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I’m a huge fan of powder foundations – they’ve been a staple in my everyday makeup routine ever since I first discovered Everyday Minerals’ base powders.  I’ve tried a few different brands since then, but continue to go back to theirs for the lightweight feel, buildable coverage, and natural-looking finish.

Lately though, lilah b.’s Flawless Finish Foundation has been weaseling its way into my routine more and more.  If you follow my blog, you may have spotted a few reviews of their products over the past months – it’s true that I’m becoming quite obsessed with the brand!  I love their emphasis on natural beauty and creating sheer, buildable, multi-use formulas that enhance rather than cover up.

“lilah b. embodies the philosophy of ‘With less, you are more’ with their streamlined multipurpose collection of color. Simplify your beauty routine with their healthy, good-for-you formulations and achieve a finished, flawless look with fewer products.”

The same goes for their powder foundation.  It’s designed to provide minimal coverage, while enhancing the skin with a gorgeous, satiny finish and a touch of radiance.

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lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation

Minimal is the key word here.  The Flawless Finish Foundation feels less like a foundation and more like a smoothing, softening, luminizing veil that evens out the skin ever-so-slightly.

From my experience, coverage is sheer to light when applied with a fluffy powder brush, and can be build up to medium coverage when spot applied with the fingers or a concealer brush.

lilah b.’s Flawless Finish Foundation also features a blend of clean botanical ingredients like aloe, agar, and coconut oil.  These ingredients provide moisturizing and hydrating benefits that help balance out everything from dry to oily skin.  The formula is also cruelty-free, vegan, and free of synthetic fragrances and gluten.

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Agar, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lauroyl Lysine, Disodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Manganese Violet (Ci 7774).

There are currently five shades available:

  • b. original: N/NC/NW 10-15
  • b. classic: N/NC/NW 20-25
  • b. natural: N/NC/NW 25-30
  • b. pure: N/NC/NW 30-35
  • b. timeless: N/NC/NW 40-45

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Swatch of lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation in b.natural (look at that gorgeous sheen!)

lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation Review

As with all of my powder foundations, I’ll typically apply lilah b.’s Flawless Finish Foundation with a large powder brush (like IT Cosmetic’s Heavenly Luxe Jumbo Powder Brush).   Two layers gives me sheer coverage, while four layers gives me light coverage.  Occasionally I’ll go beyond four layers.  Fortunately though, no matter how much I apply, the formula never looks powdery, heavy, or cakey.  Tip: To build up the coverage more quickly, try pressing the brush into your skin, rather than swiping it.

You can also apply the powder using a more densely packed concealer brush or your fingers to get medium (~1 layers) to near-full coverage (2-3 layers) – enough to cover redness and smaller blemishes.  (Be aware, though, that this contains quite a bit of mica.  Because mica is light-reflecting, it can look a bit weird layered over uneven skin – larger pimples/acne especially – so it’s best to apply a concealer or redness corrector first, then layer over it with the foundation, adding additional layers only if you really need it.)

The formula has a satin finish, so on top of light coverage, it also adds a bit of a sheen and radiance to the skin.  And despite the fact that it contains quite a bit of talc, it manages to blurs pores, lines, and everything in between, while adding a soft-focus finish to the skin instead of looking powdery.

As far as skin-types go, the Flawless Finish Foundation is recommended for all skin types.  Having combination skin myself, I’d say that’s pretty accurate.  The foundation smooths right over my dry areas around my nostrils and cheeks, without exaggerating my pores.  At the same time, it slightly mattifies the oily areas in my T-zone and stays put without looking patchy as the day goes on.

lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation swatch & before:after - b.natural

Before & after using lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation in b.natural (I had to spot conceal the little pimple on my nose after applying the initial full-face layers as it didn’t cover it completely.  I used my finger and pressed on 2-3 layers to get the coverage you see above.)

Now, the shade range is a bit limited.  Though because it’s on the sheerer side, it’s somewhat forgiving if you don’t find your exact match.  Just for reference, I have neutral, light-medium skin (~NC27 in MAC) and am wearing b.natural.  It’s just a tad darker than my slightly-tanned skin at the moment, and adds a bit of a bronzy glow.  Come winter though, when I’m closer to NC25, I suspect I’ll be needing to pick up b.classic.

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Wearing lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation in b.natural, lilah b. Divine Duo in b.lovely on lips, lilah b. Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b.stunning on eyes

Overall, it you have fairly clear skin and prefer sheerer, natural-looking coverage with a touch of radiance, I’d highly recommend lilah b.’s Flawless Finish Foundation.  It’s also a bit more hydrating and smoothing than a lot of other powder foundations on the market, so if you’ve struggled with drier formulas in the past, I’d suggest trying this out!

Available at Sephora, Dermstore, Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus

If you’re looking for a fuller coverage formula with a matte finish, I’d recommend checking out Wander Beauty’s foundation powder.  And for a less expensive alternative that offers a tad more coverage, plus a wider range of shades, definitely check out Everyday Minerals! (Both are also talc-free, if that’s something you’d prefer to avoid.)

What are your thoughts on lilah b.’s Flawless Finish Foundation?


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