New Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation Samples Unboxing + Swatches

Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation samples in shades Warm 4, 5, and 6

My new Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation samples are in! Since I’d tried the satin matte foundation and I’ve written about them, I’ve been aiming to find my exact shade.

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..!

Pretty box!
Top view
Opening the box
Mesh paper bag
Round Alima Pure sticker on paper wrap
My three foundation samples in round little cases.
Another round AP sticker on the package.
Shades don’t look too different from each other in the package.
Three little jars of foundation goodness

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.

Lipstick Collection + Arm Swatches Part 1: Red Apple Lipstick

As many of you know, I’m devoted to non-toxic beauty. It’s a joy to use these products – they smell, feel, and perform nicely, and they’re not tested on animals. I feel good about using these products and don’t hesitate to pass one on to my preteen daughter if I thought it would suit her better.

As lipstick is my favorite makeup product, I’ve decided to write a series of posts about my lipstick collection. I have more than a dozen lipstick shades, which include samples I haven’t used up yet (I’m not including the ones I didn’t like and passed on to my daughter).

I have listed my favorite beauty companies in a previous post,  Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands. One of these brands was and continues to be Red Apple Lipstick. In addition to clean ingredients, Red Apple Lipstick is gluten-free, which is lovely for those who are allergic to gluten. Lord knows I already consume enough gluten in my diet, so not having gluten in my lipstick is a plus 😉

For this post, I swatched my full tubes of Red Apple Lipstick. I have a total of eight – I swatched them on my arm and my husband’s arm. For reference, I have medium-to-deep tan skin with a warm undertone, and I wear the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Foundation Powder in Golden Peach or the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation SPF 15 in the shade Coffee Bean.

My husband is lighter skinned, leaning more toward medium toned with a warm undertone, and although he doesn’t usually wear foundation (ha!), I bet he’d be a 100% Pure Foundation Powder in Sand or Lily Lolo’s In the Buff.

I own the following Red Apple Lipstick colors:

  1. Ooh La-La (a pinky brown – not my favorite – looks grayish on me)
  2. Ravishing (a crimson, blue-toned red – my power lip)
  3. Plum Sexy Crazy (a copper, red plum shimmery shade – a favorite)
  4. After Hours (a deep, cool purple, no shimmer – I like it)
  5. Mayberry (medium, dusty rose w/ a sheen – my MLBB!)
  6. Wine & Dandy (deep, red wine – I love this color!)
  7. Coral Crush (a true coral, pinkish orange – a bit too bright for me, but blotted is fine)
  8. Back to the Fuchsia (best name! A bold, satiny purple-fuchsia shade)

Now off to swatching!

On my husband’s arm, outdoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Notice how on him Ooh La-La looks more like a nude pinky tone, whereas on me it leans browner.

On hubbie’s arm, outdoors, flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Ravishing looks more brownish on his skin. On me, it leans dark, pink-red. Back to the Fuchsia really pops.

On husband’s arm, indoors, no flash, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Plum Sexy Crazy looks quite light and Mayberry looks so brown on him.

On my arm, outdoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

Note how Ooh La-La takes on a greyish tone, and Plum Sexy Crazy looks like a sultry, pinkish plum with shimmer on me – really nice shade on me. After Hours looks brighter than on hubby, and in the sunlight, Coral Crush looks almost unbearable. As of now, I blot it or mix it with my sample of Naughty (a tan nude) or something else to tone it down. It tends to look garish with my skin tone if I swipe it full-on.

On my arm, indoors, from left to right: Red Apple Lipstick in Ooh La-La, Ravishing, Plum Sexy Crazy, After Hours, Mayberry, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Back to the Fuchsia

I love the way Back to the Fuchsia looks. I’ll have to provide y’all with lip swatches some time.

Coral Crush looks used with its flat top, but in reality, I’d shaved it off a bit to take it to Aruba with me on vacation, as per Red Apple Lipstick’s recommendations so as it not having a risk of melting in the heat.
I love my Red Apple Lipstick collection! In the future, when I’ve used up oh, three or four of these, I’m planning on acquiring Drama, Barcelona, Hibiscus, and Hollypeño.
Cute packaging! I like the ridges on the bottom, which makes holding it easier.
From far left to right, top to bottom, counter-clockwise: Back to the Fuchsia, Wine & Dandy, Coral Crush, Ravishing, Ooh La-La, Plum, Sexy Crazy, Mayberry, and all the way in the far back, After Hours.

I highly recommend Red Apple Lipstick, especially if you’re sensitive to gluten. I gifted my dear GF friend some samples (the shade Secrets suited her pale skin perfectly), and she was thrilled! I also gave some to another friend, with more medium skin, and she particularly liked Oh My Guava.

RAL lipsticks have a pleasant, light scent, and they wear nicely. If you blot and put on with a lip brush, they last at least four hours, but they are so fun to use, I do enjoy reapplying on almost all occasions.

Which Red Apple Lipstick shade would you most like to try?