PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation

No!  Say it isn’t so!  Upon writing this post I discovered that this product, my favorite daily makeup, contains dimethicone, a synthetic silicone I absolutely avoid due to possible skin irritation and bioaccumulation.  I’ve been using this foundation since before dimethicone was on my radar.  I might have to finish my compact for economic reasons, but I sadly will NOT be repurchasing.

I’m giving this review for those of who don’t care about dimethicone (even though you should; but I, the Guilty Greenie, shall not judge!).  Jane Iredale is still a greener choice than A LOT of other makeup.


Coverage: 5/5 light to full. I have hormonal acne that ranges from one pimple to ‘eek, my face!’, so I always look for build-able coverage (up to full).  This is super-duper build-able.  Plus it has built-in spf.  They’ve got a range of shades.  I usually buy ‘natural’ (I’m very fair with pink undertones).

Ease: 5/5 I started wearing this foundation before I had any knowledge of makeup whatsoever.  I usually apply with their flocked sponge ($5.50 from amazon) in my effort to minimize waste, but if I need major coverage I just use a cotton ball (and then cry when I throw it away).  The flocked sponge gives the skin a more flawless look but absorbs a good amount of product.

Ingredients: 3/5  Sad face.  Major points docked for dimethicone.

“Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007)]”

Price4/5 It’s $42 if you buy it without a compact case on the Jane Iredale site.  But I just found it on Overstock in my shade for $33.99.  It’s a fairly mainstream brand, so you may also be able to find deals at your local stores.  I usually end up being able to buy a concealer and the pressed powder at my local beauty store for $40.  For me, that’s worth it, especially because the powder lasts a long time.

Guilt: 4/10 (10 is the guiltiest)  Knowing I’ve been putting dimethicone on my skin and into my backyard (literally; I’m on a septic system) does not make feel yummy inside. It’s probably (hopefully) not been a huge amount.

I love this makeup, but I can no longer fully support it.  So, don’t buy it if you have greener options!

I’ll be ordering samples from the following brands to find a replacement: Silk Naturals, Root Pretty, and Alima Pure.

xo, Gigi


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