Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation by J Ben Rais


  • Wide range of shades available
  • Small samples mean you can try before you buy, and mix and match your perfect shade
  • Lasts all day
  • Super light coverage


  • No SPF published
  • Heavier coverage difficult to achieve
  • Shine does break through on oilier skin types
  • Can emphasise large pores

Full Review

Lily Lolo is a UK company that manufactures mineral makeup, blush, eye shadows and other makeup ranges. It also manufactures makeup brushes and accessories. It's full of all-natural ingredients, free of preservatives and additives, with a smooth-milled texture, and also has antibacterial properties.

I've been a fan of mineral makeup for a little while now and having tried some other drugstore mineral makeups, I was struggling to find the correct tone for my skin and something that didn't over-emphasise my pores. I'm in my late thirties, with pale skin, with a slighly sallow tone. I also suffer from enlarged pores and oily patches, so I'm always challenged to find something that meets all my needs and lasts the whole day.

After some experimenting with shades, I ended up buying two full sized pots - one in Porcelain and one in Butterscotch. Be warned, the porcelain is super pale, even on my skin. If you're translucent white or an aspiring goth, it would be pefect, but for me it needed some mixing.

The Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation applies really nicely, particularly with their Super Kabuki Brush, which I also own. While it's easy to get a good light/medium coverage, something more substantial is not easy. I tried other's recommendations of mixing with primer and also with water to see if this would help, and while it seems to blend well, especially with my Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer, it became more like a regular liquid foundation and did not last as effectively as I'd hoped.

Once applied, it doesn't look powdery, although it does have a nasty habit of sitting in my pores, unless I prime my skin well first. The Lily Lolo Matt Finishing Powder also seems to help - but this has to be applied before the foundation, not after. Coverage is even and not at all patchy. I think for those with smoother skin than mine, this places the Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation right up there with the leading mineral makeup brands.

The foundation wears through the day pretty well. I think using a good primer base certainly helps to keep it in place. Towards the end of the day, a little shine can break through, but a quick re-buff with the kabuki brush, has it back looking on top form for an evening out.

In Closing

One great thing I love about Lily Lolo is that it offers sample sizes, meaning you can try before you buy. Doing this meant I was able to order a number of shades for a small cost, to see which was best for me.

It applies really well and evenly. If you are looking for a light to medium mineral makeup, this is great.