Jane Iredale is probably one of the earliest, if not the earliest cosmetic company to introduce a full line of makeup based on minerals. I read a lot about their products back when mineral makeup was the rage but the funny thing is, I never got to try them until now. If I recall correctly, I wasn’t too keen on some of the ingredients I saw and so I basically gave the products a miss back then.
These are samples on the loose mineral foundation and press powder that I was given to try at the beginning of the year but I never really tried them till a few months down the road. I started using the press powder first, and I just wasn’t impressed and so these basically sat somewhere until recently when I spotted the loose mineral foundation and decided to give it a go.
Amazing Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 in Ivory US$42
There are some ingredients there that I may have problems with based on my experience using mineral foundation. However, this has worked a-okay for me so far. It is also the first mineral foundation I’ve tried with silicones and well, I’ll admit that the application is easier with this compared to some other mineral foundations I’ve tried. This one yields medium coverage for me and I like that it is fairly long lasting, makes my face look more radiant and does not streak nor oxidize. But I noticed my pores were slightly more visible after application, and it was the same whether I applied with a brush or a sponge. My skin also became slightly oilier after a few hours so I think the formulation might be a little drying for me, especially since I use a zinc oxide based moisturizer. Overall, I would rate it above average but it’s not an item I would purchase though.
PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 in Bisque US$49.50
Okay, this is product confuses me because it is called a base but in the description, it is stated to work as a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one. I don’t like it as a foundation because it causes streaking after a few hours. Also, I found this more difficult to apply compared to the loose mineral foundation. As for being a concealer, well, again, I don’t see much merit of using this. So basically, this product does nothing for me. And may I add that it’s very expensive!
Jane Iredale Amazing Base Mineral Foundation has some merits although it did not work like a charm for my skin. I’m saying this in comparison with some other mineral foundations I’ve tried. It will probably work better for those with normal skin conditions without too much skin blemishes. And as you can read, I’ve no love for the PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation. Funnily though, the Amazing Base Mineral Foundation received a 3.9 out of 5 rating by 241 users while the PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation received 4 out of 5 rating by 523 reviewers! So it’s basically as case of “your mileage may vary!” However, one thing I’ll say is that I won’t buy this product because I have tried others, like LA Splash’s mineral foundations that are priced lower and perform better.
Jane Iredale’s products are easily available in US but in Singapore, the brand is selectively available so you need to run a search online to find out where if you’re interested.