Friday, July 31, 2009

Mineral Makeup


In the past, I used Bare Minerals foundation--it was the only mineral makeup I had ever tried and I loved the effect it gave my skin. It never left my skin with an unnatural caked-in-foundation appearance and I was amazed that mineral foundation could give me such a great coverage. My only gripe was their color selection. I was between Fair and Fairly Light but found that they both had yellow undertones, while my skin has pink undertones. The yellow made me look a bit sickly, but I usually corrected the situation with blush and bronzer (which I always hate having to do).

That wasn't the biggest problem with it or the reason that I ultimately stopped using it. After a while, I realized that my skin started to itch. I hadn't really noticed it before because my skin usually felt itchy (dryness, yuck!). It was only when I started using a liquid foundation that I noticed the itching stopped. It got to the point where I couldn't stand it anymore, so I tossed out everything I had from that line--including the ridiculously scratchy brushes.

Because of this, I haven't been too keen on using mineral foundations, blushes...anything. Recently, though, I have been remembering the lovely luminous effect my skin had then and I want it again. The Bare Minerals fiasco, as I like to call it, scared me from trying similar products. So my question to you is, which mineral makeup brands do you favor? I'd love to hear your recommendations as I trust the judgement of this community!

xoxo

7 comments:

Manju said...

i'd say give everyday minerals a try, they're awesome and even cheaper than Bare Minerals. I had a crazy breakout from bare minerals but no problems at all with EM, and i've been using it since last year now, it's kind of like my HG. Plus they have a really wide range of tones and you can try to find yours for free, you just pay for the postage if i remember well

Catanya said...

Ouch, I am sorry to read they worked so wrong! XX

funkiimonkee said...

I use Laura Mercier Mineral Loose Powder and its really natural and no caking at all. And it doesn't break me out cos I hear some products do!

Cat said...

I had exactly the same problem with bare minerals - I think this is mostly due to the brush. At first it's lovely and soft then as it gets used the ends kinda curl a little, try using the MAC 182 instead, as this worked a treat for me. I'm going to invest in some lily lolo minerals when I get my next pay check. I brought a sample a while ago and they were fantastic and as I'm about to run out of my bobbi brown foundation I may as well!

P.S, cheers for following my blog :-)

Gina said...

oh, that's awful! I havent had a lot of experience with mineral foundations before, and after reading this I don't think I'll try bare minerals anytime soon

My Beauty Musings said...

Thanks for the tips, girls!

xoxo

UnicornSmile said...

Hi there, just wanted to let you know that itching is a common side effect of mineral foundation. Mineral foundations usually contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which causes a slight allergy in some people especially when you get hot or a little bit sweaty. I have the same problem!! :))