Thursday, April 05, 2007

Product Review: Lumiere Cosmetics Mineral Foundation

The Oscars?!?!?! That's the last time I was here? Jeeeeebus. It's ridonculous. Just ridonculous. If you're still here, you're awesome. Thanks for sticking around.

You know when you plan to do a thing, and it isn't working out so well, and although there are plenty of other things you could be doing that probably would go pretty well, except you've got this mental roadblock from the first thing, which you feel you MUST do before anything else?

No? Well that's what happened here. I was going to have one part of my brain interview the other part (because I am unimportant and friendless! Ha!) about the blog, where it's gotten me, where it's going, and all that. But it just wasn't working. And I felt like I couldn't post until I finished it.

And then it hit me: "No one cares! It's your damn blog, just scrap the idea!"

So I did! Here's the short version:

Blog: Good fun. Old friends. New friends. Hurray.

Perks: New products to try! New blogging friends. Interview w/ NY Times (didn't make it into the article, but likely closest brush w/ real media (as opposed to academic journals) I will ever get). Neato.

Cons: See new product, think "Must try! For BLOG! For THE CHILDREN!!". End up with 16, 783 versions of pink lip gloss. (Or is this a Perk?)

Future plans / aspriations: Continue writing (short term goal addendum: More than once a month). Conquer the world. Possibly not in that order.

Blah blah blah! Let's move on to something much more exciting, alright? Like, mineral makeup, for instance!

Everyone is trying to sell me mineral makeup these days. Seriously. Covergirl, L'Oreal, Sephora, Loblaws, the Home Shopping Network... it's a little crazy. Of course, this meant that I had to see what all the fuss was about.

I'd tried a brand of mineral makeup before, from an independant company that I will not name. Their product ... well... SUCKED. It looked ashy and sometimes cakey, it made my face itch, and it smelled like cigarrette smoke (yes, actually). Needless to say, I was not impressed, and laid my little mineral-powder bowl and brush to rest.

Recently though, I got word of another independent mineral makeup company through the good people of the Beauty Blog Network. These ladies know their stuff, so I perked right up and hit their website.

Lumiere Cosmetics is a web-based company that makes mineral foundations, powders, blushes, eyeshadows, and many other products, and I had the fantastic opportunity to try some of them. Let's start off with their foundation. They have 6 shades in each of 5 undertone categories, that's 30 shades total! At this time of year, I'm a Warm, right in between the Light/Med and the Medium shades. I can get away with the Medium, but mixing is such a snap (A dash of this! A shake of that! Bada-boom Bada-bing!) that I can create my own custom shade in seconds.

If that El Cigaretto brand of mineral makeup was a turn off, Lumiere's foundation is like Josh Hartnett, baby. This powder makeup buffs on creamily, but feels silky and light at the same time. Coverage is so natural, and so long lasting. I have yet to pull out a single blotting sheet, and I've been using this stuff for months.

Lumiere's makeup gives a flawless finish, without a trace of that dreaded mineral-makeup shininess. I'd categorize it as a light-med coverage, but it's so buildable that you can really get it as sheer or as heavy as you like. It photographs well too, no chalky white ghost-face happenin' here.

Concealers glide over this foundation, and the Pure Silk finishing powder sets everything in place and adds an extra veil of perfection. It also works fantastically as a setting powder for other liquid foundations.

Now that I've tried a GREAT mineral foundation, I finally get why everyone gushes about it. It's definitely my go-to for those rushed mornings when I don't have time to squeeze and blend and powder and all that. Tap, swirl, buff, and we're done! Awesome!

Alright, that's enough for today... stay tuned I promise (for real this time!) to come back and post about all the other products from this line!

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At 4:48 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right-Lumiere has great products, however, there is a problem with shipping sometimes taking 2 weeks to get the product, not to mention the fact that they are constantly discontinuing products and colors, somewhat unreliable, it's hard to get hooked on a color only to have it soon discontinued-sorry, but true.

At 4:42 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hi anon, thanks for visiting! Yes, you're right, it does take a bit longer to arrive than if you were ordering through Sephora or something... I think mine took about 2 weeks, but being in Canada, that's not too bad for me. (At least 2 weeks is pretty much standard for most things I get off eBay, for ex.) Still, it must be frustrating at times!

Yikes, I hope they don't discontinue any shades that I tried... I am seriously addicted to the Terra Cotta blush shade!

At 11:06 a.m., Anonymous Nadine said...

I love mineral make-up and it is a beauty editor's best kept secret in London ... but you are right some are ashey and horribly gritty - I swear by a US brand called Susan Posnick Colorflo .... pricey but not messy as it comes in a clever in built brush dispenser ... the eponymous make-up artist created it after she suffered from skin cancer and wanted a high spf make-up to hide scars ... brilliant ... and she has just introduced two new colours for darkers skin, (although they have a lower SPF15 not the original SPF26) ... try them. I would be fascinated to know your thoughts.
XNadine We don't have Lumiere in the Uk but I will buy some when I next hit the US.

At 1:32 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hi Nadine, I just saw your comment! Sorry for the late reply. I checked out the Susan Posnick site, that brush really is nifty! I like that they have the plastic sleeve around it, so that you can make the brush as firm or as soft as you like. It's outside my budget range right now, but I'll definitely keep it in mind for the future!

As for Lumiere, I think they do ship to the UK, but their site is down for maintenance right now, so I can't check. But that's a great post on MMU you wrote! :)

At 8:08 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, i've been really wanting to try lumiere, i've fallen in love with their HUGE colour range but each time i check their website its down =/ u said above that it's under maintenance,that was in april it's now november =0 u sure they are still on the go?

At 4:05 p.m., Blogger The Glitterati said...

Hi Anon, the site works fine for me... are you going to

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