Monday, 19 April 2010

Foundation Fortnight: Lily Lolo Part Two

Urgh, running is taking over my life! I'm sure things will settle down when I don't have to die everytime I come in for a run, but apologise for the interuptions to normal service whilst I get back into the swing of things.

Finally though, I'm bringing you part two of my Lily Lolo review in which I tell you what I think about this foundation and also show you my stripey face!

If you've never tried mineral foundation before (and you're UK based), I'd really recommend giving Lily Lolo a try. A while back I was asking around to find out your favourite mineral foundations and for UK peeps, Lily Lolo definitely came out high. I was hoping to maybe try some Meow foundations as well, but the postage just worked out a bit too expensive.

Lily Lolo have just redone their website and it looks really pretty - it's also incredibly easy to navigate which I always like. They sell samples of their foundations for a mere £1.25 and samples come in a little plastic pot - much more useful than a plastic baggie. The pots are still incredibly small though, so I tend to tap a little into the lid of my Body Shop mineral foundation so that I have enough room to swish my kabuki around. According to the website, you get 0.75g of product per jar - definitely enough for many applications! Postage was extremely quick and UK orders up to 50g cost a mere £1 for p&p. Bargain!

Finding a match
One of the best things about having such cheap samples is that you can buy quite a few in order to find your match. Again, the website makes it really easy to know which samples to choose, with categories ranging from pale to tan, and great descriptions of all their colours including whether the foundation has cool, warm or neautral undertones. I know that I'm neautral leaning towards warm, so only ordered colours with those undertones. One thing I will say is that Lily Lolo don't really offer much for Women of Colour, but I'm not really best qualified to comment on this so I'd advise googling for better reviews on this subject.

Now here comes the moment you've all been waiting for ... stripey face:

 (Top to Bottom: In the Buff, Blondie, Warm Peach, Popcorn)
Don't worry, I do know that I've applied it quite thickly, but this is just to give you an idea of the different colours. I also did this myself when I received the samples to see which matched my skin tone best. From swatching like this, I can already see that In the Buff and Popcorn are too orange toned for my skin at the moment. Blondie looks a little pale, but to be sure, I blended them out a little with a mini kabuki.

As you can see, Popcorn and In the Buff are still too dark (although I think Popcorn might make a nice summer foundation). Now that I've blended them out, I think that Blondie looks a little too ashy, whereas Warm Peach tones down my redness without making me look deathly pale. Therefore I conclude that my shade is Warm Peach!

(Is that a word?!) In short - I love them foundations. They apply easily, have extremely buildable coverage and look nice and natural. I have very sensitive skin and it hasn't been irritated at all by them. They cover my redness really nicely and give a matte finish (no Edward Cullen skin for me thank you very much!). I've not had any problems with them rubbing off on clothes, they don't seem to cling to dry patches and they last through the day.

Anything else I should know?
Errr... Lily Lolo are bunny friendly (hurrah!) and UK based. They contain no parabens, fragrances or fillers, and are Bismuth free. Products are availiable online only from Lily Lolo and cost £1.25 for sample size and £12.00 for full size.

Any other questions ladies? Have you tried Lily Lolo? What did you think? If there's anything you'd like to know that I haven't covered, please do feel free to ask. Also, do check my previous post to see how much more lovely my skin looks when its been Lolo'd


  1. I'm a Lily Lolo obsessive - I've been wearing it for the past 18 months, and everytime I try another foundation, my skin breaks out. Absolutely love it, good customer service & gorgeous colours.
    P.S. I'm in France, and they happily ship overseas :)

  2. What shade of mac r u nc20-25?

  3. Thanks for the swatches! Still trying to figure out my shade... :S


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