I'm so confused by this product. I bought it in Tender Rose and LOVED the finish, it was so easy to apply and evened out skin tone and covered a few acne scars I have perfectly after about 30 seconds of buffing it onto my face. It looked glowy and just flawless. However, I noticed that Tender Rose was far too pinky for by neutral toned skin and so bought it in Soft Porcelain instead and had a completely different experience. The powder separated and balled up on my face after about an hour and I looked awful - so bad that I would never even consider wearing it again, despite the large price tag.
I have been a faithful JI user for a couple years now and had no intention of trying anything else. But after reading the reviews here I gave it a shot and it really is like a "luxurious" version of mineral powder, if that could be done at all. It gives you all the benefits of mineral powder- being finely milled, covering imperfections easily, giving you that no-makeup but perfected look- but it goes further than that with the tiny tiny soft focus particles. It really polishes you up and goes one step further in that sense. You really just look fabulous, camera ready, slightly highlighted. Best part, it stays that way all day- no turning orange, you barely get greasy- and even when you do get a little oily, it's dewey, it's not greasy. I am extremely acne prone and have had no problems at all, so I'm sorry that the previous user had irritation...
I have very sensitive skin and acne. The sales woman gushed about how wonderful this product is, did my makeup for me and sent me on my way with some. The next day I put it on and within an hour my face felt tight, dry and stung. I turned bright pink. This powder contains bismuth oxychloride - which is highly irritating and can cause cystic acne. Wonderful. I am going back to Jane Iredale and never looking back.
I started using this mineral powder about 16 months ago. I prefer it to Bare Escentuals, as it offers lighter coverage, and MUCH better packaging. The jar has an interior lid that prevents the powder from sneaking out. It is a mineral powder, so it does offer significant coverage, but it is gentle on the skin, and provides a medium coverage/natural finish.
I bought this in natural beige, I wear Mac fix NC 35. This is a medium coverage powder foundation, if I apply too much then it looks a bit ashy, it may be the color but this is the only color that seem to match me the most, as the real sand seems a bit light. I apply the powder using a regular powder brush, does anyone have recommendation on brushes that doesn't feel like it itchy when brushing on your face? The powder seems a little bit glowy, but somehow it kinda accentuate my fine lines below my eyes, when I look in the mirror every hours or so, I see that the makeup settle into the little fine lines under my eyes so I have to pat it to smooth it out. I would consider buying again if I can't find a better powder foundation.
Update: I found out that this color natural beige is too dark my complexion, so I have stop using this, I don't know if the vanilla color would be better for me.
Update Again: I bought the color Real Sand, and it was a better match for my skintone than the Natural Beige, which was a bit too dark. For reference, I wear Mac Fix NC 30/35, Mac Studio Tech in NC 27, Make Up Forever Face & Body foundation in Alabaster Beige, Jane Iredale PurePressed Base in Warm Sienna, Christian Dior Nude liquid foundation in Linen. It's kinda hard to apply this foundation and look at yourself in the mirror at sephora, their lighting is not bright enough, but I would say out of all the shades available, Real Sand is the best match for me.
At last! I think I've found my perfect foundation. Up til now, that had been Sheseido The Powdery, but that is quite expensive and I go through it quickly. Also, by the end of the day, I could see it in my pores. Not a good look! This gem, on the other hand, is amazing. It covers my red cheeks, makes my skin look gorgeous, and doesn't make my pores look huge. In fact, even on my nose, where the pore issue is worst, it seems to float over them and they are less visible. I've never experienced that before! And there is no dot highlighting my pores at the end of the day. The color I got must be a perfect match or the formula prevents that pooling in the pores. I use Tender Rose and it's the perfect neutral beige color. I'm not seeing pink like other reviewers say. My skin is not pink or yellow. It's straight beige with a slight greeny cast under the eyes. Most foundations are waaaay too yellow for me now, unless they are waaay too pink/orange - and I've tried sooo many! This and, believe it or not, a cover girl foundation are the first in my long search that had colors that were beige-y - like so much Caucasian skin is. Even though Prescriptives says I'm yellow-orange undertone, their foundations always oxidized on me and I ended up looking straight orange. I cannot recommend this highly enough!! Just having the pore issue gone is enough for me. Do yourself a favor and at least stop in somewhere to sample this. You may find that, like me, the long, painful search for a good foundation is over!
Laura Mercierís mineral powder is the best loose powder foundation Iíve ever tried! The powder itself is very finely milled, which means that I donít have to use as much product to get my desired coverage. All I need is a light dusting to even out my skin tone. A few minutes after application my skin looks luminous, NOT shiny. A wonderfully lightweight, natural-looking finish. I wear this over LORACís Aquaprime and it lasts all dayóabsolutely no need for touch-ups. However, I think the oil-control could be better; toward the end of the day I find myself having to blot my nose, but aside from that this product is perfect!
I also love the packaging; the rotating cover on the sifter gives me more control over the amount of powder that comes out. It retails at Sephora for $35USD (0.34 oz). For reference, I have olive-tan skin and I have this in PURE HONEY.
I had high hopes for this product after reading reviews here. I have tried bare minerals, everyday minerals, j lynne, etc. and liked them all ok but felt that they settled into my pores too much. i hoped that this one would be different but it wasn't. not only did it settle in my pores but it added an awful sheen to my face! after 30 minutes i was glistening like never before -- even my husband commented on it. must be the pearl powder in this product. i am going to try to retunr this -- definitely not a keeper for my oily skin!
This is one of the best mineral foundations I have tried. Does not have a dry finish and it takes a lot to look over done - very subtle finish and this is best to try if you have not used mineral foundation before or have drier skin. It is also very long lasting and does not streak during the day or by sweating like BE. The finish is not very sensitive to the amount of product you use or to technique, so great to use if you routine is very quick. Finish is slightly more matte than other mineral powders and blends easily to give a very natural look. Highly recommended. The powder is more finely milled than BE. The shade Golden Sand is slightly darker than Prescriptives Vellum and is the perfect summer version of the Prescriptives.
i saw the many good reviews on this product. so i went to the counter and tried it on, the SA matched me with soft porcelain, it looked so natural on me and the coverage is pretty decent.. really love it.. but i havent really applied it in full out yet.. so still not entirely sure how it will turn out.. quite scared that it will turn out to be too pale.. but still certainly looking forward to it though..
edit: i've started using it.. it looks so gorgeous on me.. and i realise it makes me look so good on the camera.. but somehow it accentuate my bumps on my forehead which my YB foundation could have covered.. other then that it is fantastic so far..