Okay, at first I hated this product because it settled into my pores making them look huge! However, I did like the coverage (I have freckles and prefer a fuller coverage look). I've found a way of applying it (with other products) that gives a nice "glow" without spending tons of $$.
First, I use BE Prime Time over my usual moisturizer. After that dries, I apply the Avon Mineral Powder (loose) with a kabuki brush all over my face. Then I spritz my face with a little water (just tap water using a spray bottle) and continue blending in a downward motion with my kabuki brush. This sort of gives an air-brush type of effect.
Next, I apply concealer under my eyes and other dark spots and blend with a regular BE brush using the BM Featherlight Mineral Veil (it has a shimmer to it). Then I stop everything with a light coat of Maybelline's mineral veil in the compact using their rubber sponge. I just lightly dab/dust on, especially over the larger pore areas near my nose.
This covers the glittery effect of the Featherlight but still allows my skin to look radiant..... It may sound like a lot but I like to experiment... this is my cheaper version of doing Laura Mercier's "Flawless Face."
PS - I'm also using a cheap pore minimizing toner (prior to moisturizing in the morning) from Sally Beauty Supply called ABH pore mattifying toner... It works just as well as Lancome's pore mattifying toner but only costs about $6. Keeps me from getting oily throughout the day. Love it!!
I have tried loads and loads of different foundation, liquid,powder, loose powder, you name it i've tried it. So to be honest i was kind of hoping for the worst because it was so cheap! But I actually ended up loving it! The shade I got was 'Nutmeg' it was a tad bit dark, but only looked like I had just gotten a tan so i'm fine with that. I didn't have a mineral brush so i used a tiny blush brush and it worked great! and it lasted all day and was not heavy at all. I would by the product again.
I am an AVON rep. I was so hoping I would like this product! But, after using it 3 times, I was very disappointed. The color started to turn orangy, within a few hours and my face felt icky. Also, my oily skin seemed to become even more oily. I will not recommend this.
I purchased this because It's cheaper than the other mineral foundations.
It does provide decent coverage but it's uneven.
My skin is usually clear but, after using this, I've been breaking out alot,
so I've had to stop.
I've been using this for about a week and I'm kinda on the fence about it. I'm not super impressed with it, but it does do an ok job. I've been wanting to find a decent mineral makeup that didn't cost alot, so I bought this from Avon because it was only 9.99 and came with a decent brush. I can't really compare it to other mineral makeup because I've only used one other kind and it was not good (physician's formula). It covers ok with one application, but when I added a bit more to try to get some more coverage, it looked a little cakey and powdery. The colors are hard to match based on the pictures in the books, so the color I bought (Almond) was a little dark, but will be better when I get a little summer tan. I think they have improved the colors and added more recently, so that may no longer be as much of a problem. I don't think that I'll buy this again, I'm pretty sure I'm going to give up on mineral makeup and start looking for a better liquid foundation.
I wanted to get on the "mineral makeup wagon", so I decided to try Avon's version. When I first put this on, it looked great. Made my skin appear natural looking and clear. Unfortunately the look didn't last very long. This product does not agree with oily skin. Within a few hours I was feverishly blotting away. I reapplied the makeup, but felt like it was caked on. I will not purchase this again.
The finish of this mineral make up is every bit as good as my beloved Everday Minerals foundation. The only trouble I have (like most others here) is finding a color match. I am fair but not ghostly white. I'm too fair too fall into the light category but not fair enough to wear this makeup in Soft Ivory. The next shade up is too dark, even for light skin. I ordered Soft Ivory and Sand Beige to mix... I had planned on mixing because of all the reviews here. However, I think I need to return Sand Beige and order the new Light Beige (used to be called Bisque). Sand Beige is way too orange/yellow toned, and I end up looking sallow and pastey. I need the more pink/brown tones that are in the Light Beige. SO... I will definitely reorder :) Just in another color.
The coverage is medium at most, after buffing and layering. It's enough coverage for me, and I dont like full coverage anyways. The finish seems pretty matte.
Edit 4/25/08: I decided to stick with my Everyday Minerals after all. The Avon minerals never seemed to melt into my skin very well. Avon's continued to look matte and chalky through out the several hours it spent on my face. And I still couldn't find a very good color match even with other shades. My mom sells avon so I really wanted to like this and continue to purchase and wear it. Oh well... EDM wins again :)
Edit 12/14/09: I just bought the reformulated version of this in the nude shade. This new formula glides on much better, loos less cakey, and matches my skin better. It also stays longer than EDM does in my opinion. Although it's not as pure and undefiled as EDM, I think that it has just the right blend and balance of natrual mineral ingredients and non-irritating chemical ingredients . To me it seems like the best of both worlds. I get the beautiful non irritating finish that I got with semi-matte EDM, only it lasts longer and doesn't get so cakey as it wears through the day. Love it and will repurchase!!!
Once I discovered I needed to mix two shades (Ivory and Bisque), I got the hang of this mineral foundation and was so thrilled with the way it covers, the beautiful, natural looking finish, and the long wear of it. Even though it's extremely messy, I was excited about putting it on every day. But after about 5 days, I began to break out in cystic acne. I'm 53 years old and haven't had that problem for a LONG time. Sure enough, it continued to break out every few days. So, alas, I've had to give it up and I don't think I'm going to risk mineral makeup again.
This foundation is a little tricky to use. Applying it with a good brush is a must. The whole whirling and tapping technique needs to be mastered before attempting to put on any type of mineral makeup. (If you need guidance, there are some very useful videos on YouTube on proper application of such products.) Even then, Avon's mineral makeup may give less then perfect results, especially if too much product is applied. When I put on just tiny bits and build coverage gradually, I can achieve even toned skin. As a benefit, my skin does not feel like it has been covered up with coats of heavy foundations as it sometimes does with regular liquid foundations. But my skin sometimes may feel drier and tighter than usual (an I have combination skin). I am not yet 30, so I have yet very little problem with creases and wrinkles. Yet I have the impression that this mineral makeup may show a tendency to get caked into creases of more mature skin types.
I have medium skin tone. I mixed Bisque and Ivory colors in order to produce my actual skin tone and adjust to differences in tone between winter and summer.
This looked cakey over my acne/bumps. It was okay for medium coverage in the winter but could not withstand the summer heat and my oily skin- I looked like a melting witch, yuck!!