I have always loved the idea behind powder mineral foundations – their ease in application, lightweight formula and natural ingredients, seriously how can you not? But for years, I have had no luck finding the right product. Most brands either left my dehydrated combination skin dry and irritated or turned my face into a glittery disco ball. And just when I was about to give up on the search, I was introduced to London-based Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation and now I am *totally* hooked!
Voted Beauty Editors #1 Pick of ELLE Magazine in 2009, Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation is made with pure inert minerals with main ingredients including Mica (reflects light to blur fine lines), Zinc Oxide (for anti-inflammatory purposes), Titanium Dioxide (acts as a natural sunscreen), Iron Oxides and Ultramarine Blue. It is also free of bismuth oxychloride, talc, preservatives, dyes, parabens and other harmful chemicals so it is suitable for all skin types.
There are 16 shades available to suit pale to tan skin with cool, warm, neutral and olive undertones. I have Warm Honey, a medium yellow-based color and a good match for my NC30 skin.
The foundation had the finest and creamiest texture I have ever seen in a powder. The coverage was also great and very buildable. I usually just dip my brush onto the powder that is stuck on the lid, swirl it around, tap off excess and buff onto the skin. It never looks cakey and all I get is this natural, fresh-faced glow. Plus unlike Bare Escentuals, the light-reflecting particles were really tiny and not over-the-top shimmery so it never emphasizes pores, fine lines or dry patches. I also loved that it did not require a finishing powder yet still managed to wear well without oxidizing.
Thanks Lily Lolo for making a mineral foundation that I love!
The Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation is available at www.lilylolo.us for $26. You can purchase sample kits with 3 shades for $6.
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