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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