Review of Merle Norman Luxiva Purely Mineral Makeup by minxgirl
Just when I thought Merle Norman would never come out with a mineral foundation, well, they just did!!! I almost passed out when I saw it on the shelf-I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Where to begin??? Let me start off by saying that I have spent tons of money & effort trying several mineral foundations: Bare Escentuals=terrible color selection-I'm a PPP and even the lightest shade 'Fair' was too orange; made my pores insanely huge, gave me that dreaded 70's 'disco-ball' look (*not* attractive at all) & made my skin itch; Philosophy: again, terrible color selection, hardly any coverage, 'slid' off of my face within 5 minutes (and I really don't have oily skin); made my face look like an oil slick and way too expensive for the small amount you get ($35 for a tiny 0.32 oz jar). I've also tried Everyday minerals, but had problems with coverage, pore size, shinniness, etc etc. Now on to the star of the show: I don't know how Merle Norman did it, but their mineral foundation puts all others in thier graves!! The shade I chose(L20), which is the lightest shade, is an absolutely *perfect* match for my PPP complexion. It looks peach-toned in the container, but once I apply it, it goes on lighter (slightly yellow based)-with no orange, pink, brown, red, or ashiness-the shade is just perfect. When I've worn other mineral makeup in the past (ie: b.e.) I would always have to wear a mineral veil on top; *not* with the Merle Norman foundation. You do get a healthy glow, but without the glitter & shinniness & I can honestly say that this foundation stays put & the coverage is excellent; also, your pores will not stick out like a sore thumb. The packaging is nice: a generous .50 oz round container that has holes, so you won't have to worry about it dumping out all over your bathroom. The application technique is still the sames as w/ other mineral m/u: pour a small amount into the lid, swirl, tap & buff; you can apply more as needed to acheive your desired coverage. The other thing that I also wanted to add is that if you have issues with the ingredient bismuth-oxychloride' like I've had (itchiness) in other mineral make-up then this foundation would be an excellent choice, as it does not contain b.i.; the Luxiva mineral m/u contains only 4 ingredients: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and iron oxides. Price wise, I paid only $25; the amount of product you get is very generous, so 1 container will last me forever. I *highly* recommend this new foundation-love, love, love!!!!!! I'm also crossing my fingers that Merle Norman comes out with mineral blushes & eyeshadows!!