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

Price

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.

application

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.

coverage

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.

 

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