It’s almost never a good sign when you cannot find ingredients for a skincare product directly on its packaging or on the brand’s website. Recently, I decided to explore what was in my MAC foundation and was forced to email the company for the exact details as to what I was putting on my face. Needless to say, the ingredients did not look very good.

Even through the efforts of YBF Balance ($45 in the shop) and my dearest Sirius Skinsonic ($49), which have collectively helped my skin cruise control down Clearer Skin Lane, I’ve still been experiencing the occasional breakout and an overall uneven complexion. I don’t want to completely attribute this to my MAC foundation, but I knew I had to put more effort into treating my skin with better ingredients. So when TIA got some testers from IT Cosmetics, I jumped at the chance to find the foundation closest to my skin tone.

IT Cosmetics is a mineral-based makeup line designed by plastic surgeons. The Celebration Foundation, IT’s very first foundation, is intended to be a full coverage anti-aging foundation aimed at helping skin appear younger. While I’m in my 20s and am lucky to have yet to see any major fine lines, I was still interested in the product as the ingredients were seemingly non-threatening. With a promising assortment of ingredients, including aloe and various fruit and floral extracts, I was hopeful for a more natural and effective way to even out my skin tone.

The Celebration Foundation compact consists of the powder and a round sponge applicator. I expected to be a little disappointed because I generally prefer creamier foundations. But I still went for it and am glad I did. I will warn you: do not use the included sponge as you will be turned off from this product right away. Instead, use the buff foundation brush from the same line. If you wear any powder or mineral foundation, get yourself an IT Cosmetics brush ASAP. It is a little bit of luxury to treat your skin with each day. Each bristle is still just as soft as the first day I used it. Pure heaven! In fact, they even call it the Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush. [Editor’s note: the Celebration Foundation and Heavenly Luxe Brush are sold together on QVC for $40.]

After swirling the brush into the powder and applying the foundation in circular motions on to my skin, I was left with a soft finish, almost as if someone Photoshopped errors off my skin. This caught me off guard as the powder, while claiming it was full coverage, glided on so softly – as though it might almost be translucent. There is one annoying acne scar on my chin that just won’t go away, and the Celebration Foundation kept it hidden without seeming or feeling cakey. One thing to note about this powder is that you have to give it a few tries to set. After the first few times I applied the foundation, I felt like there was too much of a “powdery” layer on my face. This went away as I slowly decreased how much I was using each time. Overall, the Celebration Foundation was fantastic and definitely worth trying out if you’re into mineral makeup and need more coverage.

UPDATE: I’m not a sunscreen wearer (outside of any SPF found in my makeup), so recently I caught an unexpected tan at an outdoor food festival. The tan shade of the Celebration Foundation was officially far too light for my skin as I was already borderline too dark. So instead of going on a hunt for a new foundation yet again, I decided to experiment with my existing MAC foundation by mixing the tiniest dab of the cream foundation with a tiny dollop of YBF Balance and two to three tiny drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil ($48/1.7oz). I absolutely love the results! Not only am I using nearly a fraction of the foundation I was using before, but I am also adding a ton of great antioxidants to my face from both the Balance and argan oil. I will even have you know that Marta remarked on how “creamy” my face looked during last week’s meeting. Who doesn’t want their skin to look creamy? This antioxidant-filled combination has been perfect for summertime, especially as the temperatures have been rising, normally melting off a heavy look no later than lunchtime. Add two strokes of Youngblood Mineral Radiance Bronzer ($43), and I feel ready for summer! (Though, I’ll be honest, I’m waiting for my tan to fade so I can revert back to the lighter Celebration Foundation.)

Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Lauroyl Lysine, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Vitis Vinifera Grape Seed Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Olea Europaea Olive Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk Powder, Niacinamide, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20. May contain: Iron Oxides