I recently put out a plea for recommendations for foundation for my oily, acne-prone skin and received several for Everyday Minerals intensive base. They have the option to buy four different colors and styles of base to find what fits you, and for only $5 for the trial set it seemed like it was worth a shot.I have now used it three days in a row and I would say that I am still firmly in the “We Try It” stage rather than the “Furiously Approving” stage. I was hoping to have made a decision either way, but I haven’t yet because there have been a few problems.
So, first off, it’s summer and it’s not like I have A/C in my bathroom. So my face gets sweaty even as I’m putting on makeup. Even though I stick my head in the freezer and use the hairdryer on cold on my face. That’s not very conducive to makeup application in any form. However, my more serious problem is that I have acne and red marks that are just a bitch to cover up. I layer and layer and it seems like the makeup still leaves my face showing more blemishes than I would like. I have to say that it’s nothing like the Bare Minerals infomercials of a few years ago where they went to flawless skin with just a few sweeps of the kabuki brush.
The kabuki brush is another issue. Mainly, that I didn’t have one. So afterDay 1 I bought a cheap one from Walgreen’s because I am unwilling to invest $20 in a fancy kabuki brush if I am not going to stick with mineral makeup. Even the cheap brush was an improvement over the old blush brush that I have been using, and seemed to cover my face more thoroughly. So that was Day 2. I also bought some green concealer to cover up the red marks, which works pretty well, even if it’s not a magical transformation. I figured that since part of my problem was that my old foundation was making me breakout with blackheads and those flesh-colored bumps that have a ton of sebum in them, that I could just deal with not having perfect skin for a bit while my skin heals and I use the new makeup. But I still had my most annoying problem of all – my skin gets super oily during the course of the day. I thought that part of the problem was my old makeup and I hoped I would have miracle not-greasy skin with this new mineral makeup. Not so. On Day 3 I could still solve middle eastern oil crises with the “dew” on my skin that forms by mid-afternoon. Humph.
In conclusion – I’m still not sure. I have noticed that my face has broken out less in the past three days. With my previous makeup I could feel pimples forming halfway through the day and I’ve had none of that with this makeup. That’s a major plus. I’m also not completely done tweaking my makeup routine. The next step (and the next We Try It!) will be to use Philosophy’s Present, which I have seen recommendations for as a primer for oily skin. I’m hoping that will keep my skin matte throughout the day. As always, any more tips are welcome!