Is it just me, or is the mineral makeup business booming right now?
While most of the brands used to be lesser-than-known cult brands, now major drugstore brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline and Revlon are housing mineral makeup collections.
So what’s the big deal about mineral makeup? (For newbies, I’m talking specifically about mineral foundation makeup, as that’s the most talked about right now.)
I tried out mineral makeup for a number of reasons. One, because I heard it was non-comedogenic and good for sensitive skin. I am definitely no expert as I’ve only tried a few mineral foundation makeup brands so far; however, when hearing about many others negative reactions some are having, I decided to really dig deep and see what the real pros and cons of mineral foundation makeup were. Here’s what I found.
1. Negative Reaction to ingredients. Mineral makeup boasts very little ingredients, so it remains pure and natural, and clean on your skin. (This is great.) However, some haven’t been so lucky as there have been many complaints about these two popular ingredients, Bismuth Oxychloride and Mica. Bismuth is said to be very itchy in hotter climates (I can vouch for that! Bare Escentuals made my skin itch like crazy), and in worse cases your skin becomes so itchy it peels and your face turns very red and blotchy. Mica has been reported to cause some breakouts, and new reports are saying that zinc oxide, another ingredient, is said to be pore-clogging.
2. The Look. Of all the mineral makeup brands I have tried before, I loved the initial look it gave: Matte, natural, and light. However, there were some not-so-pleasant side effects after wearing them for an hour or so. Looking closely at the Pure Luxe, it looked very cakey and it somehow looked like it had streaks on my skin. Because of the ingredient Mica, some complain that mineral makeup gives a very shiny, oily look on your skin. Also, keep in mind that because they are powder foundations, they can actually accentuate fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
3. Application. This is my biggest peeve, but obviously is just personal preference. But application can get messy – I’ve had one too many powder spills on my computer, floor, you name it. When traveling, it can be a hassle.
1. Skin Benefits. For those who are lucky enough to not get any skin reactions to the ingredients, mineral makeup is actually very pure and good for the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic and great for acne-prone skin. When done right, it looks very natural – like you have perfect skin already.
2. Build-able coverage. Mineral makeup is light, and therefore you can build it to whatever coverage you want – light, medium of heavy.
3. Natural UV. Mineral makeup has natural UV, so it protects the skin at the same time.
That being said, what are your thoughts on mineral makeup? Love it or hate it?
All in all, I personally like mineral makeup. Even though I haven’t had too many success with it (yet), I have heard too many raves and I do love the initial look mineral makeup gives – perhaps I have just not found the right brand yet.