I purchased a bunch of samples from this company based on the hypes of reviews here. And like many disappointing victims here, I am here festering out my grief. At time, I wonder if cosmetics companies are raving their own reviews like people pumping up stocks in the market before sell off . I am not as poetic as the lady 3 reviews below me , which by the way, I love her creative expression :). This powder foundation is okay. At least it didn't make me breakout or give me rashes within the first application. I didn't like the way it looked on my skin so I never even bother trying it for the second time. My skin does not look natural with this makeup on. It probably has too much fillers that's why it has poor coverage. high quality makeup should only require a small amount to conceal imperfections. That's one of the quality of a highly pigmented product, not fillers. I had to layer so much onto the skin which end up accentuating pores, lines, and wrinkles that I never even had before. It doesn't cover flaws like I need. It doesn't last on my oily skin. It started changing color after a few hours of wear. I don't like the way it makes my skin look dingy after 1-2 hours. It didn't do a good job with concealing pores. This product was made for people with perfect skin. Anyone with skin problems such as pimples, scars, spots, redness, uneven skin tone, sallow complexion, or hyperpigmention would best steer clear of this product. Sadly it is the majority of us that has "Less than perfect skin" that's why we wear makeup. If you are an outdoor sporty type of person, this makeup is not going to hold in the heat, sweat, wet, humid environment. The price is fair, shipping fee is okay, service so so. Thank God I only spent money on the samples. There is nothing in this line of cosmetic usable to me including blushes, and shimmer powder. Overall, it performs poorly compared to many mineral cosmetics on the market today. Disappointing experience. I would not repurchase
i must the minority here. at first i thought this was great, but i soon relaized that it is simply too thick of a consistency for me. NO matter how much i moisturized, exfoliated, and buffed, no matter how little i used or which brush i used; it still looked cakey and accentuated the dry patches on my face. I am c3 and used w2 in alima. It simply did not melt into my face like Everyday Mienrals does. It looked heavy and unnatural. With EM, i dont have think when i put it on, but with this i have to really make sure its blended and when when I do it settles in my pores and looks cakey/heavy. For me, EM is light and works sooo mcuh better! so it might be wise to try alima samples before ordering to see how it reacts with your skin. Alima made my skin very dry. alima does have super fast shipping and great Customer service. it just didnt work for me, it was waay tooo matte. I personally like the glow EM gives my face and how it melts into my skin, and alima just sat on my face. ALso, alima does not last on my skin, while EM is still going strong and looking good at the end of the day. So definately try before u buy ladies!
Alima Satin Matte Foundation
The women said you were lovely, full of grace.
And indeed you were. I picked your form in G-1,
Realized upon first touch that no other base
Had come so close to my skin's true shade.
Fine-milled and generously allotted sample,
You went on my skin with the lightness of a feather, like
The lightness you trod on my wallet. And it was good.
I looked, and behold! No lines, no spots
In a 5x mirror that otherwise trumpets
The downfall of my epidermis. You were perfect.
An hour later, and I stood in front of the glass again
To preen and relish the advent of my Holy Grail.
I paled. (Figuratively, alas, my Asian skin.)
What was this? Rather--what wasn't this?
You had stolen away, audacious thief,
With my hope and flawlessness. I was
And I wept.
I love Alima's foundation. they're indeed satin soft and so finely milled. Most importantly, it doesnt end up streaky or patchy, nor does it cause me to break out. Been using N2 for the last 2 months and I'm so pleased with the results! I look like I have glowing skin without feeling made up. It doesn't oxidise much as well. I'm NC20 and N2 seems like the best match for me. I love to mix some Luna, luminating powder to my mixing jar with N2 foundation. I love the foundation so much that I bought 2 of the full sized foundation when my friend ordered with a 10% discount code.
Unfortunately, I didn't find a colour match. I'm a black woman w/ medium brown skin w/ golden/yellow undertones and nothing worked...everything seemed toooooo yellow. Besides, in general, I find too many of the cosmetics line don't carry a wider range of shades for darker skin tones. If they have some selection, there are huge gaps between the light shades and extreme dark shades...as I've voiced in other posts, what about mid range women of colour skin tones?!? Anyway, Alima blushes are gorgeous...or at least the sample I got and I may purchase a regular size down the road.
First of all let me preface the review my saying I have extremely dry skin with no pores, oil or any sign of life..lol. I have atopic dermatitis (eczema) so my skin is prone to redness and is very sensitive.
Alima minerals are absolutely beautiful!!!!! I'm been wearing these minerals for a couple of weeks and have gotten sooooo many compliments on my skin. I'm a GGG / MAC NC42, NC43 and NC44. I purchased samples in W5, G5, G6 and G7. Without my tan in the winter G5 will be a perfect match; however now that my skin is sunkissed G6 is a perfect match for me!!! I can't *WAIT* to get dark enough to wear G7!!! The finish is "glowy" without being being too "sparkly". I wash my face with cetaphil, then apply suncreen, Cerave moisture lotion and finally my Smashbox Primer. I don't "grind" or "buff" the minerals into my skin, I just lightly dust with my Kabuki and I get a beautiful flawless finish that lasts all day WITHOUT drying out my skin!!! I love to finish with MAC Moisture Fix Spray, but I've recently ordered NUSKIN PCA Moisture Mist. These minerals are definetly my HG. After trying Monave (chalky), EDM, and Lumiere these win HANDS DOWN!
I have finally found a foundation that works; specifically, a mineral foundation that works. I was using JI for awhile but it turns orangey on me. Alima was tricky at first. I had no idea what shade to get, but going on the fact that I am a MAC NC20 I went with the light shades of the warm colors, like Almond, and two neutrals, Chiffon and Satin. Almond was too yellow. Satin a bit too dark. I tried mixing them and got an okay result with 1/3 Almond and 2/3 Satin, but ended up deciding that Chiffon was perfect on its own. It is a perfect match to my skin, and cancels out redness without looking too yellow.
The finish is very smooth and natural. It is impossible to tell that I am wearing foundation! Application is easy with a Kabuki brush. I just buff it on dry. I will say that what you wear underneath your Alima makes a difference. It really goes best over my Skinceuticals sunscreen. I got a less than stellar application under my Olay Complete which I wear in the winter. Not sure what will use to replace that when summer is over. However, this is a small and fixable issue and one I am willing to deal with given the fact that the Alima is so perfect otherwise. It matches my skin; it doesn't break me out; it provides some sun protection, and it is a natural product as far as makeup items go. The only downer to me is that it doesn't yet come in a pressed powder compact. I don't really like dealing with loose powder but I can deal considering the results.
I've just ordered my first full-sized jar (the sample lasted me well over a month BTW) and I'm very happy about it. For under $20 I have a great foundation that will probably last me a year. I'm a fan!
After agonising over 9 different sample colours and temporarily upsetting my poor face by using sunscreen base on one half, not the other, moisturiser, aloe, rosewater, washing it 5 times a day to try the next colour, not to mention embarrassing myself by constantly asking everyone how my face looked, I think i'm finally at a point to write a full review.
I'm a Baumann O(borderline)SN(borderline)W, cool -toned and pale and tried C-0, C-1, C-2, C-3, N-0, N-1, N-2, N-3 and W-1.
C-0 is white - I mean almost paper white. C-1 seems to work for a lot of people, but on me it looked chalky and unflattering. C-2, the tricky one...at first I showed my friend whilst standing by a blue wall and she said I reflected the same colour. So while it matched my skin, it again wasn't very flattering, though I tried it again later with Avene sunscreen underneath and whilst outside we agreed it looked good. N-0 was a possible match though the 0 colour level scared me off. N-1 looked slightly too yellow around my jawline.
Despite all this colour confusion, Satin Matte gave me a lovely even, dewy coverage and I liked the idea of mineral makeup so I got back on the website and ordered the remaining colours listed above. In the meantime I continued to play with my existing samples and found a mix of N1-C1 to actually be a very good match.
However, during this period of experimentation my skin got a lot drier, and Satin Matte started emphasising the lines between my nose/mouth and made me look like an old hag (am only 21). Moisturizer is a MUST with Alima if you have any dryish areas, but i'm assuming this is normal (i'm a powder foundation, let alone MMU virgin).
I find dabbing a little moisturizer (at the moment Olay sensitive double action though am not keen on it) just on the dry areas before s/s and leaving 20 mins does the trick. I apply Alima in downward strokes with a kabuki (tried a liquid foundation sponge and was far too cakey), and then spray with water or rosewater to set it.
My second batch of samples arrived and were all too dark/yellow. I've now ordered a full-size custom blend of 75% N1, 25% C1.
All-in-all very impressed with Alima Satin Matte, though I reserve 5 lipsticks for very special products and I wouldn' t go that far - improved coverage and improved ease of application would earn it full marks. If you're having problems with it being too dry as I did, persevere and experiement - it's worth it!
First--Their eyeshadows and finishing powders are the most finely milled powders I have ever seen. I will rebuy their finishing powders but not the foundation.
Why? The color was a spot-on match for me (I'm asian), but I was dissatisfied with the coverage. It settles into lines and pores, and can look cake-y. I'm going to try Meow Cosmetics next.
I loooooved this for the first 6 hours I was wearing it. It covered very well, was glowy but not greasy and just looked so natural! I found a GREAT match in C-2 but then sadly as the day wore on it started to look cakey around my nose and settled into parts of my chin. Then to make matters worse, I woke up with 4 new fresh pimples forming in random places. Back to Jane Iredale I go. How sad.