Jane Iredale PurePressed Base (Golden Glow and Warm Silk) Review

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What is it?

Mineral foundation, concealer, setting powder and sunscreen all in one. Jane Iredale (a Londoner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA) founded in 1994 her makeup and skin care brand with the mission of makeup that is good for the skin. It all started with Amazing base foundation, but I find this PurePressed Base absolute star of her line. The brand describes it as:

  • A pressed mineral foundation that is slightly more sheer and matte than the loose powders.
  • Made from micronized minerals, oil free and weightless.
  • An SPF foundation, powder and concealer with broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sun protection.
  • Water resistant to 40 minutes.
  • Contains antioxidants such as Pine Bark Extract and Pomegranate Extract (a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radical production caused by sun exposure). /Jane Iredale/

It is sold as refill

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review

to put in refillable compact – an elegant powder container with the mirror that is sold separately.

You can change the refill with the simple push with the needle from the back of the container.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review

This product itself has no scent to it. It is solid, but very delicate and turns easily into powder. Very blendable and easy to use. Natural/matte finish depending on application.

It contains 9.9 g/35 oz. of pressed mineral powder.

How to use it?

Place in Jane Iredale Refillable Compact and apply with The Handi Brush in downward strokes, blending well. Finish with your favourite hydration spray. /Jane Iredale/

Frankly, The Handi Brush didn’t work for me. It is too gentle and with too long bristles so I managed to achieve only light, coverage too sheer. But with other brushes like Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Expert Face Brush this powder really shows its best.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review
Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I start lightly, with downward strokes and then blend it all with round buffing movements.

For the concealing purpose, I use Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush to apply this powder to my concealing-needy spots on face.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review
Bare Minerals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush

For maximum setting and coverage effect, I use sponge applicator to finish off to the spotless look.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review

I use two shades; my “winter (lighter) shade” Warm Silk and “summer (darker) shade” Golden Glow. They are light and medium shades with the warm undertone and fit my skin tone perfectly.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review

I use both shades in the winter as the lighter one is the usual base, and the darker one serves me perfectly for light, natural contouring.

Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review Warm Silk
Warm Silk
Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review Golden Glow
Golden Glow
Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Review
Warm Silk (on the left) and Golden Glow (on the right)

Regardless it contains sunblock as high as SPF 20, I always use other sun protecting products underneath like Canmake Tokyo Mermaid Skin Gel SPF 50 that doubles as the primer.

After the application of this powder I always use (any) face mist for natural, bare skin look.


Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Ingredients

Mica, Titanium Dioxide 14%, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Pinus Strobus (Pine) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens

Notice there are no oil, talc, dyes and parabens, but plankton extract, algae extract, pine bark extract and pomegranate extract really stand out.

Rosacea safe?


Who is it for?

All skin types, acne, combination skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, normal skin, rosacea

Does it work?

This is my all times, go to foundation. I have tried a good portion of the famous brands of mineral foundations in the market, and this one turned out to be my favourite.

I use it for quite some times now. For years actually. And in this time I repurchased it only twice. Yes, because it lasts a really long time.

It is rather durable on the skin also, not just in its container. I didn’t notice any oxidation after application (ok, it’s a mineral powder, I know), but it does show a little in my “elevens” (my wrinkles between eyebrows, I mentioned them here and here) after a while. But comparing to other foundations by type or by brand that is ever so slightly.

It is on my face when I’m on the beach. Mixed with the seawater, gives my skin that beautiful, poreless, naturally beautiful skin effect. It needs to be reapplied every hour then to maintain sun protection and that magical relationship between seawater and mineral foundation on the face.

I like it also because it is great in the winter, when the weather is cold. It keeps me off that “dead-white face with red spots” look, endures my watery nose, and even tears trying to reach my cheeks.

On normal days (no beach, no snow blizzard), one application is quite enough. Light touch up during the day just to make sure that spots, acne, or redness is still covered.

I tried it with and without the primer, and it holds well in both cases. I never tested its maximum as I removed it with double cleanse before it got to it.

The best thing about it never ever broke me out. And it didn’t require that “adaptation” period to my skin. It covers my flaws well. Simple as that.

Thumbs up?



  1. I’m so glad you’re using other sun care in addition to it. Is there information for how powders like this hold up against sunscreen? I know even liquid spf foundations aren’t the greatest.

    I appreciate that they’re trying with the spf, I just hate the idea of people thinking they don’t need to use anything else.


    1. Thanks for commenting and I couldn’t agree more with you. Layering sun care products is very important. I wrote about that here: https://mblovesskincare.com/2018/04/25/sun-protection-nine-different-sunscreen-products-reviewed/
      I don’t know how powders like this hold up against sunscreen, but this one is pure sunblock (contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) to complement any sunscreen layered beneath it to hold up to very good, and lasting sun protection.

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  2. Awww beautiful is that oily free? And were can you buy that’s? But I don’t like wearing makeup when summer comes around. I have oily skin.


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