I find it rather surprising that Jane Iredale products are not reviewed more often. The only blogger I know of who reviews Jane Iredale is Witoxicity, though there are probably others out there that I have missed.
Iredale's line was launched in 1994, long before I had ever heard of mineral makeup, and long before Bare Escentuals got all the press via Sephora. I have tried several of the other mineral brands that have come to market since, but I always go back to Jane Iredale.
My first Jane Iredale purchase was in 2000, after I read that the line was developed to be gentle to troubled skin, especially for people who'd undergone surgeries and skin treatments, like chemical peels. If it could soothe and conceal that post-treatment boiled-lobster skin, I had high hopes that it would take care of my nagging pink cheeks and chin from mild rosacea, which I wanted to conceal while still looking natural.
I was not disappointed. Not only did her PurePressed base cover the redness all day, it hid shadows and smoothed over pores while being the perfect base for my oily skin. I didn't know much about loose mineral powders then, but gut instinct told me to choose the pressed foundation in the compact and, as far as I know, Jane Iredale is still the only brand that offers mineral foundation in pressed form. I have since learned that oilier skins do best with the pressed foundation, and dry skins should get the loose. The foundation stays true all day without oxidizing, and it does not rub off on collars or scarves.
I've read complaints about skin irritation and itching from other mineral brands, but I have never experienced that with Jane Iredale -- even over completely bare (moisturized) skin. I don't bother with primer.
Ten years ago, there were fewer colors from which to choose. I went to the boutique at night in the middle of winter and was incorrectly matched to Honey Bronze, far too dark. I have since found my perfect colors in both Ivory and Light Beige. According to the JI makeup artists, you are supposed to use two colors and apply the lightest to the center of the face and the darker color along the hairline. I believe her starter kits contain two pressed foundations.
At one point, I let myself be talked into the loose powder in Warm Silk, which makes a great summer bronzer for very fair skin.
This isn't cheap makeup. A PurePressed foundation compact rivals the cost of Chanel and Guerlain, at $52, though refills are only $40 and last many months, even with daily use. The price points are not outrageous because the of the quality, and the packaging is also nice, though it has come a long way in the 12 years since I started using it, back when it came in a navy plastic case. After the navy compacts came gold-plated cases where the gold rubbed off, and the pans were glued inside. The current version is nicest of all, with a brushed-gold compact that has some heft. As I mentioned above, it is also refillable.
As the years go by, and I collect foundations by Chanel Guerlain, Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Vincent Longo, Becca, and Besame Cosmetics, I never stray too long from Jane Iredale. This makeup does exactly what I want it to do with very little fuss, and it never causes skin eruptions. It evens out my skin tone in the most natural way, without looking flat, and even if my skin starts out a bit matte, the oils soon surface within an hour or two and add back a bit of glow.
If I want add back some luminosity immediately after application, I can simply give my face a spritz of a setting spray. I love Jane Iredale's Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray, which smells and feels amazing. After the spritz, I press the moisture into my skin with my fingertips.
To apply the mineral foundation, I have the flocked sponge, but I vastly prefer using the Jane Iredale Handi brush, a flat-topped kabuki that is exquisitely soft. In fact, it rivals the softness of the Hakuhodo G527, which makes me wonder if Hakuhodo makes Jane Iredale brushes. I've been using it almost daily for 12 years, and it still looks and performs great.
Even though I use those blunt tips against my skin, it never stings or irrirates, and there has been absolutely no shedding. I love the almost-unvarnished handle, which allows for easy gripping (unlike some brushes that are slippery).
Jane Iredale foundation comes in a decent range of colors for all skin tones. Colors are grouped by Neutral, Cool, and Warm. I have found that I can wear colors from all three categories: Ivory from the neutral, Light Beige from the cool, and Warm Silk from the warm.
Bottom line: While I cannot claim that the entire Jane Iredale brand makes my top three, her PurePressed powder definitely does.
In an upcoming post, I'll review the other Jane Iredale products I like, including concealer, lipstick and eyeshadow. Does anyone else like Jane Iredale products? What are your favorites?
Photo credits: dermstore.com, janeiredale.com, and items from my own collection