We get this question a lot! People are so trained to buy foundation, concealer and finishing powder all at the same time, that it is almost a reflex to try to do the same thing when you switch to mineral foundation. But when you stop to think about it, the foundation is a powder, so what exactly is the purpose of adding another powder over the top?
The great news is that with Alima Pure products you don't "need" a finishing powder. The other great news is that our Satin Finishing Powder is a great product that can really polish your look and help your makeup last longer. While that may sound a little contradictory, it really isn't. Satin Finishing Powder is a great final step for those that want it, but it certainly not necessary. Let's look at some reasons that Satin Finishing Powder might be great for you!
1. If you have oily skin, it can help keep the oil away a little longer than the foundation alone. (Of course if you are really concerned with oiliness, you'll want to put some Balancing Primer Powder under your foundation.)
2. You like a super-smooth, almost air-brushed look to your face. The Satin Finishing Powder is very fine, so it does really give a polished look.
3. You like to touch up during the day. Adding foundation over foundation can get a little heavy, so for some people, Satin Finishing Powder is just enough to mattify and refresh your look.
4. You sometimes like to go without foundation, but still need a tiny bit of evening-up. While the Satin Finishing Powder doesn't offer any real coverage, it can just provide a sheer veil of color that makes everything look a little better.
5. You just don't feel "finished" without that final sweep of powder to "set" everything. You might think this is purely psychological since powders don't need "setting", but this sweep of finishing powder really does help blend the edges of blush or bronzer, and refine your entire look.
Our Satin Finishing Powder comes in six shades, each of which is a slightly-warm-leaning neutral. Click here to find which foundation shades work best for Yuki, Keiko, Hanae, Ami, Sayomi and Takara. In the case of foundation shades listed for more than one powder shade, either shade should work it is just a matter of your preference for a lighter or darker finishing powder, so sampling both would be an excellent idea!
The customers spoke, and we listened! It has become clear to us, over the years, that the shade difference between our Satin Matte Foundation in Neutral 2 and Neutral 3 is rather small, while the difference between Neutral 3 and Neutral 4 is definitely larger. If we were talking about a shade other than Neutral 3, it wouldn't be too difficult for us to just reformulate Neutral 3 to be a little bit darker, but considering that it is one of our very best-selling shades, that seemed a bit unfair to our loyal customers. So we've decided to split the difference! We created a new shade, now known as Neutral 3.5, that is half-way between Neutral 3 and Neutral 4. If you have purchased Alima Pure from one of our retailers who carries our products with Spa names, this new shade is the same as Wheat. If you have been a Custom Blend customer, ordering 50% Neutral 3 and 50% Neutral 4, you will now be able to order the same shade, named Neutral 3.5.
Several years ago, when Alima Pure created our Color Balancing Powders, I have to confess, I was worried. As someone who has an excess of redness in the cheek area, I had tried green "correcting" products many times in the past. The problem with each and every one I tried was that instead of ending up looking red, I ended up looking green...not a real improvement, in my opinion! Kate was still formulating all of the colors at that time, and she took my fears to heart. She ended up with our Pistachio, which is green, but not glaringly so. Softened by beige, this little gem tones down redness without leaving a hint of green to show through your foundation. Most people who use Pistachio find that they need to use considerably less foundation than they otherwise would.
To illustrate how amazing it can be, we photographed Alyssa, the beautiful sister of our amazing photographer, Kara. Alyssa swears by Pistachio, and graciously allowed us to photograph her with a bare face. On the left, Alyssa with nothing on her face. On the right, Alyssa with ONLY Pistachio. Amazing, isn't it?
Because she was such a great sport, we finished Alyssa's look, applying her foundation in Neutral 2, Luminous Shimmer Blush in Freja, Pearluster shadows in Cassis and Amethyst, and Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb. Radiant!
It's been two years in the making, and we are thrilled with the result - we hope you are too! Our new Organic Nourishing Lipbalm is the perfect combination of incredible organic ingredients from certified producers and premium natural mineral pigments. We wanted it to feel amazing, smell great and deliver rich color. We also wanted it to be a great green beauty tool – elegant enough for any natural makeup lover to carry and use. Organic White Tea and Pomegranate antioxidants nourish and protect your lips for hours.
Though the formulation, ingredients, and packaging are new the colors are familiar favorites - including Acai (soft shimmering pink), Cranberry (sheer deep red), Fig (shimmering bronzed plum), Holly Berry (sheer neutral red), Mango (shimmering coral pink), Natural (untinted), Rhubarb (medium neutral pink) and Sweet Pea (shimmering copper rose). The lipbalm comes in an adorable slim tube and sells for $7.