Our Rating: 5 stars

For as long as I’ve worn makeup, which is close to 40 years now, I’ve always been a cream foundation kind of gal. The first thought that would come to mind when someone mentioned a powder foundation would be of my grandma, then to the memory of receiving apple cider vinegar hair rinses in her kitchen sink as a child. Although the memories are pleasant, the impression I have that powder is for old people remains. Does it matter that I am now at the age she was when these memories first occurred, or that I have grandkids of my own? Nope!

With all of this being said, you might imagine my initial gut reaction when I was asked to try the Osmosis Mineral Pressed Base powder ($34 in the TIA shop). Once I thought about it and acknowledged that mineral-based makeup is “in” now and that I wouldn’t have to spend lots of money to try it, I agreed. Well, I FIRST checked the ingredients list to ensure that it didn’t contain any nasties (e.g. bismuth), as my skin leans towards the sensitive side.

Fast forward six weeks, and I can honestly say that I like it! The color I tried is Golden Light, which may just be a tad light for summer, but just a tad. It wasn’t so light that I wanted to stop using it… just enough for me to wonder what a darker shade (Golden Medium or Natural Medium) would do for me. Since I travel frequently, I must say that having one less liquid to pack is a HUGE plus!

Mica and zinc are the primary minerals used, with mica providing the subtle matte effect and zinc, the calming action and natural sun protection. It’s quite simple to apply and doesn’t leave loose powder all over the place as it has a firmer texture than many powdered products. With the use of a makeup brush, I applied the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base in a circular motion. Instead of powder adhering to and accentuating every flaw and wrinkle on my face, it provides a smoothness I’ve never seen in my cream foundations. I believe that the boron nitride might be responsible for its finish, and since it’s considered a harmless ingredient, I’m sold! I only had to do touch-ups a few times during the testing period... mainly when I perspired more than normal. Once in a while, I would dab a little cream concealer onto some of the broken veins on my cheek before applying the base, and the combination worked well.

In addition to the two minerals mentioned, there is a filler (Polymethyl Methacrylate), also considered safe, which was likely added to fill in any wrinkles... kind of like a primer. The rest of the ingredients are mainly flower extracts and a little jojoba seed oil, which I’m sure is why my skin had no negative reactions to it.

It is packaged in a sturdy, refillable mirrored compact. As more and more “mature” women start using products packaged in mirrored compacts, my hope is that the standard mirrors will be replaced with ones that magnify. I will definitely purchase this product again, though it’ll be awhile before I need it because there seems to plenty left in the compact.

Ingredients (Golden Light): Mica, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Polymethyl Methacrylate , Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopherol, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Powder, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinyl Palmitate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract , Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, May Contain (+/-):Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)