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I am going to start off this review by saying that I normally don’t like powder foundation. I find that it makes my skin look, well, powdery. To me, that means dry, dull, and made-up in a way that reminds me of how my grandma looked in her makeup. So maybe I’m not the best person to test out La Vie Celeste’s new Loose Mineral Foundation ($30). Or perhaps I am the exact right person because if you can win me over you know you’ve got something special.
The color that TIA sent me is called Vintage Beige. I was skeptical at first because it’s usually hard to find the right color for my pale skin. I find that most foundations tend to be too yellowy for me. Seriously, what are the chances that a random sample would actually work out? Well, it turns out the color match was absolutely perfect. Now, because I never use mineral foundation, I didn’t have the correct brush. I ended up digging out an old (and terrible) blush brush from deep in my makeup draw. I knew I wasn’t really giving this product its fair shake, but it was all I had. Even with a crappy old brush the powder went on beautifully, and to my surprise my skin looked amazing. I always felt that while foundation may cover my imperfections, it also covered up any natural glow or dewiness to my skin. However, with La Vie Celeste my skin still looked glowy and natural. And the coverage was fantastic. Even with such great coverage it still somehow felt sheer and light. La Vie Celeste was converting me!
But the real test came when I brought the powder with me to Miami to visit my mom. Would it work on her more mature 60-something skin? My mom uses Bare Minerals. I am not a fan of that product line mostly because it’s touted as all natural, but its ingredients list proves to be anything but. My mom loves that I always bring the latest and greatest in beauty care, so she was definitely game to try out a new mineral powder. She decided that she would do half her face in La Vie Celeste and the other half in Bare Minerals, and then I – without knowing which was which – would pick the better side. Well, it was seriously no contest. One side of her face looked smooth, velvety and, dare I say, almost airbrushed. The other side had a slight iridescent quality that actually seemed to highlight her pores and lines. My mom totally agreed. And take a wild guess which side was which. La Vie Celeste was the winner by a landslide. My mom was super excited. She even felt that La Vie Celeste was a much better color match for her skin, and the powder didn’t settle into her fine lines and pores. But Bare Minerals makes a great targeted cover-up, she said. Could La Vie Celeste do the same? She tried it on a red splotch and a few age spots, and they disappeared. It was undeniable – this was her new favorite mineral powder. She liked it so much, I couldn’t help but leave it for her to enjoy.
It’s also nice to know that La Vie Celeste’s mineral powder is formulated without bismuth oxychloride, talc, nanoparticles, FD & C dyes, lakes, carmine, synthetics and petroleum by-products. And it has the powerful antioxidant green tea – a nice added benefit. This is a gorgeous mineral powder foundation that is an amazing addition to the already loved La Vie Celeste line.
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Pearl Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Iron Oxides; May Contain: Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine Blue