The facts about my skin:
Skin-tone: Olive skin tone
Skin-type: Oily acne prone
Problem: Occasional breakouts on the chin and cheeks, acne scars, large pores in the t-zone, an oily t-zone, and the odd wrinkle - wow that's a lot of problems!
The Product: Meet Jane Iredale's PurePressed Base (in the color Latte)($60 compact, $40 refill)
If you're not familiar with Jane Iredale, the owner started the line in 1994 and their foundations claim to act as a foundation, concealer, sunscreen, contain active skin care benefits, and are non-comedogenic and do not block pores. This foundation in particular is said to be:
- Very water-resistant and highly pigmented
- Applies evenly and easily, providing long-lasting, gorgeous coverage
- Light diffusing properties make skin look flawless, healthy and younger
- Minimizes pores and fine lines
- No oil, talc, dyes and parabens
- Gentle, safe for sensitive eyes and formulated with good-for-the-skin ingredients
Below are the full ingredient details - from a refill package of the foundation. When you purchase it for the first time you will need to buy the compact and power combo for $60, The compact is a lovely gold color, made from metal and quite heavy - with the "J" design right on the compact. The re-fill foundations can be purchased for $40 - and if you order straight from the Jane Iredale site - your order comes with a note from Jane (I'm sure they're mass produced but which a nice touch!) and a real dried lavender - which was a nice surprise!
I first tried the foundation after visiting my aesthetician for a chemical peel facial. Typically, after a chemical peel it's recommended you don't apply makeup for a few hours - but this stuff was an exception! My easthetician told me that because of the properties in this mineral foundation I was able to wear it right after my treatment. I was worried that it would break my skin out - since my skin was so delicate after my chemical peel but that wasn't the case, my skin looked great all day and it did not break me out.
I was a dedicated Bare Escentuals user for years - from their original formula, to the matte version, and the pressed powder foundation - I tried them all. Although I loved the original, I found it melted off my skin by mid day - the point where I would notice foundation smeared over my notebooks and handouts at work when I touched my face - how do you explain that in a meeting?! The matte and the pressed powder versions broke me out which is why I was in the market for a new mineral fountain.
Overall, I think this foundation is great. I love trying new products, so the fact that I purchased a ref-ill for my compact means that I LOVE this stuff! The coverage is buildable, long lasting. I do have to remove excess shine with a matte powder after about 5-6 hours but if I use a light primer I don't have to remove excess shine!
The foundation works really well with my skin and doesn't cause my to break out. The range of coverage you get from this foundation is great - from just a quick dust of the product to take away shine if you're just our running errands - to what I consider to be quite full coverage for those special occasions.
I personally still like to use a cream concealer for the undereyes as it can settle in fine lines over the day. And for the occasional breakout I do add a cream concealer with this foundation - I just find that it helps disguise any really noticeable imperfections better. Here are the final results - starting with my bare skin, and the foundation applied in three layers to show the build-up in coverage - I think the pictures speak for themselves! In the last picture (on the right) I applied bush and concealer.
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