My search for a new foundation led me to Jane Iredale. I've heard the name before, but never knew too much about the brand. They're a cruelty free brand that's Leaping Bunny and PETA certified. They offer many options that are vegan and gluten free. When you're browsing their website, every option they have, they let you know whether or not the product is vegan, and I just love that. Takes the guess work out of shopping! I prefer powder foundation, and I was impressed by some of the details of this product. This mineral foundation is water resistant for up to 40 minutes, and also includes a sunscreen (titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide), calms skin, and contains pomegranate extract to aid in minimizing UV damage and protecting your skin. It's also oil free and free from any nasty chemicals.
Now that I knew the foundation seemed solid, it was time for the difficult part.. finding my shade! Mind you, this company is not cheap. This is high end makeup. The powder foundation refills are $42, and I was not buying it and just taking my best guess to end up having the wrong shade.. again. They have tons of shades to suite mostly ever skin color. They offer a shade finder quiz and you answer 5 questions and at the end they give your shade and a few products they recommend based off your answers.
Once I got my shade, I wanted to read some reviews on the foundation, and see what people had to say about it. They also had a questions and answer spot, which is always useful to read as well. While reading the Q&A section, I found out they offer samples! I got on the phone right away and called! The girl was really nice and helpful in answering my questions. The shade they recommend from the shade finder quiz was the color she recommended as well, but she also offered to send me a shade lighter and darker too. And, I asked for a finishing powder option, and she sent me the pressed and loose version of those. All for free! Yay!
The shade finder and the Jane Iredale personal shopper recommended Satin, which is light-medium with neutral undertones. She also sent me Radiant, which is light with neutral undertones, and Suntan, which is medium with neutral undertones. Then the finishing powder is just one shade, in pressed and loose. I was impressed by the size of the samples, especially since they were free. I would say they offer at least 3 weeks worth of product (for me) per sample, longer than that for the finishing powder.
When I tried the colors, I made sure I had plenty of natural sunlight to find the right shade. Suntan for sure is a tad too dark, but would probably be great when I get a little tan, or as a bronzer! Radiant is slightly light but not too light. I think Satin is pretty accurate.
The picture above is in natural light, after wearing my makeup since 730 this morning. It's now 530 at night. And, I've been laying on my face (I'm laying in my bed in this photo), and it's completely untouched.
Here's my thoughts:
-My first initial thought when trying them was how impressed I was by the coverage. I've had mineral powders that were super light and almost not even there, but this one offered awesome coverage. I even used my concealer brush to pat an extra layer on where I need it and it does a great job concealing.
-The powder is smooth and silky. It offers buildable coverage.
-I used my Eco Tools Mineral Powder brush, which I think because it's bigger than the container made a bit of a mess but otherwise I don't think the powder is they messy.
-The powder also provides a really great base for applying bronzer and blush. With other foundations I've had in the past I felt like I needed to apply more bronzer and blush because the colors were so noticeable. With this foundation, I've noticed that my bronzer and blush go on super smooth and the colors really pop.
-I feel like this foundation lasts all day, and I find minimal shine coming through.
-I do notice some transfer from my face to my phone for example, but it's nothing that wiping off my phone won't fix.
-My face doesn't feel heavy wearing this. Despite the coverage the final results feel light on my skin.
-I haven't had any adverse reactions to this product. My face hasn't broken out, which is surprising. No redness or rash. My skin is sensitive, and typically I have an adjustment period with new products, but with this I've been fine.
-The price is a little hefty, as I mentioned above at $42. Plus, your fist initial purchase you have to buy the compact which is $18. But, price to me is irrelevant if it's a product that I like and can feel confident wearing.
-I really only have two complaints. First, I don't particularly find this foundation to be cakey, but it always cakes up on my chin. I have no clue why, perhaps it's the oils in my skin, but it's only my skin. Not my nose or forehead, my chin.
-Second complaint: My whole life I've been super oily and acne prone. But as of lately, my face is getting really dry in spots. And on those dry spots, this foundation tends to cling. I use a moisturizer and then an oil control primer before application. I'm thinking of trying a new moisturizer to see if that helps my dry patches thus helping the foundation to apply properly. I also sent for some liquid foundation samples, thinking they might be an option to look into, even though I haven't used liquid foundation since I was probably 12. Because I liked the powder so much, I'm willing to give their liquid a try.
Overall, I'm pretty impressed. At the end of the day, no makeup is perfect. But this stuff is pretty close, and it's helping me to feel more confident in myself, which is an daily struggle for me, and lately it's been even harder. I'm not buying the foundation yet, but, I am considering it pretty highly.