11 August 2012

Review: Sheer Design Mineral Foundation

I'm going to start off by letting you know about my skin. I have combination skin - oily T-zone and dry cheeks. I used to have oily skin a few years ago but I find that my skin has become drier as I age. I have old acne scars that are about 4 years old on my cheeks that really annoys me - bloody things won't go away!! I also have fairly new scars between my brows (leaning closer to the right brow), as well as under my lips. 

These are the qualities of what I would consider a HG/perfect foundation:
  • Medium to full coverage to cover my scars well (I tend to get lazy and not apply concealer... either that or I'm running late and have no time). If not, easy to build up to a full coverage.
  • Should not break me out (not that I normally do break out due to a new product... my skin is relatively insensitive). 
  • Lasts all day. I hate looking in the mirror at the end of the day and wondering "What the hell happened to my foundation?"...
  • Helps with oil control - Shiny noses irks me! I love a matte finish.
  • Matches my skin tone perfectly.
Now that I got the introduction of my skin type out of the way, onto review! I don't normally use mineral foundations, as it tends to get too messy for my liking.... and I hate using brushes for foundations (I like using my fingers to apply foundation because I'm too lazy to wash foundation brushes it's easier and quicker for me). So for the last few years, all I have been using is liquid foundation.... until I received this mineral foundation by Sheer Design.

It came in a simple, yet sleek black box.

 Ingredients and other information written on the back of the box.

The jar inside the box is cube shaped (well, more square prism if there's such a thing since the height is smaller than the width and length). The packaging is plastic, which I love because I do have my clumsy days.

This is what it looks like when the cap is removed - love the sift thingy as well, as it controls the amount of foundation that comes out. Plus, you can close the sifter to prevent foundation from coming out when travelling!
Sift thingy

Foundation swatch on the back of my hand.

Photo of me with foundation on - no photoshop.

Price: AUD $48.00 for 4.6g

Shade: Medium 2 - For reference, my foundation shades are  Christian DiorSkin Nude 031 Sand; Make Up For Ever (Mat Velvet) 40; Guerlain Parure Pearly White in Ambre Natural 3; Lancome tent idole ultra 03 Beige Diaphane.
RT Multi-task brush. Image taken from: facekitt.com

RT buffing brush. Image taken from: etcllymlrs.com
  • This lasts ALL day on my face. I wore this before my 12 hour shifts last week and it stayed till I removed it with my makeup remover wipe! AMAZEBALLS!!!
  • Medium 2 shade matches my skin tone perfectly.
  • Amazing coverage and it's buildable without looking cakey! However, I did find that this only works when you use the right brush. I tried it using Real Techniques buffing brush by dabbing the product into the skin, and it worked amazingly. I also used Real Techniques multi-task brush and it didn't go on as well as when I used the buffing brush.
  • Gives a matte finish and stays relatively matte throughout the day.
  • Packaging - the material is made of (plastic) and the sift thingy makes it perfect for a clumsy person such as myself so travel friendly.

  • You might be able to see from the swatch photo on the back of my hand that it settles into fine lines without the use of a primer.
  • Price may be an issue - $48 is quite expensive for a mineral foundation... but then again I am still biased to liquid foundations and have shelled out $40+ for one. (Before you get all judgmental, I have not bought any foundations in months!)
  • The sift thingy can be quite annoying - sometimes I didn't shake enough to get the appropriate amount of product out, so I had to screw the cap on and shake - especially annoying when I'm strapped for time. However, I can't think of a solution...

Concluding remarks:
Overall, I highly rate this foundation despite being a mineral powder one and I now have an extra brush to wash. It successfully checks my criteria for a perfect foundation. I love the packaging and the way it looks on my face. Yes, I would repurchase!

What is your favourite foundation? Are you biased to liquid foundations too or are you all for mineral powder foundations?

I was sent this Sheer Design Mineral Powder Foundation by Mineral Makeup Market for my consideration. All thoughts and comments are my own.


  1. This looks fantastic!!! I love how its in a plastic container. I'm clumsy too and have broken a few things lately :(

    1. aww :( I hate it when I drop a pressed powder and the powder breaks into loose powder... gets so messy when I try to use it. End up powdering my clothes instead of my face :-s

  2. I love the Bloom Mineral Plus Liquid foundation! Light/Medium matches my skin perfectly..I have yet to try a powder foundation for the same reasons you were hesitant to try them :P

    1. Oooo!! I think Bloom is getting discontinued at Target. Will have to see if they have that there!

  3. nice!

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  4. I have a oily skin does the mineral facial foundation cause any problem as i grow by

    1. Not 100% sure what you mean, but this foundation does not cause any problems for me. However, it is winter and my skin does not get as oily as when it's summer time.

  5. Great review! I love mineral powder foundations as they give such great coverage while being fantastic for your skin! I'm really very tempted to try this out now as I'm after a foundation with a more matte finish. :)

    1. I love a matte finish and this mineral powder foundation is perfect!

  6. is this foundation available in asia? (singapore,philippines) and whats the ingredients in this foundation :)

    1. Hi Kate,

      You can purchase the foundation from the Mineral Makeup Market website. From what I can see on their site, it's $3.90 for shipping worldwide or free if your order is over $80.

      There are three ingredients - Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides. For more information and to purchase, check out their website - http://www.mineralmakeupmarket.com/foundation2.html

      Thanks for stopping by! :)


  7. is this foundation available in asia? (singapore,philippines) and whats the ingredients in this foundation :)