Missy's review of Merle Norman Luxiva Purely Mineral Makeup


168 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$


Mica (CI77019), Zinc Oxide (CI77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77489, CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I've been using MN's Ultra Luxiva powder foundation for quite a while and on my last purchase, the SA gave me a deluxe sample of this in ML40. This shade was SO beautiful, but it was too dark. I picked up L20 and, unfortunately, it's still a bit too pink and dark for me. I am a MAC NC15, so I could see L20 matching a NW15 or 20 perfectly.

Aside from a lack of appropriate shades for me, the coverage of this is gorgeous and buildable. You don't have to worry about applying too much and you also don't have to buff it out until your skin is raw (EDM, I'm looking at you!). There is a slight shimmer due to the mica. but it looks like a subtle "glow" when applied. I have subtype II rosacea and this actually felt comfortable on my skin.

After reading all the other great reviews for this, I decided to give it another try. I heard that they make a shade L10 now, so I was excited about that. Well, L10 looked great for exactly 15 seconds before it morphed into a nice shade of bubblegum pink. So, to recap...I'm an NC15. L10 is too pink, L20 is too pink and too dark, ML40 is too pinky-beige and too dark, L60 is actually the closest match to me. It has a good amount of yellow, but sadly, it's a tad too dark as well. So, for fellow NC15's, we're out of luck. =(

For reference, this retails for $25.00 (USD).

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