I tried other mineral foundations such as Bare Escentuals and PUR. I didn't like either of them. The colors were off or made my skin itchy.
I decided to try the EA mineral foundation and I really like this product. I found the right color (03) and it melts into my skin. I apply foundation primer first. I do have some redness and broken capillaries so I use a liquid concealer next, blend, then apply the mineral foundation with a kabuki. I also spritz my face with Vichy or Evian spray water after applying. My skin looks flawless. I bought this a month ago and so far so good.
My face skin is quite sensitive, combination and this product does not irritate it.
In the winter my skin is more dry in the cheek area so I'm not sure how this will work for me during those cold, dry months.
I bought bare mineral's foundation before this and it totally broke me out so I thought I was done with mineral foundation but then decided to give this a try because I was enticed by Elizabeth Arden's innovative packaging and dispensing idea. Also bought the brush because it was really soft and plush (EA's brushes are actually very good quality!)
BEST BUY EVER! Its my go to foundation for summer weekend picnics in the park since it is not oily, fuss free with SPF, doesnt smudge around and its so simple to apply with EA's soft fluffy brush. Once it settles into the skin, it looks very natural like you have no make up on yet your skin looks very even. Love it. Doesn't break me out either. I would recommend using it over a primer like Laura Mercier's. Would def repurchase!
one of my best discovery in recent years.
If you want light coverage, wear it alone. If you want to cover up something, wear it over liquid foundation and it does not dry up your skin like most press powder.
I like how smooth my skin looks w/ it on- I use the large brush for application.
Gives natural looks
Coverage is good (medium with the puff provided, havent tried it with brush)
Doesnt break me out
Covers my pores nicely
Cons: Doesnt control shine (1-2 hours b4 shine starts to appear)
Quantity (only lasts 2 months and I only used it once a day + touch up (once))
Wont buy again, but this would great for those who're not looking for shine control
This powder did not last on my face very long. It came off very quick and looked like I had nothing on my face at all! It looked good when first applied, very natural not much coverage for my bad skin but that was ok I don't mind as long as it just evens out my skin and matched my skin tone well but just didn't have staying power. Not happy with it, won't be using it again.
i have only been using this a short time, but its nice...however, if you are looking for coverage you will need to do a few things with this to get that coverage. i used a sponge, and i dampen it and i get much better coverage. without this technique i would not like this makeup at all, way too little coverage.
I love this mineral make up. I'm on my second grinder and colour number 2 is the best match for my skin. It has only really a sheer coverage and does not hide my sun damage but it evens out the colour of my skin and looks so natural. I wear it every day with Clinique's redness mineral powder underneath and it looks wonderful. It doesn't look white in photos or under harsh lighting and lasts very well while exercising - I'm a dancer and it's perfect for an hours! I bought the mineral brush seperately and it does a great job of blending the powder in to a matte finish.
My only gripe is that they need refils!! How silly is it to need to buy an entire plastic with grinder holder - what a waste! Come on Liz! Get a little green will you?!
The coverage is not as good as I hoped, as my dark circles can still be seen, and it doesn't help to minimise pores. holding power is around 4 hours, which is ok. it's an acceptable alternative to liquid foundation, especially since i'm in a humid region.
It took awhile for me to warm up to this foundation. I used to use mmu powder foundations in the past, but I feel that powder mmu is the absolute hardest foundation to acheive HG status. I saw positive reveiws on this and wanted to try it out. At first, I couldn't get the hang of applying it right. I originally used the puff that came with it and the finish was cakey. I hate that stupid puff! I than tried to apply it w/ a powder brush and the coverage was too light. Finally, I tried using a small kabuki brush and that did the trick. Overall, this foundation is light coverage. I applied about 3 layers and it still didn't cover undereye circles or acne/scars. You will need a concealer under this. Also, I found that it didn't cover the redness around my nose and forehead that well. Also, this will look cakey on dry patches of your skin. I advise that you use a moisturizer first when using this. Along w/ the concealer and moisturizer, I love the finished effect. Also, after doing 3 hours of chores, I didn't need to touch up my t-zone.
**EDIT** It broke me out badly after using it everyday for one week. Also, the color #3 looks a bit ashy on me and #4 was too dark. I have to get rid of this :( I even got a zit on my eyebrow and forehead which I never get zits there.
When I went to the counter for elizabeth arden, the lady immediatly tried to sell 5 things to me...(that was really annoying) Originally, I was looking for a mascara, but got the Lancome oscillrating mascara instead (which i hated and returned after a week). But I guess the lady was a good salesperson, because I ended up getting this powder. I like the light finish, but the coverage isn't very good. I use this to set my liquid foundation and it works really nice, but touch ups are needed after 5~6 hours.It covers my pores nicely, doesn't look cakey (but i can't build it up without getting flakey) and i like how 'clean' it feels. I use the shade 02 and I don't think its the best match for me, but I can live with it.