I haven’t used mineral powder foundation for quite a few years because my skin. I used to be in love with it, specifically bareMinerals, but as I get busier with life I prefer liquid products that are quick to apply and last longer through a hectic day. However, powder foundation formulations have come a long way since I stopped using them and I wanted to revisit them to see how well they do now. Plus, gone are the days of just 2 or 3 mineral makeup brands because now there is such a competitive market for them. Today I’m sharing my review of the mineral powder foundation from Scout Cosmetics, an Australian beauty brand that makes luxury cruelty-free, vegan cosmetics.
- The foundation is packaged in the expected hard plastic jar that you will find most loose powder products come in. The black lid screws off to reveal a plastic tub with sifting holes that are plugged with a little cap. I love this because most loose powders just have a little sticker over the holes which you peel off for the first use and discard, but this plastic cap means you can pop it back into the holes should you be travelling with it. I’m not sure if that was an intended use but it sure is what I’m using it for.
- Once you’ve sifted a small amount of powder into the plastic tub there is heaps of room to swirl your brush in. If you’ve never used a mineral powder foundation you should be aware that you swirl the brush in the powder to heat it up and make it stick to the brush fibers, you then apply the powder using small swirling motions (also known as “buffing”) over the skin. Having a large area to do that initially part of getting the powder on the brush is quite important in my opinion, because otherwise the powder can go everywhere and you end up with more powder on your clothes/your floor/your bench than on your face.
- Scout recommend using the foundation with their own Vegan Kabuki Brush but you could use any kabuki brush you like. I did use it with the Scout one and oh my lord, it’s one of the best performing kabuki’s I’ve ever tried. I could probably do a whole review on just the brush so to keep it brief, this brush did make a difference to the application in my opinion. It’s fluffy, super soft and deposits the product evenly.
- Initially I thought the product wasn’t building coverage for me but after one full face application I could see my complexion was more even. After a second full face application with a little extra buffing on my T-zone (aka my problem areas!) I reached the ideal level of coverage for my skin at the time – even skintone, majority of blemishes masked, under eye dark circles less severe and a semi-matte, healthy glow.
- I found it strange that this powder didn’t irritate my dry, flaky patches around my nose because that is one of the reasons I stopped using powder foundation in the first place. This foundation just buffed straight over it and because the brush was so soft it didn’t cause irritation from the repetitive physical movement.
- Applying a powder foundation still takes longer than a liquid in my opinion, but having to only do two layers meant it took me only about 5 minutes to achieve the finish I wanted. I would use this in the morning when I haven’t overslept but I would still stick to a BB cream or something I can smear on with my hands for the times I’m in a rush.
- When looking in a magnified mirror, I didn’t see a difference between the first layer and the second layer of foundation. I did test up to 4 layers of the product and it still didn’t look cakey. This means that you build a lighter or heavier coverage, depending on your desired outcome.
- All trials were undertaken without the use of primer so it was great to see that the powder didn’t settle in my pores or exaggerate imperfections in my skin texture.
- There are 10 shades to choose from, which is quite large for a powder foundation range. I’m wearing shade Bisque – which I think looks ideal because it takes a lot of the yellow out of my skin but I probably could go with a shade slightly darker during summer.
- It doesn’t matter much to me that this product contains SPF15 because I wear a dedicated sunscreen everyday with a minimum SPF30. SPF15 is too little coverage for me and I rather be 100% sure my skin is protected.
- Wear time was around 6 hours in cooler weather. I have no warm weather to account for but I found 6 hours to be great for a powder foundation. I used to only get 2-3 before I would need to top it up.
What Scout Cosmetics say ….
A concealer foundation and finishing powder all in one.
This is a beautiful light textured powder and is incredibly easy to apply with our vegan kabuki brush. It provides an excellent overall coverage. It imparts a healthy natural light to the skin. No added fillers bismuth oxychloride talc or clay.
TIP: The secret to Minerals is in the application. Apply Mineral Foundation Powder by buffing onto the skin in small circular motions. Layering will give you the desired cover.
Australia $59.95 from Scout Cosmetics
USA & UK – International shipping available from Scout Cosmetics
Which foundation are you currently using? Have you tried a mineral powder foundation? Let me know by commenting below!
Scout Cosmetics are certified cruelty-free and vegan by CCF.
Mica (CI 77019) Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) may contain (+/-) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491 CI 77492 CI 77499) Ultramarines (CI 77007)