I've always been interested in mineral makeup, especially mineral foundations as I love the idea of wearing something more natural and lightweight as a base. I hate the heavy, pore clogging feeling you can get when you're wearing a heavy liquid foundation and thats not something you get with mineral makeup. However I am always a bit skeptical when I try new foundations and I don't think I'll ever find my dream foundation!
This Natural Mineral Foundation* (£17.50) from Dusty Girls is probably the closest I'll ever get to natural skin while wearing makeup! As with all of the Dusty Girls makeup products this foundation is all natural and chemical free, this might sounds similar to another product I've reviewed and that's because Dusty Girls is the sister brand of Moogoo whose Blemish Cleansing Moisturiser I recently raved about! Before hearing about these brands I'd never paid much attention to what was in the products I was using, but now I definitely think about it a lot more, and I'm starting to want to use natural products more often, especially when they're as good a quality as these are!
It would be fair to say it's taken me some time to get this review up, as I received the foundation not long after the #nyLDNmeet where I was introduced to the brand. However I really wanted to give the foundation a proper trial, and as I'd never used a mineral foundation before I wanted to really get the hang of it before I made any judgements.
The great thing about this foundation is its shade range, not only can you get either fair, medium or dark shades but they are also organised by your undertone, whether thats neutral, yellow or pink. I personally think this is such a great idea as not many companies take undertones into account, when it's such a big factor.
Unfortunately I think I ended up with the wrong shade and I've come to the conclusion that I definitely have pink undertones and would be more suited to the Fair with Sunset Tones rather than Pink Sunrise Tones. However the colour match isn't so bad that it's unusable in fact I think this will be the perfect foundation for the summer when I have just that little bit more colour in my face. To make sure you don't end up with the wrong shade like me, Dusty Girls actually offer samples so you can test out the shade before buying the full size product!
One thing that I couldn't get over was the brilliant design, not only is the packaging gorgeous, with lovely colours and names, but the actual pot itself has a plastic top that covers half of the pot therefore stopping all the product coming out! The whole product, including the box it came in and the colour and design is so gorgeous and really shouts "natural".
The foundation itself is obviously a powder, and contains no irritating chemicals which could lead to pore clogging. The coverage is a very light one and I've found it applies best to skin that is dry, so I like to give my moisturiser time to sink in before applying, i've also found it sits best with no product underneath. I do use concealer on spots or redness as this wouldn't give the coverage I'd look for alone, and the powder does still blend in well without clinging to the concealed areas.
I've used a buffing brush with this product and it does apply nicely, however after purchasing a kabuki brush I can see why it's recommend for this product. It applies smoothly and evenly with gentle blending and it doesn't take long to get a light even coverage. This is slightly buildable but it's never going to reach a medium coverage however I love having the option of a lighter coverage that doesn't feel heavy on my skin.
I love this product, it isn't one I will always turn to especially on bad skin days, but when my skin is clearer and I'm looking for a light coverage that isn't going to feel cakey or heavy this is definitely my go to product. It gives an even coverage and a nice warmth to my skin, that will hopefully match me perfectly once I've spent a few days in the sun! I wouldn't say this product is great for oily skin like mine, I definitely experience some shine creeping through but I usually combat this with a good mattifying powder lightly dusted over my T-zone.
I feel like this foundation will be perfect for someone looking for a light coverage and a natural non cakey finish. It's not perfect for me but it's pretty great and It's definitely filled my need for a light coverage natural foundation. My heart is gradually being won by the Dusty Girls and Moogoo brands, their packaging is adorable, their products work really well and I'm starting to take more of an interest in looking after my skin, less of the nasty chemicals and more of nature's goodness!
Dusty Girls have some gorgeous products, so if the mineral foundation doesn't sound like your cup of tea then take a look at the rest of their range. Top of my wishlist is the "Pink Ladies" Mineral Blush and the "Earth Cream" a tinted cream for blemish prone skin!
*I was sent this product by Dusty Girls for review however all views and opinions are my own.