As always, I’ll start with some stats.
Facts about me (and my skin):
- My Age = 44
- My Skin Type = mature, oily (and then some)
- Issues I am trying to hide or minimize: fine lines, melasma/hyperpigmentation, large pores, acne spots, some acne scarring
- I prefer a dewy finish to a matte look
Facts about the weather (on review day):
- Temperature: mid-30s (Fahrenheit)
- Humidity: 55%
Okay. Let’s get started. I discovered Everyday Minerals several years ago after using the last of my Arbonne mineral foundation. I enjoyed the Arbonne foundation but I didn’t enjoy the price. I wanted a quality alternative to Arbonne’s foundation, and I didn’t want to pay out the wazoo. A simple Google search led me to the Everyday Minerals website and I was instantly impressed. Their website was (and still is) very classy and their prices were quite doable.
The folks at Everyday Minerals refer to their foundation as “Base” and it comes in three formulations: Jojoba, Semi-Matte, and Matte. They recommend Jojoba for dry skin, and matte for oily. (Because I don’t enjoy a matte finish, I opted for the Jojoba. I want a bit of a glow from the get-go.) Each formulation comes in 24 colors, and they have a color-finder questionnaire if you have trouble deciding which tone is right for you.
Now, here’s the really good part. They offer free samples. All you have to pay for is shipping. (I payed $2.50.) And they don’t have their samples tucked away in a dark corner, hoping no one will take them up on the offer. Nope. They have “Free Samples” marked clearly on their main menu bar. Just follow their easy user interface and choose two Bases, a Primer sample, a Cheek sample, and a Face sample. (A Face sample can be a bronzer or finishing powder. I went with the finishing powder.)
My samples came in the mail within a week, and I almost threw them away! I thought it was junk mail, but luckily, I read the return address. They came in a medium-sized lavender envelope. A second envelope was enclosed, which contained all five samples. At first glance, I was afraid there would not be enough in the sample packets to test the foundation, but there was plenty. In fact, if you have ziplock baggies to store the excess, you may be able to get two days of wear out of them. I did not have ziplock baggies, so with sadness, I threw the excess away.
Here is a journal of my wear test.
9:30 A.M. – Applied Rose Primer, Jojoba Base 4C Rosy Medium, and Sunlight Finishing Dust
9:45 A.M. – Ooo’d and Ah’d at my face in the bathroom mirror. Pores looks refined. Fine lines looked diminished.
10:15 A.M. – Went to the gym and lifted weights (upper body and lower body). Didn’t sweat much. Does that mean I didn’t work hard enough?
12:30 P.M. – Inspected my face in the bathroom mirror. Fine lines are beginning to be more noticeable on forehead, chin, and in the crows feet area. Skin is not very oily yet and it was still glowing.
1:30 P.M. – Blotted my face for the first time. Foundation stayed in place, and subtle “inner” glow remained.
2:30 P.M. – Took a 2 hour nap. i.e., I avoided everything I needed to do, and slept on my face instead. The foundation held up to my laziness.
5:00 P.M. – Cleaned up the bathroom incident. We’ll just leave it at that. (I worked up more of a sweat scrubbing the floor than I did doing the bench press.)
5:30 P.M. – Second blot. A significant amount of foundation came off on the tissue, but enough remained that I sill look refreshed and glowy.
10:00 P.M. – Removed the foundation. Or what was left of it, which was still enough to provide adequate coverage.
If it is not yet obvious, I love this mineral powder, I love the company, and I plan to buy full size portions soon. I probably won’t go for the primer, but may opt for the blush (which had a pretty shimmer), and a bronzer, and the finishing powder, and… Well, we’ll see how my checkbook holds up to all my wants.
I highly recommend Everyday Minerals if you are looking for a quality mineral powder. If you’d like to see how the powder performed on my oily, mature skin, check out the video below!
Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.