What makes mineral makeup so great is not so much the natural minerals that it contains, but rather, all the other ingredients that are left out.
Because it does not contain preservatives, fragrance, and chemical dyes, mineral makeup is suitable for people who suffer from skin sensitivities.
It is also oil-free and made up of inorganic minerals, which means there is less potential for bacteria growth. So mineral makeup is especially useful for people with acne-prone skin.
Most importantly, mineral makeup provides a wide spectrum of UVB and UVA sun protection.
The main ingredients in mineral makeup are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide—which are physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays. But I’ll make a special note on that later.
Although there are many companies today who carry their own line of mineral makeup, I have a great affinity for Bare Escentuals because it was one of the original, if not the first, cosmetic company to bring out and popularize mineral makeup in the 70s.
I’ve been using Bare Escentuals’ bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation for over two weeks now. And I’ve got to say…
This powder foundation is ZE BEST I’VE EVER HAD!
The powder: A solid, pressed powder that provides medium to full coverage and wide spectrum protection against the sun (SPF 20).
The Ready foundation comes in a wide variety of shades, so it’s easy to find a color that perfectly suits your skin tone.
I use the R330 color, for tan skin with yellow-olive undertones.
Bare Escentuals claims that wearing this foundation can increase hydration levels in the skin up to 108% after 12 hours of wear, due to their SeaNutritive Mineral Complex formula that contains humic acid and mineral-encapsulated glycerin.
How To Use: I use a kabuki powder brush to apply this powder in sweeping, circular strokes. And that has always given me a smooth finish. There is a bareMinerals Precision Brush that you can buy (at 28 euros) with this foundation. Though I’ve read that applying this with a foundation sponge works just as well.
My Experience: This powder glides on like silk. It blends well and provides excellent coverage. You can easily layer on where you need more coverage. It’s a very light powder, you can’t see it at all! There’s no cakeyness, or powder settling in creases. And a little goes a long way for covering blemishes.
The Result: A natural, glowy, dewy and even complexion that lasts for hours and hours.
I can’t say that using this foundation increased the level of hydration on my face. But it does help retain moisture for areas on my face that tend to dry out.
What I Like About It:
– Smooth, luminous finish
– The resulting look is very subtle and natural
– Great, long-lasting coverage
– My skin can breathe and feel comfortable
– Provides protection against the sun
– Easy to re-apply (for sun protection purposes)
– Clean and simple ingredients
– Simple packaging
What I Don’t Like About It:
– Opening the container is a bit tricky
– It would be great if they could make the packaging re-fillable to limit the impact on the environment
How Much: 28,00€
Would I Buy It Again: YESSSS. It’s a bit pricey, but as I said, a little goes a long way. And the resulting look is just flawless. So this will probably be my favorite powder foundation for a while.
Ingredients: Boron Mitride, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, magnesium silicate, nylon-12, humic acids, rosa canna fruit oil, jojoba esters, corallina officanilis extract, Lecithin, Betain, Algae Extract. May contain (+/-): Mica, Zinc Oxide (CI77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891).
Closing Thoughts: With so many shades to choose from, it’s better to go out to a store and be color matched in person than buying this online.
Also, be aware that in order to be completely protected from the sun, you’d have to put on layers and layers of this stuff on your face. This is true for pretty much all foundations that claim to protect you from the sun. So if that’s not the kind of look you’re going for, then I suggest wearing a moisturizer with SPF underneath the powder.
There’s so much to be said about sunscreen and SPF in products. But that’s a subject that we will revisit in future posts.
What about you? Have you tried this product before? What is your current favorite foundation?