Today’s post centers on another liquid foundation I’ve been testing out for over a month now that I really love. You may remember my review on the Living Nature Foundation (If not, you can read the review – here) which I loved as well, but this foundation by Jane Iredale is a bit different, though nonetheless fantastic!
First off, if you’re unfamiliar with Jane Iredale, it is a natural beauty brand that offers a range of natural cosmetics that function as both makeup AND skincare. This is why they refer to their brand as “Skincare Makeup” because their products often have dual functionality for both aesthetics (looks) and the skin (anti-aging, anti-acne, etc.) effects that they claim come from wearing their cosmetics over an extended period of time. Their products are cruelty free and this foundation, in particular, is vegan and gluten free as well.
I was lucky enough to be sent this Jane Iredale liquid minerals foundation with both their foundation brush and their Balance Hydrating Antioxidant Spray. The foundation brush is quite standard as far as brushes go. It’s a nice quality foundation brush, but for me, I prefer applying my foundation with a buffer brush or beautyblender type sponge so this didn’t get much use. I really dislike applying with this kind of brush and then having to smooth out the inevitable streaks so unfortunately, this brush didn’t get much use. Though I will say, if you enjoy using this kind of brush, the brush is a nice quality, there’s been absolutely no shedding at all, and it’s made of taklon nylon so it’s cruelty free and vegan.
Their Liquid Minerals A Foundation is very unique in that it is formulated with a calming base of aloe vera gel and vegetable glycerin which suspend liposomes (they look like little liquid capsules in the bottle) which encapsulate many active ingredients and serve to penetrate your skin and help it absorb all of the benefits of these ingredients most effectively.
So, when you use this foundation, you’re not only meant to have a great finish, but also skin benefits over time and through continued use. Their formula is calming, lightweight, and includes a number of beneficial ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate (hydration), oat extract (calms irritation, redness), willow bark extract (acne, balances skin sebum), and many other extracts which are said to work to improve your skin from the inside out while providing an outwardly beautiful look.
But do their claims live up when tested? Personally, I think so! Although the coverage isn’t full, it is a nice moderate to medium soft finish. Since it’s water based, it won’t irritate skin or clog pores and it has not made my skin break out at all. I did find it quite weird to use at first because the pigment capsules are suspended in aloe gel and when you first pump the liquid out, the first few pumps come out clear, but after the first time, it’s fine to apply and the liquid comes out in a fairly even consistency.
This formula does fill in pores, though it’s not mask-like or heavy at all. In fact, it feels like I’m not wearing anything at all. Strangely enough, I find this to be more like a complexion enhancer than anything, but it does dry down to a semi-matte type light to medium coverage despite not feeling like it’s heavy or cakey. The coverage is even more so when applied using their Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener (You can see my review for that –) and the staying power is much more polished with the primer than without.
I have been really enjoying using this foundation with their Balance Antioxidant Hydrating Spray as a setting spray – it gives a lovely dewy finish and I’m really loving that natural look this winter, especially because my skin can actually tolerate that look when it’s colder so I’m taking full advantage while I can!
I love the scent of this spray – it’s very natural, pleasant and light. There’s nothing at all overbearing about the scent like some other sprays / toners can sometimes be and it seems to be nicely hydrating without feeling oily or like there’s a residue on the skin so I love that for my skin.
Overall, this is a really solid natural foundation! I love the idea of there being skincare benefits to wearing foundation, though I didn’t see a huge improvement in my skin that was seriously noticeable in the month and a half I’ve been using this. That being said, I love that their formulation is, for the most part, a very natural, gentle one that won’t irritate sensitive skin or clog pores for those with problem skin either. It doesn’t give a full coverage, but then, if you’re using natural, you can’t expect a hugely full coverage as it’s meant to accent your skin and even it out, but not cover it. The antioxidant spray was a nice addition to using this foundation – I highly recommend it for those who want that dewy natural finish. If not, this foundation dries down to a semi-matte or matte without it, depending on your skin type and what moisturizer you use. The foundation brush was good quality and build, but at $41, it’s not cheap and as someone who isn’t into that kind of brush, I’ll be passing it on to my sister who can get more use out of it than me.
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Have you tried Jane Iredale Cosmetics?
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