This month’s foundation review is of Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals. You guys may have seen I’ve been doing some work with them, including being invited to be part of the Spring campaign shoot (literally as terrifying as it sounds, but such an amazing experience!) This brand is such a hidden gem of salon quality products with great benefits that much of it has penetrated my professional kit. During the last year or so I’ve tried lots of their products, and I have literally become addicted to this foundation on myself in the last few weeks, so I figured I’d review it – because I always want to show you products I use in real time, and that I use for prolonged periods – when you get sent a lot of products it’s easy to flit from one to the other and hard to retain product loyalty as you need to try everything properly to give fair opinions. But this has so many plus points I’ve really stuck with it and for those of you who love a natural, radiant base, this is perfect.
So what’s are the claims?
“A treatment serum with pigment that provides sheer to medium coverage, plumps and hydrates, helps to calm inflammation, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes pores, evens out skin tone and adheres so well, there is minimal transference.”
– Natural, dewy coverage (light – medium)
– natural ingredients & Vegan
– 13 shades
– contains hyaluronic acid to increase skin hydration
– mineral pigment suspended in serum-quality formula
– active time release of ingredients
– cool, warm and neutral undertones
– SPF free
Before & After
So, Liquid Minerals is a light reflecting, hydrating, dewy foundation, I’d say best for normal to normal to dry skin, and gives a light to medium coverage (not one for you, Double Wear gals). As you can see from the first photo, this is spheres of pigment suspended in serum, so when you pump the product you need to buff it in to blend the ingredients and it takes on more of a lightweight mousse type texture. I always pop foundation on to my hand and buff in, so mixing it on the back of my hand before picking it up with a brush isn’t a problem for me – for this I use a rounded buffing brush to “polish” foundation in.
This is not going to give you flat, full, opaque coverage but a natural, step-up-from-a-tinted moisturiser finish. This is light, moist, hydrating and feels like nothing once on, and gives a beautiful light radiance, which is so the finish I’m digging on myself at the mo (full matte is really making me look older than I am, and when my skin is good I have to remind myself I just don’t need cake face). This is an excellent down day foundation, great for mature skins too and if you want to see skin and not makeup this would be great for you.
As it’s sheer and hydrating, it isn’t going to give you impenetrably long lasting wear – very few moisturising, dewy foundations do – but a good 8 – 10 hours if you set this with powder is more than realistic. The great thing about this is that as it wears, it doesn’t settle into pores, fine lines or become caky, but simply fades a little – and I’d take a foundation that wears that way over something that starts to look dry, dull and heavy any day. It’s also great for calming and hydrating the skin over the course of the day, as the ingredients contain time release technology to deliver continual hydration. I always powder every foundation, and this definitely increases the wear – largely because my skin is combination and slightly leans toward oily.
You’ll like this if you like – Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, YSL Touche Eclat, Lancome Miracle Cushion
Plus points – easy to apply, natural looking, skin-type finish, good range of shade undertones, radiant, flattering skin finish
Minus points – does fade after 8 – 10 hours wear, slightly pricey at £39.95, limited dark shades
Best for – natural makeup wearers, young skins, mature skins, dry skin, a quick and easy day wear, those looking for cruelty free, natural products with skin care benefits.
Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation is £39.95 and available here*.
*this product was sent to me to review, and contains an affiliate link. As always, I only include products I love and would buy myself.