May 08, 2008

Product Review: NYC Smooth Mineral Pressed Foundation

I'm going to jump straight to the point here about this product:

BAD FOUNDATION! BAD! BAD!

Why? Try cystic acne, great big cystic acne bumps that could ONLY be caused by this so called mineral-based, talc-free, bismuth-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic product. Well if it's all that, WHY did it break me out?

This foundation line is SO bad that Superdrug has taken it off their site, although it's still available instore for £3.99 a pop. And they have a 3 for 2 deal going. Go figure.

Okay now for the dutiful beauty blogger's more balanced review. The heartbreaking thing is, if it wasn't for the raging volcanoes this thing put on my otherwise clear skin (that had finally achieved its hard-worn clearness thanks to mineral foundation) I would love it to death.

I purchased this on impulse before a trip sometime back. It was a mineral foundation, it was pressed and hence far more portable than all my loose formulations, and it was dirt cheap. All great points.

Application was also good, once I tossed the laughable shedding-in-the-box "kabuki" brush they supplied - it provided a natural finish with just the right amount of shimmer to prevent it looking flat. Coverage was good, and oil-control was better than L'Oreal's True Match Minerals. I was in heaven.

Until the end of the day when I saw the beginnings of a very very bad breakout. I immediately ditched the product and went back to L'Oreal (my pre-SN HG foundation). Over the trip, my skin gradually cleared up, and reluctant to give up on a potentially great affordable product, I gave it a second chance. BAD idea.

It broke me out again. And let's face it, this is an unforgiveable sin in a mineral foundation. The main selling point of mineral foundations being that it's good for your skin and won't break you out. This foundation is now in the bin, never to be retrieved or thought off again after this.

Having ranted all that, All The Glitters just posted a favorable review of the NYC Smooth Mineral Loose Powder Eyeshadow kit. Complete with loose shadows and a liner-sealer for £3.99 I am certainly tempted to give it a try. The liner-sealer can be used with any of my other mineral eyeshadows. And it's going at a 3 for 2 deal now.. hmm....

3 comments:

wonghongweng said...

Do you people have anything for men?

kahani said...

ahem, hello Hong Weng. Not as yet. But if you're asking we'll strive to provide. =)

kahani said...

On second thought, Hong Weng we DO have stuff for men. Men get oily too and the Milk of Magnesia idea is something they can legtimately have around, it's invisible, and it works. You don't have to use cosmetics over it. All the facial scrubs will also help with breakouts, uneven skintone, and blackheads. And the FOTE Aloe Vera gel is for everyone.