Thursday, 21 April 2011
Alima Pure - Satin Matte Foundation review Olive 0
I've moaned before about how hard it is to get a good colour match for my pale olive skin. Most make up counters see yellow and try to match me with something warm, but I'm actually more of a pale beige with greenish undertones, and very yellow foundations make me look like something out of the Simpsons.
Alima is a mineral make up company that makes mineral foundation in a huge range of shades. My shade match is Olive 0, a pale (but not porcelain) olive beige shade. The Olive shades are beige without pink or yellow, the Beige shades are beige-peach with a hint of yellow, and the Neutrals are peachy without pink or yellow. I could wear (and have used and sampled, respectively) Neutral 2 and Beige 2 in the past, but Olive 0 is a better match for me. I have seen olive skin that's paler than mine (the girl in question quite sportingly described herself as having the complexion of the girl from The Ring) and I think if that's the case you'd need to go for a Neutral or Beige shade in 1 or 0 (if you're really extremely pale). Olive 0 is about a MAC 20 depth.
One of the things I really like about the Alima foundation is there is no bismuth oxychloride in it - the ingredient that can give many mineral foundation an almost metallic-looking 'glow' finish. I have tried brands that include this ingredient in the past and found that they made me look a bit like Data from Star Trek.
Picture of the foundation applied, with Lumina Luminous Shimmer Powder applied on the top of my cheekbone.