Alima Satin Matte Mineral Foundation

4.0

434 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) Mica (CI 77019). May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)


on 6/6/2006 9:35:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I love this foundation! I tried Bare Escentuals and oh, YUCK. My face looked like a disco ball! After reading the reviews on here, trying some samples, I finally found my color match (Charmeuse N-4). OMG ladies- this stuff is beautiful and their eyeshadows are FABULOUS. I just ordered my first FULL SIZE order and cannot wait to get it in. I absolutely LOVE not clogging my pores with liquid foundation anymore. This stuff is fabulous!!



Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

So get this: I have been browsing MUA reviews with utter regularity since 2003 - more than 3 years - and I have NEVER been moved to write a review. This is my first one. Woohoo!!! I guess I was just waiting until I found a product spectacular enough. I have pale neutral skin with slight yellow tones. My skin is mostly clear, but I get monthly hormonal breakouts on my chin, so I always have at least one dark spot or scar. I generally don't care for liquid foundation, and I had been using MK Timewise Powder foundation in Ivory 100 for about a year now. I liked it okay, but it didn't give me enough coverage. I'm getting married in a couple of months and am on a quest to nail down the best makeup for me.

Enter Alima. I read about it here, checked out the website, and ordered samples in Chiffon and Almond. Chiffon is my best match, Almond was just a little too yellow. They say their samples are enough for "several applications," but for me and the level of coverage I desire, I've been using the Chiffon sample for a week now and I can't imagine running out any time soon. (Though I went ahead and ordered the full size already.)

This stuff just seems to disappear into my skin, in the best way possible. First I tried applying with a flocked sponge, but I found that a fluffy powder brush is better. I empty a tiny bit onto a tupperware lid or saucer, swirl my brush around, tap off the excess, and lightly sweep it onto my face. I'm also using it as my concealer, too, and I have pretty dark undereye circles (as well as the aforementioned hyper-pigmentation). I actually use an eyeshadow crease brush for that, it's perfect for applying under the eyes. I use a 3-4 layers for concealing, and 1 - 2 for the rest of my face.

My chin seems to be clearing - I'll have to wait and see if I get my usual breakout this month. My skin can be sensitive sometimes and tiny blotches will appear when I am tired or under stress, but I haven't had any of that lately either, though I have been tired and stressed.

Their customer service is wonderful, the company ethics really appeal to me, and did I mention the samples? I am also LOVING their eyeshadows, btw. In short, Alima rocks!

UPDATE: NO HORMONAL BREAKOUTS THIS MONTH!!! I love you Alima!! My skin loves you! It is so happy with you!

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.


on 6/5/2006 12:26:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I'd never used mineral foundation but after a severe acne outbreak had been on the lookout for something safe and sheer, with appropriate color matching for my Asian skin. Thanks to MUA, I discovered Alima. I tried 6-8 samples, and tried many combinations without finding a good color match (either too olive, too yellow or too brown). Finally I emailed them and asked them what they thought of combining W2 and G1; they kindly sent me free samples of both and a larger container to mix them!!!! And this is the right combo for me! At last, I look like my skin color, only better, and with a matte but soft finish. It's nice to not have to use too many ingredients on one's face either.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 6/1/2006 3:01:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

What can I say it's the best mineral make-up! Superior than Everyday Minerals foundation and million times better than Physicians Formula powder. It has such a fine texture. And what's even more important for me it's basicly consist of titanium and zinc oxides not mica like others. Perfect for sensitive skin.

Their color selection is impressive. It also can be used as undereye consiler and base for eyeshadows. It doesn't conrol shine on my nose too well, but that's what oil-controling powder is for.

I am not crazy about is their finishing powder as it doesn't control oil as well and isn't transporant as EM finishing dust.

Update: I have to admit that by the end of the day it looks very chalky on my oily skin. Plus it makes look my pores huge. I went back to liqiud.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 5/28/2006 9:23:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

"Alimaaaa! I just got makeup called Alimaaa! And suddenly that name, will never be the same, to meeeeeee!" Where do I begin?? First of all, there's the SHADES. They have OLIVE shades, people! Such a selection, I am so impressed! Then, their formula; quite different from most MMU. Rather than Mica as the first and predominant ingredient, theirs is Titanium Dioxide (and Zinc Oxide, Sericite Mica, Iron Oxides). Titanium Dioxide is a sunscreen, and Zinc Oxide is an astringent (removes oil from the skin) that heals the skin and provides sun protection as well. I believe these ingredients create the great coverage. The COVERAGE!!! It feels like creamy SILK on your skin, and covers so very well! Let me tell you this: Alima don't make a concealer - they don't NEED to! I got a sample of Shade 1N to try as a concealer on my VERY DARK, deep Italian V indentations under my eyes (I mean, if I didn't use concealer I'd look like I had the PLAGUE, I am not kidding). Their foundation is BETTER than the best MMU concealer I've ever used, Aromaleigh Pure Cover. I've also used Larenim, BE, and Everyday Minerals concealers and Alima foundation offers 200% better coverage! I dab a bit of What Red Pure Luxe Cream Eraser under my eyes and on zits, brush on Alima w/ a Japonesque Foundation Brush and GONE!!!! Matte, smooth looking (I have texture and slight milia under my eyes, at 48) and PERFECT. And, it's not the Eraser either: I get the same results without it. It's better than cream concealer because it doesn't fade or crease or move, no layers of eye cream and concealer and setting powder under the eyes. I am ASTOUNDED and thrilled! I use a concealer brush in one shade lighter than my face to cover blemishes: stays covered all day. I am oily and a face-perspirer...living in hellish GA in the summer, and running around at work all day, my face perspires alot. This foundation stays the freshest-looking of any I have tried - and I don't use the finishing powder either; I do blot w/ papers once a day. When I drive home and look in the mirror, my skin looks the SAME as it did 10 hours earlier. They sent me several samples: the eye shadows are lovely!!!! BTW, they make a shimmery finishing powder if you are not a matte gal. I absolutely love this line - I have a HG mineral foundation and I want you all to love it too!!! www.alimacosmetics.com

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I love Alima! I've bought two different rounds of samples and just yesterday ordered a full size satin matte foundation in damask, (N-0). Each time I've received my order in TWO DAYS! How can they do that??!? The mmu is fine and silky feeling and makes my face look "finished" without looking made up. And it stays in place all day, even if I need to blot my naturally oily spots. (Which by the way, need less blotting while I'm wearing this mmu.) Wonderful coverage and reasonable prices, too. Customer service is great. I hope Alima stays around a long long time.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Awesome foundation. I'm a yellow toned MAC NC 20/25 and W-1 works pretty good. I tried G-1 and that was much yellower and a bit darker. the foundations provide great coverage with just using a little bit. It has more of a satin rather than matte finish.Changed my mind: maybe I'm not using it right, but I have a hard time getting enough coverage for acne scars/discoloration without it looking either too light or too heavy. Going to try Everyday Minerals but I'd rec. this if you don't have alot of dark scars or much discoloration.


Age: Unknown

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

firstly, great service. ordered 2 samples and they sent along a couple more- good thing they did, as i had underestimated how pale their colors go- they're fantastic. unfortunately, the 'oxides', while looking fine in regular lighting, do create a stark white cast in flash photos. no good. also need slightly heavier coverage, as i have acne and scarring, etc. when applied damp, it does a nicer job. all in all, the product's good, the colors are fantastic, and the customer service is lovely.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Wow!! I ordered 4 foundation samples from their website, C-1 and C-2 and N-1 and N-2. I placed my order on Friday and recieved it Monday! Not only did they send my foundation samples but they sent another foundation sample (N-3) and a sample of the Cool Beige finishing powder and and a sample of blush in pink and a sample of the illuminating shimmer powder in Lumina. N-1 is the best foundation match I've ever had! Coverage is nice and sheer but it does cover the redness in my cheeks and around my nose and upper lip. I wore it all day to work and not only did it last all day and not cake but it didn't irrate my skin at all! In fact my skin felt better after a day of wearing this, it wasn't as red and irritated as it usually is at night. My sample should last a while since I don't need much but I also today ordered a full sized foundation in N-1 and the pink blush and shimmer powder. I also ordered some eye shadows and one of their lip balms in Hellebore. I had just about given up on mineral powder as an option but this stuff is amazing!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 5/17/2006 12:47:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Rave, rave, rave. I received my samples in *two* days! They sent me the three colors I chose as well as two extra (one shade darker from both the lines I requested) so I could achieve the perfect color match. Also threw in samples of shimmer, eyeshadow, lipgloss...and wrote a sweet little message on the receipt! Thier minerals are so finely ground and pure, my acne actually looked calmer after a day of wearing this and it felt like my real skin, not my usual covered-in-oily-foundation skin. Coverage is great. And as everyone else mentioned, they have a huge selection of colors to choose from, which is great for us fringe gals like me. (I have very pale skin). I suppose their is nothing more to say, except I will be soon buying thier full sizes. Love you, Alima!


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