I've tried several mineral foundations (BE included), & this is the only one I've ever liked. This applies & blends very easily, has almost a moist/creamy texture to it, gives anywhere from sheer-medium coverage & makes my skin look flawless within seconds. Most minerals give that tin-man look, but Laura's doesn't. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, & this doesn't cause any issues. I adore the sifter container that you can close....finally, a vendor got that part right. My only complaint is the poor color selection. I really can't find a good match for my medium skin tone. All Laura's colors lean yellow, & that just doesn't work for me. I wear Natural Beige, & have tried Classic Beige, & Rich Vanilla....ALL too golden/yellow. I wish the cosmetic creators would get away from that "everyone looks good with a yellow base" attitude!
I am honestly shocked at the positive reviews for this product. I think it is awful. It's the only LM product I have tried that I haven't loved. There are several reasons I dislike it.
1) It is poorly milled. The powder balls up in the jar and when it is sifted out, the minerals are not finely milled but actually little balls of rolled-up minerals.
2) The formula looks chalky on my skin. It gives good glow, and provides sheer to moderate coverage, but still looks "off" and has the telltale too-much-makeup look.
3) It is hard to blend. I find that even after buffing in the powder, it still tends to collect in certain areas, and then I can actually peel it off my skin w/ a fingernail. It's gross.
For reference, I am PPP w/ cool undertones and wore the lightest shade, Soft Porcelain. The good thing about this is that the color was a great match for me, which is difficult because cool-toned PPPs have a hard time finding a good match.
This is a product that is best left on the shelf, honestly. If you want to try mineral makeup, I think you'd be better off with Bare Escentuals than this, and I can't stand Bare Escentuals. I recently bought Everyday Minerals and there is absolutely NO comparison between that (wonderful) product and this.
This mineral powder foundation is lightweight and has a natural finish. Most I've tried feel cakey on and have some glittery stuff in there which doesn't look bad but doesn't look like skin either. And some of them change color after you sweat a little or produce a little oil. Usually I don't even like mineral foundations for this reason, and had pretty much decided that they weren't appropriate for my combination skin. I love the fast application and SPF. My color match is Soft Porcelain, which is a new color Real Sand was too dark and Tender Rose was too pink so I'm glad they added some shades. The Mineral Powder SPF is comfortable for light coverage on its own, and because it's so light I might dust it over a tinted moisturizer (like Stila's) to see how that works. I don't mean to slam the other brands, but I like this a lot more than Bare Escentuals and MAC mineralize. UPDATE: I still prefer Liquid Foundations as all the powder ones still feel heavy to me by the end of the day.
- Sheer coverage
- Great colour match
- Packaging is good for a loose powder and easy to control the amount of product used.
- Does not control oil effectively and may not stay on all day.
- Does not change darken or change colour through the day and is easy to apply
- Washes off without make up remover
- Easy on the skin, does not make me break out
- I find it a bit too expensive for a mineral powder to buy again unless it can control oil more effectively I would not repurchase.
I am somewhere in between Real Sand and Rich Vanilla during the winter, and during the summer I'm pretty much right on Rich Vanilla. Looking back at pictures where I'm wearing Rich Vanilla my skin looks flawless. My skin is pretty sensitive and LM's mineral foundation doesn't irritate my skin. I get really good coverage when I apply with a kabuki brush. I get a lot of compliments when I wear it. It lasts all day and I love it. I do hate it when I spill it all over the counter or carpet.
Update (6-25-08): I'm having issues with my Rich Vanilla color, it doesn't look as good as it used to, so I've switched it up and went with Chanel's Vitalumiere or Teint Innocence Compact. It still feels really light, but the color looks muddy and dull. Perhaps I should use more Real Sand than Rich Vanilla.
Update (8-08-08): I tried Real Sand and layered Rich Vanilla over it today. It looks all right, but it doesn't give me the luminosity that I like with Vitalumiere. I'm just glad it didn't irritate my ultra sensitive forehead.
Update (9-12-08): This product is a real love-hate kind of relationship for me. You have to make sure your skin is moisturized enough for your skin to look luminous when you use this foundation. It'll really emphasize your flakiness if you don't moisturize.
I love the packaging of these minerals, you can slide the container shut so the minerals don't spill out. I have been looking for a replacement for my Jane Iredale foundation for a while now since JI reformulated their product to a new sucky version. I am really starting to love these, I get really good coverage, my skin looks nice and glowy. Plus it does not irritate or break out my skin. I am NW20 and Real Sand is the perfect color for me. The MA orginally matched me to Tender Rose but that turned to pink on me.
Okay, so maybe I am reviewing this product too early since I have only used it for a week, but I just had to share my story. I have used so many foundations from Bare Minerals to every liquid foundation from name brands to drugstore! I always went back to mineral foundation because my skin is so oily and ance prone, liquid would turn my face into an oil slick and would break me out. Also I found liquid had no coverage for my ance scars. So for the past 7 years I have been using Bare Minerals, which is HORRIBLE. I just switched to Philosophy and that also sucked. I had just given up on mineral makeup and was about to go back to liquid, until I heard that LM mineral makeup. I came on here and read the reviews. I started doing research and found there was very little negative comments about this foundation. I finally got the nerve to pick this up. My color is Classic Beige. The first time I put it on I could not believe my eyes. My face was so flawless and smooth. It looked like my face had no imperfections. I also could not believe that it last almost ALL day! From 7:00 to 10:00 at night it looked as if I had just put my makeup on. My oily skin actually makes this foundation look even better! It has a lot of coverage which I have never had with all my hundreds of foundations. This foundation is the BEST I have ever used! I really believe this is my HG!!!
I wanted to wear mineral makeup soooo bad,so I went and bought this powder. I will start with the positives. The jar that it came in is a heck of a lot better than the BE one. I purchased the Real Sand color, it was very close to my skintone.( I think that was the name of the color).This powder covered my red cheeks good, but boy did I claw my face to death after I put it on! My face itched and was red and irritated after I took it off. After this I researched mineral makeup, and found that it is not that natural and you should definately NOT sleep in it. It containes bismuth oxychloride.I don't think I want any chloride around my face.I'm not sure if I am allergic to it or what, but I returned it to Sephora. This powder is quite expensive- $35. I assume it will last for some time, but it is not worth it to me. The color collection is not very extensive, i think I counted about 5-7 different shades. I am used to having a very difficult time matching my face and neck due to my olive undertone.
I've been using this product for a bit over 2 wks. First time MM user here...
Previously I've used Shiseido compact. I decided to go with LM since it had good reviews here, the Becca counter was busy and the BE counter is very small here and looks informal (Brisbane, Aus.) EM seems good but I cbf finding the right colours online and to wait for US postage. Funnily, I heard that BE is more expensive here: AU$70 compared to ML's AU$45... not sure about sz though.
Only the LM MM powder is available in Brisbane. The other MM products that I see on LM's website is not available here e.g. blush, finish powder, primer and etc... I'm sort of glad that it is not available so I do not have to receive any sort of hard sale.
LM's MM seems to satisfy the good reviews I know about MM as compared to non-MM makeup. My skin does not break-out and feels light, almost like having nothing on. It seems quite easy to get off as well. Coverage is okay and it really depends how much u want to put on. Seems to last all day so thumbs up for that (wear about 10 hrs has a bit of midday shine, read below). MM in general: I think I overdo it but its all still a bit new to me. I also find it a bit messy and I have to do my best in trying not to inhale any powder.
However, I really wanted a natural look, and I don't think there is enough colour range with LM's MM line to give me that. I am somewhere between Real Sand and Rich Vanilla. I'm Asian skin so I prefer to look lighter, but Real Sand alone brings out a lot of pinkness. Rich Vanilla suits me better but gosh there is a big difference between my face and neck and makes me look quite darker. I bought Rich Vanilla first but I had to go back and purchase the Real Sand. I mix around 1/3 Rich Vanilla and 2/3 Real Sand. It looks much better with that combination; some would say its one of the benefits of MM in that u can mix the perfect shade.
I asked whether I need any sort of finishing powder (even if non-MM), and the sales told me that it does not seem necessary for me. I have dry-normal skin and from what I read, those finishing powders are probably more suited for those with oily skin. I've had no problems, a little shine at midday so I blot it off and apply a little to touch up. Seems ok from then onwards for the rest of the day.
I also use my usual SPF moisturizer as primer and seems to work find (Johnson & Johnson cheap stuff.) I like the Shiseido base/primer but I want to move away from non-MM products during the week so its not so harsh on my skin.
Apparently new LM colours are coming out in September and the LM MM lines will be available. I will be looking forward to them. continued >>
I've been using LM MM for the past two weeks... I got a tester container and I absolutely Love it! I was using BE before this and didn't realize how "off" the color was. I do not know my color in MAC but I do know that one of their two new shades "Natural Beige" is the Perfect match for my skin tone (right now). It gives me absolutely flawless coverage. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't like the primer or powder because I have quite normal skin and it made me look too powdery. I still use the BE True Radiance, as well as the Feather-lite Mineral Veil, just as a touch of color and sparkle. I'm so glad I found this!