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Alima Lip Balm, Balancing Powder and Brush- reviewed and recommended


No nonsense ingredients, comfortable wear


Light shimmer in lip balm
February 11, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments
Together these products create a fresh face

Kristen our green beauty makeup artist has been gently nagging me for ages to try Alima Pure’s range of natural mineral makeup. Finally, she just got the company to send samples and the other day a generous box arrived. We’ll be sharing the love with reader reviewers, but I got first dibs at the Nourishing Lip Balm ($7) and Color Balancing Powder ($17 in the shop) and they completely won me over.

Mineral makeup can so often be a washout when it comes to color, but this is where Alima excels. If I had to sum up this line, I would start by saying Alima has a way with color. Its pigments are truly vibrant and its understanding of skin tone is impressive. Oh, and Alima uses natural, organic ingredients.

Alima founder, Kate O’Brien, is an artist, hence her way with color and pigmentation. She started the line when her daughter grew old enough to use makeup as she wanted her to have products that would be a 100%.

The Nourishing Lip Balm is what I would call a lip stain – it has a matte, rich pigment and comes in seven shades plus natural (no color). I have Sweet Pea, which is described as a “shimmering copper rose” – in my opinion the shimmer is pretty low key (which to my taste is a good thing). Nourishing Lip Balm is incredibly comfortable to wear and it really feels nourishing to dry lips and protective against the elements withshea and cocoa butters. Pomegranate oil and extract bring some welcome antioxidants and peppermint gives the lips some zing.

I have a fairly ruddy complexion and was intrigued by the Color Balancing Powder, which is the mineral equivalent of a primer worn under a foundation. I have the Pistachio (there are three other shades), which is indeed a pale green. Even knowing that green hues are supposed to take down redness in skin tone, I was surprised about how green this powder was when I first opened the container. However, a flick of the softest fluffiest brush I have ever used (now I know why Julie Kay is in "wild about brushes") took down all my redness, leaving me pale and interesting. I am also using it with great success over Osmotics Inner Light sheer foundation for a porcelain look. Color Balancing Powder has the most focused ingredients list I have ever seen; mica and iron oxides. That's it.

The brush, by the way, is the #25 Foundation Brush ($28).

Thanks for being so persistent Kristen!

Ingredients in Nourishing Lip Balm: sweet almond oil, castor seed oil, shea butter, safflower seed, coconut oil, white tea, cocoa seed butter, pomegranate seed oil, jojoba seed oil, peppermint essential oil, pomegranate extract, tocopherol, (100% organic), may contain MICA, titanium dioxide, iron oxide

Ingredients in Color Balancing Powder: Mica (CI 77019), May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

  • February 19, 2012

    by Susan Robinson

    Julie Kay, Thank you so much for your detailed response. What a huge help and time and money saver to know which way to go to begin with! I can certainly use the advise about the Intensive concealer also! I do appreciatie you! Thanks!

  • February 19, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Marta: OH Yeah! I am truly Wild About Brushes! I thought my tirade was over; in the past, behind me... well, not really. I decided I needed a new concealer brush and ended up buying five new brushes in the process. What's wonderful now is that if you feel particularly ... touchy about using natural hair/bristle brushes there are wonderful veggan choices on the market today that do a great job. Personally I wouldn't give up my blue squirrel brush if I was paid- but, then, who would pay me for that!?? *laughs. You really like Alima that much, eh. ~jk

  • February 19, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Susan: Hey there! I have tried both Jane Iredale and Sterling, but not Alima. I went on what I dub a "mission" to find the best of the best mineral makeup about four years ago and deemed Sterling to be it in the foundation department. In total I'd say I sampled around 30-40 different brands. For one thing I found my perfect match without having to mix colors. I can wear it light (a light dusting) or layer it for an evening out (when I put on the eye makeup, lips, etc). I have to look close in my x10 magnifying mirror to see if it looks caked, which it never does, but I always look. Jane Iredale's minerals seemed to lay on the surface more, as did many other brands, while Sterling blends with my natural oils (within I'd say 10 minutes) giving my complexion a nice even texture (and I suffer rosesea). At any rate, between Jane and Sterling, I'd choose Sterling- definitely. I also like Everyday Minerals and use their intensive concealer. It's not "intensive" at all, as the name implies, but after my INTENSIVE search, it works well with my dark circles and older texture around my eyes which can be very tricky. Brushes are also crucial, I believe. But that's a whole 'nother story.

    Peace ~jk

  • February 16, 2012

    by Diana

    I have celiac disease so I am always on the look out for gluten free mineral makeup and I have tried many. I love afterglow cosmetics and have found it much better ( in my opinion) to Jane Iredales. The customer service department at Afterglow is great and they really know their products and what they put in them. My skin is crazy sensitive and I have had no reaction to Afterglow. I am interested to see if Alima works as good as Afterglow because it's always good to have options and switch things up if you can. :)

  • February 12, 2012

    by Susan

    Interesting that this mineral makeup product review has hit at this time. I was just planning to try to find the 'right post' to ask the question, "Has anyone tried and compared Sterling Minerals with Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup, particularly foundation (face powders/colors)?
    Now I am wondering about the 3 of these? Anyone out there? I have to say that after spending a huge amount of time on Sterling Minerals and Jane Iredales website I am so very confused! Now all the more so!
    Please chime in!
    Confused in mineral land!

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