Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation – £13.99
I’ve been using Lily Lolo mineral foundation for about 6 or so years and have mentioned it on the blog a few times, but have never done a full review before. A couple of weeks ago I was running low so placed an order and thought this would be the perfect time to post a review of my fail-safe favourite foundation. Lily Lolo is a company who specialise in mineral cosmetics, with everything from foundations to eyeshadows and lipglosses to makeup brushes. They’re also cruelty free and use natural ingredients, which is always a good thing!
The mineral foundation comes in a loose powder form and I find it easiest to apply with a kabuki brush or a big fluffy powder brush, depending on whichever is closest! I would say the coverage is light to medium, but is very buildable. It’s really easy to buff into your skin for slightly more coverage, but still keeping a natural finish. I find liquid foundations a nightmare to build up/reapply as they tends to go streaky or patchy, but buffing in a mineral powder foundation is so easy. I find the Lily Lolo foundation plus a little bit of concealer gives enough coverage for natural daytime makeup. If I’m having a particularly bad skin day or am going out at night I usually apply a bit of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light first then use the Lily Lolo foundation more like a finishing powder to give a flawless look – so I get double the coverage without having to cake my face in layers of makeup.
I think the range of shades is great, with 18 different colours available. I use the shade Blondie, which is described as a light neutral with balanced undertones and is a perfect match for my skin. I think this is the only foundation I’ve ever had where I haven’t had to use the palest shade! The foundations also contain SPF15 which is great as I’m terrible at remembering to apply SPF on a daily basis. Once applied, the foundation does have pretty good staying power, although I find after a few hours it does need a quick top up in the T-zone. As it’s completely natural, it feels really light on your skin so would be perfect if you have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts.
When I placed my latest order I also got to choose two free samples. I went for a bronzer in Waikiki and a mineral shimmer in Stardust. Both are gorgeous shades and look great together for contouring and highlighting (I’m wearing both plus the foundation in the picture above). I really love the bronzer, it’s quite a light golden-y colour once applied so works well with pale skin. I think it could definitely be a possible replacement for my all-time favourite bronzer, Benefit Dallas. The illuminating mineral shimmer is lovely too, I have been looking for a powder highlighter recently so I will definitely be purchasing the full size version of Stardust once the sample runs out.
Overall, I would really recommend Lily Lolo mineral foundation (and all the other products I’ve tried have been great so far too) as it gives gorgeous, buildable and natural looking coverage at the same time as being kind to your skin. It almost feels as if you’re not wearing foundation at all, and is great for no-effort summer holiday style makeup. I think the fact I’ve been using it almost daily for about 5 or 6 years speaks volumes!
Have you tried any Lily Lolo products before? What do you think of mineral foundations?