First the good things - The color is good and matches my fair skin, which is a plus. The brush is the softest thing ever and feels SO good. Now the bad - The powder makes me look older and oilier at the same time. I don't have big pores and after I put this on I look like I do. I wanted to try this mineral make-up since it has a decent SPF and claims to be "ageless." I look older and shiny, so oh well. Back to Chanel double perfection powder. I love it, but it's still heavier than I would like.
Love, love, love. I've used BE exclusively for approx. 7 years, but I'm switching as soon as I finish my stash. I have combination skin and tend to get a little oily midday. The BE is easy to touch up, but the oil from my face would almost eat the makeup away. It also gathered in my few facial lines. The Lancome actually moves with your skin. Its a more "elastic" finish if that makes any sense. The staying power is far better for my skin and it doesn't cake in my smile lines.
I am consistently searching a good mineral powder foundation that gives me medium coverage, matching color (not turing orange), dewy (not greasy) looking and oil controlling benefits. Lancome meets most of my request except I look so greasy after 3 hours. I put Lancome mineral veil on top to set the power, hopfully it would last longer without blotting my face. However, not helpul at all.
I would recommend this powder to people who has normal to dry skin, not even combination to oily like mine. Other than that, Lacome mineral powder is one of the smoothest, best color matching and coverage mineral powder foundation in the market.
I have tired BM, Pur Mineral, Laura Mercier, Cover FX. So far, I love Cover FX the most.
Edit: using the setting powder in the same line solve the greasy issue. I find that when I use mineral power, still need another mineral setting powder on top. It is weired to set my powder foundation with another setting powder, but this way works the best, I guess it I want to use mineral powder, it is my trade off.
i am totally in the same boat as the reviewer a little farther back, wondering why i keep trying mineral foundations when they are just not suitable for my skin type. without fail, every single one accentuates my giant pores, melts off during the day and just looks really obvious. unfortunately this one was no exception.
to be fair though, this one had the most positive attributes of any mineral foundation ive ever tried which was why i got a little trigger happy and bought the whole kit with the two foundation shades, setting powder and brush.
+super minimal ingredients list. yes, bismuth is listed, but only under the "may contain" section, so its not a major player.
+the spf 21 which is just titanium.
+as others have mentioned, it is more matte than many other MINERAL foundations, however in the scheme of all makeup, its still got a touch of that famous mineral sheen that is not flattering on those with large pores.
+THE COLOR SELECTION. this is my weakness. if i can find a perfect color match in something (which rarely happens) ill pretty much just buy it on principle alone. ivory 20 is a great match for cool, fair skin tones.
+the airbrushed, flawless appearance...but only in the lovely, soft, glowy light of dillards' cosmetic department. at night.
-how it actually appeared the next day at work. about 30 minutes after application, i looked like i was ready for my midday blot. soon after that, i mindlessly scratched an itch on my cheek and was horrified when i looked in a mirror later and saw a huge streak where my finger had lifted color. and through it all my pores appeared enlarged and extra obvious.
in conclusion, if mineral foundations typically work for you, this is probably one of the best around. and if they dont, resist the temptation! this one is gonna strike out just like all the others.
I have been on the hunt for a foundation that is sheer, decreases the look of my pores, and makes me look flawless without looking like makeup for quite some time. I have tried LM's and Stila's tinted moisturizer, Laneige's foundation and Chanel's teint innocence. They all did their job okay but they would settle into my pores and they just were not giving me the finish I wanted. I read the reviews about this product here and on other websites and decided to give it a go. The SA color matched me and I loved the finish. I am fair to light but with yellow undertones and the Ivory 30 was perfect for me. It brought warmth to my face and was so pretty. It makes the pores on my nose look invisible and leaves a beautiful glow without being shimmery. I bought the introductory set which includes the foundation, the brush, and the setting powder. For $60, it was a good deal since the foundation by itself was $40.
Update: Maybe because its winter, my skin is drier but the powder does not look smooth going on anymore. I have switched to a heavier moisturizer and use a primer and the finish looks too powdery for me. In addition, I have noticed that the color oxidizes after several hours or turns orange. I don't reach for this as much, maybe when its warmer I'll give it another go but at this point I would not buy it again.
Love this foundation! So comfy and pretty on my skin....took a few tries to find the perfect color...My only prob is that for the price of it, you don't get a helluva lot of the product....ran out way too quickly. But will buy again when there is a GWP available. Best to use it with the Lancome brush too, it's super soft and provides perfect coverage.
This is a nice, non clogging loose powder that evens out skin tone and makes your face look smooth!
I really liked how it evened everything out and made my skin look a lot better than it is.
I was not impressed by the coverage, but you can't expect a lot of coverage from a mineral makeup. It did its best. Because of the medium/sheer coverage I do not recommend it to people with bad skin like me! It will not cover blemishes, acne scars, things like that.
One thing that made me take off a lippie was it didn't control my shine! I had to steal my mommy's Dual Finish powder to get rid of the shiny oily spots on my forehead! Very disappointing because this powder was so expensive!
But apart from a slightly disappointing performance it did not do anything wrong... it's good and reliable. I would not repurchase it because I'm looking for something with a little more coverage, but this should be a great product to go back to. I think it's better for people who are not acne prone and blemishy like me [:
EDIT: Powder can sit ontop of skin and look really bad... It also makes my pores look kind of big. But amazingly the particles find their way to my red spots and cover so well! It looks really natural. Pimples still show, but it looks less severe... a lot better than masking with tons of concealer. I like this.
EDIT: I've been using this for 8 months to cover up little pimples I got. I found out this was the one giving me pimples! Booo down to two lippies.
I have been on the fence with mineral foundation...I first tried Lancome cream foundation but after you put it on a put powder over it it is no longer luminous...So that went back and then I asked to try the mineral..everyone at the counter was wearing it and I thought it had to be liquid because the coverage was too good and flawless...Well the Counter Manager found my color first swipe...Natural Beige 20...and they had one of those cute little kits left so I swiped it up with the GWP...Now I can't get enough...Everyday minerals is like putting sticky sawdust on your face...this gives me my luminous finish with coverage. Am using the powder but really can't see the difference but so far I will keep them both and give it time....
Hated mineral make-up before this stuff. BE made my pores really stand out, even if I used a primer. I use Dr. Brandt's primer (after serum and moisturizer), and put this on with the recommended brush...a fabulous brush by the way. Finish with translucent powder. Makes my skin look really nice! Doesn't really provide full coverage though..sort of medium. But the look is great...I'm sold!
For some reason, I keep trying to make mineral foundation work for me. It is as though I can't stop myself from getting sucked into the marketing hype. This powder did not work for me. It looked cakey almost immediately, and to make matters worse, it looked extremely shiny on me. I purchased it yesterday, wore it today, and by lunchtime, I knew I would have to return it. In fact, I went home during my lunch break to wash my face. I also noticed that after washing my face, my skin looked a little irritated. Back to Nordies it goes. I bought the set with two different shades, the brush, and the setting powder. It was a great deal; too bad it did not work for me. BTW: I am about an NC15/NC 20 in MAC and Natural Ivory 30 was a good match (maybe a tad dark). The 20 was too pink.