Ahava Mineral Makeup

A little while ago, I was approached to see if I wanted to try Ahava’s range of mineral make-up. A life-long foundation dodger, (liquid foundation scares me, and inevitably makes my skin flare up) I was a little bit nervous, until I realised that two of the items in the range are mineral powders. That I can deal with.

Part of the reason I was drawn to this brand was because the information I was sent promised something a little bit different. The blurb is as follows:

Mineral Makeupcare draws together the therapeutic, and anti-ageing benefits of Dead Sea algae and minerals, and combines them with nourishing plant oils and extracts, to provide a superior range of mineral makeup that is skin-friendly, allergy tested, contains no artificial dyes, parabens, or fragrances, and crucially, doesn’t block skin pores.

Music to my ears. As a psoriasis sufferer, I have had it drilled in to me for a number of years that I need to avoid anything containing parabens or perfume, an that anything containing dead sea minerals is meant to be beneficial to my poor irritable skin. Read on…

The naturally hydrating and skin cell rejuvenating properties of Dead Sea minerals, found in Ahava’s unique Mineral Skin Osmoter, work efficaciously to help improve the skin’s natural moisture balance from within, whilst Dunaliella Algae, rich in pro-vitamin A and beta carotene, delivers amazing anti-ageing, antioxidant, and dermal healing benefits.   Nourishing plant oils and extracts, such as macadamia, avocado, and jojoba combine to deliver additional moisturising properties to leave the skin not only soft to the touch but also, healthier and younger looking too.  Importantly, Ahava’s Mineral Makeupcare range also provides anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, if suffering from skin irritations, as well as natural UVA/UVB protection to guard your skin against the ageing effects of the sun, and remains free from animal testing.

Marvellous. So how do the actual products work? Well, firstly, you need to identify which shade you are. The four graduating shades are Dune (light), Sand (medium light), Clay (medium), and Terra (dark). I was sent Clay to try, and it was a good match for the skin on my face which always clings on to any residual tan I gave gained during the summer. In the pot, Clay looked quite dark, but it worked well for me.

I was sent both the pressed powder and the loose powder to try out. Ahava Mineral Makeupcare Dead Sea Algae Compact Powder (£18.75 for 9gm): a silky soft, pressed powder, suitable for all skin types that provides light coverage, either when it’s used alone or on top of foundation. I didn’t get on as well with the pressed powder as I did with the loose one. It was perfectly light and silky but I found that it sat more on the surface of the skin. Apparently it is meant to create an airbrushing effect to gloss over lines and blemishes, but there was

Top - pressed powder. Bottom - Loose powder

 just something about it that didnt work for me. It felt like harder work, and although it was the same colour as the loose powder, it appeared lighter on my skin.

However, the Ahava Mineral Makeupcare Dead Sea Algae Loose Powder (£18.75 for 5gm): was much better suited to me. I know not everyone likes loose powder, especially as a base, but I enjoy the process of swirling it on with a massive brush the glowing effect it created. maybe I’m just lazy, but this felt like a lot less work than the pressed powder. Ahava state that this product is for all skin types, a weightless powder for, medium to full coverage to give a semi-matt look and feel. And they’re right. Apart from the semi-matt thing. This contains a lot of sparkle, that gradually wears off over the course of the day. So if you’re not into looking like a Cullen, then you might want to be careful when you apply this. From a distance, it gives you a gorgeous glow, but up close? Shimmery. 

Here is a very rare FOTD of me sporting Clay Dead Sea Algae Loose Powder. I don’t do these very often and hate taking photos of myself, so be gentle.

You can see the shimmer here. I  know this might not be to everyone’s taste but this does fade off a little during the course of the day. Hmm. I think that I also need to be doing something with regard to my dark circles. Eek – maybe it’s time to get involved in the world of concealer as well. heaven forbid.

So, bearing in mind that this is my first foray into the world of mineral make-up (aside from the odd eyeshadow), I think it’s for me. I love the premise that Ahava base their products on, and I have to say, I have ben wearing the loose powder every day for a few weeks now and I have experienced no breakouts, and my skin feels smooth, and like I’m not wearing anything on it at all. Gone are the days of the heavy, pore blocking base products, which makes me feel very happy.

So, my quest goes on. Do you have any mineral make-up recommendations for me? I can feel that I might be getting addicted!

Ahava Mineral Makeupcare is available from the leading department stores, salons, pharmacies, other fine stores nationwide, by mail order, or online.  For further information, contact Ahava UK on 01452 864574, email enquire@ahava.co.uk or visit the company website www.ahava.co.uk.

Helen

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8 Comments

  1. 8th November 2010 / 12:43 PM

    I haven’t tried this range but I’m a bigfan of mineral make up so may give it a whirl

  2. 8th November 2010 / 5:14 PM

    Ahava Cosmetics are made in an Israeli factory on stolen land in the Occupied West Bank. There is nothing nice about occupation, and nothing nice about Ahava. For more on the boycott campaign against this company for its illegal practices see http://www.stolenbeauty.org.

  3. 8th November 2010 / 8:20 PM

    Mineral makeup – you name it, I’ve tried it, although not this brand. I have tried Lily Lolo, Earthnicity, Laura Mercier, Bare Escentuals, Elemental..it always looks slightly cakey on me even though I buff and buff and buff and buff, and I have as much angst picking a shade as I do picking a shade of any base. I will stop now, I need to do a review on mineral makeup my experience and it is not fair to use your blog as that. Apologies – Jan x

  4. 8th November 2010 / 11:30 PM

    Thanks for the full faced photo. It’s very brave revealing yourself to the world! You look gorgeous. I’ve used only Bare Escentuals and I do like it. I also love your eyemakeup.

  5. 12th November 2010 / 8:22 PM

    I have difficult skin (oily, acne-prone, pale but also badly pigmented and slightly sensitive to boot) and foundation has always been an issue for me. Loose mineral foundations are generally pretty good – I’ve tried some that looked cakey on me, but others that work really well. In fact I stocked up on Aromaleigh mineral foundation when they were discounted prior to them shutting down. Of course once I’ve used them all up the search will begin all over again! I have heard good things about Meow Mineral Makeup’s mineral foundation though so they might be next on my list to try.

    Gorgeous pic by the way, and I like the Ahava foundation on you! xx

  6. 14th November 2010 / 6:55 PM

    Bare Escentuals…best ever mineral make up IMHO and it was the forerunner for all the others. I’ve used it off and on for around 4 years. I’m a total product junkie as you know but having psoriasis makes me a tad wary about certain products! Mineral make up gives me control of coverage and it can be “built up” to give you whatever you need! Love it! It can be a very natural look or you can whoop it up and make it totally glam. Bare Escentuals have some fabulous eye shades and gorgeous “radiances” for the cheek!

  7. 22nd November 2010 / 3:37 AM

    I have extremely sensitive skin. I started using Bare Minerals about 10 years ago and have had no complaints. It covers where I need it to, and wears really well through out the workday. Since I have sensitive skin I am really hesitant to break out and try other mineral foundations.

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