What: Jane Iredale Mineral Make-up Starter Kit
Where: Online here, Various Nationwide Retailers here
How much: £39.95 rrp
So recently I’ve had this thing about mineral make-up. Its the whole new rage – lets skin breathe, better for the overall well-being of the skin, longer wearing power, water-resistant (hello to looking glamorous when you get out of the pool!) and free of chemicals. As most of you will know, I’ve had troublesome skin since my teenage years and nothing I’ve tried has proven to be a long-lasting cure. Pregnancy has however, helped my skin a little (instead of having the 10-odd pesky spots at any one time I have 2-5 now hooray!!)
I bought a couple of other mineral foundations last year (MAC and Bare Minerals) but have yet to test them out as yet – partly because while being pregnant I became a hermit and stayed indoors all day, and now I have my beautiful baby C, I still stay indoors all day (irrational fears of kidnapping, falling out of her pram, just disappearing into the Bermuda triangle etc)
This year, I’ve had the amazing opportunity receive two different mineral foundations to test out and blog about (one of which is up-and-coming brand Lily-Lolo – review here) and this post is about the other brand, Jane Iredale.
Truth be told – I’ve never actually heard about Jane Iredale – its not sold in your average department store nor will you find it at your local Boots counter. Nope – its quite a specialty make-up brand and is sold in various locations – they have a few in Harley Street and Wimpole Street but you can search online here – just enter your postcode and the geo-locater will search your nearest Jane Iredale make-up stockist. Right – onto the product. Sorry for my babbling – we’re getting there! 🙂
I was sent the starter kit which retails for £39.95 which I think is a perfect little kit if you are just starting out on your mineral make-up journey. Its got just the right essentials to get you on your way. Included are; Multi-tasking Amazing Base and PurePressed Base, Smooth Affair luminizing primer, Pommisst Hydration Spray and finally a Mini Powder Brush.
Smooth Affair primer and Pommisst Hydration spray
First I dabbed a tiny amount of Smooth Affair Primer all over my face. The smell of this cream is SIMPLY TO DIE FOR. Its like I died and ended up in a field of the sweetest smelling oranges. I swear, you have to smell it to believe it. It quickly went to work and didn’t feel sticky at all (I hate how some primers make me feel like one big sticky mess before I even put on my make up!) Its a hard-working cream that nourishes and prepares your skin while brightening and moisturizing it, so really its an all-in-one. Did I mention it smells divine yet? 🙂
Pressed and Loose Base mineral powder with a mini powder brush
Then I applied the Multi-tasking Amazing Base powder all over my face with the mini brush in a circular motion (I find this eliminates harsh make-up lines and blurs in the foundation into your skin nicely) This powder is very light and easy to put on, with buildable coverage too which is always important (eliminates the need for concealers) There is also no fragrance to the powder, so for those who are sensitive to harsh-smelling powders, this will work a treat. After that, I lightly applied the pure PurePressed Base all over to give it a semi-matte look. After that, a quick spritz of the Pommisst Hydration Spray to set the minerals in AND to give my skin a dose of healthy anti-ageing botanicals (have you known a harder working spray? Setting my make up AND helping me look young? WINNER!!) 🙂
The Verdict? The powder instantly gives you a smooth flawless look without making your skin feel heavy. The powder absorbs like a second skin (even the better half couldn’t tell I had make-up on) which is perfect and exactly what you want! The coverage is buildable so you really don’t need much, and you certainly don’t need any concealer. Removing it is easy enough with any cream-cleanser and I managed to keep the make-up on without having to re-apply for half a day, which is an amazing feat. My usual oily zones stayed oil-free too hooray!! Check out my before and after pictures below;
It is also worth mentioning that Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty-free by PETA which is so so so great – me being a huge animal lover and all that. Their mineral foundations have also earned the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation and provide four important functions in one; foundation, concealer, sunscreen and active skincare benefits. Jane Iredale have really done their homework and in my opinion a brilliant offering to the cosmetic market. They have conducted extensive tests that are not required for cosmetic manufacturers and because of this – they have come up with a top notch offering that’s kind to your face in today’s harsh environment.
Would I buy it? Most definitely. And I would also recommend it to anyone with especially problematic skin like mine. I would also say to make sure you visit a distributor so you can get the exact match to your skin colour. Mis-matched foundation is just a big no-no 🙂
Have you tried Jane Iredale’s line? Are you a fan too? I would love to hear from you!
Toodles for now,
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