Finding the perfect foundation can be hard. Do you go liquid, mousse, matte, mineral, powder, what?
With so many options out there it’s hard to figure out which will be best for you. But what exactly are you looking to get out of your foundation anyways? Buildable coverage, the perfect shade, a flawless finish?
I tend not to wear makeup often. This may have something to do with the fact that I work from home a lot and don’t go out much (HELP…I need to get a life!) but the fact of the matter is, I also don’t have terrible skin.
For days when I do, I like to have a good quality foundation on hand that will even out my skintone, cover what needs to be covered and obviously, not perpetuate any further skin issues.
I had just come to the end of my Maybelline Mineral Power Powder and was not in love with the product. It had become less flawless and more flaky as time had passed. In search of a higher quality product, I actually let a sales associate help me out; something I rarely do!
This particular clerk seemed to have a good working knowledge of the in store products and immediately suggested PurMinerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup. My first question to her was “what makes it a 4-in-1?” so here’s a more indepth answer.
4-in-1 or an Over Exaggeration?
The sales lady (let’s call her Sue) could only come up with 3 things that made up this foundation and they included:
- Natural mineral concealer
- SPF 15 sun protection
After reading the box and quickly googling the website, neither Sue nor I could find a 4th item to make it a 4-in-1.
It does mention that it is infused with organic shea butter and vitamin E which could be seen as a 4th benefit. After all, not many foundation powders moisturize your skin.
That being said, it is also vegan-friendly, gluten-free and paraben-free so if we’re going this route, it could be considered a 7-in-1.
PurMinerals Magic or Pure Fail?
Regardless of whether or not it was a 4-in-1 miracle mineral powder, there were a few key points about this foundation that sold me on it.
First of all, I was stoked that it carried an SPF.
I look young today, but I’d like to keep looking young for years to come and protecting my skin daily is a big part of that.
Secondly, Sue showed me how to build coverage with this powder; something you can’t often do with other powders.
If you use a makeup sponge rather than a brush you can add layers to your skin to cover imperfections and blemishes when necessary. It’s a great alternative to thicker foundations when you’re trying to conceal your acne properly.
Sweeping on a light brush afterwards will give a clean finish.
Finally, I liked that it was non-comedogenic. The PurMinerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation does not contain any petroleum-based oils which clog your pores and exacerbate skin irritation.
The mineral base is analgesic which instead, soothes your skin and allows it to breathe.
One thing I wasn’t a fan of was the price. I know you pay for quality but this comes to nearly $30 a pop.
When you compare that to other mineral foundations, like my aforementioned Maybelline that sell for half the price, it can sting a little.
I also don’t love that I like it so much I use it nearly every day and will have to go back and buy more soon. So much for living make-up free! I suppose if these are my biggest issues with the foundation then I’ve found myself a pretty good product.
If you’re a fan too, be sure to share what you like (or loathe) about this product in the comment section below!