Lily Lolo Foundation review – mineral makeup on a budget

Lily Lolo Foundation review – mineral makeup on a budget


You may remember my Mineralshack foundation review from a few weeks ago.  Well this time I’m back with another brand Lily Lolo.  I’ve heard about this brand online on the mumsnet boards so I decided to go ahead and order a couple of sample pots.  Read on to find out how I got on as part of my ongoing search for a budget mineral foundation.

Lily Lolo foundation review


Not as cheap as the previous foundation I tried but still  reasonable compared to brand like Bare Minerals.  I also decided to purchase a new Kabuki brush which they had on sale at a reduced £8.00.  It costs £15 for a full size which is a massive 10g of product, or you can buy sample sizes for £1.50 for a small 0.75g pot.  The packaging is lovely even on the sample sizes!

Colour matching

Well you are certainly spoilt for choice with Lily Lolo, much like the other budget brand i tried there’s more options available than Bare Minerals.  18 options are available with really good descriptions to help you narrow down your choice.  I decided to order just three colours.  I purchased porcelain, china doll and blondie to try.  Porcelain made me resemble a vampire and blonde was just a bit too yellow against my skin.  China doll however was a pretty damn close match.


The usual tap, buff, swirl application applies for this mineral foundation much like all the others on the market.  The product went on as more of a powder than compared to the powder to cream concept of Bare Minerals, but it didn’t feel too powdery on my skin.


I did found however it took me a bit longer to build up to the coverage that I wanted.  I also found my usual trick of simply using a concealer brush with the foundation didn’t work as well to cover up any imperfections on my skin. Eventually though I did manage to get a good level of coverage it just took a bit more time.

The finish

The colour match was really good and the finish is more of a matt finish compared to my usual Bare Minerals and the previous budget foundation I have tried.  I do realise though for some people this is a desirable effect.  I really love a glowing finish on my foundation but I’m pretty sure with the addition of a finishing veil I would be able to achieve this.  Looking at the pictures though once I had contoured and added some highlighter I really liked the overall finish.  There is definitely some glow to it, just not as much as the previous foundations I have tested.

Foundation only

Foundation, contouring and blush

Finished full face (minus eyelashes though due to a sensitive eyes day!)

Final thoughts

The staying power of this foundation compared to my other bargain foundation was phenomenal.  It took a lot longer to get the coverage but when I had it the coverage stayed all day.  This is a big improvement on the other foundation I tried last week and is also even on Bare Minerals.  What I especially loved about this brand was that it was bismuth free and still allowed my skin to breathe even with a full coverage.  It’s also vegan friendly and has SPF15 built in.  This is a really good purchase at an excellent price with amazing staying power and I shall be purchasing this again soon.




  1. October 25, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Hi – I think it looks great!
    My samples just came today and I’m getting to grips with application. Do you use primer or just moisturiser beforehand? I’ve oily-ish skin and some deep pores so always used a primer or aloe vera gel previously. I’ve purchased some of the Blush Away too and it’s great!

    • October 25, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Depends how long I need it to last – I find using primer makes it stay put and give a more flawless finish!

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