Makeup 101: Is Mineral Makeup For You?

mineral makeupIt’s no secret that I love Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup.  I ban myself from going in the store because I simply can’t control my credit card when in the presence of such amazing makeup. 

When friends need to go in I blab on and on about what they should get, to the point where sales associates consider offering me a job.  Don’t worry though, I don’t actually work for a mineral makeup company so everything I’m telling you is legit; no one is paying me under-the-table (but if you are from B.E and are lookin to throw some dough my way…hit me up). 

Okay, so before you dismiss this as just another article advertising mineral makeup, listen up: I’m going to tell you exactly what the benefits are so you can decide if mineral makeup is right for you. There are so many things you need to know (beyond what those ladies tell you in the 3am infomercial) and you may realize that mineral makeup is the best thing for you and your punim (that’s face.)

– Many types of regular makeup (i.e. certain liquid or compressed powder foundations) contain harsh chemicals or fragrances (synthetic dyes, preservatives, etc..)

– Mineral makeup doesn’t contain these extra chemicals and instead most mineral makeups contain titanium dioxide, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and sunscreen.  This is especially beneficial if your skin has inflammatory issues (like if it gets red easily or you have acne).  The color in mineral makeup is also a natural pigmentation.

– Also, because mineral makeup is a loose powder it doesn’t penetrate deep into your skin.  Mineral makeup is non-comedogenic (although it is not the only kind of makeup that is), which means that it will not clog your pores or cause allergic reactions.

– Mineral makeup also looks light and natural so you don’t see harsh lines like with liquid foundation (you know that girl with the clear color division between her neck and face…yah you don’t wanna be her!).  In addition, your makeup won’t be cakey, make a mess, or wipe off easily on the collar of your favorite white shirt.  

– For those of you with oily skin, the last thing you wanna do is add liquid foundation, which will only pile more grease onto your face. Mineral makeup  actually absorbs excess oil giving you a much-desired matte finish.

Okay, so like I said, I’m no spokeswoman. Regular makeup may be workin perfectly fine for your skin, but if you have sensitive skin that is easily inflamed or oily, or you are allergic to certain chemicals and fragrances, mineral makeup is probably something you should try. (Or if you simply want to keep those icky chemicals away from that beautiful skin of yours and keep things more natural.)

So here are some brands you may wanna test out. Just like most makeup, there are some pricier options and some cheaper ones. Basically, something for everyone.


Bare Escentuals 

Sheer Cover

Jane Iredale


Join the revolution, I don’t think you’ll regret it.



  1. Kelly says:

    Loreal Bare Naturale mineral foundation works really well for me, and it's cheap!

  2. raquel says:

    Does mineral makeup cover up acne as well as regular foundation?

  3. Reece says:

    I HATE B.E. I sell it at my store and have a ton of it due to gratis but I just hate the way it covers. I've found that it looks great on younger people with great skin to begin with. It barely covers my acne scars and fades after like 2 hours of wear. I use Revlon Colorstay Liquid for Oily/ Combo skin and it is AMAZING! I'll continue to use my Bare Minerals as setting powder for my liquid lol

  4. Michelle says:

    I have heard some people complain that B.E. isn't as good as they make it out to be because it has bismuth in it, but isn't that what actually prevents the breakouts?

    And Raquel, I find it doesn't cover up acne as well (especially the big inflamed red ones) as liquid foundation or concealer works, but a good way around it is to just dab the liquid foundation where you need it and then cover it with the B.E. so the color evens out. :)

  5. Melissa says:

    I like using the mineral veil powder as a setting powder for my foundation , but I find that using the whole set makes my face look REALLY shiny. I have oily/acne prone skin and the mineral foundation has the tendency to either migrate and settle in creases (making me look like a cougar) or make my face BLINDINGLY shiny. Also, some brands of mineral makeup actually have made me severely break out. I like using Fresh Umbrian clay foundation – it stays put and the clay helps dry up super oily areas.

  6. Whitney says:

    My secret…is… I Love Mary Kay mineral powder. I have all kinds of acne and freckles–and everyone thinks my skin is flawless when I wear it.

  7. molly says:

    yay ELF!

  8. oobunillaoo says:

    used bare minerals for a couple of years and although it covered well, it left my face shining more than i'd have liked. this is good for people without definition to their face, but for people with more pointed features bare minerals can make you look quite stark. it irritated my skin (due to the swirly, aggressive application method and the bismuth content of the makeup itself) so it as back to MAC for me until…

    i tried, and purchased the new powder mineral makeup by clinique. i was hesitant but needed something with the coverage/finish of mineral and powder, without being heavy or irritating my very delicate skin. when wearing the clinique mineral powder (which lasts hours, doesn't make your face itch, events out skintone in a very flattering way, and has a much gentler suggested application method) i feel very confident and natural, as where before i felt very reserved and covered up.

    honestly cannot say enough good things about this product.

  9. Jackie says:

    I used to be a big Bare Minerals fan myself, used it for awhile until I found Lauren Hutton's Aqua Elements. The Bare Minerals was leaving my face shiny, and not giving me the coverage I needed. With the Aqua Elements, I can't complain. The coverage is great, and the makeup is very natural looking to the point you can barely tell that I have it on!

    It's a great product, it comes in different shades so you can choose which one best suits your skin tone, and it lasts all day! If you're interested in taking a look at it, you can check it out here

    Hope this is helpful!

  10. casey says:

    I have exzema on patches on my face, and oily breakouts in others. I have severe combination skin! Does mineral makeup dry out the dry patches even more? also, I am in my mid 30s and don't want to look older, but I need a new makeup solution. advice anyone?

  11. Shaik says:

    1-wash face with acne cream, then with lime or lemon juice(I have lime juice at the moment)2-putting egg whteis on for 10-15 minuets3-putting a mix of mix 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon on as a spot treatment, and washing off in the morning4-in the morning, rubbing fresh garlic on pimples5-using cleanser again7-putting ice on pimples that do not have a head yetWashing and dabbing acne with cotton balls that have been soaked in vinegar in morning or nightusing a face mask made of oats and waterusing sugar to scrub face when I wash my face, at least once a dayusing a baking soda-water mix to rub into face gently for 10-15 seconds then removing and patting dry with a clean clothgiving myself a weekly facial by mixing a yolk of an egg with two tablespoons of milk and half a tablespoon of honey. Apply this on your face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. Then wash with lukewarm water. If you’re out in the sun a lot, milk mixed with melted butter helps soften the dry skin.and using lemon juice(when we get some) to reduce freckles.I only want to know if using this many things(and I wouldn’t do all of them, I just haven’t decided which to use yet) will be harmful to my skin, or will back fire. Thxand heard that toothpaste helps, if left on a pimple over night?

  12. Deb says:

    I tried BE and broke out i n all red sore bumps all over my face (kind of like small mosquito bites) – upon reading about it and the bismuth content I tried KMS mineral, that too also made my face break out in the same red bumps (and that product claims to be bismuth free). So… what do I try next, im so hesitant because it takes one week to my face to clear up after these allergic breakouts from mineral products.

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