Mineral Makeup: Is It A Good Option for Your Skin?

Bare Minerals Powder
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Powder http://www.sephora.ca

Mineral makeup is not a ‘new’ thing as many of us believe. “Bare Escentuals” sold it’s mineral makeup in the “1970’s,” launching a new powder foundation they claimed was more “natural” than traditional makeup. Mineral makeup began as an alternative to regular foundation. It’s popularity is due to an increase in people’s knowledge of mineral makeup and demand for makeup with as few artificial ingredients as possible. Although makeup with artificial ingredients has an upside, so does the use of mineral makeup.  Mineral makeup has an absence of “filters” such as “talc, chemical dyes, binders, and chemical preservatives,” as well as having “health benefits,” for the user.

Traditional makeup it is most effective in covering up blemishes on the skin. These products provide coverage but they may prevent the skin from breathing and can “worsen redness, blemishes, and dryness of the skin.” In turn, you may need to wear more traditional makeup products due to these issues if they arise.

Natural makeup on the other hand, can give you similar or better coverage in comparison

Clinique Even Better SPF 15 Liquid Foundation
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 http://www.sephora.ca

to traditional makeup. Often mineral makeups such as foundations, have a buildable coverage. Many woman claim that mineral makeup gives them a more “natural” appearing makeup look. As if, you are not wearing any foundation at all.

Mineral makeup also has an increased shelf life because it does not encourage the growth of bacteria in the product due to how mineral makeup is made. Products aren’t contaminated as they are with the use of traditional makeup products. Aspects of daily life such as heat, rain, and tears, may cause some traditional makeup to melt off or smear. The same issue does not occur with natural makeup which is resistant to unforeseen aspects our makeup goes through on a daily basis.

Becca Mineral Blush
BECCA Mineral Blush http://www.sephora.ca

When applying mineral makeup, a little goes along way. It is best to build coverage in small shear layers until you have the coverage you desire for your foundation. Always wait until your moisturizer has absorbed into your skin first, before applying mineral makeup.

Nonetheless, “Perry Romanowsksi, author of Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm? Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions About the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day,” doesn’t think mineral makeup is as great as consumers think.'”All makeup is mineral makeup,'” Romanowsksi says. “‘You’ll find the same mineral ingredients — titanium-dioxide, zinc-oxide, mica, and iron-oxides — in conventional products.'”

Mineral makeup includes ingredients such as “titanium-dioxide” and “zinc-oxide.” These are both products found in sunscreen and can protect the wearer of mineral makeup from the damaging and aging effects of the sun. Romanowsksi suggests, however, that a zinc-oxide mine does not exist, “zinc-oxide is synthesized in a lab.” Also, titanium-dioxide, may start out in a mine but it is refined in a lab undergoing an “extraction and purification process” and this Romanowsksi believes is a healthy procedure because titanium-dioxide from the mine can be “contaminated with mercury and lead.”

One of the best reasons to wear mineral makeup is because it is”non-comedogenic” meaning it is oil free and will not clog pores because it allows the skin to breathe. Although, one should note, many foundations and products that are not mineral products are also non-comedogenic.

What mineral makeup lacks, is what makes it so perfect for your skin. It doesn’t have

Omorovicza Mineral Touch Concealer
Omorovicza Mineral Touch Concealer http://www.sephora.ca

“artificial colours, oils, perfumes, or preservatives to clog pores and irritate skin.” A unique combination of “zinc-oxide, iron, mica, iron-oxides, and titanium-dioxides” that have “anti-inflammatory properties,” are helpful for those with problematic skin.

Mineral makeup can help stop conditions such as “acne, eczema, rosacea,” or those with skin which is “sensitive to sun” because of procedures such as “chemical peels.””‘[M]ineral makeup,’ New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD says, ‘ . . .is less likely to cause a reaction [for] women with sensitive skin.'” Because mineral makeup “‘doesn’t contain oil, it won’t aggravate acne-prone skin.'”

Tarte Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette http://www.sephora.ca

Today, mineral makeup cannot only be found as a loose powder foundation. You can find “blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, lipstick, liquid foundations,” and other makeup items “presented as mineral products.”

Oddly enough, since mineral makeup has become uber popular, many cosmetics companies have added back to their formulas “the ingredients they omitted when they first introduced mineral products. For instance, after reading the list of [twelve] ingredients in a so-called ‘mineral eye shadow’ from a drugstore” it was hard to tell the difference between the mineral eyeshadow and many other regular drugstore eyeshadows –noted Ni’Kita Wilson.

Wilson says, “it’s impossible for mineral makeup companies to create a liquid foundation with a pared-down ingredients list because microbes thrive in water.” This means many liquid mineral product “formulations . . .include some kind of preservative.” Wilson says, “[w]ithout [preservatives], in liquid foundations [etc.] contaminated products [could] lead to skin infections.”

So, if you have “sensitive skin,” you could see how a “loose mineral foundation” works

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette http://www.sephora.ca

for you. Your best bet is to search “for products with the shortest ingredients list.” Even mineral products with a “longer list of ingredients,” mean that there’s a greater chance  “your skin [may] react to” an ingredient in the formulation of the product.

Mineral makeup can also be a good option with people who “don’t have sensitive skin” issues. But you probably want to keep your expectations low. One mineral product such as mineral foundation isn’t going to correct all your skincare problems such as “large pores” or “uneven pigmentation.” You will still need products such as a good primer, concealer, and a “skincare regimen.”

I wanted to provide you guys with a list of some good mineral makeup brands you can take a look at, keeping in mind some of the facts I found out about mineral makeup as I researched it. Many brands only have certain products that they classify as mineral makeup. You can take a look at some of these products from Sephora and then research into the brand to see if they carry other mineral products. Hopefully this list will get you started. You can also go into your local drugstore to see if any drugstore brand makeup carries mineral products. One brand I can think of is Physician’s Formula. Thanks for reading!

1. Amazing Cosmetics: Amazing Concealer Flawless Face Kit,

2. Amazing Cosmetics: Powder Set,

3. No Cosmetics: No Dark Shadows -Complexion,

4.Hour Glass: Veil Mineral Primer,

5.Bare Minerals: Mineral Veil,

6.Omorovicza: Mineral Touch Concealer,

7.Clinique: Even Better Makeup Liquid Foundation SPF 15,

8.Laura Mercier: Mineral Pressed Powder,

9.BECCA: Mineral Blush,

10. Tarte: Energy Noir Clay Palette,

11. Viseart: EyeShadow Palette,

12.Sephora Collection; MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder,

13.Josie Maran: Argon Black Oil Mascara,






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11 thoughts on “Mineral Makeup: Is It A Good Option for Your Skin?”

  1. Thanks for this! I’ll have to check out some of the links, my skin needs something soft as it has a tendency to break out….would you have any idea about illuminators? I got one from Revlon (just to get that glow/sheen on my face…not glitter…) then I saw one online called NYX Born to Glow Illuminator…. that looked good too…there’s just so much out there! Over choice galore!

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    1. 1. NYX – Powder Illuminator – http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5050057 – if you have oily skin I would go with this over a liquid Illuminator, as it won’t leave your skin greasy later in the day. Take a look at the ingredients in this but I think they are pretty well natural. This a highlighter not a foundation. – $8.99

      2. Stila- Illuminating Powder foundation – http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=VP12631 – for overall illumination and a glowy look. Stila products are very good I have used their foundations before . This is a little more cost wise ($28.00) but I think for foundation it is worth it to find something that provides good coverage as this product does, but also provides the illumination you want.

      3. Pur Cosmetics -$23.50 – this is definitely a mineral makeup brand and it sounds lovely http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod10421037. Again it is more of a highlighter and not a foundation.

      4. Revlon Highlighting Powder – $11.99 – a few different highlighting shades to choose from. I have found Revlon to be pretty descent with problematic skin. So you can peek at that product: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6320738

      5. Two Faced Candle Light Glow -$30.00 – I use this highlighter it is really beautiful but super glowy. It is great for fair skin too. And the list of ingredients are not long and that is a good thing. I have found this to be a great product that lasts long http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod13521191

      6. Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter $6.00 only at http://www.Ulta.com – Good priced product, ingredients good. I get Leary when products are too cheap, it usually means they don’t last as long on your face or they don’t show up as well. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod12781073

      7. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – mix this in with your foundation for a glowy look is $41.00 but there is NYX one that is $8.99. You could try. I’m not sure having it mixed with foundation is the best for oilier skin.http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod10921070
      Top 3 I’d say try the NYX powder highlighter it has good mineral base of products and is a good price. If that doesn’t work well try the PUR Cosmetics highlighter is natural too and better for skin that breaks out more. And if you want a really shimmery finish go with the Two Faced powder it is excellent, and I’ve had no trouble with my skin.
      I don’t know what you use for your skincare. But I use Clinique 3 step. It is a little more expensive of products then drugstore but very worth it. It works extremely well and they have lines of 3 step products for all skin types. Check out http://www.clinique.com or their Canadian website at http://www.clinique.ca or better go to a store where it is sold such as Sephora or a department store.

      Hope this helps you!


      1. Gosh, thank you so much! You’ve gone through a lot of trouble to give me all the details! …I actually use Clinique soap (for normal skin) even though I have a combination of oily and dry…but somehow this worked fine… I avoid using any other materials on my skin, as it’s quite sensitive, and just exfoliate it myself with a scrubber…I have been using aloe vera (directly from the leaf, as I have a small plant at home)….So that’s about all the skincare I do (oh, I just to digress a bit, I use a nosestrip but I’ve read that makes your pores bigger and should be avoided?) … And just one last query, is there much difference between liquid highlighters/illuminators VS powder ones?… I’ve got the Revlon (200 Pink) Face Illuminator, liquid one, but just wondering what the difference was between powder & liquid….. So I’ll do some reading up to get a clearer view (otherwise I’ll keep bugging you with questions! :)) Thanks so much once again, I really appreciate it! 🙂 Hope I didn’t take up too much of your time!

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      2. If you”re skin is doing great as it is I would say leave it alone and aloe is very good for your skin. I use Aloe Gel at times, also helps get rid of dark spots on your face. If you could use more moisturizer or your skin is still too oily try the other two steps the Clarifying lotion is awesome. Most people use a number 2 but a number 1 maybe perfect you and Moisturizing Gel. So great because it doesn’t make you break out like some lotions do.

        Well, the effect you are going to get from a liquid Illuminator is more subtle. Especially if you mix it with your foundation. Or even if you put it on after. I have a couple from Benefit – one is a liquid and it honestly doesn’t show up hardly at all. One is a stick and it shows a little. I find for my skin powder works better. I think powders are better because if you have oily skin they absorb some of that oil. Since you like NYX products and they are cheap you could get both the powder and the Illuminator in liquid form and see what you like better.


      3. Thank youuu! This will be a big help when I stop by all those makeup kiosks! It does become such a trial taking care of your skin, sometimes I feel it’s doing fine when, *GASP*, it starts breaking out again, and I wonder if it’s my diet or something else!….Then you have a million different products you can use…! But thanks again, this has made my makeup & skincare shopping a whole lot easier! :)) ♥

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      4. Yeah, I know it is difficult. One thing that has really helped me is a serum with RETINOL and lots of Vitamin A and C. It is good for anti-aging and good if you have acne. You have to find something else for when you are in the sun in summer but for most of the year it works great.
        Good luck with your makeup and skin shopping. I can do my best to help plus I have a few beauty blogger friends who are helpful too whom I ask when I don’t know about a product. People are very helpful in store I find usually at Sephora for sure and also at the beauty counter in a drugstore or department store. But researching online always helps!

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      5. Thank you! I’ve used products as well as stuff like glycerin + rose water for the face, hoping something will really click! ..well I just might be bothering you with more beauty queries in future!😊 You’ve been really helpful, thanks so much!😊💄

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