Foundations -Youngblood - Natural Mineral Foundation
Tindra78 5/14/2013 2:01:00 PM
I reviewed this 2010, but now I was looking for something with more coverage, so I bought smaller sizes of it again. I have a lot of hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne and acne scars. My face is usually both red and uneven cause of old acne scars and new pimples... My skin is NW/NC 15. Pearl was the closest shade, even if it becomes a little too light if put on the whole face - the shade cool beige is too dark.... And minerals usually oxidize... I really need full coverage, but with something that doesn't emphasize my imperfections at the same time. This is exactly what this does; really good coverage, a little goes a long way!! But oh my God, this settles into pores and makes them look like craters. And the thin lines I have suddenly look enormous! And all the other imperfections in my face!! I would really like to love this. I really need the good coverage!! But I can't stand that typical titanium dioxide-look that this gives (foundations with mainly Zink does not give this look).
Cleansers -La Roche Posay - Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser
Tindra78 5/8/2013 3:35:00 PM
My skin is extremely acne-prone and oily, but my skin is a little drier around my eyes and mouth. And as I'm turning 35 this year I'm noticing thin lines also. So I hoped that I could use this as an eye makeup remover - and only at that area! But I think this made me breakout right on those areas! I rarely get breakouts on my upper cheekbones, right under my eyes (on the outside), but after using this for 2-3 times I had several new small red pimples there! I have enough of pimples, so I'll pass on this cleanser! I guess I need something non-comedogenic and oilfree even on my eyes....not only on the rest of my face... The hard is to find something non-drying for that.... :(
Gives a nice finish, evens out the skin for some hour. Does not make.the skin look "dead" if you put on too much by accident.. The skin only looks evened out.... So I do like the result. BUT! There is always a but..... ;) I have acne prone skin that breaks only by someone looking at it! Yes, I have really extremely breakout-prone skin, that also has a lot of redness and scars. AND when I read this ingredient list a got a little scared. Mineral oil in a powder? Dimethicone? Talc and nylon.....? I don't know, but mineral oil does not sound acne safe.... And I usually break out by Dimethicone.... So I just didn't had the courage to continue using it.... And one more thing: it was not enough to keep the oil at bay for more than one hour at my face.... But I think that this could work for more normal skin types....
I don't know how to describe this product. I was looking for a "pure" mineral foundation for my acne prone skin. I'm a NV/NC 15 with a lot of redness, discolorations and acne scars. The SA matched me to Golden Fair the first time. But when I got home I realized that it was much warmer than my old E.M. Linen and Fairly Light neutral. My skin is very pinkish cool so that only looked dirty in daylight! So I went back and the other SA now matched me to the Medium Cool!!?? I don't understand at all.... I told her that it felt to dark, but she insisted.... And as I thought, when I got home the Medium Cool really was too dark!! :( So right now I'm quite confused about B.E.:s colors, they are just not many enough and they are not logical and easy to understand! The coverage is light-medium and NOT enough for my acne skin! The complexion is matte for the first hour, but the minerals can enlarge pores a little, which can look awful.... Still I like that the product is so "clean" and that the ingredient list is so short! But I need more coverage, and a much better shade - or afford to buy a few different shades to mix - before I buy this again.
Loose Powders -Clinique - Blended Face Powder and Brush
Tindra78 4/17/2013 1:34:00 PM
Does not mattify!! I have extremely oily, blemish-prone skin with a lot of enlarged pores. This does neither mattify or make the pores look better.... When it comes to the pores B.E mineral veil is better. I guess this suites more normal skintypes....
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
Tindra78 4/17/2013 12:43:00 PM
Keeps my skin matte!! Compared to my old favourite B.E. mineral veil, this is much more mattifying, BUT there is a risk of looking "dead" if you put on too much! Cornstarch also does minimize pores a little, silica does not refine the surface in that way at all.... It ONLY takes away shine. I have acne skin with enlarged pores almost everywhere, so right now I mix this with the mineral veil on some areas. Silica can also be very drying, and I didn't thought I could wear it at all. When I put it on in the morning the skin can feel a little tight, so you have to moisturize a lot before... The powder is white as milk, but it works on my NC 15 skin.... But I guess you'll have to try it before you buy it, if you have darker skin...cause it is a little "white"... But overall I like it, even if i'd wish that it would minimize pores a little more.
I tried this foundation three years ago, and didn't like it, but now I thought to give it one more chance cause it contains "good ingredients". This unfortunately looks awful on my very oily, acne-prone skin. I have really large pores after many years of acne, and my skin is quite uneven... This only made these flaws look even more awful...more enlarged pores, and it gave a "sweaty" look ( it contains something "sparkling"- is it pearl powder.??) I also realized that the shades contain a little different ingredients from each other; the real sand is much more glittery than the tender rose! Beside this my skin is a mix of the porcelain - tender rose - real sand shades.... Even if I'm a NC/NW 15 (and I use Linen/ Fairly Light Neutral in EDM) I need some more yellow/beige in my foundations to neutralize my redness. The porcelain is really neutral but too light, the tender rose a little too pink, but the real sand too "orange" on my pale skin. And this is a problem with this expensive product! Coverage is light/medium in my opinion. BUT I could live with the price if I liked the finish....but I hated it!! Can't stand the sweaty look!! :( I think this suites dry and normal skin types! Make sure to really, really try it before you purchase!! ;)
Foundations -Meow Cosmetics - Pampered Puss Mineral Foundation
Tindra78 3/4/2013 2:23:00 PM
I'm looking for a mattifying full coverage loose foundation for my acne-prone skin that also has a lot of hyperpigmentation and redness along with scars... My shades are; NC/NW 15, in Everyday minerals I wear Linen and Fairly light neutral, in Lily Lolo I wear Blondie. Mad minerals: Fairly light. In meow's I think that Frisky Abyssinian and Frisky Siamese seemed to be good matches (but I can also wear the sleek shades on some areas). Coverage is really, really poor and hard to build up! This ( and the flawless feline) also contains small GLITTERY particles - you can't see them with the eye on the face, but they make the whole impression less matte!! And my extremely oily acne skin...glitter is the last thing I need... So when it comes to foundations with very, very light coverage I'd rather go for Lily Lolo instead of this, cause it's completely matte and makes the pores look smaller. (Unless you have normal or dry skin of course). No, I really need much, much more full coverage and to be able to put it on quite quick in the morning... Until now Mad minerals have the heaviest coverage and the most matte result for my skin (along with my old EDM). But really good shade options and really, really nice costumer service!! I still like this company... Next to review is the flawless feline. :)
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - MAD Minerals Foundation
Tindra78 2/24/2013 4:48:00 PM
I would like to give this 3,5 for now. Ingredients: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxides , ultramarine blue. I ordered the shades for cool/neutral skin, and the fairest and most neutral was Fairly Light. In Everyday Minerals I usually use Linen and Fairly light neutral, NC/NW 15 - I have a lot of redness and scars to conceal. Strangely enough this foundation doesn't make my pores look huge like houses! I have no idea what the reason is, or if my hypothesis about the titanium dioxide could be true... Lately I've been comparing a lot...and mmu that has the TD as main or second ingredient, SEEMS to enlarge my pores and make my skin look awful after a while... I'm not absolutely sure, cause it could be how the products are milled or something else, but as said, this is just a hypothesis... Anyway! This contains TD as third ingredient. And looks quite ok on the skin! This provides medium coverage. More coverage than lily Lolo, less pore enlarging and "messy"-looking (cause of my oily skin) than Alima and Lucy minerals. Not as good coverage as my ordinary EDM matte ( but EDM contains lauroyl lysine on the other hand, and I'm trying to find something without it to see....). I would like the coverage to be more "heavy" cause the foundation fades during the day cause of my extremely oily skin. The shade is a problem. I need something "neutralizing" - my skin is very, very fair with a lot of hyperpigmentation, acne scars, bumps and different discolorations - sometimes I believe I have rosacea, but the doctor says I don't.... SO, I really need full coverage that is NEUTRALIZING!! My old EDM Linen did this really good!! But, its really hard to find such a kind of shade now: mad minerals most neutral and light shades, are still pinkish!! And during the day my face can "flush" cause of different things, stress, foods, tiredness... So I really need something with more yellow in it. Yes, I could buy a separate corrector for this, but I prefer having it all in a foundation, not having to mix even more... So! The shade is a little to pink for my skin! Pros: - does not enlarge pores - ok price Cons: - hard to find a good shade (I ordered about 15 samples), they're pinkish - would like it to be full coverage Yes, I'd order this again if I don't find anything that has a better shade or better coverage. :) Update: I wore this during 3 days , together with their primer called Primitive primer powder (containing arrowrot) and their concealer (containing kaolin clay). After 3 days I broke out with large bumps and new clogged pores where I usually don't get them, and my skin looked irritated. But I also had my period these days and I had been out in the sun a whole day... So I'm not sure what caused this... I'll have to try this again, but right now I'm a little scared... I'll try to give it one more try soon again.... Update 4/3 -13. Now I've also compared this to meow cosmetics. Their foundations are NOT as covering as this. And their contains glitter... So ill try to order a larger size of this anyway.. and try to use it more daily to see how the skin reacts... I can mix the shade a little with my old EDM, on days when the skin is more red....cause I really like the soft "creamy" coverage....compared to other brands. Therefore: 4 lippies for that.
Too dark shades!! In Scandinavia this only seems to be available to nr. 20. The SA thought that B20 would suit me, but when I got home this was too dark and too warm!! I'm actually a NC/NW 15 during winter.... I don't understand how she could match me to this shade but she said that the more cool shade would give me a more pink look, which I should avoid cause I already am so pink/red often. Anyway this was far too warm. And why doesn't chanel develop lighter shades for us really pale ones up here?? :( Another problem for sensitive acne prone skin is the extremely long ingredient list...you almost need to be a chemist to understand if this contains irritants and comedogenic ingredients... I prefer shorter lists, that usually are safer.... The foundation itself was nice. Light coverage, moisturized look... Even if my extremely oily skin almost makes it impossible to wear liquid foundation, cause it slides and usually causes breakouts...I wanted to have this for special occasions.... (Wasn't able to try if for long enough to be able to say if it would break me out) But the search goes on!
Moisturizers -Nuxe - Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light
Tindra78 2/18/2013 2:52:00 PM
First of all; The ingredient list that is on the net, on the websites and here above is not the same as on the product - or is there a french/european version of this and an american...or even more...? Cause i recieved a few samples of this and on the backside the full ingredient list is printed; the order of the ingredients is a little different. Might be importent for you with sensitive skin to double check before buying.... But I guess they had too many ingredients and they just got mixed together when they printed them...? Cause that's the problem with this product in my opinion; far too many ingredients. If you have extremely sensitive, reactive skin prone to acne, this list is really two days job to check; among all the natural ingredients there are also silicones... The SA (in one of our capitals largest stores with all the beauty-brands that excist in our country) gave me this with the promise; this is one of the few products without silicones! Yes....I'm happy I read the ingredients now a days.... Pros: - Gives a slightly matte look for the first houre Cons: - Far too many ingredients that can mess it upp for really reactive skin! - Marketed as "natural" (and obviously sold as that), but contains a lot of unnatural ingredients, for example silicones high up in the list. - Smells really strange - Expensive Try it before you buy it. I'll go on looking for a mattifying moisturizer that has as few ingredients as possible...
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Lucy Minerals Foundation
Tindra78 2/13/2013 4:17:00 AM
During winter I'm a NC/NW 15. In EMD I use Linen during this time of year. I tried this in Lucy Light cause it has less ingredients then her other formulas, for my really oversensitive acne prone skin. (I also have a lot of redness to cover) The shade Light is the closest, this one is Lucys most light but "not pink" color (the Fair is the pink version). This one is still a little too pink compared to my ordinary EMD shades that I use to neutralize redness (linen and Fairly Light neutral). How it looks on the skin: I've discovered (after using EMD with Lauroyl lysine and mica for many years) that traditional mineral makeup containing traditional ingredients like a mix of titanium dioxide and Zink oxide looks strange on my skin. I blame the titanium dioxide giving me the "thick", messy look after a few hours... It also brings that typical "opaque" color to the skin and becomes horrible on photos. I have to say that I like both Lily Lolo (mica + Zink oxide) and EMD matte (Lauroyl lysine + mica) more compared to Makeup with TD. In this way I think that we shouldn't bunch all mineral makeup together, but instead see them as different kinds of products as they contain different ingredients. Does not keep my oil at bay, it "melted" down within 3 hours. But my skin is extremely oily (in this particular part the lily lolo is better, but then lacks the coverage). Coverage is great though, it covers imperfections well.Price is overcoming (Can't tell if it would break me out, cause I didn't use it that long, cause I don't like the look too much...) Really good costumer service!! Summery: Pros: - good coverage - reasonable price - nice costumer service Cons: - traditional mmu containing TD, becomes thick and messy on my skin - the most neutral shade Light is also a little too pinkish for me and my daily redness. I need more "light yellow"... But I believe in this company for a little more normal skintypes, and I can see that it could work for others.
Foundations -Vichy - Dermablend Corrective Foundation
Tindra78 2/11/2013 5:52:00 PM
I'm a NC/NW 15, Linen and Fairly Light neutral in EMD. Extremely blemish prone skin, and very sensitive. I usually use the Vichy Normaderm in Opal (the version for blemish prone skin). I never use fluid foundation all over my face, cause this always makes me breakout. But I usually put my old Vichy around the nose and around the mouth, and some on the cheeks - only on some areas.... Now I wanted some more coverage, so that i don't need to reapply it so often during the day.... I decided to purchase this, and its NOT cheap ordered from the US to Scandinavia. Anyway! I tried this around my mouth during a night out this weekend, and at the end of the same night I had awful bumpy red "growing" acne around my mouth....They really felt "alive", all red and angry by something.... By what?? The only thing I'd done was to try this... I hadn't been eating or drinking anydring different (not even alcohol that night).... Strangely enough the acne version of Vichy does not break me out on these areas (But it does it I put it anywhere else on the face!!). I suspect the silicones, they usually break me out. And that this other foundation is more dense and thick.... Sooooo sad..... I loved the way this looks.... A thin fluid, covers well and just beautiful!!!! ( Although not as covering as the Illuminaire extra cover foundation) I think this suites more normal skintypes....
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. Pros: - 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 Cons: - 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.
My skin: acne-prone, very sensitive, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation. Problems with redness. I'm a NC/NW 15, in EMD I've used Linen and Fairly Light neutral. In Alima the closest shades were Neutral 2 and neutral 3 - but compared to the EMD ones, these ones turn out quite pinkish anyway. Now I've used EDM matte foundation for many years, but as I heard of their use of laurol lysine, I felt a little scared that it'd affect my acne... (Even if it haven't so far, as much as I can notice..) So I tried the Alima again. NOTE that Alima and EDM both are mineral makeup brands, but contain completely different ingredients. Alima contains titanium dioxide and zink oxide, while EDM matte contains mica and laurol lysine. I've read that actually almost all those ingredients could be problematic for acne prone skins (all three, except the zink). Titanium dioxide is less tolerated among acne prone people than zink. My dermatologist also told me that actually both Zink oxide and titanium dioxide can be occlusive on acne skin. Still I can tolerate Zink oxide in my Elta MD clear cream, and it contains Zink oxide.... Mica also has a bad reputation when it comes to that, and laurol lysine is a kind of coconut oil derivate. Anyway! This makes it hard to compare those two brands. They contain completely different ingredients, that give different looks and different results. The Alima gives a nice look in the start, but looks horrible after a few hours. The skin looks "thick", lines and pores are more visible in the end of the day. Awful! It's also much more matte and DRY looking and feeling than EDM. It irritated my skin when I wore it these days...it became red... Maybe cause titanium dioxide is much more DRY than mica or laurol lysine...??? It also has a too poor coverage. I have a lot of red areas.that I need to cover.... I give it 1 lippie for a logical and good shade range with numbers, which makes it easier to choose. And 1 more lippie for a good costumer service. I wanted an alternative to the EDM, but I this just doesn't work for me.... Are all titanium dioxide based mmu like this??? Update 11th February 2013: Now I've compared this to some other mmu I had at home. I've realized that the "messy" look with enlarged pores and the makeup looking "thick" on the skin must be a cause of titanium dioxide. Cause when I use mmu's that don't contain it ( for example EDM, lily Lolo) it does not look as "messy" after a while. So its not Alima, but the ingredient that becomes like this on my extremely oily uneven skin. I guess that's the downside of ordinary mmu, and that is hard to develop mmu without this ingredient.... (Seems like, cause.99% of all mmu:s contain it)