Mineral Makeup…Must Have or Messy?

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Move over liquid foundation, there’s a new kid in town and she’s not going anywhere! I’m talking about mineral makeup. If you’re wondering what that is, I’m wondering where you’ve been, but I’ll tell you. It’s foundation that looks like loose powder but it’s made from crushed minerals without any of the chemicals, dyes, and preservatives found in traditional makeup. What I thought would be a trend in cosmetics, is practically exploding in the beauty industry. A lot of the brands claim better skin health with prolonged use of mineral makeup. It seems there is no gray area with mineral makeup…you either love it or hate it.

I used to hate it. I tried Sheer Cover about 6 years ago and I absolutely hated it. What claimed to be for all skin types made my oily skin feel like it had 2 times more oil on it about an hour after I had it on. I passed this product on. (I would later find out that I just never gave it a chance.) I would still hear raves about this stuff, but I had no interest in trying it ever again, until I had no choice. I was out of foundation and I was using a liquid one from Mary Kay that I really liked. Good coverage, didn’t make my skin feel like it had “gunk” all over it. I called my Mary Kay consultant and she was out of my liquid foundation, but she had their new mineral foundation and she thought I should give it a try. I was very hesitant because I had convinced myself I hated it. She assured me I could return it if I wasn’t happy with it. So, I gave in. The first week or so I didn’t really care for it, but I started to notice something after about a month. My skin wasn’t breaking out like it used to and the only thing new I had added to my regime was the mineral makeup. Hmmm…maybe this stuff is really miraculous?

People tell me a lot that the reason they hate mineral makeup is that it’s way too messy and leaves powder all over everything. Well, the first rule in using it is if you see a powder cloud when you’re putting it on your brush, you are using way too much…yes you are….YES, you are! I would have to say that 90% of the products I buy claim a little goes a long way. This is very true with the mineral makeup. You tap a little into the lid of the container and move the brush in circles on the lid so the makeup can really get down into the bristles of the brush. Then you hold it, bristles up, and tap the side of it against the lid to ensure it all got worked into the brush. Then you buff the brush in circular motions over your face. The more you buff, the more you get the foundation on your skin. Most of these products come with instructions, so really pay attention to them so you know you’re using it right. I usually find, if I hate a product, it’s because I’ve been using it wrong. Once educated on something, chances are you’ll love it!

Bare Escentuals is probably the most popular of the mineral makeup. Once I ran out of my Mary Kay mineral makeup, which took over a year, I turned to Bare Escentuals and I see the hype now. I still get some breakouts on my skin, but this product has really helped clear some things up. About time…I’ve been fighting breakouts my whole life it seems. Bare Escentuals has so much to choose from in their line. Blush, eye shadow, mineral veil, warmth etc.. I used to steer clear of the eye shadow because I didn’t think working with loose shadow would be easy. I got over myself and gave it a try and I love it. They have so many colors to choose from and I want them all!

I think once you figure out how to work the product, you will see what I see. Mineral Makeup…definitely a must have! Do you love it or are you still not convinced? Tell me about your experience with mineral makeup, I love getting comments and opinions from my readers!

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4 thoughts on “Mineral Makeup…Must Have or Messy?

  1. Duchess

    I have been using and working with mineral makeup for about 2 years now and I really love it. I am a makeup artist and I LOVE it for photography! Skin looks absolutely flawless. I was skeptical about it too…until I started using it. It is all I wear now. Another thing I would like readers to know about mineral makeup is that it gives full coverage without that heavy matte cakey makeup feeling, it covers rosacea, if anyone has had any facial procedures such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels or post face lifts, it is a safe product to use without damaging the skin..it will actually heal the skin. One thing I learned about applying the powder is once you have it on your brush tap the handle of the brush on the counter so the product goes all the way down in the the bristles, this should be enough to use on the entire face and you will be using all of the product and not wasting any. Have a professional show you how to use it before purchasing.

  2. Joan

    I use the Minerals Mate palette. That works well. The lids are just NOT good because if you get too much on them, you’re stuck.

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