All mineral foundations are not created equal. Although others may claim to be “all-natural” and good for skin, many popular mineral foundations contain bismuth oxychloride. Bismuth oxychloride has a jagged molecular structure which can make skin red and itchy, especially if you begin to sweat a bit. It’s not a toxic ingredient per se, but it can be seriously irritating.
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation ($22) is everything you want mineral foundation to be. The ingredients are clean–it’s free of parabens, fragrances, talc, dyes, and nanoparticles. And it provides adequate coverage without sitting too heavy on the skin, like liquid foundations often do.
It’s pretty much a perfect product.
Why I love Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation
I’ve been using this foundation for so long. For years now! It’s worked for my skin through so many ups and downs, in dry and humid climates, and when I’ve felt glam or lazy. Sometimes I change the face oil or cream I use underneath, and I’ve switched up the facial mist I set it with, but the foundation stays the same. It’s that good.
Here are a few of the reasons I love Lily Lolo mineral foundation:
- It contains a simple and safe ingredient list.
- It feels light and silky on the skin.
- It can provide variable coverage, depending on how you apply it. Once you master the application technique, it can either look like skin itself or a glam airbrushed finish.
- It doesn’t create breakouts or irritate existing blemishes.
- It doesn’t settle into fine lines as long as the skin is properly moisturized.
- It is free of irritating bismuth oxychloride or problematic talc.
- It contains SPF 15.
- This container lasts forrrrrrever. Like, at least a couple months with daily use.
This foundation works especially well with sensitive or reactive skin. Even if you have acne or rosacea, the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation can help even out the complexion without creating further irritation.
Where to Purchase
The Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 is $22. Purchase it here.
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation is currently offered in 18 shades. The shade selection is broken down into neutral, cool, warm and olive undertones. My perfect shade, warm honey, blends into my medium-warm/peachy complexion beautifully.
Still, no product is perfect. My sole complaint with Lily Lolo Mineral Foundations is that they have a limited shade selection for dark skin tones.
Mineral foundation is all about skin prep and blending. Be sure that skin is well-moisturized before applying, or else dryness may be emphasized and the makeup may look patchy.
I usually begin with a few drops of the Pure Radiance Oil from True Botanicals patted into the face, then give it about 3 minutes to absorb into skin. Next, I spill a tiny amount of the loose powder into the lid of the jar and with a densely packed brush, I methodically buff the powder into skin in circular motions.
A very light spritz of a facial mist can make mineral makeup look less like makeup and more like gorgeous skin. This goes for any loose mineral foundation, not just Lily Lolo’s. Lily Lolo has a popular Setting Mist ($18), but you can use whichever mist you prefer. The Pre + Probiotic Daily Mist ($40) from Marie Veronique has added anti-inflammatory benefits, and the Hydrating Tonic ($35) from Kari Gran is especially lovely for dry or mature skin.
Once you get the hang of these simple application tricks, it’s easy to achieve an even, radiant complexion.
Inside the Ingredients
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation ingredients: mica, zinc oxide. May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.
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The Final Touch: Flawless Silk Finishing Powder
For longer wear and a more polished look, check out Lily Lolo’s award-winning Flawless Silk Finishing Powder. It may seem odd to top a powder with a powder, but I promise, it makes a difference. This Flawless Silk powder improves the staying power of any foundation—liquid or mineral.
The delicate, light-diffusing powder has a sheer peachy-pink color which surprisingly works on all skin tones. It’s also offered in a matte finish, but I’ve found that the “silk finish” provides the most flattering, natural look which holds up even in muggy North Carolina heat.
The Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder is $22. Find it here.
The finishing powder is meant to be applied differently than the foundation. While I use a densely packed brush to buff the mineral foundation into skin, I use a large, fluffy powder brush to lightly dust the Flawless Silk Finishing Powder over my face.
The ingredients of the Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder are ridiculously simple: mica, iron oxides. It doesn’t take much to make a stunning finishing powder.
These products are part of my popular guide, the Shopper’s Guide to Natural & Nontoxic Makeup.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.28