I had previously ordered a few Satin Matte Foundation samples in beige, neutral and olive in 5 and 6. Alima Pure does offer a sample pack, but I knew the shades between 1 and 3 and 7 and 8 were going to be too dark for me, and I wasn’t entirely sure of my undertone.
My heritage is Native American, Dutch/German, and African – among other things. With my tan skin, I chose numbers 5 and 6 and I guessed I was between Beige, Neutral, and Olive. I was wrong.
While I liked the way the powder felt on my skin, none of the shades matched me. The beige, which was the closest, just looked off. I ended up looking like I painted myself the color of my long khaki pants. The neutral made me look like someone had turned the lights off on my complexion. The olive looked like lights turned off with a greenish tinge.
After trying a variety of natural/organic foundations, I found my match in 100% Pure in Golden Peach and Lily Lolo in Coffee Bean. I feel Lily Lolo’s Warm Honey could suit me when I’m paler, but Coffee Bean looks great when I spend a normal amount driving, going outside, etc.
Now off to unboxing..!
I had thought previously my skin was neutral or beige-toned, but I was mistaken. I now believe I’m a warm-complexioned gal, but it’s never simple. For reference, I wear Lily Lolo’s powder foundation in Coffee Bean and 100% Pure pressed foundation in Golden Peach. The latter is my exact shade. If it weren’t for the extra smoothness and nice mattifying properties, I wouldn’t know I was wearing foundation.
When my 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pressed Powder Foundation is done, and it’s well on its way, I’d be able to give Alima Pure’s Pressed Foundation a try. Right now I’m not sure if I’d jive better with Cardamom or Pecan. When I do know my satin matte foundation shade, I’d be able to sample Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation a try, too, even though 100% Pure’s Healthy Skin Foundation is first on my list to try as far as liquid foundations go.
As for 100% Pure, I really enjoy using the 100% Pure pressed compact, and the packaging is beautiful, too! I have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s easy to travel with, beautiful and gives me a light-to-medium matte coverage with a very natural-looking finish. For medium to heavy coverage, I gravitate to Lily Lolo’s powder foundation.
So far I’ve only tried the Warm 4 and Warm 5. Warm 4 looks a tad too light on me.
Warm 5, at first glance, looks like it’s the right shade, but it’s too soon to tell. I need at least two-three more tries before I can decide if it’s the right shade for me.
Wearing Warm 6, I look slightly bronzed, which is not a bad thing! I look like I’ve been sunkissed. So far, it still looks like shade Warm 5 is my closest, true-to-skin-tone match.
Each sample jar holds multiple uses. If I had to guess, I’d say a dozen or so times.
First impressions: At first glance, Lily Lolo seems to provide full coverage faster. Compared to Lily Lolo, I feel I need to layer more with Alima Pure. It looks very natural and blends easily with my Ecotools Stippling brush. A few more tries, and I’ll be able to provide you readers with a more in-depth review.
From Alima Pure’s site:
“Alima Pure cosmetics are crafted from minimal ingredients for maximum impact.
Designed for the modern, confident woman, our cosmetics are luxurious, high-performance, and made from only the purest natural ingredients.
We seek to redefine makeup as an empowering tool of self-expression through our diverse range of foundation shades and inspiring colors.
Your makeup should be able to do many things at once, just like you.
You should be able to depend on your makeup to look and feel awesome. All. Day. Long. Your makeup should enhance your best features without hiding who you are. You should be able to find an amazing foundation match and colors that inspire your self-expression.
We make makeup that doesn’t compromise.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Alima Pure has beauty products free of: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. Alima Pure is also cruelty-free, never testing on animals.