Background info for those who haven't met me in person: I'm pale. I'm "so white she's practically translucent", according to spiritualmonkey
; so pale, "they don't X-ray her, they just hold her up to the light." I take my sunscreen seriously. One year I spent 10 days out at Burning Man and didn't get enough of a tan to develop a tan-line from my watch. I am a person of pallor
So I'm used to buying the palest shade of foundation in any particular makeup company's line — if they even have one that's pale enough, that is. (Many don't.)
I've been trying different mineral makeups to see which I like best. Started out with Aromaleigh
and was reasonably pleased with their foundation
, but wanted to check out some others. Tried Everyday Minerals
, whatever brand my skincare specialist
carries, and some other brand I don't remember. I didn't like the textures of the others, so it's back to Aromaleigh.
Of course, I didn't remember exactly what shade I wore before. Level 1 Neutral, Level 1 Yellow, Level 1 Yellow/Linen, Level 1 Warm, Level 1 Warm/Linen... ack! So I got samples of each of them.
I've been trying the samples and not feeling terribly happy with the results. Okay, the Y/L is clearly the right color family, but this isn't how I remember their foundation looking — it looks awfully chalky. Maybe if I mix in some of the Level 2 Y/L sample I have left from before?
Still too light. A little more, maybe.
No, still too light. Okay, let's try the Level 2 Y/L straight.
Hey, that looks good. No chalkiness, no unhealthy pallor, and blends in well at my jawline.
What the hell?
Obviously, the "SPF 30" sunscreen I was using before ISN'T, dammit. Back to the Neutrogena
for me, at least until I can dive into the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen safety database