Lily Lolo • Mineral Foundation • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I'm the other side of forty with a combi skin (prone occasionally to breakouts) and an uneven skintone which swings between olive/tanned in Summer to sallow in Winter.
I read that some shades in Lily Lolo's mineral foundations range cater for those with a yellow skintone. Having spent twenty-plus years looking for the perfect match for just that and sampling oodles of products - with little success - I am delighted to say my search is over now I've found Lily Lolo.
I sent for their 'Saffron' & 'Popcorn' samples at very low cost and set about trying both out.
As it is Summer my skin has a slightly darker yellow/olive tone than usual so the Popcorn was a little light, but the Saffron was just perfect, so I plumped for a full size jar of this shade.
The best test I've found for a foundation is to apply it in really good daylight and then weigh up the colour 'match' between the jawline and neck. Saffron, for me, matches up well. Previous foundations I'd tried either made me look beige or orange, but this is no longer an issue.
I apply several light layers of the mineral foundation - building up gradually - and a little more to those areas of my skin that are lighter and more uneven in tone i.e. just below my cheekbones. As I have quite visible pores either side of my nose and spreading slightly toward my cheeks, I don't go too heavy with the brush around this area.
The phrase 'you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear' springs to mind when I say Lily Lolo mineral foundation hasn't prevented my breakouts, but it also hasn't exacerbated them either which is great.
The foundation feels nice on my skin and I haven't noticed any areas that have been prone to caking throughout the day. I do re-apply - not just buff - to keep it looking fresh.
I'm guessing from the amount I have used to date, this single jar of Saffron is going to last a year or so (I wear it approx. 3/4 days a week), although I may need to swap to the Popcorn shade for my sallow Winter skin colouring. At £12.00 a pop I'm quite happy to have two jars on my dressing table.
I would definitely recommend Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation - particularly to those with uneven or yellow pigments in their skin - and am pleased to have discovered their products....thanks to the fabulous Make Up Alley and its reviewers.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I love LL! Candy Cane is as close as I have found to a HG yet... so why I decided to try Warm Peach I don't know... its totally too yellow, and I'm really regretting it! Candy Cane is wonderful though, and I will repurchase at some point, liking the Benefit one I'm using at the min though so sticking with that for now. One prob I have with this is that if not buffed properly it does cake up, thats more down to my application though!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I have been using this product for about 3 years and I really recommend it. I have sensitive, rosacea skin, and this foundation doesn't irritate it at all. I don't find it drying or shiny, i'ts easy to apply and lasts well on the skin without the need to re-apply. They have a grreat choice of colours and you can buy samples to try out the different shades. Delivery is very quick and I recommend their kabuki brush too. I use Blondie and it looks very natural on my pale skin.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
The fact that you can buy samples very cheaply is great as I had to buy 5 of them to get my shade! You cannot go by the pictures on the website.
I use Warm Peach and have been using it for 6 months with no bad reactions on my very sensitive skin.
I think the price of £12.00 (plus £2.00 postage) is reasonable as it seems to last a good while. Though I do not wear too much of it. If I put lots of it on, my face looks cakey and the make-up looks obvious and unflattering.
My pores do not seem to get clogged with it either (which happened when I was using BE mineral make-up).
It does not feel heavy on my skin - then again I do put a lot of it on each time. In fact, I put a very light layer on initially, then another layer with plenty of buffing with a kabuki brush. If you put lots on in one go, it looks cakey.
It looks good for a few hours, but as I have oily skin, my face looks shiney after a few hours. Re-buffing is then necessary.
Also, it doesn't seem to be long lasting. If I leave my face alone all day, there looks like there's significantly less make-up on.
But overall, I will continue to buy Lily Lolo as I have had no major problems with it and I don't mind re-buffing with a kabuki brush every few hours to fix up my face.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
This foundation drove me crazy trying to find my shade. I think I must have ordered around 6 samples! However, I am new to makeup so that explains it. I settled on Popsicle because it matched the best, but it is not exact (I think I am NC40-ish) I don't want to mix foundations so this is good enough. I use a kabuki brush to buff it in and it works really well.
EDIT 1: I decided to mix Popsicle with a sample of Saffron to get a closer foundation match. (I will update once I've worn it)
EDIT 2: This foundation really isn't suited to drier skin at all, it grips dry skin. I'm on Roaccutane and I thought this would cover my dryness. When mixed with moisturiser it does an ok job though.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Have been using this foundation for about a year now and I LOVE it! I have sensitive skin both oily and dry and my skin looks flawless with the Lily Lolo foundation. It's not heavy coverage but it does cover my acne scars.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I have tried my best to like this foundation - unfortunately I really don't. Lily Lolo is still an excellent company - I think their customer service is great for example, and I do like the idea of supporting a little British company, but this foundation is a definate no-no for me.
Great colour range, the porcelian is an excellent match for my super pale skin tone - and it is unfortunately rare for cosmetic companies to cater for the fairest of the fair. It claims to be ideal for problem skin - but unfortunately I did not find this was the case.
When I first tried it I had fairly clear skin with no obvious breakouts - I found the coverage fine and was quite impressed, another plus is it doesnt tend to rub off on clothes or people, but application can get very messy. I used the Lily Lolo foundation brush to apply and buff, but although the brush is very soft, this really seemed to irritate my skin!
When I checked my reflection nearing the end of the day however - most of the coverage had vanished, and in other places seemed to have caked (around the nose especially!)
Never one to give up without a fight though, I recently tried it again while experiencing a very bad skin day. The powder may be good for covering a minor flush or pinkness - but it is USELESS when it comes to disguising a serious breakout, so this is definately on my list now of 'do not wants'.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This foundation as they call it, is a nice product which works pretty well. It covers up red skin (due to irritation etc.) nicely and leaves the skin looking like there was no make-up on at all. Doesn't keep skin matte for long, though, so those with very oily skin might wanna use some mattifying powder with this.
What it doesn't do is cover up those nasty red-purple(ish) acne scars. So for those who want a lot of coverage and don't wanna use concealers, should probably try another product.
And about the shades; really the best thing to do is to buy atleast 2 different shades cause the shades really look different irl than on the screen.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Ive been using this powder for about 4-5 mos.now and I still have alot to go! Im NC20 and I use warm peach,porcelain is more my winter shade.I love warm peach,it warms up my skin a bit with a neutral yellow tone,and counteracts redness.It goes perfectly with my carmindy your skin foundation.I can wear it to the gym,sweat and it will still look good..It does fade after about 5 hrs,need to touch up but for the most part it is long wearing.It doesnt break out my sensitive skin,and just gives me a nice glow.This will always be a staple,I highly recommend it.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Although at first I didn't like this foundation, as it looked cakey, powdery and made my pores look huge! However I learnt a few etter application techniques (see Troubleshooting) and this solved all my problems. I now think this is a really fantastic foundation, and its undoubtedly my HG. I have acne-prone, irrational skin and this product doesn't break my out at all, because it is just pure minerals.
I have very sensitive skin too and I cannot use chemical sunscreens and, although the exact spf is not listed on the product, the zinc and titanium oxide give me some physical everyday protection. This can also double as an excellent concealer for blemishes, though I prefer a yellow toned powder concealer for undereye circles (I use Elemental Beauty's Bright eyes, which is excellent.)
I have very pale, neutral toned skin, which is usually never catered for in both low and high end foundations- Maybelline and Estee Lauder I'm looking at you! I mix and match between three shades over the year, porcelain (in winter) , blondie (when I get a little more colour) and in the buff (to contour and for use when I'm really tanned!) I do recommend that you buy the samples (£1) before ordering though in order to find your exact match and that way you won't waste too much money if the shade is wrong.
The staying power of this foundation is excellent, even without a finishing powder. If used on its own, then it will look perfect for at least 10 hours. I find that using a finishing powder, then I have worn it without touch ups for 12 hours! It even stays on blemishes well. If you had to touch up anything it would be blemishes, as sometimes they can look a bit purple-ish towards the final hours of the day. This foundation is also water proof. I scuba dive, and after an 18m dive last summer, I still had some foundation- it was not streaky and my bad blemishes were still patially covered!
This retails from the Lily Lolo website for £12 for 10g. This is pretty cheap for a mineral foundation, although not as cheap as the Elemental Beauty one which is £10.99 for 10g. However I have not yet tried the EB one to compare quality. I think this is a fair price for the quality of the product.
The packaging is a fairly standard to mineral foundations, a jar with a plastic sifter. It does make a bit of a mess, as all loose powders can, but I find that using a bowl for application makes less mess then using the lid to swirl my brush in. I would prefer a lockable sifter (like the BE matte foundations) - or a grindable compact (like Elizabeth Arden's) as both these options would be less messy for travelling.
I apply this foundation with an synthetic flat top kabuki brush from Crown Brush (UK) which is the same as the Coastal Scents one. I use a variation on the 'Swirl, tap, buff' method which is pretty standard for mineral makeup. I use a synthetic concealer brush to cover my blemishes.
For more coverage and to keep blemishes covered, stipple the brush over the skin, and then buff it in, as as applying liquid foundation.
To cover pores, use a concealer brush, or a baby kabuki brush to buff the foundation into your larger pores.
Moisturise and gently exfoliate dry skin before applying mineral foundation
Mist water over your face between each layer of foundation to help the foundation 'liquidfy' on the skin without having to wait for the skin's natural oils!
For blemishes, apply two layers of powder over them. On the second layer of powder, 'roll press' the concealer brush over the blemish in order to press the minerals into the skin.
I hope this review helps someone make an informed choice!