Re: Silk Naturals
I found this Silk Naturals out too by VanessaGarcia, and I ordered a sample (with my visa gift card.yay for x-mas presents) to figure out whether I need to use Ebony, Warm Gold, or Buttery Gold.
Karen, the creator, totally captured me with this. I LOVE it 100000X more than I do Bare Minerals and Everyday Minerals. It feels SO smooth on my face and apply this using Everyday Mineral's new Flat top brush (really nice, but probably isn't as good as the "best" brushes out there. but this brush works just fine for me. super soft, and at $10).
The coverage I would say is light to medium, or full-medium, but not absolutely full like cream or liquid foundation gives. It makes my face look really smooth, and even my mom said it looks nice on me (and she usually doesn't like me, or allow me, with makeup on). I just wanted a nice powder foundation that is really light, and is good for my skin. This stuff doesn't have Bismuth Oxychloride like BM does and doesn't have any Sulfates, which I am ridiculously heavily allergic to, so this is such a huge plus for me.
And at $10 for the full sized foundation that gives more than BM does, it fits right into my bill: i'm a student and i obviously can't afford makeup! haha
I'm definitely going to use this for life. This makeup makes me happy
. The only thing I dont' like...is that since you have to mix your own foundation, I had more trouble than other people finding my color. My face is naturally more lighter than my body skin, so I found a great match for my face on the first try, but I couldn't find the color that will match my body-color, so I look one-colored from head to toe rather than light on my face, and natural-tan on my body. Yes it's a plus that you can mix your own foundation so that when you get a tan, you dont' have to buy a whole new bottle or compact, but it's also a downside that you don't have a compact to touch up during the day, IF you need it. I haven't worn this outside, YET, but I tested it at home and wore it for 3 hours (winter time) and my skin didn't get oily on it and the coverage was still there, and I have combination-oily skin.
I have yet to test out its staying power during the hot and super humid Houston weather down here in TX. I will probably look into using Milk Of Magnesia to help out more staying power and good priming.
I wore this to school today (January 10,2008). I did not wear any primer or anything of that sort. I washed, toned, and moisturized my face. Waited for that a bit to dry, and then applied Silk Naturals. On a scale 1 to 10, with 10 being super oily, by the time 10:15AM hit, I had the oilies of about a 6 to 7 unfortunately. I am naturally really oily, so probably that's why, but I got pretty dissapointed that this product didn't keep matte for long. And btw, I put this product at at about 7:45am, so that was merely 3 hours to work out oilies on my face.
I hope when I try using Milk Of Magnesia as a base that it will control my oily face better. But right now, I'm a bit disappointed in its lasting-power.