Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation (all shades)


171 reviews

73% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$


Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is my safe foundation. If I don't know which foundation to wear or if my skin's acting out, I reach for this one. I've been using this a bit over a year now and I'm close to finishing it, and I've already bought a back-up. I'm in the shade Porcelain, which is wonderfully pale for my ghostly skin.

As I said, I use this when my skin's not looking so great. It the best foundation at covering blemishes, it really takes the redness down and because it's powder, it doesn't move around during the day. It also stays on pretty long and fades nicely, as it doesn't separate on the skin like liquids can do. If I have gross looking blemishes, I use this foundation on a pencil brush and buff the product on top of the blemish, and it does a really good job covering it even by itself. When I add concealer under it, it becomes really full coverage. It also seems to be the kindest thing for my skin, and I don't know if it's because of the foundation, but it seems to work at healing my skin as well and making it blemish-free again. The only thing that it can do though is adding dryness to the skin. However, it's still the best thing for my dry-skin days as well, because weirdly, I still feel it accentuates the dry patches way less than a liquid foundation would. I apply it with the Real Techniques expert face brush, which is fine, but I could maybe use something a bit softer. I feel like this is a medium coverage foundation that you can sheer out or build up.

It's not the prettiest foundation in the world (personally I love a glowier look and this foundation is quite matte, although in a rather natural way), but it's a really safe and skin-friendly choice. It's a slightly boring product in that sense, but it's definitely a HG product for me.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 11/9/2014 4:40:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I ordered starter sample package in light that consists of 3 small pots of mineral foundation and one small mineral finishing powder in flawless silk that is slightly shimmery and coloured.
Foundation colours are China doll, Blondie and Barely buff.
I also ordered mineral blush in Flushed.

I had to email Lily Lolo customer support since the order did not arrive as fast as expected after receiving their dispatch confirmation email. Their response was super fast and saying if the order does not arrive in 21 days, they will reship it. Fortunately it arrived in 7 working days so no problems. Royal mail is not the best. Proved many times before, so this wasn't Lily Lolo's fault.

Packaging is visually appealing.
Small complain is that two out of three samples did not have a sifter. It is impossible to use loose mineral foundation without one. So after realising china doll is my color i transferred the sifter to this pot.

I never used mineral before so it took me 3 tries to get it right. Lessons i learned are:

- i have to moisturise more than usual.
Might be drying on dry skin. I have sensitive, dehydrated, acne prone skin with shiny tzone in summer and this foundation feels tight on skin right after applying
- little goes a long way. Transfer a small amount of product into the lid. Swirl the brush and tap off any extra product. Buff into the skin with their baby kabuki. I go for light coverage. Not sure how natural it looks after layering it multiple times. But if you go for barely there make up, it's flawless.
- staying power is moderate.

I believe this will work for winter but not sure if it will during summer.
It's more time consuming to apply than regular make up.
My reactive skin has no problem with it, it even seems it helped the brakeout on my forehead to go away.

It's an OK product.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 10/28/2014 8:17:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Skin type: Sensitive, combination skin, prone to clogged pores.
I wear this foundation in Blondie and Barely Buff. Blondie is my exact skin match, but I feel Barely Buff gives me more of a warmer shade. It really suits my NC15-NC20 skin.
As with many makeup products the right shade and application is key for this product. I didn't really like the Lily Lolo Kakubi brush, I feel like I get such a beautiful, airbrushed finish with the ELF Flat Top Brush. I never knew the perfect brush can make such a difference.

+ massive shade range (neutral, warm, cool tones), they sell sample pots
+ Very good, even coverage
+ Very natural looking, skin-perfecting, never like a mask
+ only contains 4 ingredients, that never caused a breakout for me
+ lasts forever - looks even better after wearing it for a few hours, because it melts into your skin; it's also water-resistant
+ has SPF15
+ super easy to remove, no rubbing!
+beneficial for blemishes, because it contains zinc

- it's quite drying, you need to apply a really good moisturizer -> wouldn't reccomend this for very dry skin types as it may accentuate your dry skin even more

This Mineral Foundation is quite matte and can be drying at times. But if you use a hydrating moisturizer and rosewater spray to fix it, your skin looks natural, glowing and healthy!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 9/5/2014 12:35:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

This is amazing great price and very generous sized pots I have been using there products for about 2 years so quick & easy to order off there website there brushes are great too. I use in the buff shade foundation it's a perfect match for my fair-medium skin this stuff lasts forever my last pot lasted a good 8/9 months and so cheap it's unreal. This is like bare minerals but my opinion this is far better softer & lighter but the same amount of coverage! If your looking for a mineral powder foundation deffo give this a try you won't be disappointed

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

MY HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION. I love this stuff so so so much, it's the first and only powder foundation I've ever tried and I'm so happy I tried it out because of the great reviews I've read online. I never thought I'd love a powder foundation this much, but I have been reaching for this all summer and it's (almost) perfect in every way!

To me, this is a medium coverage foundation. It covers acne, acne scars, freckles etc. ok, and it covers redness and dullness really good. I found out that if I don't use a primer underneath, it won't blend as good as if I had a smooth base, so remember a primer ladies, doesn't matter which one just one that smooths out your skin a bit! As most foundations, it clings to dry patches BUT not as much as a liquid foundation. I sometimes suffer from dry skin, right now I'm out of my favorite moisturizer (it's on its way in the mail lol) and this stuff still works good for me.

It lasts up to 5 hours on me before I have to touch up with a little bit of powder, I got combination skin and I get REAAAALLY oily throughout the day and 5 hours is really good to me. Even though I get oily, it stays on!!! When I say touch up I mean touching up with a transluscent powder, not the foundation, because it's still there. In about 8 hours it shows signs of fading, it's not covering acne and that kind of stuff anymore, and after about 10-12 hours it's almost gone. That's so good on my combination skin.

The packaging though, is JUNK, I hate it. I often spill powder all over my other products because the packaging is really cheap, but whatever, the product is good so... I just love it. AND, it gives a flawless, but still really natural look!! My face looks smooth and natural when I've applied this, it's so so natural... Haha, I'm totally in love with this stuff. BUY IT, you won't regret!

on 6/27/2014 9:24:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

i started using lily lolo about 4 years ago as it was affordable and came in shades for very pale skin. the formula at the time was kind to my skin and a perfect match. i purchased a replacement "porcelain" as well as a pot of "china doll" a few months ago expecting the same results as prior batches of lily lolo powder.

it seems they have reformulated this, as it now entirely irritates my face and the coverage is patchy at best. it is also slightly more expensive now. i've since switched back to my old faithful laura mercier powder in "soft porcelain" with the same fantastic results it always gives. laura mercier is more expensive than lily lolo, for sure, but it's not a bargain to me if a product underperforms and irritates my face, so bye bye lily lolo.

if you are still able to use this powder with good results and no irritation, you've hit the jackpot with lily lolo. their shade selection for fair skinned folks is fantastic and even with the price increase it is still cheaper than most mineral powders on the market. highly suggest purchasing samples before buying, just to make sure you like the look/coverage and see if it agrees with your skin.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 6/24/2014 9:15:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

totally in love with this - i would recommend if your skin, like mine, is prone to acne!

on 6/11/2014 1:54:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Dark, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

In a nutshell; I had consistent acne on my chin from age of 18. Did lots of research, ditched all my makeup, switched to Lily Lolo, MASSIVE difference. HUGE improvement. Zinc is very good for healing acne, i forget why but i knew at the time when I'd researched and started looking for minerals.

*Looks very natural, i can apply and apply but still it looks like my skin
* BUAV approved (should a bunny suffer for my acne? no!)
*I'm very pale, (see through pale!!) the 2 lightest shades work 4 me
*don't like the new wasteful packaging.
*Lasts a good long while.
*I've been regularly re-purchasing since 2010, I'll never look back.
*SPF - always good!

*DON'T apply it with a massive brush like they say, you'll just waste it, the ecotools travel powder brush is just the right size; small, dense and soft, (that's what she said!)

I have a friend who isn't really into makeup but she always asks me for advice (which she never takes, bless her) saying 'you seem to apply a lot of makeup but it never looks like you're wearing much.' It refers to this. x
(It's probably worth noting i never tried any other mineral brands, this ticked all the boxes for me so i never felt the need to, however, I don't know how it compares to other brands other than it's probably cheaper.) x x x x

on 5/18/2014 6:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is my HG foundation, I LOVE it!

I'm 27, yet my skin is still really oily and I get a few spots now and then.

SHADES: The shades are excellent, and the sample pots make it so much easier to find the one that is right for you. I am a natural blonde and very pale. Generally, I can buy make up in the lightest shade and it will be too dark/orange on my skin (I know a lot of you feel my pain!). With Lily Lolo I use China Doll in winter, and Candy Cane in summer- not even the fairest shades (Porcelain is the lightest), and not a hint of orange!!

APPLICATION: The trick is to apply thin layers of this foundation, I use the kabuki brush. Swirl and tap is your friend! It stops you from overloading on product, and reduces waste/mess too.

COVERAGE: After the first layer you won't notice much of a difference, but I find that three layers used along with the Lily Lolo concealer is enough to give my skin an even tone, without blemishes. It is BY FAR the most natural looking foundation I've ever used, yet still has decent coverage (NOT full, but I like that- I don't want to look like I am wearing a mask).

DURATION: I use Lily Lolo Flawless Matte both before and after applying my foundation. I follow by applying a layer of pressed powder (currently Revlon) and a spritz of Urban Decay setting spray. I work in a hot restaurant and my make up just does not cake. It does slide a bit after a few hours, but nowhere near as much as if I had worn liquid foundation.

I will NEVER go back to liquid foundation- it made me break out, didn't last and even light shades weren't right for me.

My favourite moment when wearing Lily Lolo- one of the first times I tried it, my fiancé came home and said 'you look really pretty today, see you don't need to put on so much make up!' hehe THAT is how natural-looking it is.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/11/2014 12:38:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Black

This foundation is just okay. It does not blend in as good as BM foundation and looks kinda powdery on the skin. I am not a huge fan of Bare Minerals but their foundation is definitely a lot better. This does not look natural on the skin and the worst thing of all - it makes me want to scratch my skin off! It is OK when I first apply it but as soon as I get a bit hot or sweaty it starts itching like crazy! If you want a really good mineral foundation then check Lucy Minerals, it's absolutely amazing!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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