I am really pale and Alima was the first mineral makeup to have a shade light enough for me. (It was the lightest neutral shade they make) I started using it during the summer months, but as soon as the weather got colder and my skin started to get dry, I had to stop using it as a foundation because it emphasized the flakiness. I now use it as a loose powder on my t-zone since the color is a perfect match for my skin (something very hard to come by).
I ordered some Alima blushes and eyeshadows and was very happy with them so I decided to see if their foundation was any better than my favourite foundation by Everyday Minerals. I am about MAC NW25-30 normally, darker when I've been in the sun. N3 proved to be the closest match but as I was quite tanned at the time of sampling as I'd been on holidays, I did think it was a bit chalky at first but it settled and looked quite good. C3 was a bit pink and I didn't even try N2 or C2. I think in summer I could go up to N4. BTW I found the samples to be lighter in real life than they appear on my computer screen. Shipping was very fast (I live in Australia and it took a week!) and the samples were attractively packaged. As far as replacing EM goes, I'm not sure. I thought that the foundation tended to disappear somewhat over the course of the day, whether I used primer or not. Bear in mind it's the middle of winter here and my skin dries out in the cold too, so I don't know how it would hold up in summer, if indeed it would hold up at alll. I felt that it was extremely light on the face - I felt like I was not wearing anything, which was definitely a good thing. I did feel as though I had to use significantly more product than normal to get it to cover adequately, and I do not need a lot of coverage as my skin is normally quite good. So I'm not 100% sure I'd buy a full size but it's probably worth trying a sample. UPDATE: OK, so I've had a bit more of a play and I really really like it. I think I'll buy a full-sized jar. The colour match is better than EM's and I can't believe I'm saying this but I also think I like the finish better - when I compare it to EM, the EM foundations (both Intensive and O'Glo) feel so heavy. Foundation shade N3 works really well with Sand concealer and Rose Beige finishing powder, BTW.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2007: I have since discovered that a mix of two-thirds N4 to roughly one-third N3 works very well with my skin tone. Still like it very much and it seems to work best under jojoba oil as a moisturiser and/or Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as a primer.
Hmm... I love Alima's blushes and eyeshadows but I'm so-so about the foundation. I'm 18, so I don't have any sort of wrinkles yet, but this foundation settles into lines in my forehead I didn't even know were there. A foundation shouldn't do that. I do like the coverage, which is light to medium, and the texture, but I've found better, like Lumiere. I'm surprised there aren't many reviews for that company. I think if anyone is unhappy with Alima, Lumiere is worth a try. I was content with Alima until I tried Lumiere's Flawless formula.
I've been using this for about a year and a half and I really love it. I previously used JI pure pressed but was just getting too oily and grimy by the end of the day. Alima covers well and while it doesn't control oil on its own, it doesn't seem to add to the problem. The hardest thing about Alima is finding a match -- they have so many color choices that it can be a little overwhelming. Everything ran much more golden/yellow than I was expecting, so I wasted a lot of $$$ on completely unsuitable samples. Glad I stuck with it, though, because 3 orders of multiple samples later, I found a good match for me and have not looked back since.
I spent about $20 on samples only to find they don't have any shade that matches my skintone at all. Neutrals were too pink. Warms too yellow. I am have golden peachy tan skin right now and none of the colors matched.
What's more, the coverage just didn't work for me. It was a bit more drier than what I am used to. I have acne scars and redness and I really had to use a lot to get any coverage, and it didn't seem to last too long either. I compared the level of coverage and creaminess on my hand just to test it against what I have been using (Everyday Minerals semi matte) and Alima was drier/chalkier, and it didn't cover as well either.
I will say that if you need light coverage and need something a bit drier (say for summer esp for oily skin) this would be a good option.
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.