Avon Smooth Minerals powder foundation in Sand Beige


I’m sitting on the fence with this product as it has both good and bad points.
What’s good about this foundation is that it is a smooth minerals powder foundation which allows the skin to breath. It suits my colouring to the tee, is very easy to apply, and has great packaging, and a cool dispenser which gives you just the right amount of powder to use for the face so that you don’t waste any powder.
What’s bad about this product is that it kind of highlights my face in all the wrong places! It illuminates my T-zone which is terrible because it makes me look shiny and thats definitely not cool! I also noticed that as soon as i started using it, I had a nasty breakout (Not sure why), So dont think that it is suitable for all skin types, which is weird as i don’t have a sensitive skin, and most products are usually compatible with me.
I bought mine from Avon on special for R104.95, which is a relatively good price for a powder foundation of this nature.
It’s just sitting in my make-up bag waiting for better days, I don’t feel that it was entirely a waste of money (not sure why), but definitely won’t purchase it again

Avon Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation

Hey everyone, this review is for the Avon Smooth Minerals Foundation in Transparent Glow. I had this product for a while and I never had any use for it. It was definitely too light for my skin tone and could not be used as a foundation. One day I just got up and decided to play with it. I noticed it had a slight pinky/peachy tint to it. Then I decided to really work it into my hand and give it a try. I am shocked to say that I was impressed. It looked really good when I took the time out to really blend it into the skin.

Avon’s take on Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation

Product Description: Get the perfect amount every time! No more mess, no more spills. Our innovative design dispenses a single application…with no waste. Medium coverage. Natural luminous finish. Now includes mirror. Made with pure mineral pigments for luminous color. Free of talc, oil and fragrance so it’s great for sensitive skin. .2 oz. net wt.


Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Calcium PCA, Zinc PCA, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Saccharomyces/Malachite Ferment, Saccharomyces/Tourmaline Ferment, Kaolin, Lauryl PCA, Sodium PCA, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chondriotin Sulfate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Atelocollagen, Beta-Carotene, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Phenyl Trimethicone, Urea, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben

May Contain
Iron Oxides
Bismuth Oxychloride/CI 77163

After a while I started experimenting with it using just a small amount of it as a highlighter on the top of my cheekbones and it really looked great. Then I went on to trying it to set concealer and foundation under my eyes. It does take a bit of effort in blending and you definitely have to have a light hand. But, I was very pleased with the results. It really brightens up under the eyes and since then I never use anything else under my eyes.

Another trick I picked up was to use under or over my blush. I can turn a red blush into pink or light pink depending on how much of the Transparent glow I use. But it may get a bit messy. The product doesn’t come through the sifter very well. It is almost like the particles are so soft that they stick together. The consistency reminds me of cheap powder, like the Imaripowder Avon sells.

The camera does not pick up the slight peachy hue to the product.

Pros of Avon Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation

Helps to minimize under eye darkness by brightening up under the eyes
Not loaded with shimmer
The packaging is nice and simple
Contains a good amount of product

Cons of Avon Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation

It does take some time to blend
Not very finely milled
The product does not come through the sifter very well
Not for great for dry skin even though it says it is suitable for all skin types
Not good if you are using it as a foundation.
It does not suit all skin tones as stated

This is definitely a useful and versatile product. It gives a smooth finish to you skin. It is fair to say that it makes a good inexpensive highlighter if you are on a budget and will definitely last a very long time.

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For a little while there I sold Avon. I did it for close to 2 years as a past-time. What I find sad about this company is that they have such a huge turnover that it’s hard to keep track. Every year they bring out truck loads of new products and discontinue the same amount. This means that if you “fall in love” with one of their offerings, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to repurchase it. This is the main reason why I’ve almost given up on the brand. Almost.
Years before that I was a national beauty advisor for them and having had the chance to travel all over Canada, meeting Avon reps, I know that it’s not for nothing that they’re one of the biggest beauty corporation in the world. They have a strong following and many, many, good dedicated people working for them.

$12.99 at avon.com
When Avon first introduced mineral makeup they did so with a loose powder version foundation. Quite similar in finish, I did like it but found it a little messy to use. Unlike loose powder, if you get some on your clothes it can be hard to brush off and so I was very happy when they came out with a compact.
This foundation is amazing for combination to oily skin. If you have dry skin you may find it slightly drying but it would still be worth having for those special occasions when you want full coverage.
How I use it…
I’m quite fair so the shade I use is T03, Light Beige. It is a little darker than my complexion but any lighter and it might look ghostly especially since I use a translucent powder over it. For light coverage I use a big powder brush and apply like I would any powder. For full coverage, I use the little sponge-like applicator. This is it’s only defect, the applicator is a quite small and a little cheapish so you might want to get a larger one. It’s super fast and easy to get a perfect finish. If you don’t have a lot of time in the morning to get ready, this is a great option. Avon is right when it writes on their website, “Perfectly portable for easy touch-ups.” It has a faint shimmer, barely noticeable in fact, perfect for a luminous, very natural finish.
Contrary to a liquid foundation where you would apply first and finish off with loose powder, here you have to use powder first, otherwise application will not only take longer but may be uneven. Once your done, it can look a little cakey (that’s if you where going for full coverage) but this will fade fast. If you want a dewy finish quick, simply do a light spray of thermal water like Avène or Evian at the very end of your makeup. I personally rarely do this since I find that finishing off with both bronzer and blush works well for me to get a natural look.
Would I recommend this foundation? Yes!
Like I’ve mentioned in my Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation review, I don’t wear foundation very often and so I don’t see the point in spending a lot of money for one. Now believe me when I say that I have used some pretty expensive ones in the past but don’t plan on going that route again any time soon. These two foundations are just perfect for my needs at the moment.
MakeupAlley: 4.2 / 5 lippies for 11 reviews. I am stunned that there are so few reviews. People clearly don’t know what they’re missing.
Beauté-test: weird, it’s listed but there are no reviews.
Avon products are often either on sale or have interesting promotions. See their website for more info. For the price, it truly is worth a try. I can only hope that it will be on the market for a long while.
One last note. I have no more ties with Avon. This review is based entirely on my personal experience and the product was purchased by me.

Avon smooth minerals foundation

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