Gentle, Non-Irritating Mineral Make-up

Alima Satin Matte Mineral Foundation
This line has been making quite a buzz and I know I'm not the first to rave about it. But it must be done as it is my moral duty (hence my blog's name, I'm quite the genius). I used to have very tough skin that I cold abuse to no end. Sadly, my skin now retaliates to anything harsh. I like to keep products at a minimum and keep my routine as simple as possible. This is the reason why I don't use foundation and because I feel like many of them make me look like I'm wearing a heavy mask.

I like mineral make-up but I have so much difficulty finding something with enough yellow undertones and doesn't cast a gray layer over my face. Another problem I have with mineral make-up is that some of them contain bismuth that makes me itch to no end. I end up throwing out the product because my face is red from my scratching it (I'm a bad make-up diva you see).

So why this long prelude? Well, I really love Satin Matte Foundation from Alima. Not only was there more than enough choice for me, but I think the range of colours for foundations would cover a vast range of desi skin tones. I hate ordering online because I am always nervous about what the colour looks exactly like in real and whether the product will irritate my skin or not. I am also very impatient and want to play with my purchase immediately. To their credit, Alima got me my order very fast and included a bunch of extras.

I absolutely love the foundation. It is as sheer as I like it to be but I can imagine you can build coverage if needed. Thankfully the formula is not glittery or overly shimmery and leaves my face slightly matte. By matte I don't mean the dreaded "I've been dead for the past few hours" matte, but matte enough that I still have a very slight, almost undetectable sheen. The formula itself is so light weight that I feel like I'm not wearing anything, which is such an important factor especially in the summer.

One important thing about this mineral foundation is that although it contains very few ingredients and doesn't contain many irritants, I did notice a few tiny bumps forming. However, with a good cleansing routine I was able to sidestep any future bumps. I can't emphasize enough how much of a difference using a milky cleanser followed by a gentle foaming cleanser made. It helped me remove all residue and I was able to continue using the Satin Matte Foundation. To its credit, I must add that my ever so irritable skin has not even once become red or irritated.

I highly recommend this foundation and if you're wary about buying it for any reason, you can always order a sample for a very nominal price.

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Aruna said...

Hey Anu,

this blog is addictive. I, um, placed an order for the peony stila thinggy, considering you're Indian and you think Indian skin. And I'm getting samples of this Alima foundation. I have a question though. If you've ever tried those bare escentuals powders, you can see it's grainy texture on your skin under sunlight, or when you come really close to the mirror. Do you find that Alima has the same effect?

Here's something for you to try if you haven't already. My skin's sensitive too. A month ago my Sister in law got me the Bobbi Brown stick foundation that has gotten good reviews. I noticed as I was getting test makeup done at the Bobbi counter that a lot of those foundations have a nice golden undertone which I think suits Indian skin. Anyhoo, the foundation stick's great. When you put it on, it looks like a better, and clearer looking you, not a caked-on-more-skin you. I used 'honey'. A concealer in the same tone worked great too:)

6:11 PM
Anu said...

I hope you love the stila convertible colour as much as I do. Let me know how the colour works for you. I have tried bare escentuals and it really itched so I couldn't wear it for longer than a couple of hours. What I really like about this one is that the texture is so light and it blends in like a dream. It's very sheer and natural looking but you can layer it on and concentrate it to get a flaless look. Let me know how it works for you.

As for Bobbi Brown, I have tried the foundations out but as I said, I prefer to either wear a light dusting of powder or no foundation. The colour range was awesome as their foundations are very yellow based. I LOVE their under eye corrector. Have you tried that? BTW, you sister in law seems very sweet. I hope to share my love of make-up with my future sis-in-lw too, but possibly to convert her into a make-up-aholic.

6:38 PM

sanjana said...


I was skeptical about this alima , lest it was a viral marketing thingie since it was just about everywhere all of a sudden.I tired BE & did not like it at all.maybe, I shud try this .I have a huge list of questions.

so,what # or color did you get?What brush did u use to apply it with?do u have to wait long after u apply your moisturizer.?

About bobbibrown corrector, do u use it w/ a concealer?

7:02 AM
Anu said...

Hey Sanjana,
I seriously hated BE because it made me itch like no other and it was too shiny. I also tried aromaleigh, which was too chalky for my liking. This one does not look greyish when I wear it, which is a huge plus.

If you're apprehensive about ordering a full size tub, I'd highly recommend a couple of samples. You might even be able to formulate your own concoction which is the best match for your skin.

I range from G-4 (Jaipur), W-3 (Coriander), and W-4 (Masala). I applied mine with a kabuki brush (MAC 182), and I'm sure a good kabuki will do a wonderful job. Alima also sells foundation brushes which I haven't tried but have heard great things about. I always wait 10 to 20 minutes for my moisturizer to sink in completely, and then go ahead and apply. I hope this helps.

8:10 AM

30 days ago said...

Is a corrector different from a concealer? The lady at the counter just used that little pot of concealer under my eyes and in the corners, and covered up some marks with it. She went over it with that stick foundation- she applied it like some minimal warpaint and spread it with a brush. I've noticed though that if I used a concealer first and then the foundation, the foundation seems to rub off the concealer.
Those Alimas have a really good range of colors. I've ordered those samples Anu talked about. What I did (and I haven't received the samples, so this might be a big ball of tosh), is that I opened up my foundation and ordered 3 samples that look like they match up around my current foundation. One that looked a shade lighter than my foundation on the computer screen, one darker, and one that matched up. I'll keep you posted on how that method worked:)

3:45 PM
Anu said...

The corrector is different from concealor. According to the make-up artists at bobbi brown, they layer it under concealor. However, I find that the corrector is more than enough for my undereyes.

That's an amazig strategy at ordering online. I'm impressed. Never thought of that before. You be smart!

8:38 PM

Anonymous said...

Hey Anu I`m really thinking about getting a bobby brown foundation down from the states but i`m a lil confuesed if I should get the golden or honey.Please tell me what shade your complexion is? It would really help I have medium dark skin.

11:30 PM
Ayesha said...

Hey, someone please let me know, where in India i can buy Alima Makeup from :(?

5:34 AM
mira nair said...

which mineral makeup is most natural in its ingredients??

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