I went to Lassen’s Health Food Store today and saw a large new display of Larenim Mineral Makeup (www.larenim.com ). They have a good selection of foundations. They have a loose powder concealor called Harmony especially for acne and a greenish color called Hocus Pocus to conceal redness. They have an overnight powder treatment called Dusk til Dawn. It’s an extensive line. Their powders don’t contain any bismuth oxychloride, which she claims can cause rashes, enlarged pores and itching. The use 100% micronized minerals with a microscopic coating of dimethicone on the zinc and the titanium dioxide to give it better slip and stability. They’re not overly sparkly, like I found Bare Escentuals (aka Bare Minerals) to be when I tried them some years ago. You can see the ingredients listings at the website. The colors appeared a lot darker on my screen, though, than they did in person.
I bought the foundation (2W), blush (enchanted earth), Harmony concealor and kabuki brush. I just tried them tonight, and so far I love them! This make-up is so silky and soft and I really, really like the way it looks and feels. My skin doesn’t feel “masky” at all. At the Larenim website they sell MyChelle’s Fruit Enzyme Mist, which I already own, which they say is a must to use to set the make-up. The powder feels so gentle and soft on my skin, almost soothing. Maybe the bismuth in the La Bella Donna powder was irritating my skin. I know that Mari had a real problem with bismuth.
I would say that the foundation powder has medium coverage and the Harmony concealor has heavy coverage. The Harmony is perfect for my skin tone, but I don’t know how it would work for people of color (it’s a real neutral kind of color). It actually might work for all skin tones because the foundation goes on over it. I also love, love, love that little kabuki brush. I own a big powder brush which I stopped using because my skin would always itch and get red when I used it. This kabuki brush feels so soft. I would really like to try their undereye concealor, the Hocus Pocus and the Dusk ’til Dawn. I’d like to try their eye make-up also. I tend to get pimples in and under my eyebrows, and I’ve got some little milia-like bumps on my eyelids and under my eyes also. I think I’ll be much better off using the loose Larenim powders than the eye makeup and undereye concealor I’m currently using. Time will tell how my skin reacts in the long run, but I do love what I bought so far.