I think I may have found my HG foundation. I was looking (always looking!) for a new foundation and saw a lot of reviews raving about Lucy Minerals. I saw they had a selection of olive shades (!) and jumped in. I'm so glad I did!
There's a little learning curve to using the LM foundation because it really is different than many other mineral foundations. It is very creamy and concentrated, so much so that the first time I applied it, I kept all those warnings in mind and still managed to overdo it. And more often than not, applying a second layer is not necessary. The foundation needs a few minutes to warm up and meld to the skin, so you need to be patient and wait to see how the first layer looks before adding a second. The shade also adjusts during that time; it tends to apply light but darken slightly as it melds. The foundation provides smooth and natural coverage providing you don't overdo it. It wears very well (well, see below) and removes easily. It also doesn't clog pores either. Like all mineral foundations, it goes on better over moisturizers and primers that don't contain silicones. LM recommends their Ambrosia oils as primers, and while the Ambrosias are awesome (that's for another review), I had great results using LM over non-silicone moisturizers and Meow's Premiere Puss.
There is a pretty good range of shades broken into families. I hit pay dirt with Creamy Olive, though I ordered Medium Olive so I can make shade adjustments as needed for the darker months. There doesn't appear to be a lot of very dark shades though, so if yo have deeper skin tones I'm not sure if you'll find a fit here. They offer samples, albeit in baggies, of all their products. They will also make custom blends, so if you know the proportions (we're talking fractions) of the two shades you want to mix, you can have LM mix them into one container instead of ordering two separate containers. LM makes it clear that returns are not accepted, so definitely get samples first.
There are four formulas: the regular, oil control using silica, oil control using calcium carbonate, and a "light" formula without any antioxidants. I've tried all but the silica. I didn't notice any difference between regular and light. I did notice that both seemed to apply more smoothly and hold up better than the calcium carbonate. I found the calcium carbonate to easily patch up on both initial application and as time goes on. I didn't notice any improvement in oil control with the calcium carbonate. Of the three, calcium carbonate is my least favorite and not one I'd be likely to reorder. I'll have to see if the silica is any better.
Update: I tried the oil control with silica today. I found that it left me with too much of a "glow" as though it was heavy on the mica. That's not the look I'm going for--I prefer a satin/matte finish which the original, light and the calcium carbonate formulas provide. So silica is my least favorite of all the formulas and a definite "do not reorder".
I love the packaging with the twist-top lid that minimizes mess. Every mineral foundation brand should get on that bandwagon!
Customer service is impressive. Of all the orders I've made (and there's been a lot!), there was only one with issues--an issue on their end, and an issue on my end. Not only did they get back to me within hours of my writing them--impressive in itself--they corrected BOTH issues, even though one was my fault. That blew me away because they didn't have to fix what was my fault. But they did.
Since discovering Lucy Minerals, I can't recall reaching for a liquid foundation--in fact, I moved most of them out of my regular rotation and into storage. I used some of my other mineral foundations but I find myself not quite as pleased with them as I used to be...though could also be because I'm still riding the initial high of discovering LM. But I don't see LM falling-out of my regular rotation anytime soon!