Lily Lolo • Mineral Foundation • Foundations
|Would buy this product again.||70%|
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!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really wanted to love this foundation.......unfortunately, I just couldn't.
I spent over £12 on samples, and I was so disappointed.
This foundation claims to be for dry sensitive skin, claims to minimize the look of pores and not to be cakey.
It made my skin feel so tight and dry, it made my pores look huge, and looked quite cakey! I tried it for more than one day, and I just didnt like it at all!
The colour range is pretty good, I found that the colour blondie pretty much matched my NW20 skin, and the coverage wasn't too bad.
But I really would not recommend this foundation to anyone, especially those who have dry skin or large pores (and mine aren't that big!)
The search for the perfect foundation continues!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have been using lily lolo for a long time now. I use the colour candy cane. Though im sure its slightly darker and less cool than it used to be. all the others really make me look orange. However you have to be careful not to apply too much as it can look heavy. sometime i wear it on its own and sometimes i use it as a setting powder for a sheer foundation. for some reason it doesnt seem to be lasting as long on my skin as it used too. with mineral powders they say that you can just rebuff to bring it back, but that deosnt work you normally have to apply a little more product. I have started to apply with a velour puff and this helps get the product into the skin i then use my 187 to swirl the product to help that airbrushed effect. Its quite fine as well which i really like unlike sheer cover which looks and feels heavy. However I find that its getting expensive and instead of the finsihing powder i have brought the hd powder from elf which is half the price, as a foundation it's great, but the finishing powders at 12.00 are a bit expensive now.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I love this, it's the best foundation I've used and relatively inexpensive compared to other mineral foundations. It gives great coverage, evening out skin tone and has good lasting power. It keeps shine at bay without making you look ashy and dried out, giving a nice subtle glow to skin. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is the packaging, as with most loose powders it can get messy and you often end up with too much or too little powder. That is my only qualm though, the product itself is amazing and I find it works better than MAC or Escentuals despite being much cheaper and is definitely worth the price. I'd recommend that you try the tester tubs before getting a full size one though, as it's pretty tricky to work out which shade is right for your skin colour.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Lily Lolo Foundation is available from www.lilylolo.co.uk and selected beauty salons in the UK.
I used this foundation on and off for about 2 years. The reasons why I really like this foundation isbecause:
1.The shade suits my skin tone so well
2.How quick and easy it is to apply
3.The affordability of the foundation (You get 10g in a 40ml sifter jar for £12 and this would last me around 3months)
4.Very buildable foundation so you are able to get a nice sheer, natural finish for the day but then for evening you can apply an extra layer for more full coverage and it does not go cakey in the process.
5. The wide selection of shades
However, there was one main factor that really brought this product down for me. I have combination/oily skin and when I first apply this product it looks great, however, after I have been wearing it for a few hours I really start to lose the foundation in areas where I am most oily which is my t-zone. This is happens regardless of whether I have primer on. I actually think that it made my oily skin look worse than it is. I was constantly having to use a mattifying powder to control the oiliness and touching up with more foundation after about 4 hours. After about 6 hours or so of wearing it, my skin felt and looked like I just needed to take it off and re-apply and usually this is what I would have to do if i was going out in the evening.
To summarise, I would not reccomend this product if you need something long-wearing that will last you the whole day with minimal touch ups. I do still wear this on days when I may just be at home and only have some errands to run but work/university etc this is no longer my foundation of choice. I think if you have more Normal/Dry skin this would suit your skin really well and may last better on that skin type however, I just would not reccommend for people with combination/oily skin types.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
More like Lily No No... I feel like I'm missing a trick, but this looks shocking on me. In a bad way. Like another reviewer, I tried several application methods for this but it would NOT cover my (fairly large) pores. They were left highlighted as the powder sort of sat between them. After LOTS of buffing and pushing into skin, it was still unflattering on me. I kept it on as I was staying home that day, and to make things worse it went greasy and patchy after a few hours. I didn't even want to open the door to the post man! Luckily, the company sells little test samples so I haven't lost a good deal of money. So I would say, it's best for already smooth, poreless skin which doesn't go greasy (not that mine normally does). Clinique Almost Powder Makeup MUCH MUCH better for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I love this foundation. I've been using it for about 4 months and I can't imagine using anything else now. HG product for sure. I used to use mac but started to really dislike the heavier formulations, this is by far more natural looking and feeling. The powder is super soft and applies really well, it feels like it's melting into your skin. Once it's settled onto my skin I get a really dewy, natural looking complexion, not powdery at all or heavy. It's really long lasting and even holds up when it's hot and humid. When I first bought this, I didn't buy a proper kabuki brush and the finish was no where near as good. You definitely need a soft, packed brush to apply this properly and get an air-brushed finish. I think this perhaps may be better suited to younger skin though, I gave a pot to my mum to try and it didn't sit right with her. The only problem for me is that it can be tricky to find the right shade, but cheap samples are available. Even so, it's taken me all this time to find the right colour.