Some of you may wonder, why choose mineral makeup over other forms of makeup such as liquid foundation, solid balm, or BB cream?
First of all, it’s important to realize that mineral makeup does not automatically mean that the makeup is powder makeup, because there are liquid mineral makeup lines available from several brands — one of the more well-known is Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. The word “mineral” in mineral makeup refers to the natural ingredients the products are made with. They are free of chemicals that can cause harm and irritation to your skin.
So what exactly are the benefits of mineral makeup?
Firstly, mineral makeup is less likely to clog your pores. One of the important features of minerals is that they let your skin “breathe” throughout the day. Clogged pores are actually one of the biggest causes of acne (and can inflame existing cystic acne) — either through the use of makeup or of facial oil. That’s why it’s important to wash your face with a cleanser every night before you go to sleep. This helps clear away buildup such as makeup, facial oil, dust, and other substances that have accumulated on your skin throughout the day.
Many mineral makeup brands claim that their powder will not settle into your pores and wrinkles. Instead, it will cover those facial flaws, making them less obvious or hiding them completely. So, it seems that mineral makeup also has the properties of a primer: it saves a step for those of us who might be feeling a little bit on the lazy side. Have you ever counted the amount of products we apply to our skin every day? I counted 9 facial products alone. This includes those dark spot lighteners and everything … but still pretty insane. So every little bit of time-saving counts!
Most mineral makeup also contains oil-control properties that hold shininess at bay. So, if you’re using colored mineral makeup, you can probably save yourself the finishing powder step every morning as well.
I use quite a lot of mineral makeup and Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals is probably the best in almost all aspects of their products — including price and quality. They advertise that wearing their powder foundation is like not wearing any makeup at all. Supposedly, wearing it for a long period of time also improves customers’ skin condition, making it softer and more radiant. It provides good coverage and, from my understanding, Amazon usually has affordable kits that include great applicator brushes .
Another popular line of mineral makeup I’d recommends is e.l.f.’s mineral line. E.l.f. prides itself on its budget priced makeup , but, from my experience, their mineral makeup doesn’t have the best coverage. So it’s probably better for those who are looking to achieve more even skin tone overall instead of hiding dark spots and heavy pigmentation.
The one “con” of mineral makeup (powder version) is that it’s powder, and can get messy when you’re trying to pour the powder out into the lid, swirl, and then tap the brush. And yes, this con comes from personal experience — it was a rather messy morning, that’s for sure.
I think mineral makeup is a great alternative for those who don’t want anything too heavy on their skin and are looking to even out skin tone. Plus, many mineral makeup brands are natural (beware of certain lesser known brands’ mineral makeup, as they might not contain all natural ingredients) and suitable for all skin types, so there’s less of a chance of irritation and breakouts. Seems like a fairly win-win situation.
What are your opinions about mineral makeup? Are the benefits enough to convert you? And if you’re already a loyal user, does it really live up to all its claims?
Here are some of the Best Mineral Makeup Products available on the market: