Quest for the Holy Grail: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base

Jane Iredale is a brand known for its gentleness, quality, and wide variety of shades.  The PurePressed Base is one of their more multi-tasking and travel-friendly products as it can be used as concealer, foundation, as well as SPF.  It is one of the few mineral foundations that come in pressed form. Jane Iredale is highly natural (though not 100%) but not organic. They use no nano ingredients.

Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base is a pressed mineral foundation that I had used in the past and which I decided to retry.  The reason I had not repurchased in a while, at least as far as I remembered, was mostly one of price.  At $52 (or $42 for a refill) this is definitely one of the most expensive mineral foundations out there.  However, this line is one that has a wide variety of shades so in search of a perfect match for me, I decided to give it another go.

 The foundation

  • Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Base is a mineral pressed powder with light to heavy coverage.
  • It has a matte finish with zero shimmer
  • It comes in a reusable aluminum holder and refills are readily available.  There are also more fancy containers you can purchase.
  • It has no fragrance.
  • It has SPF20.
  • I chose Warm Sienna which is for light skin with decidedly yellow undertones (no peach here!).

Performance

Although the base is quite a nice product overall, it turned out that either my skin changed or I got pickier.  Upon initial application I was left with a nice finish although the coverage was a little too light and the redness around my nose and cheeks still peeked through.  So, the next day, I layered it more to obtain better coverage but found out that this did not work for me either as it made my skin look really dry by the end of the day.  Obviously not suited to my skin type.

The Sahara look (as I call it) is a problem that many women with dry or mature skin like mine often experience with mineral foundations–and why many shun them.  Yet, this base contains dimethicone which should have  given it a smoother look and feel.  And, while part of me liked the idea of having silicone to make the application go on more smoothly, it also made me apprehensive about using this product.  Dimethicone is a type of silicone and despite not being terribly toxic, it is not a natural product.  It is highly industrialized and tends to bio-accumulate in human tissue and the environment. It is also difficult to take off requiring harsher cleansing methods to be thoroughly removed.  [Stay tuned for my next Toxic Ingredients posts which will cover silicones and surfactants.]

Which makes me think….. how can a product with silicone be good for acne-prone skin?  Personally, I have found that since eliminating all traces of silicones from both my skin and hair routine the blackheads that plagued me since adolescence have finally disappeared–and, believe me, I scrubbed and cleansed my skin to no end trying! I also tested another product from Jane Iredale that same day (their much famed BB cream together with their primer, both high in silicones) and two days later had the biggest cyst I have experienced in years (or ever), right on the exact spot along the jawline where I tested.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base review at stylishlyorganic.com

The verdict

Although I had high hopes, this product did not work for me.  I did not like the matte finish, I found it harder to remove from my skin than any of the other products I tested, and I felt it clogged my pores (and the color was not such a good match after all either as you can see above).  Would I recommend it?  Not really… due to its silicone content and high price point. However, many women do love it and if you do like the finish that silicones provide, you hate loose powders, or like the look and feel of a high-end brand (or perhaps are desperate for a good color match), this would definitely be a good non-toxic alternative to those designer makeup brands on the market.

The fine print

Price: $52 for 0.35 oz / $42 for the refill w/o compact.

EWG rating: 2 (mostly because of dimethicone which rates as 3)

Good Guide health rating: 6/10

Where to purchase: Check janeiredale.com for a retailer near you or order from Nature of Beauty or Dermstore.

Ingredients:

Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%, Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens.

Have you tried Jane Iredale?  What do you think of the brand and their products? Is this your holy grail? Let me know!

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