Alima pure pressed foundation

Powder foundations often get a bad rap. I've seen countless beauty columns advise to stay clear of them because they're "aging" – undoubtedly due to their glow-squelching mattifying effects. It doesn't layer well, and it's a slippery slope before you've overdone and caked up the skin.

But it's really hard to go overboard with this compact, owing to Alima Pure's universally heralded mineral pigments, which have light-reflecting properties baked in. It covers blemishes and blends in sunspots, while looking like you're wearing nothing at all. And skin isn't parched after applying, it rests beautifully on the skin owing to the argan, evening primrose, aloe and shea butter in the formula. Think of this as a powder for those who've historically hated powder.

Brilliantly packaged in refillable compacts, I'm already on my second pan.

Alima Pure Eye Primer

This lovely little product has made a dramatic difference in eyeshadow longevity. The chief ingredient is Clary Sage water, and the added humectants and moisturizers like glycerin and shea butter refresh and hydrate. There's no slip like other (silicone-based) primers, but it does take a minute or so to set. 

I even layered it under RMS Beauty's Eye Polishes, which added a bit of time before the inevitable creasing occurred. Nevertheless, this lightweight, travel friendly tube is becoming a fast summer favorite.