I ran out of L’Oreal Bare Minerale powder back in January, and I knew I wanted to stick with mineral powder, but it was time for an upgrade.
Armed with a gift card and a husband bored out of his mind, I made my way to every beauty junkie’s favorite crackhouse — Sephora. This needed to be a quick in-and-out shopping trip.
Initially I was fixated on Bare Escentuals, as the defacto mineral makeup that everyone talks about. (As Mama Bella calls it,”the real mineral”). But I’d read some intriguing reviews of Philosophy’s The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas, and the crowd (and lack of assistance) around the Bare Escentuals area drove over to the Philosophy aisle.
The saleslady helped me discover my shade — Rich. It cost $35, so I decided to give it a whirl. And ever since I bought this stuff, I haven’t left the house without it on.
My advice for those of you considering a mineral makeup — definitely try any powder foundation (or foundation period) to make sure it matches your skin tone before purchasing.
Also, I’m almost tempted to say stay away from the drugstore if you want the real deal. I loved Bare Naturale at the time, but the difference between that and the Philosophy is like chalk and cheese.
This powder makes my face look damn near perfect.
Like all mineral powder, less is ALWAYS more. The poofy, soft applicator attached to the top of the container makes it hard to overdo with this product. So here’s my current daily face routine.
Sitting facing the window with the most natural light and using my magnifying mirror, I start with my moisturizer du jour, which is still Skin MD. I can wear this stuff in hot-ass Miami and Trinidad, or in windy and cold NYC, and it keeps my face moisturized and happy regardless of climate. It sinks right in and leaves my skin feeling touchable and soft, and the delicate area under my eyes doesn’t look as beaten and tired as it did in the past. Love Skin MD.
When my moisturizer is completely absorbed, I apply Philosophy’s The Supernatural Poreless, Flawless Tinted SPF 15. This is a peach-colored cream that comes out a little thick, and putting anything peach on my brown skin looks a bit off… but I smooth it on well and it does its thing. Besides keeping my skin protected from the sun, it really does make my face appear poreless. Flawless only comes when I add the powder.
Once my face is perfectly matte and smooth, I add blush, eye makeup, lipgloss, whatevs.
The Supernatural doesn’t make me look “made-up,” either — a natural glow still comes through and although the name “airbrushed canvas” might make it sound like this product will make you look like a cartoon character or Golden Brooks or something, that isn’t the case at all. AND, most importantly — it lasts all day!
Now that I’ve tried these two items, I’m saving up for the rest of The Supernatural Collection!
Seriously, I can’t do without this combination and I’d recommend it to anyone struggling with hyperpigmentation skin cover-up issues.