Aromaleigh • Voile [DISCONTINUED] • Powder
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
This product has been discontinued
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Not a good bet for dry skin. Try the Glissade instead. Great color selection for us melanin deficient ladies!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
The thing I love about this foundation is how my skin feels after I take it off. Besides that, it broke me out a little, didn't cover very well, and dried out my sensetive combo/dry skin. It is a decent product, but it wasn't the product for me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond, Coarse Eyes: Green
I have to hand it to Aromaleigh for having one of THE BEST collections of colors for fair-skinned gals...I've tried my fair share of mineral makeup, but had never (at that point) found a foundation that was light enough for me...at Aromaleigh, they actually had shades that were too pale for me...I couldn't believe it! Over the years, I've tried BE (bismuth = burning, red skin; absolutely no color match for me either); Mineral Basics (irritated skin...but excellent color selection); Everyday Minerals (no color match for me; poor staying power; tried the O-glow, semi-matte, matte, and intensive); Lily Lolo (couldn't find the correct undertones to get a good color match); Aromaleigh (tried both the Voile and Glissade formulas; see the review below); and finally Meow Cosmetics (my one and only...I'm so glad to have finally found this company!! Perfect color match, no irritated skin, excellent prices!).
Anyway, back to my original review! After ordering countless samples (I think I ordered every undertone in all of the lightest-colored shades that they had) in both the Glissade and Voile formulations, I finally found a great color match: a mix of 1Y and 2Y. However, like so many other mineral makeup brands, this one irritated my skin, and turned it all red and blotchy :-( The other problem I noticed with this brand was that the foundations didn't appear to be blended thoroughly...when I'd go to buff the minerals on to my face, I'd get a streak of red/yellow, etc. pigment randomly showing up across my face...definitely not a good look, and not something I've ever had happen with the other mineral makeup brands that I've tried...that problem has definitely been unique to Aromaleigh.
If you're searching for very pale shades of mineral makeup, I'd say give Aromaleigh a shot, since it might work out for you...just be careful about the blending issue. However, I highly highly highly recommend Meow Cosmetics (and no, I'm in no way affiliated with this company!)...I'm absolutely in love with their mineral makeup, and I've finally found my long-sought HG, perfect match powder foundation...and I couldn't be happier with it :-)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I have used this for about two weeks now and so far I am in LOVE with this foundation. Normally foundation only looks good an hour or two on my oily acne prone skin (I have tried liquid, mineral, cream, and non-mineral powder foundations from almost every brand). This looked good for about four hours before I even needed a touch up and another four hours after that. This looked very natural on me and the 1C color was a perfect match for my VERY fair cool toned skin (something that has also never happened before). I know other reviewers have had trouble with this drying their skin out but I had no problems (although I did put a light moisturizer on first and I do tend to have oily skin). I also have heard negative things about Aromaleigh's customer service, and while I do not discount the experiences or opinions of other reviewers, I have so far had nothing but fast, efficient, and very helpful service from the Aromaleigh staff. The only thing I would note that I did not particularly like is that when I tried the wet application methods listed on Aromaleigh's website the foundation had a tendency to take on a somewhat orange tone (although I found that I could achieve very good coverage with the Ecotools retractable kabuki brush).
So far this is the best foundation I have EVER tried and have started recommending Aromaleigh to all of my friends.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
For me this is a nice light & sheer foundation. At my age the
'' flawless look " is so aging & harsh. Samples are cheap, I found the best color match by blending equal parts of 3 different shades + 1 part silica powder. I apply my serums, then sunscreen ( eucerin spf 30 ) , let sink in, then using a concealer brush cover my broken caps around my nose, & finish by lightly brushing on the foundation. My flaws are blurred, skin tone is more even. FYI hated bare minerals.
Aromaleigh is a small business, shipping was fast, web site
is user friendly ( but takes a bit of navigation ).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Glissade was a disaster on my skin, and this was little better. While Glissade looked cake-y and dull, Voile appeared uneven and flaky/dry. I have been given many tips from other Aromaleigh users on how to better use this foundation, but absolutely nothing has made this product look even passably good on my skin. The yellow is too yellow, and adding N or L turns my skin greyish. The cool makes me look like a corpse. The warm makes me orange-y. The neutral just looks wrong. Back to Lumiere for me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Let me first start off by saying that I do not like powder foundations as a general matter. My first experience with them was Bare Escentuals (which I detest). I am a cosmetic experimenter and thought I would try the Aromaleigh ones and give it the old college try again, hoping for a different more favorable result this time. I ordered samples in both the Voile and the Glissade formulas. What drew me to Aromaleigh in the first place is that their colors go ultra fair. I am ultra fair and while I do prefer liquid foundations, most (if not almost all) companies do NOT go fair enough for me. So while I didn't quite want to try a powder again, I thought that maybe, just maybe, it would work for me this time AND I'd get a shade tha actually DID match me perfectly. I got the 00 in both the Voile and the Glissade and both were a dead on match to my neck (too light for my face, but I like to match my neck so they are the same).
So I was happy that the colors went light enough to accomodate us ultra fair gals. I buffed it on with a kabuki brush after priming my face with a mattifing primer and I set it with the Silk powder that I also got a sample of. I really liked how it looked in the beginning but then within 20 minutes I was reminded why I don't like powder foundations in the first place.
I am a fairly oily person. I'm not so oily that I look a used greasy frying pan, but I'm oily enough that I still become slick and need to use blotting papers in the winter time and indoors with the airconditioning on. Once the oils on my face started to kick in, the powder began to break up on my face in patches. Gross.
I normally wear MUFE Face and Body and find it just works better, as it works WITH the oiliness in my skin instead of trying to overly mattify my skin (which is a battle that can't be won).
I tried the Glissade one the next day and had the same result. I didn't want the samples to go to waste, so today (day three) I tried an experiment. I remembered that they said you could mix their powders with moisturizer so I decided to see what would happen if I mixed some with my usual MUFE Face and Body. I applied my usual mattifying primer, and then the powder/F&B combination. This time 'round, I got better more natural blendability and even though I DID get some breakthrough oiliness, I felt this combo was far more compatible than using the powder by itself.
Their website states that their Voile is good for oily skin types and even will withstand sweating. I think that's a load of B.S., personally. I'm not nearly half as oily as the oiliest of people and if *I* got patchy breakthrough oil in 20 minutes after application, I can't imagine it withstanding heavy perspiration or the super oily.
I would probably buy it again only if to mix in with my MUFE Face and Body as it gives me more coverage than just using the MUFE by itself and it even lightens the MUFE to a color that matches me a bit better.
But I just wouldn't wear it on its own.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This is a nice, natural, silky formula that doesn't dry my skin. My shade is 2C2L, which perfectly matches my skin tone. Nice product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey
EDIT: Oh my god I can't believe how this stuff dried out my face in only an hour or so! My usually easygoing skin is parched, tight and irritated, and I'm breaking out in painful pimples. I've never reacted this way to *any* makeup before. I was going to hang on to my sample and use it for concealer but you couldn't pay me enough to get this stuff near my face EVER AGAIN!
Keep in mind that I'm reviewing this from a very limited background with mineral foundation, only Everyday Minerals, which I like but you know how it is, always on the hunt to see if there's something better. Also that I apply my foundation mixed with water: not on a damp brush, but mixed to a fluid. I don't know whether this affects its performance.
I was excited when I realized I found my exact color match in Voile (1PL which matches me much better than the closest Everyday Minerals I could find) but after I put it on I'm not so happy anymore. My skin feels tight and dry, and it has a "foundationed" look I don't care for, as opposed to the "I happen to have great skin" look of Everyday Minerals. Not only does my face look like it did back when I used liquid foundation, but it has the heavy made-up feel of those days as well, and the combination of the two is why I don't use liquid foundation anymore.
Maybe people who prefer a heavier, more made up look and don't mind the makeup feel would like this, but I don't even have dry skin and the tight feeling is bothering me enough that I think I'm going to go wash it off, so watch out for that. My experience just isn't that it glides on, melts in and looks like "my skin but better" the way they claim it will. And given Aromaleigh's horrible customer service and known issues with refusing to solve any problems that arise, it certainly isn't worth it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Other
Really good stuff. I've been using 2YL mixed with a little 2Y for at least a year, and the shade match is perfect. If you've been irritated by the limited shade range of some MMU lines, you will be bowled over by the color choices in this one! I have such oily skin that I have shine all over my face by mid-morning. No foundation, including this one, has ever been able to conquer that. But Voile is non-irritating and I think it is more finely milled and softer than EM.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is my HG foundation! I have super pale skin and could very rarely find a foundation pale enough for me, not even in brands that are supposedly good for pale skin like Prescriptives. The few foundations I found that were pale enough for me had the wrong undertones -- some had too much beige tones which made me look pasty and sickly; others were too pink which looked like Pepto-Bismol.
After some sampling I discovered that a blend of Voile in Alabaster and 1W is the PERFECT match for my warm peachy skintone! Since I've started wearing this, several people have told me that it looks great and you can't even tell I'm wearing foundation -- such a wonderful change from the mask-like liquid foundations I was wearing in the past! I don't think I will ever switch foundation brands!
Besides the perfect color, I love how this foundation has a true matte finish, which is rather hard to find in mineral makeup. (Aromaleigh also sells several shimmery finishing powders if you prefer a shimmery finish.) The matte finish works well on my oily skin. I still need to use primers and touch up with blotting sheets to make the Voile last all day, but my skin is so oily that I've never found a foundation that stayed matte for more than a few hours so that's fine with me! It's also bismuth free so it's good for sensitive skin (though admitedly my skin is not very sensitive).
The price is also reasonable -- a bit more than drugstore brands but a MUCH better quality, and much cheaper than department store brands! Wait for it to go on sale to save even more!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Love, love, love this foundation. The owner is pale like us and specializes in our light shades. The coverage is fantastic if you have rosacea or any redness to cover and the Voile formula keeps the oil under control. I recommend purchasing the sample bags in all of the lightest ranges (1Y, 1L, 1W, etc.) and the ghost shade if you need to lighten the shades even more. Super fast delivery speeds so you don't have to wait 2 weeks if you're running low on the product. Highly recommend.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Aromaleigh was the first MMU I've ever used. I find that the formula goes on smooth, stays on all day, and doesn't clog my pores. I used to get really shiny and had acne all over my forehead. But since I started using Aromaleigh, I'm broken out dramatically less, I don't get shiny, even after a 16 hours day (I'm still a little oily, but it's a HUGE difference from what I'd usually be), and even though it's winter full blast here, I haven't gotten any flakies on my cheeks yet. In all, Aromaleigh managed to even out my skintone, keep my face moisterized without being oily, and improved my skin, all in two months. And it would have gotten a full 5 and endless gushing...if I didn't get my EDM samples in the mail last week. Sorry Aromaleigh.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Wonderful product. After using every traditional & mmu brand out there over the last 25 years, this has the smoothest, most natural look of them all.
Most importantly (to me):
1. Pores hardly show.
2. No ITCH
3. Sample process is great to find your best color & try other products you wouldn't normally buy
4. Brush is amazing & soft (I have 6 other "kabuki" brushes sitting in my drawer unused now.
5. I actually feel comfortable with how I look wearing this makeup all day. Yes...I have to touch up with pressed powder occasionally, but the look of the base is WAY better than all others thay I have used.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I'm giving this powder 4 points alone just because it actually *matches* my skin. I bought it in a deathly pale shade, 00 Alabaster, for my deathly pale skin, and it's a perfect match. It's actually the same shade as my neck/chest, not a weird pink color or something yellowish or orangey. I've searched the ends of the earth trying to find something that matches my skin. The coverage is good too... you can make it heavy if you want to but I prefer to dust it on as lightly as possible. It's quite opaque and looks kind of powdery for a while before it sets on my skin.
Edit 12/9/07: I'm lowering my rating to 3 lippies. I noticed over time that this powder is very unrefined. I guess that's because it comes from a small makeup company, but in general I just find this product to be too raw and hard to wear. It's not elegant to wear, if that makes any sense. I can't put on much w/o powder building up on my face, and the color looks too opaque. I only use this as a translucent powder to eliminate shine, since it's not flattering when I use more than a touch. I guess powder foundation isn't for me... I prefer the dewy, luminous look of liquid foundation. The powdery matte look is unflattering and too old fashioned in my opinion.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Violet
I decided to try this foundation due, hoping that something would help my oily t-zone. I have very lare pores on my nose and a vast majority of foundation always settles into my pores making me to absolutely terrible. I am very impressed with this product. It doesn't sink into my pores. Very nice medium coverage, and it really helps in keeping my face from becoming oily. I hated BE foundations, and I have had bad experiences with alot of MMU, not so with Aromaleigh. Honestly the best MMU foundation I have ever tried, and will become my staple product definately.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I am so happy I found this amazing mineral foundation. First of all I have super oily skin, and nearly everything I have tried (save for Revlon's Colorstay Active) sunk into my pores badly, caused me to be an oil slick, or disappeared within hours. Everything I wanted in a foundation I got in Voile! I found the perfect shade after trying out samples. The coverage is a nice light to medium which is what i was looking for, I suppose you could get heavier coverage by layering though. One great thing is that this foundation is a nice matte with no faery sparkle to it. Application was easy, usually mineral foundations are a little tricky for me to work with. Great lasting power, it was still where I put it after 8 hours, I did have to powder my nose a little after 4 hours, which is amazing for my oily skin.
Fast shipping, nice CS, and the sample size of foundation, though it looks small, you use very little so it will last me a good week or two definitely. There are a lot of shades to chose from so sampling is a must but I am happy to find an HG product finally.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is a great foundation! I'm sure it's not for everybody though, especially those with skin on the drier side. For me though, it's worth repurchasing just for being able to match my skintone perfectly. I've always had trouble with that because of my light olive-golden skin that most cosmetics companies wouldn't bother formulating foundations for. It's all good now that I have Voile! I'm already on my 3rd jar and would definitely repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
For the first time ever I have the perfect color (mix of two voile shades), my acne scars are barely noticeable and the circles under my eyes are so much better even without concealer. Liquid foundations caused breakouts of the cystic kind, even though I only used the oil free kinds, and they always looked cakey and off. After trying a few bigger name mmu's, I gave up on them because they gave no coverage and created more fine lines than I had to start with. I read the reviews here and decided to try Aromaleigh, they had cheap samples so I figured I wouldn't be out much if they were as bad as the other mmu I had tried. I am so glad I did! Not only is the color range wonderful, the coverage is truly buildable and still looks natural, it isn't shiny and doesn't magnify all of my already large pores. Even in the sticky, really hot summer here in Texas, it hasn't streaked or faded. Since using voile I have only gotten a few hormone pimples - not the cystic kind - friends and co-workers have commented that my skin looks really good...and best of all my husband has told me several times that he really likes how it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup and that he can tell I'm wearing "high quality" makeup, that is a quote (this from a manly man who lusts after tractors, tools etc).
After trying every dry application, I tried dampening a sponge (just a tiny bit of water) and dipping into a small amount of voile I put in the lid...the result was amazing! It really melted into my skin
with none of the powdery look, it also darkens the color a little which was great for me, and for whatever reason it has made my skin alot less oily throughout the day.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I really wanted to like Aromaleigh's Voile, but it didn't like me. I found the perfect shade (the samples are great!), but it makes me itch. Granted, it didn't make me break out like BE did... but I'm still going to have to pass on this. Even had my teen daughter try it, and she had the same problem. (However, the Divine Radiance worked well for both of us, so we'll keep using that!)