Though the concept has actually been around for over 30 years, only fairly recently have the masses been privileged to know of this safer, simpler solution for everyday foundation application. Ever since its unveiling we ladies have been ecstatic over the idea of an easily applied, natural looking, pore-friendly face makeup that would boost our everyday confidence. However, as we all know, the downside to anything becoming popularized is there will soon be 400 different versions soon to follow; which do you trust? Each of the major brands, both drugstore and department store, have their own mineral makeup and it seems like a new type pops up every time we make way to the makeup sections. And what with winter fast on approach, we need to make sure we are purchasing a perfectly all-season product that wont dry us out and still protects us from damage by sun. Well here is a tested A-list of the tops from the most widely available brands that I’m sure help!
The key features we are looking for in a quality mineral foundation are:
-safe to sleep in
-doesn’t clash oily or dry skin
-largely from natural derivatives and doesn’t clog pores
-humidity-proof (some are sweat-proof, even)
-provides a natural-toned, even coverage and even enhances your natural color for a healthy glow
Now, as mentioned, the top brands all produce some sort of mineral makeup these days alongside the classic original contenders. In order of top to mediocre, here is a list of recommended readily available bests:
L’Oreal Bare Naturale
For the price and availability they cannot be beat! Byfar a fast favorite of the newer generation of minerals, the brand provides excellent vibrant coverage, has the widest range of shades (out of the drugstore brands), and wears continuously throughout the day! It gives a smooth, velvety feel when applied and mixes well with other beauty products.
Their bottle plus brush container can be a bit messy though, make sure you keep an eye on how much you load up the brush!
Maybelline Mineral Power
The most wonderful part about this brand is their liquid mineral selection. This is an easy transition for those who have used the traditional liquid foundation, since it’s used pretty much the same way. In fact, have a fairly vast selection of products to make sure they can meet any of your mineral needs, including a finishing powder that applies divinely, but lacks the staying power of the former mentioned.
The downside is they do have some chemicals that aren’t recommended for a sensitive face including chemicals like: copolymer, lauroyl lysine, cetyl dimethicone, polyethlene, and boron nitride. You can tell they did their best to counter that by adding things like aloe extract and chamomile, but for the wrong person all that does is add more irritants!
Neutrogena mineral sheers
With this product, sheer is the operative word! Yes, they have one of the more natural ingredient lists, and they boast being the “#1 dermatologist recommended”, but for the price, they don’t offer much for fixing your flaws.
Great for sensitive skin, and those concerned with spf protection! Also, their all-in-one brush and applicator combo makes applying the product a cinch!
This brand offers a wide variety of products each aimed at different specific methods or goals of their potential buyers. They mainly are focused on highlighting and bronzing, which for some ladies is not an everyday concern or even appropriate for daily use, and without instruction for those that don’t normally go all out when they make up their faces it could lead to one more powder case collecting dust. But, they do have a very good foundation which offers exceptional coverage; sadly though, not available in many colors. They do, however put alot of focus and effort into the purity of the product, and, much like the Neutrogena line, offer superb protection from the sun.
Body Shop Nature’s Mineral Foundation
I know it isn’t really a drugstore brand, but it is readily available and quite honestly, one of the purest formulas on the market. Just as we’ve come to expect from this purveyor of pristine products (pardon the alliteration!), there are no fillers or preservatives whatsoever, and they provide terrific coverage.
Now, I will admit the color selection for the foundation is a bit on the sparse side so, unfortunately, if you’ve too deep a tone, you may be out of luck here. Also, you may want to note that the shades are all a bit warm, they don’t have any neutral or cooler shades, so for some that may be a downfall too. And if you are looking for eyeshadow, unless you are a fan of earth tones, you may want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, this product is one of the finest available.
The last piece of advise when searching for a good mineral option is to read the ingredients first! Many women try the minerals as a solution because of hyper-reaction toward the many chemicals usually found in most makeups.
The main things you want to watch out for are:
talc, bismuth oxychloride, polyethlene, boron, sulfates, and lauryl-(anything).
Look for the products with ingredients like:
kaolin, illite, mica, silica, and zinc, iron or
Happy hunting, ladies!