PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20

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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Mineral Makeup > Mineral Foundation
Last Updated:
6/30/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 is a pressed-powder version of the Amazing Base, except this one is more matte and not as thick, so oilier skin will be less likely to experience a heavy, caked look once the skin’s oil and the powders mix. The sunscreen is pure titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The same basic comments made for Amazing Base apply here as well; however, this offers a considerably more tidy application and a broader range of shades, including some exemplary options for darker skin tones. These are richly pigmented and as a result do not look as ash or gray on deeper skin tones like many other powders can. Of the shades, the only ones to consider avoiding are Honey Bronze, Butternut, and Teakwood. The vast majority of skin-true shades here are gorgeous, just as they are for the Amazing Base.

Active: Titanium Dioxide (14%), Zinc Oxide (3%) Other: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens

The Jane Iredale line primarily features its mineral makeup, along with several other cosmetics. The skin-care selection from Jane Iredale is limited to a few ancillary products, although a couple of them are definite options if you're a fan of this line.

For more information about Jane Iredale, call (800) 869-9420 or visit the Web site at www.janeiredale.com.

Iredale's color line is advertised as "The Skin Care Makeup," but it isn't skin-care-like at all, at least not in the way you may imagine. Ingredients like boron nitride, mica, and zinc stearate (also known as zinc soap) have no benefit for skin, and they are the primary ingredients of Iredale's loose powders. A few of the products do include mineral-based, gentle sunscreens and a smattering of antioxidants (though the packaging will render them unstable after opening). The ingredient lists are also relatively short, which is beneficial for those with sensitivities, but that's about as skin-caring as this line gets.

You do need to be wary of some of Iredale's questionable claims, such as "Because our bases are concentrated pigment, the coverage we can achieve is far superior to normal makeup with a minimum amount of product. This is why mineral makeup should always look sheer and natural." These powders can be applied sheer, but the very nature of these ingredients results in products that are heavy-textured and that, like it or not, can look powdery and "made-up" on the skin. This is especially true if you have any dry patches, because these mineral powders, which also claim to "trap moisture," will exacerbate any dryness and can look caked and change color over very oily areas. Actually they do trap moisture, but they trap it away from the skin. That's the nature of any powdered mineral - they are absorbent and as a result can be drying.

Iredale denigrates talc, dismissing it as cheap filler material and an irritant, but talc is the essential backbone for a number of the most luxurious-feeling powders you will find, some of which have a softness and virtually seamless finish on the skin that other lines (including Iredale's) should envy. And talc is not irritating, at least not any more than the mica Iredale chose to use in its place. Even more significant, talc is a natural ingredient and a mineral. Despite this, all of Iredale's claims revolving around how mineral makeups are better for skin are marketing hype to the max. The most important element of her mineral makeup is the overall gentle, fragrance-free formula that provides outstanding sun protection.

If the concept of a powdered makeup different from the traditional talc-based powders you've seen at the cosmetics counters or drugstores appeals to you, then this line presents some fine choices. We would recommend using caution when you read (or are told) about the inflated benefits of some rather ordinary but nevertheless effective ingredients. However, with a few exceptions, there is certainly nothing in these straightforward formulations that’s harmful or irritating, and that's always beneficial.

Member Comments

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Mary T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    great
    • I have the hardest time finding a shade that works for me. This product comes in the perfect shades! the compact lasts a long time. i usually keep it in my purse for touch ups during the day. I have horribly acne prone skin that is either oily or flaky and never in between and this product never looks caked on but always covers nicely. I hated the cream and tinted moisturizer from jane iredale but this product has definitely been a regular for years.

  2. Mary N
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great Mineral Foundation
    • I like the pure ingredients in this base foundation plus it is SPF 20. My skin is sensitive and this doesn't bother it even if I have it on 16 hours a day. The color looks natural; I can't tell I have makeup on but it evens out my skin tone and covers imperfections. You can apply lightly for a sheer look or heavier for more coverage. Kind of expensive but lasts a while; worth the price to me.

  3. Amy
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 02, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    My fav!
    • This is definitely my favorite foundation. I have hormonally temperamental, combination skin. I need a neutral shade and have a terrible time finding the right one to match. Unless I have a spot that needs extreme camouflage, I use a kabuki brush to apply the foundation, and throughout the day I add a bit of the pressed translucent to take care of any shininess. The texture, coverage, color, and finish are just right for me - even if the price is a little high.

  4. Elizabeth E.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Not for me
    • I was Thoroughly disappointed. After reading reviews, I felt this was going to be a great product but As soon as I returned home, you could see the makeup "Melting off". My face is oily and this makeup did nothing to combat this skin type and possibly Even oily combination. You could see every pore on my face and every line (I am only 24 and do not have any lines...yet). I am Sticking to my diorskin forever compact!

  5. Rachel H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Cake, anyone?
    • After consulting Beautypedia and Makeup Alley, I was certain this would be the product for me, a decent amount of coverage from a light powder. Unfortunately, this powder, over dry skin, over primer, over sunscreen, over moisturizer, over everything I tried, looks amazing for about ten minutes and then it cracks. A small amount or a heavy dusting, it starts to crack. Soft skin, just washed, it starts to crack. Oil covered skin to mix with the powder, it starts to crack. It cakes. That's it.

  6. Wayne G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Amazing
    • I am a huge fan of mineral makeup. As a man its something i can wear myself without looking like i have makeup on. But for use as a makeup artist i find that mineral foundations look fantastic on the skin. I love Jane Iredale Pressed Foundation. It offers as little or as much coverage as you desired. Its like a second skin. For me, of all the pressed mineral foundations, its perfection.

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 12, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    PurePressed Base
    • Love it. Although here in Australia it is $96. Very, very pricey. However, I feel like it's worth it.

  8. Tracy
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 12, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    My #1 product
    • If I were stranded on a desert island... or backpacking for a month... and could only take one product with me, Jane Iredale PurePressed Foundation would be it. It's the best powder foundation. The coverage is as little or as much as you need, the colour palette comes in multiple colours, and the finish is great. I've used Paula's Choice pressed powder, which it's a great product for the price. But when I can afford to buy Jane Iredale, I do.

  9. Diane
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love this
    • I love this pressed powder. I hate the price though. Although, it does seem to last quite awhile. I was researching this site looking for a less expensive powder, but am probably going to purchase this again. It's not messy, covers well, and has a sunscreen in it. I did find that Clinque's powder was rated high by Paula at half the cost of Jane Iredale. I am considering trying that too.

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