Saturday, September 17, 2011

Models Prefer Professional range - Mineral foundation

Hi guys :)

I know it's been a looooong time since I've done a blog entry, but unfortunately I've had some stuff going on that needed sorting out first, before I could turn my attention back to blogging and my makeup addiction full time and I've been working on some other stuff that I'm super excited to show you guys really soon :D

I thought I'd start back to it with a few piccy's and reviews of the newish Models Prefer Professional range that's been popping up in Priceline stores all over Australia.

Starting off with the Mineral foundation,  unfortunately try as hard as I can I haven't been able to come up with a website that links to the range that includes photo's, ingredients, sizes or prices, so for this I'm going to have to just go off my memory and the info included on the products themselves.

Lets just quickly run through size, price point and ingredients first
Weight - 12 gms HUGE!
Price - a bit hazy as I've had it for a while but I believe it was around $14-$16 AUD, next time i"m at Priceline I'll check on that one.
Available at - Priceline stores nationally
Ingredients -  mica, silica, magnesium oxide, poly methyl methacrylate, titanium dioxide, magnesium sterate, dimethicone, alumina, phenoxyethanol, calcium oxide, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propeylparaben, isobutlyparaben, iron oxides. ( so it contains a few parabens, so anyone concerned about them may want to give this one a miss )
Made in - peoples republic of china
Swatch - medium 02

The Loose Mineral foundation comes in a HUGE pot which contains 12gm  of product. It feels lovely and soft and creamy despite being a powder product.  The pot itself is no frills, simple and clean looking with the ingredients listed on the base, along with the weight and colour shade.  The pot is a flip top lid with a mirror on the inside of the lid, now at first I was all OH WOW that's cool, but after using it just the once discovered just how impractical this design is.  Anyone who has used mineral foundations knows that the way to use them is to pierce the holes in the sifter sticker, turn the pot upside down and tap the required amount into the lid, dab your brush in the lid then off you go applying to your face.  The design of this pot is just impossible to use that way, when you tip the pot over and tap the product into the lid it goes all over the mirror.... hmmm makes me wonder why they put it there, clearly no-one in the design team tried to use it! plus the fact that you cant just lift the lid off leaving the lid upside down on the counter ready to be used is kinda frustrating, as the flip lid means you are left with the powder on the mirror, the base pot up in the air still attached to the lid, it's really damn annoying!

The pot open
 The impractical way of using the product means you end up with this -
Frustrating much!!!!

On the plus side the coverage isn't super heavy but with the use of concealer or colour correctors it gives a really nice finish that has a soft subtle sheen, it lasts all day easily and doesn't cake up or look powdery on my skin.  The colour medium 02 is just prefect for my skin tone and blends really well, however I do believe that there may only be 3 or 4 shades in the range, but for the price it would be a snap to buy a lighter and a darker one and custom blend them to your own particular skin tone.  Also being the not so full coverage it means it does a great job on giving a flawless look without caking if you are using say a sheer-ish liquid foundation first and then brushing the mineral powder over the top.

Basically for the price and taking into account that the ingredients are pretty good ( despite the parabens ) for a mass produced, cheap price point mineral powder, the positives to it overcome the small packaging issues, which can be easily resolved by simply removing the sifter, popping a small amount of foundation into another lid then applying it.  This really is a great mineral foundation at a great price.

Has anyone else tried this one yet and did you have the same issues with the packaging?


Suzanne said...

how oily are you? my issue with most powders is that they need reapplying to avoid shine halfway through the day...

RitualEyes said...

I'm not oily at all, In fact I think I'm starting to head into the drier category these days, my skin seems to have been drying out a bit more over the last few months.

have you thought of trying one of the mostly silica based primer/finishing powders first, silica can dry the skin and absorb oil, also powders with calcium carbonate or kaolin clay in the Ingredients listings might be better for you as both of those are excellent oil absorbers in loose powders :)