So, I did a post awhile back about the two foundations that I use: Alima Pure's Satin Matte Foundation in Beige 2, and Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light Medium. I just ran out of my Satin Matte Foundation, and the color that it was compared to in the pressed foundation was finally back in stock, and I had been wanting to try it for awhile now. So, I ordered the pressed foundation on Cyber Monday and I received it yesterday.
I really love that they send you a free sample with your order, which is usually an eye shadow which I'm fine with. I love eye shadow but don't often wear it because I never have time to get that into make up in the mornings before work, and I often don't wear make up on the weekends so when I get a sample it lasts me forever. They sent me a sample of their Luminous Shimmer Eye Shadow in Paris, which is a sparkling sandy nude.
I used it today without any eye shadow primer, and it looked really pretty on, but unfortunately did not last long. It was pretty while it lasted though. I paired it with their Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Lilac (smokey purple) and together they really flattered my dark brown eyes. I'm sure it'll last longer with an eye shadow primer but in general I feel like most shimmer eye shadows, no matter what, never last all day. The shimmer always ends up all over my glasses from blinking my eyes throughout the day. Overall, I'm glad I didn't pay for it, but I'm happy I received it and will definitely continue to use it.
Now, for the foundation. First, the deets, taken directly from Alima Pure's website...
"Pressed Foundation with Rosehip Antioxidant Complex is packed with benefits. Silky rice and mica powders provide smooth, even, buildable coverage. Rosehip Antioxidant Complex soothes, protects, and revitalizes delicate facial skin.
This foundation came with the compact, the foundation itself, and a foundation sponge. I use my powder foundation brush for my makeup, not the sponge but I'll give the sponge a shot when I apply it next.
There's things I love and don't love about this foundation. So let's start with the pros:
1) I love that it's pressed instead of loose. Pressed foundation is so much easier and so much less messier.
2) There's so many ingredients that are good for your skin.
3) It goes on very smoothly.
4) The design of the compact is really convenient. It has a mirror inside and since the foundation comes with a sponge you can keep inside the compact, it's perfect for on the go touch ups.
5) It has a matte finish and it looks natural on my face.
6) It doesn't exacerbate my dry patches. My skin does this fun thing in the colder months where it gets dry and also oily, so I get flaky and also shiny. This foundation didn't make my flaky skin stand out, which I appreciate. I think that's thanks to the moisturizing oils in it.
7) It feels barely there on my skin, and my skin can still breathe.
8) Even with all of the oils, my face looks less oily than when I was using the loose foundation. My face still felt and looked pretty fresh at the end of the day.
9) There isn't a lot of transfer from my face to my clothes or my hands. Even after having my hands on my face and all that, there's still makeup on my face when I wash it at the end of the day.
10) You can buy refills instead of having to buy a branch new compact each time, so you can save money and reuse the compact instead of just throwing it out only to buy another one! I love that it's less wasteful and eco friendly!
Here's the cons:
1) The smell. I hate it. I wish they made a scent free version. I can deal with scented foundations; my Cocoa Powder foundation literally smells like cocoa. But this is a strong floral smell. I can't really pinpoint the scent because I know it contains a variety of essential oils, all I know is that I don't like it, and I'm grateful it doesn't last long.
2) The coverage isn't as great as I had hoped. It's definitely a lighter coverage than the Satin Matte Foundation. Fortunately, I use another foundation on top of this and a spot concealer underneath which helps with the coverage, but it would be nice to just use one foundation and call it a day. This definitely isn't that kind of foundation for me.
3) I emailed a make up artist when I first saw this foundation to figure out which shade would compare to Beige 2, and I was told Sesame would be a good match. The thing about their pressed foundations compared to their loose foundations is that one shade of pressed foundation covers a few shades of their loose foundations. I was pretty skeptical because Beige 2 is like spot on for me, so a shade that covers a few different shades is off putting. I feel like this is a little too light for me because it's definitely lighter than Beige 2, but not by much. I tried to get a picture, it's not a great one because of the light.
Even though it's a little light, it does darken when my skin oils blend with it, and again my other foundation I use helps with the color. Both my foundations work in unison to get my skin tone and coverage to what I like. I just wish they offered the same shades in their pressed foundation that they offer in their loose foundations. Or, at least offer more pressed foundation shades, if nothing else. *PS: I'm not as pale as my awful dining room light portrays, and the foundation is darker than it looks. It's a light neutral/warm shade, but in this stupid lighting it looks like it's porcelain.*
3) My last con is probably the one that I dislike the most. This compact costs $34, and the refills for the foundation are $22. And this is how big the foundation pans are:
It's like as thick as a wafer! I feel like I'm going to go through that so fast, especially if I build up the coverage which would take at least 2 applications. Plus, because it's so thin if you press too hard applying it or keep it in your purse throughout the day, I feel like it will break so easily! I assume the pans are so thin so you can fit the foundation sponge right on top for traveling, but even still. I feel like for the price you're not going to get your moneys worth if you prefer a heavier foundation application, which I need. If you only need a few swipes, then this would be a good fit for you.
Overall? So far I like it, despite the cons. The fact that it keeps my face looking fresh throughout the day is pretty cool. My T zone still gets a little oily but it's not as bad as with the Satin Matte Foundation. I also really love that it's pressed because I always choose pressed powder over loose powder if I have a choice. Will I repurchase? I'm not sure yet. So far it hasn't irritated my skin so that's a good start. Plus there is a lot of skin loving ingredients and I would like to see if they make a difference in my skin with more use.
I would love to hear your thoughts on any Alima Pure products you have used or want to use!