Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation review

February 29, 2012
The gold compact contains Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
Sorry, that’s a very long title!
I’d never heard of Jane Iredale before, but it’s a brand of mineral makeup with stores in the US, as well as being available online.  When I was told about the brand’s mineral foundation, I was totally intrigued, as it seemed to promise all the things I was looking for.
The compact boasts multifunctional properties – it‘s a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen in one.  This effectively meant that I could do away with the military operation that applying foundation usually involves.
As well as the usual spheel of ‘brightening, light diffusing properties and flawless coverage’, the compact is talc, oil and paraben free, so promised minimal irritation and also a lighter base.  This was music to my ears, as one of my bugbears with foundation is how heavy and clogged it makes my skin feel.
One real benefit that appealed to me was that most of the shades promised to be universal.  With fewer shades on offer than the likes of Mac or Bobby brown, this seemed to eliminate the issue of picking the wrong colour and ending up grey or orange.
However, when it came to choosing the right shade for me, I was still a little perplexed.  I browsed the Jane Iredale website and looked at the handy colour selector, a rainbow of different coloured-women with the foundation choices next to them.
Unfortunately I didn’t quite match up to any of them (no desi girls, Jane?), so I took a bit of an educated guess and went with the shade that seemed to work across a few ethnicities – Golden Glow.
The compact reveals a golden shade and hidden mirror
Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
in Golden Glow
When I first received the compact, I thought it was so pretty that I didn’t want to use it!  I know this is shallow, but the gold metal case, which includes a mirror, is totally the kind of thing you want to casually take out of your handbag when trying to impress.  You can tell by the look and feel of the compact that this is more of a luxury buy.  The £39.95 price tag also confirms its luxury status.
When I finally did open the compact, I was initially worried that the colour was too light for my skin.  However, Jane Iredale proved its universal stripes – as the golden shade is actually a great match for me, in fact one of the closest foundation matches I’ve ever had!
Applying the foundation is simple: following a primer, you just apply a few swirls with a powder brush.  It is also advised that you finish with a face spray as opposed to a finishing powder.
I’ve worn this foundation a few times now and am always happy with the result.  It makes my skin look brighter, unlike some foundations which can look ashy unless you go a few shades darker than your natural tone.  I still have a little greying around the chin, but this happens on most Asian girls.  Using my Vasanti corrector underneath sorts this out.
However, I don’t think Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Powder acts as a concealer, as it promises.  I still needed to use a concealer afterwards.  Perhaps it would have concealed more if I’d applied more foundation, but I’d rather have a light base and conceal blemishes separately, rather than have a thick mask of makeup.

Here’s what the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base mineral foundation looks like on:

Jane Iredale foundation review
In short, I’m pretty much in love with Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Mineral Base, mainly because it’s a colour match, which for me, is a rare find.  When this runs out, I’ll be purchasing a refill for my coveted compact.  But I’ll still be using concealer, as this foundation doesn’t cover-all, unless I apply makeup with a trowel!

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