and satin is perfect. I also tried suntan, which will be good to match my fake tan this summer. I'm 39, with melasma, acne scars and small wrinkles to disguise, and while this doesn't make every flaw dissappear, it evens out my skin tone and blends the flaws better than any other foundation I've tried, including the $75 pan of Dior I bought under the influence of pms. It gives a nice glow, feels weightless on and lasts forever. If you had bad luck with other mineral foundations, I would try Iredale. On line shopping for Iredale cheaper than my local retailer, check e-bay for full size around $23 v. 45.
BTW mua-ers steered me to Sally supply for a GREAT chisel brush to apply this with that is only $6.99!
First let me say that I tried the pressed powder in warm sienna, and although the color looked okay, my combo skin looked dry and unflattering. Eagerly I tried the Amazing Base, also in warm sienna over Skinceuticals Sport sunblock, which is pretty moisturizing, with Iredale's handi brush on one side of my face and using the chisel brush on the other. At first it looked a little dry and a little heavy, but I know that powder needs a little time to mix with the natural oils, so I waited. Well I've been checking it throughout the day and now it just looks cakey, oily and darker. I'm staying with my StudioFix.
This stuff is amazing!!! I have been on the search for the perfect LIQUID foundation for years (Kanebo Liquid Finish and *amazingly* L'oreal True Match- were the best so far). I have disliked cream compact, for setting into lines/pores, and absolutely HATED powders because of my combo-dry skin, did not even go there. All the powder I used is a ever-so-light dusting of sheer powder to set T-zone and then highlighter powder.
And then I tried BE, like many others, and found the application amazing, easy, did not look like powder, covered beyond expectation... BUT made me look 10 years older, shiny in a metallic way and awful color match (ashy, pinkish, I don't know).
But then I tried Jane Iredale, and it was LOVE. I ordered samples from skin-etc in warm sienna and golden glow, in both loose and pressed versions. And bingo! Right my colors: warm sienna all year round and golden glow when I'm tanned. The pressed didn't match so well because they are a lot lighter than the loose, so where I use warm sienna in the loose, I use Golden Glow in the pressed. And that is still a little too light. But 5 lippies for such a wonderful product, that turned round all my ideas and concepts about foundation: super fast application, flawless glowy (not BE shiny) finish that covers like a dream, lasts for HOURS and it is beneficial for my skin. I will never go back to liquid!! (when I finish all of my collection of liquids that is ;-)
I love this product! At first I tried applying it and it looked horribly orange and cakey. Then I talked to the makeup artist again and she recommended the Handi brush so I purchased that. It worked better but my skin was still too shiny for my liking.
I researched on the web and decided to try the Absence. This added product makes my skin look "Amazing" just like the product is called!
I have always had acne prone and oily skin but I haven't had a breakout since February 05 and my husband and I both agree I look great now (I never agreed with him on that before)! I do notice that I need to be light handed and a little goes a long way.
I feel so much more confident and beautiful. I love that this stuff lasts a long time too; it may be pricey but I haven't been more happy with a makeup line than this. I found it for a great discount at SkinWest.com.