Friday, February 17, 2012

Cosmetics Review: Sephora Mineral Foundation Compact

The ProductSephora Mineral Foundation Compact

The Review: Last Sunday, I had to perform as a soloist for Mozart's Requiem, which meant I needed to have makeup that looked awesome under bright stage lights. Of course,  I finally ran out of my Lancome mineral foundation (which is decent, btw. I noticed no difference between it and the Ă”scillation Powerfoundation) the week before the performance, so I had to hunt down another foundation in time. I thought about getting the same thing again, because Lancome was running their gift-with-purchase promotion, but I didn't want to spend the $42. So, I went to Sephora and found this little gem.

This foundation rocks my socks. Or my face. Whatever. First and foremost, it's not a loose powder. It's pressed powder. A mineral foundation in pressed powder form!! Praise the heavens!!! I was so sick of getting powder all over the sink. My roommate also uses mineral foundation, so our sink always looks like we just bathed a clay-covered baby in it. Now that I no longer use loose foundation powder, it will look like only half a clay-covered baby was bathed in it. Hooray!

Would you want to wash this in your sink? 
Secondly, the coverage is surprisingly good and on par with Bare Minerals. With both brands, my skin looks completely even with no hint of shine. They render the redness in my cheeks and my freckles close to non-existent. When I was in the store, I covered half my face in the original Bare Minerals foundation and half with Sephora's version. When using a brush (and in general), it takes a little more effort to get as much coverage with Sephora's as Bare Minerals provides, but not enough to make a case for Bare Minerals being superior. My friends couldn't even figure out which side was which after they were both applied.

Thirdly, it performs well. It comes with a mirror and dual-side sponge (one side for light coverage, one for heavier), so I've been taking it to work with me for touch-ups. Thus far, I haven't had to reach for it once, and my makeup still looks great at night. When I had my performance, I layered more on for heavier coverage and was impressed that it pretty much covered every flaw in my skin without looking like I was wearing a foundation mask or making my skin feel smothered in makeup.

I think the only thing I dislike about this powder is that it does take a little bit more effort to get fuller coverage. I guess you could call it more "buildable"? Considering that after it's applied it performs as well as mineral foundations almost twice the cost, I don't think that's such a huge deterrent. Keep in mind that it's only $4 cheaper than Bare Minerals, so if you're not really saving an incredible amount of money if you choose Sephora's (however, the compact makes up for this in my opinion). I also find it incredibly annoying that it costs as much as the Buildable Cover Complexion Kit, which is $22 for a primer, concealer, full-size foundation, and brushes. I would have bought that, but they're out of mediums. Ugh. So, if you have light or tan skin, definitely get the intro kit instead of the single foundation. It's a MUCH better deal.

Rated Beauty Grade: A-

Price: $22

Where to Buy: Sephora

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