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, I decided to try the Lily Lolo Cream Foundation – my first foray in to a cream consistency foundation in years! In this blog post I’ll be talking you through what I like and don’t like about the Lily Lolo Cream Foundation, plus my tips for seamless application.
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About Lily Lolo
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. Lily Lolo have a range of high-quality cosmetics, including foundations, powders, bronzers, blushers and eye shadows, all formulated with clean and natural ingredients.
My review of Lily Lolo Cream Foundation
Let’s get into my review of the Lily Lolo Cream Foundation… I’m sharing my honest opinions on this product and I’ll highlight its pros and cons too. This Cream Foundation is packaged in a sleek, slimline round compact with a mirror inside. It’s one of Lily Lolo’s products that’s 100% vegan, formulated with moisturising jojoba and argan oils. This foundation is aimed at both drier and normal skin types.
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.
- 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! 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, with no residue left behind on a second cleanse.
- One of the main plus sides of this foundation is it’s price point at £18.50, which might sound like a lot for a foundation if you’re used to drugstore/more conventional makeup products, it’s actually much more affordable than other clean beauty foundations. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a medium-full coverage cream foundation!
- There are 13 shades available in this cream foundation, ranging from pale and light with neutral undertones, to medium, tan and deep with warm undertones. Despite this, I find that the shade descriptions don’t accurately portray the actual colours. Based on my personal experience and many other online reviews, the shades tend to be lighter than expected, so that’s definitely something to consider when you can’t easily swatch this product in person in stores.
- Although aesthetically I like the look and feel of the sleek packaging, I’m not sure how recyclable this plastic compact is as it contains a mirror. I think it would be great if Lily Lolo offered refill pans to save on excess packaging waste.
- I find this foundation 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 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 moisturiser and letting it sink into the skin for 5 minutes or so before applying the foundation for the best results.
Then to apply the foundation you can use fingers or a brush on any areas that need more coverage first 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.
If the shade isn’t quite right, you can often make it work with layering a little mineral foundation over the top to boost the colour and help set the foundation too.
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!
Lily Lolo Cream Foundation – £18.50
TL;DR: Vegan-friendly, clean & natural ingredients, creamy, smooth formulation packaged in a sleek compact.
Pros: medium buildable coverage, non-comedogenic, scent-free
Cons: can be tricky to choose right shade, not refillable, needs re-setting throughout day
Final Thoughts on Lily Lolo Cream Foundation
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!
Read more of my Lily Lolo reviews: