July 25, 2018

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base and Smooth Affair Makeup Review

For us women, sometimes men, makeup is something that we use almost daily. It could be because of work or maybe just to boost our confidence a little. Whatever we use it for, I think it’s important that we take care of our skin first.

Yes, makeup is used to hide imperfections a lot of times. But it’s not enough to just hide those insecurities away. If we take care of our skin, we won’t have to apply thick layers of makeup to enhance our beauty.

If skin care and makeup are both things you love, then gosh do I have good news for you. Jane Iredale is a makeup brand that you will really love. Their makeup products nourish the skin as well as keep it healthy.

Their formulas have skincare benefits for a healthier and more radiant complexion. It’s the best of both worlds. Read further to know more about the brand’s PurePressed Base and Smooth Affair Makeup.


PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation



Jane Iredale offers 26 shades of foundation for a wide range of skin tones. Whatever your skin tone is, surely there is a shade that perfectly matches you. And the shade is very important because it will be your base.

Foundation is used to cover the whole face and the neck too, so it should match the color of your skin. It will even out your complexion and help reduce the appearance of blemishes and dark spots.

Jane Iredale’s pressed mineral foundation is said to have multifunctional properties. It is not just a foundation but a concealer and sunscreen as well. It is also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

If you have difficulty waking up early in the morning, the PurePressed base mineral foundation is for you. It will save you from a lengthy makeup routine every morning. This multifunctional foundation is all you might need.

The foundation is made from micronized minerals, and it is oil-free and weightless. It is fast and easy to apply. It feels very light on the skin, and it has great coverage and lasts very long.

If you spend a lot of time outside, sun protection is really important. Jane Iredale has made your makeup routine much easier with the PurePressed base. Depending on your shade, this foundation can either have SPF 20 or SPF 15.



Shades that have SPF 20 are:

  • Amber
  • Autumn
  • Bisque
  • Caramel
  • Fawn
  • Golden Glow
  • Golden Tan
  • Honey Bronze
  • Ivory
  • Latte
  • Light Beige
  • Natural
  • Radiant
  • Riviera
  • Satin
  • Suntan
  • Sweet Honey
  • Teakwood
  • Warm Sienna
  • Warm Silk


Shades that have SPF 15 are:

  • Cognac
  • Velvet
  • Mahogany
  • Bittersweet
  • Cocoa
  • Warm Brown

This contains antioxidants like pine bark extract and pomegranate extract. Pine bark extract protects from the sun’s UV rays. It has anti-aging benefits and is anti-inflammatory.

Pomegranate extract is rich in vitamin C that delays the signs of aging in your skin. These extracts will help fight free radicals that cause wrinkles and blemishes on your skin.

The PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation costs $42 for the refill. The rose gold refillable compact costs $18. Not only does it look luxurious but the price definitely says so too.

On their website, they recommend applying it with their Handi Brush. Apply in downward strokes and blend it well. Then, you can finish it with a hydration spray.

The Jane Iredale PurePressed Base is also vegan and wheat-free.


  • Oil-free and weightless
  • Smooth and even application
  • Contains SPF
  • Available in 26 shades
  • Water-resistant
  • Vegan
  • Wheat-free
  • Contains antioxidants


  • Initially expensive
  • May look dry if not set with a spray
  • May not be able to completely conceal big and red pimples


Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener


Before applying anything to your face, you should put primer on first. This preps your skin so that applying makeup is smoother and will last longer. Makeup primers will help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles as well as reduce the appearance of pores.

While this facial primer is wheat-free, it is unfortunately not vegan. It contains royal jelly which is a substance that comes from bees.

Royal jelly is fed to larvae so that they grow into queen bees. It is said to be packed in nutrients like essential amino acids, minerals, vitamins and many more. It is widely used in many skincare products.

The amino acids will help maintain skin’s firmness and help reverse or delay the signs of skin aging. It smoothens the skin’s texture which is probably why it is a necessary ingredient in a facial primer.

When used in skincare products royal jelly has many benefits. It will help relax stressed out and stretched skin. It also firms, revitalizes and adds elasticity.

The Smooth Affair facial primer contains silicones, which are also necessary for this product. It is used for a smooth and even application of other products on top of the primer. The good news is that the silicones are derived from coconut alkanes.

This facial primer is very lightweight. It feels like a serum compared to other thicker and heavier facial primers out there. Your face won’t feel clogged, and it will leave a slight matte glow.

Directions for use say that a pea-sized amount should be used. Apply it all over the face using only fingers. No more fancy brushes or sponges necessary for applying primers.

Before applying anything else, wait for it to be absorbed into the skin. Let your skin have the nutrient benefits of this primer. If you put other products early on, it may mix and pile up then you’ll have to start again.

A lot of the ingredients in this product are very beneficial to the skin. There are many fruit extracts and antioxidants contained in this primer. Together, they help protect the cells, and tone and exfoliate the skin.

This also has grapefruit extract, which is a natural preservative. This is a great alternative to chemical preservatives which may cause bad things to our health.

People who have problems with skin dryness will absolutely love this product. Aside from being full of antioxidants, it will also hydrate the skin.

This $48 facial primer will smoothen, brighten, and nourish your skin. It will also minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles.



  • Nutrient-rich facial primer
  • Smooth and even application
  • Absorbs into the skin
  • Lightweight
  • Wheat-free
  • Smells great
  • Prevents trans-epidermal water loss
  • Visibly reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles


  • Expensive compared to other facial primers
  • May not be strong enough to reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Not vegan

Why Consider Jane Iredale?

A lot of products, and not just makeup, contain lots of chemicals that may be harmful to the body. Jane Iredale makeup products are clean and are proven safe. They don’t contain parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, fillers, or GMO ingredients.

Only natural ingredients are used for preserving the products. As mentioned, grapefruit extract is used for the primer. It is a natural and effective preservative.

The products are also non-comedogenic which means it will not clog your pores. Skincare is a priority, so it makes sure that it has no negative effects on the skin. This is also dermatologist and allergy tested.

Great news for makeup junkies who are also animal lovers. Jane Iredale cosmetics are also certified cruelty-free. No animals were used to test these products.

A lot of cosmetics are being tested on animals which can be harmful to them. I believe that this practice is very cruel and should not be done. Good thing Jane Iredale does not sell to markets that may test these on animals.

Well aside from their pro-environment qualities, they are truly top quality. The mineral powders are highly pigmented, so it has a long-lasting coverage. The products are multitasking so you can actually reduce your usual makeup time.

Their products that contain SPF, like the PurePressed base mineral foundation, are proven to be an effective sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation backs this claim. Instead of using a separate sunscreen, Jane Iredale products with SPF are enough.



We all want to look beautiful. No matter how much we tell ourselves that beauty is on the inside, being beautiful on the outside is pretty awesome too. Using makeup definitely helps with looking beautiful.

However, makeup isn’t everything. Skincare should be more prioritized. Thankfully, Jane Iredale has combined these two together in their cosmetics.

The PurePressed Base and Smooth Affair Facial Primer are both good products to start your makeup routine. They are filled with nutrients and have skincare formulas. You can look good and take care of your skin at the same time.

Just remember that we all have different skin types. Our bodies react differently to different things. Do your research of the product’s ingredients to make sure that nothing is harmful to you.


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