Impeccable Mineral Foundation for Oily Skin

What’s the winning combination for a poreless, polished, complexion that lasts from morning till evening? Jane Iredale PurePressed base mineral foundation plus the added balance hydration spray to lock in the makeup for all day wear. Finding ‘the perfect’ foundation that looks and wears beautifully throughout the day can be very difficult, especially if one is adding combination/ oily skin to the equation.

Jane Iredale has been in the business for over 20 years and the company prides itself for being “the skincare makeup,” meaning their company uses the best ingredients possible for all of their makeup products, which won’t irritate or clog the skin.


Coverage and Foundation Shades

The PurePressed Base Mineral foundation is a medium to full coverage pressed makeup. Its oil-free, fragrance-free, bismuth oxychloride-free, and mineral oil-free. It has a titanium dioxide sunscreen of SPF 20 UVB/UVA. Contains antioxidants such as Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract (a potent antioxidant that aids in minimizing UV damage). The coverage level can be built up depending on the application used. For instance, using a standard flat top kabuki brush will impart a medium coverage. Using Jane Iredale’s flocked sponge (synthetic, non-latex sponge) will impart a full coverage. The finish of the foundation is semi-matte that looks flawless if applied well.

JI has a good shade selection which is based on neutral, cool, and warm undertones. Therefore, matching to a perfect shade should not be difficult. I have fairly light skin with neutral undertones and my shade is radiant.

Since I have oily, porous skin, I seek a foundation that can help with those issues while looking natural, matte and definitely not caked on! Jane Iredale’s foundation lasts about 8+ hours on my skin if I finish it off with a few spritzes of the balance hydration spray, which is meant for oily and combination complexions.

Although, I have oily skin, I would still recommend this foundation for all skin types as this never looks dry, nor accentuate dry patches. Further, it never settles into pores…ehem, bare minerals I’m looking at you. Most mineral foundation (loose or pressed) that I’ve tried over the years usually leave my face looking patchy after a few hours of wear due to oils in my skin breaking down the minerals. Available here.

Compact details

The pressed foundation comes in a sleek, sturdy, beautiful gold metal compact that’s refillable. The actual foundation is a refill, which is sold separately from the compact. I have personally tried numerous mineral foundations over the years and can vouch that this one is a home run due to the ease of application (no need to swirl, tap, and buff) and the fantastic coverage level. Jane Iredale also makes this foundation in a loose mineral base as well; however, I prefer the mess free version of a compact and the ease on portability. Compact is sold here for $18. Refills of the foundation are sold for $42.

**Also, please note, the foundation does contain dimethicone as one of the ingredients and can be comedogenic for some individuals because it is silicone based. Demithicone gives a slip to the foundation, which results in a nice blendability of makeup. My skin reacts to most silicone laden products and I have not had any issues with JI.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288)]

Balance Hydration Spray

I’ve never been a believer of setting sprays until I tried the Jane Iredale’s Balance hydration spray. The lightly scented citrusy scent lingers for a minute then fades. JI has three hydration sprays in her line: D20 (normal to dry skin types); pommist (all skin types); balance (combination, problematic, oily).

The spray literally locks in and sets the foundation for all day wear and takes away the powdery look that the foundation may leave after the application. The balance spray in particular has some great ingredients that help with controlling oil, but keep the skin from drying out. Ingredients such as the grapefruit extract, algae, and orange peel help to calm and soothe the skin from environmental damage. Retails for $29. Available here.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Laminaria Digitata (Algae) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Alcohol** *INGREDIENT FROM ORGANIC FARMING ** MADE USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 30.01% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to Ecocert Standard available at

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