Old review written 2010; "Wow! This is nice stuff! I ordered samples of this Swedish brand in may this year, but had no time to try it properly. Now I have gave it a real chance, AND I like it! This loose foundation is thin, covers softly and has a sheer, slightly radiant look. I DON'T want shine cause I already do have oily skin - this gives a "healthy radiant look" without becoming shiny! And it's not often you find this combination in powder foundation... Compared to my ordinary favourite EM Matte Foundation, this is a little less covering (buildable) but still very natural and nice looking. Reminds a little of Alima in the thin formula, but this is a little more radiant! Really worth trying! Another thing: Does not enlarge pores! This is really important when you have acne-prone skin and scars/enlarged pores... :)" Update 2013-01-03: Today, a few years later, I've tried a few more mineral makeup brands. This foundation contains small, small sparkling particles that can give "life" to really normal or dry skin. But my skin is really extremely oily with enlarged pores and these sparkles only makes it look oilier than for example Alima pure or Everyday minerals matte foundation does I like the shade range and that it has a quite nice coverage,but it just doesn't help me with my problems...the shine and the oil control..
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - Hydrating
Tindra78 1/3/2013 4:58:00 PM
Very, very similar to the Clinique naturally gentle eye Makeup remover!! You will have to use it twice to remove all the traces of mascara, eyeshadow and concealer, BUT this will keep your eye area hydrated and not irritated... Takes a little more time to use cause of that but I think it's worth that extra minute. Recommended! :D
Eye Makeup Remover -Clinique - Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Tindra78 1/3/2013 4:42:00 PM
You will have to use this TWICE, to remove mascara, undereye concealer and eyeshadow. This is NOT effective stuff, when it comes to time it takes to remove the makeup... But it is effective in the way it keeps the eye area hydrated and not irritated... So, I think it's worth it! You get used to how it works, and in return you don't need as much repairing and hydrating eye cream afterwards.... Still I have to say that it is quite expensive, and that a VERY similar alternative is the neutrogena hydrating eye Makeup remover! ;)
Concealers -Coastal Scents - Bright Eyed Eye Brightener in Ivory
Tindra78 1/3/2013 4:30:00 PM
I'm a NC15 in skintone, and I usually use the Mac pro Longwear for my undereye area. This concealer in Ivory is really, really pinkish on me. It has a darker tone than my ordinary NC15 concealer, and it makes it hard to "bright" the eye area. Instead this covers a little and leaves the area "dark pinkish" looking only.... I guess you'll have to mix it with other products to reach the perfect shade, and I haven't tried to do that yet. I wanted to review it by itself first of all. And I think that mixing can work if you are at home, but I travel a lot in my job, and would prefer a product that is easy and quick enough to apply on the go.... But I'll try to mix it a little and se how it works... So far: really overhyped product....
No, no, no..... Nothing for my skin... My skin problems; acne-prone, enlarged pores, oily on the surface, uneven skintone cause of hyperpigmentation and old acne scars. I've relied on EDM for many years, and have used the matte foundation formula everyday since they started their company... I love their concealers and the matte foundation really has a wide range of shades. BUT this new jojoba base was really not even close to quality; I'm a NC15/NW15 and usually wear the shades Fairly light neutral/ Linen/ Sunkissed fair and Fairly Light in the EDM matte foundation. The closest to these quite light neutral shades were the Alabaster and Cream in the Jojoba range. But no, no, no.... This "oxidized" in some strange way after only 1-2 hours!! And I was wearing Alabaster, the lightest shade!! Still I had dark patches all over my face on the side where I wore this (I usually try it on one side first to be able to compare). This also did nothing to my enlarged pores, which is one of my main problems!! And it had no mattifying effect whatsoever!! It didn't had that extremely pigmented coverage as the old intensive base had either. This also contains extremely small sparkling particles, that I don't like. My skin is so oily, that I don't need sparkle in my foundation I think.... So no more of this foundation! Even if I never fell in love with the Alima foundation, that one looks much better than this.... (Cause this is not full coverage either). I guess this is good for normal or dry skintypes, that really need shine and very little coverage.
Very, very similar to my favorite BE Mineral Veil!! Contains mainly cornstarch, which makes the pores look smaller, yet leaves no "white cast" like the silica powders do (and silica usually irritates my skin as well), especially when taking photos with flash... Really, really nice powder well worth the money!! The only difference between this and the BE Mineral veil is the color; the BE is more cool/pinkish and this one (even the original shade, not the sunlight one) is more towards yellow....if compared besides each other... Cornstarch is perfect for my extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin!! I'm so used to my BE that I prefer it, but if I couldn't get it in time one day I'd reach for this... Recommended!! :D
Powder -Everyday Minerals - foundation semi-matte formula
Tindra78 12/30/2012 2:52:00 PM
My skin is very acne-prone with enlarged pores, but still hyperpigmentation and some dryness on the surface cause of the retin-A that I use.... This semi-matte formula is nothing for me! Almost enlarges pores, does not have coverage enough to hide imperfections... It doesn't solve my two main problems; the pores and discoloration and redness.... Also I think it's too sparkling! If you need a similar foundation that is "semi-matte", or at least with just a little coverage, Alima pure is better.... Their foundation does not cover too much, but still doesn't sparkle and hides pores a little better...
Crème -Illuminare - Extra Coverage Foundation/ Concealer
Tindra78 12/29/2012 3:30:00 PM
My skin: acne-prone, enlarged pores almost all over my face, hyperpigmentation/melasma and "irritations"/redness. As you see, I have a real problem skin... I usually wear Everyday minerals loose matte Foundation combined with the Vichy normaderm teint foundation (the one for imperfections/acne). These two works with my skin, but I always like to try new stuff, so.... Now I've tried this foundation. My skin is NW15/NC15, and I found that the porcelain shade was the closest match (even if it is a little darker then my NW15 concealer!) Consistency: very thick. A little harder to spread in that way. Also feels a little "sticky"... Coverage: This is more of a concealer than a foundation, its really thick and pigmented. I guess you should use it on smaller areas, otherwise it will look cakey. I've used it to conceal the undereye area, and cover some spots. In many ways this reminds of the Mary Kay concealer, that is also very, very pigmented and also very dry like this. Price: IF you use this only as a concealer, it could be "ok" for the amount you get. Otherwise it's quite pricy... Shades: The shade porcelain is the right shade for me when it comes to the lightness, BUT it is grey!! The problem is that if you have bluish undereye circles you'd need some more pink in your undereye concealer, BUT something more yellow on the spots. In that way this shade is hard to use....and I'd need 1-2 more to mix them to the right shades, but they are too expensive... This is similar in coverage, to the undereye concealer I use right now, Mac Pro Longwear NW 15. The Mac is thinner in consistency though. Availability: hard to get here in Europe, very long shipping time if ordered directly from the company. So: I won't order this again, it's just too similar to other cheaper and more available products. Even if it has good coverage. Update 2013-01-21; I've realized that I actually have used this little pigmented sample I have almost daily anyway! The shade porcelain is ok, and the "grayish" color does not appear gray if you use it only as a concealer. I've had really awful spots and scars that have "disappeared" with this. (Although be careful to work it in properly, cause other pigments can get "stuck" in it, for example blush - it can give an uneven look when the blush pigments settle in it...but work it in, and let dry!) Maybe will order the full size! Five lippies, it's worth it!
My skin: acne-prone, enlarged pores almost all over my face, hyperpigmentation/melasma and "irritations"/redness. As you see, I have a real problem skin... I usually wear Everyday minerals loose matte Foundation combined with the Vichy normaderm teint foundation (the one for imperfections/acne). These two works with my skin, but I always like to try new stuff, so.... Now I've tried this foundation. My skin is NW15/NC15, and I found that the porcelain shade was the closest match. Consistency: a little "thick", like a cream (not a fluid). A little harder to spread in that way. Also feels a little "sticky"... Coverage: does NOT hide enlarged pores. Gives a "glowy"/moistured look, which is both good and bad for my strange skin: the skin is happy in the start but starts to look more oily and greasy faster than with a "mattifying" foundation. So even if I need the moisture, I also need something mattifying during a working day.... This does not keep the oil at bay... The coverage is light to medium. Really not that covering. Still it looks better than the Youngblood liquid mineral foundation (which also is a "mineral brand"), cause the illuminaire doesn't enhance dry flakes as much..... Price: Far too high for the small amount you get!! Shades: The shade porcelain is the right shade for me when it comes to the lightness, BUT it is grey!! It contains too much of gray, and my boyfriend even commented that "this looks grey"... Yes, compared to other foundations this color is not too flattering. Unfortunately this is the problem with all their products, cause they don't have too many shades for them either. Availability: hard to get here in Europe, very long shipping time if ordered directly from the company. So: I won't order this again, it's just easier to use many other foundations. And cheaper.
Does not cover my acne marks, scars and blemishes!! Far too dry, enhances dry flakes!! This does nothing being a foundation, if you really have to cover!! Can't.understand that the company have discontinued the intensive base, I have e-mailed them and asked if they could listen to their costumers and bring it back, cause I remember that it was much better and right now I need a alternative for my matte formula that can be too matte on some areas... But as said: this IT base is useless to me.
Update 6 months later: I have to say that this works really good for thé under eye area. I mix the NW15 and NW20 to get the right shade for my awful undereye circles. I prefer this over thé Bobbi Browns concealer, cause this does not CREASE!! And this feels light, easy to apply and less heavy and greasy compared to many other concealers with almost thé same coverage. (Even if I think this is a medium coverage concealer, you can reapply/add some more if you need to, and still it doesn't feel heavy). Overall, I'm really satisfied, especially for everyday use!! The reason I didn't gave this 5 stars is cause I wish it'd have a little more coverage and a more highlighting effect/be more "shiny"...but maybe it's impossible to combine this with such a staying power and avoid creasing at the same time? :) Old, previous review: I'm not convinced about this... First of all, I went to Mac cause I have really hard to find the right shades/colours... I also have sensitive, but " troubled" skin, which makes it hard to find good working foundations/concealers... So I read a lot about the longwear concealer and tried it in the lightest shade (i'm a NW/NC 15 mostly), and mainly under my eyes, (cause i'm looking for something better for that area)... This concealer is better than the Mineralize concealer, BUT it is not concealing enough even if it in the start feels really thick to work with...when you apply it...it feels att little "greasy" and thicky in some way...still it doesn't cover that much... Compared to for example Magic Concealer (Helena Rubinstein) this one is more matte...it looks a little more dry on the skin, and the con becomes that you can se the lines around the eyes a little more than... It reminds a little about Effacernes (Lancome) - they both have the "matte" look, and are very naturals looking, BUT are not that covering if you take a look in the daylight (now I'm comparing with Everyday minerals that I usually use)... This concealer is hard to "build up" cause it is a cream...when you have applied it, it's hard to put 2 layers more... This is a con compared to loose makeup, that is usually buildable... I also feel that it changes colour during the day...I don't know what this is called, but I've heard of it...so the areas are a little darker in the end of the day... I don't think that this concealer is better than any other I've tried, so I wont repurchase...
Concealers -Christian Dior - Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
Tindra78 12/12/2012 12:16:00 PM
Pros; - very thin, can be worn under the eyes - Dior offers really fair/pale shades for us that are NW/NC 15. Cons: - used on blemishes does not give enough coverage. Used under the eyes this gives a dry look, and does not cover good enough there either, especially being a "expensive" concealer. - Creases in minutes! - The lightest shade is too white/yellow for my undereye area, cause I have bluish/purple undereye circles...and I'm supposed to wear something more towards peach/pinkish on that areas I guess.... And I'm looking for a concealer especially to cover these... - expensive.
Concealers -Clarins - Instant Light Perfecting Touch
Tindra78 12/10/2012 2:50:00 PM
Beautyful!!! Even if I have a little too dark color maybe, the 001, this leaves a really, really thin and "shiny"/glowy layer under the eyes... I was looking for something that covers my bluish/red undereye circles, BUT still don't settle into lines and make that area look dry, or flaky, like my Everyday minerals foundation sometimes can look like under the eyes.... This Clarins pen really looks like the skin itself! Compared to the other highlighting pens on the market (for example Dior, YSL, Clinique) this one is a little more glowy/radiant, which I really like. Cause my eye area is usually dry even if the rest of my face is acne-prone and oily underneath.... But don't forget that this is not a concealer. So this does not hide much enough of the undereye circles, and is not completely enough for highlighting the upper lip area by itself; I tried this today, and after 3 heures this was "gone" from my upper lip.... Still this is a good BASE before you put something more pigmented there (if you need too). In other words this is not too pigmented, but that makes it feel very light, easy to apply and not heave for the undereye area (many correctors/"concealers" are unfortunately heavy) - I guess that's why it doesn't hide everything either... Anyway, I like that it has this glow!!! But the price is really, really high, so I have to decide if I'm going to buy the full size....
Horrible for really thin and fine hair!!! My hair "disappeared" completely!!! The poor volume a was able to build up with my favorite volume products completely disappeared!!! Not for really, really thin fine hair that normally is very flat!!!!! :(
I was sooo happy 3 days ago when I got this as a sample and discovered that I LOVED the finish!! It's really thin, yes, but oh this really evens out uneven skin with enlarged pores and scars.... No, It's not full cover, more light....but still I'd be ready to buy it..... if not.... ...it seems to break me out???!!! Now I have wore this on the nose and chins, that usually are quite acne-free areas on my face, for 3 days. Today I discovered new small red bumps on my nose, and a HUGE cyst starting to grow under the skin on one of my chins, beside the nose. I never, ever get such "under-the-skin-cysts" on this area, so I'm really, really surprised!! Well, it could be stress, lack of sleep, something I've eaten.... But...It's strange.... I know that I can react to silicones in products, and yes...this contains LOADS of them..... I don't know what to do now, I was on my way to buy this.... But now ill have to heal the cyst and the new pimples..... :( I think ill have to search for a silicone-free foundation, and how common is that?? :( Still, I have to say I loved the finish of this product.... I'm NW15/NC15, and tried this in Alabaster, nr 27. This shade is beautiful....but just a little more to pink than yellow...but really beautiful!!! :)