Review: Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation

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I was recently on the hunt for a new foundation and decided to try something new. I have a complicated relationship with foundation. I often feel that it doesn’t deliver in the way it should, which is to blur imperfections, even out skin tone, and blend seamlessly, while still allowing my actual skin to be the star of the show. In short, I want a foundation that doesn’t look like I’m wearing foundation (and I think that’s what many of us want).

Enter Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation. I’ve tried a few of their other products and like their commitments, their ingredients, and I also happen to think they offer pretty reasonable price points, in terms of the green beauty world. I’ve been using this product for just over a month, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you. I hope it’s helpful.

(For those in a time crunch, scroll all the way to the bottom for a short recap on my thoughts.)

H O W  I  U S E  F O U N D A T I O N

  • I apply it once in the morning and don’t reapply for the rest of the day.
  • It sits on top of toner, moisturizer, and a daily sunscreen.
  • I like minimal to medium coverage with the option to build.
  • I use it in targeted spots. I apply it to my undereyes (to counteract darkness) and around my nose and on my chin (to counteract redness).
  • I like to blend it in with my fingers or a damp beauty blender.
  • I prefer liquids over powders or creams.
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W H A T  I  L I K E

  • The consistency is good for my skin. It blends seamlessly with my skin, doesn’t settle in fine lines, and doesn’t get cakey throughout the day.
  • The coverage is light/medium. This has the ability to act a lot like a tinted moisturizer, which I love, but could easily lean more full coverage if that's what you're after.
  • The color match is good.  I ordered mine in the shade ‘Pearl.’ I really thought it was going to be too dark when it arrived at home, but it’s actually perfect. Their website mentions that each shade is flexible and has the ability to suit a range of skin tones. I think this is true!
  • The shade range is inclusive. I’m often bothered by the fact that big companies don’t seem to make an effort to offer products that suit a wide range of skin tones. This particular product comes in 10 different shades, with each shade offering the ability to flexibly suit a spectrum of skin tones.
  • A little goes a long way. I use a very small amount (think smaller than a pea) for application under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin. Sometimes I even have a little bit leftover on my finger. I don’t even know how this is possible, but it is.

W H A T  I  D O N ‘ T  L I K E

  • It doesn’t apply well with fingers. It gets too grabby and cakey. Application with a beauty blender solves this problem easily, but I do wish that using my fingers was an option here.
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T L ; D R (Too Long; Didn’t Read)

Overall, this is a great foundation! It’s easy to use, the consistency is great, a little goes a long way, and the shade range would work well for a wide variety of skin tones. It doesn’t apply well with fingers, but applies beautifully with a beauty blender. I would recommend this foundation and purchase it again (although I’ll probably try the Kosas Tinted Face Oil next)!

*Above: that's me after wearing it all day!

Cleanser, Two Ways

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A gentle cleanser is an important part of my skincare routine. I don't want my skin to feel stripped or tight after I finish cleansing. Depending on my skin's needs, I reach for two different cleansers regularly.

My all-time favorite everyday cleanser is Easy Does It by One Love Organics. It gently removes dirt and grime from my face and it doesn't feel irritating. It's a foaming cleanser, which isn't a formula I typically prefer, but it works here. It doesn't get overly foamy, but gets just sudsy enough to feel workable. I use this cleanser only at night because I don't wash my face in the mornings!

If I'm looking to be especially kind to my skin, I'll use a cleansing oil. This one is also from One Love Organics. It's great for facial massage or removing heavier makeup looks. It smells very tropical (think pineapple and coconut), but doesn't bother my sensitive skin. If I use this, I always follow up with the foaming cleanser. This cleansing oil is a little expensive, but I don't use it every night, so I can make mine last for about 6 months.

Cleanser is one of the pillars in my skincare routine that I don't switch up very often, but if you have recommendations, I'd love to try a new one!

P.S. My favorite day time oil, here.

An Every Day Face Oil

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I started using oil as a skincare product about four or five years ago. My absolute favorite thing about using oil is that it is the most universal, lovely, nourishing product for the skin and it's very easy to apply, so just about anyone can add an oil to their skincare routine (even folks who are really short on time). My skin type is: (super!) sensitive, redness prone, acne prone, combination (with a tendency to be oilier in the summer and dryer in the winter), with a couple broken capillaries mixed in. When I look for an oil, my number one priority is that it's natural (truly, honestly natural). I use EWG's Skin Deep and Think Dirty to help determine which brands meet my criteria. My number two priority is that the product is gentle and won't react with my sensitive skin. And my final priority is that the product is simple.

As a rule of thumb, I always try to stick with products that are gentle (rather than stringent), even when I'm experiencing a breakout. I find that my skin reacts much better to an infusion of goodness and nourishment to help along the healing process, instead of a product that strips and dries.

For a day time oil, I really like to stick to a one-ingredient oil (instead of a blend). My absolute favorite is Argan oil. It has no scent, it doesn't feel heavy on the skin, and it's light enough to apply well under makeup or on its own. I typically use two or three drops (depending on how dehydrated my skin is) and blend gently with my fingertips. It leaves a lovely glow on the skin that fades as the day goes on. Argan oil is also incredibly affordable, which makes it even more appealing.

For the curious, here is my favorite one. Plus, another oil that I love (with a higher price point). I'd love to hear from any other oil enthusiasts! Any favorites I should know about?