Recent convert. Love it. Start with the starter kit which you can pick up from most department stores and stock up with QVC if you continue to like as you can return product to them if you change your mind.
I'd deffo give the starter kit a try. I bought the tiny one in Debenhams for about 13 pounds and it has lasted for quite a while. Will buy the bigger one soon. I find it comes up a bit dark, so if you're fair I'd go for the lightest. I got the lightest they do and even so, it's a bit dark for me until the Veil goes on top of it.
I really rate mineral makeup. From a MUA's point of view helping people get a good coverage it's great. And so much quicker than traditional foundation and powder. And you don't need separate concealer. Some people deride mineral makeup but I think it must be because they don't know how to apply it.
I'm not as fair as you, but I use light and can also use fairly light too - my skin tone is yellow based. Whilst I also tan well, I don't like medium (pinky based), nor do I like medium beige which is supposedly their best selling shade as it makes me look tangoed!
Much better to get the right shade of foundation and then add colour with bronzer and blusher.
Qvc is reasonable - plus you can try and if keen you can return for refund.
gregs thank you - they are a bit bigger now - could do with uploading some newer photos. I have put a more recent one of me on when I am not tanned at all. See if you still think light to medium... (sorry don't want to make an expensive mistake!)
I would get the light kit - you get something called 'warmth' in it (like a blusher/contour) and I've used this to slightly darken the fairly light.
Fairly light is the lightest shade. Light is next. Confusing, I know. I like my make up and I LOVE this, having found it a year ago. I love the fact you can do a quick application if you're nipping out to the school, or use it for a full night-out make up.
I notice you're in Chester - they sell it in Debenhams and there's a really nice lady who works there who can advise on colours. I would definitely go for the starter pack first, as you get a full set of brushes.
(You are gorgeous, btw and your girls are adorable)
DearPrudence - Thank you, you have made me blush. However sat in front of computer, no make up, glasses on, headband in and manky t-shirt on - you would change your mind I may hang off as I have some Lancome foundation that I need to use and go to Debenhams in Chester, I had no idea they sold it there - thought I would have to go to John Lewis in Liverpool or Trafford Centre. Thanks for letting me know!
I recently bought the original foundation in medium from QVC and was really impressed. Have since gone on to get the mineral veil and a lipgloss from active beauty. I think my make up routine will be much more frequently put into action now as I love the products so much
I really liked it and I also am fairly pale but do tan. I would normally go for more medium colours in foundation but I was advised to get the light in the BE and it was fine. When I went on holiday I bought a medium beige colour and that was good. It is quite expensive but if you happen to know anyone going to the States it's much cheaper there (same price in dollars as in pounds over here). Like Lifthat I have also used one of their lipglosses and really liked it, much preferred to juicy tubes. The only complaint I would have about the mineral make up is the mess, I would get it everywhere but it helped if I did it over the sink as could just wipe that clean when I was done. I don't know if you live near a Champneys town centre shop but I think most of them have an advisor in there and I have also got it in Debenhams and Fenwicks.
If you don't mind waiting 5 days or so, you can get 5 free sample pots from everyday minerals (an american company)! You do have to pay postage but as I recall it was only about £4... this is the brand that I use - it's fantastic with a huge range of colours, and they're brushes are really good value too.
I still use traditional makeup too, (I switch around all the time!) but I use their brushes for everything!
I think it took me two goes before I really found my colour, but the samples are still good for summer/winter adjustments and concealing...