Lucy Minerals Foundation

 Lucy Minerals Foundation
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4.2

239 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, mica, magnesium stearate, iron oxides, allantoin, Apple Poly polyphenols, resveratrol, green coffee bean extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate


on 7/23/2016 7:34:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I will give it to this mineral foundation that it covers well, but it's heavy and seems to be cakey easily. The dealbreaker is that I wore a white dress today that I had to pull over my head, and this foundation transfers terribly!! Even with me being careful putting the dress on and taking it off, there was still foundation all over it anyway. :( (and I had put on finishing powder also from this company after applying the foundation.) Won't be wearing this again. I can't stand foundation transferring all over like that.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.



on 7/17/2016 9:01:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I went years without using makeup, or even bb or cc creams or tinted moisturizers, because absolutely everything I put on my face broke me out, dried me out, or made me oily. I work outside a lot, and I really wanted to protect my skin, so I tried bare minerals for the 100th time, only to get frustrated again and return it. Luckily I read something online about indie mineral brands, and I got samples of two brands. Lucy was immediately my favorite. I've been using the original formula for weeks now, and my skin is in better shape than it ever has been. My pregnancy acne is pretty much completely cleared up, my pores are tight, my skin is glowing, and it feels so healthy. I don't feel greasy from being in the heat all day anymore, and I don't get the blackheads from pollution like I used to. The best part of this makeup, however, is how natural it looks. I hated how other mineral makeups made me shiny and greasy looking - this stuff is honestly so gorgeous, so natural, like my skin but better. It doesn't crease. I recommend the ambrosia oil as a primer. Let your serums and moisturizers settle in for a few minutes, then pat in a couple drops of ambrosia (or even another dry face oil) and let that sink in for a minute. Then lightly dust this over your face. I also like the finishing powder, it makes the makeup look even better. I wish this brand were more well known, it's soooo much better than brands sold in stores! And the prices are amazing. I'm so glad I finally found something that works.
Btw, if you send them a picture of your face, they'll send you the shades that best match your face. I got the set of 6 samples for $12 I believe, it was on sale. The colors are very forgiving, but I found a perfect match. Each sample lasts weeks. Such good stuff!!!


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is the highest rated mineral fdtn for a reason! I must say I was sceptical when purchasing because it seemed too good to be true - custom blend, indie brand, cheapish, good quality, really? Surely not.
The website looked sorta dodge, and I was like, well hey at these prices I'll take a gamble. And it paid off!
I got the pack and chose 2 custom blend fdtns instead of a powder. I also bought a bunch of samples. Prior to choosing fdtn blend colours I bought small sample pots. I have tried the blushes but they're super sparkly and not for me. The powder I tested was the calcium carbonate and it's actually far too drying as my skin is normal, my skin didn't react well to it so I'm glad I didn't buy it.
You get so much in the full size pots I actually have a years supply now! Packaging is sifter top, and actually stays closed which is amazing. Travel friendly.
As others have said, you don't need to use too much which is common for mineral fdtn. I've tried quite a few, and my fave before this was Sheer Cover, it was the only one yellow enough for me. Over time tho, sheer cover made my skin a little itchy. I used to have oily skin and it was fabulous but now my skin's drier, it's uncomfortable to wear. My next fave was GloMinerals but they discontinued my shade and formula!! It was so olive and amazing. Enter Lucy Minerals. LM has awesome olive shades, truly olive if your skin leans that way. I'm more golden olive so I blend both and it's gorgeous. Most other minerals are not golden or olive enough and too orange or red. With LM you can order custom blends to any fractions.
It took me a while to figure out how best to use this - the owner herself recommends using over her oil which I have. But I've found my SPF is oily enough to create the base I need. If you've got oily skin you won't need an oily base. LM mixes beautifully with the oilier base to create a smooth, poreless, almost skin like complexion but true skin like base can only come from creme or liquid IMO.
It's not powdery and is very pigmented. I buff it on with a flat top powder brush and slowly build up layers. If you pack heaps on hoping it'll buff out it will take a long time and look cakey. Just add a bit at a time as you go, it's still a very quick application!
Wears super well over the course of a work day and doesn't itch or crack much or fade. There may be a tiny amount of cracking around the mouth but these are so easily fixed by moving my buffer brush over the top. Touches up perfectly.
I use a blend of golden and olive shades as I say. My only gripe is there isn't enough explanation of shade depth online. Medium olive is not equal to medium golden. From memory, the olive shades are a little lighter. The owner is great with queries so just email to find out. I got my blends a little wrong so my "winter" blend is a shade too dark.
But overall I've been using this a lot over the past few months and really really hope that LM survives (as some indie brands close or sellout) and stays as good as it is now. Ps shipping was quick! Also the bronzer is sparkly, not for me.

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This foundation is amazing! Perhaps the most amazing thing is that it doesn't react to my super sensitive, super dry, super eczema prone skin! I have tried so many foundations, cc creams, bb creams etc and it is the same story every time- looks great for maybe a day or two, then the bumps starts, raised red lines and flaking skin. Since I have fairly clear skin when I don't wear foundation, I have been avoiding trying anything new. However at the age of "25" (*ahem* 35), lack of sleep with a new baby and even dryer skin than normal with breastfeeding, I think I need a little extra help! So I've been wearing this foundation for a week, which for my skin is record. My routine is pretty simple - firstly because I'm lazy and secondly because my skin is so crazy. I cleanse and moisturise with jojoba oil, use rosehip seed oil for anti-ageing and sugar for exfoliant. Using jojoba as moisturiser is lovely for skin but sh*&t for makeup- it just slides off my face (but still manages to irritate it). SO I was shocked when I learnt that Lucy's Minerals actually suggests that you use jojoba as primer or mix it with the foundation to create a light concealer or liquid foundation. THIS IS EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been experimenting with how I apply but so far for my skin I have found this the best method- apply a thin layer of jojoba oil, then mix a drop of jojoba oil and powder in my hand for a base (p.s this makes it look like it oxidises likes no one's business but reverts to the original colour on your skin), then using my Shisedo foundation brush (I love him) I lightly dip the brush in the powder, tap it in the lid and press the powder into my t-zone and cheeks (no buffing due to skin sensitivities). I also sweep some Lucy Mineral's blush across the cheeks. My skin looks flawless and radiant after this and best of all it only takes 2 minutes....2 minutes!!! More time standing up sleeping in the bathroom. The only two things I would flag is that I haven't tried to build the coverage (lazy/don't need that much coverage) and I would say it lasts 8 hours before I notice there it is starting to slide off. I would like more time (lazy) but hey can't have everything. OH and I have found an exceptional colour match in Light Medium - I have strange super pale skin that is very warm. Oh and my skin feels really SOFT! Packaging is meh but it is a small company and better for the environment so you should good about the minimal packaging.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 11/3/2015 4:32:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

*Warning, lenghty review! In my love for this foundation I felt like I had to write a novel about it, I guess*

Oh. My. God!!! Where has this foundation been all my life?

I read a review about this foundation, not thinking too much of it. I've tried mineral foundations in the past but have given up on them pretty fast. They were powdery, obvious looking, dried out my already dry skin, did not have the right shade and the list can go on. When you would have told me a month ago that my new all time favourite foundation would be powder, I would have laughed and not believe you for a second.
But the review turned out really positive and when I read the reviews on MakeUpAlley, I decided I gave it a try and I'm so happy that I did.

The best things about this foundation: it looks SO natural (literally like skin! I detest an obvious foundationlook but this is nowhere near that), gives fantastic coverage (medium - buildable full), shade range is amazing (she does custom blends!), is extremely creamy for a powder (my dry skin can easily handle it), lasts all day, simple ingredients (has not broke me out, and my skin hates titanium dioxide, so that was awesome!).

The bad sides: ???? Honestly, I can't think of anything.

I tried some samples (Pale Olive in Original formula, Cream in both original and Lucy Light formula, Snow White (Original formula) Finishing Powder (Original) and the Light Bronzer - and got a blush sample for free!). They are priced 2,50, but she holds sales like every week or so, so you can get them for less.

Pale olive - the right shade for me! I have always known that I have a relatively green undertone (don't ask) and this matches it! I've never found any pale yellow shade that had a green undertone, so I'm impressed. If I get any paler than this I can ask her to mix some of her white shade with this one. (Not gonna lie, I hoped that it wouldn't be spot on, because the custom shades get your name as the 'shade' on the packaging, and I thought that was the cutest thing ever - I know, I'm lame.)
Cream - Slightly too orange (for a martian like me) and a bit too dark. Didn't notice a difference with the Lucy Light formula.
Finishing powder - Amazing stuff! If marshmallows would be in a powder form, this would be it. So soft, featherlight and fluffy. At first, I didn't see the point in setting powder with another powder but this really prolongs the wear, and does a great job at keeping my slightly oily t-zone matte like no other!
Light Bronzer - a really nice bronzer for pale skin. Has a slight satin finish and does not pull too orange.
Snow white - pretty damn opaque straight up white, doubles as a highlighter or eyeshadow for me.

I can't express enough how much I love this foundation. I've had it for a week now but I can easily say it can really be HG material. Even whenever I don't have any makeup on, I put some of this foundation on just because I like the look of it so much, and I have never ever felt that way with a foundation. I always have had trouble with redness in my cheeks and this covers it better and more natural than anything I've tried.
Funny enough, this stuff last AGES on my skin, despite being a powder. It seems like the moment it sinks into your skin, it just forms a 'bond' just like a liquid foundation would do, and will only leave my skin at the end of the night. One time I did a finger swatch on my sister's cheek to check the colour, and I tried to rub it off with my finger, but it just didn't go anywhere! HOW?!
The finish isn't completely matte, but a slight satin, but this only looks more natural. No powdery look here! The finishing powder will mattify it more, though.
Due to the creaminess, it doesn't feel heavy or 'pulling' on my skin at all. In fact, it is more comfortable than a liquid foundation that I would have to powder down. This feels so lightweight and smooth!

A great thing is, that this can be build layer after layer, and still look natural! It does have a small manual though. (EDIT: spraying with a setting spray in between layers gives the best result! It really makes it sink into the skin and just even more flawless). Here's how I use it:

(I use a light moisturizer beforehand, that I let absorb for a few minutes)
1. Tap a small amount of powder in the lid.
2. Load a small amount on top of the brush - and I mean small! To the point where the tip of the brush has *just* a hint of colour. I use ELF's Mineral Powder Brush or an eBay flat top brush for this and that works really well. (EDIT: I feel like using the flat top eBay brush with this makes me break out slightly but not with the ELF brush. ...Logic, what is that? So if this breaks you out, try changing brushes!)
3. Blend it in. I prefer to tap it in. Reload if necessary.
4. WAIT 5 minutes or so before applying another layer. In the meantime, I just do my eyebrows or something.
5. Repeat, and wait another 5 minutes before applying more, although that is hardly necessary because two small layers is enough for full coverage for me.

And please ignore the review below mine - I don't know where she got that information, but Lucy Minerals has NEVER contained bismuth oxychloride and it probably never will, because the owner is allergic to it herself, so that wouldn't even make any sense. As far as I know, the owner has never changed the formula either, so with all due respect but I don't know what this reviewer has been sipping on.

Full size foundation (and Finishing Powder) currently is $16, but as I said she holds sales VERY often - it seems like when the first sale ends, she runs a new one, so you can easily save at least 20% - just make sure that you get updates.

Bottom line: Get this. Now. You won't be dissappointed and will most likely fall in love like I did.

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.


on 10/29/2015 10:09:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

Annie has just changed her formula! The new foundation without bismuth oxychloride has much less coverage than the previous one (I read somewhere that bismuth oxychloride helps the foundation last longer and adhere better to your skin, however it is not good). I am really upset because I want a safer foundation, but at the same time full coverage like it used to have.


on 10/3/2015 2:57:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This had a beautiful full coverage finish that lasted all day. Such a shame it broke me out every time I used it. The magnesium stearate is rated a highly comodogenic ingredient. All formulas have it. :-(

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 6/25/2015 12:05:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This review is for the original formula foundation. This is a softest, prettiest foundation I have ever used. My skin absolutely glows!

After using multiple high end foundations including Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Estee Lauder, I settled on mineral foundation. From time to time, I test a new liquid, but always go back to minerals. I have mature skin and the liquid formulas feel heavy and accentuate lines and wrinkles - even with primers. After using Bare Minerals, Jane Iredale and Pur Minerals, I discovered Lucy Minerals on YouTube. I ordered 4 sample foundation colors and fell in love! I purchased the regular size in 2 colors - one for summer and another for winter, along with the finishing powder and Ambrosia Multi-Purpose Serum.

I wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, apply Vitamin C Serum and Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Moisturizer with Retinol. (If I am going in the sun, I substitute CeraVe Daily Moisturizer with SPF). After the moisturizer sets, I apply Lucy Minerals Foundation in a circular motion using an angled Kabuki brush. For areas that need extra attention, I apply more foundation with the Bare Minerals concealer brush. After the foundation sets, I press finishing powder into the T-Zone with a powder puff.

I highly recommend these products! Lucy Minerals customer service is amazing and the products are a great value - especially when they have a sale.

14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

I liked this from the sample enough that I bought a full size. It does have a very nice finish. Unfortunately it broke me out like crazy every time I used it. I didn't wear it everyday so it took me a while to make the connection. I believe it was the magnesium stearate, as zinc and titanium oxide are fine on my skin.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

Though I'm hesitant to check the box on whether I'd buy this again or not, I did say yes cause I think there will come a point when I will (hopefully) have my skin more in check and it will stop producing so much natural oil at some point...I hope?? I say this cause as a combination skinned person, mineral foundation and oily skin just don't get along too well. In a matter of hours this foundation has pooled up in my most oily places on my face which is between my brows but it also pools up in other places too like the corners of my nose yet my nose is not as oily as my forehead, when this happens I pat it to smooth things out but I hate having to do this. But at first when you apply it it does give you such a beautiful, smooth and airbrushed look to your skin. The finish is amazing so I'm truly sad that this is not faring too well on my skin because I'm truly IN LOVE with this foundation. It covers what needs covered and you can choose what kind of coverage you want whether it be light or heavy, the colours are very forgivable, the finish is beautiful. When I looked at myself in my car today on the way to an appointment. my skin looked natural, and this was in natural sunlight which is the most unflattering of lights ever cause I can see every little flaw I have on my face yet this foundation blended seamlessly with my skin, it looked so natural and flawless and slightly airbrushed. It was so beautiful which made me sad cause I knew this perfect look wouldn't last. Luckily I wasn't out very long, which I knew I wouldn't be cause I didn't want to risk an oily meltdown from this lol. I buy 2 colours to mix together in a shallow bowl, although Lucy Minerals will custom mix colours for you if need be but I choose to mix it myself that way if my skin tone changes depending on the season I won't have to order more, that and I get 2x the amount by ordering 2 containers. My perfect colours are pale olive and light mixed together but during the summer light and cream are more suitable for my colouring when I get slightly tan. I still have 4 samples of cream that I've had for 2 years now and still haven't ran out. This stuff is super pigmented, start out with a small amount and build it up and yes I agree to letting it "warm up" to your skin cause it will just melt right in. At first the colour may look off but just wait. I bought the flat top brush and their concealer brush and that is what I use to apply this stuff with. I've tried everything to make this work but sadly I can't wear this everyday cause of the oiliness that results from this which makes me sad :( Occasionally I have noticed a few pimples here and there and I do think it could be from this but at first this didn't break me out at all. I was literally using this everyday even though the oily meltdown was happening but I stopped cause of the meltdown. If you're not prone to oily skin I'd definitely recommend this! Samples are generous and will last you quite awhile and they offer 4 different formulas, 2 for oily skin but those did not help at all with my problem. I'm still using samples after 2 years and have 3 full sized containers stashed away but then again this is not my HG, wish it was, if my skin ever stops producing so much oil this will be my HG. My skin only gets this oily when I wear foundation which is odd but not much I can do about that.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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