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on 7/22/2011 3:24:00 PM
More reviews by atomickittenlove
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Nightmare product. Background: I've used this for the past four years. I found this while looking for a non-toxic, non-irritating foundation. The very first time I applied this my skin started itching- but subsided in thirty minutes. It never did that again- but I should have listened to the silent screams of my skin right then and there. I knew the limitations of this powder but I continued using it for setting other foundations or hiding the pores on my nose (which would only last for about an hour). Recently, I had a very bad reaction to something and my face blew up. I had to go to a skin specialist and everything. Slowly things were getting better after a week and half with no makeup, cleansers, etc. I decided to put my big girl heels on and wear some foundation on a night out. Everything was fine- the makeup looked beautiful no skin irritation. I continued using that for three days straight. gravy. Then, I got a bit paranoid after looking at that particular foundations ingredients and seeing a number of comedogenic things listed. So I decided it wasn't worth the risk and figured alima- based on its ingredients- would be the safest bet. I WAS DEAD WRONG. After two days of wearing it- and applying more than usual since it was the only product I was working with and needed coverage, my face exploded. The last night I wore it my face began to itch but I was out on the town and couldn't remove it. Im so mad at myself for ruining the good progress i was seeing. There are only three ingredients - but I'm thinking it has to be the mica- or whatever the mica is coated in. Here are some more cons if you're not skin sensitive.... * Shipping costs to Canada are ridiculous!* Oxidizes in patches after a few hours* Seems to slide off skin and/or sit on top of it* Accentuates pores after an hour or two* Container is messy (perhaps all mineral makeup is)* Very dusty- I feel like I'm inhaling it when trying to tap it outta the container* Alima seems to not want to post any negative reviews on their website- trust me Ive tried. I'm glad it works for some but, for me, this has been terrible and it only took me four years to walk away... *facepalm*
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 7/21/2011 12:57:00 PM
More reviews by zimmeju
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is so powdery looking on me I think it might look better on ladies with oily skin. I'll stick with my Merle Norman Purely Mineral Powder which goes on creamy and dewy and the shimmer is light.
on 7/20/2011 9:42:00 PM
More reviews by carabara84
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
I don't know quite why, but this made my face itch & burn pretty much immediately, especially in the creases of my nose and around my mouth. I didn't have time to wash it off so I just dealt with it for 8 hrs :-/ Too bad... The finish was nice and coverage was great! Sensitives proceed w/caution...
on 6/29/2011 6:41:00 PM
More reviews by Dancexnxthexrain
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Other, Other
I love Alima pure cosmetics. They really know what they are talking about when it comes to cosmetics. I love that they have so many color selections (I think its 60-80) for my fair complexion. Most cosmetics, even BM fair, made me look shiny and fake. This caused me to hate wearing make up and found it to be less helpful than helpful. I also have acne prone skin and anything I put on it clogs my pores and breaks me out. Alima does not since there is only 3 ingredients in their products. I love that they match your skin type with a specific blush that makes my skin glow and I look healthy. There is no sheen or shimmer to their foundation, which I really like cause it is more natural. Their customer service is very helpful and friendly. The only downside is that if you don't live in Oregon you have to do mail order. One tip with this foundation is to use a good finishing powder before you apply the foundation (one like makeupforever HD finishing powder) it creates a nice canvas for the foundation to go on flawlessky since it does not absorb oil well. I love this product!
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 6/13/2011 8:46:00 AM
More reviews by amanda23
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
It is with much regret that I write this review. I might also add that this is somewhere near my third ammendment to this review. I wanted to like this stuff so badly, and on rare occasions, I did. I've gone through so many sample shades of this. Every time I think I've found the correct shade, I order a large jar. I currently have 4 and none of them, I find, is the perfect shade. I don't have the heart to try any more. Furthermore, I find the finish is too 'satiny'. I want to blot my face when I have this on, but there is nothing to blot, that's just the finish. My husband told me thie other night that I looked sweaty. Also, I have read reviews that found that this stuff oxidizes and I agree 100%. What looks good mid-day looks far too orange or dark by the end of the night. I so wanted this to work because I fel it was better for my complexion but even that I didn't find to be true, still suffered minor breakouts when wearing this, no skin clearing. On a positive note, they do have exceptional customer service and I enjoy some of their other shadows and blushes. This foundation was just too much work/effort for me.
on 6/7/2011 1:27:00 PM
More reviews by meowboo
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I've had such a great experience so far, I feel compelled to write this review. After not wearing any type of foundation (liquid, mineral, or otherwise), I decided it was time to give mineral makeup another go. I wanted something very light and natural. I ordered 2 sample colors, and was floored by the large sample sizes and promtness of delivery. I put the foundation on, and it was like magic! You can't tell I'm wearing anything heavy, yet I'm getting compliments left and right about how I look "glowing", "have great skin", etc. I placed my order for a full-sized jar immediately! I typed my address wrong while placing the order, and had the pleasure of speaking with someone very nice on the phone, who got everything corrected for me. I've very glad I found this company!PROS: Great company, natural ingredientsCONS: Not heavy coverage, so many not be the best choice for everyone.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/1/2011 10:04:00 PM
More reviews by strix
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
PROSSo easy to find your perfect match for any skin toneGood coverage Non-itchyCute packagingNontoxic ingredient listCONSCan be messy to apply, as all loose mineral makeup can beWill emphasize large pores but this can be fixed by using a moisturizer/primer underneath
on 6/1/2011 12:43:00 PM
More reviews by mdsmum
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I really wanted to like this. As many others have said, Alima are a great company to deal with and their "Ask the Artist" service is genius! Thanks to that I managed to find a really good colour match (Beige 2, I'm NW20).I know others are positively evangelical about this foundation but I want my foundation to work for me, not the other way round! I shouldn't have to change my whole skin care regime just to make it work. And some of it I couldn't change even if I wanted to - as an ex-skin cancer sufferer SPF30 all year round is non-negotiable.I do love the finish of this when it first goes on. The downsides are that as a rosacea sufferer the coverage is WAY too light - 4 layers later & the redness still shows. And after 2 hours the foundation has all but vanished.I would love to say this is my HG but sadly it's not.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 5/24/2011 2:43:00 PM
More reviews by CarolynKeene
Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse
I've never gotten the hang of liquid foundations, plus I'm oily, so I've always preferred powder foundations. I used to be a MAC Studio Fix girl once upon a time, then used BE for about five years until I decided the color was all wrong and I hated the little mica sparkles. I tested samples of Alima's Beige 0, Natural 1 and 2, and Cool 2. They looked pretty darn similar, but in the end, Cool 2 won. (I’m NW15 for reference.) I adore the way it looks and wears (over primer). No chalkiness, no glittery crap, no color shift, no patchiness, no settling into fine lines. Bonus: Alima is an eco-responsible company with great service. I’ve heard they offer custom mixes if you’re having trouble finding a shade match.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 5/1/2011 9:16:00 AM
More reviews by amandafailureprincess
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I suppose I am one of few oily girls who actually really likes the "BE-like" sheen to my MMU, and this foundation definitely doesn't offer that. But the eco-friendliness + great coverage + mattifying factors almost make up for that. What I have been doing is adding a couple of scoops of the Silk Naturals Glow Base to this, plus a scoop of SN buttery yellow to darken/boost the color (closest to my almost exact NC25 color in Alima is Warm 3, but it is slightly too neutral and the SN base is white, so it needs a kick). Kind of a pain, but it is looking good so far. I probably will repurchase, but I may try the SN kit on it's own first while I continue my search for the perfect full-coverage/extremely mattifying/glowy real skin looking but without fillers MMU!
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