The cosmetics company Alima Pure, based in Portland, Oregon, is such a blessing to lovers of purity and natural beauty. I tried the Satin Matte Foundation in shade Beige 3, and I must definitely give it a thumbs up for how the shade was a good match for my skin type, tone and color. This mineral powder is sheer, light (not heavy) and goes on smoothly.

For my particular skin issue, which is hyperpigmentation, Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Foundation ($25 for.24 oz) provided medium coverage as I found that I had to apply more than one layer to conceal dark spots. It did not fully cover the spots, but I liked how it minimized the appearance of my pores.

Another skin issue, my oily T-zone, which causes makeup to disappear and melt in just a few hours after application, remained an issue with this foundation when applied by itself. Later applications of the foundation had more staying power when I first applied a makeup primer. I won’t mention the name of this primer here because I just used a free sample which is not really a recommended product for purists. Basically, the foundation applied by itself will not work for my oily skin, so I ordered some of the company’s sample-size products (conveniently priced at $1.50 for a .08-oz pot) to help out: Balancing Primer Powder, Concealer, and Satin Finishing Powder. Voila! The result: a perfectly enhanced and radiant complexion for as long as 6 to 7 hours with just a touch-up on the nose required.

The company website shows a whole range of shades, 61 in all, to choose from, so it would be impossible not to pick one that is truly right for one’s skin and coverage preference. I would definitely recommend this foundation if worn along with the other products I mentioned to solve particular complexion issues. It is great how Alima has a Tips and Advice section, which helps the consumer pick what’s right for them, and apply makeup, and select the right beauty tools. You can also ask the company’s experts for makeup advice via email.

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) Mica (CI 77019). May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)