Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Barely there

So this is a bit of a random post, but I personally love those "What's in Your Makeup Bag" type of blog posts, so I thought I'd share with you all a product I've been using for a few years now and consistently reach for.

First off, I guess I should admit that I used to be a makeup junkie.  Well, maybe it'd be more precise to say I was a makeup "buying" junkie.  You wouldn't have been able to tell from looking at me since I pretty much stick with a similar look on a day-to-day basis, but stepping foot into Sephora or MAC, I couldn't resist the hottest new thing out there or all the beautiful eyeshadows in vibrant shades of blues, greens, whatever, or all the foundations out there promising you that much coveted gleaming, dewy alabaster complexion.  Of course once I brought these things home, they'd inevitably sit in my makeup drawer for a few years and then get passed down to my mom, whether she wanted the stuff or not.

I recently accepted the fact that, although I like experimenting with different looks from time to time or getting gussied up for an evening out, I definitely sport a pretty basic natural daily look.  I don't like worrying about blending, evening out streaks, having to be super precise about anything.  My entire skincare / makeup routine takes ten minutes or less, and these days, even ten minutes is pushing it.

Ok, without much further ado, here it is:

I've never been a fan of the full coverage foundation look.  In fact, on myself at least, the more I pile onto my skin, the more my fine lines, pores, imperfections are accentuated, and as I get older (sob), it also makes you look older than you are.  

The Lancome Ageless Minerale with White Sapphire Complex mineral foundation is very finely milled and therefore, has a very natural appearance on the skin.  In terms of skin makeup, my main concerns are mitigating the greasy look of my moisturizer and lessening the hormonal redness around my nose, both of which this product does very well.  It also supposedly has some anti-aging properties but I'm not completely sold on that.  But I guess that's what your skincare routine is for.  

It's extremely easy to apply- I use a cheap flat top kabuki brush and sweep it across my face once and go over any areas of redness one more time for a little more coverage.  It doesn't require much blending, if at all, and leaves you with a dewy, natural finish (unlike some other mineral foundations out there).  Also, it comes in a pretty good range of shades (unlike some other mineral foundations out there) and I found my perfect match first try.  Do I sound like an infomercial or what?

Hope you guys found this helpful!  


  1. it looks so good, I really want to try it!
    By the way, I've just found your blog and I have to say that I'm really happy that I did it :) your style is so chic! and your photos also..so I just wonder..if we could follow each other.. But even if your answer is “no” I’ll be still your readerwith love,http://chocarome.blogspot.com/

  2. ooo, your description tempts me away from my bare minerals...

  3. kero- i for sure like it better than BM. the color matches me better and it just seems more delicate/light. not sure exactly how to describe it, but maybe go check it out... :)

    pralinka- thanks for your kind words! i'll check out your blog.

  4. Great review! My skin is so sensitive I don't even try the different types of mineral make up out there. I had a make up artist do my face about a week ago for an event and I'm still paying the price for that with random breakouts. It is a never-ending battle, but I still like to read what works for others.

    Liz Lizo

  5. liz- my skin's pretty sensitive too but this gives me no problems. :)