I mentioned this new Mii Cosmetics base last week as something a li’l special. I’ve been wearing it solidly since then in an effort to pin down exactly what it is that makes it stand out for me…
I mean look at it…
It’s a bit too dark and a bit too peachy. It comes in a big plunge pot and heaven knows, I hate getting product under my finger nails.
This is the lightest of 5 shades, 01 Gentle Glow and you get 25g of product for your pennies. If you’re paler than a NW15 – I would be hesitant to recommend it at all. Yes, it’s sheer and has the potential to blend without too much bother but really… the colour may well limit your enjoyment of this product. And that’s a shame, because this is an awesome base.
Mii Cosmetics Illuminating Face Base (£25.20) is for drier skin types and in my humble opinion, you won’t appreciate this product if you’re oily… it’s incredibly luminizing without sheen or glitter, imparting moisture and dewiness as if by magic.
I suffer the kind of dryness that concentrates itself in tiny flakes around my nose and eyebrows, I occasionally get scaly patches under my eyes and when things are out of control in the winter, a general dullness to the overall appearance of my skin. I don’t have anything as bad as that at the moment… but I know how it feels on my skin in comparison to other products I’ve used and I’m going to love this when the weather turns cooler.
It’s sheer… more like a tinted moisturizer, don’t expect blemish coverage but it will dampen mild redness and uneven skintones nicely. It’s very creamy and my preferred method of application is with my fingers because I can literally feel the product melting and gliding more smoothly as it heats up from the warmth. Once on, I bounce my (dry) beauty blender over my skin to remove any excess (something I do with most foundations that I use my fingers to apply) and set with a finishing powder.
For extra coverage, I wait a few minutes (it feels quite ‘wet’ when you first apply) before going back in with a light dusting of mineral foundation.
Want to see a direct before/after comparison? I didn’t finish off with any additional powder because I thought you might like to see the coverage…
I would love, LOVE Mii to create something with the same formula but with slightly heavier coverage and in a tube. I would literally sell Leila’s Granny (sorry Mum) for that product. As it stands… I’m still hugely enamoured. It’s dewy, fairly long-lasting (about 8hrs with a little slip on my nose) and doesn’t grumble when I slap other face products over it to get better coverage.
Here’s a shot showing the base combined with finishing powder (MAC Magically Cool <3)…
If you already have awesome normal or normal/dry skin and you’re looking for sheer, summer coverage… do see if you can discover Mii Cosmetics Illuminating Face Base. I really don’t think you’d be disappointed.
Mii Cosmetics are sold exclusively in Spas/Salons, call 0845 217 1360 to find your nearest.
* PR sample