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!
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 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, contouring and blush
Finished full face (minus eyelashes though due to a sensitive eyes day!)
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.