As mentioned before, I don't have the best of skin, but I make do with what I have. Due to my addiction to finding the best foundation for my needs, I decided to try out Everyday Minerals foundation a year ago. To be honest, with the exception with brief flings with other "new and improved" foundations, I have stayed extremely loyal to this line of foundations.
I never really squealed in enjoyment during the apex of the minerals craze. I remember always being intrigued by the Bare Minerals infomercials, but I resisted buying any minerals for about 10 years. First I started with Bare Minerals, because that was what was bombarding the industry. As a matter of fact, I thought that was the only minerals product around. Unfortunately, my face broke out, and I always looked plasticy and shiny.
Fortunately thanks to my adventures on several makeup boards and makeup blogs, I found out about Everyday Minerals. I was most intrigued with the possibility of finding a foundation that was longlasting with my super oily skin, yet at the same time felt light and offered full coverage. Oh, and it need to match my warm, yellow, with a touch of olive skintone. Tall order, I know. I figured I could risk the approximately $4 on a sample kit (the kit is actually free, all you pay is shipping. You get three foundation samples, one blush, and one concealer). It took several trials before I found the perfect match and the right formula(s).
Everyday Minerals offers four formulas (1) original glo, which is closes to the Bare Minerals formula; (2) semi-matte, a nice mix of original glo and matte formula, (3) matte, full on matte and it works really well with oily skin, (4) intensive, offers full coverage and it also does okay with oily skin. The beauty is that you can pick one formula or your can mix the formulas to work better for you. One thing the shades do deepen as the formulas become denser. So, Buttered Tan in matte is a touch lighter than Buttered Tan in intensive.
I gravitate towards the matte and intensive formulas. When I have awesome face days, but just need to even out the skin, I use semi-matte. I have noticed that the matte formula works a lot better in curbing and withstanding the oilies than the intensive formula. However, I really love the coverage of the intensive formula, so I mix the two formulas in the same shade and "Viola!" The loose powders' consistency is finely milled, silky, smooth. These powder, initially go on the skin quite densely, but they buff into the skin very nicely. It is just like when you apply the liquid foundation and then massage it in the skin. A little goes a long way, so start small and you can always layer more on. If you apply too much of the foundation it can get cakey, so definitely start small.
Alright, as for the shades, they have a nice variety. I am NC 35-40 in MAC studiofix. In Everyday Minerals the following shades work for me: Summer-Buttered Tan (matte/intensive); Spring-1/3 Buttered Tan (matte), 1/3 Buttered Tan (intensive), 1/3 Golden Medium (matte); Fall-the spring mixture or golden medium matte; Winter-Golden Medium (matte/intensive).
I really love how my skin looks when using this foundation. It looks even, smooth, and flawless. It might be the closest I will get to having perfect skin.
5 out of 5 happy wallets
Price: mini-$5.00; full: $12 (they have size descriptions here)
Oh, and you can get these in custom kits if you are interested in other products. I love using the EDM kabuki and flat top brushes with these foundations. Flat top offers max coverage.