October 10, 2016

FIRST IMPRESSIONS | Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation


Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation


Normally I would conduct a thorough review of any foundation, however, the sample I received for the Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation was too small to do a full face more than once. Bummer.


The foundation itself in full size retails for $42 (1.01 fl oz), and is available online through the Alima Pure Website and the Safe & Chic Website.


Alima Pure formulates their products without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles.


They are also Cruelty-Free, and the foundation is Vegan.


Let's get in to my first impressions.




Alima Pure claims:

Sheer, buildable, moisturizing liquid foundation in a range of 10 flexible shades. Liquid Silk Foundation pairs perfectly with our 10 shades of Cream Concealer for easy matching and traceless, natural-looking coverage. Together, they enhance your skin without hiding it.

Made in Italy



Packaging


The foundation is packaged in a plastic squeeze tube. Ideal for travel, but not the most hygienic. I prefer a glass bottle with a pump. 



Product


The foundation has a light-weight creamy---almost mousse like---consistency. It is thicker than most liquid foundations, but is not as thick as a mousse foundation. It leaves a natural finish on the skin.


It has no obvious or unpleasant smell.


As Alima Pure stated, the foundation is available in 10 shades. I purchased the shade "Dew". They recommend this shade for those with light skin tones with warm or neutral undertones. 


The shade is ultimately a little bit too dark for my fair complexion. It's suitable for those with a truly light skin tone (MAC NC20, Urban Decay 2.0). They need to expand their shade range to include fair shades that are pale princess friendly. 



Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation in "Dew"


Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation in "Dew"




Performance


I applied a light layer with a foundation brush to see just how much coverage it provides on bare skin. As many of you know, I struggle with pigmentation and acne, so I need coverage! 


With one layer, it definitely provides sheer coverage. My acne was still visible, but it did even out my uneven pigmentation and redness.  


When I attempted to build up the coverage, the foundation did not become streaky, heavy, or emphasize texture. The foundation is only slightly buildable, nothing past a light coverage.


The foundation was easy to apply and did not feel sticky, greasy, or difficult to blend.


This product is very similar to a Tinted Moisturizer. It feels very moisturizing on the skin but provides just a little bit of coverage without the heavy feeling on the skin. Those with dry skin will love the Argan and Coconut Oil infused in this product.


On me, someone with oily skin, the foundation held up for about 5 hours before it started to break apart around my nose. After 6 to 7 hours, the foundation became much too shiny and looking like a hot mess. These were the same results I achieved with the Physicians Formula Work It! Tinted Moisturizer, which is less than $15. 







Ingredients:

Salvia Sclarea Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Parfum*, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Cellulose, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid [+/- CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]



Overall


This foundation should be named a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer, because it is much too sheer to be considered a foundation. The formula would be great for someone who is looking for something light weight with barely there coverage and needs hydration! For someone like me who suffers from acne, pigmentation problems, and very oily skin, this was a miss. It is a solid formula, but not for someone who prefers medium to full coverage.





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