Before Everyday Minerals I've tried foundations from Youngblood and Lily Lolo (both gave me a rash, LL irritated my eyes as well), and so far EM's semi-matte is my favourite. I've had no problems with it, except that it tends to dry my skin a bit. The coverage is moderate. My skin is in a good condition, so I don't usually need a concealer with this. I love the slightly glowing finish, which looks really natural and radiant (Original Glo is too shiny for me). I'm currently using Golden Fair, which is the best shade I've found so far.
One lippie off because of the drying effect and because I need to wipe off excess moisturizing creams very carefully before application. The price I think is very reasonable, affordable but not dirt cheap due to shipping costs. The full-sized jars are really handy, as the lids have enough surface to easily roll the right amount of powder into brushes on every application. They might be a bit prettier, though. :)
If you're new to mineral foundations, Everyday Minerals' semi-matte is the first thing I'd recommend to try.
edit. Been using this for some time now and raised my rating to five lippies. I'm using a different moisturizer now and have had no more issues with drought. I've now gone through Lumiere (Must Have Minerals) Cashmere finish and LaurEss Elemental & Minimalist in addition to the two other brands I had tried before, but EM semi-matte is still holding its first place (ok, LaurEss Minimalist is a good rival as it has better staying power on its own, but takes more scrubbing to come off and I think it's clogging my pores). Only after comparing EM to other brands I've come to realize that they are dirt cheap. They were cheap before (6 full size jars for $32), but now it's 12 jars for $50!!! Woo-ooh! The only improvement that I'm still waiting for is the new jars with resealable sifters. Then I think I'll be fully content. =)
UPDATE: Stopped using semi-matte a while back because it started to itch and burn my skin (I literally got tiny blisters on my face). It's the shiny part in it, as I've had a similar reaction w/ other products containing it such as Meow Crystalline Cat powders and Lily Lolo Translucent Silk. Now using Alima Satin Matte with no issues at all. continued >>
For years, I only wear Jane Iredale MMU... then they put a price-control on internet selling and wouldn't allow discounts. I can't afford the full price, so I needed an alternative. I started shopping around, and after a few misses, I hit upon EM. Doesn't break me out, gives me a nice, even complexion. And VERY affordable! My only complaint is that loose minerals tend to be messy. But I can live with that (I just keep a feather duster near my makeup table). I use the wet application process... spray my m/u brush with DHC water (just a mist will do) then dip into minerals, tap off excess, and apply.
They have many shades to choose from. It was easy for my daughter and I both to pick one. And their samples are FREE! Just pay shipping! You can't beat that. I plan on being a long-time customer with this company.
Edited... after 6 weeks, I can't wear this. I'm allergic. I've gone back to JI... have to use what works.
I have tried matte, semi-matte, and intensive formulas of the foundation and this came in third for me. My skin can get pretty shiny so matte was the best fit for my skin type. Intensive is very similar to matte to me. Semi-matte just seemed more shiny and didn't seem to hold the shinies at bay for as long. This would be perfect for someone with drier skin.
This is a great product with great price. i will recommend this to everyday who want to have flawless skin!!! LOVE IT!
This is my first review ever. EM is my first venture into MMU. I have always hated the heavy feel of liquid foundation, never could find my perfect shade and so, based on the recommendations here, thought I would give EM a whirl.
I would probably be considered older than dirt by most MUA folks, so I didn't even consider sampling the matte finish. Trying EM's MMU made me feel like Goldilocks: The Intensive formula looked too flat and deadened my appearance, plus it itched a bit. Original Glo's shine somehow didn't suit me, plus it also itched just a touch, although less than the Intensive. But on me, the Semi-Matte struck just the right balance and didn't itch at all. It didn't even look too bad in shades that weren't quite right on me!
On my skin, make-up turns darker after awhile, so I purchased the shade I need after the powder has melded with my skin. I use Winged Butter, even though my skin color is nothing like the current or past Winged Butter using models on EM's web site. Also, a MUA Winged Butter user found EM's Soft Bronzer to be a perfect shade. On me, it is way too light to be useable. I guess this is a matter of YMMV with respect to a particular shade.
The samples are cheap and extremely generous; I recommend trying the various formulae in addition to various shades. Remember, they can be mixed! Even the full sizes are cheap when you buy them in a kit. My HG!!!
I really have to worship this product. I used to use a 2-way cake but decided to give EM a try. At first, i tried the intensive formula but it dried out my cheeks, itched badly and i had red bumps over my cheeks. After realising that my previous foundation was not cruelty-free, i gave EM another try and picked semi-matte, which was recommended by Carina, the owner of EM. I've never looked back! EM gives me a seamless finish, it lasts the entire day without getting blotchy or disappearing, it has great coverage even when very little product is used and best of all, it looks like naturally perfect, flawless skin. The price is great too for the amount you use each time (i use a sponge) and CS is fantastic. This is HG of HGs! Even though it's troublesome to order since i'm international, it's so worth it. I've since fallen in love with so many other EM products that i really have to urge you to give this a try. Hey, the sample kit is free (just pay shipping) and you get really generous samples! I've been using my foundation sample every day for 2.5 weeks and there's at least half left still... I can't rave enough about this.
I recently started using Everyday Minerals Foundation and I LOVE it!!! I also use BE foundation but find that it sometimes make my skin itches (especially during the summer). So far, I have not experienced any itchiness or problems w/ Everyday Minerals. I'm so digging this product and would recommend everyone to try their sample kits available on their website (www.everydayminerals.com). Excellent coverage and concealer. I recently ordered their eyeshadow... return for reviews... =)
P.S. Half the price of BE.... VERY VERY AFFORDABLE FOR AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT!!!!
I like the feel and texture of Everyday Minerals A LOT. It is super cheap compared to Bare Minerals, but worth it. However, I have the problem of not finding the right shade. As of yet, I STILL haven't found the right shade after ordering their free samples a couple times. I thought medium tan would be perfect, but it turned out to be too orangey on my medium tan complexion. The others I tried (including the darker beiges in cool & neutral) were too light & looked cakey. I've given up for now as I explore other options, but I would definitely buy EM again if they had just a few more shades to choose from (maybe I'm just unlucky because they have a lot of shades already!). continued >>
I have extremely sensitive skin with dry patches and oily t-zone and the thought of a 'natural' foundation sounded too good to be true. But after trying the free samples, my skin got oilier, had actual zits (i normally only get whiteheads), looked 10 yrs older and pores were MASSIVE! This reaction was so out of line with all the rave reviews about it so I thought I'd do a bit more research. I came across an article written by an expert on makeup - turns out the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (about 25% concentration in mineral makeup) pools into your pores and CLOGS them. Yes they are natural sunscreens but actual suncreens have a much lower concentration than 25% (my SPF 15 Lancome foundation has only 1.8%). There was my answer. Read more about the truth on MM on www.cosmeticcop.com. At the end of the day, and i promise i'll end this essay soon, i just want my red, bumpy face to look nice and when my workmate says i look like cr@p, i know i'll be throwing the samples in the bin.
This is my everyday foundation, and I will never go back to liquids again. My skin has become so much clearer since switching to mineral makeup, and I love the full coverage that Everyday Minerals provides. The semi-matte works best for me; I found that the original glo formula settled in wrinkles that otherwise are absolutely invisible, while the intensive and matte were both too chalky on my dry skin. It's super cheap and I love the company's devotion to their customers and their products.