I really enjoy mineral powder foundation, but this product from Raul E New York may be the first liquid mineral foundation that I’ve tried. They call it the Liquid Powder Foundation, and it boasts a mineral complex of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc chloride to help protect skin and complement a variety of complexions, plus vitamins A, C, and E. It’s oil-free, includes broad spectrum SPF 15, and is described as a self-setting cream-to-powder formula with a matte finish and medium to full coverage.
Application: The foundation has a cream texture, but feels almost mousse-like since it’s lighter in weight compared to other cream foundations. It’s silicone-based and I find it blends into my skin easily. I’ve been pleased with using brushes as long as they have a bit of stiffness to them (I like my Sephora Collection paddle-style foundation brush), as that will provide a good amount of coverage, but the BeautyBlender sponge is definitely my favorite way to apply it and is what I use the majority of the time.
Using a sponge will provide a little less coverage, but it makes the foundation look so incredibly natural on the skin, and it’s also quite easy to build the coverage in layers. Because my skin can be kind of dry, I also generally enjoy the little bit of moisture that a damp sponge adds to the foundation, particularly since this is a formula that’s meant to set to a powder matte finish.
I would say that this is a solid medium coverage foundation that can build to a full coverage that’s on the natural side. The demi-matte finish is pretty flattering, as far as these things go, though it’s definitely more matte than the natural finish of my skin. But, it doesn’t look like really obvious makeup on my face, so I find I can wear this everyday and never feel completely over or underdone.
Out of all the other foundations I have in my collection, this one most reminds me of the Rimmel Stay Matte liquid mousse foundation, which is another one that I have really good luck with. The Raul E foundation is a higher end version that smoothes out the surface texture of my skin better, and has a wonderful balancing effect in terms of controlling both dry and oily areas on skin.
Sometimes by the time I’ve finished with the rest of my makeup it will have creased a little bit under my eyes, but after smoothing that out with my finger it doesn’t continue happen throughout the rest of the day.
Wear: I think the wear of this foundation is really, really impressive. I feel like it’s kind of the best of all worlds, in that it lasts a really long time while looking and feeling quite balanced on both the dry and oily areas of my skin, yet it also washes off of my face and application tools really easily at the end of the day. I’ve been wearing it over the past several weeks, which have included long stretches of incredibly hot, humid weather, and it’s been a trooper.
The website claims that the foundation is self-setting and does not require a powder, and I find that to be absolutely true. I did wear powder with it for the first couple of weeks of wear because it scared me to go powder-less in such hot weather, and it works totally fine that way too. But when I finally decided to go without setting it, I was really surprised at how similar the daily wear was. I do think I prefer to have a little powder on the center of my face because it just helps, but I really only reach for it about 50% of the time now and it just depends on how quickly I’m trying to get ready in the morning.
The foundation is long lasting throughout the day, but it doesn’t wear like concrete like, say, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte does. It isn’t 100% transfer proof and will fade a little over 12 hours or so, but the other side of that is that the L’Oreal requires more extreme measures to remove it from my skin and BeautyBlender sponge. But I’ve never had a day where I felt like the foundation melted off, looked unbearably oily, or got cakey after hours of wear. It just looks nice and remains low maintenance.
It remains more flattering on my visible pores throughout the day than the Stay Matte or Infallible Pro-Matte foundations do, as well.
Pairs well with … There are a few products that I think work really well in combination with the foundation. I do tend to reach for a tiny bit of spot concealer on most days, and have been using the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. I like that one, particularly in combination with a foundation like this, because I find that this concealer also doesn’t require a setting powder.
Alternatively, if I’m really trying to look more natural and luminous, I think that the L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, which is a lightweight, lower coverage highlighting concealer, looks fabulous blended into the high planes of the face over top the foundation.
The powder I’ve been reaching for is my NARS Translucent Crystal Loose Setting Powder. No real special reason why, except that I just like it and it isn’t tremendously matte. And if I skip powder, I’ve enjoyed reaching for a cream blush, which just looks nice and fresh on the skin.
Shades: There are four shades in the line, which isn’t a lot, but Porcelain (the lightest option) is a fantastic match for my skin. I also have a deeper shade called Country Beige on hand, so I can show you what both of those look like. Though I think it’d be ideal if they expanded their shade range, the four options do seem to offer an ok range in between light to tan.
And, here’s what Porcelain looks like over the back of my hand. It looks a little dark for me here, but works really well on my face for the summertime. It’ll likely become a bit dark for me during the cooler months when my skin looses a bit of color.
Value: This foundation is $44 for an ounce, which is pretty comparable to a lot of the Sephora-level foundation options. And I think this is a really decent competitor for brands like Tarte or NARS, which try to include some nice ingredients in their products and that kind of thing. The plastic tube it comes in isn’t fancy but is definitely space-efficient and completely inoffensive – you don’t have to deal with an open bottle lacking a pump, or a heavy glass jar. It’s a little squeeze tube with a small opening that allows a lot of control over how much product comes out.
And, I find that a little goes a long way. Normally a lot of liquid makeup can get soaked up by a cosmetic sponge and will be more effective with a brush, but I kind of find this one to be the opposite. It’s maybe too thick to get absorbed into the sponge, so I find that the BeautyBlender allows me to use the least amount of product, while a brush can soak up more of it.
This isn’t a brand I know a ton about, but they seem to emphasize safe, sustainable, and mineral-based formulations, and the quality of this foundation is certainly remarkable. I think the price point is fitting and justified.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Mica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Silica, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phytantriol, Nylon-12, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide).
Made in the USA.
You can purchase the Raul E New York Mineral Liquid Powder Foundation ($44 for 1 oz.) on the Raul E website. Are you familiar with this brand? Have you ever tried a liquid mineral foundation before? I’d love to hear!
Products were provided to me by Raul E New York. All opinions are my own.