Lily Lolo • Mineral Foundation • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Grey
This is probably the best of all the mineral foundations I have tried. It is the one which is the most finely milled and the product almost has a creamy texture when you rub it between your fingers. Unfortunately, it still didn't give me the coverage I wanted, but of all the mineral foundations it gave me the most natural coverage, without looking cakey. The price is very reasonable, at £12 - £13. The thing I love most about this is the packaging - it actually has a lockable sifter so the product doesn't get everywhere - why don't all mineral makeup companies do this?
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I tried this many years ago, but since I read about the possible comedogenic effects of Lauroyl lysine in my ordinary foundation (EM matte) I decided to try this.
My skin is very acne-prone, but still extremely sensitive, close to rosacea very often. There are very few makeup products that I actually can wear. I've also discovered that titanium dioxide sometimes can give me clogged pores. Therefore I thought that this foundation could be a good choice, theoretically, containing mainly Zink oxide and mica.
I'm a NW/NC 15 during winter, and I found the China Doll and Blondie to be ok shades.
- no "extra" additives
- gives a really matte finish (maybe the matte kind of mica?)
- reliable brand
- overcoming price
- pores look "ok" , must be the lack of titanium dioxide? ( most mineral makeup enlarges them)
- the absence of titanium dioxide gives a little more photo-friendly look, which can be important if you wear this out/with friends
- something makes my skin itchy and very dry!!! I get the "I can't smile"-feeling...
- no coverage whatsoever in my opinion!! To me, this is more of a lightly tinted finishing powder! Not buildable coverage! I have sooo many acne scars and hyperpigmentation that I need to hide!!
- accentuates dry patches and areas by emphasizing flakes ( especially in the morning, before it have blended out with the face's own oils)!!
- the shades are not as many as EM have...which makes it harder to choose the perfect shade. I use fairly light neutral in EM, but the closest here are Blondie and China Doll, which are more pinkish compared to EM.
Yes, the lack of the "fatty emollient" Lauroyl lysine probably gives the mica free space: mica can be really, really harsh against sensitive skin!! This mineral is hard to get soft cause It's harsh edges and that it can become dangerous do inhale when It's too finely milled - so they don't mill it extremely much as its actually possible ( I've read so, but I don't know..).
I can stand mica in EM matte foundation, but then in combination with LL. But in this way I only wanted to wash this off my face every day at work!
So I suspect mica giving me the flushy, itching and overdry feeling... Cause it can't be the Zink oxide!! I use the Elta MD daily with Zink oxide, with no problems!
Sensitive skin? Be a little careful with this! I've managed to wear this daily for almost 1 week now, NO breakouts ( I usually breakout within a day or two strangely enough, if a product clogges my pores). It gives a nice look,BUT irritations that are too hard to handle.
One lippie for the try of making a really "clean" product... And two more for the matte effect, not enlarging the pores - this is rare in the mmu-world.
If I use this only at some small areas it keeps the oil at bay a little.
I have ended up using this daily anyway. I use it on my problem areas, where I have most acne. It does not cover it all, I have to put some EDM matte foundation on sometimes (cause I still haven't found any good loose foundation with better coverage, but I'm worried about the lauroyl lysine). It really gives a matte finish, which I like! So a good base, with spf and light coverage for quick daily use! :) 4 lippies!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really wanted to like this, after all the company is lovely, the packaging is the best and the price is great too. BUT no matter how I apply this is just cakes and separates on my face! I can't understand it, the ingredients are standard. Now I am no newcomer to mineral makeup, I have used nothing else for 15 years. Can't get on with bismuth so I usually import from the US to the UK. I have tried exfoliating, lightly moisturising, heaving moisturising, using primer, building up very light coats, using a flocked sponge, using fixing spray......etc Nothing works!
It just isn't creamy, doesn't sink in as it should, sits on top of my skin and separates and cakes. Never had this from any other mineral foundation inc. original EDM (before introduction of LL), BE, Aromaleigh, Mineral basics (RIP), TBS, Jane Iredale, Signature mineral (not good), Silk Naturals, 'Minerals Will Work For You' and some others.
It reminds me of the new formulation of EDM with Lauryl Lysine - but much worse.
The packaging is awesome though so I will toss the foundation and use the container for other mineral makeup.
Funny thing is I tried This foundation about 2005/6 when they first stared and it was fine although the colour match was a bit off. I thought I would add a bit of yellow and green colour corrector (thank you Silk Naturals!) and try it again. Maybe the formula has changed? But the ingredients on the packaging are the same ?!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've been using this for about a year and a half now, it's the BEST!
I'm fair skinned, pretty oily all over, and prone to mild hormonal acne. To compare, I'm about an N3/N4 in mac.
China Doll is perfection, you can't even see it on. I use it all year round as I don't tan! I use Barely Beige concealer underneath on blemish marks, and bought their Kabuki brush too. (The brush by the way, is an absolute dream - no malting, easy cleaning, soft as a feather)
I apply moisturiser, and do my eyes while I let it sink in. Then I lightly dust Mario Badescu Healing Powder as a sort of antiseptic primer, and then conceal any ugly blemishes, then foundation. I've also used the Blush Away corrector on really red, angry spots/scars and it is super awesome.
The Bottom Line: it covers well, is pure and natural without irritating Bismuth Oxide, no icky shimmer (hell for oily skins), covers without caking, doesn't flake unless my skin is really dry (which is v.rare). Also the sales team are really helpful on their facebook.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I use MUA as bible for purchasing new beauty products, and so while searching for a good mineral powder, I stumbled across Lily Lo. I purchased a couple samples to match my skin tone, and they were a pretty good bargain. They give you a generous amount for your buck. Thrilled to try it out, I applied the make up and noticed that it doesn't offer a lot of coverage. If you're into very light coverage, I guess this will be great for you...I instead was looking for a good coverage, since I'm not a fan of foundation or many layers of make-up (I tend to break out easily). I WILL say that this product did NOT break me out, and for that, I am thankful.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
This is the only mineral foundation I've ever tried - and I do like it a lot. I'm NW15 and found a really good match on China Doll.
I have combination skin and rosacea. This foundation is a bit drying on my cheeks on winter and it doesn't cover redness that much. SO I apply heavy moisturizer on cheeks during winter and mix the foundation with Lily Lolo's green concealer to hide my rosacea. As everybody else said, the best way to make this foundation work is: hydrate and let it sink, prime, apply thin layers with a nice kabuki brush.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Other, Wavy Eyes: Green
The first mineral foundation I ever tested, but not the last. I had high hopes since my friend told me this is her HG-product and she also has combination skin like me.
Well, I put it on one morning and had a normal school day for a couple of hours. When I got home - the horrors! My face had a thick layer of mush, all caked up and shiny(the reason why I anyhow give it two lipsticks out of five is that it still covered my pimples and such stuff). What a disappointment! And mind you, this result with a primer and the Flawless Matte I also bought from LL...
So, sadly, LL won't get a customer out of me at least when it comes to their mineral foundation, and luckily for me there's a ton of other mineral brands I can try out.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
I bought this after my long search for a foundation with no bad ingredients, unlike other mineral makeup lily lolo doesn't contain anything like talc or bismuth oxychloride that can clog pores, cause acne or irritation. I'm very acne prone, every product I have ever used in the past has caused breakouts, if enyone else has the same problem im going to share a couple of websites that have really helped me, it shows you what ingredients to avoid if you have acne prone skin
Back to this foundation, I bought a few tester pots in shades porcelain, china doll and blondie, I really thought I'd be porcelain as I'm usually paler than all foundations palest shade! Porcelain was too pale, For me china doll was the perfect match, all the shades look really natural, not too pink not too yellow just perfect. This foundation covers redness and minor imperfections, light to medium coverage, it made my skin look great and natural, it looked like I wasn't wearIng foundation :-) though I had a few spots that you could still see but I suppose that's what the concealer is for. best of all NO BREAKOUTS! I also bought tester pots of all their other products and I really reccomend The Waikiki bronzer to use with this foundation, it gives such a healthy glow to the skin
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Love, love, LOVE this foundation! I ordered 3 samples - Porcelain, China Doll & Blondie - and discovered that China Doll is the PERFECT match for my skin. Can't even tell I'm wearing it!
I'm VERY pale & have always struggled to find a suitable colour-match for my skin, never mind the right formula. I was a big MAC foundation fan (NC15) - mainly for the colour range - but found I always had to touch-up a couple of times during the day, even though I used a primer. Also, couldn't bear wearing liquid foundation in summer or humidity - it's just too heavy & melts off!
Lily Lolo mineral foundation is beautiful...natural, buildable coverage that evens out my skintone, disguises minor blemishes & doesn't look either cakey or shimmery. I'm in my early 30's and find it doesn't settle into my fine lines around my eyes - always a bonus. I honestly think my skin has improved since I started using this daily - definitely a reduction in breakouts. And it lasts well! Like other reviewers have mentioned, the key is good preparation!!
1) Use a good moisturiser suitable for your skin-type, (I use pure argan oil, which I've found actually helps control my oily T-zone!), & LET IT ABSORB for a few minutes before applying your makeup.
2) Use a suitable primer if you have problems such as large pores or oily skin/oily T-zone. This applies to ANY foundation! (I like Benefit's The Porefessional & MAC's Matte Creme).
3) Buff your Lily Lolo mineral foundation into your skin well, using small amounts & ensuring an even coverage - building extra coverage where you need it. I use a kabuki brush, but have ordered the flocked sponge to try & compare results.
If you have larger/more noticeable blemishes, you may want to try applying your concealer before your foundation, and then touch-up with more concealer if required after applying your foundation.
If you want a full-coverage look, then this probably isn't for you as it gives such a lightweight natural looking finish - I can still see my natural freckles after application. BUT you could use the mineral foundation as a finishing powder on top of your liquid foundation for a totally flawless full-coverage finish!
10/10 from me. I am a Lily Lolo convert!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Pros: - ability to buy samples means it gives mineral.newbies a solid chance to get used to mmu. Samples are generous and last ages.
- price not bad for amount
- good range of colours for light to medium skin tones.
- mix with a nice face lotion and it makes a great foundation. for my dry skin, this works much better for me and lasts much longer.
Cons: - terrible customer service. Its all hugs, kisses and "hope this helps", but they dont respond to problems well. Never impressed with a company who need to be told what the law is. If a matte product has shimmer its been mis-sold and requires a refund
-Poor colour choice for darker skin tones
-You really need a good moisturiser and brush for this.
- if your skin is in poor condition, this won't cover it up.
-Doesn't last all day if used dry.
-is NOT buildable. You have to keep this light. The more you put on, the more it looks cakey and settles into lines.