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on 1/8/2018 2:07:00 AM
More reviews by InveterateShopper
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Jane Iredale's pressed foundation is my go-to when I am in a hurry, since the application is very easy. I use the color Bisque. My skin is very fair with neutral to slightly warm undertones (I have some yellow in my skin but can also look ashen).The foundation is buildable, so if you need more coverage, you will want to do a few thin layers, setting each layer with a setting spray. I use the Jane Iredale Pommisst, which is expensive but does an amazing job. I find that a little goes a long way with both the foundation and the setting spray. I have used the Pommisst as a makeup setting spray after finishing my makeup, and it performs well. It leaves a dewy finish.I have found that the foundation can leave a cakey, dry look if it is not set with some kind of spray. Also, I have recently discovered that if you moisturize your face first (I don't use a primer), the foundation looks so much better. My face looks amazing if I moisturize first and then use the pressed foundation followed by the Pommisst.I apply the foundation with a dense, flat-top brush, in downward strokes. I tried using the flat compact pouf thing, but that made the foundation look awful.My skin is normal to dry, but I think this foundation would be excellent for oily skin types. I especially like using it in the summer, when I will be sweating, because I dislike using liquid foundations in the summer.I wasn't a fan of the packaging. You are supposed to buy a separate compact to house the pan of foundation. The salesperson told me that you don't need the compact, but the plastic casing that houses the pan of foundation is quite large and does not fit well in my makeup bag. So I ended up having to purchase the compact. Also, the price is high. But a little goes a long way, so you do get what you pay for.I love the fact that this has a decent SPF (I think 20?). No, it's not enough to rely on by itself, but I feel much better knowing that I have extra sun protection on top of my sunscreen.
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 9/28/2017 7:05:00 PM
More reviews by Janay
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I've been using this foundation for more than a year and am very happy with it. My skin is fair and tends to go a bit ruddy, and the Warm Silk color works well as it doesn't have any pink undertones. I don't use the foundation for its intended purpose but instead use Jane Iredale's tinted moisturizer as my "foundation", then apply this Pure Pressed Base over my T-zone as a setting powder. It works great in this manner and adds more SPF coverage (the tinted moisturizer has SPF 15) plus helps even out any redness that the tinted moisturizer didn't cover. The foundation powder contains mica, which is a possible skin irritant. I haven't had any problems with my sensitive skin, possibly because of applying it over my tinted moisturizer. I agree with a previous reviewer to hang onto your compacts and just buy the foundation refills.
on 4/27/2017 3:14:00 PM
More reviews by zero347
Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse
My original review for this product was written in 2011, so I decided to delete and update it because obviously if I am still using a product years later, there is something good about it.I have repurchased this stuff many times in several shades depending on season including Warm Sienna, Golden Glow, Satin, Amber and Radiant. With the "real" stuff the coverage is decent and it is one of the few brands that doesn't break me out as well as providing decent coverage and some sun protection. It is also recommended by my derm as a product that is non-irritating to acne prone and post procedure skin. Unlike most mineral makeup, it does not emphasize fine lines nor make your skin look dry. If anything, letting it "set" on skin makes it look even more natural and blends it in. It has always been pretty pricey at around $42 USD wnd while it IS possible to find it on the internet for around $30, source seems to affect the quality of the product. I have gotten some "off" batches from various places that caused me to question whether they had changed their product or it was now not suited to me. I can't be sure if I was getting fakes or old product, but it did not work the same. Because of this, online I now only purchase it from the official website even if it is a bit more expensive or purchase locally at my derm. The major con with this line aside from the crazy high price has always been its limited availability outside of spas and the internet. Also be aware that they HAVE changed the product cases that the refills go in to a cheapy plastic one, so if you have one of the old metal ones you will want to keep it.
8 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 4/15/2017 10:27:00 AM
More reviews by MakeupMomma
Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine
I originally reviewed this product 10 years ago - back in 2007! I decided to delete that review so I could write an updated one. For reference, I included my old one at the end of this new review.I've been using this powder foundation off and on since 2005. I stopped using it for a few years because I fell in love with Laura Mercier's Pressed Mineral Foundation. However, that one changed over the years and dropped the SPF. It is very important to me that my foundation have SPF in it (even though I apply a separate one before my makeup). I guess I just like that extra layer of protection, so I ordered a new refill of the JI Pressed Mineral Foundation and instantly remembered why I loved it so much. Now with an SPF 20, it is truly one of the best pressed powders on the market. It's talc-free, goes on smoothly, provides great coverage (yet still natural-looking), doesn't crease, cake, or wear off. Plus, it doesn't make me breakout. It comes in a large array of shades from very fair to deep. My skin tone is medium-to-olive and Golden Glow (yellow-based) is a perfect match for me. Other powders look heavy on me and I can see the product sitting my face. I don't have that problem with JI. Most days I use this over my daily SPF and concealer. On days when I wear a liquid foundation, I'll sometimes use this as a setting powder. Either way, it works great!You still buy this product in two separate pieces: the compact and the refill. The compact has changed over the years... the original one was a heavier and made of metal. It was pretty, but mine got scratched up over the years. When I ordered a replacement a few years ago, I was sent a plastic compact - not quite as nice as the metal one, but it's holding up great with no scratches. The price for this product is $18 for the compact and $42 for the refill - a little pricy, but well-worth it to me. I've see the refills much cheaper on Overstock.com, TheBeautyPlace.com, and Jet.com (not affiliated with any of these websites). I bought 2 from Overstock.com earlier this year and was very pleased. I basically got two for the price of one. You can also buy directly from JaneIredale.com or on Dermstore.com (they have occasional sales on JI products, but you usually cannot use their coupon codes on JI).************************************************************************************ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM 2007I've used this pressed mineral foundation off and on for almost 2 years. It goes on smoothly -- not at all chalky -- and provides light to medium coverage, depending on how much you apply (it goes on best with a flocked sponge, but I've used my BE brushes as well). I've tried Suntan (pink undertone) and Warm Sienna (yellow undertone). I think this mineral foundation is superior to BE in many ways. First, the fact that it's pressed is a HUGE plus! It's much more portable and less messy. Second, it provides a matte finish, unlike the super-shiny finish of BE. Third, it looks and feels lighter on the skin. I don't get a mask-like appearance when I wear JI. Fourth, it has an SPF 18, which is a bit higher than the SPF 15 of BE. Another plus to this makeup is the gorgeous gold compact it comes in. The one minus to this makeup is the price. I paid $48 at my dermatologist's office! You can buy this makeup at various online stores, so I'm hoping to get a better deal the next time I purchase it.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 3/21/2017 4:14:00 PM
More reviews by Shrez
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
I have been wearing this pressed powder foundation for quite a few years now. I have very sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin which is also now aging a bit. One of the reasons I love this foundation is that I have zero reactions to it of any kind. This foundation is made up of simple, basic but very high-quality ingredients. Yes, bare minerals is much cheaper but contains a lot of cheaper chemical ingredients. I don't use the sponge this comes with and I don't recommend it - this is best applied with a brush. The denser your brush the more coverage you will get. I also go in with a small concealer brush and cover any undereye circles or blemishes. You can build this up to full-coverage if you want but I find it starts to look too opaque. For me, this is quick, everyday foundation. To break up the matte finish I usually spray rosewater over top which gives this a more dewy, very skin-like finish. My only issue with this is that it looks a little opaque in flash photos. Minerals are just ground up rocks and therefore not especially translucent (but you don't exactly get flashback either). If I am going out and know there will be a lot of photos taken I switch to something that is a little more photo friendly but not as good for my skin. If you have ultra sensitive skin this is a fantastic foundation. It is pretty pricey but for me it is worth it to not have to worry about reactions, breakouts or harming my skin over the long run. However, this is not going to perform like a new generation, long wearing foundation with silicones, emulsifiers, etc.
on 3/3/2017 1:54:00 AM
More reviews by AnnaBanana25
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I really like this product - the colour is perfect for my pale skin (I use Radiant). I only gave one lippie for price, because it's ridiculously expensive in NZ - about $95. I've bought it twice - both times from StrawberryNet and it was much cheaper. It has an SPF15 and a nice finish - gives me a bit of a glow and evens out my skin tone. Feels nice and light on my skin, unlike many liquid foundations I've tried, and it lasts for ages (on my skin & the compact itself). You can buy refils as well.
4 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 1/22/2017 4:06:00 AM
More reviews by Sabra15
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse
I just love this product and better yet, it comes in a refillable compact! I have been using it since 2010, shortly after I developed rosacea and had to rethink my makeup routine. It is gentle enough to use over rosacea bumps and even eczema, so this is true mineral makeup. I will confess that I did stray once for convenience reasons and tried BareMinerals via Ulta and it was so heavy and awful and the yellow shade was too pale/chalky--never again. This product is light and is not for someone wanting a full-coverage product, which is a look I just don't care for. I do touch up some hyper-pigmented spots with a tiny concealer brush after applying it with a kabuki brush to my entire face and neck and I also combine it with Prescriptives Camouflage Cream--a staple that's been in my drawer for over 20 years--and that keeps my skin looking even, yet natural.Per finding the right color, I was lucky enough to be in a dermatologist's office the 1st time, but I was the one who found my magic shade: Warm Sienna. My skin looks pale against my dark hair, but it's actually warm and has olive and yellow undertones and Warm Sienna is the exact color of my skin and my skin color is so hard to match. If your skin is warm, stick with warm shades and if it's cool, stick with cool shades. I suppose the neutrals out there know who they are. If in doubt, the color swatches on the Jane Iredale website have a short description of each shade that may help--just click on them.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 12/30/2016 11:23:00 AM
More reviews by TiaR
Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure
Between NC and NW 30, I got golden glow. Many colors seemed too pink. This one is too yellow. I am personally in the olive range.I will be comparing this to glominerals. They are in the same price range and have similar claims. I am wearing the same moisturizer for both because it doesn't break me out (eucerin healing cream). This obviously effects how oily I get, and may alter the consistency of these powder foundations.I have oily acne-prone skin, and my skin is like my stomach in terms of being sensitive to ingredients. In comparison to glominerals, the color selection is worse. Glominerals has an olivey section (honey light matches me fairly well) but Jane iredale is on the yellow vs pink spectrum from my experience.The longevity of Jane iredale is better. I'm using a moisturizer that makes me extra oily so this is good.This is more finely milled and less cakey looking. Glo gets cakey very easily.Jane iredale has better coverage in my experience, so far. I see people talking about how this doesn't cover. That confuses me a little. If you use a dense sponge , you can cover acne marks and eye circles decently. Not cover fx coverage, but enough to make me feel comfortable. A light brush will do light coverage. So overall I find this malleable in terms of coverage.Jane has spf, which I don't like. It can conflict with some of my sunscreen ingredients. (It's much better to wear sunscreen rather than rely on foundation to contain it, btw).Both of them have zero oil control and you'll need a setting powder.Both of them calm my skin and do not break me out. I was using up colorstay whipped, which makes my skin red and inflamed with acne. After using Jane iredale this week, it has significantly calmed and my acne is subsiding.This is still not as natural looking as liquid foundations on the market, but better than most drugstore powders. I will continue alternating between Glo and Jane iredale, since they don't break me out and they are relatively convenient for busy days.
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 12/6/2016 6:52:00 PM
More reviews by wnnwng
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
My HG foundation. I got this after my dermatologist recommended it to me. About two weeks after using this, I noticed the acne bumps and redness on my cheeks disappearing. Still not completely gone, but this foundation did a lot to improve it!Coverage is pretty light. I used a tinted sunscreen underneath (Paula's choice) it and that in combination with this foundation, hides my mild rosacea pretty well. It's expensive, but for me, worth it for the improved skin quality.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 9/21/2016 4:10:00 PM
More reviews by Samirae0
I'm so disappointed.
Every site and blog that I've found discussing hormonal acne had referenced this foundation as being the end all be all, holy grail, etc. option for sensitive acne prone skin. I've tried every combination with other products I can think of, and just using it by itself, and nothing works. Everytime, within an hour or so, I develop new bumps all over the area I use it in, which doesn't happen with any other make up. I do have sensitive hormonal acne prone skin, but this make up is supposed to be IDEAL for that. It's made my skin so much worse, and I hate the way it feels. the application is so thin, coverage is horrid, and I just can't imagine ever looking this makeup unless I had perfect poreless skin, which would defeat the purpose of having this anyway.
I'm so heart broken, honestly, and now I'm out the hundred+ dollars I spent on the powder and the recommended brush, plus the Iredale setting spray.
Don't bother, and don't believe the hype.
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