Why You Should Try Mineral Makeup

Consisting purely of minerals and pigments found in nature, mineral makeup is all-natural and free of ingredients that can harm the skin. But those are only a couple of the reasons it may be time for you to make the switch to mineral makeup.

Perfect for oil or acne-prone skin, mineral makeup is noncomedogenic and does not encourage bacteria growth, meaning it won't clog pores or cause breakouts.

Mineral makeup foundations and powders are considered physical sunscreens (which is recommended for acne-prone skin) because they utilize physical blockers like titanium dioxide to reflect the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Natural ingredients, like mica, make mineral makeup a good choice for sensitive, easily irritated skin types; and it's even safe to use a couple weeks after noninvasive treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing.

Mineral makeup is often touted as a miracle worker, but not all mineral makeup is created equal. To find true, high-quality mineral makeup, look for brands that incorporate zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and don't use fillers such as fragrances, colors, binders, preservatives and other chemicals.

What are your favorite mineral makeup brands? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

13 Comments
  • Posted on

    FACT: ALL foundation (powder, liquid, cream)is made of minerals...ALL! Mineral pigments have been used to create foundation colors for a VERY long time. FACT: Mineral makeup can cause the same skin problems as any other makeup. They make claims about being "purer" Where's the scientific data proving mineral makeup is more pure than other forms of foundation? I haven't seen it (because no one has published it). ALL minerals contain trace elements which can be detrimental to your skin. Skin safety is determined by the concentration of trace elements and purity of source (where the minerals are mined). Unfortunately, some mineral makeup companies could care less about purity and use cheap fillers and lower grade ingredients to increase their profit. FACT: The pearlizing agent giving mineral makeup it's skin-like glow is Bismuth Oxychloride (BO), an ingredient NOT found in nature. Bismuth is a synthetic by-product of lead and copper, mixed with chloride and water. It's been revealed as a major skin irritant and causes itching or rashes on sensitive skins. Even worse, used consistently on a reactive skintype can cause cystic acne! BO is an ingredient to avoid if you already have acne, rosacea or sensitive skin. Mica crystals are used in EVERY mineral makeup. If the crystals are not milled finely, they can cause topical abrasion to the skin during makeup application (swirl, tap, buff). More bad news for tender skin types. FACT: Mineral makeup is not a substitute for UVA/UVB protection, which should be applied at the skincare level. FDA approved ratings of SPF20 or higher and banners of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation mean nothing unless the makeup is applied in a continuous, opaque (un-natural looking) layer. FACT: The claim that mineral makeup is hydrating is “just ludicrous,” says Paula Begoun (The Cosmetic Cop). The very nature of the powdered ingredients makes them absorb not only oil, but critical moisture that e

  • Posted on

    Always look for a mineral makeup that is pure and created by someone who knows makeup by that I mean a great makeup artist that understands colors. Advanced Mineral Makeup is that line created by a Television and Film makeup artist to color correct your skin to perfection. Great coverage + great ingredients + knowledge = Advanced Mineral Makeup.

  • Posted on

    I've been a recent convert to Susan Posnick's ColorFlo mineral powder. It's got an amazing consistency, and offers 26-30 SPF. I really enjoy knowing that I can have really great coverage on my face... and block sun damage at the same time. Her website is www.susanposnick.com, but you can find her at a lot of higher end spas & boutiques. The line is also now in Neiman Marcus. Try it, and I dare you to not like it. It's SO great!!

  • Posted on

    Mineral make-up isn't for everyone, but it's certainly an alternative for people who want to look natural when they're at the beach, ball games, exercising, etc.. We find that mothers of young girls like to teach their daughters to start-up with a light dusting of mineral make-up because it looks so natural and it has a little spf built in. It's nice to have so many nice lines to choose from and with the saturation of products out there it can be confusing.

  • Posted on

    OK, let's get this straight once and for all. I'm not bashing mineral makeup. I just think it's about time we got off the "better for you", "safer than anything else" spin that mineral makeup marketing is spinning. I know the owners of DEX New York and they are great people with a quality product. They aren't marketing as "better for you" than other makeup because of minerals, they market as fashion forward "prestige makeup" that happens to be mineral based. There are plenty of makeups that are not classified as "mineral' that are AMAZING for even sensitive or challenged (vitiligo, melasma, rosacea, etc.) skin types. The folks at CoverFX produce a number of remarkable products (Total Coverage) that also include a supplemental mineral category. Spas, salons, magazines and websites are doing the industry a disservice and hurt it's profitability by classifying "mineral' makeup as the only answer to healthy skin makeup...it just isn't true. Do your research and stop buying into the marketing buzz. Kevin James Bennett http://www.madenyc.com

  • Dr Tuma, smartskinaspen.com
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    I use DEX New York. Dexter Phillip is committed to making mineral makeup skin-friendly. His modern mineral looks are naturally vibrant - no mineral-neutral, flat look. I met Dexter and was very impressed with his dedication to makeup that will not undo all your efforts for healthy skin. I particularly like the mineral hydrator for on the go refreshment. His makeup folder allows for complete customization, and I really like that there's a pressed mineral foundation option also. His lip gloss is glossy but not tacky. I thought the Mineral Glow was not that necessary, but it glows without shining. I like the Oyster shade. I switched from Bare Minerals & Trish McEvoy. I'm all DEX now. Dr Tuma, Skin Care Coach

  • Posted on

    I am a big fan of mineral makeup. It is so protective and healing for the skin that whenever I finish a facial treatment I tell my clients: “an application of the powder is an extension of the facial.” Minerals also provide wonderful coverage if your skin tone is a little uneven or you have a few pimples that need covering. I appreciate that you can wear mineral makeup while working-out, knowing that it is not clogging your pores while you sweat. The minerals are so light in texture on the skin that you feel like you are not wearing anything, yet a light dusting of the powder offers a mild sun protection while outdoors. In my practice, I sell Colorescience, which is a very sophisticated mineral line that offers a huge array of colors and SPF suitable for both men and women. I have also used La Bella Donna (sold in spas) and Sheer Cover minerals (sold on an infomercial at a very reasonable price). Both are excellent mineral makeup lines. The differences among the various products are in the texture and appearance on application. The article says that mineral powder is best suited for a more combination oily skin, because of its healing, non-comedogenic, bacteria-free, and coverage properties. I agree with this. I’ve also noticed that if the skin is a little surface dry, the powder tends to make the surface look even more dry. So it may not be for everyone. But personally, I enjoy using the mineral makeup in my salon and I love wearing it on my own skin.

  • No Way
    Posted on

    I was all excited about Sara's comment, but then I researched this "fabulous" liquid mineral makeup and found the ingredients: Fantastic Finish Foundation - SPF-21 Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide-7% & Titanium Dioxide-2.4% Ingredients: Deionized Water, C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Iron Oxides, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Panthenol, Magnesium Sulfate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Alumina, Benzalkonium Chloride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica Extra Coverage Foundation / Concealer - SPF-21 Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide-5% & Titanium Dioxide-4.4% Ingredients: C-12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Deionized Water, Iron Oxides, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Panthenol, Benzalkonium Chloride Ultimate All Day Foundation / Concealer - SPF-21 Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide-7% & Titanium Dioxide-2.4% Ingredients: C11-13 Isoparaffin, Iron Oxides, Decamethyl Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Deionized Water, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Copolymer, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydrated Silica, PEG/Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Magnesium Sulfate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben The site is obviously trying to give off a "natural" vibe, but the products are so obviously NOT!

  • Posted on

    I am a pro makeup artist and industry expert who does not agree with the mineral makeup marketing bandwagon. I've worked closely with Jane Iredale and a number of other mineral makeup companies over the years and confidently can say that Mineral Makeup is simply not the answer everyone thinks it is. If you're interested, my blog contains my personal views on the subject. http://makeup-me.kjbennett.com/2010/08/the-real-truth-about-mineral-makeup/

  • Laura
    Posted on

    Ferro Cosmetics is a really great brand,and their Ultimate MineralFoundatiob is amazing! It's totally matte (no shiney bismuth), completely covers my acne and rosacea, and it literally stays on forever! Ingredients are loaded with Titanium Dioxide, tons of Zinc, and no fillers. Plus it's all hand made in the US and priced right! I fell in love with it 2 years ago and have turned my friends and family all onto it too. I tried Jane but a little too pricey and the coverage was just ok. My acne also cleared up alot wearing the foundation and matte mineral veil.

  • Sara Turbeville
    Posted on

    Illuminare liquid mineral makeup is beautiful beyond compare!

  • Rachel
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    I LOVE Jane Iredale!

  • Posted on

    I was never a fan of mineral makeup until I tried Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup. It's a foundation, concealer, powder and sunscreen all in one. The sunscreen is UVA & UVB protective. They don't formulate with FD&C dyes, chemical preservatives, parabens, synthetic fragrance, fillers or talc. The entire line has been through safety, allergy and clinical tests to confirm that the products are non-irritating. This makeup actually covers flaws and smoothes uneven skin tones! It gives the skin a beautiful natural finish and looks like you're not wearing makeup. Plastic Surgeons were the first to tell me about the benefits of this line and were confident enough to use it on their patients that had just undergone laser resurfacing. It not only effectively and safely covers the redness but also provides essential sun protection. We've been using Jane Iredale at the Veronica Skin & Body Care Center for nine years and they keep up with current trends and colors!

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