I’m definitely loyal to mineral foundations, but every now and then I like to switch things up and try something new! After seeing some reviews on social media a few months ago I decided to try Lily Lolo’s Cream Foundation – my first foray in to a cream consistency foundation in years!
I’ve used a lot of Lily Lolo products over the years as they’re one of the more affordable “clean” makeup brands – you can check out some of my previous Lily Lolo reviews here. They were actually one of the first mineral makeup brands I tried! In case you haven’t heard of them before, they’re a lovely British natural mineral makeup brand and their products are cruelty-free too.
This Cream Foundation is packaged in a sleek, slimline round compact with a mirror inside. I’m not sure how recyclable this plastic compact is, but I think it would be great if Lily Lolo offered refill pans to save on excess packaging waste.
I would say this foundation is most suitable for normal skin types, but I’ve noticed that a good skincare base is essential before applying this foundation to avoid it looking cake-y and gathering in certain areas. I’ve found the trick is to use a good generous amount of moisturiser and letting it sink into the skin for 5 minutes or so before applying the foundation gives the best results.
Then to apply the foundation you can use fingers or a brush on any areas that need more coverage and then blend outwards. It’s worth experimenting with different application methods to find what works best for you. I always start with just a small amount as it has a highly pigmented coverage which can always be built up if needed.
I chose the shade Cotton which is for light, neutral undertones. I was quite surprised it’s a touch too light for me on the face, but I can make it work with layering a little mineral foundation over the top to boost the colour and help set the foundation too. It would be great to see a wider range of shades available.
This foundation gives a lot more coverage than I’m used to so I try to use a light hand when applying – a little really does go a long way! I do find it needs re-setting throughout the day as it starts to get a little oily, settles in my frown lines and slips in places. It’s also not ideal when I’m wearing glasses as it quite quickly rubs away and ends up on my frames!
I actually quite like using this more like a concealer under the eyes and through the centre of the face for coverage, then blended out with mineral powder foundation on top. This way of applying works better for my low-maintenance ways to avoid needing touch-ups during the day!
The formula itself is super creamy and smooth with no detectable scent and it doesn’t make my skin break out at all. It removes really well with a cream or oil-based cleanser at the end of the day too, with no residue left behind on a second cleanse.
Overall, I think it’s a nice product for days when you’re looking for a little more coverage and if you’re a fan of the cream foundation consistency, but a loose mineral foundation finish for everyday is still my personal favourite! One of the main plus sides of this foundation is it’s price point at £16.00 which is much more affordable than other clean beauty foundations, so it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a medium-full coverage cream foundation!