Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review [Terra Firma Cosmetics]

About a week ago I said that I wanted to go back to using mineral foundation because it's better for my skin and it looks more natural.  I asked for everyone's favorite brands and I got a lot of Bare Minerals answers.  I didn't want to go back to Bare Minerals because (1) they're way too expensive (2) last time I used their line my skin looked greasy (3) when I tried to build up the coverage it just ended up looking cakey and a mess.  So, what did I do?  I went to YouTube, of course.  I went really general with it and just typed in, "mineral foundation reviews" and close to the top I saw a video titled 'The Great Mineral Foundation Face-Off!' so, of course, I had to watch it.  I had never heard of Terra Firma before and I was kind of surprised that it was in the review.  Most indie companies don't usually get spots in things like this.  So, the neutral party took all of these foundations, numbered them and put them into towers for other people to use and rate.  No one but the person that numbered them and transferred them knew which was which.  The products ranged from high-end to indie and the indie brand got a lot of love from the guy that made the video.  So, since it was the cheapest ($14.99 for 20 grams) I decided to try it out.  I mean, it didn't come in dead last in any of the reviews so, that was pretty promising.

I ordered it on Friday, November 2 and got it in the mail the next day and I only paid for economy shipping. Now, I only ordered the foundation and they're based out of Washington (I live in Washington)  so, I'm sure that had something to do with it.  BUT I really liked that as soon as I ordered, they shipped it and I like that I'm supporting a small business from the state I live in.

I picked the HydraSilk Loose Mineral Foundation.  I have normal/dry skin with an oily t-zone so my problem is that I can't wear anything that's drying and will help my oily t-zone because it'll dry out the rest of my face and I can't wear anything moisturizing because it makes me look even more oily.  So, I chose this foundation for a few reasons.  (1) Buildable coverage (I have a lot of redness) (2) Amino acids that hydrate and heal (acne prone skin that can get dry) (3) Skin smoothing minerals (who doesn't want that?)
"The amino acids found in our HydraSilk foundation help hydrate your skin, balance ph and create a matte natural finish with a creamy feel." -Terra Firma Website
(Just the foundations, they have a TON of other stuff)
Their foundations come in four sizes and they also have sample towers so you can try a range of shades in your skin tone!!
Sheer Tints Mineral Foundation
  • A hint of color
  • Light coverage
  • Glowing finish

H2O Mineral Foundation

  • Pore minimizing
  • Shine Control
  • Aqua Minerals
HydraSilk Mineral Foundation
  • Hydrating
  • Buildable coverage
  • Creamy finish

Terra Firma Facebook
Terra Firma Website
Pumpkin & Poppy Shop
Sedona Lace Brush 480

I applied this with a clean blush brush.  My powder brush had MAC Studio Fix on it and the Sedona Lace 480 that I ordered hasn't gotten here yet but I couldn't wait any longer to try this foundation out.

I also used Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil from Pumpkin & Poppy (a life saver) and Oak Bark Cool Toned Contouring Powder.  I love these two products, I'll never again go a day without either one of them! 

Concealer under my eyes from Urban Decay.  It's the concealer pencil in CIA.  Under my eyes is the ONLY place I have concealer.

Mascara is Smashbox Photo Finish in a sample size.

Brows MAC Spiked.

I forgot to take a before picture, so my before picture is a picture taken when I was playing around with shadows last week.  I usually take these pictures to use only my eye so, don't judge the weirdness of them.  As you can see I have A LOT of redness and really shiny skin.

 After picture is with Terra Firma HydraSilk foundation in Sunlit Terra from the 'Light' range.  Oil Absorbing Mineral Veil from Pumpkin & Poppy on my t-zone and a bit of contouring powder.  Concealer is only under my eyes.  Nothing was used under the foundation except for a regular moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Radiant.


Ignore my hair, it needs to be straightened.  

Just for kicks, this is what my face looks like with PRIMER, LIQUID FOUNDATION & MAC STUDIO FIX PRESSED POWDER.  My redness is barely even covered by ALL of these together.

So, overall thoughts?  I LOVE THIS STUFF!  It's the most amazing foundation I've ever used, it overs EVERYTHING while making my skin look so healthy and bright.  My skin actually look radiant!  It feels amazing on my skin, it's not heavy at all and when I touch my face it just feels like I have moisturizer on.  I can't wait to get my brush from Sedona Lace and the other stuff that I ordered today from Terra Firma Cosmetics.  I ordered concealer, tinted moisturizer and Hocus Pocus Under Eye Powder (at the bottom the the concealer page)!!!  I'll show another full face picture using the concealer and under eye powder when I get it!  I'll also take better full face pictures with no makeup.

Are you impressed?  Do you think you'll order?  Are you surprised it's from an indie company?!


  1. I'm alllwwaaayys on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I think I'm definitely going to have to give Terra Firma a try. I've been thinking of going back to mineral foundation a lot lately, so I guess now I have an excuse! I had the same problems with Bare Minerals, especially in the winter when my skin tends to dry out in certain places and not others. I'd end up with chalky cakey areas. It was not a good look. Thanks for the tip!

    1. My face has just been breaking out so much lately that I needed to give it another try. I know you can't tell because this foundation is seriously awesome, but I have a few dry patches on my cheeks from regular powder. This is really hydrating so, even though it's a powder, it's not drying. I love it so much. I ordered the concealer, under eye powder and the tinted moisturizer. I'm so in love with this foundation and I can't believe I got the amount of coverage that I did from application with a blush brush. Like, a cheap ELF blush brush. I'm still in makeup shock. lol

    2. Oh! & everything is 25% off right now! Perfect time to try. ;)

  2. Well, that did it!! Just ordered the medium sampler stack, lol. I'm a sucker for a deal!

    1. Awesome! You'll have to let me know how you like it!! Did you get the HydraSilk?

    2. Yes, I'm a little ridiculously excited to try it. Winter is when my skin tends to dry a little, so this sounds like it will be perfect.

    3. It's so amazing, I love it. I hope it works out for you, let me know for sure! :D

    4. So, I got my sample stack tower and I'm in loooove!! I've tried two different colors so far and I think Sandstone (the 2nd one I tried) is going to be a match. I also love one of the blushes included, In Love (I think). The Air Brush finishing powder is really nice too. My face just looks like it glows almost, in a healthy way. I've tried one of the eye shadow samples as well. Tropics is the name I believe and its a great high lighter. I'll post a review for everything, but I wanted to let you know how much I love it all! Thanks so much for sharing! Oh, and also, an even more awesome thing about the stack tower is that you get a coupon code for $10 off a jumbo size foundation when you order the stacker set!! A-mazing.

    5. Yay!! I'm so glad that you liked everything!! It's my new favorite company for foundation. I got their tinted moisturizer and primer too and I love it. I know what you mean about the healthy glow look. It makes you look so natural and healthy, I looove it!! They shipped it out pretty fast!