Name: Veena Velvet Mineral Foundation
From Lumiere’s website:
All of our loose mineral foundations are finely milled and have a soft, silky smooth, almost “creamy” like texture that will provide a medium to heavy buildable coverage that will meld with your skin to create a flawless natural finish as though you have no makeup on at all, just beautiful skin!
Skin type = normal to oily
Coverage – buildable light medium to heavy
Finish = matte
What I liked:
– medium buildable coverage
– evens out skin tone
– covers redness and blemishes
– matte natural finish
– natural ingredients
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t last all day
Lumiere cosmetics makes four different types of foundations: Veena Velvet with a matte finish for normal to oily skin, Flawless Face with a matte finish too and suitable for normal to dry skin, Luminesse with a glowy (not shimmery) finish for all skin types and Cashmere with a mostly matte finish and suitable for all skin types too. They all come in a wide selections of shades organized by undertones (neutral, cool, warm, beige and golden).
I had the chance to try the Veena Velvet formula which worked well for my combination skin. The powder is finely milled and feels silky to the touch. It provides medium coverage which evens out the skin tone, covers redness and small imperfections. The powder can also be layered to achieve full coverage or applied with a light hand for a light coverage.
The foundation has a matte finish, which looks very natural and not dull at all. It didn’t dry my skin nor cause breakouts. It also kept my t-zone shine free till about noon, which impressed me. And although the foundation didn’t last all day, it stayed put for most of it and it was only towards the end of the afternoon that I needed to retouch it.
I also like the ingredients used in the foundation: premium grade serecite (colorless mica) is a base ingredient very used in mineral makeup that has the ability to reflect light so that pores and wrinkles appear smaller. In addition, it feels silky to the touch, but may be irritating for people with sensitive skin.
Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are whitening ingredients that provide coverage, a matte look, adhere well to the skin and add some SPF protection. However sunscreen in powder form can easily slide off skin and you’d need to apply A LOT of foundation to have adequate protection from the sun. So using a sunscreen with this product is still necessary. Zinc Oxide also has some anti-inflammatory properties.
Avena Sativa (oat powder) softens the skin while helping absorb excess oil and soothe skin irritations. Magnesium Stearate provides a matte finish and good adhesion, while Iron Oxide is just used as a coloring agent.
The large jar contains 4gm and retails at $12.00, while the XX large jar contains 12gm and costs $18.00. A refill vial containing 9gm of product is also available for $18.00. In addition, you can also try the foundation by purchasing sample baggies (1/4 teaspoons) for just $1.00 each.
Lumiere Veena Velvet is one of the best mineral foundations I have ever tried. It provides medium buildable coverage with a matte finish that gives a natural and flawless appearance. It doesn’t last all day, but kept my oily patches shine-free for several hours.