This post has been in the works for a while now, mainly because I kept forgetting to take a selfie after putting my face on haha
I bought Jane Iredale’s Pure and Simple Kit back in June and never really used it. At the time it was summer, I had my glow, and truthfully I never had used foundation before. This summer I started seeing changes in my skin, but still didn’t see the need. Now that winter is here, my skin is drying out, I’m also dealing with hormonal acne that I never really had to bother with before, and I think I’m just aging LOL I just turned 27 (no, I don’t think I’m old!) But my skin is definitely changing. I’m learning to love foundation now and totally understanding why it’s an important step in the routine.
I got the color Medium/Dark which is actually pretty close now that it’s winter.
This is what it looked like on my summer skin:
Top to bottom: Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink, PurePressed® Eye Shadow in shade Oyster, PurePressed® Eye Shadow in Supernova, PurePressed® Blush in Dubonnet, PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation in Latte, PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation in Golden Glow
And this is it swatched on my arm now:
What I like:
🌿I love how matte the foundation is and blends easily, the blush is a subtle berry mauve, and the eyeshadow applies easily without creasing.
🌿Easy to travel with–you basically have your whole face packed into one little box. The lid stays shut with a magnet and it’s been handy lately with traveling to see family, as well as when my husband and I went to AC for his birthday.
🌿Foundation contains plankton extract and algae extract which nourishes the skin and acts as an anti-aging ingredient.
🌿Hydrating ingredients like Pomegranate Extract strengthens the skin and has anti-aging properties
🌿Pine Bark Extract protects the skin from UV exposure and reduces inflammation
My fear when trying foundation was that it would cover my face completely and hide my freckles. I want to even-out my skintone and brighten up my face, but I don’t want to transform my entire look, you know? I’m no expert on makeup, guys. I’m not a cosmetologist or makeup-artist so since some of this stuff I just never needed before, it’s still so new to me! I’m having fun learning and this kit is pretty perfect to practice with.
The coverage is sheer but buildable, but you won’t be concealing freckles or large blemishes, which I actually appreciate. It isn’t cakey and doesn’t make my face look aged — at least I don’t think so, and the color matches up pretty well when blended out. It looks intense on the fingertips, but it blends very well with a brush.
UPDATE: I just tried a sample of another foundation in a different brand and realize now that this one isn’t actually a true color match for me 😅 For some reason I thought foundation was supposed to be a tad lighter than your natural skin tone but now that I’ve found one that’s my true color, I can see the difference tremendously and I look much better. So if you are a shade lighter than me, this might work for you! But in terms of the formula, it blends well into my skin and would work in a pinch if I needed to.
On the arm swatch, the colors look really intense, especially the eye shadow. However, the only way I was able to get the eyeshadow to deliver that sort of color payoff was to use a wet eyeshadow brush. To make the highlight on my eyebrow, as well as my inner-eye, I use the eyeshadow sponge that the kit comes with–otherwise it applies extremely sheer.
I’ve been using Ecco Bella’s Vitamin Spray as a setting spray and it helps to keep these colors in tact all day. It will fade slightly by evening, but in a natural way, as though it soaks in gently and in a way that looks beautiful, not in a way that makes me look dingy or tired.
The only thing I didn’t like and won’t use is the lip stain, because it comes out so pink–much like when my lips get too chapped. I have olive skin and I gravitate towards nudes and browns, and actually avoid pinks. I just don’t like them on me, but others might appreciate it more! It is pretty cool though, it goes on clear and then after a couple seconds, it soaks in and lightly stains your lips. As it continues to sit, it gets pinker and pinker. I honestly don’t know how that works, but I think a lot of people would appreciate the kiss-proof technique.
Lip stain after applied for a couple of seconds–it gets pinker as it sets. 🙂
Secondly, the ingredients aren’t quite as clean as other brands I love, but they rate very low on EWG. For instance, dimethicone is included and although non-toxic, can be irritating to some since it isn’t very breathable, so be mindful. However, this hasn’t posed as a problem for me yet, even with my sensitive skin.
Overall, I’m really happy with this kit because it introduced me to this line’s face makeup. I’ll absolutely be buying the eye shadows again, but I’ll leave the lip stain to someone else, and if I try their foundation again, it would have to be in a darker shade. ☺️ I initially was going to send this back and I’m so glad I didn’t because I have been using this daily now.
I love the colors included for a subtle and sexy smoky eye, one that can be used day or night, depending on how you apply. The blush is soft and beautiful and gives a nice healthy glow. This was a great introduction to powder foundation and I was pleasantly suprised, and at the price point, this is a great deal to try out this brand’s face makeup! I just ordered powder foundation from 100% Pure for my birthday and will let you know how that fairs as well!
Have you tried Jane Iredales foundation or makeup kits? Any suggestions?
I love their lip liners (Spice is my go-to) and have a few more things I’d like to try eventually. Let me know if you have any suggestions! I hope this helps someone on the fence!
You can get this on Jane Iredale’s website or on Bella Cuore— (I get mine on Bella since they have a complete rewards program which allows you to earn points to use for purchases, and offer a bunch of other green beauty brands to try.)