Mineral makeup is one of the hottest new trends in makeup. While the concept itself is over thirty years old, it is only in the past few years that it is increased in popularity. As its name implies, the makeup consists of natural minerals from the earth. As buyers, we must beware of imitations that claim to have all natural ingredients, but don’t. As with any popular trend, there are companies out there that are trying to make a quick buck, but aren’t offering the true product. In truth, any makeup that contains minerals can be referred to as mineral makeup, but you want to be sure that you are getting the pure thing. I’ve used a loose powder for my foundation for the past year and I have loved the benefits it offers.
The ingredients from nature are better for your skin than traditional makeup. While some doctors have differing opinions on this, all I can do is go off of my own experience. I feel like it really does allow my skin to breathe more which is always healthier for the skin. And of course, if the ingredients aren’t all natural, then there may be irritation to the skin. Don’t be fooled just because the product claims to all mineral. The way to be sure is to read the label for ingredients. Be on the lookout for anything that is synthetic like a dye, chemical, or some kind of preservative. You’ll especially want to watch out for Bismuth Oxychloride. It is considered to be a mineral, so many try to pass off their makeup as being pure mineral, but it is not a natural one found in the earth. Doctors report that it can be a skin irritant and can cause rashes and itching.
The coverage is long-lasting and it can be as heavy as you want it to be so it can really work well for women with acne or rosacea, or scarring. Another plus is the SPF protection the makeup provides from the skins harmful rays. When it comes to the sun and your skin, you can never be too careful. The sun will increase wrinkle lines and sun spots on your face, aging your skin before its time. I use a lotion for my face that has an SPF 15 and then apply the loose powder giving my skin added protection from the sun. I have loved my mineral makeup. If you give it a try, you may find you love it too.
Free MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Makeup Kit
For all of you free makeup sample fans out there, you know how difficult it can be to find free MAC Cosmetics samples. We haven’t seen an offer like this one in quite a while. The offer does require participation, but the reward is a makeup kit from MAC’s mineral makeup line, Mineralize. This line was launched in about 2008 and has taken the mineral makeup world by storm, becoming one of the most popular lines on the market. Plus, MAC is one of the most trusted brands in the cosmetics industry, so you can be confident knowing that the products are of the highest caliber.
If you are new to MAC’s mineral makeup products, here are overviews of a few of the more popular products in MAC Mineralize line.
MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish has historically been one of the most popular products by MAC. It is a baked product meant to provide that last, finishing touch to your complexion, whether that be a hint of color, a slight glow, or a little bit of highlighting. These products typically been available only on a limited basis partly due to the difficulty of producing the product. MAC fans gobble these up quickly, and limited edition shades usually sell out in a blink. They are now a regular part of the Mineralize mineral makeup product line.
The MAC Mineralize Blushes are similar in texture to the Mineralize Skinfinishes. They provide a little sheen along with a gorgeous color payoff for the cheeks. They seem to last forever, as do all the baked Mineralize products.
The Mineralize Foundation is a richer cream formula which provides a buildable finish while maintaining a silky, non cakey feel. This product works well for all skin types, although we have heard reports of those with oily skin who report that this foundation might be better for normal to dry skin types. Either way, this product also features SPF 15 protection and skin-hydrating properties for all day comfort and wearability.
Free bareMinerals Naturally Luminous Refreshing Color Collection
For a limited time, you can get a free makeup kit from bareMinerals. It is a six piece mineral makeup collection from the Naturally Luminous line. It includes a bareMinerals eye liner, a gloss, two mineral eyeshadows, a blush and a mineral eyeshadow brush. To get your mineral makeup kit, sign up here! This offer does require surveys/participation to qualify. Find complete information and details on the sign up page.
As a mineral makeup brand, bareMinerals is at the front of the pack. They are one of the most popular mineral makeup lines on the market today. They are known for creating high quality mineral makeup products that truly deliver results. Many mineral makeup brands make empty promises. Not bareMinerals. Their products are legit. These products are the cream of the crop, so don’t miss your chance to try these gorgeous bareMinerals makeup products.
Bare Escentuals bareMinerals – Mineral Makeup Starter Kit
Get a free bareMinerals mineral makeup starter kit from Bare Escentuals by participating in this offer. Bare Escentuals is one of the most popular and most trusted mineral makeup brands in the world. Their bareMinerals line is adored by mineral makeup lovers all over the world. The set retails for $174 and comes with three Bare Escentuals makeup brushes, a special shampoo to keep your brushes clean, two shades of foundation, and a free DVD to help get you started if you’re just learning how to apply mineral makeup.
Neutrogena Mineral Sheer Blush Samples
Update 12/6/2010: This offer is now expired!
Try Neutrogena’s new Mineral Sheer Blush. This product is a great one to use if you like a natural, healthy glow – a perfect look for summer. You can choose between four shades: Natural Apricot, Silky Sable, Precious Pink and Pure Plum. The blush comes in a dispenser that ensures you have just the right amount of product on the attached blush brush. The blush contains antioxidants and conditions your skin as you use it!
Senna Cosmetics is an indie beauty brand that brings the expertise of a pro makeup artist with experience working in film and television right to your makeup drawer! For a great look, you need to have a smooth, clean-looking canvas to work with. That’s why it’s so important to find a great foundation, or base product; Senna foundations offer many different options with different finishes for your optimal “perfect canvas.”
The mineral makeup trend is still going strong as women seek a lighter, more natural, and breathable way to cover up skin imperfections. Senna offers several different mineral based foundations. Pressed Mineral Mix foundation provides buildable coverage with all the benefits of mineral makeup, but with less mess. It’s easily portable and comes in six shades. Mineral Mix Cover and Finish foundation is loose, contains no common irritants such as dyes or waxes, provides sun protection, and provides complete coverage—even for extreme redness, such as that related to rosacea. In the lid of the Cover and Finish is a pressed powder in a slightly darker shade that can be used for bronzer, contouring, or just as your skin changes color slightly.
photo credit: Raleene
Too often, oil-free foundations are also full-coverage foundations. Senna foundation is lightweight and buildable, eliminating the chance of a mask-like finish. The Senna Matte Finish Liquid Makeup is water based and oil-free, and builds to your desired level of coverage. It has options for both warm and cool skin tones in a total of 15 shades.
Slipcover Cream-To-Powder foundation offers a creamy base without any oily additives, and works equally well on oily and dry skins. Moist Matte is a compact foundation that can be used wet for full coverage, or dry for sheer coverage.
Each of the Senna foundation formulas has something to offer everyone in terms of coverage, color, and finish.
Best Mineral Makeup Brand – Vote Now!
When it comes to mineral makeup, which ones work, which ones don’t? What’s your opinion?
Vote for your favorite brands (or leave a comment and vent about the ones you hate). If you don’t see your favorite brand here, leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
We’ll be posting reviews on each of these brands in the near future, so if you have any requests for specific mineral makeup brands, don’t hesitate to let us know! :)
Vote for Your Favorite Mineral Makeup Brand
Which is the best mineral makeup brand? When it comes to mineral makeup, it seems like everyone is coming out with their own products. New mineral makeup lines are popping up every day. It’s hard to know which ones are high quality, which ones live up to their promises, and which ones you should skip. Let us know what YOU think!
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