i love the semi-matte foundations! it gives a really natural finish to my face, and absorbs much of the facial oil, keeping my face pretty much shine free for a good period of time! a little goes a really long way! all i have to do, is just dip my brush a max of twice is more that enough to cover my face and neck!
i'm not too sure about the newer formulas as im still using the products from their 'brown casing' era, instead of the new 'white casing' designs.
Well it's time for EDM and I to part company. I've been using EDM foundation for many years 5+ and was sure I would never use anything else. It went on smooth, lasted all day, didn't look like I was wearing makeup, no caking, perfect. I liked all the foundation formulations too (apart from pressed) and used them for different looks (o'glow for a natural look, semi for work, matte for evening and intensive in the summer etc). I stocked up (took advantage of the bulk buy discounts so I have not had to reorder since they changed their ingredients.
So I ran out and ordered another lot, and to my horror it's completely different! It goes on evenly but looks like a mask (bought all the formulations, even o'glow looks fake) and then after about an hour it goes caking and blotchy and I can see patches, especially on my nose, where the makeup kind of congeals, yuk. I tried using primers and finishing powders to prevent this but to no avail.
I emailed EDM asking if they still had any old stock or if they would consider making a batch [as I know from this forum and elsewhere that many of you don't like the new formulation with lauroyl lysine] but they never replied (not surprising given their customer service!). So I felt I should share this experience as I think many readers may purchase EDM based on reviews of the old foundation - which was awesome.
I've moved on Silk Naturals which hasn't been around as long as EDM and is (so far) very good indeed. Can't get a good colour match from any others e.g. Lily Lolo so this was the obvious choice. I used EDM golden medium in winter and olive medium in summer so need yellow and green undertones).
I hope this helps!
This is my first review because I just HAVE to rave about this product. HG! I have tried tons and tons of foundations, concealers and the like and nothing comes close to EM in terms of flawlessness, price and selection. I tried BE years ago at a Sephora store when I got my makeup done there. It looked great but the next day I woke up to itchy skin and acne, which I rarely get. I think it's the Bismuth. I found EM online and liked their vibe, vegan, cruelty free, etc plus the samples make it so easy and cheap.
I am using fairly light in semi matte and the multitasking concealer and my skin looks flawless. Airbrushed even. I use such a little amount that it's gonna last forever. I also got a free blush in Hollywood, which I love. I ordered the kabuki, the angled and the flat top brushes and they are all great too. My skin is usually clear but in the few days I've been wearing this, it has improved even more. I love it.
I really really like this formula. I tried all of them, and this is definitely the one for me. I have pretty good skin, so I wanted something with light coverage that would look natural, make a good base for concealer and blush, and actually stay on. Well, this formula works wonderfully for all those things! It doesn't ever look cakey.
The packaging is messy, which makes it not all that travel friendly, but with results this good I don't give a hoot.
This makeup comes in so many colors and formula's it will take most at least a couple trial and errors to pin down the right color and your favorite formula.
That said after I had received 2 sample kits, I thought I had it figured out. I ordered Multi-tasking neutral in the Orginal Glo formula. I was happy with it, at first, but noticed that the color darkened after my natural oils started melding with it after about 1 hour. Also noticed that my nose and chin "shine" came thru quicker than I liked. NOTE: I was very happy though that my skin, which can be considered sensitive, had no reaction whatsoever.
After a few days, I received in the mail, the 3rd sample kit I had orderd (which I forgot about) in the Fair colors. All along I was thinking, "the Fair selection will be too light for me". I was wrong again, with both color AND formula!
I am happy to say that I found my perfect match in Fairly light neutral in the semi-matte formula and I LOVE IT!
I have been using it now for about two weeks and my skin has had NO breakouts, rashes, problems whatsoever! In fact, I think this stuff has actually helped my skin get in better condition.
I have ordered a full size of the fairly light neutral in semi-matte and plan on keeping this makeup as my HG.
This is a really great powder foundation. I never really thought I could get such coverage with a powder but with this one you can build it to get a light or more full look. I got the tester pack and would just use it as a concealer but then I thought - why don't I just buy a full size and use it all over my face? It's pretty affordable and lasts a long time. It gives a great glow to the face (not dewy but glowy) and it looks especially great in photos. My skin always stands out and people comment on how great it looks :) On really hot days it's not that great because I found that you could kind of see where I was sweating from and I'd get little dots from my pores. Every other day it's great though :) Definitely will buy again.
Oh, where to begin.
I used BM for a long time but it made my skin super itchy and tight. I started researching online and read that a lot of people can have similar reactions because of the bismuth oxychloride. I started looking around for another one to try and liked the look of all the EDM stuff.
I ended up ordering the semi-matte foundation, the sunlight finishing dust, some blush, and a couple brushes. I applied it using a homemade mixing medium and their flat top brush and I really liked how it looked. The next time I ordered foundation I got both the original glo and the intensive to try them out. I wasn't as big a fan of the everyday glo. The "dewy" look made me feel like I looked oily even when I wasn't. The intensive had good coverage, but the semi-matte is by far my favorite.
A week or two ago I did the stupidest thing and threw away my EDM foundations. I was bored with powder and was tired of the big mess I made using it. I've now tried several different liquids and all they've really done is make me miss my EDM. Right now I'm wearing Philosophy Superbeautiful which is nice, but doesn't give me the coverage I need. As soon as I'm done with it I'm going back to my EDM.
UPDATE: Unfortunately I had to drop this down to two lippies. I don't know if they changed their formula or what, but I didn't like it at all when I repurchased it. It looked terribly powdery on me even though I applied it the same way as I used to. I gave it a two because I still think it's better than BE. I ended up swapping all me EDM stuff and have moved on to Meow Cosmetics.
I usually use the intensive formula but, I tried this in a sample after I ran out and I really like the semi-matte as well. I will definatly be purchasing a full size and I think I will switch off sometimes. This covered great and looked really pretty. I felt less noticable that I was wearing foundation than the intensive base.
I LOVE Everyday Minerals! Excellent quality and very affordable. Love the colour selection for all their products! Extra brownie points for being organic, vegan and eco friendly :) Their brushes are a must try!
For reference I am a NC25-30 (yellow undertones) slightly pinkish due to sensitive skin(post acne) and find Golden Light in Semi Matte perfect when I'm fairer towards NC25 and a mix with or on their own although a smidge too dark but tanned looking, Neutral or Golden Medium when I'm more towards NC30.
O-glo - Semi Matte - Matte - Intensive is the order from sheer to full coverage. Usually more than 1 shade matches your skin tone, so play around with it and make full use of their free sample kits which is great! :) I love Semi Matte; makes my skin look healthy with fairly good oil control. (I have not tried semi matte for rigorous activity, just day to day use) I have read that you can mix different formulas to suit your skin type. For example, wanting the dewy finish of o-glo and oil control from matte or the coverage of intensive. I found O-Glo too 'glittery', Matte too flat and Intensive broke me out which is a bummer because I have post acne scarring. Take note that the intensive formula is a tone or two darker than the other formulas.
Despite Semi matte not having as much coverage as intensive, I find that it covers very well anyway especially with the 'mixing medium' method which gives me an airbrushed finish. The website advises to swirl and tap and buff. Maybe it's just my skin being a little dry and flaky but it doesn't work very well for me, albeit a natural finish. After facial prep (no primer), I spritz my EDM flat top brush, swirl in the minerals and stipple all over! Repeating whenever I need more product to cover my entire face. Flawless!
The only con, like most people, is the packaging and the fact that loose powders can be messy to deal with. Not at all the products fault but the medium it is in. No biggie. I LOVE this foundation and will continue purchasing so long my skin agrees with it :)
**EDIT** I wanted more coverage but the Intensive formula broke me out. I now mix Golden Medium in the semi-matte formula with the multi-tasking concealer. Works great!
**EDIT** Everyday Minerals International Shipping has no more cheaper shipping options and only has FedEx International Economy at $27.81 for a single jar of foundation :( I might need to start looking for a new HG.
Having tried many so many foundation bases, I finally decided to try EM. This is probably the most natural foundation I have, it literally covers up most of my blemishes without looking like I have foundation on my face. I love it for its lack of harmful ingredients and the fact that it looks so natural on my skin.
I would recommend this to everyone, especially those whose oily t-zone is wayyy out of control. I find that this foundation helps to absorb the "oillies" and keep my face relatively matte throughout the day.
The reason I bumped this product down a star is that I find the packaging messy and difficult to use. I also don't like using foundation brushes which is essential for applying this kind of mineral makeup.
Overall, I would definitely purchase this again.