Alima Pure is well known in the green beauty world for their all-natural mineral makeup, ranging from loose and pressed powder foundations, eye shadows, blushes and more. Recently, they’ve added their first ever liquid foundation into the mix, called the Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation. Anxious to try it out, I picked up a sample from The Detox Market and tested it out for a few days – here’s my review!
Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation
Alima Pure’s new Liquid Silk Foundation is a sheer, buildable, and moisturizing foundation, created to provide natural-looking coverage that enhances skin rather than hiding it.
“Liquid Silk Foundation gives you fresh, smooth coverage that feels like you’re putting on moisturizer. It blends seamlessly with just the right amount of slip, leaving your skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated. Coverage is up to you–go for a fresh, natural-skin finish that shows off your freckles and minimizes pores, or set it with Satin Matte Foundation for full matte coverage.”
The Liquid Silk Foundation is available in 10 shades – 5 on the cool side, 5 on the warm side.
Ingredient List: Salvia Sclarea Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Parfum*, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Cellulose, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid [+/- CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
*Natural. Vegan and gluten free.
How to Apply
The Liquid Silk Foundation can be applied with a brush, sponge, or your fingertips, starting with a sheer layer and blending outward from the nose. For fuller matte coverage, you can add a layer of mineral foundation/powder over top, like Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Foundation as they suggest, or their Pressed Foundation.
Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation Review
For reference, I have combination skin that leans toward the drier side this time of the year. For my first go, I applied the Liquid Silk Foundation over my morning moisturizer using just my fingers. I tapped about a pea size amount on each side of my face, then blended it out. The application was easy enough – the formula glided on effortlessly (thanks in large part to the silica), and felt smooth and creamy, yet lightweight.
Once everything was smoothed out, I was slightly disappointed with the final result. Even with the rather generous amount of product I had applied, there was barely any coverage. I understood going in that this was a sheer foundation (which from my experience, gives you roughly 50% coverage), but this looked more like a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, even after a second layer. The foundation also clung onto my drier areas, making the coverage somewhat patchy and streaky.
I ended up trying the foundation again, only this time, after prepping my skin with an argan oil serum. This seemed to help eliminate some of the streaking, but I still saw quite a bit of patchiness all around.
The shade I ended up trying out was ‘Echo’, the 2nd lightest one in the warm range (the Alima Pure website says it’s suited for ‘light to medium skin tones with warm or neutral undertones’). While at first it appeared a tad too dark and yellow for me, it ended up matching my skintone perfectly once it was all blended out. The extra yellow tones even helped cancel out areas of redness on my cheeks and nose especially.
Before & After
Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation in ‘Echo’, 2 layers, applied/blended using my fingers
Before/After (again, there’s some uneven areas on my cheeks)
Overall, Alima Pure’s Liquid Silk Foundation was somewhat of a disappointment for me. Even as someone who prefers natural, ‘no-makeup makeup’ looks, I still like to have a tad more coverage, without having to worry about streaking or patchiness.
So far, the only green beauty product that’s met these expectations is RMS Beauty’s ‘Un’ Cover-Up (though it’s a concealer, many people use it as a foundation, including myself). It provides slightly more coverage, plus it’s more hydrating, with coconut oil and castor seed as two of its top ingredients, making it a slightly better match for those of us with combo or dry skin.
Now, on the other hand, if you prefer barely-there coverage (i.e. just need to cancel out some redness/even out your skin tone a bit) and have normal to oily skin, then I imagine the Liquid Silk Foundation just may be the perfect fit.
(Or try samples through The Detox Market’s ‘Try It On’ kits.)
Have you tried the Alima Pure Liquid Silk Foundation? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Did it work for your skin type?