Review | Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte

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When I got my very first Glominerals products in April, I also received two samples of the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte. This foundation contains antioxidants, minerals and caviar extract and offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, so it both protects and nourishes the skin. And because it has an oil-free formula and a matte finish, it’s perfect for troubled skin with acne or overly active oil glands.

Now before I tell you more about this foundation, I should tell you about my skin background. From October 2011 until May 2012 I took roaccutane. It transformed my then extremely oily skin slowly but surely into normal and sometimes even slightly dry skin. But a month or three ago my skin started getting oilier again. So I am beginning to become part again of the audience that Glominerals is targeting with their Protective Liquid Foundation Matte :-( Don’t get me wrong, the problem is nowhere near as bad as it used to be (I used to look like I washed my face with butter instead of water) but I do notice that I have to blot more and use more lightweight products to keep everything nice and matte. So obviously I was very excited to try the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte! Now let’s take a closer look together.


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Click to enlarge | left: Golden Light | right: Golden

I received two generous samples of the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte: one in Golden Light and one in Golden. Golden Light might have been a good match for my skin in winter, but right now the color is obviously way too light for me. Golden on the other hand matches well with my skin tone and looks quite natural. Both Golden and Golden Light are warm shades with yellow undertones.

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Click to enlarge | top: Golden Light | bottom: Golden

Texture and application

The texture of the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte is liquid but still relatively thick. The foundation I normally use spreads out when I put it on the back of my hand before I apply it, but this Glominerals foundation doesn’t, not even when I turn my hand upside down. So the texture is clearly thicker and more concentrated than that of most liquid foundations. I was a bit afraid that this would make the foundation difficult to apply, but that wasn’t the case. I used my beauty blender to apply it and that worked fine.


The coverage of this foundation is high and that’s what I expected from a foundation that was developed for problem skin. I suffer from melasma, which means that in spring and summer I get a big dark stain on my forehead (my boyfriend, such a sweetheart, likes to call it my Mark of Satan…) and a few smaller spots on my right cheek and my upper lip. Ugly and annoying. This foundation can’t completely hide my melasma, but it does manage to make the spots less visible and that’s already a big thing. And despite the high coverage, the foundation still looks relatively natural. Good!

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The finish of this foundation isn’t as matte as I had expected. Right after I applied it my skin still had a bit of a glow to it. I don’t find that a huge problem, though, because an overly matte finish usually isn’t pretty anyway and can look really dry and chalky. And we don’t want that. What we want is a flattering matte finish, with the emphasis on flattering. And that is exactly what I get when I put a bit of loose finishing powder over the foundation. I do have to reapply powder once or twice during the day to keep my skin perfectly matte. Did I expect that from a foundation that promises to be matte? No. Do I mind? No*.
* before my roaccutane treatment I had to blot every 30 minutes, so I am used  to a lot worse.

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Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte in Golden on the skin | Glominerals Superstar Gloss in Brown Sugar on the lips


This is an easy one: the wear of this Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation is fine. It stays put all day without settling in fine lines or fading too much. That’s all I ask of a good foundation.


Overall I like the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte. It contains high-quality ingredients and SPF, and that’s a big plus, especially now that my Mark of… errr… my melasma is returning. The foundation provides high coverage without looking cakey and has a nice semi-matte flawless finish. If you have dry to normal skin you will most likely find this foundation too drying and too matte, and if you’ve been blessed with nearly perfect skin this foundation will be too heavy duty for you. But if you have combination to oily skin, suffer from acne or have imperfections to hide, then you will definitely like the Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte.

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Glominerals Superstar Gloss in Brown Sugar

Is this Glominerals foundation something you might like? Do you like a matte finish?

118 thoughts on “Review | Glominerals Protective Liquid Foundation Matte

  1. Could you tell us more about what you tool and now take to fight your oily skin? I habe oily skin, too (it’s bettet now but I still want to improve), and that’d be so helpful! :)
    Thanks a lot dear!

    Love from Germany,

  2. Ooh leuk! Klinkt heel goed. Ik heb wel redelijk goede huid en draag eigenlijk (bijna) nooit foundation.. Maar knock on wood ;) wie weet heb ik het toch eens nodig! ;)

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