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Pure Mineral Makeup for Sensitive Skin

Updated on January 2, 2012

Brazil Nut. The name of the lipstick shade which I wore for at least 15 years. Who wouldn’t like a shade that is named after everyone’s favorite, but scarce, nut in the Planter’s tin? What a marketing winner for that cosmetics company. It suited me just dandy.

Then one day, I noticed that my lips were very red, cracked, and irritated, with the irritation extending out a little beyond my lipline. I started using a new brand of lip balm, which didn’t help. Finally I looked at my lipstick, which I suspected could be the cause of my problems. Had the cosmetics company changed the lipstick’s formula? No, the tube was almost used up. Yep, I had to face it. In mid-life, I had developed a new allergy. After four or five days of not using the lipstick, my lips healed.

I’d had acne for most of my life, as I described in my previous hub, and I had long since found the best makeup foundation for my trouble-prone skin. Now I had a new challenge.

What Causes Skin Sensitivity?

Many things can cause body chemistry to change just enough so that skin reacts badly to cosmetics with resulting itching, dryness, redness, acne, or rosacea. Pregnancy, aging, toxicities, medical treatments, and chemical exposure are just a few reasons. As a young person, I couldn’t wear sterling silver jewelry without the metal turning black. Now I can. At any age, I had difficulty with many eye shadow brands, especially those shades containing red pigments. I still do.

I’ve found that there are often products in a particular makeup line that cause irritation, even if the line is marketed as hypoallergenic. What I’ve learned is that such products often contain synthetic dyes, preservatives, fragrances and parabens that can often irritate the skin.

Mineral Makeup, the Latest

Pure mineral makeup has been the rage in the cosmetics industry. With a good mineral cosmetics brand, you’ll be using formulas free of preservatives and synthetic dyes. Find an excellent formula that goes on smoothly, and you’ll look and feel great knowing that your skin is being nourished, not ravished.

As I’m new to the world of pure mineral makeup, I’d like to recommend a lipstick and blush that have both worked out well for me.

AVON Smooth Minerals SPF 15 Lipstick

After a few months of using this AVON lipstick, my lips are free of irritation and redness. And, frankly, I cannot say that all of AVON’s lipstick formulas work for me. But this one is wonderful. The Smooth Minerals lipstick contains shea butter, conditioning oils, SPF 15, and is dye-free and preservative-free. It goes on smoothly, with lasting color, and best of all, the Bronze shade is similar to my beloved Brazil Nut! They offer 10 interesting shades.

Hint:  When choosing mineral lipstick for the first time, pick a darker shade, and work your way back to lighter if necessary.  Since the color pigments come from the earth, you may find that some of the tints are too light for you.

AVON Smooth Minerals Blush


Another winner.  100% naturally derived mineral pigments.  Free of talc, oil, and fragrance.

No breakouts on my cheeks, no roughness or redness.  Blends as well as any blusher that I’ve ever used.  Goes on sparkly.  I found a shade that compliments my skin tone, and I am happy. AVON, of course, offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of their products.

Other Brands

I found that these companies stress the “purity” in their brands of pure mineral makeup. They guarantee that their makeup is free of fragrance, synthetic dye, and preservatives. They are also extremely customer-focused and therefore offer your money back if not satisfied. Because they know that you might be a first-time user of a fairly new, avant-garde makeup product, they want you to be happy with your purchase.

Afterglow Cosmetics

Afterglow’s mineral makeup line contains, wherever possible, certified organic ingredients. Their products are never tested on animals, and their cosmetic line is developed using antioxidants and bio-active botanicals. Their foundation alone comes in 20 shades, which is pretty incredible.

Their lipstick is called Organic Lip Love, and comes in 15 different shades. On their web site, they state that the average woman ingests up to 4 pounds of lipstock and gloss over her lifetime. No wonder we could all benefit from the soothing botanicals, vitamin E, and oils in this lipstick. It’s going inside us!

Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Makeup

This Get Started Bare Escentuals kit from Sephora contains foundation in two different color choices, several brushes, finishing powder, a blusher/bronzer, and an instructional DVD. It allows you to play and experiment with the products and see what is right for you. A good value set.

If you know what you want, try the BareMinerals SPF 15 foundation. It also comes in 15 shades, and having a good sunscreen in the makeup is a definite plus. The price is right, and consumers have reviewed it hundreds of times on Amazon.


Titanium oxide and zinc oxide are fine. They've been used in makeup foundation for years, and are present in mineral makeup.

Bismuth oxychloride, while not synthetic, is found in some mineral makeup. Some people are sensitive to it. Check out the ingredients in your makeup.

Photo Credits

Photo of model applying mascara by Manual Marin


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    • gracenotes profile image

      gracenotes 8 years ago from North Texas

      Thanks Gabriella!

      I like the part about the built-in sunscreen, as well.

    • Gabriella D'Anton profile image

      Gabriella D'Anton 8 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Thank you Gracenotes, this is a very informative hub.

      The best part of mineral make-up is that it has the best UV protection and that is key to good skin.